Hadith: “I am at the state of war with those who you are at war with…” – The Merits Of ‘Ali b. Abi Talib

نظر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى علي، والحسن، والحسين، وفاطمة، فقال: أنا حرب لمن حاربكم، وسلم لمن سالمكم

The Prophet (peace be upon him) looked at ‘Ali, Hassan, Husayn, and Fatimah and said: “I am at the state of war with those who you are at war with, and at peace with those who you are at peace with..”

This hadith is narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Zayd b. Arqam, Subayh and Umm Salamah, may Allah be pleased with them.

Hukm/verdict on the report: All the different chains of transmission for this hadith are saqitah
(wholly unreliable). They revolve around narrators suspected of lying and majahil (unknown narrators), etc. Therefore, the hadith is inauthentic. A detailed analyses of its chains of transmission can be found here>>>.

Ahl al-Sunnah have no issues with the merits of Ahl al-Bayt. The likes of Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, the compilers of the Sunan have included entire chapters in their books under which one can find the authentically transmitted virtues of Ahl al-Bayt.

The scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah have weakened many narrations in support of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and other Sahabah, simply due to the fact that the narrations didn’t met the standards of a reliable narration. The point is, nobody has any issues with the merits of the Ahl al-Bayt, as the ghulat, the Rafidah, claim.

What Ahl al-Sunnah denounce are weak and fabricated reports no matter to whom they are attributed.

The scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah have compiled numerous books regarding the lofty merits of ‘Ali b. Abi Talib, here is one example:

Mustafa Bahu of Mabarrat al-Aal wa al-Ashab has collected all of ahadith in reference to ‘Ali b. Abi Talib’s (may Allah be pleased with him) virtues in his work Fada’il Amir al-Mu’minin ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib and categorized them into three levels of authenticity: 1) sahih and hasan, 2) da’if, and 3) munkar, batil, and mawdu’. In total, he collected 302 ahadith.

This translation by the brothers at WWW.MAHAJJAH.COM will serve, with the permission of Allah, as an important resource and reference for scholars and laymen alike. Whenever a hadith is narrated on the virtues of ‘Ali b. Abi Talib (whether it appears somewhere online, in a book, or even if it’s heard in a lecture), this work will allow him to conveniently place the hadith in question into one of the three above-mentioned categories and learn more about it.

NOTE: This is the translation of Mustafa Bahu’s abridged version of his original, three-volume, work on the virtues of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib which is entitled Mukhtasar Fada’il Amir al-Mu’minin ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib.