A narration regarding laws on which a difference of opinion exists

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Is this narration sound?

لا يعذب الله بمسألة اختلف فيها

Allah will not punish anyone for laws on which a [legitimate] difference of opinion exists



‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) has stated that this has no basis from Hadith. However, it is the statement of some pious predecessor. He also cites a supporting statement of ‘Umar ibn Abdul ‘Aziz (rahimahullah).

Mulla ‘Ali Al Qari (rahimahullah) states that he heard one of his teachers making a similar statement.

(Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 1325, Al Masnu’, Hadith: 404)


It could therefore be understood, that the meaning of this narration is correct, although it should not be quoted as Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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