Hadeeth No. 36 “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet, for everyone who is blessed with something is envied”

This hadeeth was narrated by al-Tabaraani in his three Mu’jams, by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan, by Abu Na’eem in al-Hilyah; by Ibn ‘Adiyy in al-Kaamil, and by al-‘Aqeeli in al-Du’afa’.

The hadeeth says: “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet, for everyone who is blessed with something is envied.” This was narrated from the hadeeth of Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib, Ibn ‘Abbaas, Abu Hurayrah and Abu Bardah. 

Ibn Abi Haatim said that this hadeeth was Munkar (rejected). Ibn al-Jawzi ruled that it is Mawdoo’ (fabricated). 

It was classed as Da’eef (weak) by al-‘Iraaqi, al-Suyooti in al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, and al-‘Ajlooni in Kashf al-Khifa’. 

Al-Haythami said in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id (8/195): It was narrated that Mu’aadh ibn Jabal said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet, for everyone who is blessed with something is envied.” This was narrated by al-Tabaraani in his three (Mu’jams), but its isnaad includes Sa’eed ibn Salaam al-‘Attaar. Al-‘Ajali said there is nothing wrong with him, but Ahmad and others described him as a liar. The rest of its men are thiqaat (trustworthy) except that Khaalid ibn Mi’daan did not hear it from Mu’aadh. 

‘Ilal Ibn Abi Haatim, 2/255; Fayd al-Qadeer by al-Mannaawi, 1/630; Kashf al-Khifa’ by al-‘Ajlooni, 1/135 

This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 3/436, hadeeth no. 1453; and in Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 943. 

He narrated what the scholars said about the faults of this hadeeth, but he classed it as saheeh via the marfoo’ narration of Sahl ibn ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Jarjaani from Muhammad ibn Mutarrif from Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir from ‘Urwah ibn al-Zubayr from Abu Hurayrah. 

He said: The hadeeth with this isnaad is jayyid in my view. Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 3/439 

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