Friday, November 5, 2010

Fabricated: Abu Haneefa prayed Fajer with the Wudu of Isha; Saw sins of people.

Classification: Fabricated

Imam Abu Haneefah prayed Fajer salah with the same wudu of Isha for 40 years. And Imam Abu Hanifah refrained to do Wudu in the Masjid because Allah had blessed him with a miracle. He was able to see the sins coming off a person doing wudhu- so to prevent him having bad thoughts of people- he always did wudu elsewhere.

Note: Imam Abu Hanifa rahimahullah was one of the well known scholars of Islam, but there is no need for fabricated stories such as the ones above in order to prove so. Additionally, it is not from the sunnah to pray all night long on every night, as the Prophet (peace & blessings upon him) used to pray part of the night and sleep part of it.

Al-Bukhari (5063) and Muslim (1401) narrated that Anas ibn Malik said: Three people came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asking about the worship of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). When they were told, it was as if they regarded it as too little. They said: Who are we in comparison to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)? Allah has forgiven his past and future sins. One of them said: As for me, I will pray all night forever. Another said: I shall fast all my life and never break my fast. Another said: I shall keep away from women and never get married. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came and said: “Are you the ones who said such and such? By Allah, I am the one who fears Allah the most among you and I am the most pious, but I fast and I break my fast, I pray and I sleep, and I marry women. Whoever turns away from my Sunnah is not of me.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5063) and Muslim (1401).


  1. Yes, indeed the hadith proves the point that the Prophet (sallahu-alayhi-wasallam) did discourage going to extreme lengths in ibaadah.

    However, when I say he kept wudhu etc..- it refers to the the zeal and thirst of knowledge the respected Imaam had for KNOWLEDGE (not for Ibaadah). It suggests the dedication, commitment and utter interest Imaam Abu Haneefah had for studying Qur’aan and Sunnah. The point I am trying to get across is that the respected Imaam use to stay up to study and learn about Islaam. So, yes when it comes to Ibaadah, one should not go to extreme lengths as the hadith rightly points out- but one must keep in mind the hadeeth does not touch on the aspect of knowledge and aquiring it.

    Secondly, coming onto the point about the miracle of being able to see other people’s sins. The link does not give any justification to why it may be fabricated. Rather, this point is in classical authentic books of history whereby the chances of fabrication is extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, I shall double check with my local Ulamaa insha’allah.

  2. Thank you brother Hashim for your comment.

    Please note that only the authenticity of the story is mentioned and that it is not true, but this does not confirm nor deny anything else such as the Imam's thirst for knowledge. The only purpose is to point out the authenticity of such information.

    Additionally, it is from the sunnah to perform wudu for every prayer, so this is something recommended and better than praying the next salah with the wudu of the one before it. In Sahih Al-Bukhari (214), the hadith of Anas (Allah be pleased with him) says: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to do wudu for every prayer." We would expect a scholar such as Imam Abu Haneefa rahimahullah to perform wudu for the fajer prayer even if he was up all night studying or praying, for that is better than praying fajer with the wudu of isha.

    (Note: praying more than one prayer with the same wudu is permissible, and although making wudu for every prayer is better, but it is not obligatory if the person still has wudu from the time of the previous prayer)

    Regarding the second point, not everything that has been mentioned in the classical books of history or even the books of hadith is always authentic. That is why it is important for us to look into the authenticity of the information or hadith before we quote it and share it with others, and that is the reason behind establishing this blog.

    Thanks again brother Hashim for stopping by and leaving a comment, your feedback is valued and appreciated!

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