Salam alaikum.

It was reported from Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) as if prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa ala alihi wa sallam) said: Love of Ali eats sins like fire eats firewood.

Opinion of scholars on this narration:

  1. Khatib al-Bagdade in “Tarehul bagdad” (4/417) said: Bateel (False).
  2. Dhahabi in “Tartib al-madwoa” (111) said: Bateel.
  3. ibn Jawzi cited this narration in his book on fabricated narrations.  see “Al-Mawdoat” (2/141)
  4. Imam Shawkani cited this hadith in “Fawaid al-majmoa” (#58) and said: Khatib narrated it in elevated (marfo) form from ibn Abbas, and said: Bateel.
  5. Abul Hasan ibn al-Arrak al-Kinani bring it in “Tanzeh al-shariatul al-marfoa” (#44, p 355) and said: (Khatib narrated) from narrations of ibn Abbas, from the way of Muhammad ibn Muslamat al-Wasete ash-Shafei, and (Khatib) said: It’s false, all narrators are upright except al-Wasete”.
  6. Ibn Asakir in “Tarih madinatul dimashk” (42/244) cited important addition to words of al-Kinani. He said: al-Khatib said: All narrators after Muhammad ibn Muslamat are known truthful.

This hadith you can find along with narration in book of al-Khatib

قال حدثنا محمد بن سلمة الواسطي حدثنا يزيد بن هارون حدثنا حماد بن سلمة عن أيوب عن عطاء عن بن عباس قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم حب علي بن أبي طالب يأكل السيئات كما تأكل النار الحطب

He cited it in bio of Ahmad ibn Shaboowayh (بن شبويه) ibn Muin ibn Bashar Abul-Abbas al-Mawsili.  Khatin himself noticed that it’s only one known hadith of that Ahmad. Here this narrator narrates from Muhammad ibn Salamat (somewhere he is ibn Salamat, somewhere ibn Muslamat).

Ibn Hajar al-Askalani in “Lisanul mizan”  (1/185, #588) said: (This Muhammad ibn Salamat) is weak, and the one who narrated it from him, Ahmad ibn Shaboowayh is unknown.

Regarding this ibn Muslamat (or ibn Salamat) scholars said:

  • 1) Abu Bakr al-Khallal: Extremely weak.
  • 2) Hibbatullah Tabari said he’s weak.
  • 3) Abul Qasim al-Lalekai said he’s weak.  (see “Mizanul itidal” 4/41-42/#8179)

Wa Allahu Alam.

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Used books:

  • Shawkani “Fawaid al-Majmoa”, maktabatul Islamiya, Beirut. 1407 year, 3-d edition.
  • Kinani “Tanzeh al-shariatul al-marfoa”, darul kutub al-ilmiyah, 2-nd edition, 1981.
  • Ibn Hajar “Lisanul mizan”, muasasat alami, Beirut, 3-d edition, 1406.