There is a new trend where random quotes are being assigned or attributed to the Holy Imams (as). They often come in the form of an image, and are spread across social media – but did they really come from our Imams ?
There are many falsely narrated hadiths such as “Be the flower that gives fragrance even to the hand that crushes it” attributed to Ameer Al-Mu’mineen, Ali (as), however we do not find this statement in any of the available hadith or history books. The danger in this is Imam Ali (as) himself stresses on the importance of including the narrator of the hadith when sharing their words:
علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، وعن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن النوفلي، عن السكوني، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: قال أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام إذا حدثتم بحديث فأسندوه إلى الذي حدثكم فإن كان حقا فلكم وإن كان كذبا فعليه
“Amir al-Mu’minin (as) has said, ‘When you narrate a Hadith you must say who its narrator is. If it is true it (the reward) will be for you and if it is false it will be his (the narrator’s) responsibility.”
Sanad: Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Khalid from al-Nawfali from al-Sakuni from abu ‘Abd Allah (as) who has said the above hadith.
Source: Usool Al-Kafi, Volume 1, Hadith #145 (See Image)
In today’s world, stating which book of Hadith it is from is sufficient to suggest who the narrator is. So for example, if you state the hadith we mentioned is from Al-Kafi, then we know that the narrator is Sheikh Al-Kulayni, who is Thiqa and reliable, and if one were to trace the chain of narrators they can refer to the book Al-Kafi.
This method is to preserve the teachings of Ahlulbayt (as) and not to allow false statements to creep into the religion. We strongly urge you, no matter how beautiful the Tumblr quote sounds, to double check and provide references/sources with all hadiths you share.