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Imaam Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalaani – rahimahullaah – said:

It is reported from Ibn Abbas radiyallaahu anhu- who said The Messenger of Allah salallaahu alayhi wasallam said:

“Don’t dispute with your brother; do not make fun of him; and don’t make him a promise which you would break.”

Transmitted and recorded by Imaam At-Tirmidhi in his “Sunan”#1995 with a weak chain of narrators. And Imaam Al Albani declared the hadith to be weak in Dai’ful Jaami’a #6274.



The hadith shows the importance of the following:

1. It indicates that one should not dispute with his brother unnecessarily. However, in matters that is related to the deen one can dispute or argue so that the truth can be established. One should avoid unnecessary arguments as much as possible, especially if one is speaking to an ignorant person. The messenger of Allah salallaahu alayhi wasallam said:” I guarantee a mansion or palace in the middle of paradise for those who leave off arguments even if they are right.”

2. It shows that one should not make fun of his brother. But for one to smile or joke with his brother within the context of the sharia is permissible and is even wanted. For is an act of charity for one to welcome his brother with a cheerful face.

3. It shows that It is disliked and Haraam for one to make a promise which he knows vividly within himself that he will not fulfill the promise. This character is one of the characteristics of a Munafiq (hypocrite). And we have mentioned how grievous and disgusting this act is. For more explanation you can check our previous DAILY POST #79.

4. Lastly, there is an authentic hadith with similar meaning of the above hadith. The hadith is transmitted by Imaam Bukhaari in his “Sahih”#2457 and Imaam Muslim in his “Sahih”#2668. Though the above hadith is weak, but we decided to bring it up for the benefit of those who are following the book ( I.e Bulugul Maram). And also, we have promised ourselves that inshaAllah we will be translating the hadith in the book for our daily post.

This is just a clarification for those who might be wondering why bringing up the hadith since it has been declared weak by our honorable scholars.

Allaahu A’alam!

Baarakallaahu feekum!


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