Sunday, April 23, 2017

A reminder about "authentic" hadiths

Fun fact: Hadith rejection is almost as old as when hadiths were compiled. See this Wikipedia link which names ancient scholars who either outright rejected hadiths, or heavily questioned them-

I have noticed a pattern in certain hadiths declared "authentic". For example the hadiths about gheerah and dayouth were declared authentic by the salafi/wahhabi Muhammed Nassiruddin Al Albani. Also, the hadith about women wearing perfume not entering paradise, women needing to prostrate in front of their husbands, these hadiths are ALSO verified as "authentic" by al albani and other salafi/wahhabi sheikhs.

When you see hadiths verified as valid or sound, see WHO is doing so. If its verification is done by salafis/wahhabis. you can IGNORE such hadiths because most likely they are NOT true. Remember, hadiths came well after the Prophet pbuh died. They were compiled by ordinary people like you and me. Hadith scholars themselves aren't always on the same page. I mentioned previously how the salafi/wahhabi hadith scholar Al Albani verified a hadith about only an arab being allowed to rule an Islamic state, which has caused controversy among his own community. He also rejected certain hadiths in Sahihh Bukhari. Yes, Al Albani, a very orthodox salafi scholar, rejected some hadiths in Sahih Bukhari. As a matter of fact, other salafi scholars have nearly waged war on him. See this wikipedia link which has sources about salafi sheikhs critisizing his work on hadiths:

Something else that I want to stress is the fact that hadiths are CONTEXT SPECIFIC. For example, when the Prophet pbuh said female rulers of a country won't be successful, he was specifically referring to the Persians at the time who chose an unfit daughter of the deceased ruler. Another example is when the Prophet pbuh said that those who can't swim or those who don't do archery are not among us. How many Muslims take part in archery? How many Muslims are there that don't swim? Are these Muslims taken out of Islam?

There are many hadiths that say all Muslims will eventually enter paradise. This is actually well understood among all Muslim scholars. However at the same time, there are hadiths that say certain Muslims (Muslim men who don't have gheerah, Muslim women who wear perfume) will never enter paradise. Confused? Or how about the hadith of the prostitute going to jannah she gave that thirsty dog some water? How can she go to jannah but women who wear perfume don't? It just doesn't make sense, at all.

And then there are hadiths about all sects of Islam going to hell except for one. Muslims, to this day, have not officially (with the uttermost confidence) figured out which is the correct sect. Every sect thinks they are the correct one, every school of thought thinks they are the correct one. Why is this? Because certain hadiths are to blame for the divisions that exist within the ummah.

You also need to be aware that there are several weak and fabricated hadiths, which unfortunately many Muslim websites keep as "authentic". This ends up brainwashing backwards Muslims, who accept anything that is said in the name of Islam, especially when it is against women. To them, all hadiths are reliable, because they are hadiths!

Here are some videos by Dr Shabbir Ally who says not all hadiths can be accepted because its like a game of Chinese whisper:

Here is an article about the history of hadiths:

Sheikh Atabek sheds light on hadiths which many Muslims don't know about!

So in conclusion:
Salafi/wahhabi verified hadiths are NOT reliable
Hadiths are context specific; referring to specific people, times, and places.
Hadiths are subject to scrutiny and rejection because 1) They were compiled hundreds of years after the Prophet pbuh died 2) Even among hadith scholars there are disagreements about the validity of certain hadiths.

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