Narrating unverified stories in the path of da’wah

Reference: as-Sahwah al-Islaamiyyah – Question 5, Page 105

Question: What is the ruling regarding narrating stories I have heard, but am unaware as to their authenticity, in the path of da’wah to some people, and likewise narrating stories which I know are fabricated [lies]?

And what is the ruling regarding narrating a hadeeth whilst I do not know whether it is authentic or weak?

Response: It is not permissible for a person, a storyteller or one who gives advice, to narrate a hadeeth and attribute it to the Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) whilst he does not know if it is authentic. And it is [also] not permissible for him to narrate a hadeeth whilst he knows it to be weak. However, if he narrates a weak hadeeth to reveal it’s weakness and warn the people from it, then that is obligatory.

Likewise, he should not narrate stories which he assumes are worthy [of being narrated] without checking [their authenticity], and he should not narrate stories which he knows are fabricated, because that is being dishonest and deceiving the people.

Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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