The following is a succinct response( ) to the claims spread by Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari and Abu Hibbaan of Birmingham, UK,( ) whereby they spread a malicious claim made by one of the late leaders of their movement, by the name of Mahmud Jalalpuri (d. 1416 AH/1995 CE), which in the words of the former two entailed the following extravagant suggestion:
âAlhamdulilllah this is the second and final treatise in the series which exposes one of the shameful distortions of the hanafee deobandeeâs which they did in Sunan Abee Dawood, we seek refuge in Allaah from such distortions and false explanationsâ.
The late Mahmud Jalalpuri entitled his short piece with the provocative title:
Naâam as-Shahood aâla tahreef al-ghalaain fee Sunan Abee Dawood: Yes, We Do Have Witnesses Regarding the False Distortion of the Extremistâs In Sunan Abee Dawood.
Note, the late Saudi writer by the name of Dr Bakr Abu Zayd also spread this futile claim in his al-Rudud (p. 258)! This latter individual has also been shown to be unreliable in an earlier article that was compiled from this pen in response to Abu Khuzaimah and Abu Hibban regarding a narration in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shayba.( )
Indeed, we too have witnesses that the real extremists have no proof that some later Hanafis allegedly tampered with a narration in Sunan Abi Dawud! This is not just a claim, but a fact that shall be demonstrated from scans from the classically recognised works of five acknowledged authorities in Hadith or fiqh, from upto 1000 years ago, and crucially so, these scholars are not from the Hanafi Madhhab.