Let’s start with the famous smart quote from Ibn Hazm that represents the foundation of whatever is being developed after, both on the matter of jurisprudence or creeds:

“I looked up all the arguments that Shafi’i used to deny Istihsaan and I’ve found them useful to deny Qiyas also”
Well, what are they left with as a sunni sub group is Qur’an and “Sunnah”, but what’s sunnah?
Here, hadeeth comes along as the biggest, if not the only, source of sunnah with all its classes, grading, and various sources, with an estimated one million narrations, and a mighty arsenal of 1,400 books or more, and an army of over 50,000 narrators. What is the way to know what’s sunnah and whats not, a chain of questions pop up in ones mind (if the intellect is even being used)…
Did the Prophet really say this? Was it for all Muslims? Was it for a specific case? Am I included here? etc.
In defense of hadeeth, the infamous man-made remedy appears as the savior, the “science” of hadeeth. The “science”? Let’s look it up.

– If a critique is agreed upon, it’s not debatable to propose another criteria for that narrator even if the path of his narrations propose otherwise.

– If some ahadeeth are contradicted, we simply follow the conclusion of a muhaddith who attacked the issue; if muhadditheen disagree about it at one point, we see a closer generation and hope that one solved the issue.
– The categorization of “hassan,” is a cloud of thousands of narrations that can be used or not depending on…what you want.  It is a free-zone.
– If two narrators lived in the same city and coexisted for some time, than surely they met each other.
– If two narrators contradicted one another we choose the narration of the one with “better creed.”
So isn’t hadeeth science a mix of qiyas , istihsaan, and taqleed after all. What makes you better or closer to the truth than any hanafi or maliki? After all, these at least show a more developed legislation structure compared to a “newbie”.

Taraweeh during Ramadhaan is held worldwide in the masaajid.  Despite its popularity and claims of being from the ‘sunnah,’ Muhammad Rasoolullaah never actually sanctioned it.  The evidence against Taraweeh in the masjid is as follows:

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الأَعْلَى بْنُ حَمَّادٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا وُهَيْبٌ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى بْنُ عُقْبَةَ، عَنْ سَالِمٍ أَبِي النَّضْرِ، عَنْ بُسْرِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ، عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اتَّخَذَ حُجْرَةً ـ قَالَ حَسِبْتُ أَنَّهُ قَالَ ـ مِنْ حَصِيرٍ فِي رَمَضَانَ فَصَلَّى فِيهَا لَيَالِيَ، فَصَلَّى بِصَلاَتِهِ نَاسٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ، فَلَمَّا عَلِمَ بِهِمْ جَعَلَ يَقْعُدُ، فَخَرَجَ إِلَيْهِمْ فَقَالَ ‏ “‏ قَدْ عَرَفْتُ الَّذِي رَأَيْتُ مِنْ صَنِيعِكُمْ، فَصَلُّوا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ، فَإِنَّ أَفْضَلَ الصَّلاَةِ صَلاَةُ الْمَرْءِ فِي بَيْتِهِ إِلاَّ الْمَكْتُوبَةَ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَ عَفَّانُ حَدَّثَنَا وُهَيْبٌ، حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى، سَمِعْتُ أَبَا النَّضْرِ، عَنْ بُسْرٍ، عَنْ زَيْدٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ

Narrated Zaid bin Thabit:

Allah’s Messenger made a small room in the month of Ramadan (Sa’id said, “I think that Zaid bin Thabit said that it was made of a mat”) and he prayed there for a few nights, and so some of his companions prayed behind him. When he came to know about it, he kept on sitting. In the morning, he went out to them and said, “I have seen and understood what you did. You should pray in your houses, for the best prayer of a person is that which he prays in his house except the compulsory prayers.”

This narration is recorded in Sahihayn and the books of Sunan.

Allah says there is no compulsion in Deen, the right way is clear from the wrong [2:256] and the truth is from your lord, whoever wills, let him believe and whoever wills, let him disbelieve [18:29].


Apostasy is when one abandons or renounces his religious and/or political beliefs and allegiances.


Whenever one testifies there’s no god but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s apostle, we assume that he’s Muslim based on his outward deeds.


However, there may be times these individuals manifest disbelief through their deeds. If he opposes the Rasul after guidance is made clear to him and follows other than the believers’ path, then clearly he’s among those who disbelieve [4:115].


Either he never believed or he believed then disbelieved or he’s filled with doubts. The ayat in surah an-nisa 89-91 tell us not to take them as allies until they emigrate in Allah’s path and if they turn away, seize them and kill them but if they restrain their hands against you and offer peace then Allah has not made a way for you against them, only those who have joined the enemy in fighting you should be fought against.


There are mainly three narrations which allude to killing apostates:
whoever changes his deen, kill him
the one who comes out against Allah and His Rasul
the one who forsakes Islam and parts the jama’ah (or parts from the jama’ah)


The first: whoever changes his deen, kill him
If this were taken generally, then a pagan or a Jew who becomes Christian should be killed.  Even if a Christian or Jew who becomes a Muslim should be killed, following the obvious wording of the narration.  If someone says only Islam is deen, then they are mistaken.  Why?  Because Allah tells the people of the scripture not to exceed the limits of their religion… [4:171], calling their ways ‘deen.’  Therefore, this narration is problematic with the Qur’an.


The second: the one who comes out against Allah and His Rasul
The Qur’an has already detailed the punishments for hiraba in surah al-ma’idah, regardless of whether or not it’s done by one who used to say he’s Muslim or one who still claims he’s Muslim.


The third: the one who forsakes Islam and parts the jama’ah (or parts from the jama’ah)
By jama’ah, it’s not speaking about the sect that emerged after the Rasul’s passing, calling themselves ‘Ahl us sunna wal jama’ah.  No, rather, the jama’ah is the Muslims and splitting their ranks. But due to the  word “and” in the narration, this individual must be doing both: leaving Islam and splitting the ranks of the believers, causing sectarian strife.  If the other wording is used -or parts from the jama’ah- then it implies he has parted ways with the jama’ah, in which case we apply the ayat in surah an-nisa depending on which camp he’s joined, a neutral party or the enemy…


Muhamad bin Muhamad

Thoughts on Accepting Hadiths

Posted: April 8, 2015 by Admin in Ulum ul Hadeeth
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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

With Allah’s name, the Ultimate, the Merciful

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ ۚ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ اللَّهِ لَوَجَدُوا فِيهِ اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا

So do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? Had it been from other than Allah, surely they would have found much contradiction in it. [4:82]

وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَٰكِن شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ ۚ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهُ ۚ مَا لَهُم بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ ۚ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا

And for their saying, “Indeed, we killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, Allah’s Apostle.” And they did not kill him, nor crucify him; though it had looked that way to them. And indeed, those who differed over it, are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge in it, except following assumption. For, surely they did not kill him. [4:157]

So when an event or practice explicitly opposes the Qur’an, that means either that narration is a forgery or it was a practice which was eventually abolished.

وَمَا كَانَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لِيَنفِرُوا كَافَّةً ۚ فَلَوْلَا نَفَرَ مِن كُلِّ فِرْقَةٍ مِّنْهُمْ طَائِفَةٌ لِّيَتَفَقَّهُوا فِي الدِّينِ وَلِيُنذِرُوا قَوْمَهُمْ إِذَا رَجَعُوا إِلَيْهِمْ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَحْذَرُونَ

And it is not for the believers to set out collectively. So, then from among every division among them, let a ta’ifah set out to gain understanding in the religion and warn their people when they return. So that perhaps they might beware. [9:122]

A ta’ifah can be a small group of people or even a single person. But does this necessarily mean that those who were warned are always obliged to believe everything this ta’ifah is relaying to them?

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ

O you who have believed, when a fasiq brings you information, verify, lest you harm a people due to ignorance and become regretful over what you have done. [49:6]

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ ۖ وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا يَغْتَب بَّعْضُكُم بَعْضًا ۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَن يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِيمٌ

O you who have believed, avoid much assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy nor backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting, Merciful. [49:12]

This means we always need to verify the narratives of those who are known to lie before accepting and spreading that information. But does that necessarily mean we do not need to verify the narratives of those who are not known to lie?

فَمَا لَكُمْ فِي الْمُنَافِقِينَ فِئَتَيْنِ وَاللَّهُ أَرْكَسَهُم بِمَا كَسَبُوا ۚ أَتُرِيدُونَ أَن تَهْدُوا مَنْ أَضَلَّ اللَّهُ ۖ وَمَن يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُ سَبِيلًا

What is with you [that you are] two groups concerning the munafiqin, while Allah has made them fall back for what they have earned. Do you wish to guide those whom Allah has sent astray? And whoever Allah sends astray you will never find for him a way. [4:88]

وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَهُمْ تُعْجِبُكَ أَجْسَامُهُمْ ۖ وَإِن يَقُولُوا تَسْمَعْ لِقَوْلِهِمْ ۖ كَأَنَّهُمْ خُشُبٌ مُّسَنَّدَةٌ ۖ يَحْسَبُونَ كُلَّ صَيْحَةٍ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ هُمُ الْعَدُوُّ فَاحْذَرْهُمْ ۚ قَاتَلَهُمُ اللَّهُ ۖ أَنَّىٰ يُؤْفَكُونَ

And when you see them, their forms please you, and if they speak, you listen to their speech. As if they were pieces of wood propped up, they think every shout is against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. May Allah destroy them; how are they so deluded? [63:4]

It’s also possible that some people may unwittingly accept and convey the narratives of fasiqun while believing them to be trustworthy, unaware of their reality.

وَلَقَدْ عَهِدْنَا إِلَىٰ آدَمَ مِن قَبْلُ فَنَسِيَ وَلَمْ نَجِدْ لَهُ عَزْمًا

And We had already taken a promise from Adam before, but he forgot; and We did not find him to be resolute. [20:115]

وَقَالَ لِلَّذِي ظَنَّ أَنَّهُ نَاجٍ مِّنْهُمَا اذْكُرْنِي عِندَ رَبِّكَ فَأَنسَاهُ الشَّيْطَانُ ذِكْرَ رَبِّهِ فَلَبِثَ فِي السِّجْنِ بِضْعَ سِنِينَ

And he said to the one whom he thought would be saved among the two, “Mention me to your lord.” But Satan had made him forget to mention him to his lord. So he was left in prison, several years. [12:42]

قَالَ أَرَأَيْتَ إِذْ أَوَيْنَا إِلَى الصَّخْرَةِ فَإِنِّي نَسِيتُ الْحُوتَ وَمَا أَنسَانِيهُ إِلَّا الشَّيْطَانُ

He said, “Did you see when we retired to the rock? Indeed, I forgot the fish. And none made me forget it except Satan” [18:63]

سَنُقْرِئُكَ فَلَا تَنسَىٰ, إِلَّا مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ ۚ إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ وَمَا يَخْفَىٰ, وَنُيَسِّرُكَ لِلْيُسْرَىٰ, فَذَكِّرْ إِن نَّفَعَتِ الذِّكْرَىٰ

We will make you recite, and you will not forget, except what Allah wills. Indeed, He knows what is declared and what is hidden. And We will ease you toward ease. So remind, if the reminder benefits. [87:6-9]

Therefor all humans have a natural tendency to err so even those who do not intentionally lie may forget, misunderstand or make mistakes when narrating.

وَاسْتَشْهِدُوا شَهِيدَيْنِ مِن رِّجَالِكُمْ ۖ فَإِن لَّمْ يَكُونَا رَجُلَيْنِ فَرَجُلٌ وَامْرَأَتَانِ مِمَّن تَرْضَوْنَ مِنَ الشُّهَدَاءِ أَن تَضِلَّ إِحْدَاهُمَا فَتُذَكِّرَ إِحْدَاهُمَا الْأُخْرَىٰ ۚ وَلَا يَأْبَ الشُّهَدَاءُ إِذَا مَا دُعُوا ۚ وَلَا تَسْأَمُوا أَن تَكْتُبُوهُ صَغِيرًا أَوْ كَبِيرًا إِلَىٰ أَجَلِهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ أَقْسَطُ عِندَ اللَّهِ وَأَقْوَمُ لِلشَّهَادَةِ وَأَدْنَىٰ أَلَّا تَرْتَابُوا

And call two witnesses from among your men to testify. And if not two men, then a man and two women from those whose testimony you accept, so if she deviates, the other will remind her. And let the witnesses not refuse when they have been called [to testify]. And do not grow weary, that you write it, whether it is small or large, regarding its term. That is more just with Allah and stronger as testimony and more likely that you not have doubt [2:282]

This shows that having one dictating, while another records what he says in the presence of two witnesses is more just and less doubtful.

Many inauthentic ahadith are circulated about the virtues of one memorizing the Quraan.  Some of the the popular ones will be listed here along with their unreliability.  Only the major hadith books will be used and the untrustworthy narrators will briefly be mentioned.  It is up to the reader to further do research.

First weak hadith:

حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ عَمْرِو بْنِ السَّرْحِ، أَخْبَرَنَا ابْنُ وَهْبٍ، أَخْبَرَنِي يَحْيَى بْنُ أَيُّوبَ، عَنْ زَبَّانَ بْنِ فَائِدٍ، عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ مُعَاذٍ الْجُهَنِيِّ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ  قَالَ ‏ “‏ مَنْ قَرَأَ الْقُرْآنَ وَعَمِلَ بِمَا فِيهِ أُلْبِسَ وَالِدَاهُ تَاجًا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ضَوْؤُهُ أَحْسَنُ مِنْ ضَوْءِ الشَّمْسِ فِي بُيُوتِ الدُّنْيَا لَوْ كَانَتْ فِيكُمْ فَمَا ظَنُّكُمْ بِالَّذِي عَمِلَ بِهَذَا ‏”

“If anyone recites the Quraan and acts according to its content, on the Day of Judgement his parents will be given to wear a crown whose light is better than the light of the sun in the dwellings of this world if it were among you. So what do you think of him who acts according to this?”
(Sunan Abu Dawud, Musnad Abi Y’ala…)
  • يحيى بن أيوب – He narrated few ahadith and his reliability was not established.  Hence, his reports were taken as secondary evidences. (an-Nisai)  Abu J’afar al-‘Aqeeli mentioned him in his book of weak reporters and Ibn Hazm said he was weak.
  • زبان بن فائد – Ahmad b. Hanbal mentioned him to be from munakeer and Yahya b. Ma’een said he was weak.  Abu J’afar counted him to be from among the weak.
  • سهل بن معاذ الجهني – Yahya b. Ma’een said he was weak.

Second weak hadith:

حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ حُجْرٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا حَفْصُ بْنُ سُلَيْمَانَ، عَنْ كَثِيرِ بْنِ زَاذَانَ، عَنْ عَاصِمِ بْنِ ضَمْرَةَ، عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي طَالِبٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ  ‏ “‏ مَنْ قَرَأَ الْقُرْآنَ وَاسْتَظْهَرَهُ فَأَحَلَّ حَلاَلَهُ وَحَرَّمَ حَرَامَهُ أَدْخَلَهُ اللَّهُ بِهِ الْجَنَّةَ وَشَفَّعَهُ فِي عَشَرَةٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ كُلُّهُمْ وَجَبَتْ لَهُ النَّارُ ‏”

“Whoever recites the Quraan and memorizes it, making lawful what it makes lawful, and unlawful what it makes unlawful, Allah will admit him to Paradise due to it, and grant him intercession for ten of his family members who were to be consigned to the Fire.”

(at-Tirmidhi & Ibn Maajah, at-Tirmidhi said it’s gharib )


  • حفص بن سليمان – ‘Ali b. al-Madini, Abu Haatim, Abu Zurra, Abu J’afar, and Abu Faraj b. al-Jowzi all said he was weak.  ad-Daraaqutni mentioned him from the weak and rejected, and an-Nisai said he was matrook.
  • كثير بن زاذان – Both Abu Haatim and Abu Zurra said he was unknown.

Third weak hadith:

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُوسَى، أَنْبَأَنَا شَيْبَانُ، عَنْ فِرَاسٍ، عَنْ عَطِيَّةَ، عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏ “‏ يُقَالُ لِصَاحِبِ الْقُرْآنِ إِذَا دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ اقْرَأْ وَاصْعَدْ ‏.‏ فَيَقْرَأُ وَيَصْعَدُ بِكُلِّ آيَةٍ دَرَجَةً حَتَّى يَقْرَأَ آخِرَ شَىْءٍ مَعَهُ ‏”

“It will be said to the companion of the Quraan, when he enters Paradise: ‘Recite and rise one degree for every Verse,’ until he recites the last thing that he knows.”

(Musnad Ahmad b. Hanbal & Sunan Ibn Maajah)


  • عطية بن سعد – Yahya b. Sa’eed al-Qattan, Sufyian ath-Thowri, Ahmad b. Hanbal, an-Nisai, ad-Daraaqutni, and Abu Haatim all said he was weak.

Saying of a Sahaabi is not Proof

Posted: January 29, 2015 by millatibraheem in Bid'ah, Rebuttals, Ulum ul Hadeeth
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There are people who take a saying of a Sahaabi, or companion, of the Prophet as evidence in Deen, even if this saying has no support from Allaah ar-Rahmaan and His revelation.  No doubt this is a dangerous and an abhorrent innovation [Bid’ah dalala] that contradicts what Allaah al-Hakam has commanded us to do:

اتَّبِعُوا مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ ۗ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ

Follow what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not follow other than Him any Awliya. Little do you remember.

(al-‘A’araf 7:3)

We as Muslims – those who are submissive to Allaah – are required to only follow revelation.  Whatever Allaah al-Wahhab sent down, it is considered as Deen and must be followed.  Anything that was not revealed by Allaah, then it is not Deen and can never be considered as part of it.

Henceforth, even the Prophet himself and some of his  companions were careful in accepting something that was attributed to the Deen.  Here will be discussed a few authentic narrations just to give some light on the topic.  You will see that neither the Prophet, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, nor ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab blindly accepted a saying of a Sahaabi until it was verified.

Narration of the Prophet

Wording from Malik’s Muwatta:

حَدَّثَنِي يَحْيَى، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ أَيُّوبَ بْنِ أَبِي تَمِيمَةَ السَّخْتِيَانِيِّ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِيرِينَ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم انْصَرَفَ مِنَ اثْنَتَيْنِ فَقَالَ لَهُ ذُو الْيَدَيْنِ أَقَصُرَتِ الصَّلاَةُ أَمْ نَسِيتَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ  ‏“‏ أَصَدَقَ ذُو الْيَدَيْنِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ النَّاسُ نَعَمْ ‏.‏ فَقَامَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ  فَصَلَّى رَكْعَتَيْنِ أُخْرَيَيْنِ ثُمَّ سَلَّمَ ثُمَّ كَبَّرَ فَسَجَدَ مِثْلَ سُجُودِهِ أَوْ أَطْوَلَ ثُمَّ رَفَعَ ثُمَّ كَبَّرَ فَسَجَدَ مِثْلَ سُجُودِهِ أَوْ أَطْوَلَ ثُمَّ رَفَعَ

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ayyub ibn Abi Tamima as-Sakhtayani from Muhammad ibn Sirin from Abu Hurayra that:

Allaah’s Messenger finished the prayer after two rakats and Dhul-Yadayn said to him, “Has the prayer been shortened or have you forgotten, O Allaah’s Messenger?”

Allaah’s Messenger said, “Has Dhul-Yadayn spoken the truth?”

The people said, “Yes,” and Allaah’s Messenger stood and prayed the other two rakats and then said, “Peace be upon you.” Then he said, “Allaah is greater” and went into a sadja as long as his usual prostrations or longer. Then he came up and said, “Allaah is greater” and went into a sajda as long as his usual prostrations or longer and then came up.

[It was also collected by Ahmad, al-Bukhaari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, an-Nisa’i, and Ibn Majah in their books]

There is nothing complex in this hadeeth.  A Sahaabi called Dhul-Yadayn questioned the Prophet in a manner as if the ruling changed or he may have made a mistake.  Hence, Allaah’s Messenger did not just take his word and prayed the rest of the prayer.  The Prophet actually asked other people if Dhul-Yadayn spoke the truth “أَصَدَقَ ذُو الْيَدَيْنِ“.  This by no means implies that Dhul-Yadayn was untrustworthy.

Narration of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq

Wording from Malik’s Muwatta:

حَدَّثَنِي يَحْيَى، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ إِسْحَاقَ بْنِ خَرَشَةَ، عَنْ قَبِيصَةَ بْنِ ذُؤَيْبٍ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ جَاءَتِ الْجَدَّةُ إِلَى أَبِي بَكْرٍ الصِّدِّيقِ تَسْأَلُهُ مِيرَاثَهَا فَقَالَ لَهَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ مَا لَكِ فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ شَىْءٌ وَمَا عَلِمْتُ لَكِ فِي سُنَّةِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ  شَيْئًا فَارْجِعِي حَتَّى أَسْأَلَ النَّاسَ فَسَأَلَ النَّاسَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ الْمُغِيرَةُ بْنُ شُعْبَةَ حَضَرْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ  أَعْطَاهَا السُّدُسَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ هَلْ مَعَكَ غَيْرُكَ فَقَامَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مَسْلَمَةَ الأَنْصَارِيُّ فَقَالَ مِثْلَ مَا قَالَ الْمُغِيرَةُ فَأَنْفَذَهُ لَهَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ الصِّدِّيقُ ثُمَّ جَاءَتِ الْجَدَّةُ الأُخْرَى إِلَى عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ تَسْأَلُهُ مِيرَاثَهَا فَقَالَ لَهَا مَا لَكِ فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ شَىْءٌ وَمَا كَانَ الْقَضَاءُ الَّذِي قُضِيَ بِهِ إِلاَّ لِغَيْرِكِ وَمَا أَنَا بِزَائِدٍ فِي الْفَرَائِضِ شَيْئًا وَلَكِنَّهُ ذَلِكَ السُّدُسُ فَإِنِ اجْتَمَعْتُمَا فَهُوَ بَيْنَكُمَا وَأَيَّتُكُمَا خَلَتْ بِهِ فَهُوَ لَهَا

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Uthman ibn Ishaq ibn Kharasha that Qabisa ibn Dhu’ayb said,

“A grandmother came to Abu Bakr as-Siddiq and asked him for her inheritance. Abu Bakr said to her, ‘You have nothing in the Book of Allaah, and I do not know that you have anything in the sunnah of the Allaah’s Messenger. Go away therefore, until I have questioned the people.’

He questioned the people, and al-Mughira ibn Shuba said, ‘I was present with Allaah’s Messenger when he gave the grandmother a sixth.’

Abu Bakr said, ‘Was there anybody else with you?’

Muhammad ibn Maslama al-Ansari stood up and said the like of what al-Mughira said.  Abu Bakr as-Siddiq gave it to her.

Then the other grandmother came to Umar ibn al-Khattab and asked him for her inheritance. He said to her, “You have nothing in the Book of Allaah, and what has been decided is only for other than you, and I am not one to add to the fixed shares, other than that sixth. If there are two of you together, it is between you. If either of you is left alone with it, it is hers.”

[This narration was also transmitted by at-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah in their collections.]

As we can see here, first, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq did not just do whatever he thought was correct, rather he questioned the people about this matter if there was anything coming from the Prophet. When a Sahaabi named al-Mughira stood up and told Abu Bakr as-Siddiq what he saw Allaah’s Messenger doing, Abu Bakr did not blindly accept al-Mughira’s saying, even though al-Mughaira was a trustworthy person.

Narration of Umar bin al-Khattab

Wording from al-Bukhaari:

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ سَلاَمٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَخْلَدُ بْنُ يَزِيدَ، أَخْبَرَنَا ابْنُ جُرَيْجٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي عَطَاءٌ، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ بْنِ عُمَيْرٍ، أَنَّ أَبَا مُوسَى الأَشْعَرِيَّ، اسْتَأْذَنَ عَلَى عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ فَلَمْ يُؤْذَنْ لَهُ، وَكَأَنَّهُ كَانَ مَشْغُولاً فَرَجَعَ أَبُو مُوسَى، فَفَرَغَ عُمَرُ فَقَالَ أَلَمْ أَسْمَعْ صَوْتَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ قَيْسٍ ائْذَنُوا لَهُ قِيلَ قَدْ رَجَعَ‏.‏ فَدَعَاهُ‏.‏ فَقَالَ كُنَّا نُؤْمَرُ بِذَلِكَ‏.‏ فَقَالَ تَأْتِينِي عَلَى ذَلِكَ بِالْبَيِّنَةِ‏.‏ فَانْطَلَقَ إِلَى مَجْلِسِ الأَنْصَارِ، فَسَأَلَهُمْ‏.‏ فَقَالُوا لاَ يَشْهَدُ لَكَ عَلَى هَذَا إِلاَّ أَصْغَرُنَا أَبُو سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيُّ‏.‏ فَذَهَبَ بِأَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ‏.‏ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ أَخَفِيَ عَلَىَّ مِنْ أَمْرِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ  أَلْهَانِي الصَّفْقُ بِالأَسْوَاقِ‏.‏ يَعْنِي الْخُرُوجَ إِلَى تِجَارَةٍ‏.

‘Ubaid bin Umair reported:

 Abu Musa asked Umar to admit him but he was not admitted as Umar was busy, so Abu Musa went back. When Umar finished his job he said, “Didn’t I hear the voice of Abdullaah bin Qais? Let him come in.”

Umar was told that he had left. So, he sent for him and on his arrival, he [Abu Musa] said, “We were ordered to do so [i.e. to leave if not admitted after asking permission thrice].

Umar told him, “Bring witness in proof of your statement.”

Abu Musa went to the Ansar’s meeting places and asked them. They said, “None amongst us will give this witness except the youngest of us, Abu Sa’ed al-Khudri. Abu Musa then took Abu Sa’ed al-Khudri and Umar said, surprisingly, “Has this order of Allah’s Messenger been hidden from me?” (Then he added), “I used to be busy trading in markets.”

[Also recorded by Malik, Ahmad, Muslim, and Abu Dawud]

Abu Dawud transmits:

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مَسْلَمَةَ، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ رَبِيعَةَ بْنِ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ غَيْرِ، وَاحِدٍ، مِنْ عُلَمَائِهِمْ فِي هَذَا فَقَالَ عُمَرُ لأَبِي مُوسَى أَمَا إِنِّي لَمْ أَتَّهِمْكَ وَلَكِنْ خَشِيتُ أَنْ يَتَقَوَّلَ النَّاسُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ

Umar said to Abd Musa: I do not blame you, but I am afraid that the people may talk carelessly about Allaah’s Messenger.

These narrations clearly show Umar did not accept Abu Musa’s testimony just because he said it was from the Prophet despite being a well-known Sahaabi and a reliable person.

Narration of Ibn Shaqiq [a Taabi’]

Wording from Muslim:

وَحَدَّثَنِي أَبُو الرَّبِيعِ الزَّهْرَانِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادٌ، عَنِ الزُّبَيْرِ بْنِ الْخِرِّيتِ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ شَقِيقٍ، قَالَ خَطَبَنَا ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ يَوْمًا بَعْدَ الْعَصْرِ حَتَّى غَرَبَتِ الشَّمْسُ وَبَدَتِ النُّجُومُ وَجَعَلَ النَّاسُ يَقُولُونَ الصَّلاَةَ الصَّلاَةَ – قَالَ – فَجَاءَهُ رَجُلٌ مِنْ بَنِي تَمِيمٍ لاَ يَفْتُرُ وَلاَ يَنْثَنِي الصَّلاَةَ الصَّلاَةَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ أَتُعَلِّمُنِي بِالسُّنَّةِ لاَ أُمَّ لَكَ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ جَمَعَ بَيْنَ الظُّهْرِ وَالْعَصْرِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَالْعِشَاءِ ‏.‏ قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ شَقِيقٍ فَحَاكَ فِي صَدْرِي مِنْ ذَلِكَ شَىْءٌ فَأَتَيْتُ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ فَسَأَلْتُهُ فَصَدَّقَ مَقَالَتَهُ

Abdullaah ibn Shaqiq reported:

Ibn Abbas one day addressed us in the afternoon till the sun disappeared and the stars appeared, and the people began to say: Prayer, prayer.
A person from Banu Tamim came there. He neither slackened nor turned away, but (continued crying): Prayer, prayer.
Ibn Abbas said: May you be deprived of your mother, do you teach me Sunnah?  And then he said: I saw Allaah’s Messenger combining the noon and afternoon prayers and the sunset and ‘Isha’ prayers.
Abdullaah ibn Shaqiq said: Some doubt was created in my mind about it. So I came to Abu Hurayra and asked him and he testified his assertion.
Abdullaah ibn Shaqiq al-Uqayli was from the students of the companions and learned directly from them.  Even he wanted to verify a report when it caused him some doubts, despite directly hearing it from Ibn Abbas.
So from these narrations, we learn several things:
  • It is allowed to doubt a Sahaabis words even if he is trustworthy
  • It is allowed to not accept his saying until proof has been brought to support him
  • No one is obligated to accepting a hadeeth that was reported by a single Sahaabi – this supports those who reject ahad or khabar wahid
  • There cannot be any Hukm derived from a Sahaabis saying unless it is backed by revelation, which makes the Sahaabi irrelevant anyways since revelation is required

Hence we are seeing only a few examples that show us not even the holy Prophet Muhammad Rasolullaah, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, and Umar ibn al-Khattab blindly accepted a saying of a Sahaabi as proof just because he said so.  They always verified even if it was said by a trustworthy person.  Also, these reports are helpful in refuting the innovation of people who use the Sahaabah as evidence, even though they may have gone against the Shari’ah of Allaah aza wajal.

A wide variety of misjudgments are being given regarding homosexuals and their punishment in Islaam.  First, let it be known that homosexuality is dispraised by Allaah al-Ahad and it is forbidden to indulge sexually with the same gender, whether you are married to them or not.

It is a perversion that is from a persons own inclinations and it is not something inborn or natural as many are claiming.  This belief has been scientifically discredited by Dr. Neil Whitehead, when he provided evidence that the “gay gene” is not from genetics, by studying identical twins. What is more important and greater, is what Allaah as-Samad tells us about Prophet Lot’s sermon to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah:

وَلُوطًا إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِ أَتَأْتُونَ الْفَاحِشَةَ مَا سَبَقَكُم بِهَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ مِّنَ الْعَالَمِينَ

And Lot when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality [faaHishat] as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds?”

(al-A’araaf 7:80)

Therefore, they were the first ones to practice this behaviour.

But even so if it was part of the human body and is considered innate, we are still required to have it under control as Allaah aza wajal has said narrating the saying of Prophet Lot:

إِنَّكُمْ لَتَأْتُونَ الرِّجَالَ شَهْوَةً مِّن دُونِ النِّسَاءِ ۚ بَلْ أَنتُمْ قَوْمٌ مُّسْرِفُونَ

Indeed, you approach men with desire [shahwat], instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.

(al-A’araaf 7:81)

Shahwat [شَهْوَةً] is sexual desire that is connected to the libido.  The consequence of approaching other men with such a desire makes a person a transgressor, or someone who is immoderate and excessive with his lusts.

Now what if someone has fallen into their extreme desires and indulged into homosexuality?  No doubt the person should repent, ask Allaah’s forgiveness, conceal their sin, and do their best to never get into it again.  However, if a person openly admits to this sin and wants to be penalized, what would be the worldly punishment for them?  Oddly enough, there are at least seven different opinions reported on what the actual punishment for homosexuality should be, and this alone disproves the idea of a divine punishment.  These seven opinions are:

  1. Anyone involved in sodomy, the doer and the one being done upon, should be burnt alive.
  2. The doer and the one done upon should be thrown down from the highest point and then be stoned.
  3. They should be stoned to death.
  4. They should be executed [sword].
  5. The one being sodomized should be stoned, but the doer should only be stoned if he was married.  Otherwise he is to be lashed like a fornicator.
  6. If both men are married, they should be stoned.  If they are not, then they should be lashed similar to fornicators.
  7. They both should be given non-capital punishments [up to 10 lashes].

Without even getting too technical, we can see numbers 1 through 6 are wrong since they are not even derived from Allaah’s revelation.  They are taken from views related to some of the companions, whose opinions are not Islaam.  However, even the reports related to the companions are all inauthentic, with doubtful isnaad. So we will only briefly go over their weaknesses due to their irrelevance and having no backing from Qur’aan and Sahih Sunnah.

NOTE: Death penalty for sodomy exists only in Jewish and Christian scriptures, but not in the Qur’aan.  There is a high possibility that many Muslims have adopted Judaic-Christian beliefs and expressed them to be from Islaam.

1) Anyone involved in sodomy, the doer and the one being done upon, should be burnt alive

It was said to be given by Ibn Sam’an who reported it from someone [unknown] he heard saying that Khalid bin al-Walid was told by Abu Bakr as-Siddiq from ‘Ali to burn alive men who “took the way a woman was taken” i.e. sexually.

Ibn Sam’an was a known liar (ref. Malik) and had never met Khalid nor Abu Bakr.   He claimed to have heard it from someone without mentioning his name. So this person is unknown and the report is unreliable.

It is also reported by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Imaan with ‘Ali saying “Only one nation disobeyed Allaah by committing such a sin and you know how Allaah dealt with them. I see that we should burn the man with fire.”

This is also weak.

If someone claims its soundness and decides to use it as evidence, it can easily be countered.  First, from the obvious, no mention was made about the Prophet.  Second, none of the companions knew what to do until ‘Ali spoke, and despite his ruling, he never attributed it to the Prophet.  Third, punishing with fire is believed by many to be prohibited, therefore, contradicting another judgment.

2) The doer and the one done upon should be thrown down from the highest point and then be stoned

3) They should be stoned to death

Opinions 2 and 3 will be looked at together since they are both related.

Opinion 2 was reported by Ibn Abi Shaybah in his Musunnaf and attributed to Ibn ‘Abbas.

Opinion 3 was reported by Abu Dawud also attributing it to Ibn ‘Abbas, and Malik in his Muwatta attributed it to Ibn Shihab.

The proponents for these views also attempt to further their opinion by using the Qur’aan.  They say since Allaah destroyed the people of Lot because of homosexuality, then we should too.

This is an extremely flawed and dangerous argument, as it can be Shirk.  They are equaling, or comparing, themselves with Allaah.  Just think about it, Allaah doing something does not mean we can do it also.  Allaah creates and takes life does not mean we can do similar.  Allaah is the legislature and makes whatever He wants forbidden and permissible, we cannot do that.  Allaah calls for his worship and we cannot.  And to add to that, there is no evidence to use what Allaah does as proof to kill people.

Another thing is, they also mistakenly concluded that people of Prophet Lot were destroyed solely due to homosexuality.  This is wrong.  In fact it is very clear their crimes were more than just homosexuality,  they were also punished for denying the Prophet and his message, that being Kufr.  Allaah says:

كَذَّبَتْ قَوْمُ لُوطٍ الْمُرْسَلِينَ

The people of Lot denied the messengers

(ash-Shu’ara 26:160)

Also,  keep in mind there is no authentic proof that Muhammad Rasoolullaah ever killed homosexuals, or that he gave such a judgement to be implemented during his lifetime.

4) They should be executed

This is once again attributed to Ibn ‘Abbas.  One wonders how many opinions did Ibn ‘Abbas have or at least are said to be his?

Unlike the other opinions, the following narration is used as evidence, narrated ibn ‘Abbas who reported Allaah’s Messenger said:

مَنْ وَجَدْتُمُوهُ يَعْمَلُ عَمَلَ قَوْمِ لُوطٍ فَاقْتُلُوا الْفَاعِلَ وَالْمَفْعُولَ بِهِ

“Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Lot, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.”

(Musnad Ahmed, Sunan Abi Dawud, Sunan ibn Maajah, Jami’ at-Tirmidhi & others)

This hadeeth is clearly weak and does not hold up to the level of authenticity.

The chain from Musnad Ahmed: حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو سَلَمَةَ الْخُزَاعِيُّ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ أَبِي عَمْرٍو، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ

It is reported through ambiguity [‘An] and there are three individuals that are problematic: عبد العزيز بن محمدعمرو بن أبي عمرو, and عكرمة مولى ابن عباس, but عبد العزيز بن محمد is not as serious as the other two.

عمرو بن أبي عمرو Both Malik bin Anas and Yahya bin Ma’en said he was weak.  His main problem was making mistakes and this harmed his reliability.

عكرمة is a disputed person due to him belonging to a “Khariji” sect and reporting contradicting narrations.  So the safest thing to do is not take from his narrations unless they are free of any doubt.

Abu Dawud in his Sunan gives three isnaad:

1)حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ النُّفَيْلِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ أَبِي عَمْرٍو، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ

2) رَوَاهُ سُلَيْمَانُ بْنُ بِلَالٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ أَبِي عَمْرٍو مِثْلَهُ، وَرَوَاهُ عَبَّادُ بْنُ مَنْصُورٍ، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

3)ُ ابْنُ جُرَيْجٍ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنْ دَاوُدَ بْنِ الْحُصَيْنِ، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

The bold names are the weakness and have been briefly mentioned above, with the exception of the one underlined.

عباد بن منصور has been declared weak by pretty much all the major scholars, ‘Ali al-Madani, an-Nasa’i, Abu Hatim, Abu Ja’far, and he was also a convicted mudallis as mentioned by al-Bokhaari.

Chain from Sunan bin Maajah: حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الصَّبَّاحِ، وَأَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ خَلَّادٍ، قَالَا: حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيرِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ أَبِي عَمْرٍو، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، أَنّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ

Same problem as the others.

Chain from Jami’ at-Tirmidh: حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو السَّوَّاقُ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ أَبِي عَمْرٍو، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ

Once again, the same issues.

There is a similar hadeeth from Abu Hurayrah that mentions to stone the one on top and the one on the bottom.

The isnaad is عَاصِمِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، عَنْ سُهَيْلِ بْنِ أَبِي صَالِحٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ

عَاصِمِ بْنِ عُمَرَ al-Bokhaari said he was munkar al-hadeeth and an-Nasa’i said he was abandoned.

The isnaad from Musnad Ahmed: حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْقَاسِمِ بْنُ أَبِي الزِّنَادِ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنِي ابْنُ أَبِي حَبِيبَةَ، عَنْ دَاوُدَ بْنِ الْحُصَيْنِ، عَنْ عِكْرِمَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ

ابْنُ أَبِي حَبِيبَةَ al-Bokhaari, an-Nasa’i, ad-Daaraqutni, and at-Tirmidhi all declared him to be weak in hadeeth.


[to be continued InshaAllaah…]