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Eating an odd number of fruit

Is this Hadith authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Eating fruit in odd numbers will not be a cause of harm”


Imam Daylami (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). However, ‘Allamah Suyuti (rahimahullah) has cited the Hadith in his book on fabricated Hadiths.

The Hadith should not be quoted.

(Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, vol. 2 pg. 550, Hadith: 663, Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 262)

Note: There are authentic Hadiths which state Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ate an odd number of dates. See here.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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