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Did The Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) Supplicate Against the Crow?
Question:

I heard from a brother that, on the day of his emigration, the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) supplicated against a crow: "May Allaah blacken your face." Is this Hadeeth authentic? If it is authentic, why did the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) say that?
Answer:

This narration is a fabrication — as far as I know — the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) didn't supplicate against the crow, not during his emigration and not during any other time. But the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) did mention the crow in the Hadeeth concerning the five Fawasiq (vicious animals), which are to be killed, even when a person is in a state of Ihram, he (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

خمس من الدواب كلهن فاسق يقتلن في الحرم الغراب والحدأة والعقرب والفأرة والكلب العقور

"I here are five animals that are all Fawasiq and should be killed while not in Ihram and while in Ihram: the crow, the kite (a kind of bird), the scorpion, the mouse, and the ferocious dog." (Al-Bukhari no. 1829 and Muslim no. 1198)

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah, Vol. 7, Pages 184-185, DARUSSALAM
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