Correcting Bukhari’s narration attributed to the Blessed Messenger (saw).

Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an 33:21)

I have corrected the following narration found in Al Bukhari which is mistakenly attributed to the Blessed Messenger (saw)

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

Allah’s Apostle said, “When the Jews greet anyone of you they say: ‘Sam’Alaika (death be upon you); so you should say; ‘Wa ‘Alaika (and upon you).’ ( Volume 9, Book 84, Number 62: Al Bukhari)

However, if this narration were true, the Blessed Messenger (saw) would have given a better reply in accordance with the following directive of Allah (swt)

“Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel (evil) with that is better: Then will he between whom and you was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!.” (Qur’an 41:34)

You cannot go to someone as sublime in character and love for humanity as Rasul Allah (saw) and say, “you are a filthy human being. I hope that you and your entire family meet an unfortunate end” and then have the  Blessed Messenger (saw) say, ‘Wa alaika’ -and upon you.

May Allah (swt) clear the Blessed Messenger (saw) of what is being attributed to him.

 

I would also invite you to see the following entry: https://primaquran.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/can-we-greet-non-muslims-with-peace-be-unto-you/

 

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6 responses to “Correcting Bukhari’s narration attributed to the Blessed Messenger (saw).

  1. Salam alaikum and may you be in the best of health and iman.

    First of all. MasyaAllah and Alhamdulillah for the creating of this heartwarming blog.Jazakallah khair for all the effort you have made and knowledge you have shared to ,should i say , shine some light on people who are most of the time feeble and ignorant.

    People like me who is a part of the huge muslim community that has been putting our upmost trust to what we were taught to the point of blind taqlid. Which for me is not a sin, unless we choose to stay that way without trying to find further clarification.

    Pertaining to this post, really something that I can relate because as a young adult who is interested in understanding just the basics of our deen, I realised that even the basics can be complicated if we try to understand it without a strong foundation and proper guidance from a scholar.

    I really think all muslims must allocate some time to study the Hadith and translation of the Quran as it is a great way to understand Islamic concepts and its theories so that we can get closer to Allah and rasul by practicing what we have learnt but, the complication comes when we try to understand the verses literally or without any proper guidance.

    It is because of this fear that makes me feel I will never able to learn the deen because there is no way I can get proper guidance with just once a week religious class that barely touches the surface of islamic knowledge.

    I wont know how to differentiate a false and a authentic hadith by scrutinizing its detail on my own. To make it worst, I ve been taught by certified religious teachers that those fake hadith are as good as authentics because it sounded nice and serious from the way they were shared.

    What is your opinion on this? Should I keep studying islamic concept and memorizing dalil on my own or just stay a blind follower?

    • walakum salaam wr wb. Bismillah

      Thank you for your comment. I found the comment interesting and there seems to be some struggle or conflict that you are going through.

      That is what I am reading in your response.

      This is what I found to be in conflict in the comment, so I was not sure best how to respond.

      You said:

      ” I realized that even the basics can be complicated if we try to understand it without a strong foundation and proper guidance from a scholar.”

      Than you say in your closing.

      “What is your opinion on this? Should I keep studying islamic concept and memorizing dalil on my own or just stay a blind follower?”

      So on in one comment you seem to say that things are complicated without guidance from a “proper scholar” than in another comment “Should I keep studying islamic concept and memorizing dalil on my own or just stay a blind follower?”

      So maybe to assist you better, maybe you can tell us a few things.

      1) What is your current methodology for ascertaining the truth about Islamic matters?

      2) How did you come to this conclusion?

      3) What research did you undertake?

      Lastly, I am also curious to the statement about “proper guidance from a scholar” as that statement with due respect seemed quite vague.

      1) What is proper guidance?
      2) Who or what is deemed a scholar?

      Lastly, in your closing statement you presented what to me seems like an ‘either’ ‘or’ ultimatum. With due respect to you brother I did not find it logical.

      “What is your opinion on this? Should I keep studying islamic concept and memorizing dalil on my own OR just stay a blind follower?

      Why couldn’t there be an option C? An option C would say that you could trust scholars (Sunni, Shi’a , Ibadi) while at the same time keeping your conscience.

      So for example you could love and admire Imam Ahmad (raheemullah) and have great respect for him. However; if Imam Ahmad told you to go and kill someone because they believed that the Holy Qur’an is created you could decline this fatwa based upon a conscious decision and something that troubles your heart.

      Here is another question. If a Christian today wanted to become a Muslim, what is required of them?

      Would that Christian be required to be:
      A) Learned in Koine Greek.
      B) Learned in Aramaic.
      C) Learned in Ancient Hebrew.
      D) Understands the collection and transmission of the New Testament.
      E) Studied the exhaustive volumes of the early Church fathers.
      F) Studied the various theological and political divisions of the early church fathers.
      G) Know how to collate a manuscript.
      H) Know the theological school of Constantine, Calvin, Luther, Ignatius, Origen, among others.

      I mean this is honestly just a small drop of a huge ocean of knowledge.

      Would you send a Christian away and tell them, “Maybe if you seek proper guidance from a scholar all your answers on the Trinity, Original Sin, and the Deity of Christ will be answered?”

      This is what needs to be asked of Muslims. Consistency.

      I hope this helps.

      • Thank you for your reply. A very insightful one too.

        To be honest, I have this negative thinking that when I start to study a certain subject, for example right now I’m taking on the Andalus Islamic Studies programme.

        When I study about Usul Fiqh. Then I start to realise how I have almost no knowedge in arab, then I realised I don’t even know much about 5 pillars of Islam and all of this makes me realise further that its almost impossible to study all these on my own without a religious teacher. Then I end up giving up. Which leads me to the question why should I bother reading and stuying on my own, Ill never understand and memorise and be good enough to deserve those knowledge.

        All this while my methadology or philosphy of obtaining the truth is :

        1) Education must be given by a legal and formal organisation like PERGAS and AL-Zuhri or by a wellknown asatizah and ulama. When I say wellknown means have many students whose students graduated being a religious teacher themselves.

        2) My manhaj has always been following the majority. Since I was taught by many ustadz that we must follow the majority according to a shahih hadeeth.So the way I see it majority of Muslim are Sunni. I believe that for the majority Muslim we should have our own stand that is supported by a few religious teacher. Since we can’t afford to understand the Quran and Hadith to that degree.

        My concern is that I just want to be able to practice the wajibs and sunnahs with full confidence but at the same time I do not know how much should I learn and where should I start.

        I think studying partime will never be enough. Furthermore they are focusing more on those advance subjects like tafsir and usul when I dont even know arab and have poor knowledge on the 5 pillars. Imagine me studying tafsir quran when I cant even solve a simple issue like what are the rukuns of solat and its dalil.

      • Bismillah,

        walakum salaam warahmutallahi wabaraktuh brother.

        I do not know how much of Prima-Qur’an web site you have actually read. In fact many people who speak ill of me and this approach have not even read my material. I think if we are to interact with anyone we should at the very least out of adaab and respect read their material.

        When I engage with anyone on this site on any particular subject I read ALL available material that this person has published or wrote. Anything I can get my hands on.

        I do not feel that you addressed the primary questions that were put to you in my last response. However; you are free to interact in a way you feel most appropriate.

        You stated:
        “Then I end up giving up. Which leads me to the question why should I bother reading and stuying on my own, Ill never understand and memorise and be good enough to deserve those knowledge.”

        Well you do not have to study on your own. You can study with anyone you want, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Ibadi, Salafi Sunnis, Hanafi Sunnis, Brevli Sunnis, Deboandi Sunnis, Ikwani Sunnis, Shi’a, Ithnashari Shi’a, Zaydi Shia’, anyone of them. They all have scholars and teachers.

        However; here is something important to understand. If you take knowledge from A who took from B who took from C who took from D who took from E , and E is the source, where did E take from?

        In other words any time you see a ‘chain of narration’ there is always the beginning of a chain.

        Allah (swt) grants knowledge to whomever he wills.

        “All this while my methadology or philosphy of obtaining the truth is :
        1) Education “MUST” be given by a legal and formal organisation like PERGAS and AL-Zuhri or by a wellknown asatizah and ulama. When I say wellknown means have many students whose students graduated being a religious teacher themselves.”

        While I respect PERGAS, and people like Ustaz Hasbi, and while people like Ustaz Khair Rahmat were unable to answer some of my key questions, I respect them and their approach.

        However; I do not feel that you addressed for those who read this why it “MUST” be Pergas or formal organizations.

        “2) My manhaj has always been following the majority. Since I was taught by many ustadz that we must follow the majority according to a shahih hadeeth.So the way I see it majority of Muslim are Sunni. I believe that for the majority Muslim we should have our own stand that is supported by a few religious teacher. Since we can’t afford to understand the Quran and Hadith to that degree.”

        Let us see what Allah (swt) says about following the majority in the Holy Qur’an. Does majority equal correct?

        “And if you obey most of those in the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow but assumption / conjecture (Zana) and they only guess / lie (Yakhrasun)” (Holy Qur’an 6:116)

        I would also not agree that the majority of Muslims are Sunni. Why do I say this? You yourself have implied by using yourself as an example that the majority of Muslims do not know the ‘abc’ of Islam, the ‘five pillars’ etc. If this is the case than the majority of Musilms are NOT SUNNI, because if they do not know the abc and the five pillars than there is NO WAY for them to know what ‘Sunni’ even means how this terminology came about and rather or not if they truly identify with it.

        Also when you say Sunni do you mean that in Aqidah you follow the Sunni’s who are Mutazalites or Asharites or Athari?

        When you say you are Sunni are you Deobandi or Brelvi? Are you a Sunni Salafi who believes in Tauhid Al Uliyyah Tauhid Al Roobiyah or the one who believes in these and Tauhid al Hakamiyah? Are you a Sunni who believes in being in Tariqah or is it not necessary for salvation?

        In other words there are hundreds of claims as to being a Sunni.

        I NEVER once found any where in the Holy Qur’an where Allah (swt) asked us to call ourselves Sunni or Shi’a or Ibadi.

        Also there is not even ONE hadith from the entire sunni corpus where Rasul Allah (saw) is reported to have said, “Follow Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah”.

        Rasul Allah (saw) never uttered that phrase.

        You will find the origin of this phrase in one of three places.
        1) Imam Tahawi.
        2) Imam Ashari
        3) Hadith attributed to Ibn Abbas

        So here is some homework for you, in fact you can do taqlid . Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia mostly identify themselves as Sunni.

        So here is some homework for you bro. You don’t have to research this yourself you can practice Taqlid if you like and you can ask your ‘ulemah, and your shaykhs and your alims a simple question.

        1) Were the terms Sunni or Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah ever spoken by the blessed lips of Rasul Allah (saw) ?

        I am not asking for deducing the statement, or vague statements like ‘jamaah’ which simply means group.

        I am asking for these specific terms. So if you like bro you can ask those who follow the Shaf’i, Hanafi/ Hanbali, Maliki, Zhahiri and those who say they are ‘Salafi’.

        Ask them.

        ” Imagine me studying tafsir quran when I cant even solve a simple issue like what are the rukuns of solat and its dalil.”

        You don’t have to worry about that brother as NO ONE KNOWS. There is not a single Muslim scholar of any persuasion or sect that can tell us with 100% certainty all the aspects of the salaah.

        So none of us are really praying the way that Rasul Allah (saw) prayed and Allah knows best.

        Instead what we are doing is praying the way that Imam Shafi, Imam Malik, Ibn Abbas, Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Ahmad, Imam Zainul Abideen, Imam Jafar As Sidiqh have interpreted the Blessed Messenger (saw) and his prayer.

        Allah (swt) knows the truth of it.

        Wa salamu ‘alikum noble brother.

      • Wassalam. My apologies for missing your point as I’ve thought I had answered it by explaining my way of learning and knowing the truth and also i’ve explained that a proper guidance can be obtained from an asatizah or an ulama that are either a trusted organisation or a wellknown ulama. Which point did I miss again.

        You did ask a few questions. Maybe some I might find it hard to answer I choose to avoid answering it.

        I have not read all of your artciles yet, as i see that my question is relating to one of your post only.

        I just find the post regarding correcting Imam Bukhari credits to Rasullulah something that I can relate to the problems most of us are facing, so I’m only focusing on this for now.

        And regarding the hadith about sunnah wal jamaah, I was shared about a hadith from Sunan Abu Daud that Rasul s.a.w said those who follow what the 4 sahabah are holding on to are referred as ahlul sunnah wal jamaah or sunni. The ones that are in majority.Ahlul Sunnah wal jamaah term was created from Imam Abu Hassan Asyaari time, if i remembered correctly.

        Yes I do agree most of Muslims are doing taqlid. and majority of us are taqlid to sunni from the way I understand and then it branches out to sufi tariqah, wahabi, salafi and so on. Syiah and ibadi are minority.

        Also, I believe that I am a Muslim who follows what the Asatizahs from MUIS and Andalus have been teaching me.

        From what I understand they do not relate themselves to any sectors except that they say they are Muslims who follow the Quran and Sunnah.

        That is why i relate to them as sunni. Since thats what sunni means isn’t it?.

        I hope to read more on your articles but, kind of too heavy for my mind to take in actually.

      • Thank you respected brother. Just because I may have misunderstood your point. I would like to clarify for the readers.

        “And regarding the hadith about sunnah wal jamaah, I was shared about a hadith from Sunan Abu Daud that Rasul s.a.w said those who follow what the 4 sahabah are holding on to are referred as ahlul sunnah wal jamaah or sunni. The ones that are in majority.Ahlul Sunnah wal jamaah term was created from Imam Abu Hassan Asyaari time, if i remembered correctly.”

        There is no such ahadith any where that mentions ‘Ahl sunnah Wal Jammah’ the term is a machination, coined , ‘made up’ forged, penned or however one wishes to word it.

        MUIS (I am assuming you mean the body in Singapore) is doing the best job they can do. Many times people ask ‘What can MUIS do for me?’ But how many of us ask ‘What can we do for MUIS?’ After all, it is an organization with limited staff and capabilities, it would be nice to see more Muslims in Singapore work together towards common problems that all of us face. By now everyone in Singapore knows who everyone else is and where they stand. We know which Ustaz and Ustazah follow what Tariqah (if any) which ones follow Salafiyyah, those that follow the Dinar/Dirham movement or associated with the ‘Murabitun’. We know who the Muhamdiyah are, the Tablighi Jamaat, and Jamiyyah. We know who Faith Hub is and Sout Illahi. I say may Allah (swt) bless them all and help them all and may they all come together on issues of MUTUAL and COMMON interest for the benefit of the Muslim community and the benefit of the greater Singapore society. Insh’Allah. Amin!

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