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Ibn Khuzaymah (d. 311H) on Contagion

Posted by Abu Iyaad
Written October 2020
Filed under Tawḥīd

Ibn Khuzaymah (رحمه الله) wrote a chapter heading:[1]

Mention of a report in whose meaning some scholars have erred in and affirmed the contagion which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) negated.

And another chapter heading:

Evidence that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) did not intend the affirmation of contagion with this saying.

And he (رحمه الله) stated:

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)—with his compassion and mercy towards his nation—ordered them to flee from the leper just as he also prohibited the owner of sick camels from passing them by the healthy camels of another. This is out of concern for them and out of fear for them that some of them might come close to a leper and get leprosy, or that the healthy camel may get the ailment of the ill one, and as a result of this, it might occur in the heart of some among the Muslims that the leprosy which afflicted him, was the leprosy from his companion, the first one who had it. And likewise when the camel is afflicted with scabies, it might occur in his heart that it was the disease of the first camel which passed on to it. As a result, he would affirm the contagion which Allāh’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had negated. So he ordered the avoidance of that [out of concern and fear for them] so that the Muslims may be saved from affirming contagion, and he explained to them that: ‘Indeed, nothing transmits [what it has of disease] to anything else.’

Ibn Khuzaymah (رحمه الله) explains the true intent of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in the ḥadīths regarding contagion and he explains that those scholars who affirm contagion have erred in their interpretationl and have misunderstood these ḥadiths.

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Ibn Khuzaymah on Contagion
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1. Fatḥ al-Bārī (al-Maktabah al-Salafiyyah) 10/161-162.

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