Ibn Mas’ud on Hadith: Be careful not to narrate unclear traditions to laypeople

‘Ubaydullah reported: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “You do not narrate to people what their minds cannot grasp but that it will be a trial for some of them.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 9

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

Ibn Hajar said, “In this narration is evidence that it is not appropriate to mention what is confusing to laypeople.”

Source: Fatḥ al-Bārī 1/272

عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ مَسْعُودٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ مَا أَنْتَ بِمُحَدِّثٍ قَوْمًا حَدِيثًا لَا تَبْلُغُهُ عُقُولُهُمْ إِلَّا كَانَ لِبَعْضِهِمْ فِتْنَةً

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