Is the Hadith of Hakim Where Prophet Adam Asks Forgiveness for the Sake of Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace)?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Is the hadith in Hakim 4228, and similar narrations about Prophet Adam’s intercession through the name of Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) fabricated.

It says that Adam asked Allah to forgive him for the sake of Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), but in Quran (Sura A’raf 7:26), we are told the dua of Prophet Adam made to ask for Allah to forgive him but it doesn’t say anything about him using Prophet Muhammad’s (Allah bless him and give him peace) name?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The name of our Prophet not being mentioned in the Quran does not mean the hadith is incorrect. Hadiths are generally explanations of the Quran a lot of the time. The hadith of Hakim is authentic and not fabricated.

Allah Most High said, “They replied, “Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You do not forgive us and have mercy on us, we will certainly be losers.” [Quran, 7:23]

Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said: “When Adam committed his mistake, he said: O my Lord, I am asking you to forgive me for the sake of Muhammad. Allah said: O Adam, and how do you know about Muhammad whom I have not yet created? Adam replied, O my Lord, after You created me with your hand and breathed into me of Your Spirit, I raised my head and saw written on the heights of the Throne: “La Ilaha Illallahu Muhammadur Rasulullah” I understood that you would not place next to your name but the most beloved one of your creation. Allah said: O Adam, I have forgiven you, and were it not for Muhammad, I would not have created you.” [Hakim, al-Mustadrak]

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حدّثنا أبو سعيد عمرو بن محمد بن منصور العدل ، ثنا أبو الحسن محمد بن إسحاق بن إبراهيم الحنظلي ، ثنا أبو

الحارث عبد الله بن مسلم الفهري ، ثنا إسماعيل بن مسلمة ، أنبأ عبد الرحمن بن زيد بن أسلم ، عن أبيه، عن جدّه، عن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله : «لَمّا اقْتَرَفَ آدَمُ الْخَطِيئَةَ قالَ: يا رَبّ أَسْأَلُكَ بِحَقّ مُحَمَّدٍ لما غَفَرْتَ لِي، فَقالَ الله: يا آدَمُ وَكَيْفَ عَرَفْتَ مُحَمّداً وَلَمْ أَخْلُقْهُ؟ قالَ: يا رَبّ لأَنَّكَ لَمّا خَلَقْتَنِي بِيَدِكَ وَنَفَخْتَ فِيَّ مِنْ روحِكَ رَفَعْتُ رَأْسِي فَرَأَيْتُ على قوائِمِ الْعَرْشِ مَكْتوباً لا إِلهَ إِلا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسولُ الله، فَعَلِمْتُ أَنَّكَ لَمْ تُضِفْ إِلى اسْمِكَ إِلا أَحَبَّ الْخَلْقِ إِلَيْكَ، فقالَ الله: صَدَقْتَ يا آدَمُ إِنَّهُ لأَحَبُّ الْخَلْقِ إِلَيَّ ادْعُني بِحَقِّهِ فَقَدْ غَفَرْتُ لَكَ وَلَوْلا مُحَمَّدٌ ما خَلَقْتُكَ . هذا حديث صحيح الإسناد وهو أول حديث ذكرته لعبد الرحمن بن زيد بن أسلم في هذا الكتاب

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.