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20 November 2018 CE | 11 Rabbi al-Awwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


When in Doubt, Clarify


“Whenever anything was brought to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), he used to enquire if doubt arose in his mind, till he knew whether it was a gift or Zakat.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Din by Imam Ghazali]

Since Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) had forbidden the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to eat of Zakat, so when in doubt, he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would ask to make sure he was not about to consume anything unlawful for him.

If a person knows a thing to be unlawful but then doubt arises in the matter, it is compulsory to take it as unlawful. For instance, if a hunted animal falls into water and is lifted up as dead from the water, to eat its meat is unlawful because one does not know whether the animal died from the hunting wound or whether it died from drowning.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to Adi: “Don’t eat it. Your (hunting) dog perchance has not killed it.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Din]

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