A false story that was ascribed to `Aly

Q 1: I hear some people telling a story that I have never read in a book nor heard from a scholar. The story is that the Messenger (peace be upon him) sent `Aly ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) somewhere. On his journey, `Aly saw some strange things. Among them was a woman he tried to catch up with, but he could not; a fat camel in a barren land; a thin camel in a fertile land; and many others. ‘Aly asked the Messenger (peace be upon him) about these things when he returned, and he (peace be upon him) replied, "The thin camel was the miserly, the fat camel was the generous, and the woman was worldly life." Please advise us whether this is a Hadith or a story?


A: We know nothing about the story you mentioned; it is most likely fabricated.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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