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In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Muslim Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of United Submitters International ***

Proclaiming the only religion acceptable to God

April 1988

[No 39]

Rajab 1408

Editor: Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.


                 Brilliant Islamic Writer Karima Omar

by Karima Omar Kamouneh

Do not take down anything from me except Qur'an; anyone who took down anything from me except the Qur'an, he should erase it ..." (Abu Sa’id al Khudri/ Muslim # 7147)

Hmmm. Well, maybe he had a point. After all, look at what we've done with his words, alleged or otherwise. We've twisted, tortured; tampered, distorted and broken the childproof seal of enough to warrant a Shelter for Abused Hadith. Sure, there'll be quite a waiting list, so let's just start with some of the more popular ones:

(1) "Had it been permissible that a person prostrate before another, I would have ordered that a wife prostrate before her husband."   (Abu Hurairah/ At Tirmidhi)

See, this poor little hadith has been whipped with its own "had"- which many Muslims dutifully pluck from its roots. It also hasn't done wonders for the Qur'anic assertion that, "The Believers, men and women , are protecting friends and helpers (awliya) of each other." (9:71) Somehow, it's hard to do a whole lot of protecting or helping in a prone position.


(2) "If a woman dies while her husband was pleased with her, she will enter Paradise." (Um Salamah/ At Tirmidhi)

So I don't have to worry about prayer, about charity, about feeding the poor or helping old ladies across the street! All I gotta do is pop open my husband's cans of Hansen juice and keep my mouth shut while he's watching "Star Trek" and I'll go to heaven. Gee, Islam really is easy, isn't it?!

(3) According to Bukhari, Vol. 1 #458, Muslims tied a non-Muslim to a pillar of the mosque. Anyone who uses this to support the argument that Christians and Jews may  visit mosques should be shipped to San Francisco, where the social benefits of such activities are fully appreciated.

(4) "...I looked at the (hell)fire and saw that the majority of its residents were women." (Imran/ Bukhari Vol. 7 # 126)

And paradise is under the feet of mothers (An Nisa, lbn Majah, Ahmad), right, gotcha. Guess motherhood is an automatic elevator to sainthood and appliances, second floor.


(5) Narrated Anas: "The Prophet used to go round to (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine wives." (Bukhari, Vol. 7 #6)

Whether it's true or not (and, given his age and occupation, it's highly unlikely), is it any of my business?!

(6) "If there is a bad omen in anything, it is in the house, the woman and the horse." (lbn Umar/ Bukhari Vol. 7 #31)

OK-- so get out of the house, get away from me and don't you touch my horse (or camel, car or skateboard, as the case may be).

(7) Everybody must get stoned! "In the case of a married male committing adultery with a married female, they shall receive 100 lashes and be stoned to death." (Ubada bin as Samit/- Muslim # 4191)

Huh? But doesn't the Qur'an say to "Flog both the adulterous woman and the adulterous man with a hundred lashes..." (24:2) and absolutely nothing about marital status? Hmmm. Things are certainly getting curiouser and curiouser, aren't they, Alice?

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