Prohibition of Chastisement with Fire

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 283
Prohibition of Chastisement with Fire

1609. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) sent us on an expedition and said to us, “If you find so-and-so (he named two persons belonging to the Quraish) commit them to the fire.” When we were on the verge of departure, he said to us, “I ordered you to burn so-and-so, but it is Allah Alone Who punishes with the fire. So if you find them put them to death.”

1610. Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were with the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) in a journey when he drew apart (to relieve nature). In his absence, we saw a red bird which had two young ones with it. We caught them and the red mother bird came, beating the earth with its wings. In the meantime the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) returned and said, “Who has put this bird to distress on account of its young? Return them to her.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) also noticed a mound of ants which we had burnt up. He asked, “Who has set fire to this?” We replied: “We have done so.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “None can chastise with fire except the Rubb of the fire.”
[Abu Dawud].

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