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The Main Body of Salafis in Your Land Know Your Reality

Imām ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ibn Yaḥyá al-Muʿallimī

This is an important point when dispelling the doubt: So-and-so in such-and-such place speaks highly of him, when it is known that he divides the people in his homeland or subtly attacks the Salafis there.

al-ʿAllāmah ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Yaḥyá al-Muʿalimí (d. 1386AH) mentions in his book, “al-Tankīl” which he authored in criticism of Muḥammad Zāhid al-Kawtharī, specifically, regarding the narrator of ḥadīth: al-Mughīrah ibn Siglāb al-Jazarī (d. 202 AH):

al-Mughīrah (ibn Siglāb al-Jazarī), was declared weak by Ibn ʿAdī (d. 365 AH). Ibn Abī Ḥātim recalls from his father that he mentioned about him, “He was upright”, and that Abū Zurʿah (al-Rāzī) says about him, “A Jazarī1 who was fine”.

I say: the praise of foreigners [i.e. those unaware of his condition] does not increase a narrator who has been sharply criticized by the people of hadīth in his land except in frailty, this is because he deliberately causes confusion (regarding his affair). So he may beautify himself to some foreigners, meeting them with correct narrations, and they believe that this is his reality, thus praising him, but the people of his land know the reality of his affair.

Such was the case with this al-Mughīrah. He was a Jazarī who was debased by the people of ḥadīth in al-Jazīrah. Abū Jaʿfar al-Nufaylī (d. 234 AH) said about him, “He was not trustworthy”, and ʿAlī ibn Maymūn al-Raqī (d. 246 AH) mentioned, “He is not worth (camel) dung”.

It is likely that Abū Ḥātim and Abū Zurʿah al-Rāziyān may have met him on a journey and heard (ḥadīth) from him, and he beautified himself to them—as mentioned previously—so they held good thoughts of him.2

والمغيرة هذا ضعَّفه ابن عدي، وذكر ابن أبي حاتم عن أبيه أنه صالح. وعن أبي زرعة: “جَزَري لا بأس به”. أقول: الراوي الذي يطعن فيه محدثو بلده طعنًا شديدًا لا يزيده ثناءُ بعض الغرباء عليه إلا وهنًا، لأن ذلك يُشعِر بأنه كان يتعمد التخليط، فتزيَّن لبعض الغرباء، واستقبله بأحاديث مستقيمة، فظن أن ذلك شأنه مطلقًا، فأثنى عليه. وعرف أهل بلده حقيقة حاله. وهذه حال المغيرة هذا، فإنه جزري أسقطه محدثو الجزيرة. فقال أبو جعفر النفيلى: لم يكن مؤتمنًا. وقال علي بن ميمون الرقي: كان لا يَسْوَى بَعْرةً. وأبو حاتم وأبو زرعة الرازيان كأنهما لقياه في رحلتهما، فسمعا منه، فتزيَّن لهما ــ كما تقدَّم ــ فأحسنا به الظنَّ.

[1] Jazarī is a reference to someone who is from al-Jazīrah, the Arabian Peninsula.
[2] al-Tankīl, Publisher: al-Maktab al-Islāmī, 2nd Edition, page: 763.

Translated by Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Published: September 10, 2023
Edited: February 29, 2024


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