Subject: What Is Cult
One of your
forum’s most favorite commentators wrote to Muhammad Yunus Saheb, “Is it not
You of all
know well that Yunus Saheb is very well versed in the subject related to our
Holy Quran. Therefore, I remain baffled by this particular question.
those readers who have a highest respect for Muhammad Yunus Saheb, (which
includes this humble Muslim), will certainly appreciate your kind response.
"When the common people in Europe
were sleeping in communal halls on haystacks in pitch darkness and had no more
than a pair of clothes or leather jerkins to wear, and spent their whole winter
indoors living on potato and porridge cooked over the left over in the same
pot, year after year, and had no schools, colleges or centers of learning, the
Muslims lived in great luxury and sophistication and popularized and advanced
all forms of art, craft and knowledge at grass roots level that was beyond the
imagination of their European counterparts. While their cultural superiority
owed to their newfound Qur’anic wisdom, military successes, adoption of the
cultural paradigms of the major civilizations they subsumed (the Romans,
Egyptians, Persians, Indian for example) and an unremitting passion to acquire
knowledge, the inner fabric of the society was immensely benefited by the ancestral
wisdom, passed from generation to generation in the form of narrations or
Hadith. The Hadith sciences covered practically all the activities of the
community and fields of knowledge and provided a common set of paradigms that
filled the gap in practical knowledge in the early centuries of Islam. Thus,
Imam Bukhari’s compilation  is spread over 9 volumes, divided into a total
of 93 sections (or books) and 3981 chapters. Broadly speaking, it covers the
following areas of life:
Agricultural activities: Sowing and
planting of seeds, keeping a watchdog at the farm, use of oxen for ploughing,
share cropping, distribution of water, use of wells, irrigation and dams,
dealings: Bartering, advance booking of goods, sale and purchase of
cattle-heads and property, collection of debt, lost and found, mortgaging,
evaluation of joint property, dividing of houses, sharing of land, gold,
silver, food, and slaves; bankruptcy, renting, transfer of debts, freezing of
property, representation of authority etc.
matters: Litigation for executing the will of the deceased; fraud and cheating;
status and handling of slave girls; law of inheritance, al-hudud (limits of punishment), blood money, coercion, sexual
of selective Qur’anic verses: Beginning of creation, accounts of Adam's fall
from the Paradise, blessings and healing powers of Qur'anic verses, description
of the rewards and punishment in the Day of Judgement etc.
is a full chapter Book (XVI/Vol.3) on freeing of slaves and its superiority’.
‘Whoever frees a Muslim slave, God will save all the parts of his body from the
(Hell) Fire (693). To free the most expensive and the most beloved slave (694),
to free slaves at the time of solar eclipse (695) lunar eclipse (696), to
educate and treat slave girls nicely then free them, and take them in wedlock
(Acc.720, 723/Vol.3). Since some slaves were under joint ownership in those
days, the Prophet is reported to have urged the rich partner to free such
slaves completely (not partially) (697, 698, 699, 700, 701, 702) or
alternatively the price of the slave is to be estimated, and the slave is to be
helped to work without hardship till he pays the rest of his price (672, 704).
daily chores: Rising from sleep, cleaning of teeth, washing, bathing, ablution,
dressing up, eating, keeping a pet, clipping of nail, cutting of hair, going
for a walk, attending to natural call etc.
to cover practically each of the daily rituals, including getting up in the
morning, going to toilet, while ascending a high place, going down a valley,
against and in favour of pagans, during and after prayer, while dusting the bed
sheet before going to bed, while going to bed, sleeping on the right side, waking
up at midnight, putting the right hand under right cheek etc.
Its divine blessing, marrying a virgin, a matron, several women, one's own
slave girl; who all are prohibited in marriage, presenting one's daughter or
sister to a man, marrying off one's young children, beating the tambourine
during the nikah, consummating
marriage on journey, during the day, and with a nine year old girl; perfume for
the bridegroom, etc.
aspects of a divorce, including among others: giving the divorce during a
woman’s monthly period, in a state of anger, using gestures to express divorce,
divorcing thrice at a time, stoning a woman accused of adultery, remarriage
after divorce etc.
wishes, afflictions, judgements, patients, medicines, interpretation of dreams,
meals, aqiqa, slaughtering of animal,
festivals, religious rites; personal virtues and manners; social norms etc.
conflicts, jihad, war-booty; the
virtues of ansars, Medina, and the
Prophet's companions, treatment of non-Muslims at peace and wartime etc.
The evolution of the Hadith sciences and the Prophet’s Sunna and the
need for a Major Paradigm Shift regarding the role of the Hadith Corpus and the
scope of Madrassa education.
Here is a
link I received a few days ago.
The book Biblical
Mullahs: Discovering True Islam Behind The Myths is now up
at Google Books. You can see it here : https://play.google.com/store/search?q=Biblical%20Mullahs&c=books
The book exposes a lot
of the misinformation Muslims have been fed over a long time leading to
their misery and downfall. It certainly opened my eyes.
It is worth acquiring the book
and getting others to do the same. It cannot be copied or printed.It should
generate a lot of comment.