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A narration stating that three people will not be accountable for the bounty of food

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Question

Is this authentic?

“Three people will not be asked about the bounty of food and drink the fasting, the one who eats suhur, and the one who has guests.”

 

Answer

This narration appears in Musnadul Firdaws. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Three people will not be questioned [i.e. will not be accountable] regarding the bounty of food and drink; [The food eaten] when opening the fast, when partaking of suhur and the one who has guests.”

(Musnadul Firdaws: 2501)

 

However, the Muhaddithun have declared this narration a fabrication as the chain consists of a fabricator.

(Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, Hadith: 572, Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 166. Also see: Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 1332)

 

The narration is therefore not suitable to quote. See here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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