Refraining from the Doubtful

Al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, the grandson of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and cherished by him, said: I memorised from the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) “Refrain from what you doubt for that which you do not doubt.”

[at-Tirmidhi - Hadith Hasan Sahih]

Commentary:

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Refrain from what you doubt for that which you do not doubt” meaning abandon what you are in doubt and ambiguous of for what you have no ambiguity in. This resembles the previous Hadith (HaD-166) The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said “Between the two are doubtful unclear matters that many of the people do not have knowledge of. So, whoever abstains from the doubtful matters has saved his Religion and his honor.” Therefore, if you are in doubt and unclear about something – regardless if it is an issue of this life or the next life – it is better to decline from it and abstain so that you are not agitated and have differences within yourself about what you have done.

And from the Benefits of this hadith:

  1. The wording indicates that a person should abandon things that he is in doubt of for those things he does not doubt.
  2. People are ordered to abstain from what leads to insecurities.

And Allah Knows Best!

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