Prohibition of Flicking Pebbles

Abdullah bin Mughaffal (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) prohibited flicking pebbles by the index finger and the thumb; and he said, “It does not kill a game animal nor does it inflict wound on the enemy, but breaks the tooth and gorges the eye.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In another narration it is said: A close relative of Abdullah bin Mughaffal (radi Allahu anhu) was hitting with pebbles using the index finger and the thumb; he said: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has forbidden it saying that it does not kill the game”. He repeated the act and Ibn Mughaffal said to him: “I told you that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had prohibited it but you repeated it. I shall never talk to you.”

Commentary:

  1. This Hadith exhorts us not to do anything which is likely to harm others.
  2. It also tells us that it is permissible to sever connections and speech with the people who disobey the Injunctions of Allah and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

And Allah Knows Best!

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