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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL
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"O you who believe! Be careful of your duty to Allah, and be with the truthful." [Noble Quran 9:119]

"If you obeyed most of those on earth they would mislead you far from Allah's way." [Noble Quran 6:116]

Return to the QURAN only - the complete and final STAND-ALONE Divine Message which also contains the authentic sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAAW)

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I bear witness that NONE is worthy of worship except ALLAH, He has NO partner nor partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the slave and Final Messenger of Allah.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Reasons why the Noble Quran doesn't mention the present method of salaah

The importance of Hadith is commonly emphasised by claiming that the Quran does not teach salaah even though it orders us to do so. But here's what's overlooked. Allah Almighty has stated in His Final Message that the dictates given in the Quran and sent through our Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) are the continuation of previous Divine Messages from the time of Prophet Abraham (pbuh) onward which the people did not bother to follow nor to preserve. Commandments of salaah (prayer), zakkah (charity) and fasting were Divine commandments given to people through former messengers since ancient times. Prophet Muhammad's mission and deliverence of the Quran was the final & complete repetition/confirmation of the Divine Message. Hence, it would be correct to state that while Prophets Moses, Jesus and Muhamamd (peace on them all) delivered the Taurah, Bible and Quran respectively, all important and basic religious dictates i.e. salaah, charity and fasting came from the time of Prophet Abraham (peace on him), generation after generation.

Salaah was already taught to the people since the time of Prophet Abraham in the Arabian peninsula, but with the passage of time these people and their forefathers deviated from the path of Allah. They gradually turned away from the ideology of monotheism and embraced polytheism.

The two compulsory physical gestures of salaah elucidated by Allah in the Quran as commandments and also while narrating the events of former Prophets are ruku and sajoud (that is, bowing and prostrating). These gestures were passed on from the time of Prophet Abraham.

It should also be remembered that during the 7th century, before the advent of Islam, the pagan Arabs offered their prayers with much the same physical gestures as we do today, but the only big difference was that their prayer was not directed to Allah Almighty. Instead, as polytheists, they offered their ruku and sajoud to their idols which were placed in the Kaaba at Makkah, and their concept of reaching out to Allah was through these idols. This was the big mistake and corruption brought about by the people over the generations by which they ruined the monotheistic Faith as practiced by Prophet Abraham.

The purpose of the Quran regarding salaah (or prayer) was not to teach its method because the method was already known to the people. But the purpose of the Quran regarding salaah was to correct its ideology, that is, salaah must be offered and directed ONLY to Allah alone.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ever thought what "Al-Furqan" refers to?

"Blessed is He Who has revealed unto His slave the Criterion (of right and wrong), that he may be a warner to the peoples: " 25:1 (Surah Al-Furqan)

"The Criterion" = "Al-Furqan"

The reference is -- the Criterion (or Standard) of judging a matter and concluding what is right or wrong, Halal or Haram.

Allah Almighty has stated in very plain terms that His Final Message is the Criterion of right and wrong.

Whenever we are confused or indecisive about a certain matter, not knowing what to do or how to handle it in manner that's proper, we are required to refer to the Quran. Once we do that, we will either find direct information / commandments concerning the problem we are facing; or, we will surely find the general framework of spiritual, social and legal values / principles within the Quran which will help to provide us with the much needed guidelines to deduce a satisfactory conclusion.

The Divine commandment to the Prophet (SAAW) which must also be followed by all believers to judge in accordance with the Final Message of Allah is highlighted in Verse 5:48 of Surah Al-Maidah as well: "And unto you have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah has revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which has come unto you."

But the Muslims have flouted this vital instruction of Allah (The Most High) by preferring to choose another book (that is, Hadith, from which ensue the Fiqh and Shariah containing very little or nothing of the Quran) as their criterion instead, being hardly aware of the seriousness of such a violation and its consequences in the Hereafter.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Does ablution really become ineffective if one passes wind?

Recently, someone at one of the Sunni forums brought up this query. The person asked that since wudu gets "void if one passes wind .. therefore if it wasn't for Hadith, how would we know, because the Quran says nothing about it?"

Here's what the Hadith says on this issue, narrated by none but Abu Hurairah.

"Allah does not accept the prayer of a person who has released gas until he makes a new ablution." A person from Hadhramaut asked Abu Hurairah, "What does releasing gas mean?" He answered, "Wind with or without sound." (Bukhari and Muslim)

Another one ..

"If one of you finds a disturbance in his abdomen and is not certain if he has released any gas or not, he should not leave the mosque unless he hears its sound or smells its scent." (Muslim)

lol .. aren't these comical! Anyhow ..

It's more than a little surprising how much the Hadith followers take every bit of information given in the Hadith as a confirmed truth even when it is NOT confirmed, not even remotely referred, by the Noble Quran.

To consider that passing of wind invalidates the wudu (ablution) is a guesswork ingrained in the minds of our brethren by the irrational narrations of Hadith which make no sense and have no logic.

Instead of blindly following the guesswork of Bukhari, let us use our common sense and think. Why does Allah not mention that passing wind would break wudu? There must be some reason for it because Allah does NOT forget anything.

According to the Noble Quran, wudu is invalidated only if a person is physically polluted or dirty which includes the pollution of the body after sexual intercourse. But the Noble Quran does NOT say that merely passing wind makes the wudu ineffective.

The reason is: Wind is not something tangible nor perceptible by the sense of touch. It is abstract. Even if it smells bad and is a gesture of bad manners, the fact is that wind is not the type of dirt that makes people physically dirty or polluted. Wind is simply gaseous matter which gets diffused in the atmosphere through the clothing. It does not make a person dirty like other impurities such as mud, sweat, filthy water, excrement, urine, vomit etc. Of course, this does not imply that we must forget our etiquettes, become crude and flatulate freely in public just for the fun of it. But the truth of the matter remains that to flatulate has no effect on the wudu.

Also, let's not forget, passing wind is a part of fitrah (nature) and there are many people (especially the elderly ones) who are unable to control it for medical reasons. They are specifically advised by their doctors not to withhold it because it could cause severe stomach discomfort. Now, just think of it this way .. if someone has a natural or medical problem controlling wind, he/she performs their wudu and steps out of the washroom. Soon after, while they are still very clean, they feel a natural urge to pass wind. Will that single passage of wind make them physically dirty and require a second ablution? The answer is definitely NO.

Thus, it's because of the above reasons why Allah does not include passage of wind as a factor that invalidates the wudu .. because Allah is kind, considerate and reasonable and has not placed any hardships in religion for us. But it is we who make our religion hard by ignoring the limits of Allah and following the instructions of our so-called spiritual leaders instead.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Alas Pakistan! Why?

This problem is one which not even the bitterest of Pakistani critics / analysts / journalists have taken up so far.

Elections in Pakistan will continue being a sham and so will lack of awareness among the majority. No wonder. Excepting the southern city of Karachi, the country still has a feudal culture. As long as feudalism exists, illiteracy will keep rising. The feudal lords will never educate the subjects they control. Realistically, Pakistan at present is no different from the society of slave drivers in medieval Europe and America. For more than six decades it's been the cause of illiteracy, autocracy, ever-growing corruption and of course, financial disaster for the country as feudals pay no taxes.

Unfortunately the response of urban Pakistanis for years has been to flee from their sufferings rather than build a resolve to be the first to make a sacrifice. And such a mindset perfectly suits their corrupt leaders.

I ask myself, why blame the blissfully ignorant peasants and farmers in rural Pakistan who are enjoying their serfdom under their feudal lords when apathy is spreading so rapidly across our urban population?

Among the small number of supposedly educated folks who have still not immigrated abroad, fantasy is their cause of ignorance. Instead of being introspective, they are much too eager to be guided by their sentiments. Pakistanis have since long been idolizing their leaders on the basis of their own imaginary iconic images of them. Thus, only the corrupt or chauvinistic ones have either assumed leadership or simply succeeded in jumping into celebrity politics as trouble-makers. It's a sad state of affairs and we only have ourselves to blame.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surah Al-Kausar interpreted by Hadith compared to the Quran

Regarding Surah Al-Kausar (Chapter 108 of the Glorious Quran), the interpretation of the term "Kausar" given by Hadith appears to carry no compatibility with this expression in the Noble Quran.

The dictionary meaning of the term 'Kausar' in English is 'abundance.'

A Hadith written by Bukhari (quoted as under) has explained the term "Kauser" as a 'fount' or 'river' in Paradise.

"It is related by Anas that the Apostle of God said: “While I was walking in Paradise I saw a [strange] river on either bank of which there were domes made of concave pearls. ‘What is it?’ I inquired from Gabriel. ‘It is the Kausar the Lord has given to you,’ Gabriel replied. I found that its soil was as fragrant as musk.” -Bukhari

Plenty of Hadith stories were constructed almost 200 years after the passing away of the Prophet (SAAW), concerning the Journey of Mairaj. This was one of them.

On the contrary, the Glorious Quran confirms not a single content of any the Ahadith on Isra and Mairaj. The description of the Journey of Isra and Mairaj in the Glorious Quran is very brief, contained in verses:

- 17:1 and 17:60 of Surah Bani Israel (also known as Surah Al-Isra)
- 53:6-18 of Surah An-Najm

The above verses are quoted as follows

"Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far distant place of worship the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, that We might show him of Our tokens! Lo! He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer." (17:1) Bani Israel

"And (it was a warning) when we told thee: Lo! thy Lord encompasseth mankind, and We appointed the sight which We showed thee as an ordeal for mankind, and (likewise) the Accursed Tree in the Qur'an. We warn them, but it increaseth them in naught save gross impiety." (17:60) Bani Israel

6. "One vigorous; and he grew clear to view
7. When he was on the uppermost horizon.
8. Then he drew nigh and came down
9. Till he was (distant) two bows' length or even nearer,
10. And He revealed unto His slave that which He revealed.
11. The heart lied not (in seeing) what it saw.
12. Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he seeth ?
13. And verily he saw him yet another time
14. By the lote-tree of the utmost boundary,
15. Nigh unto which is the Garden of Abode.
16. When that which shroudeth did enshroud the lote-tree,
17. The eye turned not aside nor yet was overbold.
18. Verily he saw one of the greater revelations of his Lord."
(53:6-18) An-Najm


Apart from these verses, nothing more is contained in the Quran on this topic.

Who was a greater liar, Bukhari or Abu Huraira?



This blog entry of mine is about defending the exemplary character of the beloved Prophet (SAAW) from yet another massive LIE of those unworthy persons whom the Ummah today cannonizes as ones who can do no wrong.

We all know that in the Noble Quran, Almighty Allah speaks very highly of Prophet Muhammad. The Quran refers to the Prophet as having a "tremendous" character. The Quran tells us that the Prophet has been sent to this world as a mercy for humankind. We know too well that the Prophet (SAAW) had a temperament that was extra-ordinarily kind, understanding and gentle. His leniency towards his wives despite living in a very male dominated society was well known. His deep compassion for the poor, helpless, slaves, children and animals was an established fact of the era.

Yet, in the collection of Bukhari hadith, we find the following narration that is constructed with the most mean spirited intent to promote the radical views of the narrator, or this hadith writer. Below is the shockingly false hadith:

Narrated Abu Hurairah - Rasualullah (SAW) said, "No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the 'Isha' prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to crawl." The Prophet added, "Certainly I wish to order the Mu'adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses." (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Hadith # 626)

Think for yourselves. Could the chosen Messenger of Allah, a person as tender hearted as our beloved Prophet (SAAW) give orders to carry out arson .. burning the homes of those who for whatever reasons didn't or couldn't go to the masjid for Fajr and Isha prayers? When the Noble Quran clearly states that "there is no compulsion in religion," could the Prophet violate this dictate and the other similar Quranic ethics and give instructions to commit such an act? Of course the answer is NO, NEVER.

I ask these people who shamelessly write such blatant falsehoods that is this their way of encouraging people to visit the mosque? And is this their method of highlighting the importance of Fajr and Isha salaah? Lying about anyone or anything is bad enough. Lying about a person who was chosen as special by Almighty God is an act beyond my comprehension! It can only be done by those who never had a conscience and were never interested in acquiring it.

Friday, February 19, 2010

We cannot say we aren't responsible for our fate

"Lo! Allah changes not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts;" 13:11 Surah Ar-Ra'd

"It was never Allah's (part) that he should send a folk astray after He had guided them until He had made clear unto them what they should avoid. Lo! Allah is Aware {Al-'Alim} of all things." 9:115 Surah At-Tawbah



"Lo! Allah changes not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts;" 13:11 Surah Ar-Ra'd

"It was never Allah's (part) that he should send a folk astray after He had guided them until He had made clear unto them what they should avoid. Lo! Allah is Aware {Al-'Alim} of all things." 9:115 Surah At-Tawbah


There are plenty of Muslims who seek an excuse for their violations by using 'fate' as their scapegoat. They presume (or pretend to do so) that since Allah Almighty ordains everything and nothing can happen without His will, we are responsible for very little that happens in our lives. This isn't true at all.

As we can perceive, both the verses quoted above from the two Surahs, Ar-Ra'd and At-Tawbah, are in perfect co-ordination.

It is on the basis of the changes we make within ourselves, depending on our intent and motives that Allah judges us and thus ordains our fate.

It depends on how much guidance and obedience we are able to grasp and practice from Allah's commandments and the warnings He has made known to us. This includes the manner in which we handle the tests, trials and tribulations of earthly life.

Allah has also made it plain that he does not punish anyone until He has shown them the right path. Whether or not they follow it, or to what extent they follow it, is upto them and upon this decision of their obedience or otherwise depends the outcome of their life in the form of their fate as judged by Allah Almighty.

Therefore it's upto us to decide to what extent we can prove our worth in Allah's sight and subsequently to carve our fate by utilizing our human insight, which keeps increasing by Allah's Will as a reward of our efforts in making ourselves grow. It constitutes one of the most important purposes of our lives.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

That talk about the 'return of Mahdi'

The Glorious Quran tells us loud and clear, that the Last Day will come "unawares." This means that it will come suddenly without any warning signals when people will be least expecting it.

"Nay, but it will come upon them unawares so that it will stupefy them, and they will be unable to repel it, neither will they be reprieved." 21:40 Al-Anbiya

Yet there are so many hadith narrations that talk about "signs" of the Last Day. There's one notion according to hadith that says the Last Day will be on a Friday, and on that Friday the sun will rise from the West and set towards the East. This means we will get a 'notice' of several hours before Doomsday takes place. Indeed, this blatantly contradicts the Quran.

There are many other such stories.

But the most widely accepted sign of Qaiamah (The Last Day) according to the myth of hadith is supposed to be the return of Mahdi. Like the bulk of Hadith ideologies, this too has been borrowed from the Bible. The Christians believe that Jesus, son of Mary, (peace on them both) will return. Thus, Hadith propagates the same notion. Also, it goes a step further in this concocted copy-cat theory by saying that Imam Mahdi will also return. The re-appearance of both Jesus, son of Mary, and Imam Mahdi is supposed to signify the 'end of time.' Again, it means we'll get plenty of warning before the Last Day actually takes place. And again, a clear contradiction of the what Allah has confirmed in the Quran many times that the Last Day will arrive suddenly. Both sects, Shiias and Sunnis, blindly accept the stories of return of Jesus and Mahdi without bothering to reflect on the Words of Allah.

On 'abrogation' of Quranic Verses

The Noble Quran makes it clear that every Divine "Hukum" or Commandment that it contains must be accepted because the Quran must be accepted & followed in its entirety. Allah also says in the Quran that His laws never change, that is, whatever laws stated in the Quran must be implemented. There's nothing in the Quran which is 'extra' or 'superfluous' that can be discarded or taken lightly. There's no evidence within the Noble Quran that indicate to us that any of its ayats were "abrogated" nor "abrogated and replaced" by another ayat during revelation. This aspect has been exaggerated by the ulemas and modern critics, each, for reasons of their own.

Let's check the topic on "abrogation" carefully as follows.

The aspect of abrogation is discussed in the Quran briefly only in two verses, which are 2:106 and 16:101-102.

"Such of Our revelations as We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof. Knows you not that Allah is Able to do all things?" 2:106

"And when We put a revelation in place of (another) revelation,--and Allah knows best what He revealeth--they say: Lo! you are but inventing. Most of them know not.
Say: The holy Spirit has revealed it from your Lord with truth, that it may confirm (the faith of) those who believe, and as guidance and good tidings for those who have surrendered (to Allah)."
16:101-102


The mention of abrogation in these verses does not refer to cancelling the already revealed verses of the Quran. It refers to certain laws which formerly forbade certain things for the Jews, but since those forbidden laws were not included in the Quran, therefore what might have formely been forbidden to them was now annulled because the Quran being the final Scripture, it carried the total set of valid laws for implementation which could override certain aspects for former Scriptures. Of course only Allah knows best. But to any perceptive person, this is what abrogation evidently refers to in the Noble Quran.

In other words, the term 'abrogation' in the Quran concerns changing a few minor laws pertaining to society for a certain community, as and when deemed proper by Allah, from Scripture to Scripture. It does not refer to changes of laws within a certain Scripture, and surely not within the Quran itself.

As, for instance, mentioned earlier, the Noble Quran has made lawful to people things that were previously prohibited to a certain community. In Surah Al-An`am, we read: “ Say: I find not in that which is revealed unto me aught prohibited to an eater that he eat thereof, except it be carrion, or blood poured forth, or swineflesh for that verily is foul or the abomination which was immolated to the name of other than Allah. But whoso is compelled (thereto), neither craving nor transgressing, (for him) lo ! your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful. Unto those who are Jews We forbade every animal with claws. And of the oxen and the sheep forbade We unto them the fat thereof save that upon the backs or the entrails, or that which is mixed with the bone. That We awarded them for their rebellion. And lot We verily are Truthful.” (Al-Anam:145-146)

If you read the last few lines of the above verse carefully, Allah mentions that the Jews were formerly forbidden to eat the fat in the meat of beef and sheep. That means, they were only allowed lean meat of these animals. But now, since we Muslims are not forbidden to eat the fat from the meat of these animals, and neither does the Quran mention anywhere that the Jews must continue this former prohibition, therefore it would be valid to conclude that the Jews can now consume all those foods made valid for Muslims in the Noble Quran. The above verse very clearly refers to the same. Thus, that former law forbidding the Jews from eating the fat of meat from oxen and sheep could be referred to as 'abrogated' after the revelation of the Noble Quran.

Abrogation of verses of former Scriptures apparently had a certain purpose, that is, lifting of certain laws (I would think minor laws) at a future time, whenever Allah deemed it proper. Also, it is pre-ordained by the Divine Power, firstly because He is fully aware of the future, and because He neither forgets, nor does He overlook any issue and nor does He err.

Furthermore, there is no verse in the Quran that implements a particular law by cancelling a previous law implemented by a previous verse of the Quran. This is definite. And, there's no evidence nor any reported events nor historical information to suggest this .. not even to consider it as a possibility.

The idea of abrogation of verses from the Quran has been introduced by our scholars and ulemas for the purpose of making the Quran match with the contents of various Hadith rulings. The ulemas refer to abrogation as 'Al-Naskh.' For this reason, the so-called 'evidence' for every 'al-Naskh' or 'abrogation' of a verse claimed by Hadith ulemas comes from nowhere but the Hadith narrations which are further detailed by stories through fatwas.

Another example. The Noble Quran states in clear terms, one hundred lashes as penalty for the crime of adultery. The Noble Quran mentions NOTHING about any sort of abrogation concerning this law. Also, the Quran states NOTHING about different punishments for single and married people in this regard. But the Hadith disagrees. Hadith, in co-ordination with the Old & New Testaments, says that lashes are only for unmarried people guilty of sexual misconduct. Hadith adds that if married individuals commit adultery, the punishment for them is death by stonng. Their standard excuse for this lack of compatibility with the Quran is their false claim that death penalty for adultery in the Quran was "abrogated." But when people bring up such false ideas without any evidence from Allah Almighty, they show their cracks & faults one way or another. The question for our scholars and ulemas here is ---- if any verses were really abrogated, in that case, in accordance with the meaning of the term 'abrogation' which means to discard or to cancel, these "abrogated" verses should then not be implemented at all. In other words, if the 'scholars' and 'ulemas' mean that certain laws of Hadith ensue from "abrogated" verses of the Quran, then those Hadith laws must also be abrogated.

A 15th century Egyptian imam named Jalaluddin Al-Suyuti also known as Ibn al-Kutb (son of books) who was supposed to be religious scholar & teacher wrote in his book 'al-Itqaan' that, "twenty-one verses in the Qur'an were abrogated; some were agreed upon, while others are not. These abrogated verses are in the following Surahs: Al-Baqarah, Al-'Imran, An-Nisa', Al-Ma'idah, Al-Anfal, At-Taubah, An-Nur, Al-Ahzab, Al-Mujadilah, Al-Mumtahinah and Al-Muzzammil." Apart from the fact that no one knows which verses al-Suyuti is referring to (because he never mentioned those verses), there's absolutely NO evidence in the Noble Quran in any of these Surahs that any of the verses have been "abrogated" nor 'abrogated and replaced with another verse.' This means that Allah never states directly nor indirectly with reference to any particular verse nor verses that these have been removed or replaced by Him. Therefore we have NO grounds to make such a presumption of any Quranic verse.

Also, there's no consistency among 'scholars' about their choice of the so-called "abrogated" verses. Different 'ulemas' keep picking different verses they claim to be "abrogated" with not a shred of evidence from the Quran. Despite every careful research, I have found that their only obvious purpose appears to be to defend the legality of various Hadith rulings that do not conform with the Quran - and indeed majority of the Hadith rulings don't.

May Allah (The Highest) grant His guidance to believers to follow the truth and nothing but the truth. Ameen.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Western journalists need to learn a lot more

A couple of years ago I was watching the Ashura ceremonies in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan on BBC television. The reporter covering this story mentioned that Imam Hussein and his followers were slain in the battlefield of Karbala by "the sunni army." It left my head spinning like a top! There were no concepts of sectarianism at that time. The beloved Prophet Muhammad SAAW) and his Household were neither "sunni" nor 'shiia.' They were just 'Muslims.' They would be flabbergasted to know the divisions created and the violence that's systematically carried out in their names by the so-called Muslims of later times uptil today.

Also, recently I was watching a documentary regarding the divisions within the Muslim community aired on Canada's CBC. The host referred to the doctrine of 'Salafiism' as "hardline Islam dating back to 1400 years ago." Again, I could hardly contain my astonishment. There were absolutely no such labels as 'salafiism' etc. during that era of history.

The Salaf doctrine or Wahabism came about as late as the mid 18th century in the Arabian Peninsula when Mohammad ibn al-Wahab (a man with his own idiosyncracies) made a political deal with the Mohammad al-Saud, the head of the al-Saud tribal family. According to this deal, al-Saud would endorse al-Wahab's self-concocted austere ideology with the title of "pure" Islam and in return, al-Saud would get political recognition and support from al-Wahab followers. This Wahab-Saud alliance exists till this day in Saudi Arabia. The al-Wahab supporters played an instrumental role in bringing the Sauds into power. This episode is little beyond ambition, power & politics.

On the contrary, the Islam 1400 years ago was the Divine Message directly from the Glorious Quran brought to us by the beloved Prophet (SAAW) as we see it today, pure and free from the interpolations of Hadith, fatwas and Western interference .. and it is anything but "hardline."

What politics isn't

One doesn't learn politics at university by studying Political Science is an upfront comment (paraphrasing) on the issue of 'POLITICS' I came across.

"There's no science in politics. And no 'political scientist' has ever been succesful in politics." (A leading North American politician. Sept.2006)

Personally I think this is the best definition I've ever read on what politics is not.

Comparing the words of the Glorious Quran with the Hadith on prohibiting usury

We all know that riba (usury) is totally forbidden (Haram) in the Glorious Quran. It's an oppressive practice that further burdens those who are already burdened with financial woes.

For example, if you are a money lender and a friend, neighbor, relative or acquaintance of yours needs to borrow 500 dollars because of some compelling situation, and you demnad 550 dollars to be the payback amount as a condition for lending, then you would have a difficult time on the Day of Judgment.

Let us read what the Glorious Quran mentions on the prohibition of usury. Please check the following verses. The Divine Words are eloquent, sophisticated and exhilerating. Alhamdulilah.

"Those who swallow usury cannot rise up save as he arises whom the devil has prostrated by (his) touch. That is because they say: Trade is just like usury; whereas Allah permits trading and forbids usury. He unto whom an admonition from his Lord comes, and (he) refrains (in obedience thereto), he shall keep (the profits of) that which is past, and his affair (henceforth) is with Allah. As for him who returns (to usury)--Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein.
Allah has blighted usury and made almsgiving fruitful. Allah loves not the impious and guilty.
Lo! those who believe and do good works and establish worship and pay the poor due, their reward is with their Lord and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
O you who believe! Observe your duty to Allah, and give up what remains (due to you) from usury, if you are (in truth) believers.
And if you do not, then be warned of war (against you) from Allah and His messenger. And if you repent, then you have your principal (without interest). Wrong not, and you shall not be wronged.
And if the debtor is in straitened circumstances, then (let there be) postponement to (the time of) ease; and that you remit the debt as almsgiving would be better for you if you did but know." 2:275-281 Al-Baqrah

"O you who believe! Devour not usury, doubling and quadrupling (the sum lent). Observe your duty to Allah, that you may be successful." 3:130 Al-Imran

"And of their taking usury when they were forbidden it, and of their devouring people's wealth by false pretenses. We have prepared for those of them who disbelieve a painful doom." 4:161 An-Nissa

"That which you give in usury in order that it may increase on (other) people's property has no increase with Allah; but that which you give in charity, seeking Allah's countenance, has increase manifold." 30:39 Ar-Rum


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Now, coming to the Hadith which also disallows usury but uses such crude and dirty language with sexual connotations which perhaps even a degraded person from the streets wouldn't use. Please check the following Ahadith.

From Abdallah ibn Hanzalah: The Prophet, peace be on him, said: “A dirham of riba which a man receives knowingly is worse than committing adultery thirty-six times” [Mishkat al-Masabih, Kitab al- Buyu, Bab al-riba, on the authority of Ahmad and Daraqutni].

From Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet, peace be on him, said: “Riba has seventy segments, the least serious being equivalent to a man committing adultery with his own mother” [Ibn Majah, ibid].


The above Hadith of Abu Hurayrah has been further 'frilled' by the imams. I personally watched and heard on a television lecture of Imam Badiuddin Soharwardy in which he narrated a Hadith mentioning that acquiring "usury or riba is like committing incest with one's mother within the premises of the Holy Ka'ba."

This type of cheap and vulgar analogies used by Hadith make it transparent for us to look through these narrations and discard them.

If the purpose of the Hadith narrators and writers for using such offensive language with references to incest and zina was to highlight the importance of banning usury, it was not the right method at all.

The Glorious Quran has already banned the practice of usury in very articulate, decent and sophisiticated terms. By reading the Quranic words on usury, any God fearing and reflective person will understand the seriousness of the matter and stay away from usury. The interference of Hadith using abusive language is NOT required. Such embarrasing language of Hadith in its so-called attempt to highlight the importance of prohibiting riba is NOT helpful. It surprises the readers and distracts them from the actual issue, making them ponder over the vulgarity penned by Bukhari & co.

Thank you for reading.

May Allah (The Most High) guide us to the path of Truth, to the path of the Glorious Quran, and protect us from the practices of the misguided usury takers and hadith writers. Ameen.

All praise be to Allah Almighty, the Greatest. And love, peace and blessings on the final Messenger and Seal of the Prophets who never uttered any of the hadith we read today. The only Message the final Messenger delieverd was the Glorious Quran through the inspiration of Allah Almighty.

"Paradise lies under the feet of your mother" - Beware, FALSE HADITH

"Verily, Heaven lies under the feet of our mother."

According to Dr. Muzzamal Siddiqui and many other Muslim scholars, the above mentioned hadith is supposed to be "sahih" which is contained in several collections. Yet, for some reason, the precise source (or sources) is never quoted. This is the first enigma about this narration. Furthermore, Ibn Majah adds another similar hadith which says “Be at your mother’s feet and there is the Paradise.” (Ibn Majah, Sunan, Hadith no. 2771).

Dr. Siddiqui further states that "the meaning of this Hadith is that you should serve your mother and take good care of her. Obey her as long as she does not tell you to do something haram. It does not make any difference whether the mother is Muslim or non-Muslim. It is the duty of the children to be respectful to their parents, especially mothers." Okay fine, I absolutely agree with that. But we cannot let matters rest here. This hadith is much too suspicious and it needs a thorough investigation, not through isnad but with direct references to the Noble Quran and our common sense which Allah has bestowed on us.

To begin with, the Hadith institution is plagued with contradictions. The moment you search for this Hadith, you'll find some claiming it's 'sahih' as Dr. Muzzamal Siddiqui did, and some denouncing it as weak or Da'eef. One of the sources that considers it weak is probably Sayuti. This disagreement between scholars only adds to the confusion.

Now let's check what the Glorious Quran says about parents.

"Your Lord has decreed, that you worship none save Him, and (that you show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them to attain old age with you, say not "Fie" unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word." 17:23 Surah Al-Isra

"And We have enjoined upon man concerning his parents--His mother bears him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years--Give thanks unto Me and unto your parents. Unto Me is the journeying.
But if they strive with you to make you ascribe unto Me as partner that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not. Consort with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who repents unto Me. Then unto Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do--" 31:14-15 Surah Luqman


Thus, the Quranic view on parents is very clear.

The Quran emphasises greatly upon loving, caring and respecting both parents. They are to be disobeyed only if they tell you to do something which is confirmed as 'Haram' in the Quran. In that case they are to be disobeyed, but politely.

First Fallacy of this hadith under discussion
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Truth is easy to find if we reflect for a moment on the Noble Quran and the beloved Prophet (SAAW) himself. We know that Paradise is a place held in very high esteem in the Quran. Paradise is a place which is the ultimate abode of the faithful slaves of Allah. We think and speak about Paradise with awe, desire and the greatest of respect. And surely no one had greater respect for Allah and the principles of the Quran than Prophet Muhammad (SAAW). To refer to Paradise, which is such a great privilege for believers, as being beneath someone's feet is offensively discourteous and harsh .. something which definitely amounts to blasphemy. Only people like Abu Huraira, Abu Darda etc. or the Hadith compilers themselves were capable of mocking the Noble Quran and our Prophet (SAAW) with this sort of rude and baseless talk.

Second fallacy of this hadith
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The Noble Quran mentions throughout to love & respect both parents, mother and father, equally. The Quran gives no reason to presume that one parent is a lot more precious than the other, to the extent that even Paradise can be placed metaphorically under the feet of that parent.

Third fallacy of this hadith
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A mother is a human being. Therefore, like any other human being, she could be a debauch or a disbeliever or she could be pious. The debauched or disbelieving mother will have to face Retribution because of her ill conduct, while the pious one will be rewarded. That's because Divine Justice is perfect and Allah does not treat the unrighteous in the same manner as the righteous. This aspect has also been very clearly articulated throughout the Noble Quran.

In summary
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We are to love, respect and care for our parents very deeply. We are to disobey them only if they tell us to commit shirk or to disobey Allah. Being rewarded with Paradise is the ultimate and supreme triumph for every believer. It's a place of unprecedented beauty,peace and comfort. The last thing which any sincere believer would think of would be to talk so rudely about Paradise as putting it beneath someone's feet. AstaghfarAllah. According to the principles of the Noble Quran, this hadith under discussion is completely false, impertinent and senseless! It evidently comes into the category of those 99.9% narrations which are lies. The beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) would have been shocked and upset if he learned of such an outrageous quote being falsely attributed to him.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Dresden Massacre by the Allies in WW2

The bombing of Dresden, Germany, happened in 1945 between February 13 and 15 by the Allies. By this time Germany had almost lost the war. Dresden was a defenceless city. It had no soldiers, no weapons and no military industry. So, why did the Allies perpetrate this horrific crime on the civilians of this city including a hospital? According to reports, it was done because Stalin wanted it. But he did not have enough heavy bombers. For that reason the British and US carried out Stalin's request to paralyse German communications and prevent German refugees from fleeing the Soviet army. Little did the Allies know that Stalin was getting ready for the "next stage"- war against the "west." If it wasn't for nukes, the war would never have ended.

Coming back to the topic of this massacre, there were four air raids. Thirteen hundred heavy bombers dropped almost 4,000 tons of heavy explosives, also using lethal chemical weapons. The death toll was over 300,000 - all unarmed civilians. The Allies have tried to defend this war crime by claiming that Dresden was a military, industrial and rail transportation centre. But in reality Dresen was a historical landmark, known as Germany's "Florence" on the river Elbe. It had no military significance at all.

As lies and propaganda constantly flourish within the western media, the death toll of the Dresden massacre by the Allies in 1945 is also gradually being reduced before the eyes of the world. During the first couple of decades after 1945, the number of dead was estimated between 250,000 to 300,000. That conveniently kept falling. The estimate of historians at present is between 25,000 to 35,000. Let another couple of decades pass and it'll be wiped off the pages of history. Kids in the U.S. will only use it as humor. Already, this act of genocide has been pretty much buried along with those who perished in it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Shaytaan (Iblis) was of the Jinn, not a "fallen angel"

The Noble Quran says in V. 18:50 that Satan was of the Jinn and so he rebelled against Allah Almighty by disobeying His command of prostrating before Adam. As Muslims, we believe only this.

"And (remember) when We said unto the angels: Fall prostrate before Adam, and they fell prostrate, all save Iblis. He was of the Jinn, so he rebelled against his Lord's command. Will you choose him and his seed for your protecting friends instead of Me, when they are an enemy unto you? Calamitous is the exchange for evil doers!" 18:50 Surah Al-Kahf

Because Shaytaan was of the Jinn, therefore, like humans, he could choose his path of conduct - whether to be obedient or disobedient to the commands of Allah Almighty. And Shaytaan chose to be disobedient.

The idea of Satan being a 'fallen angel' is NOT from the Noble Quran. In the Noble Quran there's no such concept of any angel being a 'fallen' one. This story of Satan being a 'fallen angel' comes from the altered Bible, as usual, from versions such as Jude, Matthew, Isaiah etc.

Satan, who belonged to the Jinn, couldn't possibly have been an angel prior to being a Jinn. That just doesn't make sense. The Bible folks started this gossip based on some pagan myth. In the older versions of the altered Bible, the term "Lucifer" was often used for the devil. "Lucifer" which is a Latin word is supposed to mean a "light bearer. It's the most inappropriate name for Satan because Satan or devil is NOT a "light bearer." Much the opposite. Satan (or the devil) is a spreader of darkness through his sins. It is also said that in these older versions of the changed Bible, the term 'lucifer' was given to the devil in fictional stories.

The concept of 'fallen angels' from a pagan myth was named (or based) upon the title "morning star." This myth was later transferred to Satan by the Christians, giving Satan the name of "Lucifer" meaning "light bearer," similar to the pagan title of "morning star."

Some Christians say that "morning star" refers to the meaning of being destined to fall from the sky.

However, this entire concept of 'fallen angel' is a myth and gossip with NO references in the Noble Quran. Therefore, we are NOT to accept it. We only accept as much as the Noble Quran says, that Satan was of the Jinn, so he rebelled against Allah's commands and thus became an outcast, the biggest enemy of Allah and of the believers.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Two factors that steal human courage from facing death

There are two situations that contribute to humans getting deeply attached to earthly life, often making them overly upset at the thought of death. These two aspects are ..

1) lack of remembrance of Allah, and
2) plenty of earthly possessions e.g. wealth, comfort, fame, power, too much involvement with family & friends etc.

 A man or woman who has never been involved in loving Allah Almighty nor having faith in Him will never feel ready for death even if they live to be one hundred years of age. If, for instance, such people suddenly discover that they are terminally ill and their days on earth are numbered, they are left unusually shattered and it takes them long to accept this reality. The shock is much greater in such persons than in someone who regularly thinks of Allah with faith and devotion, never forgetting the ultimate reality of earthly life. Though everyone knows of death, a person who's heart is devoid of Faith is sub-consciously on denial of it. When they realize they are at its doorstep, they are shaken with a mighty shake! It brings about an abrupt change in their goal of life, and adjusting to it is no easy task for them. Many such ones die miserably while still unprepared.

The other category are those with huge earthly possessions. Though earthly belongings are not meant to clash with Faith, unfortunately they do because of incorrect human priorities. Vast earthly wealth, power, fame etc. often make humans over-confident, resulting in a mindset that's arrogant with a false sense of infallibility and independence, thus, making them forget their inherent shortcomings and distracting them from the path of Allah Almighty. Such persons also tend to forget that worldy riches & benefits, no matter how enormous, can never match the infinity of the wonders of Paradise which Allah has kept in store for believers. The concept of life only means 'earthly life' for them. No wonder they are shattered with grief when Allah reminds them that the place where they made themselves so snug and cosy is, after all, just a temporary abode for them.

A true believer often feels hesitant asking Allah to grant them abundunce in this world. In fact, they never desire too much worldly comfort & riches, instead, prefering only enough to lead a financially independent life. They are perceptive enough to know that abundunce of worldly possessions also bring along with them plenty of responsibilities, and thus, will require many more questions to be answered on the Day of Ressurection. Allah has repeatedly stated in the Glorious Quran that wealth, power and children are a test in this world. But there's hardly anyone who reflects upon this aspect. Instead, the fortunate ones simply consider themselves "lucky" and get wrapped up in the pleasures of their privileged lives. Thus, while leaving, they do not feel ready to face the next world. They feel alone and 'deprived.' They forget that it was Allah who granted them their wealth, power and family, that it was Allah who gave them life and eventually He will have to take back everything He gave.

So .. the realtiy of returning to Allah alone (about which He has constantly reminded us in the Noble Quran) without any wealth, power, family or friends dawns upon people who never thought nor prayed to Him only when they are at the threshold of death. Alas! Too little, too late. Indeed, no one can be more unfortunate than the person who dies at a time when he (or she) feels they are not ready for death.

May Allah Almighty protect all believers from acquiring a shallow mindset. May Allah Almighty consider us worthy of His Gift of guidance, bestow upon us Knowledge, a clear vision and the strongest of Faith at the time our soul departs for its final journey. Ameen.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dividing Our Faith

All our leaders are responsible for the type of leadership they provide us. Many of our religous leaders at present are encouraging Muslims to split with antagonistic lectures/fatwas, thus carrying us away from the originals of Islam and Allah’s commandments. They divide Allah’s religion into sects and madhabs and tell their followers that they are different from other groups of Muslims, thus dividing and sub-dividing Allah’s religion. Such a mindset has led to numerous divisions in our Faith and to much violence as well.

Differences and divisions have gone to the extent that often during the Holy month of Ramadan, all Muslims  do not begin fasting on the same day, and neither do they observe Eid-al-Fitr on the same day.  Each one follows their own group or imam, thus making a laughing stock of themselves before the world!

We have become our own worst enemy. For how long should the Ummah tolerate such violations ?  We claim we follow the Glorious Quran and the beloved Prophet (Salallah Alayhi Wassalam), yet we are absolutely oblivious even of the basic dictates of the Quran.  We see nothing wrong in shedding the blood of our own brothers and sisters.  How much we have reduced ourselves through our own ignorance and intolerance.

"It is not for a believer to kill a believer unless (it be) by mistake.
Whoso slayeth a believer of set purpose, his reward is Hell for ever. Allah is wroth against him and He hath cursed him and prepared for him an awful doom." [2:92 & 93] ‘An-Nisa’


The Glorious Quran refers to entire mankind as a single community – the children of Adam.

"Lo! This your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.
And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all are returning unto Us.
Then whoso doth good works and is a believer, there will be no rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him." [21:92-94] ‘Al-Anbiya’


So why is the hatred within the Muslim community so deep?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Hadith contradicts its own existence!

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The Ahadith that disallow the writing of it have the same roots which many of us reject. But if you look at it the other way, it only deepens the contradiction of this institution. It signifies that the Hadith is chiding itself for its narrations and yet going on with its tales.

The fact that the beloved Prophet (SAAW) forbade people to write down his words, and also the fact that during the reign of Abu Bakr Siddiq and Umar bin Khattab (may Allah be pleased with them) thousands of Hadith were destroyed by them is well known and is found in almost every data of Islamic history.

Majority of the Hadith narrations either have no link with the values of the Quran or they altogether clash with the ethics of the Quran. Only a very small number of narrations conform with Quranic principles. But even concerning those few that may conform with the Quran, there is no evidence to presume that they were mentioned by the Prophet (SAAW) is those words.

Hadith scolding itself

There are several hadiths that say Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) forbade his sayings from being recorded.

Abu Saeed al-Khudri said, “We exerted our best to get the Messenger of Allah to allow us to write his hadith but he refused.”
Recorded by Al-Baghdadi in Taqyid al-Ilm

Narrated Zayd ibn Thabit:
Al-Muttalib ibn Abdullah ibn Hantab said: Zayd ibn Thabit entered upon Mu'awiyah and asked him about a tradition. He ordered a man to write it. Zayd said: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) ordered us not to write any of his traditions. So he erased it. [Sunan of Abu-Dawood Book 25, Number 3640:]

The reason most often given by Hadith followers as to why it was forbidden is formulated by Ramhurmuzi (d. 360 A.H.) as follows:

“Apparently the prohibition was in the beginning to make their attention to the Qur’an only and to distinguish the recording of the Qur’an from the sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet and to keep things safe from any kind of mixture or confusion.”

Muslims claim that in order for one to be a Muslim, one must uphold both the Quran and the Sunnah (Hadith). Yet, a portion of the Hadith itself states that the sunnah was not allowed to be written down to prevent it from mixing with the Quran. Indeed this is correct. So, why the contradiction and retention of something that the Prophet (SAAW) did not allow?

Apparently and wrongly, for the followers of the Hadith, the Quran and Sunnah (Hadith) are one in the same. Any difference seems to be merely a lip service. At heart they make no distinction .. and many favor Hadith a lot more.

But in reality, as per the laws of Allah Almighty, it is only the Quran that is binding.

Quranic reference to the term "Hadith"

Presently the term 'hadith' is only symbolic of the hadith literature consisting of the writings of the medieval imams with constructed narrations falsely attributed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAAW).

However, when we read the Glorious Quran, the term "Hadith" used in it has a totally different meaning.

In Arabic, the term "hadith" refers to the following, depending on the sentence:

word, fact, discourse, statement or pronouncement.

A slightly careful reading of the Quran will immediately signify to the reader that when the Quran mentions the term 'hadith,' it refers to the Quraan itself, NOT to the writings of the imams as falsely claimed by Hadith followers. To say that the term "hadith" in the Quraan refers to the writings of Bukhari, Tirmizi, Nassai etc. is an intentional and manipulative misinterpretation of the Quran. It amounts to blasphemy.

The following are some of the Verses from the Glorious Quran containing the term "hadith." The meaning is very obvious. Yet, it's unfortunate that those people who are bent upon misinterpreting the word of Allah Almighty (out of context) for the purpose of glorifying their imams and 'saints' refuse to accept the truth.

"Have they not looked at the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all the things God has created? Does it ever occur to them that the end of their life may be near? Which HADITH, besides this (Quran) do they believe in?" (7:185 Surah Al-Araaf)

"Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless HADITH, and thus divert others from the path of God without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution." (31:6 Surah Luqman)

"God has revealed herein the BEST HADITH; a book that is consistent and points out both ways (to heaven and hell). The skins of those who reverence their Lord cringe therefrom, then their skins and their hearts soften up for God's message. Such is God's guidance; he bestows it upon whomever He wills. As for those sent astray by God, nothing can guide them." (39:23 Surah Az-Zummar)

"These are God's revelations (Quran) that we recite to you truthfully. In which HADITH other than God and His revelations do they believe?" (45:6 Surah Al-Jathiyah)

"Let them produce a HADITH like this (Quran) if they are truthful." (52:34 Surah At-Tur)

"Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this HADITH(Quran); we will lead them on whence they never perceive." (68:44 Surah Al-Qalam)

"Which HADITH other than this do they uphold?" (77:50 Surah Al-Mursalaat)



Hence, the big difference between the "Hadith" referred to by Allah Almighty and the man-written 'hadith' upheld by the present-day Ummah is crystal clear.

Regarding the man-written hadiths:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My deep disappointment with the Hadith literature

I had been brought up as a traditional Muslimah, Alhamdulilah, deriving my spiritual and ethical knowledge only from the Glorious Quran. Since the past few years I had been hearing much about "Hadith" from many sections of the Muslim community, so I thought of studying it too. As we know, Hadiths are the alleged sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) as claimed by the Muslim traditionalists, but in reality it is NOT. I studied 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 Quran, 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 (SAAW) 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 (SAAW), and implementing important laws based on such narrations that have apparently been cooked up by the self-appointed law makers to suit their own motives?

There are a few good narrations as well, ones compatible with the Glorious Quran and the Prophet's (SAAW) 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 few good ones.  However, the decent sounding Ahadith (not more than a drop in the ocean) can surely be retained for deriving ethical lessons.  But because the history of Hadith is tainted with such deep controversy, no narrations (good or bad) should be attributed to the Prophet (SAAW). Almighty Allah says in the Quran not to say or believe in matters about which we have no knowledge. Surely, attributing wrong narrations to the Prophet (SAAW) would be a serious violation in the sight of Allah (Subhanu Wa'Tala).

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.

Slavery and its abolition in the light of the Quran

It's a widespread misconception with persons having scant knowledge of history and a cursory reading of the Quran that slavery is a Quranic dictate or that islam introduced slavery or was complacent about it. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Freeing a slave is one of the penalties mentioned in the Noble Quran for various offences. It's about culture and society, not religion. Also, it's time related not race related. Islam disapproved of idol worship, and it disapproved of slavery too. Both idolatry and slavery had to be abolished but with different apporaches. The object of the Quran was not to bring about a bloody revolution in society. Therefore it did not encourage an overnight abolition of slavery in a society where this system had been rife for centuries as that could carry grave risks of lawlessness, insecurity and revenge with people going on a rampage with their newly found freedom, and being eventually pushed away into ghettos. Therefore, Islam strongly encouraged teaching and educating slaves, and whenever the master / mistress were confident that their slaves were ready to lead independent lives, he or she must set them free by giving them a sum of money to start their lives.

And such of your slaves as seek a writing (of emancipation), write it for them if ye are aware of aught of good in them, and bestow upon them of the wealth of Allah which He hath bestowed upon you. (24:33)

The Prophet never had a single slave in his household. Though several of his companions were former slaves in Makkah, they were all freed as Muslims when they came to Medina. The Prophet became the guardian of Zaid who was a slave, freed him right away and arranged his marriage with his own first cousin. He also paid a heavy dowry for Zaid so that he would experience no social discriminations. Unfortunately this marriage didn't last for more than a few years because of the couple's incompatibility.

As we know, it took 23 years to abolish idol worship from the Arabian peninsula. It also took a lot of hard work, patience and perseverance on the part of the Prophet (SAAW) and his small band of followers. By that time slavery also became much less rampant in that society compared to 20 years earlier. Those slaves who were freed during these 23 years (and there were many who were freed) led decent lives because of the education and money that were provided to them by their former masters to begin their new lives. This system of freeing slaves promoted a peaceful transition, avoiding any risks of anarchy and revenge.

Also, as the Quran has highlighted in various chapters, there were many stringent rules imposed on the masters for taking care of their slaves during this transitional period. Prior to this, in Arabia and everywhere else, slaves were no different than a piece of property .. of course we all know this. And definitely no one ever thought of educating their slaves, much less treating them like equals with the view of emacipating them in future. Even such a concept never existed outside the sphere of Islam.

As the culture of slavery has now been officially abolished from the world which was one of the goals of Islam, everything about slaves as mentioned in the Quran would no longer be applicable in the light of the Quranic laws. This is because whatever the Quran mentions on slavery is within the social context of that period when it was in the process of being abolished. That has now been achieved. We are not re-introduce it.

The Quranic expression 'right hand possesses'

There's a common misunderstanding in certain circles that the Quran allows a man to have concubines (same as mistresses). That's because some readers, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, are confusing the term concubine with the expression "right hand possesses" that appears in the Glorious Quran.

The expression "right hand possesses" refers to slaves, not concubines. There's a huge difference between the two. A concubine is basically the same as a modern day mistress - a woman who cohabits with a man without being legally married to him. She is a man's secondary wife who has the right to quit anytime she pleases. At present in the permissive West, mistresses (as they don't like being called concubines) have substantial legal rights and a fairly high social status. In various other countries like China, Japan etc., they have very little or no legal rights with a low social status. However, nowhere is a concubine / mistress legally chained to the man she's living with.

Islam (Quranic laws) gradually abolished slavery, not radically in the form of a revolution as that would create its own kind of unrest. And history is witness to the fact that in the Arabian peninsula, slavery was gone from all Muslim circles in 23 years since the advent of Islam. During this transitional period, slave owners had to retain their slaves (including female slaves, some of whom had the same status as secondary wives of their masters, the only difference between them and concubines/mistresses being that the former unlike the latter could not leave at her discretion), with a set of rules for the protection of the rights of these slaves which are elucidated in the Quran.

Thus, a slave woman being lawful to her master in regard to physical intimacy was allowed ONLY as long as the culture & practice of slavery remained in the society. After a little more than 2 decades of the Prophet Muhammad's (on whom be peace) Call, when slavery hardly existed in that region, the practice of the 'right hand possessing a woman' also no longer existed.

Today slavery is history everywhere (though it still goes on in some places in the name of "feudalism" etc.) Thus, IN ACCORDANCE with the laws clearly stated in the Noble Quran, having a concubine (with the title of 'right hand possesses) would be a blatant violation.

Check the following verse of Surah Al-Maidah, one of the latest revelations when Islamic rules had almost total control in Arabia, including the abolition of slavery.

"This day are (all) good things made lawful for you. The food of those who have received the Scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them. And so are the virtuous women of the believers and the virtuous women of those who received the Scripture before you (lawful for you) when ye give them their marriage portions and live with them in honour, not in fornication, nor taking them as secret concubines. Whoso denieth the faith, his work is vain and he will be among the losers in the Hereafter." 5:5

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Power of the Glorious Quran

BismAllah ..

Please know, any guidelines offered from the verses of the Most Noble Quran are NOT to be taken lightly. They need to be read carefully, reflected upon, and loved with an effort to follow. These are the original words directly from the Divine Power, the Almighty Allah .. NOT the fallible words of your imam or shiek, NOR the words of the manipulative Hadith writers which you can listen while you play.

The power of the Glorious Quraan is tremendous. Adhering to the Quran would automatically mean obeying Almighty God and following the true Sunnah of the last messenger. But following the man-created literature outside the Quran is NO guarantee for obeying neither the Almighty God nor the final messenger.

Humanity is still so fortunate that they possess a Book that is purely original, Divine and comprehensive. It is NOT dependent on any human writings for its explanation. It gives you all essential guidelines .. be it spiritual, social, legal, political or scientific. And it commands you to perceive and be rational. What more can we ask for? The Noble Quran and our rationality + conscience is Allah's Religion. Therefore, He says that He has not placed any hardship in Religion. There's absolutely no need to keep leeching on to the controversial, contradictory and motivated man-written collection of writings when we already have the purest Message with us. Let's not make the same mistake which the People of the Book made previously. Let's return to the Glorious Quran while there's time .. while our souls are still within our physical bodies. Once death gets the better of us, and the soul separates from the body to begin its final journey to the other Realm, it will be too late ..

Allah Himself speaks of the remarkable power of this great Book, and His most supreme status. Praise be to Him.

"If We had caused this Qur'an to descend upon a mountain, thou (O Muhammad) verily hadst seen it humbled, rent asunder by the fear of Allah. Such similitudes coin We for mankind that haply they may reflect." (59:21)

"He is Allah, than Whom there is no other God, the Knower of the Invisible and the Visible. He is the Beneficent, Merciful." (59:22)

"He is Allah, than Whom there is no other God, the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, Peace, the Keeper of Faith, the Guardian, the Majestic, the Compeller, the Superb. Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him)." (59:23)

"He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of naught, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifieth Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise." (59:24)