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« on: December 12, 2006, 03:30:39 am »

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I had been brought up as a traditional Muslimah, Alhamdulilah, deriving my spiritual and ethical knowledge only from the Glorious Quraan.  I read the English translations of Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall.  Since recently I'd been hearing much about Hadith from many sections of the Muslim community, so I thought of studying it too.  As all of you would know, Hadith is the alleged saying of the Prophet Muhammad as claimed by the Muslim clergy, but in reality it is not.  I studied the Sahih al-Bukhari thoroughly from cover to cover and parts of certain other collections as well.  Unfortunately and unexpectedly, I was very disappointed.  I became deeply disturbed by the contents of many of these Ahadith, to the extent that it robbed my sleep for many nights.  I found majority of them to be full of absurdities.  Most of them clearly contradict the Qur'aan, many are totally unnecessary, some are silly, some are funny and many sound vulgar & embarrassing.  Many clash with the emplemary character of the most beloved Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace.  Of course, it goes without saying that the beloved Prophet (pbuh) never said such things.  What  boggles my mind is how can so many Muslims today take these narrations seriously by attributing them to the Prophet (pbuh), and implementing important laws based on such narrations that have apparently been cooked up by the mullahs to suit their own motives? 
 
Of course, I admit there are some good narrations as well which I truly like, ones compatible with the Glorious Quraan and the Prophet's (pbuh) humble temperament.  But the improper ones have shaken my trust considerably and I am not sure if I can give the benefit of the doubt for authenticity even to the good ones.  Thus, while the inappropriate ones should be discarded, the nicer ones can simply be retained as 'wise Islamic teachings by anonymous.  These should no doubt be retained for drawing ethical lessons and for beautifying our Islamic literature because, after all, nice words are always valuable no matter who says them.  But because the history of Hadith is tainted with such deep controversy, no narrations (good or bad) should be attributed to the Prophet (pbuh).   Only Allah knows their actual source.  And the Almighty Allah says in the Quraan not to say or believe in matters about which we have no knowledge.  Surely, attributing wrong narrations to the Prophet (pbuh) would be a serious violation in the sight of Allah (Subhanu Wa'Tala) and the Prophet (pbuh).  Besides, I've heard a great deal about 'isnads' or chain of narrators being manipulated too.  So, that might not be a really satisfying reason for recognizing a narration as authentic. I've come across many narrations declared "authentic" by our so-called "scholars," but their contents are such that my heart can never accept them.

The good hadith sound very nice, but the bad ones sound really very bad.  The problem with hadith begins when you start reading the collections systematically. The hardliners say that we must believe in all the Hadith. This means believing in the bad ones too.  I already stated I cannot do that.
 
There's yet another important aspect to reflect upon.  Even if a few Ahadith are found unauthentic or absurd in the entire set of all collections, it would be enough to shake the trust of people .. because if something is based on truth with a straight intent of conveying the truth and nothing but the truth, there ought to be no cracks anywhere.  Of course we cannot say this about hadith because there are not just a 'few' ahadith that are absurd, but majority are in this category.   A few good sayings from the Hadith cannot cover up for all the bad ones.

Besides, we cannot just quote the good ones and slip the bad ones under the carpet.  This is not the way 'guidance' is supposed to present itself to people.  If we really value a collection of writings or narrations, we should be proud of every word of it .. just like we are proud of every single Ayah of the Glorious Qur'aan .. it's contents, it's uniformity, eloquence, and the honesty and beauty with which it presents the truth.  But it's the opposite with the Hadith.  I've very often come across people circulating handpicked narrations of Hadith, making sure they select the best ones to avoid embarrassment, and hiding the disgusting ones.  So how is one be expected to trust the institution of hadith and acquire peace of mind by reading it when most of its narrations sound so inappropriate that they have to be concealed from public view?  I thought that the Hadith was meant to compliment the Quraan, not contradict it. 
 
Now think of this. There are so many Ahadith that discuss the conjugal relationship of the Prophet (pbuh) with his wives.  I say to myself .. is all this necessary to discuss?  Wasn't our beloved Prophet entitled to any privacy in his life?  If the Prophet (pbuh) ever came to know of these obnoxious narrations, would he (pbuh) be pleased with those people responsible for circulating such gossip?  We are supposed to love and respect the beloved Prophet even more than we love and respect our own parents, and that's really saying a lot.  Would any of us ever discuss the conjugal relationship of our parents?  I am sure not.  So why do the Hadith writers narrate such intimate aspects about the beloved Prophet's life?  All I can say is that these Hadith writers obviously had a questionable intent.
 
People say Hadith explains the Qur'aan.  Among the clergy, this is supposed to be the standard excuse for accepting Hadith.  To be honest, I disagree totally.  All my life I read the Glorious Quraan independently and never needed help from any source to understand it.   Qur'aan is not complicated nor difficult to understand particularly for those who are seriously looking for guidance.  Allah Himself says in that the Quraan is "easy to understand."  Indeed it is.  Secondly, it would be gross arrogance on the part of we humans to say that the Glorious Quraan depends on Hadith or on any collection of writings for its explanation.  The Glorious Quraan in independent of everything. 

As anyone who has studied Hadith would know that it has a striking resemblance with the Old and New Testaments.  Researchers who've analysed the history of Hadith have confirmed that the Hadith writers read little or nothing of the Quraan, but they surely scanned the Torah and Gospel to write the Hadith narrations, the purpose being to revive many of the pre-Islamic laws.  Looking at many of the contents of the Hadith, this analysis is apparently very true.  E.g. stoning to death for adultery, death for apostacy, re-appearance of Jesus son of Mary etc. are all taken from the Bible.  Such laws have nothing to do with the Quraan.  The counterpart of the Gospels is the Hadith, not the Quraan.  It's a natural tendency in human beings to accept & adhere to human dictates with much greater willingness than Divine Commandments.  If Allah (The Most High) hadn't taken the responsibility upon Himself to preserve the Glorious Qur'aan, perhaps the Qur'aan would have also been completely altered by humans over the last several centuries, just like the Torah and the Bible have been totally changed.  But Allah has stated that the Glorious Qur'aan is in a "guarded tablet" and will never change, Alhamdulilah.  Also, because of the style and depth of the Qur'aan, there's not much scope to misinterpret it.  And of course, it's impossible to alter it which has been a great setback of the manipulators.  So they needed a different channel altogether to present their own views and attribute narrations to the Prophet (pbuh).  Most of these exaggerated or completely concocted and fabricated narrations are today read in the form of 'Hadith.'  It is also an accepted fact that most of the Ahadith we see today have been 'edited' well over half a dozen times during the last several centuries by various imams and "scholars" to suit their own social & political interests and personal thoughts. 
 
Then again, I have very often come across this needless and hackneyed concept that Hadith teaches prayer (salaah), without which we wouldn't know how to offer salaah today.  After reflecting a little, anyone with a shred of sense would agree that nothing could be farther from the truth.  Hadith does not teach salaah.  I never came across the entire procedure of salaah in any Hadith nor have any of those whom I've asked.  Most importantly, we must know that the culture of Hadith narrations came around 200 years after the passing away of the Prophet (pbuh). So, according to the theory of the clergy that Muslims have learnt to offer salaah through Hadeeth, the question arises .. how did those Muslims offer their salaah who lived during the 200 years after the passing of the Prophet (pbuh) and the coming of Imam Bukhari?  Or does this mean that for those 200 years the Muslims didn't offer salaah or forgot the method of salaah till Bukhari and other narrators came along and showed it to them ?  Of course this is nonsense.  In other words, if Bukhari & Co. showed people how to offer salaah through their Hadith narrations, I would like to know how the Muslims learnt to offer prayers during those 200 years between the Prophet's (pbuh) death and Bukhari's appearance for writing narrations.  The answer is simple.  Muslims have not learnt the method of prayers from the Hadith. Instead, they have learnt to offer salaah from the practical demonstrations of the beloved Prophet (pbuh) who used to lead the prayers 5 times a day throughout his lifetime. After the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman and Ali led the prayers and so on. This is how the unwritten practice and tradition of offering salaah was passed on from generation to generation. Bukhari and other hadith writers learnt these details from the people and thus wrote it down.  I wouldn't give Hadith any credit for teaching us prayers.  Some adherents of Hadith, in an effort to defend it from this argument, claim that Hadith narrations already existed since the time of the Prophet (pbuh), and Bukhari and others simply compiled them into different collections/sections.  This is another  contradiction from the many concrete data of Islamic history that categorically state that the Prophet (pbuh) did not allow any of his narrations to be preserved for fear that people might mix them up with the Qur'aan or get distracted from the Quraan, and in accordance with his (pbuh) wishes, Abu Bakr (ra) and Umer bin Khattab (ra) had destroyed thousands of Ahadith narrations.  In fact, there are some Hadith narrations that themselves mention that the Prophet (pbuh) did not allow anyone to preserve his words.  If you think of it, this admission makes the Hadith literature a 'contradiciton within a contradiction' in that, it apparently denies the truth of its own narrations and yet goes on with it. 
 
Surely, the Glorious Qur'aan itself contains the Sunnah, in that, it mentions every basic aspect about the Prophet's (pbuh) life and character.  Thus, every reliable and truly authentic information about the Prophet can only be acquired from the Quraan.  Following the Qur'aan automatically means following the beloved Prophet (pbuh) or the Sunnah.  But following the Hadith means neither following the Qur'aan nor the Prophet.  Adhering to the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) is most important.  In my humble opinion, when the Qur'aan tells the believers to follow the example of the Prophet, it refers to those believers living in the Prophet's era.  And now since the beloved Prophet (pbuh) has passed away, the believers are expected to follow Allah's Qur'aan and then only can they be sure that they are adhering to the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh).  True & pure guidance as preached by the beloved Prophet Muhammad comes only by endearing the message that was revealed to him (pbuh) in the Glorious Qur'aan and nurturing our conscience on the basis of the principles and broad guidelines of the Noble Qur'aan. 
 
Besides, as many conscientious persons have upheld, as Muslims we simply ought to know that we should not adhere to any other book with with total trust and confidence except the Qur'aan.  Allowing any other set of human writings to come between the Quraan and us would definitely divert us from the Quraan.  This is precisely what has happened to the so-called 'Ummah' of today that has been carried away in a very different direction than the one ordained by the Almighty Allah, only because of their involvement with Hadith. 

I've now quit the Hadith and am back to the Quraan alone like before, Alhamdulilah .. thus, getting back my peace of mind.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2006, 04:02:24 am »

My dear, dear sister! walaikum salaam.  u r speaking my language thru and thru  Smiley  this is one of the most comprehensive articles on hadith i've read.  it covers almost all of those aspects that have raised so many questions in my mind concerning the hadith laws.  i would like to save this article for future reference.  do keep up the good work sis.  jazekAllah khairan.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2006, 04:07:40 am »

hmmm,

Very good and comprehensive but try explaining to our jurists  Cheesy  That's the whole damned problem, isn't it?

It's been a long day.  Well past my bedtime.  night and Allah bless! 

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2006, 12:45:42 am »

Yes .. very comprehensive article.  covers just about every discrepancy of hadith.  Thanks sis ..

Br. Pt it's impossible to explain to the jurists because it exposes the jurists.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007, 11:49:26 am »

salam sr. zeynab,

alhamdulillah, a very enlightening read. thanks alot : )

I pray that Allah increase you in knowledge, guidance, and Iman - insha-Allah.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2007, 07:41:42 pm »

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In my humble opinion, when the Qur'aan tells the believers to follow the example of the Prophet, it refers to those believers living in the Prophet's era. And now since the beloved Prophet (pbuh) has passed away, the believers are expected to followAllah's Qur'aan and then only can they be sure that they are adhering to the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh). True & pure guidance as preached by the beloved Prophet Muhammad comes only by endearing the message that was revealed to him (pbuh) in the Glorious Qur'aan and nurturing our conscience on the basis of the principles and broad guidelines of the Noble Qur'aan.



Alhamdulilah, truly enlightening and refreshing work. I would also add that when the Noble Quran says to follow the Prophet's (pbuh) exampe, it refers to the Prophet's taqwa, his extra-oridnary character comprising of his outstanding patience, perseverence, sense of justice, compassion and consideration for humanity. This is obviously what the Quran refers to by the Prophet's example, not irrelevant issues like his favorite food, length of the beard, the kind of toothbrush or miswak used, the kind of shoes he (pbuh) wore etc. Not to mention, apart from the usual yap yap of the Hadith, there's no evidence anywhere that the Prophet (pbuh) ever grew the kind of untrimmed beard that everyone today presumes he did.

 wsalam and thanks for the input sister.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2011, 10:06:50 pm »

Excellent write up with some very sensible points made. I feel the main reason for our decline is ignoring the Quran and following man made books bo wonder the Calips prohibited the printing of so called hadiths. They were men of wisodom and knew well how these books could be used as a vehicle to defame Islam and the great Prophet (SAW).

However there are many that take these hadiths as gospel truth and when one tells them not to do so they immediately label you a kaafir and do takfeer on you.
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2011, 10:14:53 pm »

Sister, one more thing. When i began to understand the Quran and then read hadiths, I felt the same as you, very disturbed and not comfortable. I used to also have sleepless nights till I decided to follow the Quran only and use the hadith only as a text just like any other book.

About the Salah again you are right, in fact my views are these so called hadiths complicate and contradict procedures about Salah and by no means give a clear direction.
Salah was from the time of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) and as Quran says to the Prophet (SAW) is to follow the religion of Ibrahaim.

I am so happ Subhan Allah to be between people who think and not follow blindly.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011, 04:16:11 am »

Excellent write up with some very sensible points made. I feel the main reason for our decline is ignoring the Quran and following man made books bo wonder the Calips prohibited the printing of so called hadiths. They were men of wisodom and knew well how these books could be used as a vehicle to defame Islam and the great Prophet (SAW).

You are absolutely right brother.  Our great Prophet (SAW) strictly prohibited the people from writing anything except the Noble Quran.  The 4 righteous Caliphs also completely forbade everyone from collecting hadiths and burned thousands of narrations in the possession of people.  The culture of writing hadiths started in full swing during the reign of the Ummayads and was continued by the Abbasids. The institution of Hadith consists of violations by 2 sets of people - the narrators and the compilers.  The Ummayads encouraged the narrators like Abu Huraira, Anas bin Malik etc.  And the Abbasids encouraged the Persian imams like Bukhari and his student Muslim bin Hajaj. 

It is indeed sad that the Ummah has fallen prey to the guile of these folks and drifted away from the Great Quran which is Divine and fully original.  Praise be to Allah, the Almighty.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 04:36:33 am »

May Allah reward you for your clear perception, brother.  You must have observed that while discussing about hadith, a hadith follower's first 'challenging' question in defense of hadith is: "if u don't accept hadith then how did u learn salat?"  This is a very sloppy question and the reason why they think hadith taught salat is because they only read the hadith and listen to the fatwas of their imams but they never study the Quran carefully.  The 'complaint' of the hadith followers is that the Quran does not mention the method of salat.  But they never ask themselves why the Noble Quran does not mention the method of salat.  After all, Allah Almighty NEVER forgets anything.  So there must be a reason why the method of salat is not in the Quran.  The reason is that since salat had already begun from the time of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), the method of salat was already known to the people.  But because the descendents of the followers of Prophet Ibrahim had gradually deviated from Tawheed to polytheism, therefore they had corrupted the ideology of the Monotheistic salat.  Regarding salat, the purpose of the Noble Quran is to correct that deviated ideology and bring it back to Tawheed.  To check this topic in full, you might be interested to read sister Zeynab's complete post - "Reasons why the Noble Quran doesn't mention the exact, present method of salaah ."   I found this piece very informative.
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2011, 09:06:56 pm »

Thank you Sister Heba.

I have to share with all of you. I did my Hajj this year and since then i see a good change in my life and Allah by his Mercy has opened my mind up and I am eager to seek all the good knowledge.

About salat, you are right, people always told be hadith tells you about sala, yes it does but it is so self contradictory. I will Insha Allah produce the eveidence later.
I too have being given dirty looks by many including one who told me that I was close to leave Islam as I told him I do not belive all the hadiths specially those that speaks about the private life of the Prophet and his wives ( it is sad how such blasphemous material can be considered a gospel truth) and all those that make us lazy, example doing Zikar has more rewards that Struggling in Path of Allah (jihad), it is so clear the  enemies of Islam want us to become statues and keep ourselves confiend to dark corners of the room with a tasbih in our hands expect Allah to do all things for us whenAllah states "I dont change your condition unless you change it yourself".

Regards'Salu
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2011, 09:07:54 pm »

Thanks Sister Heba
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2011, 11:03:06 pm »

Thanks sister heba and brother salaam for this very wise and fruitful discussion. 
As-salaam Alaikum.
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2011, 11:08:29 pm »

Thank you Sister Heba.

I have to share with all of you. I did my Hajj this year and since then i see a good change in my life and Allah by his Mercy has opened my mind up and I am eager to seek all the good knowledge.

About salat, you are right, people always told be hadith tells you about sala, yes it does but it is so self contradictory. I will Insha Allah produce the eveidence later.

Brother Salaam, very nice to learn that u were fortunate enough to undertake the beautiful journey of Hajj.  Alhumdulilah.  May Allah, The Exalted, accept your Hajj and shower u and your family with His blessings.  Ameen.

We look forward to to learning from your wise writings, Insh'Allah.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2011, 01:23:15 am »

Thanks Sister Zeynab for your kind words. Yes, by Allah's mercy it was a very wonderful experience all around.

I am a humble learner and I will share with you all whatever i have learnt and you share with me your immense knowledge that is reflected in the way you write, Subhan Allah.
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