Authenticity of Hadeeth: “Run from the leper as you would run away from a lion.”

Question: Dear Shaykh, kindly confirm the degree of authenticity or weakness of the Hadeeth reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) which states, Run away from the leper as you would run away from a lion.

Answer: This is a part of a Hadeeth narrated by Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) which reads, “The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: There is no ‘Adwa (contagion, disease transmission naturally by itself not by the Decree of Allaah), nor is there any Tiyaarah (evil omen), nor is there any Hamah (pre-Islaamic superstitious belief that the bones of a dead person turn into an owl), nor is there Safar (the month of Safar was believed to bring bad luck during Jaahiliyyah), and run away from the leper as you would run away from a lion.” Related by Al-Bukhaaree in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth, Kitaab Al-Tibb (Book of Medicine), under the chapter of “Leprosy”… read more here.

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