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‘Aaishah (radiyallahu anha) smearing pudding on the face of Sawdah (radiyallahu ‘anha)

Is this narration authentic?

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) says:

Sawdah (radiyallahu ‘anha) visited us one day. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) between them placing a leg in the lap of each one of us. I prepared type of pudding and said to her ‘Eat’. She refused so I took some of the food and smeared it on her face. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) laughed and raised his leg which was in her lap so that she could get back at me. He said to her,  ‘You smear her face now’. So she took some of the pudding from the plate and smeared my face with it and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) laughed and then ordered them to wash their faces.


Imam Nasai and Imam Abu Ya’la (rahimahumallah) have recorded this narration. Hafiz Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators of Imam Abu Ya’la reliable.

(As Sunanul Kubra, Hadith: 8868, Musnad Abu Ya’la, Hadith: 4476. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 315/316)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

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Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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