Q: Hadith no. 4657 in Mishkaat mentions that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told a scribe that ضع القلم على اذنك (place the pen over your ear). Will this be considered to be a sunnat?
A: There is kalaam on this hadeeth. On account of the kalaam, one cannot conclusively say that it is sunnat.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)