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Zulq'idah 16, 1428. November 26, 2007. #91
Pakistan: Latest: November 25, 2007: Former Prime Minister
of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, arrived in Lahore, on a Saudi
plane, after nearly 7 years of exile and was greeted by
enthusiastic crowds from his Muslim League Party [not to be
confused with Musharraf's Muslim League]. Two Mercedes cars
donated by Saudi Arabia took him from the airport in a miles
long cavalcade through the night, with dances and drums along
the way, to the shrine of Data Gunj Bukhsh, the most popular
of the saints buried in Lahore. The city itself is the
stronghold of Nawaz Sharif and his extremely wealthy
landholding family. Speaking to the crowds and to journalists,
Nawaz Sharif said repeatedly that he had not returned after
making any deal with Musharraf. His deal, he said, is with
"the people." There can be no compromise with Musharraf, he
said, and on November 29 a decision will be made whether to
boycott the elections being held by Musharraf or to take
part. However by early November 26, Sharif had signed up to
take part in elections.
New Trend predicted several months back, during our analysis
of the Red Mosque tragedy, that the U.S. working with
Musharraf will bring in Ms. Bhutto, and if that doesn't work,
the next entry will be Nawaz Sharif. Sharif's first visited
ended abruptly. However, during Negroponte's recent visit to
Pakistan, Musharraf got some blunt advice from the U.S.
[Israel] to restore "democracy." Within hours, 3000 of the
5000 prisoners Musharraf held were released. Then Musharraf
personally went to Saudi Arabia and negotiated the immediate
return of Nawaz Sharif.
New Trend's analysis is that the real struggle is between the
forces of Islam and the Pakistan military backed by the
U.S.-Israel. The Benazir, and now Nawaz Sharif, show is meant
to create the impression that these secularist groups are
genuine opposition to Musharraf and are retaking Pakistan for
the Pakistani people. The facts we have on file indicate that
just as Benazir represents the feudal lords of Pakistan
[Sind in particular], Nawaz Sharif represents the big
landholders, segments of industrialists and sections of
These groups will try to pre-empt Jamaat-e-Islami and to
include it in their "democratic movement." If Jamaat-e-Islami
decides to oblige them, hoping to reach more segments of the
middle class, a stamp of legality will be placed on the drama
"for democracy" which is being played out.
For the real story on Pakistan, please SCROLL DOWN to our
reports on HEAVY new fighting in northern Pakistan and attacks
Growing Secularization of Religion:
Nothing is holy for Many Americans
November 16, 17: Philadelphia: Eight churches were vandalized
and ransacked during two nights of "fun" by unidentified
groups of young people. As a result, Sunday services could not
be held. [Source: KYW Radio, Philadelphia.]November 20:
Decatur, Georgia: Archbishop Paulk, the Pastor of a mega
church, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester
Church, committed incest with his brother's wife. He passed
off his child from the sin as his "nephew" for years till the
child grew up. DNA testing has now shown that the "nephew,"
D.E. Paulk, himself a Pastor now, is the Pastor's son. The
paternity test came owing to a law suit. [Source: Fox News.]
The church several years back legitimized homosexuality.
Larry King for once is snubbed, live, on air by Dr. Jan
Adams! Hegemonist Permits no Criticism of His "Dramas"
November 21, repeated November 24 on CNN
In a very rare snub, Dr. Jan Adams, the physician of Dondo
West, Kanye's mother, who died in surgery, walked off Larry
King's show. King is well established and never permits
anyone to criticize him. His interviews are set up in such a
way that he is the only one who cannot be questioned.
Dr. Adams had come on the set to talk to King but walked off
after getting a message from the West family. Kanye was among
the first celebrities to condemn Bush and the war on Iraq.
Larry King is a Zionist Jew who has not only never permitted
criticism of himself but also of Israel.
War will Continue: Bush Rejects Murtha-Obey Plan to Start
withdrawal in December 2008
November 20, 2007: Congressmen Murtha and Obey offered a $50
billion dollar package to President Bush to support the U.S.
forces in Iraq if Bush would agree to withdraw U.S. forces
starting December 2008 [about one year from now]. Bush
rejected the bill.Thus the war remains open ended.
In November 2006, American voters supported the Democrats on
the basis that they would start IMMEDIATE withdrawal of U.S.
forces from Iraq. Over a year later the Dems are offering the
START of withdrawal in December 2008 and are rejected by
Bush. Is this democracy? You gotta be kiddin'!
Books from New Trend
Zionism: The Myth and the Reality by Dr. Ismail
Zayid. Valuable and factual documentation of the real
issues related to Israel. Deserves wide circulation. Dr.
Zayid, a Palestinian intellectual living in Canada, is known
for his consistent stand on the rights of the Palestinian
people. Paperback, $6.
The Struggle of Muslim Women by Dr. Kaukab
Siddique. The first book in the English language to
document the equality of men and women in Islam based
entirely on the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith. Many have
used and copied this book as it went through 4 editions.
Others have plagiarized it, claiming its main points as their
own. [Remaindering for $10 a copy.]
Both available from: New Trend, P.O. Box 356, Kingsville,
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [one item only]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Outreach: 140 People at ICNA Center Get Jamaat Message:
Jamaica, New York: ICNA is a sleepy mess!
November 23, 2007: After Juma' salaat, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
gave Islamic literature to 140 people at ICNA's masjid on
89th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Of these, 55 were
given selected reports from back numbers of New Trend [as
samples], 45 were given a large card outlining the struggle
of Imam Warith Deen Umar. Another 40 were given the new
Jamaat card profiling five Islamic political prisoners:
Imam Jamil, Shaikh Omar,
Ahmed Abdel Sattar
Masaud Khan and Dr. Ali Timimi.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen rep from Manhattan, Sis. Aisha was there:
a young sister with acute understanding of issues related to
the internal struggle in America's communities.
It was very obvious that ICNA's leadership has kept its
audiences very much in the dark about Islamic issues. The
people coming out of Juma' did not know about Imam Warith
Deen Umar although his struggle has been reflected in the
media across New York repeatedly. Only one person knew of
him [out of 45] and he was from Albany [upstate NY] where the
The khutba at the center was lifeless. The khateeb,
an elderly gentleman, spoke as if he was under some kind of
duress to speak: dull, droning in a monotone, boring and
irrelevant to any issue Muslims are facing. He spoke as if
he was reading a book and didn't know how to!
The funny part of the khutba was that right at the end,
the khateeb suddenly said [when people were
straightening their lines for prayer] "I forgot: there is
someone here to collect funds for Imam Jamil. Please help him:
He has suffered too much."
Editorial comment: Who was this collecting for Imam Jamil? We
hope it was not the hustler whose initials are M.S. If the
collector was genuine, alhamdulillah!
ICNA is a mess. It is difficult to believe that this group at
one time claimed to be in the line of Syed Maudoodi
(rahmatullah alaih). Now it is led or misled by
confused persons. ICNA claimed that Muslims working in World
Trade Center were "martyrs." People like Dr. Zulfiqar Ali
Shah have left their mark on ICNA. Shah tried to spread
confusion about the Sunnah of Crescent Sighting for Ramadan
and Eid! While Islam is under attack, Shah tried to get
people involved about the Crescent as if the Sunnah does not
exist. Is this what ICNA is all about?
Annapolis, Maryland: USA-Israel's Self-Delusion Based on
Idea that the people in Arab, African, Muslim Countries can
be fooled by Power Propaganda
"Saudi" Arabia ignoring Islam once Again: A Specific Incident
New Trend Special Report
November 27, 2007: Democracy is supposed to express the
will of the people.
Has anyone asked the Palestinian people if they will accept
Israel or talks with Israel? No.
Has anyone asked the populations of the Arab countries if
they will accept Israel? No.
Has the idea of meeting Israeli representatives been checked
out with the people of Gaza and the West Bank? No.
Even if Israel had been a legitimate entity, would it have
the right to ignore the fact that it destroyed Lebanon
through systematic bombardment of the civilian
infrastructure? No. Israel should be in an international
court to be tried for crimes against humanity.
Finally, have the American people been permitted to discuss
or hear/watch discussions about Israel's legitimacy? No. Even
President Carter who compared Israel's behavior to Apartheid
dared not raise the issue of Israel's legitimacy. Similarly,
two professors from Chicago who analyzed the Israel lobby and
made waves dared not question Israel's legitimacy. Critics of
Israel such as Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman [both Jewish]
have helped to define the issue as "Israel's misbehavior and
atrocities" and to cloud the issue of Israel's legitimacy.
For the 80% people of Africa who are Muslim, for the Arab
nations, for Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Muslims in India,
Philippines, South Thailand, Israel is a usurper, terrorist
entity implanted by force in the heartland of Islam.
On what basis can there be talks with Israel? The basis is
naked American power. However, Islam only recognizes the
power of Allah Almighty. Hence the futility of flaunting
American-Israeli power in the face of the Muslim world.
"Saudi" Arabia Once Again Violates Islamic Law:
Obeys U.S. order to come to Annapolis
November 25, 2007: Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal
told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Saudis will be in Annapolis
because there is an "Arab consensus" on being there.
One would be justified to ask: How can there be an Arab
consensus when the Arabic speaking people's voice has not
been heard. Probably Saud al-Faisal means the agreement of
the Arab rulers to attend Annapolis at the orders of the U.S.
At least 50% of the people of "Saudi" Arabia, WOMEN, are not
allowed to drive cars, let alone participate in decision
making processes at the highest level. The Saudis are
bitterly opposed to the way of Muhammad, pbuh, as exemplified
by Khadija, r.a., Ayesha, r.a., Fatima, r.a., Umm Ammara,
r.a., Umm Waraqa, r.a., Sumayya, r.a., and other great women
The Saudi rulers have prided themselves on following Islam.
The people of Arabia have participated at a very high level
in the Islamic resistance. Only recently, evidence was found
that a very high percentage of the fighters coming in to help
the resistance in Iraq are from "Saudi" Arabia and Libya. Most
observers agree that Osama bin Laden would get more votes in
Arabia today if free elections were held than any Saudi
prince. On what basis can Saud al-Faisal talk of the "Arab
Consensus?" Is he trying to fool the American people by
coming on CNN and claiming that Arabic speaking people have
a consensus on talking to Israel?No genuine Muslim, no decent
person wants to talk to Israel. Check it out.
Finally, remember that the Islamic will of the Palestinian
people is expressed through Hamas, not through Mahmoud Abbas.
Even if supposedly Hamas were to renege, it would be replaced
by other Islamic movements wating in the wings.
Latest WAR NEWS FROM IRAQ: [Collected from wire services.]
November 24, 2007: The northern city of Kirkuk has
been placed under curfew as U.S. and al-Malilki's Shi'ite
troops launched a crackdown to crush resistance. [By November
25, according to Kuwait news, 157 people had been arrested
as Al-Qaida suspects.]
November 23: Al Qaida attack on a police post in Mosul
killed 13. An extreme case of Al-Qaida violence has been
reported from Diyala province where a woman who joined
al-Qaida beheaded, with the help of a relative, two of her
relatives who were known for drinking and supporting the U.S.
[November 25, more U.S. troops are entering Diyala province.]
November 22; Al-Qaida-in-Iraq fighters captured two Humvees
from the Shi'ite-U.S. military in South Baghdad, killed the
three soldiers in them and then attacked a Sunni group
working with the U.S. killing 7. An F-16 from the U.S. air
force dropped a 500-pound bomb on a vehicle coming up
to help al-Qaida. The eight people in it were killed.
As U.S. troops in Baghdad's Green Zone celebrated
Thanksgiving, the area came under mortar attack from
al-Qaida. Ten explosions were heard but details have not
The Pentagon has announced that 32 U.S. troops were killed
and 181 wounded in the first three weeks of November. However
no details were given and news of the fighting in Iraq has
been censored 100% from U.S. TV channels. U.S. public is
being given the impression that the war is just about over.
[Editor's note: This censorship could help the Republican
Party in elections as it reduces, drastically, the Iraq issue
from public attention.]
LATEST WAR NEWS from Pakistan
Pak Military's Ring of Fire and steel in Swat:
100,000 Refugees: Resistance Continues: Heavy Clashes
November 24, 25: Heavy clashes between Taliban mujahids and
Pak troops continued. Pak army spokesman says, the army has
captured several positions.
[November 25: In a region of North Waziristan, a Pak military
post came under attack.]
November 22, 23: Pakistani military forces imposed curfew in
the urban areas of Swat. During a window of pre-curfew
warnings, vast numbers of civilians left their homes and have
been placed in refugee camps. Their numbers are conservatively
placed at 100,000. The army is softening up the resistance of
the local Taliban with the steady use of helicopter gunships
and long range artillery. Military censorship has been
imposed but refugees say at least 100 more civilians and 30
Taliban have been killed.
Heavy clashes erupted when the military tried to take Taliban
positions. In one area, Alipur, the Taliban withdrew into the
hills. A massive explosion was heard at Pak military positions
near Mingora but details are not available. Maulvi Fazlullah's
forces say that the withdrawal from Alipur was tactical.
Pak forces have stopped supply of food to areas supportive of
the Islamic resistance. Starvation is setting in on the third
day. Independent report says Pakistani elite forces, the best
in the world, could not push the Taliban out of their
positions and both sides suffered heavy losses.
Martyr-bombers Attack Pak Military Headquarters and ISI
Intelligence Center in Rawalpindi
November 24, 2007: At 8 A.M. a martyrdom operator in a pickup
car struck a bus loaded with General Musharraf's intelligence
service men. The car followed the bus into the intelligence
center once known as Ojri camp renamed Hamza Center. The
military sealed off the entire area after the massive
explosion which could be heard for miles and terrified the
people of the city. Reports indicate that all the 60
intelligence operatives in the bus were incinerated; however,
official spokesmen say that 20 were killed on the spot and 10
in hospital: the rest it says were wounded and may die. [An
emergency has been declared in military hospitals.
Simultaneously, a second martyr-bomber audaciously tried to
walk into the military's General Headquarters [GHQ]. He was
tackled by the guards at the inner entrance, whereupon he
detonated, killing 4 military men and wounding 15.
ISI, Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence, is known for
torture of Islamist activists. It handed over several hundreds
Muslims from Chehnya, Uzbekistan and Arab countries to the
U.S. [Now in Guantanamo Bay.] Several thousand Pakistanis
have "disappeared" in ISI raids.
Pakistani reports indicate that these attacks are probably in
retaliation for the massacre of civilians and Islamic
activists ongoing in Swat at the hands of the military. The
root of the current war in Pakistan is seen by observers in
Musharraf's attack on the Red Mosque and the Women's
University, Jamia Hafsa.
Baluch Leader Killed in U.S. Air Attack: Baluchis Protest
in Quetta and across Baluchistan
November 20, 21, 22: Various reports indicate that Baluch
rebel leader Balach Marri, who had taken refuge in
Afghanistan, was killed in a U.S. air raid. The U.S. probably
mistook his caravan, which was not seeking concealment, for
the Taliban and bombed it. The U.S. bombs any movement which
is not strictly seen as pro-Karzai. Sometimes Karzai's men
are bombed too.
As news of Marri's killing came in, Baluch populations in
Quetta and in towns across Baluchistan came out to protest.
In Quetta, Baluch women in mourning protested in the streets
all day on Nov. 21 and 22. Violence flared across the city at
night and three policemen were gunned down.The Baluchis blame
Musharraf for the murder. This could be true because Pak
intelligence and the U.S. air force often work together.
In PARACHINAR, cease fire is in effect [Nov.24] but fighting
continues in outlying areas between Sunni militants and
heavily armed Shi'ites backed by the regime. Another 51
people have been killed in exchanges of automatic weapons
fire and rockets.
Afghanistan: Senlis Group Warns, Taliban Approaching
Kabul, Hold Most of Southern Afghanistan
November 20: Senlis, a group which was supposed to be
non-political and involved only in reconstruction activity
has come out openly for a military solution. The group warns
that the current NATO force of 40,000 is not enough to stop
the Taliban and should be increased to 80,000, otherwise the
Taliban will take over.
Numerous reports of fighting in Afghanistan are available. In
all cases, the Taliban have the initiative. However, in each
case, the U.S. air force retaliates with bombing raids. The
bombing is followed by claims from the Kabul regime that so
many Taliban have been killed. The total claim till now for 6
months is that 6,000 Taliban have been killed. This sounds
like propaganda out of control. It would mean, if wounded
were included, that 50% of the Taliban's total strength has
been wiped out. Our analysis is that the Kabul clique
[Karzai] wants to give the impression that the Taliban cannot
win and are being wiped out.
Whatever verification is possible indicates that Taliban
losses are negligible. U.S. air attacks have killed more than
500 civilians and wounded about 1500. Some reports show that
Islamic fighters from across the Muslim world are entering
Afghanistan. The entire Taliban leadership is intact and
functioning. Karzai has been requesting talks but has
Here are a few incidents in the wire services and Pakistani
November 25: Near Kabul, an Italian soldier was killed and 3
wounded in a Taliban attack.
November 24: At Zawar in Khost province two U.S. military
vehicles blew up when they were hit by a martyrdom operator.
Six U.S. troops were killed. The troops panicked and opened
fire at random distances killing several civilians.
November 23: In Oruzgan province, a commando from the
Australian army was killed in a fire fight with Taliban.
[Two were killed in October.]
In the Arghandab area, [ Kandahar province] two Canadian
troops were killed when their armored vehicle was ambushed.
The U.S. air force retaliated with heavy bombardment and
claimed numerous Taliban killed but ground reports say they
withdrew without losses before the bombing. Near Kandahar,
seven Afghan policemen working for the U.S. were killed in a
A U.S report says that 207 NATO troops have been killed this
year, including 100 U.S. troops. Details are lacking. [This
was before the incidents we have reported here.]
Imam Bukhari: Giant of Hadith Scholarship who Stands
in way of Attempts to Misinterpret the Qur'an
An Introduction For New Muslims and Western-educated Muslims
By Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Shawwal 13, 1428 was the anniversary of Imam Bukhari's birth
in 194 Hijri. His name is Muhammad and he was known as Abu
Abdullah. "Bukhari" refers to his place of birth, the city of
Bukhara, located in Tajikistan, 38 miles west of Samarkand.
I'll begin with two authentic Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) collected by Imam Bukhari . These teachings are very
important in the Islamic culture around the world:
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrates:
The messenger of Allah was asked: Who is deserving of loving
care and concern? He (the Prophet) replied:
YOUR MOTHER. And then whom (he was asked). He said:
Your MOTHER. And then? (he was asked) Your Mother (he said).
And then? (the questioner continued). He said:
Your father. (al-adab al-mufrad by Imam Bukhari)
(Abi Bakra, Allah be pleased with him, narrates about
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh):
Your blood, your goods and your honor
are as much protected and safe (forever) as is this day (of
Arafa) in this month (of Hajj). Be aware and those of you who
are here (today) should pass this on to those who are
(Sahih of Imam Bukhari)
The revolutionary impact of these teachings can be understood
if one realizes that Arabia (and the world) was a male
dominated society in which there was no concept of basic
human rights. The first Hadith puts a woman (the
mother) as three times more important than the dominant
male. The second hadith gives the protection of Islamic law
to life, property and honor (especially the rights of women)
and makes these rights as sacred as the holiest days of the
Who was the man who made sure that these were authentic
teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and hence teachings
which must be integral to any Islamic community?
Abu Abdullah Muhammad, son of Ismail, al-Bukhari was sharp of
intellect with a memory which has had few equals. HE
MEMORIZED THE ENTIRE QUR'AN at the AGE OF 9. At the age of
10, he turned his attention to the study of Hadith. At the
age of 16, following the performance of Hajj, he decided to
stay in Makka and make the holy city the center of
A remarkable fact about Imam Bukhari's early life is that
his basic teacher was his mother, a woman of great learning
and Islamic awareness. His father Ismail was also an Islamic
teacher of piety and learning but he died when the Imam
As he forayed into his study, research and collection of
Hadith, Imam Bukhari studied in the schools of Hadith led by
the greatest teachers of his era. Later, he himself became
the teacher of the greatest scholars of his era. His final
book of Hadith, known as al-jami us-Sahih, has been
recognized around the world as a source book of Islam SECOND
ONLY TO THE QU'RAN.
At that time Islam was a world power and the great and the
powerful wanted to use the Qur'an and the Hadith to
support their own version of Islam. The last of the SAHABA
(companions of the Prophet) died in the year 110 after
Hijrah. Hence the possibility of people misquoting the
Prophet became very real.
Imam Bukhari understood that sponsorship by vested interests
is detrimental to objective Islamic teachings. HENCE THE IMAM
STAYED STRICTLY AWAY FROM THE POWER STRUCTURE. He was never
a servant or courtier of any ruler, local, regional
Secondly, IMAM BUKHARI AVOIDED USING HIS KNOWLEDGE TO ENRICH
HIMSELF. Like Allama Iqbal in our own times, he seemed to
have lived in the light of a (not so well authenticated)
hadith of the Prophet that:
"Poverty is my pride." This is a self-imposed poverty for the
sake of independence and openness to all ways of thinking
beyond the "party line."
He would earn his living by trade and as a merchant and then
would give away his profits, thus returning to his meager
means. On some of his journeys, he almost died of starvation
rather than beg the local bigwigs for help.
In his research on Hadith, he set standards which are
stricter than any known even in our own times of immediate
technologically available information. Some of these need to
be mentioned here:
1. Did a person who narrated Hadith from a Companion of the
Prophet actually meet the Companion, and was that Companion
with the Prophet in such-and-such incident?
2. What was the character of a narrator of Hadith?
3. What was his/her memory like? What was his/her age at the
time of narration?
4. Was the chain of narrators complete, had a missing link
in it or was it fabricated?
5. Which Hadith are linked to which verses of the Qur'an?
6. Sometimes partisans can speak the truth. How does one
accept Hadith from narrators who were Shi'ite, Khariji or
7. Honest collection of Hadith if objective rules apply but
the content is not appealing. (Thus the Hadith literature
is an uncensored account of how the SAHABA saw, heard and
thought of the Prophet and his era. It leaves critical
commentary to scholars and application/implementation to
mujtahideen who use their reason to understand the Qur'an
and the Hadith.)
FALSE IDEAS ABOUT IMAM BUKHARI
The Zionist Jews who want to destroy Islam have been spreading
doubts about Hadith. Goldziher and Schacht's work against
Hadith has been fed into missionary publications. From here
some sincere but mislead Muslim scholars picked up the attack
on Hadith. One important misled but sincere person was Ghulam
Ahmed Pervez who wrote extensively against Hadith. Dr. Fazlur
Rahman sincerely believed that the ISNAD or chains of
narration of Hadith had been invented in the third century
of Islam. His work gained popularity among western-educated
Muslims till Dr. Azmi published his research which showed
not only authenticity of ISNAD but also that Hadith was
written down in every era of early Islam, starting with the
time of the Prophet and the Sahaba.
Some misled sectarians believe that Bukhari's Hadith narration
was meant to help the Ummayed rulers who had, according to
the sectarian line, "usurped the right of hazrat Ali" to be
the Caliph. This idea is totally absurd because Imam Bukhari
was not alive during the entire Ummayad dynasty. The Ummayeds
ruled Rajab 60 hijri to zulhijjah 132 hijri and 4 years of
turmoil after that. Imam Bukhari was born in 194. So he could
not have been influenced by the political power of the
There are others who see traces of Shi'ism in Imam Bukhari's
collection. These again are off the mark. The Abbasids
established their regime in 136. When the greatest Abbasi,
Haroon ar-Rasheed, began his rule, Imam Bukhari's birth was
still one year away. When the powerful Mamun ar-Rasheed was
ruling, Imam Bukhari had just started his studies and had
moved to Makka, which was outside the Baghdad orbit of
Some misled people believe that most Hadith must have been
false and hence Imam Bukhari selected so few out of "six
million." This idea is based on total lack of understanding
of Hadith. In Hadith studies, not only the mtn (the text) of
what the Prophet said but also each chain of narration
(sanad) of that hadith counts as one hadith. Thus the first
text in Bukhari's SAHIH:
"Actions shall be judged by intentions ..." had 700 chains of
narration; hence in Hadith literature that one text would
count as 700 hadith.
Some people justify their own ignorance. They think that
Bukhari was a narrator of Hadith which he was not. He was a
researcher, compiler and collector.
Still others attack Bukhari to INDIRECTLY ABUSE, INSULT and
DISCREDIT the sahaba (again a sectarian hand is often at work
here). How come Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him)
narrated so many hadith? Didn't he live in Ameer Muawiyyah's
palace? etc. The life of the Prophet (pbuh) (other than what
Imam Bukhari compiled) shows that Abu Huraira used to spend
a maximum of his time listening to and collecting the
teachings of the Prophet, memorizing and writing down,
while others lived more "normal" lives.
Hazrat 'Ayesha, Abu Huraira and other mukassirin
(those who have narrated many hadith of the Prophet), lived
for far more years than some of the key figures among the
Prophet's companions. They were asked questions by newcomers
who were flooding into Islam and hence taught much more.
Other greats like Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali (Allah be
pleased with them) were not available to so many people
after the Prophet died. The last three were assassinated.
Hence owing to historical reasons, some narrators narrated
more than others.
Some readers among our westernized elites object to the
pre-scientific and pre-"modern" lifestyle which often
appears in the Hadith literature including that of Bukhari.
The Prophet had to go out into the desert to urinate, etc.
The Prophet bathed out of a bucket along with his wife
(shocking! eh). The Prophet talked about women's menses and
women among his companions talked about Muslim's duties
related to sex and "private" life. On expeditions when food
ran out, the Muslims had to decide whether to eat lizards.
The Prophet had fine tastes but did not want his companions
to starve. What happens if a fly falls into a bucket full
of food or solid shortening? Worse, what if a rat falls in? S
hould the entire food supply be thrown away? (in a culture
Also many readers find Hadith irksome simply because
they don't want to study patiently. They rush to the
assumption that the headlines provided by Imam Bukhari are
also Hadith. Or they take it that the words of a Sahabi and
the words of the Prophet are supposedly of equal value
because they are in Sahih Bukhari.
Where Imam Bukhari provides a narration which shows the low
esteem in which women were held at that time and then a
narration from the blessed 'Ayesha which shows the Prophet
changing those attitudes with his authoritative words, our
misled anti-Hadith people do not see the connection and
consider it a "contradiction." Same applies to war time lack
of rules in those days (taking slaves, taking part-time
mistresses, muta', temporary marriage, etc.). The misled
people see the narration about what used to happen and DO
NOT SEE what the Prophet did to stop them and how he went
about it stage by stage.
Scholarship of HADITH of course preceded Imam Bukhari
and he was one of a galaxy of greats, even though the
greatest. I am presenting Imam Bukhari because the misled
people think they can destroy the entire corpus of Hadith
by attacking Imam Bukhari.
I offer this article to the Ummah with all humility. If you
like it, please distribute it. If you find errors, do let
And Allah is the only One Who knows all.
2007-11-26 Mon 19:48:46 cst