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Islamic Ideology (20 Jan 2015 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Defending the Prophet of Islam against Vulgar Charges from both Islamophobic and Radical Islamic Intellectuals and So Called Rationalists



By Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

21 January, 2015

(Muhammad Yunus, co-author (Jointly with Ashfaque Ullah Syed), Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009)

Last night an e-mail landed at my inbox from someone with a Christian name with the title “She was only six and he in 50’s……. asking me to give up Islam as this was too perverted a religion.

I am neither putting the heading in full nor its content, but the reader can imagine what kind of a story a maligner of the Prophet may spin around the Prophet’s marriage with young Aisha quoting Islamic sources.

I couldn’t remain silent as he could take it as my consent, and I couldn’t return abuse with abuse as that fellow might have written to me to save me from perdition like the Charlie Hobo cartoonists claiming to have good intentions behind the cartoons they publish. So I had to brief him as follows, which I want to share with other Muslim readers who may receive similar mails quoting the most vulgar of Hadith accounts and go beside themselves not knowing what to say.

1.  The truth is the simple Muslims in early Islam created fanciful imageries around the person of the Prophet to make him a legendary and extra-ordinary figure. That included, among other things, colourful details about some of his marriages, which may sometimes be as imaginative as the stories surrounding the birth of the Prophet: a blaze of white light on Abdullah’s forehead as he went to consume marriage with his bride that led to the conception of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), light from Amina’s pregnant belly illuminating the night sky right up to Syria,  a violent earthquake made the palace of Chosroes the Great tremble, and shattered fourteen of its towers; the sacred fire, kept alight for more than a thousand years by Persian worshippers went out, all the idols of the universe were found with their heads bowed down in great shame and so forth. The early listeners of these accounts listened to them with awe and admiration as the bizarre and the fantabulous fired their imagination. Narrated today, they are simply gossipy or Islamic mythology rubber stamped as theology or weak Hadith. 

2. The Qur’an describes the Prophet as a noble messenger (81:19) and a man of sublime character (68:4) and that is enough for the Muslims for they have no doubt that the Qur’an is the uncorrupted word of God and its description of the Prophet must be true, without an iota of doubt. The obvious proof of its being uncorrupted lies in its unqualified veneration of Jesus and Mary (Peace be upon them). 

Thus, the Qur’an distinguishes Jesus Christ with honorific titles among all its prophets. It refers to him as a Sign (ayah, 19:21, 21:91, 23:50), a Mercy (Rahmah, 19:21), a Word (Kalimah, 3:45, 4:171), and a Spirit from Him (Ruhum Minhu, 4:171), one who was strengthened by the Sacred Spirit (Ruhul Qudus, 2:87, 2:253, 5:110), and parallels his birth with the creation of Adam – both a result of divine decree: ‘God spoke and it was done’(3:59). It extols Mary to have been divinely chosen and purified and the most elevated among all ladies in all eras (3:42) and distinguished as a sign jointly with Jesus (ayah, 21:91, 23:50). She is the only woman named in the Qur’an, which refers to all other female figures by their male representatives: wife of Noah, Abraham, Lot, Moses, Pharaoh, Abu Lahab, the Egyptian master of Joseph; wives of Muhammad; daughters of Lot; mother and sisters of Moses, house (descendant) of Imran; and by their mark of distinction (the Queen of Sheba, the woman complainant to Muhammad). [Geoffery Parrinder, Jesus in the Qur’an, One world Publications, U.S.A.]

If the Qur’an were corrupted, at least one word would have been written against Jesus or Mary over the last millennium against probably millions of malicious and vulgar words, slanders and calumnies hurled at the Prophet over this long period.

3. Many sexually loaded, deeply misogynic, sadistic and hatred inducing Ahadith are also attributed to the Prophet. They are no more than human imageries of a later era that found expression in the ever expanding Hadith corpus in the first two centuries of Islam. Muslim Ulema never quoted them as they knew they were simply forged and fabricated (technically ‘weak’). Today they are quoted both by non-Muslims and radical Muslims to conflate them with Islamic message. But the truth is the Hadith is not a divine scripture of Islam as expounded in the following article:

Hadith Is Not A Divine Scripture Of Islam – A La Qur’an


3. The Christian West has maligned the Prophet of Islam for well over a millennium to this very day. This only shows the truth of the following prediction of the Qur’an made almost fifteen centuries ago (Qur’anic revelation spanned 610-632 C.E.) and reinforces my belief in the truth of what the Qur’an says about the Prophet than what the story tellers, say about him having nothing better to do in their leisure or to fire the imagination of people for all times: 

  “Thus we made for every messenger an enemy - Satans from among men and jinn, some of them inspiring others with seductive talk (in order to) deceive (them), and had your Lord pleased, they would not have done it. Therefore, leave them and what they forge” (6:112)

“Thus we made for every messenger an enemy among the criminals - but enough is your Lord (O Muhammad,) as a Guide and Helper” (25:31)

Muhammad Yunus, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, and a retired corporate executive has been engaged in an in-depth study of the Qur’an since early 90’s, focusing on its core message. He has co-authored the referred exegetic work, which received the approval of al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo in 2002, and following restructuring and refinement was endorsed and authenticated by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl of UCLA, and published by Amana Publications, Maryland, USA, 2009.

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  • Yunus sahib, your article equals your usual excellent standards. I was sorry to hear that your articles on themes that I had mentioned failed to generate any enduring interest. That must be very frustrating for writers who want to explore various aspects of Muslim life, Muslim philosophy and Muslim adaptations to modernity or Western influences. 
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/22/2015 1:43:32 AM

    Since some radical Muslims scholars are bent on defaming and maligning Islam, no only on this forum but also in the international media on account of the presence of weak ahadith in the compilations, I will like to draw thier attention to my following article that defends the great scholars of Islam. It is out of taste to malign the compilers who only compiled following the isnad (narration chain) and not the batn (contents),   

    Conclusion of the above article:
    There can be no denying that the authenticated (Sahih) Hadith compilations contain some accounts that sound most bizarre and purport to provoke sexuality, induce terrorism, foment inter-faith hatred, and stand deeply misogynist, scientifically untenable, self contradictory and Qur’an-incompatible [2] – but this must not be attributed to any intellectual turpitude on the part of the Imams who compiled them. The early compilers confronted hundreds of thousands of accounts in oral circulation and applied the prevalent isnad (integrity of narrators in the transmission chain) based screening methodology to accomplish their works. Human reason was in its primitive form and what appears most bizarre and grotesque today, did not register as such in the minds of the common people of Islam’s early centuries, as they were accustomed to believe in legends and fairy tales. The great Imams, who were among the most learned in their era, were cognizant of the ingress of forged and fabricated ahadith in their compilations, but they were not in a position to delete the suspect ahadith as long as they met their criteria of screening. Accordingly they warned the community and posterity about it. This happened a little over two centuries after the Prophet’s death.

    By muhammad yunus - 1/22/2015 12:57:57 AM

  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab,

    This article is about a specific subject that has suddenly become very important. I have done scores of articles on themes that you mentioned, which have however, failed to generate any enduring debate, 

    By muhammad yunus - 1/21/2015 9:35:01 PM

  • Hadith is not Divine like the Holy Quran which is supreme. Hadith comes at the second place. Even here the Agreed Upon Hadith is considered better than others. Among the sayings of the  Holy Prophet Mohammed PBUH perhaps Saying with the Divine Inspiration will have priority. This has  been discussed by scholars of the past and present. There might be some 'mixing' which needs to be checked at the touchstone of the teachings of the Holy Quran. Hadith is another  great thing which Islam has given to the world. Islam should be proud of the Hadith.
    By P.S. Bhandari - 1/21/2015 5:18:26 PM

  • Is Islam all about defending the person of our Prophet and defending Quranic verses against literalists? Shouldn't Islam be more about explication and elaboration of the basic principles that we Muslims live by today and new insights and fresh understandings of what we believe in. We should have a lot more literature on avoidance of violence, making peace, making compromises, friendly relations with other communities, good neighborliness, moral life, common sense solutions to problems, science, secularism etc. The Prophet and the Quran did whatever they could, but what about the new generations of Muslim thinkers taking it further and continuing to update and enrich Islamic discourse?  
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/21/2015 1:04:05 PM

  • Dear Imran,

    My article, captioned, Hadith is not a word of God currently posted in the second page concludes as follows: 

    "The above illustrations are more than enough to establish that the Hadith could not be divinely revealed – parallel or complementary or even remotely synergetic to the Qur’an as the article claims. Any further elaboration, which can no doubt be added, will, however, be like killing the scarecrow and tax the readers. Indeed we need the hadith to know the ways the Prophet performed the Islamic rituals like prayer, fasting and hajj but we cannot consider it divine or even indirect revelation (wahi) because then we will make a gross error by elevating what is fallible and historically derived, era specific to the level of divinity – an open shirk." 

    Kindly read my related articles and post your comments

    By muhammad yunus - 1/21/2015 7:25:30 AM

  • Dear Imran,

    My article, captioned, Hadith is not a word of God currently posted in the second page concludes as follows: 

    "The above illustrations are more than enough to establish that the Hadith could not be divinely revealed – parallel or complementary or even remotely synergetic to the Qur’an as the article claims. Any further elaboration, which can no doubt be added, will, however, be like killing the scarecrow and tax the readers. Indeed we need the hadith to know the ways the Prophet performed the Islamic rituals like prayer, fasting and hajj but we cannot consider it divine or even indirect revelation (wahi) because then we will make a gross error by elevating what is fallible and historically derived, era specific to the level of divinity – an open shirk." 

    Kindly read my related articles and post your comments

    By muhammad yunus - 1/21/2015 7:24:42 AM

  • Mr. Yunus should have stated that all hadith are doubtful of nature being verbally transmitted over two hundred and fifty years, hence they should not be accepted verbatim.
    By mohammad Imran - 1/21/2015 6:00:38 AM

  • Rational,

    Speaking for myself, the Quran is extremely clear. I have answered everyone's questions comprehensively time and again.

    There is no abrogated verse in the Quran that the Quran itself does not qualify as being of a temporary nature. It does not matter to me that there is hardly any other Muslim (scholar or person), who holds a similar opinion.

    There is no contradiction in the Quran - not even between the Medinian and the Meccan verses. Any person or scholar who sees any contradiction has not understood the Quran. We discussed earlier how all the verses regarding Qibla make perfect sense and there is no contradiction between the command to face kaba for prayer, the verse saying all directions belong to Allah and the verse which says that it is not piety that you face the east or the west for prayer.

    The Quran commands us to obey/follow Allah and the Messenger, and in our worldly matters, the political leader as long as his commands are legitimate. There is no verse that asks us to obey anyone else in the matter of belief. If we choose to obey anyone else, that is our choice. Since no single person is perfect, it would be foolish to blindly follow anyone. Pick and choose from others what you find good and reasonable and disregard what does not make sense.

    What I would have been if I was born a "non-Muslim" is a hypothetical question. A person can  be a Muslim or Momin irrespective of the faith into which he is born and without conversion. A Muslim is simply one who believes in and submits to the Rab or the Creator. He is also a seeker of knowledge and strives his utmost to do good. Such a person will always be guided correctly. The Quran disabuses all notions that only the followers of a particular Messenger are Muslims or will only go to heaven. While deniers of the messengers are not Muslims, the agnostics are not non-Muslims. The Muslims also need to take at best, the position of an agnostic regarding any specific spiritual leader from history, whose name does not find a mention in the Quran, irrespective of what is attributed to him as his teachings. Isn't there a gap in what is attributed to our Prophet in the books of hadith and what the Quran says? 

    By Observer - 1/21/2015 4:17:07 AM

  • Rational,

    There will a band of people who will not need intercession. Their deeds alone will be sufficient.

    Intercession is simply additional grace for people who would not otherwise make it. It is God's way of helping those in whom there is some good although the balance is not in their favour.

    By Observer - 1/21/2015 3:48:15 AM

  • Observer
    Had been the Quran clear, there would have not been any need of you or any other scholar? Hence there would have not been any sect?
    The verses are toys to play with scholars of Islam and enemies of Islam alike.

    Have the followers of the Islam nothing to do with Islam? What are you doing here? are you not other person who is speaking for Allah? So others also speak no matter what they speak.
    Muslims know Islam through their scholars. they don't understand the Qur'an.
    your saying one is responsible for his beliefs is technically correct, but it is not truth because we are born Muslims not Muslims by conviction.
    Had you been born to Hindu parents, you would have been arguing in favor of rebirth not on judgement day.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 1/21/2015 3:10:42 AM

  • Observer
    what is the logic behing intercession by the prophet or any other granted with persmission to intercede. Is it not injustice? Does God depend on people in his judgmental powers?
    If a person guilty Allah knows. Why intercession? If a person pious what is the need of intercession?
    you may bring some anlaogy from this world. but judges of this world are man who lack in knowledge and responde to emotions. God is above such short comings. why there is a possibility of intercession in other verses. Is God correcting himself?

    Sahih International
    And fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, nor will intercession be accepted from it, nor will compensation be taken from it, nor will they be aided.

    Sahih International
    That Day, no intercession will benefit except [that of] one to whom the Most Merciful has given permission and has accepted his word.

    In the first quoted verse there is no intercession at all.
    in other verses quoted intercession with condition.
    Does God suffer memory loss? or he wants to increases the disease by revealing contradictory verses?
    will you lie again it is from islamophobe site?

    By rational mohammed yunus - 1/21/2015 2:46:07 AM

  • Rational,

    How does it matter that there are so many others who believe whatever they believe? Or that the Muslims do not agree on many issues?

    Have I said anything while quoting the Quran that you disagree with?

    The fault of others and what they say and believe cannot be the excuse for blaming the Quran or Islam.

    You are responsible only for what you believe and what you say and I am responsible for what I say and what I believe and the reasons that I give for why I believe what I believe. 

    By Observer - 1/21/2015 2:23:29 AM

  • Observer - 1/21/2015 1:24:39 AM
    you repeated the same thing "right from islamophobic site".
    you can keep repeating if it helps you some way.
    why don't you start a debate on interceding prowess of the prophet with scholars on this site?
    if they speak they will quote the Quran.
    If you don't believe in
    interceding powers of the prophets or anybody else, it doesn't mean majority of Muslims doesn't believe in it.

    May i remind you that peers of Devband questioned the Darood in namaz for which Brailviz are enemies of the Devbandis.
    Ashraf ali thanvi said that it is better to recall a donkey than the prophet in the state of Namaz. You shouldn't recall the prophet while reciting Darood which is a ridiculus thing to ask.
    Some Muslims now are saying that Darood ia a later addition to namaz.
    Similarly i can site other Muslims who call Darood in namaz a shirk.
     i still remember what is recited in Darood with meaning before the end of namaz.
    So those who make distinction among the prophets must be anti-Quran. Should i tell you who are they?
    if the Quran is free from supremacy of the prophet, what is the source of it?
    Itna halla gulla mohammed ke naam par hi kyon hai.
    Observer you can't hold me responsible for the evils propagated by the scholars of islam.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 1/21/2015 2:13:24 AM

  • Rational says: "Allah in the Quran not only himself sends salutations on the prophet but commands others too to do so.
    It feeds Muslims a sense of supremacy. See Allah himself saluting our prophet hz mohammed."


    It must be ages since Rational has read the Quran. His source for all his quotations and sayings now appear to be straight from the sites engaged in maligning Islam. Otherwise, how does he fail to notice that the Quran sends salutations to all the Prophets? That the Quran says much more in the case of the other Prophets than for Muhammad (pbuh)? He has even forgotten the Islamic prayer in which Muslims prays that the salutation or durood for Muhammad (pbuh) and his progeny/followers be equal/similar to that of Abraham and his progeny/followers.


    The following is about Jesus (pbuh):

    (19:30) He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;

    (31) "And He hath made me blessed (mubarakan) wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live;

    (32) "(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable;

    (33) "So peace (salaam) is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"!

    (34) Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.


    And a similar verse about Yahya:


    (19:15) So Peace on him the day he was born, the day that he dies, and the day that he will be raised up to life (again)!

    There isn’t a similar verse about Muhammad (pbuh)!

    And the following which is recited at the end of every Dua (prayer)

    (180) Glory to thy Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him)!

    (181) And Peace (salaamun) on the messengers!

    (182) And Praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.


    The Quran forbids people from making any distinction between the messengers and there isn’t a single verse in the Quran that exalts Muhammad (pbuh) over the other messengers or any of the messengers over the remaining messengers. There isn’t even a verse that says that Muhammad (pbuh) will have the power to intercede on behalf of his followers. All power is with Allah only and Allah may allow the messengers or such other persons to intercede on behalf of some of their followers. The decision to allow intercession is with Allah only and only those pre-approved for being forgiven by Allah through intercession will be allowed intercession.


    By Observer - 1/21/2015 1:24:39 AM

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