Laith reports once I visited Saalim Ibn Abd Allah. As I entered, I saw him resting on a pillow on which there were pictures of birds and wild animals. I asked him “aren’t these [pictures] disliked [in Islam]”. He said, “No. Only those intended for worship.”
Can’t find this hadith anywhere – Where is its source?
This is the hadith in question:
عن ابن فضيل ، عن ليث ، قال : رأيت سالم بن عبد الله متكئا على وسادة حمراء فيها تماثيل ، فقلت له في ذلك ، فقال : إنما يكره هذا لمن ينصبه ويصنعه [ ص: 199 ]
al-Tamheed of ibn Abd al-Barr and in the Musannaf of ibn Abi Shayba, and Allah knows best.
However the translation ” resting on a pillow on which there were pictures of birds and wild animals” is incorrect, rather should read “resting on a red pillow on which there were pictures [without specification].”
As well, “No. Only those intended for worship,” is incorrect, rather it is “No, only for one to set it up (vertically) and to manufacture it.”
(reviewed and approved by Shaykh Gibril Haddad)