By Husain Ameer Farhad
Translated from Urdu by New Age Islam Edit Desk
Letter to the Editor of Sawt ul Haq, Karachi
Farhad Saheb! The Mosque is near our house, so I visit it frequently. I am lucky to stay near the house of God. Today the preacher said that Hadhrat Abu Hurairah reported: “The Prophet pbuh said, whoever bathes after sexual intercourse (with wife) on Friday and goes to the mosque to offer Namaz, as if he sacrificed a camel and he who goes after him as if he sacrificed a cow and he who goes after him as if he sacrificed a one horned sheep, and he who goes after him as if he sacrificed a hen and he who goes after him as if he sacrificed an egg for God’s sake.” (Bukhari, Vol One Chapter 559, Hadith 836)
I request you to confirm it first because I did not come across this Hadith in other books. To me it seems to be a joke. An envelope is enclosed. Please reply. Musa Raza Razawi.
Answer: Respected Musa Raza Saheb, Assalam o Alaikum!
It is regretful that you did not see this tradition or Hadith in your books. It is also a tragedy that our books are different like our mosques.
You are right, indeed. If repeated verbally, this Hadith sounds like a joke. It starts from camel and ends at the egg of a hen. But this Hadith is present in Bukhari in clear words. On the day (not night) of Friday, anyone who bathes after having sexual intercourse and then goes to offer Namaz...” That’s why Hadhrat Abul Aala Maududi writes about this Hadith, “The issue here is to what extent we should rely on this as after all they were human beings. They could not go beyond the limits of human knowledge granted to them by God. Their work was not free from the flaws that are part of human works. How can you then say that what they call right is really right? (Tafhimat, Part one, page 321-322).
But he also says that it is not right to claim that all the Hadiths recorded in Bukhari should be accepted verbatim.”(Monthly Tarjuman ul Quran, Lahore, October, November 1952)
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad had the same stand; that whatever muck has piled up in the name of Hadith cannot be accepted verbatim.
You should remember that the holy Prophet pbuh had not come to the world to impart sexual education. Every one acquires it naturally in the same way a duckling after breaking out from the egg heads towards water and the chicken heads towards the dry land. God says:
“Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know. “(2:151)
The duty of the prophet was to guide people from darkness towards light.
“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into the light. And those who disbelieve - their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darkness. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. “(2:257)
“By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. “(5:16)
God tells those who seek God’s pleasure about the ways for it and brings them from darkness to light and guides them onto the straight path. Every prophet did it. The holy Prophet pbuh did not teach that if you have sexual intercourse on Friday, you will get the reward of sacrificing a camel, nor did Sahaba ask such questions. What they asked is recorded in the Quran. Quran says, they ask you what they should spend on others, tell them they should spend what is left after fulfilling their needs.
“They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the new moons. Say, "They are measurements of time for the people and for Hajj. “(2:189)
“They ask you about the sacred month. “(2:217)
“They ask you about wine and gambling. “(2:219)
“And they ask you about orphans.“(2:220)
“And they ask you about menstruation “(2:222)
“And they ask you what is permissible for them “(5:4))
“And they ask you about the moment”.(7:187)
“And they ask you about the spoils of war.” (8:1)
“And they ask you about the spirit.”(17:85)
“And they ask you about Zulqarnain.”(18:83)
“And they ask you about the mountains.”(20:105)
“And they ask you about the moment”. ( (79:42)
People would ask the holy Prophet pbuh and the reply was given by God.
“O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, “ (5:67)
Hadhrat Bahaz bin Hakim’s grandfather narrates a Hadith: “I asked the Prophet pbuh how we should copulate with our women. He replied, “Woman is your cornfield. Come into her the way you want.”(Abu Dawud, vol 2, Chapter 119, Hadith 376, page 134)
Why is it that Sahaba did not ask how the universe could be conquered; how to find the hidden treasures in the depths of earth; how to improve man’s condition? How to bring out his hidden talents; how the parents should treat their children; how the children treat their parents. No one asked how to spread the religion of Islam or how to become a true Muslim. All they asked was about women. The Prophet pbuh had come to make the religion prevail in the world.
“who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. “(7:157)
He had come to free the humanity shackled for centuries. He did not come to teach the Ummah the method of copulating. Do you think the Arabs did not know how to have sex which even animal know?
He should have asked the question in childhood. How could he become a grandfather? Alas! They did not even know how to fabricate Hadiths. When the woman was likened to a cornfield and the permission was also given to man to enter her according to his wish though even agriculture and tilling the land also have some rules. And they asked this question to the personality who is next to God. If the grandfather was so naïve that he did not know anything about sexual intercourse, he could have asked his friends or Sahaba. He was asking the Prophet pbuh about intercourse.
Husain Ameer Farhad is editor of monthly Urdu magazine Sawt ul Haque, Karachi
Source: Monthly Sawt ul Haque, Karachi, August 2014