Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Stupendous Qur’an & Ahadiths…!

By Lennard James

Muslims across the world will always lay claims of the wondrous and magical words of Allah, foretold in the Qur’an. They claim that Allah has had spoken to humans through their benevolent prophet Mohammad. As per the teachings of the sacred Qur’an, humanity has been bestowed with commands beneficial for their survival and are given collective ways to live a bountiful life on earth and with his/her good deeds of following the Noble Qur’an will lead anyone to Jannat (Paradise)…!

As we all know how noble and sacred the Qur’an is, and it was my curiosity to LEARN and KNOW what is so elegant about this Qur’an and Hadiz…

Now, being a man of no faith…! I had to listen to my Muslim friends of how faith makes a man straight, pious, sincere, blah, blah, blah…! Since then, I started to read the Islamic scriptures by translations; I have been collecting these wonderful words of Allah for a while now.

Well after going through the sacred book of Islam, I have no regrets not to be following such audacities and foolish thoughts/commands of Allah…I recommend it as “STUPENDOUS” reading and for believing in such holy orders!!! I thought I had to share it with others and if anyone wants to contribute, then please feel free too… I have tried to make as much best that I could do to make some sense of the compilations below:-

Allah’s Apostle (Pbuh) said, ” If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relations) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 4 Hadith No. 460 & Sahih Muslim Vol. 2 Hadith No. 3368)

That man is not obligated to provide for the needs of the wife except once every 4 months, he be also within his rights to withhold sex as punishment… Mohammed himself exercised this right during the controversy over him sleeping with Maria in Hafsa’s bed.

That, man is not allowed to force the wife into bed with him (there is a hadith detailing that, man should not approach his wife like an animal), however if the man approaches her with kisses she is not allowed to refuse sex unto him… There is no hadith indicating any type of punishment for those who rape their wives. There is also no punishments in Shariah for those who rape their wives and as a result, the husbands are able to get away with this horrific act. Marital rapes will not be accepted as a condition for divorce and as a result, a woman has to live with the man who has abused her and will most likely continue abusing her.

Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) said, ” When a man calls his wife to satisfy his desire she must go to him even if she is occupied at the oven.” (Al Tirmidhi Hadith No. 1160 & Ibn Ma’jah Hadith No. 4165)

The prominent Saudi scholar Sheikh `Abdul-Rahman Al-Barrak states: It is not permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a kafir (non-Muslim), whether he is Jewish, Christian or an atheist because the man has authority over his wife, and it is not permissible for a kafir to have authority over a Muslim woman. There are decisive texts from the Qur’an which refer to the prohibition of such marriage. For example, Allah Almighty says, And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al Mushrikun (atheists) till they believe (in Allah Alone) (Al-Baqarah: 221)

And, never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers (An-Nisaa: 141)

Muslim Women are also not allowed to disobey their husbands (unless he is asking her to commit sin)

Qur’an, Pickthall 4:34: “Men are in charge of women, because Allah has made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah has guarded. As for those from whom you fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.

The claims that, a man has to use a small stick (miswak) in order to beat his wife are ridiculous. The Qur’an clear states you are allowed to beat/scourge her, tapping with a stick does not constitute as a beating and does not fit the context of the the sura. Ibn Kathir translates it as a light beating.

Ibn Kathir on ill-conduct of wives -(As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct,) meaning, the woman from whom you see ill conduct with her husband, such as when she acts as if she is above her husband, disobeys him, ignores him, dislikes him, and so forth. When these signs appear in a woman, her husband should advise her and remind her of Allah’s torment if she disobeys him. Indeed, Allah ordered the wife to obey her husband and prohibited her from disobeying him, because of the enormity of his rights and all that he does for her. The Messenger of Allah said, (If I were to command anyone to prostrate before anyone, I would have commanded the wife to prostrate before her husband, because of the enormity of his right upon her.) Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said, (If the man asks his wife to come to his bed and she declines, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.) Muslim recorded it with the wording, (If the wife goes to sleep while ignoring her husband’s bed, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.) This is why Allah said, (As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them (first)). Allah’s statement, (abandon them in their beds,) `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said “The abandonment refers to not having intercourse with her, to lie on her bed with his back to her.” Several others said similarly. As-Suddi, Ad-Dahhak, `Ikrimah, and Ibn `Abbas, in another narration, added, “Not to speak with her or talk to her.” The Sunan and Musnad compilers recorded that Mu`awiyah bin Haydah Al-Qushayri said, “O Allah’s Messenger! What is the right that the wife of one of us has on him” The Prophet said, (To feed her when you eat, cloth her when you buy clothes for yourself, refrain from striking her face or cursing her, and to not abandon her, except in the house.) Allah’s statement, (beat them) means, if advice and ignoring her in the bed do not produce the desired results, you are allowed to discipline the wife, without severe beating. Muslim recorded that Jabir said that during the Farewell Hajj, the Prophet said; (Fear Allah regarding women, for they are your assistants. You have the right on them that they do not allow any person whom you dislike to step on your mat. However, if they do that, you are allowed to discipline them lightly. They have a right on you that you provide them with their provision and clothes, in a reasonable manner.) Ibn `Abbas and several others said that the Ayah refers to a beating that is not violent. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said that it means, a beating that is not severe.

She acts as if she is above her husband, disobeys him, ignores him, dislikes him”, these acts are enough to gain you a beating according to Ibn Kathir. These are all normal behaviors that every human should have a right to yet god do not seem to think a woman is worthy enough to have them; we are lower than men are and we should prostate ourselves to him. How utterly benevolent of Allah…!!!

Qur’an (4:3) If you fear that you might not treat the orphans justly, then marry the women that seem good to you: two, or three, or four.4 If you fear that you will not be able to treat them justly, then marry (only) one, 5 or marry from among those whom your right hands possess. 6 This will make it more likely that you will avoid injustice.

Allah has allowed men to marry up to four wives. The man does not need the first wife’s permission in order to marry another neither does he needs to inform her of it (Mohammed himself never informed his previous wives when he married another). This is the worst action a husband could possibly do to hurt his wife and he is not in the wrong for doing so according to god. God has given him every right to hurt his wife and make her feel like nothing. The wife does not get a say nor is this a good enough reason for her to be granted a divorce. Of course, there are women who are ok with polygamy but they are far and few in number, most of whom would say no to polygamy under any other circumstances.

Many Muslims state that polygamy involving husband with many wives was well practiced (yet the evidence for this is too little) and Islam came to put a limit on the number of wives out of mercy. If this was the case then, why not allow polyandry? That was well practiced amongst the Bedouins where women would have several husbands, when she became pregnant she would choose a husband to be the father and he is not allowed to say no.

Degrading statements about women
A people ruled by a woman will never prosper.”
I do not shake the hands of women.” (Sahih Malik, Ahmad, Al-Nasai, Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)
By Allah, the hand of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) never touched another woman (other than his wives). He used to take their pledges verbally only.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc.) would be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner.” (Al-Ahzab 33:32)
A woman does not travel except with a Mahram.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)[/quote]

Wives of the prophet
Qur’an 033.032 PICKTHAL:
O ye wives of the Prophet! Ye are not like any other women. If ye keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft of speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease aspire (to you), but utter customary speech. And, stay in your houses. Bedizen not yourselves with the bedizenment of the Time of Ignorance. Be regular in prayer, and pay the poor-due, and obey Allah and His messenger. Allah’s wish is but to remove uncleanness far from you, O Folk of the Household, and cleanse you with a thorough cleansing.

From “The Life of Muhammad” (Sirat Rasul Allah) by Ibn Ishaq: Suhayli, ii. 79: In the riwaya of Yunus I. I. recorded that the apostle saw her (Ummu’lFadl) when she was a baby crawling before him and said, ‘If she grows up and I am still alive I will marry her.’ But he died before she grew up and Sufyan b. al-Aswad b. ‘Abdu’l-Asad al-Makhzumi married her and she bore him Rizq and Lubab…

Mohammed’s wives were not allowed to remarry even after his death. Marrying this child so soon before his death is absolutely vile and cruel.


Here is the tafsir by Ibn Abbas concerning 9:05.

(Then, when the sacred months have passed) then after the day of immolation when the month of Muharram passes, (slay the idolaters) whose treaty is for fifty days (wherever ye find them) whether in the Sacred Precinct or outside it, during the sacred months or at any other time, (and take them (captive)) imprison them, (and besiege them) in their homes, (and prepare for them each ambush) on every road they tread for trade. (But if they repent) from idolatry and believe in Allah (and establish worship) and acknowledge the five daily prayers (and pay the poor-due) acknowledge the payment of the poor-due, (then leave their way free) if they wish to go to the House of Allah. (Lo! Allah is Forgiving) He forgives whoever repents, (Merciful) towards whosoever dies in a state of repentance.

Torturous punishment
Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 52, Number 261: Narrated Anas bin Malik: A group of eight men from the tribe of ‘Ukil came to the Prophet and then they found the climate of Medina unsuitable for them. So, they said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Provide us with some milk.” Allah’s Apostle said, “I recommend that you should join the herd of camels.” So they went and drank the urine and the milk of the camels (as a medicine) till they became healthy and fat. Then they killed the shepherd and drove away the camels, and they became unbelievers after they were Muslims. When the Prophet was informed by a shouter for help, he sent some men in their pursuit, and before the sun rose high, they were brought, and he had their hands and feet cut off. Then he ordered for nails, which were heated and passed over their eyes, and they were left in the Harra (i.e. rocky land in Medina). They asked for water, and nobody provided them with water till they died (Abu Qilaba, a sub-narrator said, “They committed murder and theft and fought against Allah and His Apostle, and spread evil in the land.”)

Ibn Kathir’s commentary on the Qur’an verse- force not your slave-girls to prostitution: Among the people of the Jahiliyyah, there were some who, if he had a slave-girl, he would send her out to commit Zina and would charge money for that, which he would take from her every time. When Islam came, Allah forbade the believers to do that…

Muslims like to use this verse to show the slaves had a choice in whether or not they want to have sex with their master but that is not what the verse actually means. It is referring to actual prostitution.

Sex with married slaves
Surah 4:24 Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess.

More Ibn Kathir -The phrase “and those (slaves) whom your right hand possesses” whom Allaah has given to you [al-Ahzaab 33:50] means, it is permissible for you take concubines from among those whom you seized as war booty. He took possession of Safiyyah and Juwayriyah and he freed them and married them; he took possession of Rayhaanah bint Sham’oon al-Nadariyyah and Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah, the mother of his son Ibraaheem (peace be upon them both), and they were among his concubines, may Allaah be pleased with them both. Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/500

Sex with captives: “Abu Said al-Khudri said : The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Sura 4:24) “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” That is to say, they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period.(1479)” Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2150 p.577 “After the distribution of the spoils of war a man may have intercourse with the female slave after passing one menstrual period, if she is not pregnant. If she is pregnant, one should wait till she delivers the child. This is the view held by Malik, al-Shafi?i and Abu Thawr. Abu Hanifah holds that if both the husband and wife are captivated together, their marriage tie still continues; they will not be separated. According to the majority of scholars, they will be separated. Al-Awza-i maintains that their marriage tie will continue till they remain part of the spoils of war. If a man buys them, he may separate them if he desires, and cohabit with the female slave after one menstrual period. (Awn al-Mabud II.213)” Note that Mohammed married Safiyah right after the battle. Abu Dawud vol.2 footnote 1479 p.577-578.

More on slavery
Bukhari – Volume 7, Book 62, Number 137: Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: We got female captives in the war booty and we used to do coitus interruptus with them. So we asked Allah’s Apostle about it and he said, “Do you really do that?” repeating the question thrice, “There is no soul that is destined to exist but will come into existence, till the Day of Resurrection.”

Abd Dawud – Book 11, Number 2153: Narrated Ruwayfi’ ibn Thabit al-Ansari: Should I tell you what I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say on the day of Hunayn: It is not lawful for a man who believes in Allah and the last day to water what another has sown with his water (meaning intercourse with women who are pregnant); it is not lawful for a man who believes in Allah and the Last Day to have intercourse with a captive woman till she is free from a menstrual course; and it is not lawful for a man who believes in Allah and the Last Day to sell spoil till it is divided. (Indicating slaves were not treated well and can be subjected to harsh treatment)

Bukhari – Volume 5, Book 59, Number 637: Narrated Buraida: The Prophet sent ‘Ali to Khalid to bring the Khumus (of the booty) and I hated Ali, and ‘Ali had taken a bath (after a sexual act with a slave-girl from the Khumus). I said to Khalid, “Don’t you see this (i.e. Ali)?” When we reached the Prophet, I mentioned that to him. He said, “O Buraida! Do you hate Ali?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Do you hate him, for he deserves more than that from the Khumlus.”

Sex with slave girls is halal, a master is allowed to beat his slave girl if he/she is disobedient. A slave girl may be beaten, if she refuses sex to her master just as a wife may be beaten if she refuses sex with her husband. Both acts are halal.

Malik 496:1540 A man went on a journey with the slave-girl of his wife and went into her. The envious wife reported it to Umar who said the husband would be stoned unless the slave girl was owned by him. The wife spoke out to save him: “I had given her as a gift.”

Buhkari – Volume 8, Book 73, Number 68: Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Zam’a: The Prophet forbade laughing at a person who passes wind, and said, “How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then he may embrace (sleep with) her?” And Hisham said, “As he beats his slave”

Salamah was given a captive girl and had not yet “untied her garment” Mohammed took the woman from Salamah and gave her to the Meccans to ransom Muslim prisoners. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2691 p.749-750.

No justice
[quote]Book 38, Number 4348: Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas: A blind man had a wife who used to abuse the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and abuse him. So, he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) was informed about it.
He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up. He sat before the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparages you so I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.
Thereupon the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood. Abu Dawood.

Slandering the Prophet is enough for a death sentence. The Prophet approves vigilante attacks. No trial is needed to prove the woman’s innocence. The prophet takes the man for his word; he does not do any background checks to make sure the man was telling the truth. So much for a fair trial

Tortured for treasure
Kinana al-Rabi, who had the custody of the treasure of Banu Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (Tabari says “was brought”), to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, “Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?” He said “Yes”. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr Al-Awwam, “Torture him until you extract what he has.” So he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud (Ibn Hisham. Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya (The Life of The Prophet). English translation in Guillaume (1955), pp. 145,146)

Left handed people
Sahih Muslim Book 23 Book of Drinks- Kitab al Ashriba; Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said: Do not eat with your left hand, for the Satan eats with his left hand

Book 023, Number 5008: Ibn ‘Umar reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When any one of you intends to eat (meal), he should eat with his right hand. and when he (intends) to drink he should drink with his right hand, for the Satan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.

Mohammed has demonized left-handed people for something they do not choose to do. If a person is forced to write with his\her right hand it can lead to stammering.

Not so scientific
Fatima married her first cousin, Ali. Inbreeding has a higher chance of causing genetic abnormalities, especially consistent inbreeding. By allowing Fatima to marry Ali, Mohammed has made it seem perfectly fine (possibly even encouraged) first cousin marriage.

Problems in Saudi Arabia due to inbreeding

Problems in Pakistan

It is ironic that first cousin marriages are ok yet those who have been suckled by the same person are not allowed to marry-

Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 48, Number 828: Narrated ‘Uqba bin Al-Harith: I married a woman and later on a woman came and said, “I suckled you both.” So, I went to the Prophet (to ask him about it). He said, “How can you (keep her as a wife) when it has been said (that you were foster brother and sister)? Leave (divorce) her.

Satisfying the Prophet
Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3454: Hisham reported on the authority of his father that ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) used to say: Does the woman not feel shy of offering herself to a man? Then Allah the Exalted and Glorious revealed this verse:” You may defer any of them you wish and take to yourself any you wish.” I (’A'isha said): It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire.

Marriage is allowed to people of all ages, including those children who have not yet menstruated
-(65:4) The waiting period of those of your women who have lost all expectation of menstruation shall be three months in case you entertain any doubt; and the same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated. As for pregnant women, their waiting period shall be until the delivery of their burden. Allah will create ease for him who fears Allah.

Confining women to their homes
Muslim (4:2127) – Muhammad struck his favorite wife, Aisha, in the chest one evening when she left the house without his permission. Aisha narrates, “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain.”

I heard the Apostle say: Whoever wants to see Satan should look at Nabtal!’ He was a black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks. Allah sent down concerning him: To those who annoy the Prophet there is a painful doom.” [9:61] “Gabriel came to Muhammad and said, If a black man comes to you his heart is more gross than a donkey’s.’Ishaq 243

Shem, the son of Noah was the father of the Arabs, the Persians, and the Greeks; Ham was the father of the Black Africans; and Japheth was the father of the Turks and of Gog and Magog who were cousins of the Turks. Noah prayed that the prophets and apostles would be descended from Shem and kings would be from Japheth. He prayed that the Africans color would change so that their descendants would be slaves to the Arabs and Turks.

Tabari II 11 Ham [Africans] begat all those who are black and curly-haired, while Japheth [Turks] begat all those who are full-faced with small eyes, and Shem [Arabs] begat everyone who is handsome of face with beautiful hair. Noah prayed that the hair of Ham’s descendants would not grow beyond their ears, and that whenever his descendants met Shem’s, the latter would enslave them.

The prophet Muhammad saw said ‘A Dayooth will not enter Jannah.’ The Sahabah asked, ‘Who is a Dayooth?’ Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, ‘A man who does not care who visits his wife (i.e. men).’

Ibn Al-Qayyim, Rahimahullaah, said: “And the Dayyouth (the man with no jealousy over the women in his family) is the most vile of Allah’s creation, and Jannah is forbidden for him, (because of his lack of Ghayrah – jealousy).

On this topic, a famous historical incident is mentioned, so that males and females with a sense of honor and enthusiasm may know how the pious predecessors despised a woman unveiling her face before men, although in the following instance it was permissible to unveil the face:

During the third century Hijri, the Qaadi (judge) of Rayy and Ahwaaz, Musa bin Ishaaq, sat to adjudicate people’s disputes. Among the litigants was a woman who claimed five hundred dinars Mahr from her husband. The husband denied the claim. The Qaadi said to the husband, “Bring your witnesses.” The husband said, “I have brought them.” The Qaadi said to one of the witnesses, “Look at the wife so you may point her out during testimony.” The witness stood up and said to the woman, “Stand.” Upon this, the husband said, “What do you want from her?” The husband was told, “It is necessary that the witness sees your wife unveiled so that he may know that it is your wife.” The husband detested his wife unveiling her face for the witnesses in public. He screamed, saying, “I make the Qaadi my witness that this Mahr of my wife is an obligation on me, and she must not unveil her face!” When the wife heard this, she thought it was wonderful that her husband disapproved of her unveiling her face before the witnesses, and was protecting her from the sight of people. She too screamed at the Qaadi, “I make you a witness that I have granted my Mahr to him, and have absolved him in this Dunyaa and the Aakhirah!” The Qaadi said to those around him, “Record this as a moral standard” -Taken from Tarbiyat Al-Awlaaad Fil Islaam

Al-Tabari and other scholars said: Jealousy on the part of women is to be overlooked and they are not to be punished for it because it is part of their nature. Men are allowed to be jealous and act upon it while a woman’s jealousy is to be overlooked.

Wife beating
“Narrated Ikrima: ‘Rifaa divorced his wife whereupon Abdur-Rahman married her. Aisha said that the lady came wearing a green veil and complained to her (Aisha) and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating. It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s messenger came, Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes! When Abdur-Rahman heard that his wife had gone to the prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, “By Allah! I have done no wrong to him, but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment. Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s messenger! She has told a lie. I am very strong and can satisfy her, but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifaa.” Allah’s messenger said to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifaa unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” The prophet saw two boys with Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that Abdur-Rahman said, “Yes.” The prophet said, “You claim what you claim (that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow.”"

Some justice Mohammed provided her with! That beating alone should be enough for a divorce! Yet he sends her back to have sex with an impotent man! Impotency can strike later in life. Not like it matters, violent abuse should equal automatic divorce!

Mohammed himself has hit Aisha across the chest with his hand-
Sahih Muslim #2127: ‘When it was my turn for Allah’s Messenger to spend the night with me, he turned his side, put on his mantle and took off his shoes and placed them near his feet, and spread the corner of his shawl on his bed and then lay down till he thought that I had gone to sleep. He took hold of his mantle slowly and put on the shoes slowly, and opened the door and went out and then closed it lightly. I covered my head, put on my veil and tightened my waist wrapper, and then went out following his steps till he reached Baqi’. He stood there and he stood for a long time. He then lifted his hands three times, and then returned and I also returned. He hastened his steps and I also hastened my steps. He ran and I too ran. He came (to the house) and I also came (to the house). I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O ‘Aisha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?

Abu Dawood:2142 –The Prophet said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.”

Abu Dawood:2141 – “Iyas bin Abd Allah bin Abi Dhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not beat Allah?s handmaidens, but when ?Umar came to the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them. Then many women came round the family of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) complaining against their husbands. So the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said : Many women have gone round Muhammad’s family complaining against their husbands. They (men) are not the best among you.”

That last one takes the piss. Mo gave men permission to beat their wives and then he tells them they are not the best among them!

Sahih Al Bukhari (Part 1, Hadith No. 28): “Women are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors and the good (charitable deeds done them). If you have always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her liking) she will say, “I have never received any good from you”

Sahih Al Bukhari (Part 7, Hadith No. 113): “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.”

Deficient women
Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 6, Number 301: Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o ‘Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle ?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.”

Sahih Bukhari Volume 2, Book 24, Number 541: Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: On ‘Id ul Fitr or ‘Id ul Adha Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for it?” He replied, “O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. O women, some of you can lead a cautious wise man astray.” Then he left. And when he reached his house, Zainab, the wife of Ibn Masud, came and asked permission to enter It was said, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is Zainab.” He asked, ‘Which Zainab?” The reply was that she was the wife of Ibn Mas’ub. He said, “Yes, allow her to enter.” And she was admitted. Then she said, “O Prophet of Allah! Today you ordered people to give alms and I had an ornament and intended to give it as alms, but Ibn Masud said that he and his children deserved it more than anybody else.” The Prophet replied, “Ibn Masud had spoken the truth. Your husband and your children had more right to it than anybody else.”

Outnumbering others by birth
Abu Dawood Book 11, Number 2045: Narrated Ma’qil ibn Yasar: A man came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. Should I marry her? He said: No. He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet) said: Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you.

Enslaving an innocent child
Dawud: Book 11, Number 2126: Narrated Basrah: A man from the Ansar called Basrah said: I married a virgin woman in her veil. When I entered upon her, I found her pregnant. (I mentioned this to the Prophet). The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: She will get the dower, for you made her vagina lawful for you. The child will be your slave. When she has begotten (a child), flog her (according to the version of al-Hasan). The version of Ibn Abu Sari has: You people, flog her, or said: inflict hard punishment on him.

Umar the perv
Sahih Bukhari 8:74:257 “Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab used to say to Allah’s Apostle “Let your wives be veiled” But he did not do so. The wives of the Prophet used to go out to answer the call of nature at night only at Al-Manasi.’ Once Sauda, the daughter of Zam’a went out and she was a tall woman. ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab saw her while he was in a gathering, and said, “I have recognized you, O Sauda!” He (’Umar) said so as he was anxious for some Divine orders regarding the veil (the veiling of women.) So Allah revealed the Verse of veiling. (Al-Hijab; a complete body cover excluding the eyes).

Women’s pubic region
Sahih Bukhari:Volume 7, Book 62, Number 173: Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet said, “If you enter (your town) at night (after coming from a journey), do not enter upon your family till the woman whose husband was absent (from the house) shaves her pubic hair and the woman with unkempt hair, combs her hair” Allah’s Apostle further said, “(O Jabir!) Seek to have offspring, seek to have offspring!”

Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 16: Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah: While we were returning from a Ghazwa (Holy Battle) with the Prophet, I started driving my camel fast, as it was a lazy camel A rider came behind me and pricked my camel with a spear he had with him, and then my camel started running as fast as the best camel you may see. Behold! The rider was the Prophet himself. He said, ‘What makes you in such a hurry?” I replied, I am newly married ” He said, “Did you marry a virgin or a matron? I replied, “A matron.” He said, “Why didn’t you marry a young girl so that you may play with her and she with you?” When we were about to enter (Medina), the Prophet said, “Wait so that you may enter (Medina) at night so that the lady of unkempt hair may comb her hair and the one whose husband has been absent may shave her pubic region.

Does anything apart from sex ever enter the prophet’s mind?

Women compared to the devil
Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3240: Jabir reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning a leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart.

Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3253: Rabi’ b. Sabra reported that his father went on an expedition with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) during the Victory of Mecca, and we stayed there for fifteen days (i. e. for thirteen full days and a day and a night), and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) permitted us to contract temporary marriage with women. So I and another person of my tribe went out, and I was more handsome than he, whereas he was almost ugly. Each one of us had a cloaks, My cloak was worn out, whereas the cloak of my cousin was quite new. As we reached the lower or the upper side of Mecca, we came across a young woman like a young smart long-necked she-camel. We said: Is it possible that one of us may contract temporary marriage with you? She said: What will you give me as a dower? Each one of us spread his cloak. She began to cast a glance on both the persons. My companion also looked at her when she was casting a glance at her side and he said: This cloak of his is worn out, whereas my cloak is quite new. She, however, said twice or thrice: There is no harm in (accepting) this cloak (the old one). So I contracted temporary marriage with her, and I did not come out (of this) until Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) declared it forbidden.

Mohammed allowed prostitution till he changed his mind.

Punishment for apostates
Narrated Ikrima: Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn ‘Abbas, who said, “Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, ‘Don’t punish (anybody) with Allah’s Punishment.’ No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’ ” [Sahih Bukhari: Book 52, Hadith 260]

Bukhari, volume 9, #17 “Narrated Abdullah: Allah’s Messenger said, “The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Messenger, cannot be shed except in three cases: in Qisas (equality in punishment) for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (Apostate) and leaves the Muslims.”

Attacking the defenceless
Bukhari, volume 9, #57 Narrated Ikrima, “Some atheists were brought to Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s messenger forbade it, saying, “Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).” I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Messenger, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”

Bukhari, volume 9, #58 Narrated Abu Bruda, “Abu Musa said…..Behold there was a fettered man beside Abu Musa. Muadh asked, “Who is this (man)?” Abu Musa said, “He was a Jew and became a Muslim and hen reverted back to Judaism.” Then Abu Musa requested Muadh to sit down but Muadh said, “I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and his messenger,” and repeated it thrice. Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, “Then we discussed the night prayers….

Narrated Ibn Aun: I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn ‘Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn ‘Umar was in that army. [Sahih Bukhari: Book 46, Hadith 717]


Book 019, Number 4292: Ibn ‘Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi’ inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before (…) ing them in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi’ said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops.

Book 019, Number 4293: This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Aun and the name of Juwairiya bint al-Harith was mentioned beyond any doubt.

Tabari VIII:38 “The Messenger divided the wealth, wives, and children of the Banu Qurayza Jews among the Muslims.”

A sword is a sufficient witness
Sunan Abu Dawood; Book 38, Number 4403: Narrated Ubadah ibn as-Samit: The tradition mentioned above (No. 4401) has also been transmitted by Ubadah ibn as-Samit through a different chain of narrators. This version has: The people said to Sa’d ibn Ubadah: AbuThabit, the prescribed punishments have been revealed: if you find a man with your wife, what will you do? He said: I shall strike them with a sword so much that they become silent (i.e. die). Should I go and gather four witnesses? Until that (time) the need would be fulfilled. So they went away and gathered with the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Apostle of Allah! did you not see AbuThabit. He said so-and-so. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: The sword is a sufficient witness. He then said: No, no, a furious and a jealous man may follow this course.

002.229 YUSUFALI: A divorce is only permissible twice: after that, the parties should either hold Together on equitable terms, or separate with kindness. It is not lawful for you, (Men), to take back any of your gifts (from your wives), except when both parties fear that they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by Allah. If ye (judges) do indeed fear that they would be unable to keep the limits ordained by Allah, there is no blame on either of them if she give something for her freedom. These are the limits ordained by Allah; so do not transgress them if any do transgress the limits ordained by Allah, such persons wrong (Themselves as well as others).

A husband is allowed to divorce the wife simply by saying talaq three times. The wife on the other hand has to prove her case to a court. If the wife wishes to divorce she has to give her dowry back (even if she has been mistreated in the marriage).

Sahih Muslim Book 009, Number 3493: Abu al-Sahba’ said to Ibn ‘Abbas: Enlighten us with your information whether the three divorces (pronounced at one and the same time) were not treated as one during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and Abu Bakr. He said: It was in fact so, but when during the caliphate of ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with him) people began to pronounce divorce frequently, he allowed them to do so (to treat pronouncements of three divorces in a single breath as one).

The talaq option given to men can be very easily abused and used as blackmail against the wife (if uttered once or twice). Husbands can easily divorce their wives yet women find it very difficult to get their divorces approved in court as she needs a good reason.

Bukhari Volume 7, Book 63, Number 178: Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: There is a 3-month waiting period for divorce and the husband is free to take her back during that period if the husband wishes to, the poor wife has no choice in this matter, if the husband decides to take/get her back, she is not allowed to say no…that he had divorced his wife while she was menstruating during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle . ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab asked Allah’s Apostle about that. Allah’s Apostle said, “Order him (your son) to take her back and keep her till she is clean and then to wait till she gets her next period and becomes clean again, whereupon, if he wishes to keep her, he can do so, and if he wishes to divorce her he can divorce her before having sexual intercourse with her; and that is the prescribed period which Allah has fixed for the women meant to be divorced.”

I hope that you the reader also has now come to know of my views… So tell me what do you think



Saturday, 20 October 2012

Rumours in Medina

Hadithul-ifk, meaning ‘the untruthful talk’, is the name given to the rumours that circulated in the city of Medina upon the return of the Muslims’ Army after defeating the tribe of Bani Al Mustalk. The Muslims’ army won an easy victory over the Jewish tribe and returned fully laden with slaves and other war booties. However, a last minute hitch turned what should have been a big day into one of the most embarrassing days in Mohammed’s life. What could be more embarrassing to a man than returning home and discovering that his wife was out with another man? You can imagine how Mohammed felt when he watched, along with the other residents of Medina, his favourite wife entering the city with a young man!

Whatever happened between Aysha and Safwan on that day had demoralised Mohammed, dented his integrity and divided the Islamic community. Indeed, the Muslims’ divide over what happened between Aysha and Safwan continues to our time. Some of the bitter wars between the conflicting Muslim groups, with the loss of tens of thousands of lives, can be traced back to that infamous day. This article discusses those stressful events, which are well documented in all the reputed Sira books, and presents the picture as seen from a non Islamic point of view. This article tries to explains the otherwise unexplainable delay in the ‘revelations’ when it was most urgently needed.

The Story
It was customary for Mohammed to take one of his wives with him whenever he launches a ‘ghazwa’, or a raid, which was his understanding of picnics. Mohammed enjoyed those ghazwas so much that he used to launch several of them every year. In the sixth year after hijra, Mohammed picked Aysha to accompany him in his campaign against the Jewish tribe of Bani Al Mustalak. The campaign was a remarkable success; most of the tribe’s men were killed and their wives and children were taken as slaves. Among the captives was Juwayreya, the beautiful wife of the tribe’s chief. The Islamic history sources focus on Juwyreya’s class and splendour and claim that she was one of the most beautiful women in Arabia. She was not only glamorous but also an eloquent woman who was brought up as a princess. Aysha openly admitted that she hated Juwayreya from the first sight just because of her stunning magnificence. Aysha also admitted her jealousy from that female captive because, knowing her husband, she was sure that he also would be stunned by her exceptional beauty. Aysha couldn’t be more right; Juwayreya was immediately promoted by Mohammed from the slave status to become his wife.

According to Aysha, as the army had an overnight stop on the way back to Medina, she felt the need to go outside the camp to answer the call of nature. Her return to the camp was delayed because she had to search for a necklace that had dropped while still there. When Aysha came back to the camp she found that the army had already left the site, so she stayed in her place with the hope that Mohammed would miss her and returns for her rescue. As it turned out, Mohammed did not come back to rescue her and did not even notice her absence until his arrival to medina.

Aysha was soon spotted by Safwan Ibn Al Muattal, who approached her and offered her to ride his camel. Sawan was one of the muhajirun, or Mohammed’s companions who emigrated from Mecca, and was travelling on his own behind the army. Safwan and Aysha made their way to Medina where Mohammed and his companions were waiting (1,2).

According to Ibn Hisham, that was the story as told by Aysha. It implies that she spent more time in that desert ‘loo’ than the time it took the army to prepare to move and actually leave the place and completely disappear from sight. It also implies that she did not hear or sense the movement of an army of seven hundreds men, with their women, horses, camels, captives and slaves. The story also implies that Aysha was left behind without being missed at all by Mohammed. The young and spoiled Aysha was not used to that level of inattention from her husband, who was probably too occupied with Juwayreya.

The sight of Aysha and Safwan entering the city of Medina was a remarkable oddity considering the situation and the prevailing culture. The incident set off people to talk although the couple denied any wrong doing. Ibn Abi Saloul, the leader of Al Khazraj tribe, was one of the few Arabs in Medina who opposed Mohammed and rejected his presence in the city. Ibn Abi Saloul watched with disbelief as Aysha entered the city with a stranger and openly expressed his doubts that the couple couldn’t spend such a long time together without engaging in some sexual activity. Ibn Abi Salul’s dirty thoughts were in fact in line with Mohammed’s own teachings; it was Mohammed who stated in an authentic hadith that whenever a man and a woman are alone, the Satan is their third”. Ibn Abi Saloul expressed openly what many people were saying in private.

Tension between Ansar and Muhajirun
The timing of the scandal couldn’t have been worse because the relation between the muhajerun (Mohammed and his Meccan companions) and the ansar (residents of Yathrib) was going through a difficult phase. According to Ibn Hisham, after the Al Mustalak campaign was over, a clash broke out between a Muslim from Yathrib and one of Omar’s aids (from the muhajirun). The disagreement between the two spread quickly and involved a large number of Muslims from both sides. Ibn Abi Saloul was outraged when he knew about the clash and threatened to review the presence of the muhajirun in his city.

Naturally, the residents of Medina expected Aysha’s case to be resolved immediately because they believed Mohammed had a direct contact with the ‘all knowing’ Allah. Some urgent revelations were necessary but never happened. The lack of revelations was interpreted as a sign that Aysha was guilty and fuelled the suspicions about her fidelity. Even leading Muslim figures like Ali, the third Caliph, and Hassan Ibn Thabit, his poet, were drawn into the spreading gossip in Medina. Mohammed himself must have had his suspicions as well because he neglected Aysha, who was ill and living with her parents, for nearly a month. Mohammed’s silence and poor handling of the situation did not help; he appeared confused and indecisive in a most sensitive matter.

After a month of social torture, the divine silence was broken and Gabriel came down with the news that Aysha was innocent and those who thought otherwise were guilty :

Q.24: 11. Those who brought forward the lie are a body among yourselves: think it not to be an evil to you; On the contrary it is good for you: to every man among them of the sin that he earned, and to him who took on himself the lead among them, will be a penalty grievous.

The verse condemned the people who interpreted the divine silence as a sign that Aysha was guilty and described them as liars and sinful. Allah meant Ibn Abi Salul, but He couldn’t say it openly for fear of upsetting the Khazraj! By revealing this verse, Mohammed accidentally contradicted his own teachings. It was him who asserted in an authentic hadith that ‘whenever a man and a woman are alone, the Satan joins them as their third.Those people who doubted Aysha’s innocence did so because of Mohammed’s own teachings. They expected a verse to clear her name but that didn’t happen, which they understood as a sign against her. How would they know that Allah intended to reveal that verse after a month?

As usual, Muslims apply the civilized logic and principles only when they happen to be on the receiving end, which explains their unusual cautious handling of this incident. It appeared as if the Muslims suddenly believed in the civilized principle that people are innocent until proved otherwise, which contradicts Mohammed’s own teachings. Mohammed taught his followers that Satan arranges for men and women to have sex whenever they happen to be alone. Mohammed’s followers apply his teachings in all countries ruled by sharia, like Saudi Arabia, with frightening cruelty. Saudi Arabia is renowned of countless stories about the awful consequences of incidents involving women travelling alone or with ‘non- muhram’ (men who are not close relatives). In his book ‘Karen in Saudi Arabia, Sami Al Rabbaa gives some chilling accounts of such barbaric practices (3).

Why a month?

Mohammed was not new to troubled times; he was an experienced ‘prophet’ and knew well how to get out of any trouble by revealing a suitable verse. However, he appeared to be totally helpless in the face of those rumours; the best he could do was to wait. Mohammed’s nightmare was the thought of Aysha showing signs of pregnancy because that would implicate her and would discredit him should that happen after ‘revealing’ the required verse. A pregnant Aysha would mean an unfaithful wife because Mohammed did not sleep with her since his marriage with Juwayreya. After arriving to Yathrib, Aysha became ill and went to live with her parents to look after her; Mohammed hardly spoke to her during that month. Also, it doesn’t escape notice that Aysha never became pregnant from Mohammed after many years of marriage; therefore, a pregnancy at that particular time would be highly suspicious.

Aysha’s fidelity, an obvious personal concern to Mohammed, was an issue he could have managed had it remained a personal matter. However, the situation became too complex as the news spread throughout the city. Still, all that complexity would be trivial to what could have happened if he revealed a verse that soon proved to be wrong.

To Mohammed’s relief, Aysha did get her menstruation and pregnancy was ruled out as was the prospect of Mohammed’s favourite wife being officially named and shamed. Mohammed was relieved from a heavy burden and immediately revealed that long awaited verse.

Was Aysha Unfaithful to Mohammed
It was no secret that Mohammed loved Aysha more than any of his other wives including Juwayreya, his new beautiful pride. Mohammed probably considered Juwayreya as a good fun when he needed that kind of fun, but Aysha was his true love. Mohammed’s other wives recognized Mohammed’s fondness towards Aysha. When Mohammed decided to divorce Sawda, because she got too old, Sawda begged him to keep her and offered to give her night share of Mohammed to Aysha. That incentive worked well, and Mohammed kept Sawda without having to sleep with her.

Aysha was intelligent, confident and extra sensitive to anything that poses a threat to her prominence. Once, she had no hesitation to plot for the unfair divorce of a new pride which Mohammed was about to add to his harem. As a result of Aysha’s evil advice, the new pride muttered something like ‘I seek refuge with Allah from you’ as a part of the foreplay on her wedding night. As a result, Mohammed divorced the naive pride immediately while Aysha emerged unscathed.

When Mohammed brought his son to show him to Aysha, her response was that ‘the baby did not look like Mohammed’, hinting at the possibility that Maria had the baby from another man. On another occasion, when Aysha noticed that the Quran always agreed with Mohammed’s desires, she remarked to Mohammed: ‘
I see that Allah is too quick to answer your desires’. No one else could make such remarks without fearing punishment except Aysha.

We may never know, with cerainity, what actually happened between Aysha and Safwan. Was it by accident that Safwan was travelling on his own behind the army, or was it all planned? Some scholars propose that Safwan was travelling behind in order to collect the army’s leftovers, but there is no historical evidence to support that claim. Was it possible for the wife of the perfect human to contemplate having an affair? The answer is yes, because there were many reasons for Aysha to consider having an affair.

Aysha was a spoiled teen ager who was aware of Mohammed’s obsession in her. She enjoyed her privileges as a favourite wife of Mohammd and guarded her eminence with jealousy. Aysha must have been deeply offended, during Al Mustalak campaign, by the fact that Mohammed’s attention was turned away from her in favour of Juwayreya, the woman she openly admitted to have hated. From her track record, Aysha was certainly that kind of woman who could respond in kind.

It is also natural to assume that Aysha, as well as Mohammed’s other wives, were all sexually deprived; simply there were too many of them for one old man. The Islamic claim that Mohammed’s sexual potency (4) equalled that of forty men is, of course, an Islamic lie and meaningless to non Muslims. Mohammed’s apparent lust to women did not necessarily mean an increased potency; underneath, there could be some kind of sexual dysfunction. As to Aysha, she was a young girl who opened her eyes to find herself abused by a man older than her father. She had no experience and didn’t know what a normal sexual relation looked like. Aysha was condemned to have only that abnormal relation with that old man who prohibited her from getting married after his death. Mohammed’s (divine) orders to his followers not to marry his wives could be an indication that he wanted to conceal something about his sexuality. By never marrying after him, his wives wouldn’t divulge any of his sexual secrets.

Mohammed asked his followers to learn half of their religion from Aysha. Indeed, Aysha narrated more hadiths than any of the other wives. Most of those hadiths narrated by Aysha described the intimate relations between a man and his wife; the kind of things we would normally label ‘for adults only’. To pre-empt any criticism to this rather embarrassing observation, Muslims are taught that there is no shyness in religion (la haya fid din). According to Mohammed, those embarrassing hadiths comprised half of the religion!

One of those hadiths narrated by Aysha described Mohammed’s ‘etiquette’ in fondling a menstruating wife and praised his ability to control his ejaculation. At the end of the hadith, Aysha remarked “
and who of you can control himself better than the messenger of Allah, PBUH”(5)

How did she know? Was she comparing him to Safwan?

1) Ibn Sa’ad, Al Tabakat Al Kubra, vol.8 (Arabic)
2) Ibn Hisham, sira al nabaweyya(Arabic)
3) Dr. Sami Alrabaa, Karen in Saudi Arabia
4) Sahih al Bukhari, chapter of washing, Narrated by Anas.(Arabic)
5) Al Lulu wa Al Marjan fima ittaffaqa alihi al shaikhan: Muslim and Bukhari, hadith No.168; 173 (Arabic)



Friday, 19 October 2012

The Tragedy of Aisha: a Product of Abuse

Khalil Fariel

It is no secret that child-sexual abuse has serious consequences on its victims, and among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it is no longer a secret that the Qur’an explicitly condones pedophilia. Of course, for Muslims to finally acknowledge the harmful effects of abuse on a child, it becomes necessary for us to expose those effects through authentic Islamic sources. That is why we find Aisha, Muhammad’s third and ‘favorite’ wife, to be the perfect model for assessing pedophilia and its consequences on the victims.

In Islam, Aisha bint Abu Bakr is referred to as one of the “Mothers of Believers”. Islamic sources boast of her as a great scholar who narrated a large volume of hadiths. There is some truth in this claim; with over 2,000 attributed to her name, Aisha is second only to Abu Huraira in narrating hadiths. However, this act (of narrating incidents which occurred in Muhammad’s life) would not have required much scholarship, simply a good memory; something which we will later see she most definitely possessed. In contrast, there are so many things about the life of Aisha, Muhammad’s child bride, that Muslims of today would rather have forgotten.

Contrary to their claims, she was never a likeable character in life. Perhaps she would have grown into an emulative figure if it had not been for the carnal needs of a perverted old man disrupting her innocent life. We have lost most of Muhammad’s wives to history, Aisha stands distinctive in this regard, as her life is well known in Islamic tenets through her involvement in the notorious “Battle of the Camel” and the devastation it caused among the Muslim Ummah.

Let us begin our analysis of Aisha from her life with Muhammad. Was she a good wife in Muhammad’s harem? Given that she was by far the most rebellious among the wives, the answer is an emphatic NO. Islamic sources attest that Aisha remained as an immature child in Muhammad’s harem.

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: that ‘Omar entered upon Hafsa and said, “O my daughter! Do not be misled by the manners of her who is proud of her beauty because of the love of Allah’s Apostle for her.” By ‘her’ he meant Ayesha. Omar added, “Then I told that to Allah’s Apostle and he smiled (on hearing that).” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 7, Book 62, Hadith 145]

Omar, the second Caliph of Islam, testifying of Aisha’s bad mannerisms in a Sahih Hadith, warning his daughter to not be misled by her. So much for the perfect Mother of Believers! Islamic sources also tell us that, there was much infighting in Muhammad’s harem. The wives were divided into two groups, with Aisha in control of one.

Narrated ‘Urwa from ‘Ayesha: The wives of Allah’s Apostle were in two groups. One group consisted of ‘Ayesha, Hafsa, Safiyya and Sauda; and the other group consisted of Um Salama and the other wives of Allah’s Apostle. [Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book:47, Hadith: 755]

Was Aisha happy with Muhammad’s wife collecting spree? Again, NO she was not. When made privy of Muhammad intentions of making a further addition to his harem in the form of Zainab bint Jahsh, his son-in-law’s wife, Aisha exploded. This frantic outburst even warranting an intervention from Muhammad’s alter ego- Allah, with holy verses.

Narrated Aisha: I used to look down upon those ladies who had given themselves to Allah’s Apostle and I used to say, “Can a lady give herself (to a man)?” But when Allah revealed: “You (O Muhammad) can postpone (the turn of) whom you will of them (your wives), and you may receive any of them whom you will; and there is no blame on you if you invite one whose turn you have set aside (temporarily).’ (33.51) I said (to the Prophet), “I feel that your lord hastens in fulfilling your carnal desires [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith: 311]

The truth is, she was never happy with Muhammad, and their marriage was far from being a match made in heaven. We have Sahih sources which confirm this.

Aisha once plotted against Muhammad, and by extension, this can be construed as a plot against Islam itself.

Narrated Ibn Abbas: I intended to ask ‘Omar so I said, “Who were those two ladies who tried to back each other against the Prophet?” I hardly finished my speech when he said; they were ‘Ayesha and Hafsa.” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 6, Book: 60, Hadith: 436]

So even during Muhammad’s lifetime, Aisha was subversive towards Islam and she, along with Hafsa, rose up against him. Once again, Allah- the alter ego of Muhammad, had to intervene with verses to fix the problem. We find these verses in the Qur’anic chapter At-Tahrim.

So far, we have looked at Islamic sources and how they reflect on Aisha, but if we take a careful look at the hadiths Aisha had narrated herself; their nature and content are almost always derogatory towards Islam and very often she is found mocking and belittling her husband. This is not merely propaganda, but a fact which anyone with an impartial outlook can confirm for themselves. Here are just a few examples:

Aisha said Muhammad was affected with magic, and black magic is considered to be the devil’s doing, thereby she is in fact proclaiming he was under the influence of the devil. Muhammad had lost all sense of reality and acted quite bizarrely. This has been recorded in many places.

In Sahih Bukhari alone: [Book: V.4, Book, 54-Hadith: 490, V.7, Book-71 Hadith: 658, V.7, Book: 71-Hadith: 660 Vol.7, Book -71 Hadith: 661, V.8, Book- 73 Hadith: 89, V. 8, Book: 75- Hadith: 400]

Muhammad; the final Messenger of God being controlled by the devil. This, from the lips of the Mother of Believers!

She also created the impression of a very forgetful and clumsy Muhammad.

Narrated ‘Ayesha: The Prophet heard a man (reciting Quran) in the Mosque, and he said, “May Allah bestow His Mercy upon him. No doubt, he made me remember such-and such Verses of such-and-such Sura which I dropped from my memory. [Shih Bukhari. V. 3, Book: 48 Hadith :82]

She disclosed things which Muhammad had told her in private.

Narrated Aswad: Ibn Az-Zubair said to me, “Ayesha used to tell you secretly a number of things. What did she tell you about the Ka’ba?” I replied, “She told me that once the Prophet said, ‘O ‘Ayesha! Had not your people been still close to the pre-Islamic period of ignorance (infidelity)! I would have dismantled the Ka’ba and would have made two doors in it; one for entrance and the other for exit.” Later on Ibn Az-Zubair did the same. [Sahih Bukhari.Vol. 1, Book :3 Hadith :128]

She betrayed Muhammad’s private affairs.

Narrated ‘Urwa from ‘Ayesha: The wives of Allah’s Apostle were in two groups. One group consisted of ‘Ayesha, Hafsa, Safiyya and Sauda; and the other group consisted of Um Salama and the other wives of Allah’s Apostle…….

…….you will find the rest of this hadith to be hilarious. Please read through Sahih Bukhari. Vol 3,Book :47/ Hadith: 755.

When all is said and done, it is very hard to believe that Aisha was in fact a true Muslim. There is little wonder that most Shi’ites view her with contempt. They are treating her memory in accordance to her merits in Islam. Yes, it may come as a surprise to many but 1/10th of the worlds Muslim population consider Aisha as not being a true Muslim, not in the absolute sense of the word.

Due to her (Aisha’s) actions against Imam Ali during the times of the Prophet and after his death (including the famous battle of the Camel), the followers of the ahl al-bayt are not encouraged to keep her name for their children. (

Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law, once suggested for him to divorce Aisha when she had become involved in a scandalous affair with a man named Safwan, and there is evidence in Islam’s authentic sources which affirm that Aisha kept hold of her vengeful hatred towards Ali for the rest of her life. So much so, she could barely bring herself to mention him by name.

Narrated ‘Aisha: “When the Prophet became seriously ill and his disease became aggravated he asked for permission from his wives to be nursed in my house and he was allowed. He came out with the help of two men and his legs were dragging on the ground. He was between Al-Abbas and another man.” ‘Ubaid Ullah said, “I told Ibn ‘Abbas what ‘Aisha had narrated and he said, ‘Do you know who was the (second) man whose name ‘Aisha did not mention’” I said, ‘No.’ Ibn ‘Abbas said, ‘He was ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib.’ “ [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 1. Book:11, Hadith: 634]

Worse still, the troubled state of mind of this young woman led to the first civil war in Islamic history to be caused by a woman. She led an army against Ali, the fourth elected Caliph of the Muslims. Her actions ultimately caused the death of twenty thousand Muslims in the war now known in history as the “Battle of the Camel”. But what could have possibly drove her to such extreme measures without ever considering the outcome of her actions? The answer is simple; she was metaphorically attempting to kill two birds with one stone.

Narrated Jarir: The Prophet said to me during Hajjat-al-Wida’: Let the people keep quiet and listen. Then he said (addressing the people), “Do not (become infidels) revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another (killing each other).” [Sahih Bukhari. Vol. 1, Book: 3, Hadith: 122]

Her actions were very much reflective of Aisha’s disturbed psychological make up. A physically [Sahih Muslim Book 4, Hadith: 2127] and sexually abused female, deprived from the innocent pleasures of childhood and adjoined to Muhammad’s harem while she was still a playful little girl. She could never rid herself of this affliction and the physical and psychological pain manifested itself through hatred. And the outlet for this hate? In a delirious state, she raised up arms against Ali and her own brethren (Muslims) and by doing so, she was rebelling against her deceased husbands wishes, “Do not revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks of one another.Aisha’s forces were ultimately defeated, yet amidst all of these mishaps, this deranged woman preserved and carried her animosity towards Ali throughout her life. In Tabari vol. 7:224 we even see her rejoicing at the news of Ali’s death. The life of Aisha bint Abu Bakr truly was a seventh century tragedy.