Iblis and Khannas

Whisper

مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ

From the evil of the whisperer who withdraws.

(al-Nas: 4)

Imam al-Qurtubi mentions the following narration in his tafsir of the above ayah:

“It is said: al-Waswaas al-Khannaas is a son of Iblis. Iblis came with him to Hawwa’, placed him in front of her, and said, “Take care of him [ukfuleeh].” So Adam ‘alaihis salaam said, “What is this [O Hawwa’]?” She replied, “Our enemy came with this (boy) and told me, ‘Take care of him.'” So he said, “Didn’t I tell you not to obey him in anything? He is the one who deceived us until we fell into disobedience.” And he went to the boy and cut him in four, and hung each quarter on a tree, in wrath at him. So Iblis came and said, “O Hawwa’, where is my son?” and she informed him about what Adam ‘alahis salaam had done. So he said, “O Khannas,” and he (i.e. Khannas) came back to life and responded to him.

So he came with him to Hawwa’ and said, “Take care of him.” Adam ‘alaihis salam came and burnt him with fire, and scattered his ashes on the ocean. So Iblis came and said, “O Hawwa’, where is my son?” and she informed him about what Adam had done to him. So he went to the ocean and said, “O Khannas,” and he (i.e. Khannas) came back to life and responded to him.

So he came with him to Hawwa’ a third time and said, “Take care of him.” Adam looked at him (i.e. Khannas), slaughtered and disfigured him, and they both (i.e. Adam and Hawwa’) ate him. So Iblis came and questioned her (i.e. Hawwa’) and she informed him. So he said, “O Khannas,” and he (i.e. Khannas) came back to life and responded to him from the mouths of Adam and Hawwa’. Iblis said, “This is what I wanted. And this will be your home, in the chests of the sons of Adam.” So he swallows up the heart of the (son of) Adam, whispering, for as long as he remains heedless; and when he mentions Allah with the speech of his heart, then he (i.e. Khannas) departs.

al-Tirmidhi al-Hakeem mentioned this narration in “Nawaadir al-Usul” with a chain [isnaad] from Wahb bin Munabbih. But I do not think that it is authentic. And Allah ta’ala knows best.”

(al-Jami’ li Ahkam al-Qur’an)


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3 Responses to Iblis and Khannas

  1. serendipitouslife says:

    Asalaamualaikum,
    Is this from any hadith? It begins with, “it is said…”. So, who said this?

  2. the middle road says:

    Wa alaikum salam wa rahmatullah

    I don’t think that it is hadith. I checked it up in the reference which Imam al-Qurtubi mentioned and there it simply says, “From Wahb bin Munabbih”. So I think it might be his words and not an actual hadith.

    And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) knows best.

  3. seeker-of-knowledge says:

    Brother Ayman Khaled shed light on this narration, which is as follows:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    This has been documented in Nawadir Al-usoul by al-hakeem al-tirmithi.

    The chain is full of unknown narrators up to Wahb and al-hakeem himself is criticized!

    Anyhow, it is obvious to be one of the stories of bani israel without looking into its chain.

    Wallahu A’lam

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