About ‘Aa’ishah's hadeeth on gentleness towards defiant camel
Fatwa No: 331771

  • Fatwa Date:19-9-2016 - Thul-Hijjah 17, 1437
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Question

Is this hadith authentic? Muslim reported from Shuraih ibn Haani that ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, rode a camel, and it was somewhat defiant, so she kept on beating it, and the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said to her, “Adhere to gentleness.”

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Dear brother, the hadeeth that you mentioned is a saheeh (sound) hadeeth that was reported by Muslim in his Saheeh and by Ahmad in his Musnad with some difference in its wording.

The wording of the hadeeth reported by Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad is as follows, “Miqdaam ibn Shurayh ibn Haani said, 'I heard my father reporting that he had heard ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her say, 'I was once riding a difficult (slow-moving) camel, so I kept hitting it. When the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saw me, he said, 'Be gentle, for gentleness adorns everything in which it is found, and its absence leaves everything tainted (defective).'''

Shu'ayb Al-Arnaa'oot, while reviewing the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad, said, “Its chain of narrators is saheeh according to the criteria set by Muslim.” 

The hadeeth was also reported by Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad with the same wording of that of Imaam Ahmad, and Al-Albaani classified it as saheeh.

This hadeeth highlights the importance of having gentleness. Ibn Hajar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “Gentleness is to be soft in words and actions and to take the easiest option, and it is the opposite of violence and harshness.

Allaah knows best.

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