Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Hadith - The Sunna of Muhammed - Book Review

The Hadith, The Sunna of Mohammed, by Bill Warner, is a book that I highly recommend. It's only 70 pages long and is a summary of the Hadith (the sayings of Muhammad). Bill has done the hard work of reading and studying the Hadith and condensing it down to make it readable.

From Bill Warner's website Description:

The Hadith and the Koran repeatedly commands every Muslim to follow the perfect example of Mohammed’s life. His actions and words are called the Sunna. A Muslim is far more governed by the Hadith than the Koran.

The Sunna is found in the Traditions of Mohammed called the Hadith which gives us fascinating accounts about Mohammed. We know what he looked like, his sense of humor, his superstitions and how he ate. Details about his sex life, family life and leadership are all recorded. If only the Koran existed, there could be no Islam. The Koran does not have enough information to practice Islam, but the Hadith has all that is needed to follow the example of Mohammed as a husband, a father, a leader, a warrior and the perfect husband. The Hadith is an easy place to begin learning about Mohammed and Islamic doctrine.


Some Selections From the Book (Note - B = Sahih Bukhari; M = Sahih Muslim.):

Was Muhammad Suffering From OCD? (Heading My Own)

B1,4,169 "Mohammed would perform all tasks by working from right to left. This included putting on his shoes, combing his hair, or washing himself." (Pg 59)

Farting During Prayer is Not Allowed (Heading My Own)

B1,4,137 "Mohammed: “A person at prayer who either urinates, defecates, or breaks wind must repeat ablution, or his prayer will not be accepted.”"

B1,4,139 Mohammed was asked by my uncle about an acquaintance who suspected that he may have broken wind while praying. Mohammed said, “Unless he either hears or smells something, he should not stop praying.”

B1,8,436 Mohammed: “As long as a person is properly praying and does not break wind,
the angels will continue to ask Allah’s forgiveness for you. The angels say, ‘Allah be merciful. Forgive him.’”
(Pg 53)

Muhammad Forbade Laughing at Farts (Heading My Own)

B8,73,68 "Mohammed outlawed laughing at someone for breaking wind."

Don't laugh...

But Laughing at Exposed Genitals is Fine (Heading My Own)

M031,5932 "Amir B. Sa’d reported, on the authority of his father, that Allah’s Apostle gathered his parents for him on the Day of Uhud when a polytheist had set fire to (i.e. attacked fiercely) the Muslims. Thereupon Allah’s Apostle said to him: “(Sa’d), shoot an arrow, (Sa’d), may my mother and father be taken as ransom for you.” I drew an arrow and I shot a featherless arrow at the Meccan polytheist, aiming his side. He fell down and his private parts were exposed. Allah’s Messenger laughed so that I saw his front teeth." (Pg 61)


Throw Effeminate Men From Your Homes

B7,72,774 "Mohammed cursed effeminate men and masculine women. He said, “Throw such people from your homes.”  Mohammed ordered such a man to be turned out and Umar ordered such a woman turned out." (Pg 44)

This would seem to be where ISIS got the idea from to throw gays from high buildings.
(E.g. ISIS Gathers Crowd to Witness Brutal Punishment for Those Accused of This 'Crime' - IJR)



"Mohammed’s first successor Abu Bakr reportedly had a homosexual burned at the stake. The fourth caliph, Mohammed’s son-in-law Ali, ordered a sodomite thrown from the minaret of a mosque. Others he ordered to be stoned. One of the earliest and most authoritative commentators on the Koran, Ibn ‘Abbas (died 687) blended both approaches into a two-step execution in which “the sodomite should be thrown from the highest building in the town and then stoned."
(Islam and Homosexuality - The Religion of Peace)

Some Rats Are Changed Jews
M042,7135 "Mohammed: “A tribe of Bani Isra’il [Jews] disappeared. I do not know what became of them, but I think they mutated and became rats. Have you noticed that a rat won’t drink camel’s milk, but it will drink goat’s milk?”" (Pg 28)


Nazi Propaganda Portraying a Jew as a Rat
No Punishment Is Too Great For The Apostate (& Camel Urine Is Medicinal)

B8,82,797 "Some people came to Medina and soon became ill, so Mohammed sent them to the place where the camels were sheltered and told them to drink camel urine and milk as a remedy. They followed his advice, but when they recovered, they killed the shepherd guarding the camels and stole the herd. In the morning, Mohammed heard what the men had done and ordered their capture. Before noon, the men were captured and brought before Mohammed. He ordered that their hands and feet be cut off and their eyes gouged out with hot pokers. They were then thrown on jagged rocks, their pleas for water ignored and they died of thirst. Abu said, “They were thieves and murderers who abandoned Islam and reverted to paganism, thus attacking Allah and Mohammed.”" (Pg 46)

Kill The Apostate

B9,89,271 "A certain Jew accepted Islam, but then reverted to his original faith. Muadh saw the man with Abu Musa and said, “What has this man done?” Abu Musa answered, “He accepted Islam, but then reverted to Judaism.” Muadh then said, “It is the verdict of Allah and Mohammed that he be put to death and I’m not going to sit down unless you kill him.” [Death is the sentence for apostasy, leaving Islam.]" (Pg 46)


Conclusion

"What is the real Islam? Radical Islam? Fundamentalist Islam? Moderate Islam? Meccan Islam? Medinan Islam? There is only Islam... The Trilogy [Hadith, Sira, and Koran] is perfect, permanent, and universal. It cannot be changed. A Muslim may reform but Islam cannot." (Pg 63, 65)

(Note - The book is available as a PDF download here.)

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