A stunning Blow for Rejectors of Hadith

They are wrong both about Qur'an and Hadith
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

One of the basic points the munkireen (rejectors) of Hadith make is that the Prophet (pbuh) himself had forbidden the writing of Hadith. They even quote the Prophet (pbuh) on this and those who don't know are very impressed.
Now note the following points:

1. If the rejectors view of the Qur'an was right (that it has everything in it, even the details), they would have been able to bring a verse from the Qur'an which would say: Hadith of the Prophet is not needed when you have the Qur'an.
They cannot bring such a verse.
So what do they do? They bring a hadith to support their view!
2. They are such liars, that they do not quote the whole hadith. Here is the complete Hadith. I have italicized the part the rejectors quote:
From Sahih Muslim: "Abu Sa'eed Khudri narrates from the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be on him: Do not write anything from me and whoever has written anything from me other than the Qur'an should erase it, and narrate hadith verbally from me: there is no harm in that (in Arabic WA HADATHU 'UNNI WA LA HARAJ), and whoever deliberately tells a lie about me should make his place in hellfire."

Would it be wrong to assume that the rejectors have made a place for themselves in hellfire by falsifying these words of the Prophet (pbuh) by quoting only half the hadith.

Entire books have been written on this subject by the scholars of Islam. (One easily available in Urdu is IBN MAJA AUR 'ILM-e-HADITH by Muhammad Abdur Rasheed Naumani. I read this about 20 years back.)

The Prophet (pbuh) and later Abu Bakr (ra) did not want the words of the Qur'an and the words of the Hadith to get mixed up with each other. Hence the WRITING ONLY of Hadith was stopped. Remember that the reciters of the Qur'an and the narrators of the Hadith were the same people, the companions of the Prophet (Allah be pleased with them). In the early stages, the danger of the two writings getting mixed up was very real.

Even then the ban on writing was not complete. There are numerous narrations which indicate that when a companion (sahabi) expressed difficulty in remembering the Hadith, the Prophet (pbuh) not only allowed him but encouraged him to write it down. Thus many Hadith continued to be written though memorization was the general rule in those early days.

Every companion of the Prophet, including 'Umar and Ali (Allah be pleased with them), depended on the Prophet's interpretation, explanation and implementation of the Qur'an (what we call Hadith of the Prophet). Every teaching of the Qur'an was elaborated by the Sahaba on the basis of the Prophet's Hadith. Thus those who attack the Hadith are attacking the entire history of Islam. They are trying to destroy the credibility of the Sahaba, who also are the transmitters of the Qur'an, and thus these munkireen do the work of the Jews to uproot Islam.

HOW THEY HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THE QUR'AN: Munkireen (rejectors) have based their whole theory on the idea that Prophet Muhammad's task was ONLY TO DELIVER THE QUR'AN.
My dear friend's informant (an unknown named Mabrook Ismaeel, or someone who hides behind that name), quotes the last part of 24:54 thus: "The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver." This is a clear distortion of the Qur'an if you look at the Arabic original and the context of the verse.

The words "illa balagh al-Mubeen" (only to preach or proclaim clearly) can in no way be translated as "only ... to deliver."

How do we know that? From the Qur'an itself. In several verses the Qur'an emphasizes the Prophet's mission to proclaim and preach the message clearly and unambiguosly so that people can make their choice between acceptance or rejection. Islam cannot be imposed on anyone. The Qur'an was brought to the people by the Prophet. He presented it very honestly and clearly to them. Those who accepted, he organized them into a community which became the model for all future Islamic movements.

For instance 16:82, follows evidence of Allah's creativity. The Prophet is then told" "But if they turn away, thy duty is only to preach the Clear Message." Thus after he has brought them the Qur'an, it's up to them to accept or turn away. He cannot put faith in their hearts.

Even when verses on laws about intoxicants and gambling are revealed, the Qur'an brings out the same idea of the responsibility of the audience to make choice, and they will be judged accordingly in the Hereafter. Here is a verse immediately after the ban on intoxicants and gambling: "Obey Allah, and obey the messenger, and beware if you do turn back, know you that it is our messenger's duty to proclaim the message in the clearest manner (al balagh al-mubeen in Arabic)" (5:92)

Thus to claim that because the messenger's duty was to proclaim the message clearly, he had no other duty is absurd for anyone who has read the Qur'an. The life, words, actions of the Prophet were interpretations of the Qur'an. After 5:92, it was his task to remove intoxicants anf gambling and his actions come to us through the Hadith.

Allah sent the Qur'an with the messenger and together they fulfill the final message of Allah. In fact, the Prophet (pbuh) comes first and through him and his sahaba comes the Qur'an.

I will show, inshallah, in a later part of this discussion, that there is no way the Qur'an can be understood without the Prophet's Hadith. That is one reason why the Jews and other orientalists remain KUFFAR although they have become experts in Qur'anic terminolgy: they do not and cannot accept the Prophet (pbuh) because the Prophet's understanding of the Qur'an brings the Islamic revolution.

Now let's go back to 24:54 and see how the rejectors have totally distorted the Qur'an. (In other words, here I am going from comparison with other verses to the context of the specific verse the rejector used.) I will quote 24:54, 55, 56 to bring out the totality of the message: Say:"Obey Allah and obey the Messenger: but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and you for that placed on you. If you obey him, you shall be on the right guidance. The Messenger's duty is only to proclaim the clear message." Allah has promised to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land inheritance of power, as he granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their way of life - the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change their state, after the fear in which they lived, to one of security and peace: They will worship Me (alone) and not associate anything with Me. If any do reject faith after this, they are wicked indeed. So establish prayer and give zakat and OBEY THE MESSENGER that you may receive mercy.
(emphasis added)

Thus these verses are in fact prophesying the victory of Islam, under the Prophet and the Sahaba and whenever Muslims follow authentic Islam. The last verse which I have emphasized mentions obedience to the Prophet thus shattering our friend's theory that Allah and His messenger only mean Allah! Does the Prophet here also mean Allah! (astaghfirullah)

After the message has been proclaimed, the righteous who accept it are being promised Caliphate (layastakhlifannahum fil Ard in Arabic).

So there goes the theory that the Prophet (pbuh) was only sent to "deliver" and the message and that's it.

I don't know what these MUNKIREEN make of the verses about Jihad in the Qur'an. If his task was only to deliver the message, what about Jihad? Is this another Qadiani attempt to abrogate Jihad?

Dear readers, our westernized elites (that is all of us) have been given a severe case of inferiority complex by the power and glitter of the west. Some of us fall so low that we start insulting great Muslims like hazrat Abu Huraira and Imam Bukhari. (Actually through this process such people like the munkireen are used by the Jews to attack the very basis of Islam.) A nation which does not respect its scholars and elders soon becomes a nation of slaves.

Remember there is no Islam without Hadith.
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2000-09-15 Fri 11:19ct