PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND FOUR CALIPHS WERE HADITH REJECTERS

Prophet Muhammad was a Hadith Rejecter

Prophet Muhammad would have been put to death immediately and thrown in hell if he had asked for his own sayings (other than those already part of the Quranic revelation) to be considered as part of the divine revelation:

17:73 And they nearly diverted you (O Muhammad) from what We inspired to you so that you would fabricate something different against Us, and then they would have taken you as a friend!

17:74 And if We had not made you stand firm, you were about to lean towards them a little bit.

17:75 Then, We would have made you taste double (Punishment) in this life and double (Punishment) after death. And then you would not find for yourself any victor against Us.

Prophet Muhammad died peacefully which proves that he did not attribute any false Sayings or Hadiths to Allah in his life:

69:43 A revelation (The Quran) from the Lord of the worlds.
69:44 And had he (Muhammad) attributed some false Sayings (Ba’da Aqawili) to Us.
69:45 We would have SEIZED HIM BY THE RIGHT HAND (bil-yamīni).
69:46 Then, We would have severed his life-line.
69:47 None of you would be able to prevent it.

MUHAMMAD’S OWN DECLARATION IN THE QURAN:

“I [Muhammad] follow [only] that which is revealed to me. Were I to disobey my Lord [Allah], I would be liable to the chastisement of a terrible day.” Quran 10:15

PROOF FROM THE MAN MADE HADITHS ITSELF

1- It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allah said:

“Do not write anything from me; whoever has written anything from me other than the Qur’aan, let him erase it and narrate from me, for there is nothing wrong with that.” (Narrated by Muslim, al-Zuhd wa’l-Raqaa’iq, 5326)

2- Prophet Muhammad said: Do not take from any thing EXCEPT Quran:

The Prophet had commanded “La taktabu anni ghair-al-Quran; wa man kataba anni ghair-al-Quran falyamhah!” (Do not write from me except the Qur’an and whoever writes from me except the Qur’an he must destroy it!) (Musnad Ahmad hadith No 10966, Muslim Hadith No 594)

3- Zayd ibn Thabit said:

” The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) ordered us not to write any of his traditions. So he erased it.” (Sunan Abu Dawud Book 25 hadith 3640)

4- Abu Hurayrah said

“We were sitting down, writing what we heard from the Holy Prophet. He entered the room and asked us: What are you writing? We said: We are writing what we hear from you. He said: Another book next to the Book of Allah? We said: It is what we hear from you. He said: Then write the Book of Allah, uphold the Book of Allah, no other books but the Book of Allah, uphold the Book of Allah. Abu Hurayrah said: So we collected all that we wrote and burnt it. Then we asked the Holy Prophet: Can we talk about you? He said: Yes you can and feel no shame for it, and whoever deliberately lies about me, his seat in Hell will be secured. Abu Hurayrah said: Can we talk about Bani Israel? He said: Yes you can and feel no shame for it. “ (Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal 10611).

5- Narrated Ibn `Abbas:

When Allah’s Messenger was on his death-bed and in the house there were some people among whom was `Umar bin Al-Khattab, the Prophet said, “Come, let me write for you a statement after which you will not go astray.” `Umar said, “The Prophet is seriously ill and you have the Qur’an; so the Book of Allah is enough for us.” The people present in the house differed and quarrelled. Some said “Go near so that the Prophet may write for you a statement after which you will not go astray,” while the others said as `Umar said. When they caused a hue and cry before the Prophet, Allah’s Messenger said, “Go away!” (Sahih Bukhari 5669, Musnad Imam Ahmad).

According to the historic books of Dhahabi in Tadhkiratul Huffadh and Ibn Saad in Tabaqat the four Caliphs always burned ahadith and ‘Umar even imprisoned those who narrate ahadith amongst whom is Abu Hurayra which Umar himself hit many times with his stick.

As for hadith, the prophet knew nothing about it just like prophet Isa does not know anything about the four gospels in the Bible because they were written after him without his permission and authentication. The only hadith the prophet brought is the Quran (45:6).”

THE FIRST FOUR CALIPHS PROHIBITED HADITHS

In line with the Prophet’s forbiddance, all the first four Caliphs also STRICTLY PROHIBITED recording of hadiths.

These ‘rightly guided successors of the Prophet’ – the ‘Khulafa-e-Rashideen’ – obviously tried to prevent the creation of secondary authorities next to the Quran.
This approach by them appears to be even more noteworthy once we consider that at that time there were still people living who had directly witnessed the prophet’s acts and sayings.

The total non-existence of any record e.g. of any of the Prophet’s Friday khutbas – which could have been a relatively valuable resource in matters of religion – is an evidence that clearly reveals the general attitude towards hadiths during this period.

1. ABU BAKR

ABU BAKR, the first Caliph, was resolute about this original prohibition of recording of hadiths. His opinion regarding hadiths is reflected by his alleged comment after the death of the Prophet:

“If anyone amongst you used to worship Muhammad, then Muhammad is dead, but if you used to worship God, then God is Alive and shall never die.”

As there was a growing number of very contradictory narrations about the Prophet among his disciples, Abu Bakr imposed a complete ban on the writing of hadiths.

Not only that he burnt his collection of 500 hadiths, and made no distinction between the true and the fabricated hadiths, he delivered this message to the public:

“Do not narrate or transmit any saying from God’s messenger. Tell those who would like you to tell hadiths: Behold! God’s Book is with us, abide by what has been made lawful for you in the Quran and avoid what has been prohibited therein.” (Tazkiratul-Huffaz)

2. OMAR

OMAR, the second Caliph, was particularly strict in this regard. His constant dictum to the people was ‘hasbuna kitabullah’ (‘The Quran is sufficient for us’). According to a hadith:

“When Muhammad was sick on his death bed, he asked his companions to bring him pen and paper so that he could write them something for their salvation. When one of his companions rushed out to bring pen and paper, he was stopped by Omar ibn Khattab. Reportedly, Omar told him: “The Prophet has a high fever; he does not know what he is saying. God’s book is sufficient for us!” Everyone in the room accepted what Omar said.” (Bukhari: Jihad 176, Jizya 6, Ilm 49, Marza 17, Magazi 83, Itisam 2; Muslim: Vasiyya 20-22; Ibn Hanbal 1/222, 324, 336, 355)

Omar was quoted as stating that initially 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.” (Jama ul Biyaan)

During Omar’s rule there was a considerable increase in the number of hadiths. He ordered all the pages on which were written the hadiths that were in the hands of the public to be brought to him and then the entire collection to be burnt. He also sent letters to the Prophet’s companions living in other cities, asking them to destroy all the copies of hadiths in their hands.

He said to a team of Qarza bin Ka’ab who were ready for a journey to Iraq:

“You are going to a country where people recite the Quran so much that the voice of the Quran echoes there like busy bees; so do not divert them from the Quran and from their true path by narrating hadiths. Qarza says, after that day, they did not remember narrating any hadith again.” (Jama ul Biyaan)

Omar was infuriated by hadith narrators like Qa’ab and Abu Hurayra, and drew a parallel between the hadiths and the Mishnah that had corrupted Judaism, saying:

“These are like the Mishnah of the Jewish people.”

Omar was so categorical against transmission of hadith that when he saw Abi bin Qa’ab narrating hadiths, he went after him with his big cane (Tazkiratul-Huffaz).

Then Abu Huraira – the most prominent hadith narrator, whose negative role in Islam is considered by some as that of St Paul in Christianity – was recorded as having admitted himself his trouble with Omar:

“Abu Hurayra said: We could not utter ‘God’s Messenger spoke thus’, before Omar died.” (Muslim)

“Abu Hurayra said: If I transmitted these hadiths during the lifetime of Omar, he would surely strike me.” (Zahabi, Tazkiratul-Huffaz)

Here are a few other references:

“Omar said: Remember those that went before you, they had books written and abandoned God’s Book. I shall not allow anyone to compare any book with the Quran.”

“Omar said: By God, I shall not let any book cast a shadow on the Quran.”

In matters of hadith Omar had no reservations at all, even for the companions of the Prophet. He reprimanded Abdullah bin Masood, Abu Durda and Abu Zahry for narrating hadiths and kept all three of them under house arrest in Medina as long as he lived.

“Shay’bee said: I remained in the company of Omar for full one year, but never heard any hadith from him.”

3. OTHMAN

OTHMAN, the third Caliph, also did not pay any heed to the Hadith or traditions:

“Once Ali’s son came to Othman with a script of command by the Prophet about zakat. Othman asked to be excused!” (Azhir bin Saleh)

It is reported that Othman threatened Abu Hurayra with exiling him to the Desh Mountains and Kab to the Kyrada Mountains as they continued transmitting hadiths.

4. ALI

ALI, the fourth Caliph, pronounced the following statement in a khutba:

“Those who possess with them pages of hadiths should destroy them. For what causes havoc among people is their abandonment of the book of God and in abiding by the injunctions of the scholars.” (Jama e Biyaan ul Ilm, narrated by Abdullah bin Ye’saar).

Ali – like several other notable sahaba including Omar, Othman and Aisha – accused Abu Huraira of fabricating false hadiths.

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