Did Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say to Sayyiduna ‘Ali, “You shall inform my ummah the truth after me”?

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Please verify this narration:

Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu):

“You shall inform my nation about the truth regarding what they dispute after me”


Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. However, Hafiz Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared this narration as a fabrication. The Hadith is not suitable to quote.

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 122. Also see Tarikhul Islam of Hafiz Dhahabi, vol. 9 pg. 590)


And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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