Hadith on Doubts: Jesus gives believers benefit of the doubt

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Jesus, son of Mary, saw a person he thought was stealing. Jesus said to him: Have you committed theft?The man said: No, by Him besides whom there is no God! Jesus said: I believe in Allah and I disbelieve my eyes.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3260, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2368

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

Ibn Hajar said, “It is interpreted that the man was taking what he had a right to take, or that he had permission from its owner to take, or that he was taking it to examine and look at it, without intending to plunder or confiscate it.”

Source: Fatḥ al-Bārī 3260

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رَأَى عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ رَجُلًا يَسْرِقُ فَقَالَ لَهُ عِيسَى سَرَقْتَ قَالَ كَلَّا وَالَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ فَقَالَ عِيسَى آمَنْتُ بِاللَّهِ وَكَذَّبْتُ نَفْسِي

3260 صحيح البخاري كتاب أحاديث الأنبياء باب قول الله واذكر في الكتاب مريم إذ انتبذت من أهلها

2368 صحيح مسلم كتاب الفضائل باب فضائل عيسى عليه السلام

وقال ابن حجر يُحْتَمَلُ أَنْ يَكُونَ الرَّجُلُ أَخَذَ مَا لَهُ فِيهِ حَقٌّ أَوْ مَا أَذِنَ لَهُ صَاحِبُهُ فِي أَخْذِهِ أَوْ أَخَذَهُ لِيُقَلِّبَهُ وَيَنْظُرَ فِيهِ وَلَمْ يَقْصِدَ الْغَصْبَ وَالِاسْتِيلَاءَ

3260 فتح الباري شرح صحيح البخاري