Imam Zayn-al-Dīn al-Irāqī [d. 1404 CE] – There is no justification for fabricating a hadith.

Imam Zayn-al-Dīn al-Irāqī [d. 1404 CE] – “Mu’ammal [ibn Isma’il] said, ‘a shaykh informed me of a hadith – (that spoke of specific virtues effectuated by reading specific chapters of the Qur’an) – I asked the shaykh, ‘who informed you [of this]?’ he replied, ‘a man in al-Mada’in,’ he was still alive, and so I then travelled to him and asked, ‘who conveyed [this hadith] to you?’ he replied, ‘a man in Wasit.’ I travelled to him, and he told me, ‘I received this narration from a man in Basra.’ I then travelled to him, and he told me he received the narration from a man living in Abadān. I travelled to him, and he took me by my hand and lead me into a house, therein I found nestled a group of Sufis with their Shaykh. The man I met in Abadān told me, ‘This shaykh related the hadith to me.’ I then asked their Shaykh, ‘Ya Shaykh, and who informed you?’ He replied, “No one. However we saw that people sought after other than the Qur’an and so we made (fabricated) this narration to turn their hearts back to the Qur’an!”

→ Sharh Muqaddimah Ibn Salāh – 1/547 | Zayn al-Dīn al-Irāqī [d. 1404 CE] | [Edition: al-Khayāt]

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