An unreliable Hadith regarding sitting in direct sunlight

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Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised people to avoid sitting in direct sunlight because it spoils the clothing, causes a person to smell with perspiration and also causes suppressed illness to surface.

(Mustadrak: 8264)



Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 411)


However, ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared the narration a fabrication.


Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah (rahimahullah) has recorded the narration as the statement of the Arab doctor; Al Harith ibn Kaladah.

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 24185)


The narration should therefore be quoted as the statement of Harith ibn Kaladah and not as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).


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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. 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.