The history of hadith

(Why and when it was written)


Prophet Muhammed forbids the writing of his hadith

It has been documented in the collections of 'Muslim', 'Ahmed' and other sources of hadith that prophet Muhammad has prohibited the writing of his hadith. All the hadith collections we have today, which are regarded by the hadith scholars as authentic (sahih), were written two centuries after the death of the prophet. For two centuries, in accordance to the instructions left by the prophet, there was no authorised documentation of the hadith. Out of the sahih collections we have today, the first to be written was that of Bukhari who was born in the year 194 after Hijra (870 AD). The authors of the other six hadith collections, like Muslim and Abu Dawood, were all born after Bukhari. For more info about the exact dates of birth of all the six authors of the hadith collections please see: Six major hadith collections

The Quran speaks of the fabrication of hadith, something which will be done by the enemies of every prophet:

And thus, We have made for every prophet enemies from among the human and jinn devils. They inspire to one another fancy sayings in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and what they fabricate. 6:112

The Quran also confirms that it is in accordance with God's will that the fabrication of the hadith was allowed to happen. This was to serve as criteria for distinguishing the hypocrites from the true believers. Those who uphold hadith are proven to be false believers. The true believers are satisfied with God alone. They are satisfied with God's Word alone and with God's Law (Quran) alone. They believe God when He states that the Quran is complete and fully detailed, and therefore they do not need any other source:

Shall I seek other than God as a lawmaker when it is He who has brought down to you the Book fully detailed? Those to whom We gave the Scripture know that it was brought down from your Lord with truth, so do not be among the doubters.
The Word of your Lord has been completed, in truth and justice. None can change His words. He is the Hearer, the Knowledgeable. 6:114-115

They obey God's command to uphold no hadith other than the Quran:

These are God's revelations that We recite to you with truth, so in which hadith other than God and His revelations do they believe? 45:6

On the other hand, false believers are not satisfied with the Quran being the only source of law, thus they seek other sources:

This is to let the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter listen to it, accept it, and thus commit what they are committing. 6:113

The books of hadith report the prophet prohibiting the writing of his hadith and that his followers should not write anything from him other than the Quran! It is also documented that the prophet maintained his stand until death. Shown below are a number of such hadith:

(1) Ibn Saeed Al-Khudry reported that the messenger of God had said,

"Do not write anything from me except Quran. Anyone who wrote anything other than the Quran shall erase it." [Ahmed, Vol. 1, Page 171, and Sahih Muslim, Zuhd, Book 42, Number 7147]

Some hadith scholars tried to imply that prophet Muhammed changed his view about writing the hadith. However, the following hadith, which was reported 30 years after the death of the prophet, confirms that prophet Muhammed never authorised the writing of the hadith after he instructed his followers not to write anything other than the Quran.

(2) From Ibn Hanbal;

Zayd Ibn Thabit (The prophet's closest revelation writer) visited the Khalifa Mu'aawiyah (more than 30 years after the prophet's death), and told him a story about the prophet. Mu'aawiyah liked the story and ordered someone to write it down. But Zayd said. " the messenger of God ordered us never to write anything of his hadith".

(3) The famous book, "Ulum Al-Hadith" by Ibn Al-Salah, reports a hadith by Abu Hurayra in which Abu Hurayra said the messenger of God came out to us while we were writing his hadiths and said; "What are you writing?" We said, "hadiths that we hear from you, messenger of God." He said, "A book other than the book of God?" We said, "Should we talk about you?" He said, Talk about me, that would be fine, but those who will lie will go to Hell. Abu Hurayra said, we collected what we wrote of hadiths and burned them in fire.

(4) In the famous book, "Taq-yeed Al-Ilm", Abu Hurayra said, the messenger of God was informed that some people are writing his hadiths. He took to the pulpit of the mosque and said, "What are these books that I heard you wrote? I am just a human being. Anyone who has any of these writings should bring it here. Abu Hurayra said we collected all these and burned them in fire.

(5) Ibn Hanbal in his Musnad book, narrates a hadith in which Abdullah Ibn Omar said, "the messenger of God one day came out to us as if he was going to depart us soon and said, "When I depart you (die), hold to the book of God, prohibit what it prohibits and accept as halal what it makes halal."

(6) Again, in the book "Taq-yeed Al-Ilm", Abu Saeed Al-Khudry said, " I asked the messenger of God a permission to write his hadiths, but he refused to give me a permission."

(7) The farewell pilgrimage of prophet Muhammed is a corner stone in the Muslim history. The final sermon given by the prophet during this pilgrimage was witnessed by thousands of Muslims. There are however three versions of this sermon in the hadith books. This by itself reflects the degree of inconsistency of the hadith books as this is the most witnessed speech of prophet Muhammed.

1- First version, " I left for you what if you hold on to, you will never be misguided, the book of God and my family. Muslim 44/4, Nu2408; Ibn Hanbal 4/366; darimi 23/1, nu 3319.

This is the version upheld by the Shia Muslims.

2-Second version, "I left for you what if you hold on to, you will never be misguided, the book of God and my sunnah" . Muwatta, 46/3

This is the version upheld by the Sunni Muslims.

3- Third version, "I left for you what if you hold on to, you will never be misguided, the book of God." Muslim 15/19, nu 1218; Ibn Majah 25/84, Abu dawud 11/56.

This last version is the version hated by the Sunni and Shia Muslims alike. This is the only version which conforms with the repeated assertion in the Quran that Muhammed's message was only the Quran. Many Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims do not even know that the last version of the sermon exists. In reality, they do not want to know, the truth hurts.

History of the documentation of hadith

The writing and documentation of the hadith is an interesting and important part of Islamic history.

God repeatedly confirms in the Quran that the Book is complete, perfect and fully detailed (6:19,38,114,115; 50:45, 12:111), and if there was a need, He would have given us hundreds of books, not just one Quran (see18:109 and 31:27).

Hadith and the 'Khalifas Al-Rashideen' (guided khalifas)

The four guided khalifas who ruled the Muslim Umma (nation) after the death of prophet Muhammed, respected the command of the prophet and prohibited the writing and collection of hadith. They accepted that the Quran is fully detailed and that it is the only source of religion (6:114).

Abu Bakr at one point was not sure whether to keep what he knows of hadith or not. He had collected 500 hadiths during very long companionship of prophet Muhammed, but he could not sleep the night until he burned them. Omar Ibn Al-Khattab insisted on destroying the hadith collected by his son Abdullah. Islamic history mentions the story of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab restraining four of the prophet's companions because of their insistence on telling hadith, these were Ibn Masoud, Abu Al-Dardaa, Abu Masoud Al-Anssary and Abu Tharr Al-Ghaffary. Omar called Abu Hurayra a liar and threatened to send him back to Yemen where he came from if he does not stop telling these lies about prophet Muhammed. He stopped until Omar died then started again.

Omar is also reported to have stated that he had desired to write down a collection of the prophet's sayings, but refrained for fear of the Muslims choosing to abandon the teachings of the Quran in favour of the hadith.

"I wanted to write the Sun'an, and I remembered a people who were before you, they wrote other books to follow and abandoned the book of God. And I will never, I swear, replace God's book with anything" Jami' Al-Bayan 1/67

Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the fourth khalifa in one of his speeches said, "I urge all those who have writings taken from the messenger of God to go home and erase it. The people before you were annihilated because they followed the hadith of their scholars and left the book of their Lord." (Sunan Al-Daramy)

Khalifa Omar Ibn Abdul Aziz, the beginning of the corruption

Abu Hurayra narrated more hadith than anybody else including Abu Bakr, Omar, Ali, and Aysha who lived with the prophet all their lives. In less than two years of being with the prophet, Abu Hurayra narrated more hadith than all these companions of the prophet put together. He narrated 5374 hadith. Ibn Hanbal quoted 3848 of his hadith in his book. The guided khalifas who ruled the Muslim Umma after the death of prophet Muhammed respected the prophet's wish for not writing anything but the Quran and denounced any attempt of writing the hadith and sunna. Their example was followed for the first two centuries after the prophet's death. By that time, the lies about prophet Muhammed were widespread and the people deserted the Quran to look for hadith, that is when the khalifa Omar Ibn Abdel-Aziz issued an order to permit the writing of hadith and sunna thinking that the genuine hadith would be recorded and that this would put an end to the lies about prophet Muhammed. In his ruling he disregarded the commandments of God in the Quran and the instructions left by prophet Muhammed, as well as the examples of his predecessors and the objection of many of the scholars in his time. Since then Islam moved from the religion of God, the Quran, to the infamous hadith and sunna that were originally prohibited by God and His prophet.

The early writing of the hadith

It is historically true that hadith were written as early as the prophet's time, but the prophet and those who ruled after him condemned these writings, destroyed them and looked at those who wrote these hadith with disgrace. The hadith books mentioned that prophet Muhammed burned the collected hadith, and was very angry at people making "another book with the book of Allah." Abu Bakr and Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, were also reported to burn the hadith collections.

The prohibition of hadith was continued until Omar Ibn Abdel-Aziz permitted the writing of the hadith, then many books and notebooks appeared containing hadith, e.g. Ibn Greeg, Malik Ibn Anas, Mohammed Ibn Is'haq. The most famous from among these were the book of Malik Ibn Anas, (Al-Muwattaa) which had about 500 hadith. At the end of the second century, the books known as 'Masaned' appeared, e.g. the Masnad of Ahmed Ibn Hanbal that has about 40,000 hadith. In the first half of the third century, the famous six books of hadith appeared. These are the books used by the scholars today. 1- Sahih Bukhari. 2- Sahih Muslem. 3- Sunan Abu Daoud. 4-Sunan Al-Termezhy. 5-Sunan Al-Nesaay. 6- Sunan Ibn Mageh.

In these books, a new religion was written that dominated over the Quran despite the claim for the opposite. In writing these books, the authors did not care if the hadith contradicted the Quran or the other hadith or even common sense. In reality they fulfilled the promise of God in 6:112-113

And thus, We have made for every prophet enemies from among the human and jinn devils. They inspire to one another fancy sayings in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and what they fabricate.
This is to let the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter listen to it, accept it, and thus commit what they are committing. 6:112-113

How many hadith?

The number of hadith collected and attributed to prophet Muhammed is in the hundreds of thousands, as much as 700,000. The majority of these hadith are pure lies and fabrications and were rejected by the early Muslim scholars who thought they can figure out which hadith is authentic and which is not. Let us look at some of the famous hadith collectors and what they collected.

(1) Malik Ibn Anas collected about 500 hadith in his famous book, Al-Muwattaa.

(2) Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, collected about 40,000 hadith, in his famous Musnad. He chose these 40,000 hadith from among 700,000 hadith. In other words he thought 660,000 hadith were un-proven, lies and/or fabrications and the others may be authentic. That is, 94% were lies and fabrications.

(3) Bukhari collected about 600,000 hadith. He accepted 7275 hadith and considered 592,725 hadith to be un-proven hadith, lies and/or fabrications. In other words, 99% of what he collected were considered unauthentic.

(4) Muslem collected 300,000 hadith. He accepted 4000 of them and rejected 296,000, that is, almost 99% were rejected.

This gives us an idea of how much corruption entered or tried to enter Islam from the back door.

Abu Hurayra and so many lies

Abu Hurayra came from Yemen in the seventh year of Hijra and converted to Islam. He stayed in the company of prophet Muhammed less than two years. He narrated more than 5000 hadith, 5374 to be exact, all from less than two years company. Compare this with the relatively few hadith narrated by Aysha, Abu Bakr, or Omar, for example, after very long company of the prophet. Most of his narrated hadith are called the "ahad" hadiths which are the hadith which were witnessed by only one person. In this case, Abu Hurayra. Some of the prophet's companions (sahaba) and Aysha, the prophet's wife, accused him of being a liar, telling lies about the prophet just to make up hadith and gain some status. Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second guided khalifa threatened Abu Hurayra to send him to exile if he does not stop telling hadith about Muhammed. He did stop until Omar's assassination then he started again. He kept telling hadith to please the khalifa of the Muslims then, including the time he lived in the royal palace of Mu'aawiyah in Syria. Abu Hurayra told his audience that he is telling them hadith that if he ever mentioned when Omar was alive, he would be given several lashes.

Abu Jaafar Al Iskafy mentioned that the khalifa, Mu'aawiyah, chose some of the people, including Abu Hurayra to tell fabricated stories and hadith about Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the prophet's cousin, to degrade him. Abu Hurayra lived in Mu'aawiyah's royal palace then and served him including serving his political views. He produced some of the hadith that demean and insult Ali Ibn Abu Talib, and portray him in a lower grade to Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, only for the pleasure of Mu'aawiyah.

During Mu'aawiyah's rule, many hadith, with the help of Abu Hurayra, were invented that support the view that the imam or khalifa, should be obeyed just like God or the messenger, contradicting the rule of the Quran that all the matters should be decided through democratic consultation (not to forget that Abu Hurayra was living in the khalifa's Royal Palace at the time.)

Many of the hadith that were narrated by Abu Hurayra contradict other hadith, including his own narrated hadith and other people's hadith and contradict the Quran and contradict common sense.

Abu Hurayra narrated hadith after Kaab Al Ahbar, who was a Jewish convert who tried to explain the Quran by using the corrupted books of the Jews. He produced some of the most outrageous hadith that are full of contradictions to the Quran, taken from false stories in the Torah.

The Islamic historians told the story of Abu Hurayra after being given the governorship of Bahrain, he got very rich in two years, so Omar called him back and told him, "You, the enemy of Allah, you stole the money of Allah. I made you the Emir of Bahrain when you did not even have a pair of shoes, Where did you get all this money (400,000 Dirham)? it is said that Omar took 10,000 Dirham from him (Abu Hurayra admitted for only 20,000 Dirham).

Abu Hurayra was the one accused most of spreading fabricated hadith. Aysha, the prophet's wife always accused him of telling inaccurate or incomplete stories and of fabricating hadith that she never heard the prophet say. He was also known to have prejudice against women and dogs. He produced some of the most insulting hadith against Muslim women, and hadith that call for the killing of dogs.

Aysha and Abu Hurayra at odds

In the famous book "Taa'oueel Mukhtalaf Alhadith " by Ibn Qutaiba Al-Dinory, the story of Aysha (the prophet's wife) telling Abu Hurayra: "You tell hadith about prophet Muhammed that we never heard him say." He answered (as Bukhary reported); "You (Aysha) were busy with your mirror and make-up." She (Aysha) answered him; "It is you who were busy with your stomach and hunger. Your hunger kept you busy, you were running after the people in the allies, begging them for food, and they used to avoid you and get away from your way, and finally you would come back and pass out in front of my room and the people think you were crazy and step all over you."

Bukhari's 'sahih': example of corruption

Many Muslims talk about hadith with a respect that matches and sometimes exceeds that of the Quran! While the Quran does not leave any doubt as to where God wants believers to look for guidance and perfect happiness, those who do not believe God in His own words usually find in the hadith a refuge that has been condemned by the Quran repeatedly. God describes the Quran as the "best hadith" (39:23), and that we should not believe any hadith other than the Quran (45:6 and 7:185).

Bukhari is just one of several scholars who decided to collect the hadith despite the clear instructions left by prophet Muhammed and all the khalifas who followed him.

While current Christianity is largely the product of Paul's corruption and fabrication, traditional Sunni Islam as practised today, is the product of the corruption of the true religion of Islam by people like Bukhari.

As soon as Muslims deserted the Quran in favour of the hadith books, their religion was corrupted beyond belief. The practise of Islam today is but a reflection of the Islam of the scholars like Bukhari, Muslem, Nesaay, Termethy, Abu-Daoud and others. It is no longer the true message which prophet Muhammed delivered.

Not only did Bukhari break the rules that he claimed he used to ensure the authenticity of the hadith but his own personal feelings, political alliance and hatred to people like Ali Ibn Abu Talib affected his choice of what hadith to list in his book and what hadith to reject. He cared less about the content of the hadith itself . He listed many hadith that contradict the Quran, contradict other hadith, contradict common sense, insult God, insult prophet Muhammed, insult the prophet's wives and his family. The position that Bukhari took regarding Ali Ibn-Abu Talib vs his position towards Mu'aawyiah is but a reflection of the political corruption of Bukhari and his bias in listing the hadith that put down Ali while depicting his ardent enemy Mu'aawyiah as a pure and righteous man despite his known corruption and defiance of the simple Islamic laws. Bukhari narrated many hadith in his book, that are now labelled 'sahih' (authentic), by people who were considered liars, corrupted and untrustworthy. Muslim scholars who came after him were afraid to expose the truth and the shortcoming of Bukhari and other scholars of hadith and sunna like him. As a simple example, in the famous book 'Al-Mustadrek', the author states that Bukhari listed hadith taken from 434 persons who were not accepted by Muslem for his book 'Sahih Muslem' as trustworthy people. On the other hand, Muslem accepted in his book 625 persons who narrated hadith, who were rejected by Bukhari.

The corruption of Islam through hadith started during the prophet's life and accelerated soon after his death. This upholding of hadith is condemned by God and was also condemned by the prophet and the sahaba (companions of the prophet). This act reached its peak by the end of the third Hijra century when the famous six books (references) of hadith were written. The Quran states that the messenger will complain to God on the Day of Judgement of the Muslims deserting the Quran (25:30).

Hadith which insults prophet Muhammed

The compilations of Bukhari and Muslem are full of shameful hadith that insult God, prophet Muhammed, the Muslims, Islam and also the intelligence of any normal human being.

In this section we can check some of the insults to prophet Muhammed by the same people who claim to be trying to preserve his hadith! Their lies and fabrications are obvious, yet they still call their fabricated hadith 'sahih' (authentic)! The following are some examples:

(1) The sahih books have many regulations that contradict the Quran. In one of these hadith, the prophet is portrayed as someone who disobeyed God by playing the role of a lawmaker, as we know the Quran categorically emphasises that God is the only lawmaker (6:114, 66:1). One such hadith claims that the prophet issued a different punishment for adultery than the one authorised in the Quran by God. The punishment for adultery in the Quran is given in 24:2 and it is 100 lashes. However, the hadith, which is obviously a lie against the prophet, gives a punishment of stoning to death for adultery!

Muslim Book 17, Number 4192:
'Ubada b. as-Samit reported that Allah's apostle said that the punishment of adultery in case of married persons is one hundred lashes and then stoning (to death).

In response to this glaring discrepancy between Quran and hadith, the hadith followers claim that there was a verse in the Quran which authorised the punishment of stoning, but that it was eaten by a goat and thus removed from the Quran! What an insult to God, to the prophet and to the integrity of divine revelation. How can a Quranic verse be eaten by a goat when God promised to preserve the Quran (15:9)?

(2) In another hadith, we read that prophet Muhammed used to have intercourse with his wives, 9 of them in the same night, and that he was given the sexual power of 30 men.

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 6:
"Narrated Anas: The prophet used to go round (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine wives."

What does this shameful lie have to do with the message of the Holy Quran and of worshipping God alone! What kind of image is Bukhari trying to give the prophet by this hadith? Does Bukhari understand the core of the messengership of Muhammad to be primarily related to his sexual virility? Is this what Bukhari thinks that God has sent His prophet for?

Moreover, whoever accepts such hadith as being authentic is in actual fact contributing to the publication of such gross lies against the prophet of God.

(3) In Bukhari we read that the prophet prohibited the Salat at certain times of the day! Needless to say, there is no such restriction in the Quran. Moreover, it is totally absurd to think that a genuine messenger would prohibit the worship of God at any time of the day!

Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 695:

Narrated Abdullah:
I heard the prophet forbidding the offering of prayers at the time of sunrise and sunset."

(4) In Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 93 we read the story of a necklace lost by Aysha (the prophet's wife), so the prophet instructed all the Muslims with him to find the lost necklace. In the meantime, the stated time for prayer became due and they offered prayer without ablution! So God decided to give the Muslims the option of tayymum (dry ablution).

Another shameful hadith, yet regarded as authentic!

Not only does this hadith insult the prophet by saying that he observed a nullified prayer (one without ablution), but it also implies that the law of God, in this case the law of dry ablution, was decreed by God only to accommodate the error of the prophet rather than the law of God being universal and totally independent of events related to humans.

(5) In Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 82, Number 796 we read:

"A group of people from the Oreyneh and Oqayelh tribes came to the prophet to embrace Islam. The prophet advised them to drink the urine of camels! Later on when they killed the prophet's shepherd, the prophet seized them, gouged out their eyes, cut their hands and legs, and left them thirsty in the desert to die."

This is the picture which the hadith books depict of the prophet, a man whom God described in the Quran as being compassionate and of high moral character. The hadith depicts him as a barbarian who gouges people's eyes out and cuts their hands and legs! This is not to mention the alleged instruction for drinking the urine of camels!

Now do we know why God described His Book (Quran) as the best hadith? Do we know why we should believe nothing but the Quran (45:6)?

Only the enemies of God, the enemies of prophet Muhammed and the enemies of Islam are the ones who uphold such books of hadith.

Maybe we now know why God said it is the enemies of the prophet who will fabricate these books (6:112) and that the hypocrites will be the ones who will accept them and uphold them. No wonder then that the messenger will complain to God on the Day of Judgement that his people deserted the Quran (25:30).

(6) Perhaps one of the hadith which are used most frequently to attack Islam and the prophet is the following one:

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64:
Aysha narrated:
that the prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

Needless to say, if this was true it would be a gross insult against the prophet and also a case of child abuse to say the least. This story is undoubtedly a lie against the prophet and also against Aysha who is claimed to have said these words.

(7) The prophet describes women as crooked!

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 113:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's apostle said, "The woman is like a rib; if you try to straighten her, she will break. So if you want to get benefit from her, do so while she still has some crookedness."

Yet another hadith which is undoubtedly a lie against the prophet. This claimed hadith smells of a male dominated culture which treated women as second class inferior creatures, and not the words of a prophet sent by God. Yet another fabricated lie against the prophet.

(8) The prophet declared: "The best women are the ones who ride camels"!

Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 19:
“Narrated Abu Huraira: The prophet said, "The best women are the riders of the camels and the righteous among the women of Quraish. They are the kindest women to their children in their childhood and the more careful women of the property of their husbands."

Riders of camels? Would God's prophet really give such a criterion for evaluating women

(9) Perhaps one of the most glaring lies against the prophet is the one which claims that the prophet allowed couples to marry for a few days to satisfy their lust!

Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 52:
Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah and Salama bin Al-Akwa':
While we were in an army, Allah's apostle came to us and said, "You have been allowed to do the Mut'a (marriage), so do it." Salama bin Al-Akwa' said: Allah's Apostle's said, "If a man and a woman agree (to marry temporarily), their marriage should last for three nights, and if they like to continue, they can do so; and if they want to separate, they can do so."

This lie is double fold. First, it portrays the prophet as a lawmaker besides God, which violates a number of Quranic verses that confirm that God is the only law giver such as 6:114 and 66:1. Second, it gives ground to people to approach marriage with a totally different attitude than the one designed by God. The words "muta marriage" translates to "marriage for lust", this in reality is a very subtle and disguised form of prostitution!

Needless to say, all the obstacles placed by God on the man before he can divorce his wife such as: to wait 4 months as a cooling period before divorce (2:226), seek a council from the 2 families (4:35), give the wife a divorce compensation (2:241), not expel the wife from the marriage home (65:1), all these obstacles are there to establish the fact that God regards marriage as a long lasting bond between man and woman, and not a three day fling that tests a couple's evaluation of each others sexual performance!

We may wonder what would a couple find out about each other after a three day highly sexual so-called marriage other than each other's sexual performance!

(10) Another glaring lie against the prophet is found in the hadith below. Throughout the Quran we are told that prophet Muhammad had no personal miracles. And in other verses God speaks to the prophet and tells him if the people ask you for personal miracles that he should say that he is no more than a human messenger with no miracles (see 17:90-93).

However the following hadith presents the prophet as one with awesome miracles:

Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 208:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The people of Mecca asked Allah's apostle to show them a miracle. So he showed them the moon split in two halves between which they saw the Hiram mountain.

Examples of hadith which insult God

To follow are some examples of hadith which contain insults against God.

It may be useful to remind ourselves first of what God Almighty says about Himself in the Quran:

The vision perceives Him not while He encompasses all visions. He is the Gentle One, the All-Aware. 6:103

There is nothing that is akin to Him. 42:11

When Moses asked to see God (7:143), God told him that he cannot see Him.

Now let us read some of the fabrications Bukhari and Muslem have in their books describing God and claiming it to be the words of the prophet:

(1) God appears to His believers and they see Him as they see the full moon! (Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 529).

(2) God put His foot over Hell fire so it becomes full, (Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 78, Number 654).

(3) God laughs as humans! (Muslem Book 1, Number 349).

Other "sahih", lies and fabrications

In this section some of the most outrageous lies and fabrications, which the hadith scholars call authentic (sahih), presented. These hadith were approved in the hadith collections as long as their 'isnad' (chain of narrators) was considered creditable! This was done irrespective of the content of the hadith. Whether it contradicts the Quran or common sense did not seem to matter much! The following are just a sample of these sahih lies:

(1) Do not drink standing up

Sahih Muslem, Book 23, Number 5017:

"Abu Hurayra said, the messenger of God said, "Do not drink while standing up, if someone forgot and did it, he should vomit what he drank."

(2) Urinate in a standing position

Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 43, Number 651:

"The messenger of Allah urinated while standing."

(3) Do not urinate in a standing position

Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol 1, Book 1, Number 308

"Do not urinate standing up."

(4) Man in the image of God

Sahih Moslem, Book 40, Number 6809:

Abu Hurayra said that the messenger of God said, "Allah the Exalted and Glorious created Adam in His own image."

Another lie and fabrication narrated by Abu Hurayra, and accepted by Muslem in his collection.

(5) Adam was 60 arm's length high and 7 arm's length wide

Musnad Ahmad:

Abu Hurayra said, the prophet said, "God created Adam, 60 arm length high and seven arm length wide."

And in Sahih Muslem, Book 40, Number 6795 Adam is 60 cubits high!

(6) Women, dogs and donkey

Sahih Muslem, Book 4, Number 1032:

"The messenger said that a prayer is void if an ass, woman or black dog passes in front of the one praying."

What a gross insult to women, could these words really come from a prophet of God?

(7) Bad omen in the woman

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 30:

"Bad omen is in the woman, the horse and the home."

Another reflection of the prejudice against women that was a character of those who fabricated hadith. True Islam which is derived from the Quran gives full respect to the woman and never uses such descriptions.

(8) Distinction and no distinction among the messengers, contradiction

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 608:

Ibn Abbas said, the prophet said; "No one should say that I am better than Younus (Jonah) Ibn Matta."

Despite the above hadith, we find that the hadith books are full of stories that make prophet Muhammed more superior to all the other prophets and human beings. These hadith contradict the above hadith and also contradict the teachings of the Quran. The Quran contains a clear command to all believers not to make any distinction among God's messengers (2:285). Those who have been claiming to follow the hadith books have conveniently ignored the repeated hadith that call on the believers not to make distinction among the messengers.

For the continuation of this paper please go to: History of Hadith - Part 2