Jewish Taboos about Menstruation were attacked by Muhammad (pbuh)

Today his Hadith on Menstruation are Under Attack from abusive web sites
(examples # 2 and 3)

by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D

(New readers: In a booklet titled CRIMINALS OF ISLAM (posted on the web by pakistanforum, IslamicDawn, aboutquran and others sectarians), one Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, living in Florida, piles abuse above abuse on the blessed Sahih of Bukhari and by inference on all books of Hadith. In my example #1, I took one item from CRIMINALS of ISLAM and illustrated the fraudulent mthodology used in CRIMINALS OF ISLAM to discredit Sahih of Bukhari.)

Audience: CRIMINALS OF ISLAM is obviously aimed at Pakistani elites who have never read any actual book of Hadith and who may never have read the Qur'an either. These people find ulema's ("mullas") preaching distatasteful, sometimes with good reason. Hence they are the "right" audience for a misleading book which abuses the second source of Islam: Hadith. Through this audience the enemy is trying to enter the lands of Islam. My response is for the same audience and might be very obvious for scholars of Islam. To scholars: my apologies for stating the obvious.

ISSUE OF MENSTRUATION: For most of recorded history, men have looked at women's menstruation as degrading, something which makes women disgusting and to be avoided. Such anti-women menstruation-related ideas are openly stated in Jewish writings and can be seen even today in the laws of the illegitimate state of Israel.

While the Jews went to extreme separation from menstruating women, the Christians often behaved as if they could ignore the draining, sometimes debilitating, experience women go through during menstruation, to the extent that they would have intercourse with menstruating women.

ISLAM taught the middle path: Menstruation is hurtful and blood can carry pollution. So sexual intercourse should be avoided. At the same time, the Jewish attitude is dead wrong. The woman must not be made to feel that she has become a defiled, low and subservient, unlovable being because of menstruation.

The Qur'an laid down the law on menstruation:

"They ask thee concerning menstruation. Say: It is a source of hurt and pollution. So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have cleansed themselves, ye may approach them as ordained by Allah, for Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who espouse cleanliness." (2:222)

The Jewish taboos against menstruating women were so strong that there was a danger that the Qur'an's words: " keep away from women in their courses" could be interpreted to mean that men should stay away from women altogether during menses. The Qur'an has been interpreted in detail by the Prophet (pbuh) so that it would not be left to the whims of charlatans and dictators. In the case of menstruation too, the Prophet through his own behavior showed that men must show love, intimacy and respect for women even when the blood is flowing from them. THE GREATEST REVOLUTIONARY OF ALL TIMES showed us and taught us that biological differences do not make women inferior. He specifically wanted to negate the JEWISH view of women and menses, as can be read in a narration from by one of his companions:

"Anas (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that when a woman from among the Jews menstruated, they would not eat with her, nor drink with her, nor allow her to remain with them. The messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) was asked about this. Then Allah Almighty revealed the verse beginning'They ask thee concerning menstruation ...' The blessed messenger of Allah then commanded: Have your meals and drink with the menstruating women, and stay with them in your homes, and be normal with them in sexuality, except for actual intercourse. The Jews said angrily: 'This person will oppose us in everything we do ...' (Sunan of Tirmidhi, abwabu tafseer al-Qur'an.)

An important aspect of menstruation is that the woman starts feeling that she has become unattractive to the husband. The usually loving/lusting husband suddenly becomes distant and starts behaving as if she has a disease. This 'distancing' has caused distress to women throughout the ages for 6 to 10 days EVERY MONTH of their menstruating life.

In earlier times, the situation for women was even more serious because it was very difficult to stop the blood flow from becoming very evident. It could not be entirely hidden or absorbed.

Hence the Prophet (pbuh) took serious steps to show in his personal life that intimacy and sexual contact with one's wife (without actual intercourse) must continue during menstruation. Ayesha (the sublime beloved of the beloved of Allah) being young was the one most affected by monthly menstruation. Through expression of his love for her and other of his wives, the Prophet (pbuh) sent this message for all times to come that the Qur'an's words "keep away from women" DO NOT MEAN NO INTIMACY OR SEXUAL CONTACT DURING MENSTRUATION. Ayesha (radi Allah 'unha) tells us in an authenticated Hadith:

"Whenever Allah's messenger (pbuh) wanted to be intimate with (fondle lovingly) anyone of us (his wives) during her menses, he told us to put on a lower covering (over the menstrual area) and then became intimate (fondled them lovingly) (yubashirha). Ayesha added: None of you can control his sexual desires as the Prophet, pbuh, could." Bukhari's Sahih, 1:299

The Prophet (pbuh) also took steps to show 'Ayesha (and through her, the whole world of Islam for all time to come) that there is no reason to think that a woman's menstruation violates any sanctities of religion, or that, as in the case of the Hindus, she is somehow spiritually "dirty" when she menstruates. Hence this authentic Hadith:

'Ayesha narrates: The Prophet, pbuh, used to lie in my lap and recite the Qur'an while I was menstruating. (Bukhari's Sahih 1: 296)

There is a vast amount of evidence that the Prophet negated all the taboos about menstruation. Be intimate with your wife during her menses but do not have actual intercourse: That's the jist of the vast Hadith literature on the subject. No Muslim scholar has ever brought out a meaning from these hadith other than the one I have stated. Hence for those who have studied Islamic texts, this article is not astonishing.

Most Muslims are not aware that the Jews have successfully motivated some half-baked writers to attack these liberating and beautiful Hadith in the most crass and ugly way. Look at what CRIMINALS of ISLAM (as posted on pakistanforum and the pervezi sites) does to the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh).

In CRIMINALS OF ISLAM, the readers are not told that Imam Bukhari began his BOOK of MENSES with the text of of Qur'an 2:222 which I have quoted above.
Thus secular readers would think that "mulla" Bukhari was perhaps unaware of the Qur'an.

Then CRIMINALS OF ISLAM (as posted) does something very simple but very dishonest to change the meaning of the first Hadith I have quoted from Bukhari. The criminal Dr. Shabbir (as posted) simply changed the word for intimacy or fondling to INTERCOURSE. Here are the words of Dr. Shabbir (as posted) attributing this "hadith" to Bukhari:

"If the prophet wanted to have intercourse with a menstruating wife, he ordered her to tie a loincloth even though the menstruation would be at its peak. Then he had intercourse."
Here Dr. Shabbir interjects to say: "Whoever concocted this hadith adds a contrary statement: 'Aisha said: 'No one of you has as much control over his desire as the Prophet had!' (The Book of Menstruation 1:98, chapter 207)

Look at the process of dishonesty here:
1. Dr. Shabbir leaves out the Qur'anic verse with which Imam Bukhari begins his BOOK OF MENSTRUATION. The secular reader would think that Bukhari (the "mulla") did not know what the Qur'an said.
2. Then he claims that the Hadith is saying that the Prophet (pbuh) violated the Qur'an by having intercourse during menses. (May Allah forgive us. Quoting kufr to refute it is not kufr.)
3. Then totally with out any evidence, discussion, analysis he claims in a little parenthesis that the hadith has been CONCOCTED by someone.
4. Somehow he also thinks hazrat 'Ayesha's caution that men should not become too intimate during menses, because they are not so strong in self-control as the Prophet (pbuh), is contradicting the first part of the Hadith.
5. Thus Dr. Shabbir makes a virtue of his ignorance.
6. About the recitation of the Qur'an in a menstruating woman's lap, Dr. Shabbir has this "I am shocked" type of comment: "Can even an ordinary Muslim do this?!" The exclamation mark is his.
Try to imagine the ignorance of people who run pakistanforum that they have been touting this worthless book CRIMINALS OF ISLAM for a whole year as if it is some kind of final verdict on Imam Bukhari's Sahih.
I wrote to the pervezi sect that they should remove Dr. Shabbir's garbage from their web site. They did not do so: in fact became more shameless in flaunting CRIMINALS 0f ISLAM. I'll give them some more rope to hang themselves, and then inshallah, on to example 4.
For articles my on Hadith see: www. click on java frames, click on NEWS and go to Hadith.
That site also has an article on Imam Bukhari. Why do Muslims respect him so much?
Also see

2001-07-04 Wed 21:18ct