By Dr. Shabbir Ahmed
The Hadith Collection by “Imam” Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ismail Bukhari is considered by Mullahs and their blind followers as the most authentic book on earth after the Quran. Let’s examine it. Most of the references given here belong to Bukhari published by Madina Publishing Company, Karachi, 1982, Printer Hamid & Co. It is nice to see that this version of Bukhari gives us the complete original Arabic text as well which I have checked personally. The translator into Urdu is “Maulana” Abdul Hakim Khan Shahjahanpuri. For the sake of brevity, only the relevant lines have been selected without compromising the meanings and context in the least. Vol = Volume. P or Pg = Page number. # = Hadith or Baab (Chapter) number. Another example, 2:76 would mean Vol 2, page 76. When referring to the Quran, 2:76 will mean Surah 2 verse 76.
Please remember that popular books have many different publishers. That causes some variation in page numbers but, invariably, a little effort can lead the reader to the desired references. It is always of great help to go to the relevant, stated chapter and search the narratives given in The Criminals of Islam.
Please know that an outstanding scholar of Islam, Ubaidullah Sindhi concedes, "I cannot teach Bukhari Hadith to any youngster, or to a non-Muslim because of shame." (Preface to his Tafseer, Ilham-ur-Rahman). Let’s explore why he said this …
Mahmood bin Rabe’ narrates, “I still remember when I was five years old. The Prophet (S) rinsed his mouth and then poured the water into mine.” [Vol 1 Kitabul ‘Ilm Pg 130, Hadith #77]. Could the exalted Prophet hold any human being at that level of contempt?
Vol 1 Kitabul ‘Ilm Pg 136-137 Ahadith 91, 92, 93 describe such lies: The Prophet’s cheeks glowed and his face became red with anger . . . and so on. These statements are absolutely at variance with the Prophet’s character, and it appears they were fabricated to defame him. This is only one of the hundreds of such narratives that portray him to be a man of temper. The Prophet (S), in fact, was a cool-minded person with exceptional self-control. The Quran states this:
3:159 It is God's mercy that you (O Messenger) are lenient and compassionate with people. For, if you were harsh and stern of heart, they would have broken away from you.
Prophet Solomon boasted that he would impregnate one hundred women in one night, but only one woman became pregnant and gave birth to a half-formed child. [Book of Nikah 3:110 #226]. This tragedy is reported elsewhere to have occurred because Solomon did not say "In-Sha-Allah” (God willing) before going to his hundred wives.
The Messenger (S) used to visit all nine of his wives every night. [Vol 3 Pg 52 Book of Nikah, #34]. On the other hand, Bukhari repeatedly narrates that the Prophet used to stand at prayers all night, so much so that his feet used to swell.
The Messenger (S) used to have intercourse with all of his wives in one hour of the day and night (without taking a bath) and these (wives) were eleven. The narrator tries to pre-empt an objection by stating that he had the (sexual) power of 30 men. [Vol 1 Pg 189, Book of Bath #266]. The Mullah mind has so terribly affected our masses that even derogatory statements such as this become praiseworthy. The exalted Prophet was a perfect guide to humanity. He was not a man of unbridled desire. The women who lived in his household were primarily there for shelter. Only a contemptuous mind can perceive the Mothers of Believers as objects of pleasure for the Prophet. Bukhari highlights the above Hadith by putting a special heading: “To have sex with many women with only one bath..” That stifles any apologetic defences of this Hadith by the Mullahs.
The Prophet said that the best man amongst his followers is the one who has the greatest number of wives. [Vol 3:52 Book of Nikah #62]. Many Mullahs offer an apology here that the Prophet (S) is referring to himself. Well, that only compounds the insult. There have been ‘Muslim’ kings who had harems of hundreds of women. The Quran (49:13) tells us that the best person is the one who is best in conduct.
The Prophet (S) asked, “Who will buy this slave from me?” Hazrat Na’eem bought him for 800 Darham. [Vol 3 Kitabul Ikrah Pg 669 #1838]. Did the Prophet sell slaves?
Ayesha said to the Prophet, “Won’t you rather graze your camel onto a tree whose leaves have not yet been grazed?” ‘Arwa bin Zubair said that Ayesha meant she was the only virgin the Prophet had married. [Vol 3 Book of Nikah Pg 55 #71]
The Prophet disapproved of his companion Jabir’s plan to marry a widow and asked, "Why did you not marry a virgin so that you played with her and she played with you?" [Same Volume, same page]. The Prophet (S) was extremely compassionate to widows and divorced women.
Hazrat Ali stated that he constantly suffered from “jiryan” (drainage of prostate secretions). [Vol 1, Kitabul ‘Ilm, The Book of Knowledge Pg 150 #132]. This fictitious condition is widely believed in the East to take away manhood. Someone is trying to dishonour the great companion of the Prophet (S).
The sun rises between the two antlers of Satan. [Beginning of Creation 2:235 #504]. Does this need a comment?
Prophet Abraham lied three times. [Book of Nikah 3:57 #78]. After insulting the Patriarch of Faith, the narrator goes on to justify the accusation with lame arguments.
After the fall of Khyber, people described the beauty of Safia Bint Hui, the new bride of a slain enemy soldier. The Prophet chose her for himself. On the way to Madina he camped and had intercourse with her. His companions did not know if she was a wife or a concubine. Later, a veil was drawn between her and the men-folk and they came to know that she was a wife. [Book of Sales and Book of Nikah 3:57 #78]. Elsewhere, the narrator of the wicked story states that Safia was initially given to Wahia Kulbi, but because of her beauty, the Prophet chose her for himself, and asked Wahia to pick another woman.
An important reminder: The Quran (47:4) ordains that prisoners of war are to be freed either for ransom or as an act of kindness. There is no third option. How could the Prophet (S) and his noble companions enslave human beings?
The Prophet said, “Bad luck and misfortune can exist in a wife, a home and a horse.” [Book of Nikah 3:60 #85]
“After my time, the greatest tribulation for men will be women.” [Book of Nikah 3:61 #89]
The Prophet said to a man, "I make you the owner of this woman because you can recite some Surahs of the Quran." [Book of Nikah 3:69 #109]
“A woman presented herself to the Prophet. He intently gazed at her from head to toe and then lowered his head.” (He was not interested in her.) [Book of Nikah 3:71 #113]
Have you noticed the degradation of women in the above five Ahadith? Could these be the words and deeds of the noble Prophet? The Quran testifies that the exalted Prophet had sublime morals and that he was a role model for all mankind. (68:4, 33:21)
When the Prophet married Ayesha, she was 6 years old, and the marriage was consummated when she was 9 (and he was 54). [Book of Nikah 3:75 #122]. On the other hand, the Quran ties marriage to adulthood and mental maturity by declaring marriage a solemn covenant (4:21). There is strong historical evidence contrary to Bukhari, but our Mullah loves nothing but trash of this kind. The exalted Prophet never did anything against the Quran. “His character was nothing but the Quran.” [Hazrat Ayesha]
I saw that most of those entering the gate of hellfire were women. [Book of Nikah I3:97 #182]
Vol 1 Pg 198 Kitabil Haidh #295. The Prophet (S) passed by a group of women. He said to them, “O Women! Give alms, because I have seen you burning in hell in great numbers.” When the women asked the reason for it, he said:
“You women curse too much!”
“You are ungrateful to your husbands..”
“In spite of being deficient in intellect as well as in religion, you are capable of prevailing over a man of wisdom. You are a creation the like of which has never been seen.”
“Is not the testimony of a woman one half that of a man? This is the measure of deficiency of your intellect!”
“And mind you, when a woman has her periods she is not allowed to pray or fast. This is the measure of your deficiency in religion.”
Dear reader, the Quran stresses gender equity. The Creator designed the physique and physiology of men and women. So the question of deficiency in intellect and religion does not arise. Traditions of this nature were fabricated for enslavement of women. The Quran nowhere mentions that women cannot pray or fast during menstruation or that a woman’s witness is only one half of a man’s. Without any doubt, you will find Mullahs and Mullahnis trying to defend and rationalize even this great insult..
Woman’s witness according to the Quran, verse 2:282. First of all, the matter under discussion only pertains to a deed of loan. The verse says that two men (not one) should witness the signing of the document. If two men are not available, then let there be one man and two women, all of them you satisfactorily consider competent as witnesses - so that even if the witnessing woman gets distracted (for example, by her baby), the accompanying woman may support and remind her. Hence, the second woman is not a witness in the court of law. She will not speak to the court. She is there only to support and remind the witnessing woman if she gets distracted.
Fitna (tribulation) is in the East. [Book of Talaq 3:132 #275]. We seriously doubt that the exalted Prophet, called the “mercy for the worlds” in the Quran 21:107, could confine his vision to East or West.
Ayesha said to the Prophet, “Ah! My head is bursting.” He said, “I wish it did and I would pray for your forgiveness.” Ayesha responded: “You want me to die so that you can spend the next night with another wife.” [Vol 3 Pg 247 Kitab-ut-Tibb, The Book of Medicine, #626]
Run from the leper as you run from the lion. [Kitab-ut-Tibb, Book of Medicine 3:259 #663]. It is well-known that leprosy requires years of close contact to get transmitted. Still, we find contradiction in several Ahadith. For example, La ‘Udwa wa La Teeara wa La Haamma (There is no such thing as contagion, omen or a hunger snake in the stomach.)
A man inquired, “We earn income from these bondwomen, (other narratives mention prostitution) so can we do ‘Azl (Coitus interruptus) with them?” The Prophet said, “There is no sin in doing that.” [Kitabul Qadr, the Book of Destiny, 3:543 #1514]. The most famous Mullah of the 20th century, Maududi, comments on this Hadith that it is alright for a master to marry off a slave girl to another while using her for all personal services except sex. [Tafhim Vol 1 Pg 340]
Some people got sick in Madina. The Prophet advised them to drink camel's urine and milk. After they became well, they killed a shepherd. The Prophet ordered that their hands and feet be chopped off and their eyes enucleated. They were laid on burning sand. When they asked for water it was denied them. So much so that they tasted sand until they died. [Kitabul Mahrabain and Kitabut Tibb Vol 3 Pg 254 #646]. Dear reader, could the compassionate and merciful Prophet inflict torture on human beings? Is it possible that the narrators of this Hadith want to portray the Prophet (S) as barbaric? Were these narrators really Muslim?
Seeing a black woman in a dream is the sign of an oncoming or moving epidemic. [Kitabut Ta'abir Vol 3 Pg 706 #1923]. Ah, the poor woman! Here comes more…
The Prophet’s wives awoke late one morning. He said, “Many women who are dressed up in this world will be raised naked in the Hereafter.” [Kitabul Fatan 3:718 #1950]. Notice the gross insult thrown at the Mothers of Believers.
Some Muslims sided with hypocrites and idolaters and used to invite them to attack the Prophet! [Kitabul Fatan 3:723 #1965]. The Quran mentions all the noble companions as staunch believers with whom Allah was pleased. (8:74, 9:100)
The exalted Prophet said, “I will be the first one to regain consciousness in Qiyamat (Resurrection), but I will find Prophet Moses holding the foot of the Throne of God. [Hadith 1750 Kitab-ut-Tafseer Vol 2 Pg 784]. This Hadith has obviously been contrived by some non-Muslim to belittle Muhammad (S) in comparison to Prophet Moses.
I was walking outside and suddenly saw the angel of Hira sitting on a throne that filled the earth and the sky. I was terrified so much that I was about to fall to the ground. [Bukari, Beginning of Creation Vol 2 Pg 224 Hadith #471]. The exalted Prophet was the most courageous person the planet has ever seen and angels are not fond of playing tricks with Prophets.
The Prophet allowed Muhammad bin Muslima to kill a non-Muslim, Ka’b bin Ashraf, through deception. [Vol 2 Kitabul Jihad 2:134 #282]
The Prophet used to become very restless and frightened whenever he saw the sky overcast. [Bukhari, Beginning of Creation 2:213 #440]. The exalted Prophet preached against omens and superstitions and was a man of great courage. But here is the Mullah apology: “Well, he used to worry about God taking his people to task.” What! Go through the entire Quran and you will find every Prophet being informed of the oncoming doom very much in advance.
Hoors (beauties of the heaven) will be full-breasted and free of menstruation. [Bukhari, Beginning of Creation 2:225 #473]. Thanks!
Important Note: Hoor is the plural in Arabic meaning “intelligent and righteous companions”. Ahwar is the male gender and Haoora is the female. The promise of such companions in Paradise is referred to in the Quran 44:54 and 52:20. For centuries, our historians and Imams have portrayed hoors only as voluptuous women of Paradise.
The hellfire complained to Allah, "One part of me is eating the other part." So, the hellfire was allowed two breaths - one in summer and one in winter. That is how you see the change of seasons. [Beginning of Creation 2:231 #495]
Azan, (the call to prayer), puts Satan to flight, passing gas as he runs away. [Beginning of Creation 2:237 #515]
Satan rests at night in your noses. [Beginning of Creation 2:241 #527]
A rooster sees angels, and a donkey sees Satan. [Beginning of Creation 2:243 #533]. Recall that Satan is nothing but our selfish desire.
Rats are the lost tribe of Israel because they do not drink the camel's milk, but drink goat’s milk. [Beginning of Creation 2:244 #538]. The camel was prohibited as a source of food for the Israelites.
The above statements need no comment except that only a foolish mind can accept them as coming from the wisest man the planet has ever known.
Five animals are sinful, so kill them even in Makkah: Rat, scorpion, eagle, crow, and a biting dog. [Beginning of Creation 2:245 #543]
The Prophet ordered the killing of dogs. [Beginning of Creation 2:247 #551]. Elsewhere it says the killing of all black dogs was ordered.
Woman was created from the rib so she will always remain crooked. Leave her crooked. If you try to straighten her, you will break her. [Beginning of Creation 2:251 #559]. This is a Biblical statement. Elsewhere, it adds, “and reap advantage”. The Quran does not state that woman was created from a rib.
If there were no Israelites, meat would never get rotten. And if there were no Eve, no woman would be unfaithful to her husband. [Reference same #559]
Prophet Job was bathing. Locusts of gold started raining on him. [Vol 2 Kitabul Anbia, Pg 281 #616]
Mamoona said that she gazed at the Prophet taking bath after intercourse, until she saw him wash his private parts. [Book of Bath 1:193 #276]. The Prophet had declared that modesty is a part of faith and that modesty and faith are tied together. However, for centuries our Mullahs have been repeating, “There is no shame in religion.” Many a woman has been dishonored on this assumption. A Hadith was made up in the name of Hazrat Ayesha praising Ansari women for asking questions without concern for modesty or shame. To our Imams and Mullahs, most of the questions on religion comprise about sex, nudity, bath, menstruation, concubines, polygamy, divorce, and the like. See another example of shamelessness:
Abu Hurairah reported, "When tips of the genitalia meet, and the man sits between the woman's legs and pushes, a bath becomes obligatory.” [Book of Bath, 1:195, #286]. Thanks for the details!
Ayesha said, "The Prophet used to place a pillow in my lap even though I would be menstruating, and then he would recite the Quran." [Book of Bath Pg 197 #292]. Will even an ordinary Muslim, do this?
If the Prophet wanted to have intercourse with a menstruating wife, he ordered her to tie a loincloth even though the menstruation would be at its peak.. Then he had intercourse. Whoever has concocted this Hadith adds a contrary statement: Ayesha said, "None of you has as much control over his desire as the Prophet had!" [The Book on Menstruation 1:198, # 295] The caption of this Hadith is ‘Mubaashira-til-haayidh’. Mubaashira means nothing but intercourse. But we find Mullahs apologetically defending this Hadith by deceiving that the word also means fondling. Even if we buy this deception, what kind of decency or self-control is that?
Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet said, "I was praying. Satan came in front of me and tried to force me to break my prayers. Allah gave me control over him and I threw him down. I thought of tying him with a pillar so that you could see him in the morning. [Chapters of Tahajjud 1:469, #1131 chapter 766]. According to another Hadith, which agrees with the Quran, everyone has his own Satan (temptation) within himself. Describing this, the exalted Prophet is reported to have said, “Even I have my Iblis (Satan) within me but I have made him a Muslim.”
Fasting castrates. [Vol 1 Pg 685 Kitabus Saum, #1780] Smile!
Ayesha relates, “The Prophet used to have intercourse with us and deeply kissed us while he was fasting.” Then she shied away smiling. [Vol 1:691, Kitabus Saum, Hadith #1798 & 1799]
Khola bint Hakeem presented herself to the Prophet. Ayesha exclaimed, “The woman does not feel ashamed of giving herself to a man!” However, the Prophet started receiving a revelation and Ayesha complained, “O Messenger of Allah! I see that your Lord rushes to fulfill your desires.” [Vol 3 Pg 67 Kitabun Nikah # 102]. Here, some criminal is trying to create doubt in the Divine Revelation.
When the Prophet went to the daughter of Jaun (Jaunia) and came close to her, she said, “I seek refuge with Allah against you.” The Prophet said, “You have sought refuge with the Great One. So go to your household now.” [Vol 3 Kitabut Talaq Pg 115 #237]. Can we think of a greater insult to the exalted Prophet? Was Bukhari a Muslim?
Then (elsewhere, the most beautiful) Jaunia was brought in to a garden. The Prophet told his companions to wait outside and he entered a house made of date trees. Upon entering, he said to Jaunia, “Give yourself to me.” She said, “Can a queen give herself to a thief? I seek refuge with Allah against you.” [Vol 3 Kitabut Talaq Pg 115 #238].
The Prophet married Umaima bint Sharaheel. But when he went to her and extended his hand to her, she hated it. [Reference same]
Fortunately, the sinister narrators and the ‘authoritative’ Bukhari did not have the courage to accuse the exalted Prophet of raping these two women.
FATALISM: Allah has appointed an angel on every womb. He informs Allah the Glorious, “My Lord! Semen has been deposited. Now it has become blood. My Lord! Now it has become a piece of meat. When Allah decides to complete the creation as He wills, the angel asks, “Should this be a male or female, wicked or righteous? How much wealth, age etc should it have? Then the angel writes down all things in the mother’s womb. Dear reader, no wonder that thinking minds ask why then it was necessary to reveal Divine Guidance! Is not this Hadith, if believed, sufficient to make Islam a fatalistic religion? [Vol 1 The Book of Menstruation Pg 203 #309]
The Messenger of Allah addressed his wife Safia as, “O You bald-headed, perished one!” [Bukhari, Vol 3 Pg 143 Kitabut Talaq #302]. And, “O You barren, bald-headed! Will you stop us from ---?” [Vol 1 Pg 642 #1641 Kitabul Manasik]
Dear reader, many of the passages in this book are disturbing. We have copied them with a heavy heart. This work has been undertaken so that our younger generation does not think of these insults as a part of Islam. It is important that these anomalies be seen as the defamations they are.
[Kitabil Manaqib Vol 2 Pg 445 # 1030]. Umro bin Maimoon reported, “During the Age of Ignorance, I saw a monkey surrounded by a swarm of other monkeys. He had committed adultery with a female monkey. So, all monkeys stoned him to death. I cast stones, too.” Ibn Hajar ‘Asqalani decides to explain this Hadith further in his ‘Sharh Saheeh Bukhari’ Vol 7 Pg 121: Umro bin Maimoon said, “I was standing on high grounds in Yemen. A monkey brought a female monkey with him, kept her hand under his head and went to sleep. Then came a younger male and gestured with his eye. The female slowly pulled her hand away from under the head of the (older) monkey and tiptoed away from him. Then she committed adultery with the young monkey, and I saw it with my own eyes. After finishing the act, she returned and gently tried to place her hand under his head. The older monkey got alarmed and thought ‘there is something black at the bottom’. He smelled the
female and things became crystal clear to him. He started yelling and many monkeys arrived at the scene. He kept yelling pointing his hand to the female. The monkeys ran in different directions and soon arrested the criminal monkey back to the scene of the crime. I recognized him as well. They dug a hole in the ground and stoned both of them to death.” Dear reader, our Mullah brings up this Hadith to support stoning which finds no place in the Quran. Did you enjoy animals committing crimes such as adultery and notice the swift monkey style police activity? Amazingly, a Mullah in Maryland tried to defend this Hadith by saying, “Oh, all this happened in the Age of Ignorance!” So, the laws in Nature were different during those times!
Do you ever see an animal born with any deformities? [Bukhari, Book of Funerals, Vol 1 Pg 525 #1295]. Animals are indeed born with deformities. Someone in this narration is trying to attribute his ignorance to the most knowledgeable man of all times.
Abdullah Ibne Umar was reciting the Quran. When he reached verse 2:223, he asked Naafe’ whether he knew the application of this verse. Then he went on to explain: “Your women are your fields therefore go to your fields as you please. If you wish, go into her….. [(Bukhari Vol 2 Pg 729 Kitab Tafsir, chapter 597, Hadith 1641). It is astounding that even the original Arabic text leaves a blank space here!
Refuting the grave insult, the correct meaning of the verse is given below:
2:223 Remember that women in the society are the guardians of your future generations, just as a garden keeps the seeds and turns them into flowering plants. ---.
When a woman refuses to come to her husband’s bed, angels keep cursing her until the morning. [Bukhari, Book of Nikah Vol 3 Pg 96 #178]
Read Vol 3 Kitab-un-Nikah Pg 111 Hadith #228. No person should reach home to his family at night. Why? According to a forged Hadith, the Prophet (S) used to advise them not to go home before dawn, saying, “Would any of you like to see his wife in bed with another man?” Also, hear from Mullah Rumi: When the companions went with the Prophet for battles, some of their wives had intimate relations with other men. [Mullah Jalaluddin Rumi, Feeh-Ma-Feeh, Saleem Chishti, Islami Tasawwuf Pg 66]
Countless Ahadith dwell upon proving the eternal junbb state of the exalted Prophet. Junbb signifies the unclean state after sexual intercourse. The reader need only refer to the Book of Bath, Kitab-il-Ghusl in Bukhari Volume I. The Prophet was the busiest man on earth bringing about the greatest revolution of human history. How could he have time for this extravaganza?
Vol 1 Pg 161 Kitabil Wudhu, Hadith #185 narrates that once the Prophet (S) asked for a bowl of water. He washed his hands and face in it. Then he rinsed his mouth in it and after that ordered Abu Musa and Bilal to drink from the used water! Respected reader, if you can make your children and non-Muslims drink this brand of Islam, more power to you!
Vol 1 Pg 185, The Book of Bath #246: Abu Salma and the brother of Ayesha went to her to learn about the bath after sexual intercourse. She procured a container of water and took a bath. There was a veil between them and her. Would even an ordinary woman stoop so low? If there was a veil, how could that be a demonstration unless the veil was a see-through partition? Wasn’t verbal instruction enough? Only an imbecile mind would accept the authenticity of such “traditions”.
Vol 1 Pg 188, Hadith #260 Syedah Mamoona is said to be not only watching the Prophet (S) unclothed but also carrying out a running commentary. Hadith on Pg 192 #273 states that Umm Hani, who was not even one of the household, saw the Prophet bathing.
The Prophet said, “The (People of) Bani Israel used to take bath naked (all together) looking at each other. Prophet Moses used to take bath alone. They said, 'By God! Nothing prevents Moses from taking a bath with us except that he has a scrotal hernia.' So once Moses went out to take a bath and put his clothes over a stone and then that stone ran away with his clothes. Moses followed that stone saying, "My clothes, O stone! My clothes, O stone! Till the people of Bani Israel saw him and said, 'By God, Moses has no defect in his body. Moses took his clothes and began to beat the stone." Abu Huraira added, "By Allah! There are still six or seven marks present on the stone from that severe beating." (Book of Bath Vol 1 Pg 191 # 271, Baab 193)
According to the narrator, in Vol 1 Pg 193 #276, Abu Hurairah suddenly disappears from the scene. Later, when the Prophet asks him the reason, he replies, “I was a junbbi.” By now you know what a junbbi is.
Vol 1 Pg 201, Hadith #305 too is a grave insult to aesthetics and common sense. Narrating the method of achieving purity after menstruation, the Prophet is supposedly advising a woman that she should grab a cotton swab scented with musk, then touch the area tainted with blood. And then Ayesha pulled the woman to herself (to demonstrate?)
Vol 1 Pg 145 Kitabul ‘Ilm Hadith #120 commits the most dangerous atrocity in Islamic theology: Abu Huraira narrates, “I learned two bags of knowledge from Rasul-ul-Allah (S). One bag I have made public, but if I open the other bag people will cut my throat.” Dear reader, Hazrat Abu Huraira could never utter such nonsense. This Hadith was concocted by Abdullah Ibne Saba to open the door for antagonizing the Quran through “hidden meaning” of the text. Doesn’t the Quran testify that the exalted Prophet conveyed the Divine message to the full extent? Was Abu Huraira the only companion of the exalted Prophet?
The BOOK OF SALAAT in Bukhari Vol 1:
The Prophet used to pray wearing his shoes. [Vol 1 Pg 228 Hadith #376]. Why can’t Muslims follow this ‘Sunnah’?
Hadith #339 Vol 1 Pg 215-217 states that in Makkah the roof of the Prophet’s house ripped itself apart and in descended the angel Gabriel. “My breast was then opened up and washed with the water of Zam Zam. Then a platter of gold filled with faith and wisdom was poured into my chest, which was then closed. Then the angel held my hand and took me straight to the heavens.” Please note here that Me’raaj, or “ascension,” is being described here. But in this Hadith, there is no mention of the Prophet (S) supposedly leading 124,000 Prophets in prayers at Jerusalem. What about the ‘Centaur’ or “Al-Burraq” mentioned repeatedly in other Ahadith! Reminding us of Greek mythology, Burraq is supposed to be a creature with the body of a horse and the face of a beautiful woman. Its one step falls on the limits of human eyesight! However, if faith and wisdom were surgically poured into the chest of the Prophet (S), doesn’t he cease to be a model for humanity? Other Ahadith state that the Prophet (S) was sleeping at Umm Hani’s house during this event, a frank slander.
In the long Hadith #339 above, we find Prophet Moses advising Muhammad (S) that he return to God again and again to get the number of daily prayers reduced from 50 to 5. We also encounter the joke that God said, “These are five but these are fifty. Our Word never changes.” The storyteller seems to be bent upon proving Prophet Moses as a teacher to Muhammad (S). Asra (Night Journey) is often confused with Me’raaj (Ascension). Since God is Omnipresent, the notion of anyone going to meet with Him over the skies does not stand up to reason. Asra signifies night journey and it refers to the beginning of the exalted Messenger's emigration from Makkah to Madinah by night. verses 20:77 and 26:52 use the same term for migration of Prophet Moses along with his followers across the sea. Also consider 17:2. Masjid Al-Aqsa means, the Remote Mosque and refers to the ‘Remote Mosque’ in Madinah, the place where Muslims used to establish congregational prayers before the Prophet's arrival to the city. Masjid may also be understood here as Madinah being the place of regular congregations. The famous Masjid Al-Aqsa, the so-called Qiblah Awwal, the supposed First Holy Sanctuary, is widely known as Haram Shareef) in Jerusalem. But, in fact, it was built in 72 AH (691 CE) by the Umayyad Ruler, Abdul Malik bin Marwan, about 60 years after the exalted Messenger passed on. The First Sanctuary was nothing but Ka’bah in Makkah 3:96. Jerusalem, until the Muslim conquest under the second Caliph of Islam in 637 CE, had been under the control of Byzantine Christians for centuries, and there was no person worshiping in a Masjid anywhere in the world but Madinah. So, the question of the presence of a Masjid in Jerusalem during the lifetime of the exalted Prophet should not arise. Again, Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 637 CE during the Rule of the second Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Umar. When he visited the place, he continuedto pray in open grounds, although Pope Severinus gave him the key to the city and invited him to pray in the Church of Holy Sepulture. But Hazrat Umar feared that Muslims might start converting churches into Masjids, so he politely declined. If a Masjid were present, he would have prayed there. The word Me'raaj (physical Ascension) nowhere occurs in the Quran. Yet, under erroneous traditions, it is a popular, though non-Quranic, belief among many Muslims that the exalted Messenger was taken up physically to the Heights/Skies to meet with God! The Quran sets the records straight by asserting that the First ever blessed Sanctuary was the Ka’bah built by Prophets Abraham and Ishmael in Makkah. And that the Divine laws are unchangeable under all circumstances. Bodily Ascension is a Biblical and not a Quranic theme at all. The true ascension of the exalted Prophet was his matchless character.
Some property (fruit, coins, cloth and other items) came from Bahrain in the presence of the Messenger. He spread it in the Masjid because it was the largest ever bounty. The Messenger’s uncle, Hazrat Abbas came and filled his cloths, but he could not lift it. He asked the Prophet three times for someone to help him carry it but the Prophet refused him three times. Abbas lightened his burden by dropping a little of the fruit, hung it on his shoulder and walked away. The Messenger (S) astonishingly kept looking at Abbas for his greed until he disappeared. [Vol 1 Pg 237 #283]. The Criminal Bukhari is maliciously insulting an extremely noble and generous companion and uncle of the Prophet (S). Was he not the first one to forgive usury owed to him at the conquest of Makkah?
People told Ayesha (the mother of believers) that Salaat becomes null and void if a dog, a donkey, or a woman comes in front. Syedah Ayesha said, “You made us dogs.” [Vol 1 Pg 263 # 484]
Dear reader, WRONGS FROM THE “RIGHT” BUKHARI was only a glimpse of the huge, voluminous ‘Saheeh’ Bukhari. Can you believe that even today there are countless people on God's earth according to whom denying a single narrative of Bukhari and Muslim Ahadith instantly renders a Muslim an infidel?
The article that I posted before was about "hadith" against "Quran". Strangely enough, there are many "hadith" that go even against "hadith"! I listed some of them here for your review:
1. Write only Quran:
It was narrated from Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Do not write anything from me; whoever has written anything from me other than the Qur'aan, let him erase it and narrate from me, for there is nothing wrong with that." (Narrated by Muslim, al-Zuhd wa'l-Raqaa'iq, 5326)
Write both hadith and Quran:
The prophet ordered Amr Ibn As to write everything that he speaks" (Hanbel 2/162)
2. Uphold Quran and my Family:
I left for you what if you hold up to, you will never be misguided, the book of God and my Family. Muslim 44/4, Nu2408; Ibn Hanbal 4/366; darimi 23/1, nu 3319.
Uphold Quran and my Sunnah:
I left for you what if you hold up to, you will never be misguided, the book of God and my Sunnah" . Muwatta, 46/3
I left for you what if you hold up to, you will never be misguided, the BOOK OF GOD." Muslim 15/19, nu 1218; Ibn Majah 25/84, Abu dawud 11/56.
3. Wash body parts once:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet performed ablution by washing the body parts only once. (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 159)
Wash body parts twice:
Narrated 'Abdullah bin Zaid: The Prophet performed ablution by washing the body parts twice.( Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 160)
4. Make no distinction among messengers:
Ibn 'Abbas, may Allah be pleased with them, reported:
Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: It is not proper for a slave that he should say: I am better than Yunus (Jonah) son of Matthew (and this Matthew) is the name of his father.
Hadith number in Sahih Muslim [Arabic only]: 4382
Make distinction among messengers:
I am the most honorable messenger; on the Day of Judgement
only I will think of my people. (Bukhari, 97/36)
5. The Prophet did not urinate standing:
If someone says to you that the Prophet urinated standing, don’t believe him. (Sunneni Nesei)
The Prophet urinated standing:
The Prophet went to the garbage dump of a tribe and urinated standing.
6. Do not cross your leg:
Gaber Ibn Abdullah said, “The messenger of God prohibited a man from crossing one leg over the other while lying down on his back " (Moslem)
Cross your leg:
Ebada Ibn Tameem said, his father said that he saw the messenger of God lying down on his back in the mosque while crossing his legs." (Moslem)
7. Do not drink standing up:
Abu Hurayra said, the messenger of God said, "Do not drink while standing up, if someone forgot and did it, he should vomit what he drank."
Drink standing up:
Ibn Abbas said, "The messenger of God drank from the water of Zamzam while standing up...."(Sahih Moslem)
8. Do not turn Mecca during urination:
You must not turn yourself to Mecca while you are urinating or defecating.( Hanbal)
May turn toward Mecca during urination:
Having witnessed that certain people avoided turning toward Mecca while urinating or defecating, the Prophet had his toilet designed pointing to Mecca to avoid pandering superstitions. (Bukhari)
9. Kissing does not violate one's fast:
The Prophet kissed his wife when he was fasting. (Ibn Kutayba-Defene of Hadith)
Kissing violates one's fast:
When he was asked if one’s fast would be considered violated, the Prophet answered in the affirmative. (Ibn Kutayba-Defense of Hadith)
10. Drawing blood violates fast:
Drawing blood violates a fast.(Tirmizi Fast, Abu Davud Fast, Bukhari Fast)
Drawing blood does not violate fast:
Drawing blood was administered to the Prophet while observing the fast.
(Abu Davud Fast, Tirmizi Fast, Bukhari Medicine.
Salamu Alaikum, I truly thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful article.I thought you add on the Hadith from Sahih Muslim About the (Rida-at Al Kabir) which went on the air when the sheikh Al-Azhar allowed it. It also announced by BBC..There is also another Contradiction by Bukhari about when two Muslim fight that the killer and the murdered are going to hell. which Contradict the verse in Surat Al-Hujuraat any way Thanks and may Allah Bless you.Hassan, Ps Feel free to publish my comment if you will like to
I think the founder of this website, what is his name, something Shahin, I think, he is one of the 30 dajjals mentioned in the Ahadees.
Just go to hell, you can mislead only those Muslims who are already on the wrong track.
I wonder how many people here really have studied the science of ahadith before criticizing this subject.
This just seems to be an ignorant person's view supported by bigger fools.
Mr.Haque says, "I cannot stretch the argument beyond what I have already submitted."
I do not want you to stretch anything. I am just expressing my views as you are expressing yours.
I regret to say Mr. Mohiyuddin that I cannot stretch the argument beyond what I have already submitted. If my clear statements (and by implication the statements of the likes of me) mean nothing to you, and you insist that I should now say what you desire of me to say (by attempting to put your words in my mouth), then obviously I would like to opt out. At least on this occasion you cannot accuse me of the ‘problem’ a Muslim faces while facing a question ‘by rushing to what Prophet had said or done’ because I am not even rushing to Quranic principles of ‘equality, justice, fairness, compassion , rationality and human dignity’ but am applying my simple bloody common sense to run away from hypocrisy, hypocrisy and hypocrisy.
Mr.Haque says, "....there is reason to believe that right from the day of departure of the Prophet (PBUH), people were citing his actions, to justify their actions."
That shows that he was already being held up as a paragon or apotheosis in spite of the fact that he had repeatedly told us that he was just an ordinary human being. The result of collecting memories, true or false, of what he had said or done is that the Hadiths are now put on an equal footing with the Quran.
Another problem is that whenever a Muslim is faced with a question, he right away goes to seek the answer in what the Prophet had said or done, instead of thinking for himself what the correct answer should be, based on fundamental Quranic principles such as equality, justice, fairness, compassion , rationality and human dignity.
Can I request Mr. Mohiyuddin to see the ‘search, collection and publication’ as a genuine juristic research work needed to settle disputes and issues in human social life – free of any sense of idol-worship? The ‘highly intensified effort’ was a cumulative effect and the need perhaps was being increasingly felt by the confusion prevailing because there is reason to believe that right from the day of departure of the Prophet (PBUH), people were citing his actions, to justify their actions. Let us not assume things too much on the negative side of a doctrine. Even our own personal effort to give meaning to a thing by recourse to none other than our own minds may be termed as narcissism – worship of self; I mean this much of hair-splitting is possible. As we sit down to do intellectual work some basic understanding (that is the goodwill of understanding) has to be accepted as given in order to proceed. Why must ‘my formulation’ be not treated as the last word on the subject shall still haunt us, but then what can be done? Let the law of averages, the golden mean of statistics decide, or else perhaps the star powers (hip-swinging film stars not excluded) will be the final arbiters of truth.
I fully agree that Muhammad (PBUH)-parasti has no place in Islam. But respect to him is.
The search, collection and publication of hadiths 200 years after the Prophet's death show a highly intensified interest in his words and acts. This may be a manifestation of a subconscious worshipful inclination on the part of his followers in spite of his repeated admonitions not to worship anyone but God. We all may have become Muhammed-parast without even knowing it. We need to remind ourselves that he is the Messenger, that the Quran is the message and that we worship God, and God alone.
The subject-matter is being discussed under two sub-heads under the head Islamic Ideology: one, ‘The Hadith Conspiracy and the Distortion of Islam’ and two, ‘Wrongs From the “Right” Bukhari’. I would like to continue the discussion under the thread ‘Wrongs From the “Right” Bukhari’ because of the consistency of comments there.
I have stated my position on the subject-matter with the following two remarks of mine. “I assure everybody here, that in my life, Islam survives in my mind, entirely without the help of Hadith, but if an argument comes in the shape of Hadith, I am not averse to it”. “Somehow I never felt the need to read the book of Hadith, or may be because it was my family tradition to go straight to holy Quran for any knowledge about Islam”.
Form me, the importance of the subject-matter demands more insight. But the urgency calls for a quick response as well. In the past few days I have discussed this matter with some knowledgeable friends and gone through a CD on Hadith (just 4 to 5 hours reading, which obviously is not sufficient enough).
Taking a leaf from the R.K.Narayn’s ‘Guide’, ‘the fact that so many people believe in a thing cannot permit us to dismiss it lightly’, and so any wholesale rejection of the entire body of Hadith would amount to throwing baby with the bathtub. If positive approach has an intrinsic value in life, then I guess, where human imagination is to be applied to interpolate, the conclusion should tend towards a positive finding, if for nothing, then to honor at least the Quranic injunctions against mischief.
I think there should not be any dispute that all these Hadith compliers like Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, etc were men of great caliber and integrity in their times. Then how come they allowed the retention of such Hadiths that prima facie contradict the essence of Islam? To my mind they did something typical of them in that they set a rule for Hadith compiling and rejected those Hadiths circulating then that did not pass the criteria and accepted all those that passed according to the criteria. In their utter modesty they did not apply hatchets on the consideration of inconsistency, after a Hadith had passed through the set criteria. But as we know (especially now, after all these ages of harrowing experience) that there is no set of rule or procedure that can filter a thing in its entirety. In the end, the pick and choose becomes necessary (like the picking of the stone pieces from rice before cooking).
A friend has informed me that these Hadith compilers have done extensive work of even profiling the reputation of narrators and they have graded the Hadith in great details on the scale of strength. A footnote has also been given by the compilers themselves to disallow a Hadith, if it contradicts the express proviso of Quran. (I hope my friend is correct because I have not been able to check these aspects in any great detail). Another friend has told that he is aware that ‘there was a need for filtration of Hadith which was not done’.
To sum up I suppose we should continue to honor Hadith as an institution and build up a consensus to do the necessary filtration through the other institution of ‘Ijtehad’.
Very good but it is not time to think on these issues we should try to do something else.
As Allah says in Glorious Quran "Oh you believer make faith on Allah"
we presently see there are number of Muslims but sorry to say Muslims are becoming worse than Non-Muslims,.
At Last a very good Article
Keep It Up
No one is rejecting the entire lot. We should have no problem with accepting as possibly true, ahadees and early Islamic history that do not put the reputation of Allah's Rasool in question and can be verified by The Criterion (Al Furqan - The Qur'an) in short:1- Do not contradict the Unassailable Qur'an,2- Do not insult the exalted prophet (S) and his companions, male or female (because the Qur'an extols them),3 -Are not irrational. 4 -Not against scienceDr. Shabbir, on his website (www.ourbeacon.com) has published a selection of gems-like sayings of the Messenger (PBUH).
An excellent article. I really think the purpose of such so-called hadith is to subvert the actual intentions of the Quran and to convert Islam, which, simply put, is universal monoethism [and can, indeed, be called by that name or, in Hindi, ekishwarvaad] into an Arab supremacist cult.
I wish someone would cull out all these horrendous so-called hadith and publish them as a book, along with a critical commentary, for wider circulation.
This is another outstanding piece.
Let me make an admission. I have never read Bukhari or any book on Hadiths. A great well-wisher (and a critic of my Islamic orientation) had presented me with this book with stern persuasion to read and correct myself, but which book I passed on to someone else. Somehow I never felt the need to read the book of Hadith, or may be because it was my family tradition to go straight to holy Quran for any knowledge about Islam. I hear the name of Ahle Hadith who are perhaps die-hard kind of persons. If there are many, then we are heading for trouble.
Whatever pieces of Hadith have been quoted by the author here or by Mr. M.Asadi in his article ‘Hadith controversy and Distortion of Islam’ are one of piece with those anecdotes quoted by Arun Shourie in his book on Fatwas – which was plainly unreadable for me.
People say that there is no clergy in Islam. But the power of Mullah on the Muslim mind is more than that of the organized clergy on Christians. It is difficult to foresee how it can be undone. We are in for a long haul.