The Hadith: 'Three things should not be refused: milk, cushions and `Ud'

Q 2: “Three things should not be refused: milk, cushions, and incense.” Is this an authentically related Hadith from the Prophet (peace be upon him)?


A: This Hadith is related by Al-Tirmidhy in his Sunan (Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them), who narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Three things should not be refused: cushions, Dahn (perfumed oil), and milk.” Al-Tirmidhy commented on this Hadith saying, "This Hadith is Gharib (a Hadith with a single narrator usually at the beginning of the chain of narration)," while Al-Suyuty, in his "Al-Jami‘ Al-Saghir", indicated that it is Hasan (a Hadith whose chain of narration contains a narrator with weak exactitude, but is free from eccentricity or blemish) and have a good Sanad (chain of narrators).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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