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Lian (Invoking Mutual Curses)

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab that Sahlibn Sad as-Saidi told him that Uwaymir al-Ajlani came toAsim ibn Adi al-Ansari and said to him, "Asim! What doyou think a man who finds another man with his wifeshould do? Should he kill him and then be killed himself,or what should .he do? Asim! ask the Messenger of Allah,may Allah bless him and grant him peace, about that forme." Asim asked the Messenger of Allah, may Allah blesshim and grant him peace, about it. The Messenger ofAllah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, wasrevolted by the questions and reproved them until what heheard from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless himand grant him peace. was intolerable for Asim. When Asimreturned to his people, Uwaymir came to him and said, "Asim! what did the Messenger of Allah, may Allah blesshim and grant him peace, say to you?" Asim said toUwaymir, "You didn't bring me any good. The Messenger ofAllah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, wasrevolted by the question which I asked him." Uwaymirsaid, "By Allah! I will not stop until I ask him aboutit!" Uwaymir stood up and went to the Messenger of Allah,may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in the middle ofthe people and said, "Messenger of Allah! What do youthink a man who finds another man with his wife shoulddo? Should he kill him and then be killed himself, orwhat should he do?" The Messenger of Allah, may Allahbless him and grant him peace, said, "Something has beensent down about you and your wife, so go and bring her."

Sahl continued, "They mutually cursed one another in thepresence of the Messenger, may Allah bless him and granthim peace, and I was present with the people. When theyfinished cursing each other, Uwaymir said, 'I shall havelied about her, Messenger of Allah, if I keep her,' andpronounced the divorce three times before the Messengerof Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,ordered him to do it."

Malik said that Ibn Shihab said, "That was how the sunnaof a couple mutually cursing each other was established(lian)."