The History of Hadith (Why and When it was written) PART 1

The History of Hadith

(Why and When it was written)


Prophet Muhammed forbids the writing of his hadith

It has been documented in Muslim, Ahmed and other sources of hadith that the prophet Muhammad has prohibited the writing of his hadith. All the hadith collections we have today, and which are regarded by the hadith scholars as authentic (sahih), were written two centuries after the death of the Prophet, for two centuries there was no authorised documentation of the hadith in accordance with the prohibition left by the Prophet.

Out of the sahih collections we have today, the first to be written was that of Bukhari who was born in the year 194 after Hijra (870 AD). It is also important to note that the authors of the other six hadith collections, like Muslim and Abu Dawood, were all born after Bukhari.

For more info about the exact dates of birth of all the six authors of the hadith collections please see: Six major hadith collections

The Quran contains a prophecy for the fabrication of hadith by the Prophet’s enemies:

“We have permitted the enemies of every prophet human and jinn devils to inspire in each other fancy words, in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications.” 6:112

The Quran also confirms that it is in accordance with God’s will that the fabrication of the hadith was allowed to happen in order to serve as criteria for exposing the true believers from the hypocrites.

Those who are attracted to and uphold hadith are proven to be false believers. This can easily be explained by the fact that true believers are satisfied with God alone. They are satisfied with God’s words alone and with God’s law (Quran) alone.

They believe the words of God which describe the Quran as complete and fully detailed, and therefore they do not need any other source. They obey God’s command to uphold no source of religious law besides the Quran:

Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed? Those who received the scripture recognise that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbour any doubt.

The word of your Lord is complete, in truth and justice. Nothing shall abrogate His words. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.”

On the other hand, false believers are not satisfied with the Quran being the only source of law, thus they seek other sources:

“This is to let the minds of those who do not believe in the Hereafter listen to such fabrications, and accept them, and thus expose their real convictions.” 6:113

The books of hadith report the Prophet prohibiting the writing of his hadith and that his followers should not write anything from him other than the Quran! It is also documented that the Prophet maintained his stand until death. 

Shown below are a number of such hadith:

(1) Ibn Saeed Al-Khudry reported that the messenger of God had said,

“Do not write anything from me except Quran. Anyone who wrote anything other than the Quran shall erase it.” [Ahmed, Vol. 1, Page 171, and Sahih Moslim, Zuhd, Book 42, Number 7147]

Some hadith scholars tried to imply that Muhammed changed his view about writing the hadiths. However, the following hadith, which was reported 30 years after the death of the Prophet, confirms that the prophet Muhammed never authorised the writing of the hadiths since the time he told his followers not to write but the Quran..

(2) From Ibn Hanbal;

Zayd Ibn Thabit (The Prophet’s closest revelation writer) visited the Khalifa Mu’aawiyah (more than 30 years after the Prophet’s death), and told him a story about the Prophet. Mu’aawiyah liked the story and ordered someone to write it down. But Zayd said. ” the messenger of God ordered us never to write anything of his hadith”.

(3) The famous book, “Ulum Al-Hadith” by Ibn Al-Salah, reports a hadith by Abu Hurayra in which Abu Hurayra said the Messenger of God came out to us while we were writing his hadiths and said; “What are you writing?” We said, “hadiths that we hear from you, messenger of God.” He said, “A book other than the book of God?” We said, “Should we talk about you?” He said, Talk about me, that would be fine, but those who will lie will go to Hell. Abu Hurayra said, we collected what we wrote of hadiths and burned them in fire.

(4) In the famous book, “Taq-yeed Al-Ilm“, Abu Hurayra said, the Messenger of God was informed that some people are writing his hadiths. He took to the pulpit of the mosque and said, “What are these books that I heard you wrote? I am just a human being. Anyone who has any of these writings should bring it here. Abu Hurayra said we collected all these and burned them in fire.

(5) Ibn Hanbal in his Musnad book, narrates a hadith in which Abdullah Ibn Omar said, “the Messenger of God one day came out to us as if he was going to depart us soon and said, “When I depart you (die), hold to the book of God, prohibit what it prohibits and accept as halal what it makes halal.”

(6) Again, in the book “Taq-yeed Al-Ilm“, Abu Saeed Al-Khudry said, ” I asked the Messenger of God a permission to write his hadiths, but he refused to give me a permission.”

(7) The farewell Pilgrimage of the prophet Muhammed is a corner stone in the Muslim history. The Final Sermon given by the Prophet during this pilgrimage was witnessed by thousands of Muslims. There are however three versions of this sermon in the hadiths books. This by itself reflects the degree of corruption of the hadith books as this is the most witnessed speech of the prophet Muhammed.

1– First version, ” I left for you what if you hold on to, you will never be misguided, the book of God and my family. Moslim 44/4, Nu2408; Ibn Hanbal 4/366; darimi 23/1, nu 3319.

This is the version made up by the Shi’te Muslims.

2– Second version, “I left for you what if you hold on to, you will never be misguided, the book of God and my sunnah” . Muwatta, 46/3

This is the version made up by the Sunni Muslims.

3– Third version, “I left for you what if you hold on to, you will never be misguided, the book of God.” Moslim 15/19, nu 1218; Ibn Majah 25/84, Abu dawud 11/56.

This last version is the version hated by the Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike. This is the only version which conforms with the repeated assertion in the Quran that Muhammed’s message was only the Quran. Many Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims do not even know that this version of the sermon exists. In reality, they do not want to know, the truth hurts.

History of the documentation of hadith

The writing and documentation of the hadith is an interesting and important part of Islamic history.

God repeatedly confirms in the Quran that the book is complete, perfect and fully detailed (6:19,38,114,115; 50:45, 12:111), and if He so willed He would have given us hundreds of books, not just one Quran (see 18:109 and 31:27).

Hadith and the Khalifas Al-Rashideen (guided khalifas)

The four guided Khalifas who ruled the Muslim Umma (nation) after the death of the prophet Muhammed, respected the command of the Prophet and prohibited the writing and collection of hadiths. They accepted that the Quran is fully detailed and that it is the only source of religion (6:114).

Abu Bakr at one point was not sure whether to keep what he knows of hadiths or not. He had collected 500 hadiths during very long companionship of the prophet Muhammed, but he could not sleep the night until he burned them.

Omar Ibn Al-Khattab insisted on destroying the hadiths collected by his son Abdullah. Islamic history mentioned the story of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab restraining four of the Prophet’s companions because of their insistence on telling hadiths, these were Ibn Masoud, Abu Al-Dardaa, Abu Masoud Al-Anssary and Abu Tharr Al-Ghaffary. Omar called Abu Hurayra a liar and threatened to send him back to Yemen where he came from if he does not stop telling these lies about the prophet Muhammed. He stopped until Omar died then started again.

Omar is also reported to have stated that he had desired to write down a collection of the Prophet’s sayings, but refrained for fear of the Muslims choosing to abandon the teachings of the Quran in favour of the hadith.

“I wanted to write the Sun’an, and I remembered a people who were before you, they wrote other books to follow and abandoned the book of God. And I will never, I swear, replace God’s book with anything” Jami’ Al-Bayan 1/67

Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the fourth Khalifa in one of his speeches said, “I urge all those who have writings taken from the Messenger of God to go home and erase it. The people before you were annihilated because they followed the hadiths of their scholars and left the book of their Lord.” (Sunan Al-Daramy)

Khalifa Omar Ibn Abdul Aziz, the beginning of the end

Abu Hurayra narrated more hadiths than anybody else including Abu Bakr, Omar, Ali, and Aysha who lived with the Prophet all their lives. In less than two years of being with the Prophet, Abu Hurayra narrated more hadiths than all these companions of the Prophet altogether.

He narrated 5374 hadiths. Ibn Hanbal quoted 3848 of his hadiths in his book. The Guided Khalifas who ruled the Muslim Umma after the death of the prophet Muhammed respected the Prophet’s wish in not writing anything but the Quran and denounced any attempt of writing the hadiths and sunna.

Their example was followed for the first two centuries after the Prophet’s death. By that time, the lies about the prophet Muhammed was widespread and the people deserted the Quran to look for hadiths, that is when the Khalifa Omar Ibn Abdel-Aziz issued an order to permit the writing of hadiths and sunna thinking that the genuine hadith would be recorded and that this would thus would put an end to the lies about the prophet Muhammed.

In his ruling he disregarded the commandments of God in the Quran and the teachings of the prophet Muhammed and the examples of his predecessors and the objection of many of the scholars in his time. Since then Islam moved from the religion of God, the Quran, to the infamous hadiths and sunna that were originally prohibited by God and His Prophet.

The early writings of hadith

As for the notion that hadiths were written as early as the Prophet’s time, this is historically correct but the Prophet himself and those who ruled after him condemned these writings and looked at those who wrote these hadiths with disgrace. The hadith books mentioned that the prophet Muhammed burned the collected hadiths, and was very angry at people making “another book with the book of Allah.” Abu Baker and Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, were also reported to burn the hadiths collections.

This prohibition of hadiths was continued until Omar Ibn Abdel-Aziz permitted the writing of hadiths and sunna, then many books and (Kararees) appeared containing hadiths, e.g. Ibn Greeg, Malik Ibn Anas, Mohammed Ibn Is’haq.

The most famous from among these were the book of Malik Ibn Anas, (Al-Muwattaa). that had about 500 hadiths. At the end of the second century the books known as (Masaned) appeared, e.g. the Masnad of Ahmed Ibn Hanbal that has about 40,000 hadiths.

In the first half of the third century the famous six books of hadiths appeared and these are the books used by many of the scholars these days.

1– Sahih Bukhari.
2– Sahih Moslem.
3– Sunan Abu Daoud.
4– Sunan Al-Termethy.
5– Sunan Al-Nesaay.
6– Sunan Ibn Mageh.

In these books a new religion was written that dominated over the Quran despite the claim for the opposite. In writing these books, the authors did not care if the hadiths were contradicting the Quran or the other hadiths or even common sense . In reality they fulfilled the promise of God in 6:112-113

“We have permitted the enemies of every prophet – human and jinn devils – to inspire in each other fancy words in order to deceive. Had your Lord willed, they would not have done it. You shall disregard them and their fabrications. This is to let the minds of those who do not believe in the Hereafter listen to such fabrications, and accept them, and thus expose their real convictions. “ [6:112-113]

How many hadith?

The number of hadiths collected and attributed to the prophet Muhammed is in the hundreds of thousands, as much as 700,000. The majority of these hadith are pure lies and fabrications and were rejected by the early Muslim scholars who thought they can figure out which hadith is authentic and which is not. Let us look at some of the famous hadiths collectors and what they collected.

(1) Malik Ibn Anas collected about 500 hadiths in his famous book, “Al-Muwattaa

(2) Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, collected about 40,000 hadiths, in his famous “Musnad“. He chose these 40,000 hadiths from among 700,000 hadiths. In other words he thought 660,000 hadith were un-proven, lies and/or fabrications and the others may be authentic.

That is 94% lies and fabrications

(3) Bukhari collected about 600,000 hadiths and accepted 7275 hadiths and considered 592,725 hadiths to be un-proven hadiths, lies and/or fabrications, that is almost 99% of what he collected .

(4) Moslem collected 300,000 hadiths and only accepted 4000 of them, and refused about 296,000, that is almost 99% of these collected hadiths .

This gives us an idea of how much corruption entered or tried to enter Islam from the back door. Now we should understand why God promised to preserve, protect and safeguard His book which is described as the only authentic hadith, the only acceptable hadith and the best hadith.

Abu Huraira and so many lies

Abu Hurayra, came from Yemen in the seventh year of Hijra and converted to Islam. He stayed in the company of the prophet Muhammed less than two years. He narrated more than 5000 hadiths, 5374 to be exact, all from less than two years company, (Compare this with the relatively few hadiths narrated by Aysha, Abu Baker, or Omar, for example, after very long company of the Prophet) . Most of his narrated hadiths are called the “Aahadhadiths, i.e. hadiths only witnessed by one person, this one person was Abu Hurayra himself. Some of the Prophets companions (Sahaba) and Aysha, the Prophet’s wife, accused him of being a liar, telling lies about the Prophet just to make up hadiths and gain some status. Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second guided Khalifa threatened Abu Hurayra to send him to exile if he does not stop telling hadiths about Muhammed, he did stop until Omar’s assassination then started again. He kept telling hadiths to please the Khalifa of the Muslims then, including the time he lived in the Royal Palace of Mu’aawiyah in Syria. Abu Hurayra told his audience that he is telling them hadiths that if he ever mentioned when Omar was alive, he would be given several lashes.

Abu Jaafar Al Iskafy mentioned that the Khalifa, Mu’aawiyah, chose some of the people, including Abu Hurayra to tell fabricated stories and hadiths about Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the Prophet’s cousin, to degrade him. Abu Hurayra lived in Mu’aawiyah’s Royal Palace then and served him including serving his political views. He produced some of the hadiths that demean and insult Ali Ibn Abu Talib, and make him in a lower grade to Abu Baker, Omar and Othman, only for the pleasure of Mu’aawiyah.

During Mu’aawiyah’s rule, many hadiths, with the help of Abu Hurayra were invented that support the view that the Imam or Khalifa, should be obeyed just like God or the Messenger, contradicting the rule of the Quran that all the matters should be democratic by consultation (not to forget that Abu Hurayra was living in the Khalifa’s Royal Palace at the time.)

Many of the hadiths that were narrated by Abu Hurayra contradict the other hadiths, including his own narrated hadiths and other people’s hadiths and contradict the Quran and contradict common sense.

Abu Hurayra narrated hadiths after Kaab Al Ahbar, who was a Jewish convert who tried to explain the Quran by using the corrupted books of the Jews. He produced some of the most outrageous hadiths that are full of contradictions to the Quran, taken from false stories in the Torah.

The Islamic historians told the story of Abu Hurayra after being given the governorship of Bahrain, he got very rich in two years, so Omar called him back and told him ” You, the enemy of Allah, you stole the money of Allah. I made you the Emir of Bahrain when you did not even have a pair of shoes, Where did you get all this money (400,000 Dirham)? it is said that Omar took 10,000 Dirham from him (Abu Hurayra admitted for only 20,000 Dirham).

Abu Hurayra was the one accused most of fabricating hadiths. Aysha, the Prophet’s wife always accused him of telling inaccurate or incomplete stories and of fabricating hadiths that she never heard the Prophet saying. He was also known to have prejudice against women and dogs. He produced some of the most insulting hadiths to Muslim women, and hadiths that call for the killing of the dogs.

Aysha and Abu Huraira at odds

In the famous book “Taa’oueel Mukhtalaf Alhadith ” by Ibn Qutaiba Al-Dinory, the story of Aysha (the Prophet’s wife) telling Abu Hurayra: “You tell hadiths about the prophet Muhammed that we never heard him say” He answered (as Bukhary reported); “You (Aysha) were busy with your mirror and make up” She (Aysha) answered him; “It is you who were busy with your stomach and hunger. Your hunger kept you busy, you were running after the people in the allies, begging them for food, and they used to avoid you and get away from your way, and finally you would come back and pass out in front of my room and the people think you were crazy and step all over you.”

The number of hadiths collected by Abu Hurayra in comparison to Aysha, Abu Baker, Umar and Ali (Taken from a book entitled Hadith Literature: It’s Origin, Development, & Special Features by Muhammed Zubayr Siddiqui) are:

1. Abu Hurayra 5374

4. Aysha 2210

10. Umar Ibn al-Khattab 537

11. Ali Ibn Abi Talib 536

31. Abu Bakr al-Siddiq 142

Compare the number of hadiths given by Abu Baker to those given by Abu Hurayra while keeping in mind that Abu Baker accompanied the Prophet for about 23 years, while Abu Hurayra accompanied the Prophet for less than 2 years.

Bukhari’s “sahih” : example of corruption

Many Muslims talk about hadiths with a respect that matches and sometimes exceeds that of the Quran. While the Quran does not leave any doubt as to where God wants believers to look for guidance and perfect happiness, those who do not believe God in His own words usually find in the hadiths and sunna a refuge that has been condemned by the Quran repeatedly. God describes the Quran as the “best hadith39:23 , and that we should not believe any hadith other than the Quran 7:185.

“Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent Book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah . That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills. And one whom Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide.” 39:23

“Do they not look into the realm of the heavens and the earth and everything that Allah has created and [think] that perhaps their appointed time has come near? So in what statement hereafter will they believe?” 7:185

Imam Al-Bukhari or Bukhari for short, is just one of several scholars who decided to collect the hadiths and sunna despite the clear prohibition by the prophet Muhammed himself and all the Khalifas who followed him of collecting and writing anything but the Quran.

While modern Christianity is the product of Paul’s corruption and fabrication, traditional Sunni Islam as practised today, is the product of the corruption of the true religion of Islam by people like Bukhari.

As soon as Muslims deserted the Quran in favour of the hadiths and sunna books, their true Islam was corrupted beyond belief and their practice of Islam today is but a reflection of the Islam of the scholars like Bukhari, Moslem, Nesaay, Termethy, Abu-Daoud and others.

It is no longer the true message which the prophet Muhammed delivered.

Not only did Bukhari break the rules that he claimed he used to ensure the authenticity of the hadiths but his own personal feelings, political alliance and hatred to people like Ali Ibn Abu Talib affected his choice of what hadiths to list in his book and what hadiths to reject.

He cared less about the content of the hadiths itself . He listed many hadiths that contradict the Quran, contradict other hadiths, contradict common sense, insult God, insult the prophet Muhammed, insult the Prophet’s wives and his family. The position that Bukhary took regarding Ali Ibn-Abu Talib vs his position towards Mu’aawyiah is but a reflection of the political corruption of Bukhari and his bias in listing the hadiths that put down Ali while depicting his ardent enemy Mu’aawyiah as a pure and righteous man despite his known corruption and defiance of the simple Islamic laws.

Bukhari narrated many hadiths in his book that the public call “Sahih” (Authentic) for people who were considered liars, corrupted and untrustworthy. Muslim scholars who came after him were afraid to expose the truth and the shortcoming of Bukhari and other scholars of hadiths and sunna like him.

As a simple example, in the famous book “Al-Mustadrek“, the author states that Bukhari listed hadiths taken from 434 persons who were not accepted by Moslem for his book “Sahih Moslem” as good trustworthy people. On the other hand Moslem accepted for his book 625 persons who narrated hadiths, who were refused by Bukhary.

The corruption of Islam by hadiths and sunna started right during the Prophet’s life and soon after his death. This collection of the so called hadiths and sunna was condemned by God, also condemned by the Prophet and the Sahaba (companions of the Prophet). This act reached its peak by the end of the second Hijra century when the famous six books (references) of hadiths were written.

God Almighty predicted this corruption in 6:112-113, these verses also confirm why God permitted this corruption to take place. The Quran also states that the Messenger will complain to God on the Day of Judgement of the Muslims deserting the Quran (25:30).

And thus We have made for every prophet an enemy – devils from mankind and jinn, inspiring to one another decorative speech in delusion. But if your Lord had willed, they would not have done it, so leave them and that which they invent.” 6:112

“And [it is] so the hearts of those who disbelieve in the Hereafter will incline toward it and that they will be satisfied with it and that they will commit that which they are committing.” 6:113

“And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” 25:30

Hadith which insults the prophet Muhammed

The compilations of Bukhari and Moslem are full of shameful hadiths that insult God, the prophet Muhammed, the Muslims, Islam and also the intelligence of any normal human being.

In this section we can check some of the insults to the prophet Muhammed himself by the same people who claim to be trying to preserve his hadiths. Their lies and fabrication are obvious but they still call their fabricated hadithsahih” (authentic).

The following are some examples:

(1) The Sahih books have many regulations that contradict the Quran. In one of these hadith, the Prophet is portrayed as someone who disobeyed God by playing the role of a law maker, as we know the Quran categorically emphasises that God is the only law maker (6:114, 66:1).

“[Say], “Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge while it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail?” And those to whom We [previously] gave the Scripture know that it is sent down from your Lord in truth, so never be among the doubters.” 6:114

“O Prophet, why do you prohibit [yourself from] what Allah has made lawful for you, seeking the approval of your wives? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 66:1

One such hadith claims that the Prophet issued a different punishment for adultery than the one authorised in the Quran by God. The punishment for adultery in the Quran is given in 24:2 and it is 100 lashes. However, the hadith, which is obviously a lie against the Prophet, gives a punishment of stoning to death for adultery!

“The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion of Allah , if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.” 24:2

Moslim Book 17, Number 4192:

‘Ubada b. as-Samit reported that Allah’s Apostle said that the punishment of adultery in case of married persons is one hundred lashes and then stoning (to death).

In response to this glaring discrepancy between Quran and hadith, the hadith followers claim that there was a verse in the Quran which authorised the punishment of stoning, but that it was eaten by a goat and thus removed from the Quran! What an insult to God, to the Prophet and to the integrity of divine revelation.

(2) In the hadith we are told that the prophet Muhammed used to have intercourse with his wives, 9 of them, within one hour, day or night. And that he was given the sexual power of 30 men.

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 6:
Narrated Anas
The Prophet used to go round (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine wives.”

What does this shameful lie have to do with the message of worshipping God alone! What kind of image is Bukhari trying to give the Prophet by this hadith ? Does Bukhari understand the core of the messengership of Muhammad to be primarily related to his sexual virility? Is this what Bukhari thinks that God has sent the Prophet for?

Moreover, whoever accepts such hadith as being authentic is in actual fact contributing to the publication of such gross lies against the Prophet of God.

(3) In Bukhari we read that the Prophet prohibited the Salat at certain times of the day! This sounds unbelievable since it is a prohibition that has no reference anywhere in the Quran. Moreover, it is totally absurd to think that a genuine messenger would prohibit an act of worship of God at certain times of the day!

Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 695:

Narrated Abdullah:
heard the Prophet forbidding the offering of prayers at the time of sunrise and sunset.”

(4) In Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 93 we read the story of a necklace lost by Aysha (the Prophet’s wife), so the Prophet instructed all the Muslims with him to find the lost necklace. In the meantime, the stated time for prayer became due and they offered prayer without ablution! So God decided to give the Muslims the Tayymum (Dry ablution).

Another shameful hadith regarded as authentic!

Not only does this hadith insult the Prophet by saying that he observed a nullified prayer (one without ablution), but it also implies that the law of God, in this case the law of dry ablution, was decreed by God only to accommodate the error of the Prophet rather than the law of God being universal and totally independent of events related to humans.

(5) In Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 82, Number 796 we read:

“A group of people from the Oreyneh and Oqayelh tribes came to the Prophet to embrace Islam, the Prophet advised them to drink the urine of camels! Later on when they killed the Prophet’s shepherd, the Prophet seized them, gouged out their eyes, cut their hands and legs, and left them thirst in the desert to die.”

This is the picture which the hadith books depict of the Prophet, a man whom God described in the Quran as being compassionate and of high moral character. The hadith depicts him as a barbarian who gouges people’s eyes out and cuts their hands and legs! This is not to mention his prescription for drinking the urine of camels!

Now do we know why God described His book (Quran) as the best hadith? Do we know why we should believe nothing but the Quran (45:6)?

Tilka ayatu Allahinatlooha AAalayka bilhaqqi fabi-ayyi hadeethinbaAAda Allahi waayatihi yu/minoon

“These are the verses of Allah which We recite to you (muhammed) in truth. Then in what statement after Allah and His verses will they believe?” 45:6

Only the enemies of God, the enemies of the prophet Muhammed and the enemies of Islam are the ones who uphold such books of hadith.

Maybe we now know why God said it is the enemies of the Prophet who will fabricate these books (6:112) and that the hypocrites will be the ones who will accept them and uphold them. No wonder then that the messenger will complain to God on the Day of Judgement that the Muslims deserted the Quran (25:30).

“And thus We have made for every prophet an enemy – devils from mankind and jinn, inspiring to one another decorative speech in delusion. But if your Lord had willed, they would not have done it, so leave them and that which they invent.” 6:112

“And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” 25:30

(6) Perhaps one of the hadith which are used most frequently to attack Islam and the Prophet is the following one:

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64:
Aisha narrated:
that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

Needless to say, if this was true it would be a gross insult against the Prophet and also a case of child abuse to say the least. This story is undoubtedly a lie against the Prophet and also against Aisha who is claimed to have said these words.

(7) The Prophet describes women as crooked!

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 113:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “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.” 

Yet another hadith which is undoubtedly a lie against the Prophet. This claimed hadith smells of a desert male dominated culture which treated women as second class inferior creatures, and not the words of a Prophet sent by God. Yet another fabricated lie against the Prophet.

(8) The Prophet declares: “The best women are the ones who ride camels”!

Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 19:
“Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “The best women are the riders of the camels and the righteous among the women of Quraish. They are the kindest women to their children in their childhood and the more careful women of the property of their husbands.”

Riders of camels? What a profound criteria to evaluate women!

(9) Perhaps one of the most glaring lies against the Prophet is the one which claims that the Prophet allowed couples to marry for a few days to satisfy their lust!

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 52:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah and Salama bin Al-Akwa’:
While we were in an army, Allah’s Apostle came to us and said, “You have been allowed to do the Mut’a (marriage), so do it.” Salama bin Al-Akwa‘ said: Allah’s Apostle’s said, “If a man and a woman agree (to marry temporarily), their marriage should last for three nights, and if they like to continue, they can do so; and if they want to separate, they can do so.”

This lie is double fold. First, it portrays the Prophet as a law maker besides God, which violates a number of Quranic verses that confirm that God is the only law giver, such as 6:114 and 66:1.

“[Say], “Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge while it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail?” And those to whom We [previously] gave the Scripture know that it is sent down from your Lord in truth, so never be among the doubters.” 6:114

“O Prophet, why do you prohibit [yourself from] what Allah has made lawful for you, seeking the approval of your wives? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 66:1

Second, it gives ground to people to approach marriage with a totally different attitude than the one designed by God. The words “muta marriage” translates to “marriage for lust“, this in reality is a very subtle and disguised form of prostitution!

Needless to say, all the obstacles placed by God on the man before he can divorce his wife such as : wait 4 months cooling period before divorce (2:226), seek a council from the 2 families (4:35), give the wife a divorce compensation (2:241), not expel the wife from the marriage home (65:1), all these obstacles are there to establish the fact that God regards marriage as a long lasting bond between man and woman, and not a three day fling that tests a couple’s evaluation of each others sexual performance!

“For those who forwear (forsake or to give up) their wives is a waiting time of four months, but if they return [to normal relations] – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 2:226

“Divorced women remain in waiting for three periods, and it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs if they believe in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have more right to take them back in this [period] if they want reconciliation. And due to the wives is similar to what is expected of them, according to what is reasonable. But the men have a degree over them [in responsibility and authority]. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” 2:228

“And if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people. If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause it between them. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things].” 4:35

“And for divorced women is a provision according to what is acceptable – a duty upon the righteous.” 2:241

“O Prophet, when you [Muslims] divorce women, divorce them for [the commencement of] their waiting period and keep count of the waiting period, and fear Allah , your Lord. Do not turn them out of their [husbands’] houses, nor should they [themselves] leave [during that period] unless they are committing a clear immorality. And those are the limits [set by] Allah . And whoever transgresses the limits of Allah has certainly wronged himself. You know not; perhaps Allah will bring about after that a [different] matter.” 65:1

We may wonder what would a couple find out about each other after a three day highly sexual so-called marriage other than each other’s sexual performance!

(10) Another glaring lie against the Prophet is found in the hadith below. Throughout the Quran we are told that Prophet Muhammad had no personal miracles. And in other verses God speaks to the prophet and tells him if the people ask you for personal miracles that he should say that he is no more than a human messenger with no miracles (see 17:9093).

“And they say: We will not put faith in thee till thou cause a spring to gush forth from the earth for us;” 17:90

“Or thou have a garden of date-palms and grapes, and cause rivers to gush forth therein abundantly;” 17:91

“Or you make the heaven fall upon us in fragments as you have claimed or you bring Allah and the angels before [us]” 17:92

“Or thou have a house of gold; or thou ascend up into heaven, and even then we will put no faith in thine ascension till thou bring down for us a book that we can read. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord be Glorified! Am I aught but a human messenger?” 17:93

However the following hadith presents the Prophet as one with awesome miracles:

Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 208:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The people of Mecca asked Allah’s Apostle to show them a miracle. So he showed them the moon split in two halves between which they saw the Hiram’ mountain.

Examples of hadith which insults God

To follow are some examples of hadith which contain insults against God.

It may be useful to remind ourselves first with what God Almighty says about Himself in the Quran:

“No visions can encompass Him, but He encompasses all visions. He is the Compassionate, the Cognisant.” 6:103

“… There is nothing like Him, …” 42:11

When Moses asked to see God, God told him that he cannot see Him. 7:143

Now let us read some of the fabrications Bukhari and Moslem have in their books describing God and claiming it to be the words of the Prophet:

(1) God appears to His believers and they see Him as they see the full moon! (Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 529).

(2) God descends to the lower Heaven every night.

(3) God put His foot over Hell fire so it becomes full, (Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 78, Number 654).

(4) God shows his leg to the believers to recognise Him.

(5) God laughs as humans! (Moslem Book 1, Number 349).

(6) God has five fingers, on the first He puts Heaven, on the second finger He puts the Earth, on the third, He puts the trees, on the fourth He puts the water and the land and on the fifth He puts the rest of His creation.

(7) God has a mansion in Heaven and Muhammed is permitted to enter it three times a day.

These lies and fabrications are not widely publicised by hadith scholars because they expose the true Bukhari. These hadiths also depict Islam to the Western reader as an archaic medieval religion that is the fiction of desert nomads! Can anyone blame them when they read such hadith then knowing that hadith forms the backbone of the Islam that is practised in the world today?

Other “sahih”, lies and fabrications

In the following section we will read some of the most outrageous lies and fabrications that the hadiths scholars call authentic (sahih).

They show how desperate and confused were these scholars in collecting anything that had been alleged to the Prophet as long as they are content that the Isnad (Chain of narrators) is creditable! This was done irrespective of the contents of the hadith. Whether it contradicts the Quran or common sense did not seem to matter much!

The following are just a sample of these sahih lies:

(1) Do not cross your leg

Gaber Ibn Abdullah said, “The Messenger of God prohibited a man from crossing one leg over the other while lying down on his backMoslem

(2) Cross your leg

Ebada Ibn Tameem said , his father said that he saw the Messenger of God lying down on his back in the mosque while crossing his legs.” Sahih Moslem

(3) Do not drink standing up

Sahih Moslem, Book 23, Number 5017:

Abu Hurayrasaid, the Messenger of God said, “Do not drink while standing up, if someone forgot and did it, he should vomit what he drank.”

(4) Drink standing up

Ibn Abbas said, “The Messenger of God drank from the water of Zamzam while standing up….” Sahih Moslem.

(5) Urinate in a standing position

Sahih Moslem, Book 2, Number 522:

“The Prophet urinated in a standing position”

(6) Do not urinate in a standing position

“The Prophet never urinated in a standing position.” Hanbel.

(7) Man in the image of God

Sahih Moslem, Book 40, Number 6809:

Abu Hurayra said that the Messenger of God said; “Allah the Exalted and Glorious created Adam in His own image.”

Another lie and fabrication narrated by Abu Hurayra, and accepted by Moslem in his collection.

(8) Adam was 60 arms length high and 7 arm length wide

Musnad Ahmad:

Abu Hurayra said, the Prophet said; ” God created Adam, 60 arm length high and seven arm length wide.”

And in Sahih Moslem, Book 40, Number 6795 Adam is 60 cubits high!

(9) Women, dogs and donkey

Sahih Moslem, Book 4, Number 1032:

“The Messenger said that a prayer is void if an ass, woman or black dog passes in front of the one praying”!

What a gross insult to women, could these words really come from a prophet of God?

(10) Bad omen in the woman

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 30:

“Bad omen is in the woman, the horse and the home.”

Another reflection of the prejudice against women that was a character of those who fabricated hadiths. True Islam which is derived from the Quran gives full respect to the woman and never uses such descriptions.

(11) Distinction and No distinction among the messengers, contradiction

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 55, Number 608:

Ibn Abbas said, the Prophet said; No one should say that I am better than Younus (Jonah) Ibn Matta.”

Despite the above hadith, we find that the hadith books are full of stories that make the prophet Muhammed better than all the other prophets and human beings. These hadiths contradict the above hadith and also contradict the teachings of the Quran. The Quran contains a clear command to all believers not to make any distinction among God’s messengers (2:285). Those who have been claiming to follow the hadiths books have conveniently ignored the repeated hadiths that call on the believers not to make distinction among the messengers.

For the continuation of this paper please go to: History of Hadith 2

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