Icons of Jesus and Mary (peace be upon them) in the Ka’ba

Question:

Assalam alaykum.

Is it true that Sayyidina Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) safeguarded icons of Jesus and Mary (as) in the Ka’ba as mentioned here: http://www.bliis.org/essay/prophet-muhammad-jesus-marys-icons-kaba/

Barakallahu fikum

Answer:

Alaykum Salam,
Among the Tabi`in that thought it may indeed have been the case are `Ata’ and `Amr b. Dinar according to Dhahabi; however, this particular report is inauthentic as its chain contains Muslim b. Khalid al-Zanji whose narrations are unrecognized/disclaimed (munkar al-hadith) and the top narrator is Yasar Abu Najih al-Makki (d. 109) who is a junior Tabi`i, so there is an untold number of missing links between him and the event. Allah knows best.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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