Fabricated Hadith: 'I am the best person for the wicked people of my Ummah'

Question:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “I am the best person for the wicked people of my Ummah (nation based on one creed).” The Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with them) said: “You are the best for their wicked ones, what about their good people?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Their good people will enter Jannah (Paradise) with their deeds and their wicked ones will enter Jannah with my intercession.” Is this a Hadith Sahih (authentic)?

Answer:

The mentioned Hadith was not authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) because Yahya ibn Bastam was the only narrator of this Hadith and he was a weak narrator.

Ibn Hibban said: “It is not permissible to relate from him because he is one of the callers to the Qadariyyah (a deviant sect that claims Allah has no power over His Creation and humans are independent of Him)].”

This has been mentioned in the book of “Al-Jarh wal-Ta’dil”. Also, Jumay’ ibn Thawb is one of the narrators of this Hadith whom the author of “Lisan Al-Mizan” has described as Matruk (a narrator whose Hadith transmission was discarded due to unreliability). Al-Bukhari, Al-Daraqutni, and others said that his narrations were rejected.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

  • Date: Muharram 11, 1442 AH
  • Source: Fatawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Da'imah no. 18721-2
  • Muftis: Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz , Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Aal al-Shaykh , Shaykh Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan , Shaykh Salih Fawzan , Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd