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Uways al-Qarnî

Published: 23/08/2011 06:58:00 PM GMT
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have read and heard some amazing stories regarding Uways al-Qarnî. How true are all these stories? What is the truth about him? Was he one of the Companions?


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Sheikh Fawzî Sa`âtî

His full name is Uways b. `Amir b. Juz’ b. Mâlik b. Murâd al-Qarnî. He embraced Islam during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), but he did not meet him. For this reason, he is not a Companion, but a Successor. He died in the Battle of Siffîn in the year 37 AH.

`Umar b. al-Khattâb relates [Sahîh Muslim (2542)]:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There will come to you a person from Yemen who will be called Uways. He would have no one in Yemen except his mother. He will have been afflicted with leprosy and will have supplicated to Allah about it and He will have cured him except for a patch the size of a silver or gold coin. Whoever amongst you meets him should ask him to supplicate for your forgiveness.”

In another narration from `Umar b. al-Khattâb, it reads [Sahîh Muslim (2542)]:

I heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say: “Indeed, the best of the Successors will be a man called Uways. He will have his mother and he will have been afflicted with leprosy. So ask him to supplicate for your forgiveness.”

In another narration from `Umar b. al-Khattâb, it reads [Sahîh Muslim (2542)]:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) say: “There will come to you Uways b. `Amir along with the people arriving as reinforcements from Yemen. He will be of Murâd then of Qarn. He will have been afflicted with leprosy and will have recovered except for a patch the size of a silver coin. He will have a mother whom he will honor. If he swears by Allah, Allah will bring his oath to fruition. Therefore, if you are able to have him supplicate for your forgiveness, then do so.”

This is what we have that is authentically narrated about Uways al-Qarnî. Other narrations are inauthentic. There are indeed quite a number of hadîth about him that have been fabricated.

There is a full body of knowledge that deals with the study of narrators and which facilitates the distinguishing of false hadîth from authentic ones.

Recently, al-Albânî has taken great pains in compiling an encyclopedia of weak and fabricated hadîth entitled Silsilah al-Ahâdîth al-Da`îfah wa al-Mawdû`ah, wherein some these hadîth are investigated in detail.

Refer to:

Silsilah al-Ahâdîth al-Da`îfah wa al-Mawdû`ah (4/198 # 1707) and (5/234 # 2209).

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today




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