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Maudu Hadith

Last updated: 6th December 2005
Question ID: #1196
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6th December 2005



We here a hadith, which is Prophet(s), said if you want to seek knowledge go to China. Some says this is fabricated hadith. Please explain to me about this. I have heard that fabricated hadith is also calls Maudo hadith. I have another question about Maulana Abu ala Maududi. Some says he is a scholar & some says he is not. Please tell me about his biography.

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
16th September 2007
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah\'s guidance)

1) This Hadith “seek knowledge as far as China” is fabricated. Mawdoo' (fabricated) are those narrations, which the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) had never said but someone imposed a lie upon the messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Mawdoo' is regarded The worst of the rejected reports.

The scholars who critiqued this Hadith are:


“Its text is famous, yet it is a weak hadith; it has been narrated by chains which are all entirely weak…” (Shu’ab al-Iman)

Ibn al-Qaysarani

“It contains Abu Atikah Tarif ibn Salman he is Rejected in hadith to the utmost (Munkar al Hadith jiddan)…” (Tadhkirat al-Huffadh)

Ibn al-Jawzi

“It is not authentic…” (al-Mawdu’at)


Mentions Abu Atikah Tarif ibn Salman and those that disparaged him and this hadith in (MIzan al-’Itidal)


“…it is weak…” (al-Maqasid al-Hasanah)

2) Mawdudi was not a scholar. One should abstain from any literature of Mawdudi
as it is extensively misleading.

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