THE HADITH, WRITINGS OF ISLAM
[Robert Morey states, 'The Islamic Invasion', Appendix, p. 177]:
"While most people understand that the 'Bible' of the Muslims is called the Quran, they do not generally know that the religion of Islam has other sacred writings which are viewed by Muslims as being just as inspired and authoritative as the Quran.
This other Islamic 'Bible' is called the Hadith. It is a collection of early Muslim traditions which record the words and deeds of Muhammad according to his wives, family members, friends and Muslim leaders which are not usually found in the Quran.
A) THE INSPIRED HADITH
The Muslim scholar, Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah, in his book, Introduction to Islam, states that 'the custodian and repository of the original teachings of Islam' are found 'above all in the Quran and the Hadith' (p. 250). To this he adds that 'the Quran and the Hadith' are 'the basis of all [Islamic] law' (p. 163).
The reason according to Dr. Hamidullah that Muslims revere the Hadith as well as the Quran is that the Hadith is as divinely inspired as the Quran itself!
'The teachings of Islam are based primarily on the Quran and the Hadith, and, as we shall presently see, both are boasted on divine inspiration' (p. 23).
This is why Muslim writers such as Hammudullah Abdalatati in his book, Islam In Focus, (The Muslim Converts' Association of Singapore, Singapore, 1991), state that the Hadith is 'considered the Second Source of Islam' because,
'all the articles of faith... are based upon and derived from the teachings of the Quran and the Traditions [Hadith] of Muhammad (p. 21).'
Thus it is no surprise to find that the material in the Hadith is considered inspired and authoritative to orthodox Muslims.
B) THE TRANSLATION WE WILL USE
We are using the nine-volume translation of the Hadith made by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan entitled, The Translation of the Meaning of Sahih Al-Bukhari (Kazi Publications, Lahore, Pakistan, 1979).
It is recommended and approved by all Muslim authorities, including the spiritual heads of Mecca and Medina.
C) BASED UPON AL-BUKHARI
Dr. Khan's work is a faithful translation of the Hadith put together by none other than the greatest of all Hadith scholars, Al-Bukhari.
The introduction states:
'It has been unanimously agreed that Iman Bukhari's work is the most authentic of all the other works in Hadith literature put together. The authenticity of Al-Bukhari's work is such that the religious learned scholars of Islam said concerning him: 'The most authentic book after the Book of Allah [i.e., the Quran] is Sahih-Al-Bukhari' )p. xiv.
He only chose approximately 7275 [Hadiths] of which there is no doubt about their authenticity.
[Allah] revealed to him the Glorious Quran and the Second Inspiration, i.e., his Traditions.
It is incumbent upon you to strive hard to do righteous deeds according to the traditions of Muhammad as is clearly expressed in his Hadith (p. xvii).
Dr. Khan does not hesitate to describe the Hadith as 'the Second Inspiration' and to state that it is 'incumbent' upon every Muslim to believe and to obey it.
D) THE MUSLIM DILEMMA
The reason that we went to such lengths to prove the highest religious authorities of Islam view the Hadith as being inspired and authoritative is that many Muslims will deny this when confronted with some of the obviously absurd teachings of Muhammad.
In one radio program, one Muslim caller argued in a circle as follows:
'Muhammad was Allah's prophet. Therefore he could not have said something so stupid as to suggest that we should drink camel urine. Thus you are a liar, Dr. Morey. The Hadith cannot say this.'
After I went on to prove from the Hadith that Muhammad did indeed recommend camel urine, he responded:
'We Muslims only recognize the Holy Quran as God's Book. We do not accept the Hadith as inspired.'
Of course, he had to deny the inspiration of the Hadith in order to avoid having to defend Muhammad on the drinking of urine.
We understand the dilemma of modern Muslims. While they desperately want to maintain that Muhammad was Allah's apostle, yet the Hadith clearly reveals that Muhammad could not be inspired because he taught many things which are not only patently wrong but absurd.
E) THE FINAL STRAW
To the Western mind, the material found in the Hadith is the proverbial final straw that breaks the camel's back! If Muhammad was truly a prophet and an apostle, then Muslims must defend the indefensible.
II) ON THE QURAN AND THE HADITH
The Quran was written in heaven according to Hadith no. 643, vol. 9 Thus no earthly pre-Islamic sources for the material found in the Quran should exist. But they do exist in great abundance.
Thus it is no surprise to find that the Quran was written in the Quraish dialect (vol. 6, no. 507). This fact is often not known by non-Arab muslims.
The Quran after Muhammad's death was scattered on palm leaves, rocks, bones, etc. (vol. 6, no. 509). Thus the Hadith itself bears witness to the fact that Muhammad did not prepare a manuscript of the Quran before his death.
As a matter of record, the Hadith confirms that the Quran was put together by the Caliph Uthman after Muhammad died. This point is often denied by those Muslims who are ignorant of their own scriptures.
'Uthman got the Quran compiled and sent a few of its copies to far off places (vol. 1, no. 63). Uthman... wrote the manuscripts of the Hoyl Quran in the form of a book (vol. 4, no. 709).
See also vol. 6, nos. 507 and 510.
When Uthman finished his version of the Quran, the Hadith records that he tried to destroy all the conflicting Qurans (vol. 6, no. 510). This is clear proof that there were conflicting versions of the Quran.
The fact that the Quran is missing certain verses and that other verses were abrogated is admitted in the Hadith in vol. 4, nos. 57, 62, 69, 299; vol. 6, nos. 510, 511.
The Hadith even records that when certain people died, those portions of the quran known only to them perished with them (vol. 6, no. 509).
The Hadith records that Muhammad at times was bewitched and said and saw things under satanic inspiration (vol. 4, nos. 400, 490).
This admission on the part of the Hadith destroys in principle the Muslim claim that Muhammad was infallibly inspired.
Since it is admitted that Muhammad at times did and said things under satanic inspiration, then this in principle calls into question everything he did and said.
Like the Quran, the Hadith puts speeches into the mouths of biblical characters such as Noah, Moses, Jesus, etc., which they could not have spoken because of the vocabulary used, the doctrines taught, the historical references made, etc. They are clearly fraudulent.
vol. 1, chap. 1, p. 16
vol. 1, nos. 74, 78, 124
The Hadith admits that it has variant readings and contradictory Hadiths (vol. 1, nos. 42, 47, 74, 78, 80, 81, 86, 102, 107, 112, 159, 160, 161; vol. 3, nos. 159-161).
The translator admits in a footnote in vol. 3, no. 159, Hadith No. 159 contradicts the Hadith of Al-Hassan.
Like the Quran, some Hadiths were canceled or abrogated: vol. 1, nos. 179, 180.
III) ON APOSTASY
The Hadith makes the repeated claim that no one ever leaves Islam.
He then asked, 'Does anybody amongst those who embrace his [i.e., Muhammad's] religion become displeased and renounce the religion afterwards?' I replied, '''NO''' '(vol. 1, nos. 6 and 48).
Then it contradicts itself by saying that death is the punishment for those who leave.
The prophet said, 'If somebody [a muslim] discard his religion [of Islam], kill him' (vol. 4, no. 260).
It even records the murders of those who left Islam for another religion (vol. 5, no. 630).
Volume nine of the Hadith has an entire section dedicated to warning those who would leave Islam - that they will be murdered (see vol. 9, pgs. 10-11, 26, 45-50, 341-342).
'So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection' (vol. 9, no. 64).
IV) ON JEWS AND CHRISTIANS
Muhammad taught that the Jews worshiped Ezra as the Son of Allah just as Christians worshiped Jesus as the Son of Allah (vol. 1, p. xvii). He was wrong on both counts.
'Any Jews or Christians who heard about me and did not believe in me and what was revealed to me of the Holy Quran and my traditions, his ultimate destination is the [Hell] Fire' (vol. 1, p. li).
According to Hadith no. 414, vol. 2, Muhammad said,
'Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians because they took the graves of their Prophets as places for worship.'
V) MUHAMMAD ON WOMEN
Muhammad taught that the majority of the people in hell were women!
'The Prophet said, '''I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women''' '(vol. 1, nos. 28, 301; vol. 2, no. 161).
The reason the majority of the people in hell were women is stated in vol. 2, no. 541,
'O Women! I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you.'
Muhammad believed that women were deficient in intelligence' and thus they should not be given equal rights under Islamic law.
For example, he legislated that a woman's testimony in court was worth only half that of a man. Thus it would take the testimony of two women to offset the testimony of one man. Imagine what this would do to women who were raped!
'The Prophet said, '''Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?''' The women said, '''Yes.''' He said, '''This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind''' ' (vol. 3, no. 826).
Muhammad even ruled that women are to receive only half of what their brothers receive in inheritance (vol. 4, no. 10). Thus women are financially punished for being females.
Perhaps the most degrading picture of women is that Paradise will have beautiful women, whose only purpose is to satisfy the sexual urges of men, chained to different corners.
'The statement of Allah, Beautiful women restrained [i.e., chained] in pavilions. Allah's Apostle said, '''In Paradise there is a pavilion made of a single hollow pearl sixty miles wide, in each corner there are wives who will not see those in the other corners; and the believers will visit and enjoy them.''' '
VI) ON URINE AND FECES
Muhammad had a psychological obsession with urine and feces. In fact, he spent a great deal of time teaching on where, when, and how to urinate and defecate.
He was so obsessed with the subject that he taught that if someone got urine on his clothes or body, they suffered hellfire in the afterlife!
'One of the major sins is not to protect oneself [one's clothes and body] from one's urine [i.e., from being soiled with it]. Once the Prophet, while passing one of the grave-yards of Medina or Mecca, heard the voices of two persons being tortured in their graves.'
'The Prophet then added, '''Yes! [they are being tortured for a major sin]. Indeed, one of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine' (vol. 1, chap. 57, no. 215).
According to vol. 2, no. 443, Muhammad said that people are tortured in hellfire because they soil themselves with urine.
Yet, at the same time, Muhammad ordered people to drink camel urine mixed in milk as medicine!
'So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of camels and to drink their milk and urine' [as a medicine] (vol. 1, no. 234).
The rules for urination and defecation are as follows:
1. You must not face Mecca when urinating or defecating (vol. 1, nos. 146, 147, 150, 151).
2. You must not use your right hand to hold or wipe yourself (vol. 1, nos. 155, 156).
3. You must wash your privates after going to the bathroom (vol. 1, nos. 152, 153, 154, 157).
VII) MUHAMMAD'S BELIEVE OR NOT
Muhammad taught many things which seem to the modern reader to be patently absurd. Some of his beliefs were so far out that no one today could possibly accept or defend them. Yet, we recognize that sincere Muslims must do so or give up their claim that he was Allah's Apostle.
We understand their difficulty. How can they defend the indefensible? How can they justify what is so obviously absurd? This is the crux of the matter.
The following teachings of Muhammad are a partial list of some of the strange things he taught to his disciples.
A) THE COLOSSUS ADAM
In Hadith no. 543, vol. 4, we read,
'The Prophet said, '''Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall.'''
This would make Adam around 90 ft. tall! Was Adam really as tall as a three-story building? How tall was Eve? And their children? And why are we not that tall? How could he stand if he were that heavy? Does not the science of human anatomy tell us that Adam could not have been 60 cubits tall? What Muslim is prepared to defend Muhammad's 90 ft. Adam?
B) THE FLY IN THE CUP
If a fly falls into your cup, do not worry about it because Muhammad said that while one wing has the disease, the other has the antidote. So drink up (vol. 4, no. 537).
C) NO DOGS ALLOWED
Angels will not enter a house if a dog is there according to vol. 4, no. 539. Thus Hadith no. 540, vol. 4, reads,
'''Allah's Apostle ordered that the dogs should be killed.'''
Dog lovers would not make good Muslims.
D) ISLAMIC GENETICS
Muhammad claimed that Gabriel gave him the secret as to why a child looks like its father or its mother. This answer was given to prove that Muhammad was Allah's Apostle.
'As for the resemblance of the child to its parents: If a man has sexual intercourse with his wife and gets a discharge first, the child will resemble the father, and if the woman gets her discharge first, the child will resemble her.'
What modern Muslim is prepared to prove that one's 'discharge' and not genetics is the key to the physical characteristics of one's children?
E) STARS AS MISSILES
The stars were created by Allah as missiles to throw at the devils, according to Muhammad in vol. 2, chap. 3, p. 282. Astronomers should be interested in this doctrine of Muhammad.
F) DO AS I SAY - NOT AS I DO
Muhammad commanded everyone to have a will when he himself failed to make one.
'I asked Adullah bin Abu Aufa, '''Did the Prophet make a will?''' He replied, '''No.''' I asked him, '''How is it then that the making of a will has been enjoined on people?''' (vol. 4, nos. 3,4).
G) WHAT DO SPIRITS EAT?
The jinn or spirits eat dung and bones according to Muhammad (vol. 5, no. 200)! This bit of information is as far out as one can go.
H) NO ASSURANCE
Muhammad had no assurance of salvation.
'The Prophet said, '''By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me''' (vol. 5, no. 266).
I) MURDER AND DECEIT
Muhammad agreed to the murder of a man through lies and deceit (vol. 5, no. 369). He evidently did not believe in the sanctity of truth or life.
J) SIX HUNDRED WINGS
The angel Gabriel has 600 wings according to Muhammad (vol. 6, no. 380).
K) SATAN IN YOUR NOSE
Muhammad would suck in water up his nose and then blow it out because,
'Satan stays in the upper part of the nose all night' (vol. 4, no. 516).
I have yet to find a single Muslim who will defend this strange doctrine and practice of Muhammad.
L) FEVERS FROM HELL
Muhammad believed that a fever when sick was from the heat of hell.
'The Prophet said, '''Fever is from the heat of the [Hell] fire, so cool it with water''' ) vol. 4, nos. 483-486).
All sorts of questions come to mind when you really think about this doctrine of Muhammad.
M) NOAH'S ARK
Noah's Ark appeared and floated in front of their eyes (vol. 6, no. 391, chap. 288). How or why this happened we are not told.
N) DIRTY WATER MAGIC
Muhammad's followers fought over who would get the dirty water left over from his washings. They would smear it on their bodies or drink it to secure a magical blessing from it (vol. 1, nos. 187, 188).
O) HOLY SPIT
Even more gross was the practice of Muhammad spitting into the hands of his followers so they could smear his saliva on their faces!
'By Allah, whenever Allah's Apostle spitted, the spittle would fall in the hand of one of them [i.e., the Prophet's companions] who would rub it on his face and skin' (vol. 3, no. 891).
It was in this light that we can understand why Muhammad smeared dead bodies with his spit (vol. 2, nos. 360, 433).
P) SATAN URINATING IN THE EARS
Satan urinates into the ears of those who fall asleep during prayers (vol. 2, no. 245).
Q) PASSING WIND
According to Muhammad, if you commit the sin of 'hadith' (the passing of wind through the anus) while you are engaged in prayer, Allah will not hear your prayers! (vol. 1, no. 628; vol. 9, no. 86). Why Allah would be offended by the natural smells of the human body escapes us.
R) BAD BREATH
Bad breath means that Allah will not hear your prayers. You may not eat garlic or onions before going to prayers because Allah will not hear you with their smell on your breath. (vol. 1, nos. 812, 813, 814, 815; vol. 7, nos. 362, 363).
S) YAWNING IS FROM HELL
Yawning is from Satan according to Muhammad in Hadith no. 509, vol. 4.
It seems clear from this Hadith, and the two previous ones, that it was really Muhammad who was offended by such things as bad breath, yawning, or passing wind.
That God would be offended by the natural processes of the human body which He made is not acceptable to the rational mind.
T) GREEN BIRDS
According to Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Hamid of the Sacred Mosque of Mecca (Saudi Arabia),
'Allah's Apostle said: '''The souls of the martyrs are in the bodies of green birds dwelling in paradise wherever they like''' '
If this is true, we do not understand how these 'green birds' will be able to 'enjoy' all those beautiful women chained in different corners of paradise!
If Muhammad was truly Allah's apostle, then what he taught came from Allah and must be true.
But if what he said is so outlandish and absurd that it cannot be true, then how can he be an apostle of Allah?
The logic is inescapable. The Hadith is the final blow that explodes the claim of Muhammad that he was an apostle and prophet of God."