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Hadith on Nations: Allah reprimands a prophet for punishing a nation of ants

November 14, 2012

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Once there was a prophet who was resting under a tree when an ant bit him, so he ordered that his luggage be taken away and the ant’s dwelling burned with fire. Allah revealed to him: Was one ant not enough?”

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Allah revealed to him: A single ant has bitten you, yet you have destroyed a nation that glorifies Allah?”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3141, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2241

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ نَزَلَ نَبِيٌّ مِنْ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ تَحْتَ شَجَرَةٍ فَلَدَغَتْهُ نَمْلَةٌ فَأَمَرَ بِجَهَازِهِ فَأُخْرِجَ مِنْ تَحْتِهَا ثُمَّ أَمَرَ بِبَيْتِهَا فَأُحْرِقَ بِالنَّارِ فَأَوْحَى اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ فَهَلَّا نَمْلَةً وَاحِدَةً

وفي رواية أخرى قال فَأَوْحَى اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ أَفِي أَنْ قَرَصَتْكَ نَمْلَةٌ أَهْلَكْتَ أُمَّةً مِنْ الْأُمَمِ تُسَبِّحُ

3141 صحيح البخاري كتاب بدء الخلق باب خمس من الدواب فواسق يقتلن في الحرم

2241 صحيح مسلم كتاب السلام باب النهي عن قتل النمل