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 on: October 25, 2017, 06:49:45 am 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by Zeynab

~ sigh ~
Another irrational hadith.  Thank you sister Heba.  Quran Verse 4:135 is the answer to reject this weird narration downright. 

And very appropriate points raised by Sis Ruhi and Br. TS. 

 on: October 25, 2017, 06:35:51 am 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by N. Truth Seeker
Hadith always talks big about unity yet those hadithists who rave after the hadith literature are least acceptable of a unified ummah by preferring sectarianism.  So many Muslims are presently being tortured and massacred by non-Muslims and takfiris around the world, yet those Muslims living in peace and comfort couldn't care less ... couldn't even bother to utter a few words of sympathy .. and yet they will quote hadiths on unification during conversations and writings.

Moreover on this hadith on excusing "your brother 70 times," I don't think anyone wouldn't observe the misogyny.  Aren't the poor sisters supposed to be excused "70 times" as well?

Not just that, but the contrast in values within the hadith literature is gut-busting.  One hadith is so intolerant that it permits burning people and their homes if they don't visit the masjid for Fajr salat.  Another one says to search for "70 excuses" for wrongdoing. 

 on: October 24, 2017, 06:39:07 am 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by Ruhi_Rose
Hummm .. these Shiia hadiths are also no less astounding.  It seems that all hadith writers, shiia and sunni, had an affinity for the figure '70.'  There's one Tirmidhi hadith claimed to be narrated by Abdullah bin Umar that says "A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Messenger of Allah, how many times should I pardon my servant?” The Prophet said, “Seventy times in each day.” "  - Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1949. 

As you rightly mentioned at the start, hadithsers will say it doesn't literally mean 70, that it simply means to be forgiving and nice to your friends and servants.  Indeed, we all are.  But why doesn't hadith acquire a straightforward manner of talking instead of always using strange metaphors such as Paradise under feet of mother and the number "70" obsession.  Not to mention, if a brother in Faith is brazenly displaying wrong conduct, you cannot help them by finding excuses for their behavior.  You simply need to speak up, though politely, yet speak up and say what you consider as the right thing to mention.

 on: October 24, 2017, 06:17:29 am 
Started by Heba E. Husseyn - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn

The apparent allusion isn't literally "70 times" but still more lenient, in that, a Muslim must not heed another Muslim's wrongdoings.  Not true.  This completely clashes with the principles of the Noble Quran. 

Here is a Hadith that promotes bias and the negative trait of partisanship which invariably thwarts the concept of justice.  The Quran, on the other hand, emphasizes to the utmost on the principle of justice.  Bias and partisanship can only help to obstruct justice, not encourage it.  The Hadith says "Seek seventy excuses for your brother."  Different narrations of the same hadith has variations in expression, some are brief, others are lengthier, but the notion is the same in all.

Following are some narrations of this hadith from various so-called narrators:

“If you find something you don’t like in a brother, try to find 1-70 excuses for him. And if you can’t find an excuse, say ‘There might be an excuse, but I don’t know it.’ "  - narrated by Imam Jafar al-Sadeq.

Jafar bin Ahmad supposedly said:  "If you hear anything you do not like about your brother, then seek one excuse for him to seventy excuses, if you find any then all perfect praise be to Allaah, otherwise say 'It might be that he has an excuse which I do not know about.'"

Hamdun al-Qassar (spoken of as an "early Muslim"), said, “If a friend among your friends errs, make seventy excuses for them. If your hearts are unable to do this, then know that the shortcoming is in your own selves.” [Imam Bayhaqi, Shu`ab al-Iman, 7.522]
     Hamdun al-Qassar goes as far as dumping the blame on the innocent for not finding 70 excuses for someone who may well be on the wrong path.

Though this hadith is from the Shiia collections, some (or several) Sunni circles also accept it.  As you can see, names of the narrators vary.  Some sources also propagate this hadith in the name of Imam Ali.  Such wholesale differences in the names of narrators is enough reason to confirm it as an audacious forgery. Neither Imam Ali nor any of his descendants - who were men of piety, wisdom and good repute - would ever nurture such sub-standard ideas.  Most importantly, its very discrepant content clearly in conflict with Quranic principles. 

Hadithists are justifying this narration by quoting Verse 49:12:  "O ye who believe! Shun much suspicion; for lo! some suspicion is a crime.  And spy not, neither backbite one another."  But this Verse has nothing to do with the hadith under discussion.   Verse 49:12 tells us to avoid baseless suspicion, spying and back biting which are very different issues from the theme of this hadith.  Verse 49:12 does NOT express the concept of struggling to find tons of excuses for a person by overlooking the possibility of violations in their erring conduct.  And the hadith in question, on the other hand, does not insinuate suspicion.  It denotes issues about a person that could be wrong and to purposely downplay or ignore them with excuses.  You maybe quite sure a person is erring, yet instead of trying to guide them or correct them, you persist in overlooking their shortcomings by hunting for excuses only to exonerate that person.  How can such an approach ever be right and fair?   In other words it amounts to unconditionally exonerating a Muslim at all costs.  Anyone who has read and understood the Noble Quran would know that such an act would be viewed as inappropriate or unjust, depending on the circumstances / situation.

The Verse that plainly rejects this hadith 4:135, quote:
"O you who believe! Be staunch in justice, witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or (your) parents or (your) kindred, whether (the case be of) a rich man or a poor man, for Allah is nearer unto both.  So follow not passion lest you lapse (from truth) and if you lapse or fall away, then lo! Allah is ever Informed of what ye do."  (4:135).

Conveniently and purposely our ulemas have ignored  Verse 4:135.   

These kinds of ahadith (like many more) can cause plenty of confusion and distraction, luring people to overlook the principles of justice and truth and thus drifting away from the Noble Quran.  There can be no question about it.

Please beware of selfishly motivated and discrepant interpolations that completely clash with Quranic values and are influencing the minds of the naive.  Always think, reflect and analyze by using the Sublime Quran as your Sole Criterion.  Never forget the huge emphasis by the Quran on matters of justice and truth.

 on: October 24, 2017, 05:46:35 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn


Something else I want to mention.  The 7 Verses of Chapter 1 - Surah Fathiha - also makes another point clear.  Guess what?  The Quranic line "BismAllah Ar Rehman Ar Raheem" is a part of every Surah (except Surah At-Taubah) that needs to be counted to determine the total number of Verses of each Surah.  But while compiling and printing the Quran, those responsible for the compilation and printing obviously decided to start counting the Verses after "BismAllah ...."    Fathiha is the only Surah where counting of the number of Verses begins from "BismAllah  .."   That means, the 7 Verses include "BismAllah ...."    And since The Almighty refers to Fathiha (in Surah Al-Hijr) as "saban minal mathani" that indicates "BismAllah" must be counted in every Surah; it definitely proves that inclusion of "BismAllah ..." as the first Verse of every Surah is the correct way to proceed.   So, for instance, Surah Al-Baqrah is listed as having a total of 286 Verses.  This excludes the starting "BismAllah ..."   Thus, it actually has 287 Verses including "BismAllah .."

That's a very thoughtful and apt point Sister Ruhi.  It hadn't occurred to me till you just said it.  The fact that Allah Almighty refers to Surah Fathiha as "saban minal masani" highlights the necessity that "BismAllah Ar Rehman Ar Rahim" of every Surah must be counted as its first Verse. 

 on: October 24, 2017, 05:43:13 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn
Nice to know that there are a few good ones in a load of rotten apples.

The buddhists are even worse than the zionists.  With a exception of a very few journalists, until now not a single buddhist civilian has criticized their government's  act of genocide against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

 on: October 22, 2017, 12:26:45 am 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

(15:87) وَلَقَدْ آتَيْنَاكَ سَبْعًا مِنَ الْمَثَانِي وَالْقُرْآنَ الْعَظِيمَ

"And We have certainly given you, [O Muhammad], seven of the often repeated [verses] and the great Qur'an."

How much I love this!  Only someone focused on useless arguments would deny "saban" means anything else other than "seven" for the purpose of distracting people from the basic guidance stated by the Divine Power in the Fathiha. 

Many thanks Sis Zeynab for the very nice evaluation .. and thanks to Sis Heba for exposing that babbler with ulterior motives. 

Something else I want to mention.  The 7 Verses of Chapter 1 - Surah Fathiha - also makes another point clear.  Guess what?  The Quranic line "BismAllah Ar Rehman Ar Raheem" is a part of every Surah (except Surah At-Taubah) that needs to be counted to determine the total number of Verses of each Surah.  But while compiling and printing the Quran, those responsible for the compilation and printing obviously decided to start counting the Verses after "BismAllah ...."    Fathiha is the only Surah where counting of the number of Verses begins from "BismAllah  .."   That means, the 7 Verses include "BismAllah ...."    And since The Almighty refers to Fathiha (in Surah Al-Hijr) as "saban minal mathani" that indicates "BismAllah" must be counted in every Surah; it definitely proves that inclusion of "BismAllah ..." as the first Verse of every Surah is the correct way to proceed.   So, for instance, Surah Al-Baqrah is listed as having a total of 286 Verses.  This excludes the starting "BismAllah ..."   Thus, it actually has 287 Verses including "BismAllah .."

 on: October 21, 2017, 11:43:53 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

"Labourers work at a construction site in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, near the West Bank city of Hebron Reuters"  via Independent

I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlements

Since I witnessed their beginnings half a century ago, the settlements have only got worse. The size and scale is something I can’t get over

It took decades for the immorality of occupation to sink in.

In 1967, my husband was a military man. We were posted abroad when the war was won and the fabric of the still-infant Israel changed, perhaps irreversibly. When we came home in 1968, the mood was victorious and we thought it was marvellous. We were truly blind to what was happening.

No one spoke of occupation back then. In those early days there was no wall, no checkpoints and no closures. But slowly, the cracks began to form. My children first helped me realise what was happening. I had three sons in the army during the first Lebanon war and then later as reservists in the West Bank.Through their stories I began to see the truth.

But still I did nothing. We were busy living and life was good. The anger took a long time to cook before it reached boiling point. It was not until 2001, after the second intifada, when, for me at least, enough was enough. I could not longer sit back and watch my country behave illegally and immorally and so, in anger, I began to act.

First, I stood at checkpoints with other women to monitor what was happening there. It was here we started to see the other side and we were shocked. When we went to the villages in the West Bank, I was flabbergasted.

We met a Palestinian called Ibrahim, who said, “Things are happening here. They won’t let me go on my land. They are beating us.” After several years of simply bearing witness, Ibrahim made us realise that exposing the injustices of occupation was not enough. More needed to be done.

We were just a handful of naive women and, with nothing but chutzpah, we founded Yesh Din. I still don’t know how we did it.

Yesh Din, Hebrew for “there is justice”, is now one of the handful of Israeli NGOs holding our government’s practices to account and seeking to uphold the law, human rights and freedoms the occupation denies millions of Palestinians.

Ibrahim was our test case. We went through legal procedures and got him back on his land. We then heard from a widow who had been forced from her home by settlers. We got her house back.

Since 2005, Yesh Din has helped Palestinian victims of crime and grave violations of international humanitarian law file 1,122 complaints. By 2016, only 90 investigations (8 per cent) led to indictments. In addition, we represented Palestinian landowners and municipality heads in 64 legal proceedings before the Israeli Supreme Court or administrative tribunals.

I believe that while this occupation – the main source of Palestinian human-rights violations – continues, there will not be justice here for Israelis or Palestinians alike.

Our wins are still too few. We have successes, such as the recent evacuation of the Amona outpost, and demolitions of settler houses elsewhere, but so much of our daily work, even now, is done knowing that more cases will be closed than won. But even when we know this, we also know, as we did when we stood at the checkpoints almost 20 years ago, it is the right and moral thing to do.

Since I witnessed its beginnings half a century ago, the occupation has only got worse. The size and scale of settlements is something I can’t get over. I know every little road and every little village of the West Bank and it is frightening to see them swallowed up piece by piece by indistinguishable rows of red roofs that multiply across Palestinian land. It is robbery that is devoid of shame.

If only all Israelis could see what I have seen. I know that when life is good people are indifferent and blind to the suffering of others. In the bustle and beaches of Tel Aviv it is almost impossible to think about the scale of poverty and abuse of rights happening just 20 miles away. Settlers live in cheap housing with wonderful views of the mountains. No one thinks of the injustice that lies among those hills.

No one does enough; Israelis, international governments, or the global public. We are all too indifferent and too comfortable. The occupation, among the worries of the world right now, hardly registers.

For 50 years the occupation has weakened Israel from within. It should never have happened. It has brought such radical and negative change to the country I love that I wonder every day whether what we have become is a place that I want my grandchildren to grow up in. In my 90 years, I have lived all 50 of this occupation. I will keep trying to end it. I don’t know for how long, but I will.

Ruth Kedar is a founding member of the Israeli NGO and Oxfam partner Yesh Din and continues to volunteer every week with Yesh Din in the West Bank.

Source of this article:  Independent

 on: October 20, 2017, 11:44:31 pm 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

Ameen ya Rab.

 on: October 20, 2017, 11:43:16 pm 
Started by Zeynab - Last post by Zeynab

Very, very true Sister Ruhi.  I'm glad you added this point.  This is the most gruesome genocide carried out by Buddhist majority and presided by a Buddhist leader who was awarded the Noble Peace Prize (of all things).  It's a genocide where Muslim minority men are brutally executed by torture, Muslim women are raped and executed and Muslim children beheaded enmasse.

May the cruel oppressors forever face the ordeal of Hellfire.  InshAllah, ameen.

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