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.