Ahl Al-Bid’ah amongst the Jinn

Al-Hâfidh Ibn Kathîr – Allâh have mercy upon him – reports the following incident in his tafsîr of Sûrah Al-Jinn, verse 11:

Ahmad b. Sulaymân al-Najjâd said in his Amâlî: … Abû Mu’âwiyah said, “I heard Al-A’mash say, ‘A jinni once came to us and I asked him: what is the favorite food amongst you?’ He replied, ‘Rice.’ So we gave some to them and I saw handfuls of rice being lifted and I couldn’t see anyone [picking them up]. I asked, ‘Do these false desires (bid’ah) that are amongst us exist amongst you?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’ I asked, ‘How are the Râfidah amongst you?’ He replied, ‘The worst of us.’”

Ibn Kathîr said, ‘I presented this chain of narration to our Shaykh, Al-Hâfidh Abû Al-Hajjâj Al-Mizzî and he said, ‘This chain of narration issahîhall the way to Al-A’mash.’’

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