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Answering the Ignorance of the enemies of Hadith
Rebuttal of the misuse of the Hadith about the people of Uraina

by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

Agents of western imperialism and Zionism have made it a hobby to spread lies about Hadith in an effort to delink the Qur'an from the Hadith so that they can then interpret the Qur'an as they wish. As a result we have seen weird stories claiming that Masjid Aqsa is not the one in Jerusalem or that jihad is not armed struggle but self-purification or that Jihad is not permitted against hypocrites.

The favorite methodology of these people working knowingly or unknowingly for the imperialists is to select one Hadith totally out of context and then to claim: how could the Prophet (pbuh) have said this! Although the Qur'an is replete with verses urging the believers to deal harshly and ruthlessly with the oppressors, and the Hadith only endorses and explains the Qur'an, these agent-types try to claim that Hadith alone is harsh against the oppressors and the Prophet (pbuh) could not have taught anything like that.

Let us first look at HOW THE QUR'AN DEALS with those WHO TRY TO DESTROY ISLAMIC SOCIETY WHICH IS JUSTLY ESTABLISHED by the consent of the people. The Qur'an says:

"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger, and strive with might and main for disruption and mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: That is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter; except for those who repent before they fall into your power: In that case, know that Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." (5:33-34)

Notice that no one can literally "wage war against Allah." Allah by definition is too powerful for any such thing. As the Hadith literature shows, war against Allah is war against the Prophet (pbuh) [which is literally impossible once the Prophet has passed away] and hence this term means war against the Islamic system, such as by blasphemy, treachery and cultural imperialism of the Salman Rushdie type.

The enemies try to enter the Muslim community by winning its trust and then attack it from within. That is disruption and mischief. The punishments are:
1. Execution.
2. Crucifixion
3. Cutting off hands and feet from opposite directions.
4. Exile

And then they are not cleansed of their sins as in other punishments but will also be punished in the Hereafter. The way to repentance is to repent BEFORE the Islamic forces get hold of the disrupters.

As is obvious, the Qur'an has to be explained by the Hadith and the rulings of khulafa and scholars so as to delineate WHICH punishment will go for which crime. Will crucifixion follow execution, to make an example of the disrupters, or is it a separate punishment? Similarly with cutting off of hands and feet from opposite directions. Should those so punished be given treatment or are they to die as a result of this punishment? Which crime should be punished by exile?

[We also need Hadith to know that 5:33 does not apply to the external enemies of Islam, the unbelievers, but to the internal disruptionists.]

Is it not strange that the "Qur'an only" people DO NOT begin with the Qur'an in the case of severe punishments? Instead they begin with a Hadith about the punishment meted out to the people of Urainah. The hadith is as follows:
Some people of the tribe of 'Ukl and 'Uraina arrived at Medina to meet the Prophet and embraced Islam and said, "O Allah's Prophet! We are the owners of milch livestock (i.e. bedouins) and not farmers (i.e. countrymen)." They found the climate of Medina unsuitable for them. So Allah's Apostle ordered that they should be provided with some milch camels and a shepherd and ordered them to go out of Medina and to drink the camels' milk and urine (as medicine) So they set out and when they reached Al-Harra, they reverted to Heathenism after embracing Islam, and killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away the camels. When this news reached the Prophet, he sent some people in pursuit of them. (So they were caught and brought back to the Prophet). The Prophet gave his orders in their concern. So their eyes were branded with pieces of iron and their hands and legs were cut off and they were left away in Harra till they died in that state of theirs. (See Hadith 234 Vol 1)
These people pretended to have become Muslims, won the trust of the Islamic community, and then committed:
i. treachery,
ii. murder
iii. and banditry.

As a result, they were severely punished. Even their eyes were reportedly gouged out and they were left to die in the desert. When a small community is being infiltrated by enemies who want to destroy it from within, anyone who wants the community to survive has to give deterrent punishment which makes academics cringe. [Look at what is happening in America, people killing their own children, murdering their wives, indulging in child pornography: these people need the punishments mentioned in the Qur'an.]

The question arises, why is the destruction of the bandits' eyes additional in the Hadith when it is only crucifixion or amputation of arms and legs in the Qur'an? The answer is that the hadith relates to an event BEFORE the verse, 5:33, was revealed:

"Hummam narrates from Qatada who narrates from Ibn Sirin that the event concerning the people of Uraina occurred BEFORE the revelation of hudood punishments in the Qur'an." [For those desirous of studying the issue in detail, see Ahkamul Qur'an vol. 4., written by Abu Bakr al-Jasas (d. 370) which is now available in Arabic with Urdu translation by Abdul Qayyum, published in 1999 by the Sharia academy of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.]

Gradual changes in society, along with gradual revelation of the Qur'an, was brought about by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Where he was loving, kind, generous and forgiving, he also knew that the Islamic community has to be defended against enemies who will strike from outside and within. When treachery, murder and inner disruption appears, it must be suppressed; otherwise the community cannot survive.

Once the fear of death and deterrent punishment had been put into the hearts of the treacherous one, the Prophet's (pbuh) Hadith forbade all mutilation. Again, step by step change.
We should praise Imam Bukhari's honesty that he collected a Hadith because it had proper chains of narration although it had been abrogated. Thus we know that our great scholars like Bukhari did not hide anything.
Another aspect of this Hadith which delights the enemies of Islam and the ignorant munkareene Hadith is the reference to the drinking of urine. Again, the ignorant ones did not read the Hadith carefully. Let me teach them, although they come as challengers, fools that they are, instead of students:
i. Both Qur'an and Hadith contain materials about the beginnings of the era of Islam when things which were removed later were still prevalent. For instance, the Qur'an did not right away ban the drinking of alcohol and gambling:
"They ask thee concerning intoxicants and gambling. Say: In them is great sin and some profit for people, but the sin is greater than the profit." (2:219) The ban on intoxicants and gambling came in 5:90-91.

The same gradualism is true about women whom men kept without marriage "those whom your right hands possess." The same is true of RIBA or interest. There is no prohibition of Muta' (temporary marriage) in the Qur'an which went on for a long time till the Prophet (pbuh) banned it completely. (Ibn Abbas, r.a., believed that it had not been banned.)

Similarly people believed that the urine of camels (not all urine) was beneficial and that is reflected in this Hadith.
ii. Note that the Prophet (pbuh) is not commanding the believers to drink urine but only pointing to the chance given for recuperation to one group, the people of Uraina.
iii. There are numerous Hadith which teach that urine even in small droplets is not tolerable for Muslims. There are strict rules of hygiene taught by the Prophet (pbuh). Anyone who is honest in his studies can see the Hadith segments on urine and cleanliness to see this fact.
iv. None of the collectors or scholars of Hadith, then or now, have seen the Urainah hadith as an argument in favor of drinking urine. In fact Imam Bukhari has set this section heading for his collection of Hadith about staying away from urine:
"One of the major sins is not to protect oneself from being soiled by one's urine." His collection includes this powerful hadith:

"From Ibn Abbas (r.a): The Prophet, pbuh, once passed by two graves and said: These two persons are being punished for not avoiding a big sin. One of them did not save himself from being soiled with his urine, while the other used to go about with calumnies, spreading bad blood between people...." (Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.1, #217)

Based on Hadith, pious Muslims have built the entire culture of cleanliness and staying away from urine. [Salman Rushdie tried to ridicule Muslims for being obsessed with water and washing.] What liars these munkareene hadith are that they try to tear one narration out of context to claim that Hadith teaches the drinking of urine! These munkareene are slanderers. They are not interested in discussion but in systematic abuse of the Prophet's Hadith.

I sincerely urge people like Shahid Mahmud and the Pervezis to repent and re-join the fold of Islam. Your kufr against the Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) will only make you more and more a tool of the Zionists and the imperialists. A brother on this forum used harsh language for Shahid when he tried to insult hazrat Ali (r.a) and the ahlul bait (r.a.). Shahid has to learn that Shahid's father is not the only person on the planet who deserves respect. Shahid told brazen lies about:
1. Hazrat Abu Huraira (r.a.)
2. All narrators of hadith.
3. All scholars of hadith.
4. Imam Bukhari in particular.
5. Imam Ghazali (in a total concoction taken from Imam Ghazali's attack on fabricators).
6. Maulana Maudoodi.
7. Mujahideen.
8. Martyrs of Islam.

Before Shahid starts his dirty game again, I invite him to join me in saying:

O Allah forgive our sins; help us to follow the commands of Allah in the Qur'an as explained by the authentic hadith. O Allah if we have said anything which gives the impression of disrespect for the sahaba and the ahlul bait, forgive us and accept our sincere repentance. Help us to stand united against the Zionists and the imperialists and help us to stay away from cooperation with oppressors."
[Ameen, summa aameen]

2003-01-25 Sat 19:16ct