Refrain from Doubts.

الحديث الحادي عشر

عَنْ أَبِي مُحَمَّدٍ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِي بْنِ أبِي طَالِبٍ سِبْطِ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَرَيْحَانَتِهِ رَضِيَ الله عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : حَفِظْتُ مِنْ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: دَعْ مَا يَرِيْبُكَ إِلَى مَا لاَ يَرِيْبُكَ

[رواه الترمذي وقال : حديث حسن صحيح]

11th Hadith Translation

On the authority of Abu Muhammad Al-Hasan-Ibn-Ali Ibn-Abee-Talib (R.A.), the grandson of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.), and the one much loved by him, who said:

I memorized from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt.” 

(Tirmidhi: 2518)

Brief Narration

This hadith indicates that one should only perform an act or deed (which is permissible and proper) if he is positive or certain of it. Performing this act will lead to some kind of tranquility or happiness in this life and in the Hereafter. This is one of the benefits of applying the hadith.

In the other version of this hadith mentioned above, falsehood leads to doubt and never to tranquility. So if a believer finds his heart being disturbed by something (i.e. he feels uncertain or doubtful), then he should stay away from it. The heart of the true believer is tranquil at the sight of truth and righteousness. And the heart becomes unsure and shaky at the sight of falsehood and wrong.

This hadith equips Muslims with a practical criterion by which to judge doubtful acts and situations, and enables them to make the right decision concerning these matters. However, Muslims need to understand how to apply such a criterion correctly and not to be deceived by wrong perceptions or personal interest.

(Reference: Commentary of Forty Hadiths of An-Nawawi by Dr. Jamal Ahmed Badi)

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