In one of his most acclaimed articles that he narrates verbatim in all Peace TV programs, Dr Zakir Naik answers a very pertinent question – ‘All religions basically teach us to be good human beings. Why then follow only in Islam?’.
In his characteristic style, Zakir Naik announces that “Islam is the most practical religion of world and hence the best and ONLY religion to be accepted by Allah or God.”
He provides an example that Islam not only says that robbery is bad, but also provides a practical method to eliminate robbery. Hence Islam is the best. He conveniently forgets that the following facts:
a. Somalia – the country with highest proportion of Sunni Muslims (the branch of Islam that Zakir Naik follows) in world, produces the largest number of robbers in the world. Somalia’s capital is the most dangerous place on earth as per all surveys and Somalian pirates have earned fame for reasons known to all of us. Somalia is a live example of what practical Islam means.
b. In Global Peace Index, the bottom five countries are those dominated by Islam – Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan and Pakistan.
c. Algeria (again 100% Muslim) is worst offender on human rights as per all surveys. In fact any layman can come up with a clear reverse correlation between proportion of Sunni Muslims and human rights in any country in the world!
Another example he provides is that of Islamic concept of hijab and rules regarding attitude toward women preventing atrocity and rape of women in a practical manner. Again he forgets that:
a. The worst offenders in matters of gender rights are the countries with highest proportion of Muslim population. Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia – you name the country and check their population profile! (The only Muslim countries which are not culprits of human rights and gender rights violation are those who do not take Islamic Sharia so seriously!)
b. The Islamic requirement of woman needing several live observers of crimes like rape, or to prove that she is not adulterous, makes it impossible for women to get justice.
c. There is no provision of divorce in Muslim countries, and freedom to marry several women and keep others as slave-girls is ordained by Holy Quran.
What more, readers are advised to read the 5 articles on Islam and Women on Satyagni site (under Category ‘Islam’) to know more about practical methods that Islam provides for women emancipation!
On contrary, countries with lowest proportion of conservative Muslim population are among the most peaceful ones. Even in India, the state with least Muslim population proportion is Himachal Pradesh which is the most peaceful and flourishing states. And we all know which states are worst in these matters and what is the population profile of those states. We all would like to know why Sachar Committee report was thrust across our throats if Islam indeed is such a practical religion to provide peace and prosperity to its followers and why the poorest countries of the world are Muslim?
In this article we explore Islamic scriptures to see what the practicality of Islam, that Zakir Naik shouts so much about, actually implies. As we shall see, the true Islam has been hijacked by fanatic forces right after death of Muhammad, and what Muslims follow today is the thoroughly distorted version that actually insults Muhammad. The ruling elite of Islam has kept Muslims ignorant and illiterate deliberately for their selfish reasons. These are also the views of scholars like Hassan Nisar of Pakistan.
Hadiths: Practical Handbooks of Islam
Ahadith or Hadiths or Hadees are known to be the practical handbook of Islam. No person can practice Islam unless he/she is guided with the light of Ahadith. It will not be an exaggeration to say that if Quran is the principle of Islam, Ahadith are implementation of the same. In other words, Quran is incomplete without Ahadith. Hadith and Quran are like two poles, neither of which can exist alone. A muslim can not practice Islam until he takes shelter of Hadith. This is evident from the fact that a Muslim cannot even know how to offer prayers by using Quran alone. This secret is unleashed in Ahadith.
Hadith have no lesser importance than Quran in terms of belief, as all the Islamic institutions clearly recommend hell for those who reject Sahih Hadith, irrespective of their belief in Muhammad, Allah, Satan, hell, heaven, angels, Quran, etc.
It is on basis of Hadiths that Muslims claim Islam to be the most practical religion among all. Even Islamic law or sharia is derived from Hadiths. This article contains quotes from the Sahih Hadiths, which are supposed to provide practical solutions to concerns of mankind. This article hardly contains any of our personal analysis. We quote straight from the scriptures and have left it to readers to judge themselves, whether they see any practicality in Islam or not! We cannot agree more with Zakir Bhai MBBS that to know about a religion look at the scriptures!
Note: We have taken these references of Hadiths directly from established Islamic sources and websites and not from any anti-Islamic site(s). Nor did we find the need to modify the language of these self-explanatory Hadiths. You can search most of these Hadiths yourself from http://www.msawest.net/islam/reference/searchhadith.html for example, or any other Islamic site or get from any seller of Islamic texts.)
1. Innovative rape techniques for Jehadis:
Sahih Muslim: Book 008, Number 3371:
Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-‘azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid-conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Mes- senger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born.
Book 008, Number 3373:
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We took women captives, and we wanted to do ‘azl (coitus interruptus) with them. We then asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) about it, and he said to us: Verily you do it, verily you do it, verily you do it, but the soul which has to be born until the Day of judgment must be born.
Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 137:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
We got female captives in the war booty and we used to do coitus interruptus with them. So we asked Allah’s Apostle about it and he said, “Do you really do that?” repeating the question thrice, “There is no soul that is destined to exist but will come into existence, till the Day of Resurrection.”
Comment: Mohammad says to his followers to verily go ahead and rape the captive infidel women. With such evil, ridiculous teachings in Islam, how can Zakir Naik claim Islam to be practical for women rights and human rights! Or is it practical only for the rapists?
Chapter 1 : REGARDING PERMISSION TO MAKE A RAID, WITHOUT AN ULTIMATUM, UPON THE DISBELIEVERS WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN INVITED TO ACCEPT ISLAM
Book 19, Number 4292:
Ibn ‘Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi’ inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them in fight. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi’ said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops.
Book 19, Number 4293:
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Aun and the name of Juwairiya bint al-Harith was mentioned beyond any doubt.
Comment: Thus, if any one of us has ever been invited to accept Islam (as done through Peace TV and websites), now we can be murdered by grace of Allah without any notice! Does Osama Bin Laden need any other justification? And That is why Zakir Naik cannot criticize Osama after all this?
3. Killing Women and Children
SAHIH MUSLIM Chapter 9 : PERMISSIBILITY OF KILLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE NIGHT RAIDS
Book 19, Number 4321:
It is reported on the authority of Sa’b b. Jaththama that the Prophet of Allah (may peace be upon him), when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them.
Book 19, Number 4322:
It is narrated by Sa’b b. Jaththama that he said (to the Holy Prophet): Messenger of Allah, we kill the children of the polytheists during the night raids. He said: They are from them.
Book 19, Number 4323:
Sa’b b. Jaththama has narrated that the Prophet (may peace be upon him) asked: What about the children of polytheists killed by the cavalry during the night raid? He said: They are from them.
Comment: What additional gospel do terrorists need to plant bombs, hijack planes and conduct 26/11 or 9/11!
4. Breast-feeding young men
Chapter 28: SUCKLING OF A YOUNG (BOY) Book 008, Number 3424: ‘ A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Sahla bint Suhail came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be eupon him) and said: Messengerof Allah, I see on the face of Abu Hudhaifa (signs of disgust) on entering of Salim (who is an ally) into (our house), whereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Suckle him. She said: How can I suckle him as he is a grown-up man? Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) smiled and said: I already know that he is a young man ‘Amr has made this addition in his narration that he participated in the Battle of Badr and in the narration of Ibn ‘Umar (the words are): Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) laughed.
Book 008, Number 3425: ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Salim, the freed slave of Abu Hadhaifa, lived with him and his family in their house. She (i. e. the daughter of Suhail came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and said: Salim has attained (purbety) as men attain, and he understands what they understand, and he enters our house freely, I, however, perceive that something (rankles) in the heart of Abu Hudhaifa, whereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to her: Suckle him and you would become unlawful for him, and (the rankling) which Abu Hudhaifa feels in his heart will disappear. She returned and said: So I suckled him, and what (was there) in the heart of Abu Hudhaifa disappeared.
Book 008, Number 3427: Umm Salama said to ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her): A young boy who is at the threshold of puberty comes to you. I, however, do not like that he should come to me, whereupon ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) said: Don’t you see in Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) a model for you? She also said: The wife of Abu Hudhaifa said: Messenger of Allah, Salim comes to me and now he is a (grown-up) person, and there is something that (rankles) in the mind of Abu Hudhaifa about him, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Suckle him (so that he may become your foster-child), and thus he may be able to come to you (freely).
Book 008, Number 3428: Zainab daughter of Abu Salama reported: I heard Umm Salama, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon himy, saying to ‘A’isha: By Allah, I do not like to be seen by a young boy who has passed the period of fosterage, whereupon she (‘A’isha) said: Why is it so? Sahla daughter of Suhail came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Allah’s Messenger, I swear by Allah that I see in the face of Abu Hudhaifa (the signs of disgust) on account of entering of Salim (in the house), whereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Suckle him. She (Sahla bint Suhail) said: He has a heard. But he (again) said: Suckle him, and it would remove what is there (expression of disgust) on the face of Abu Hudhaifa. She said: (I did that) and, by Allah, I did not see (any sign of disgust) on the face of Abu Hadhaifa.
Comment: A fatwa has already been issued to allow women to freely mix with men after she breast-feeds them! Can one imagine the limits of insanity one can reach in name of Islamic practicality!
5. Allah permits rape of married women
Chapter 29: IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO HAVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH A CAPTIVE WOMAN AFTER SHE IS PURIFIED (OF MENSES OR DELIVERY). IN CASE SHE HAS A HUSBAND, HER MARRIAGE IS ABROGATED AFTER SHE BECOMES CAPTIVE
Book 008, Number 3432: Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah her pleased with him) reported that at the Battle of Hanain Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent an army to Autas and encountered the enemy and fought with them. Having overcome them and taken them captives, the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (may peace te upon him) seemed to refrain from having intercourse with captive women because of their husbands being polytheists. Then Allah, Most High, sent down regarding that:” And women already married, except those whom your right hands possess (iv. 24)” (i. e. they were lawful for them when their ‘Idda period came to an end).
Book 008, Number 3433: Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) sent a small army. The rest of the hadith is the same except this that he said: Except what your right hands possessout of them are lawful for you; and he did not mention” when their ‘idda period comes to an end”. This hadith has been reported on the authority of AbuSa’id (al-Khudri) (Allah be pleased with him) through another chain of transmitters and the words are: They took captives (women) on the day of Autas who had their husbands. They were afraid (to have sexual intercourse with them) when this verse was revealed:” And women already married except those whom you right hands posses” (iv. 24) Book 008, Number 3434: Qatada reported a hadith like this with the same chain of transmitters.
Comment: And they say Islam protects dignity of women! Would Zakir Naik discuss these verses in his next lecture on Practical Islam!
6. Kill Someone who leaves Islam
Sahih Muslim Book 16, Number 4154:
‘Abdullah (b. Mas’ud) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) stood up and said : By Him besides Whom there is no god but He, the blood of a Muslim who bears the testimony that there is no god but Allah, and I am His Messenger, may be lawfully shed only in case of three persons: the one who abandons Islam, and deserts the community [Ahmad, one of the narrators, is doubtful whether the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) used the word li’l-jama’ah or al-jama’ah), and the married adulterer, and life for life.
The definition of Islam is given in an earlier hadith:
Book 16, Number 4152:
‘Abdullah (b. Mas’ud) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying : It is not permissible to take the life of a Muslim who bears testimony (to the fact that there is no god but Allah, and I am the Messenger of Allah, but in one of the three cases: the married adulterer, a life for life, and the deserter of his Din (Islam), abandoning the community.
Comment: Poor Muslims! One can only pity on the way they have been trapped to be silent followers of perversion or face death. The situation of women is even worse. (Refer the 5 articles on Women and Islam on Satyagni site)
Hadiths have been tools for stereotypical Mullahs to spread their venom and maintain their control over innocent Muslims. However many progressive Muslims have written against Hadiths and have suggested that unless Islam gets rid of these Hadiths, there can be no ray of hope for Muslims and the world. Prominent among them is Maulana Jeelani Barq whose seminal work “Dual Islam” criticizes Hadiths as plague of Islam. You can read it here.
When Rajpal published Rangeela Rasul, he was murdered as per the above Hadiths and related verses of Quran. But the fact remains that the book was solely based on Hadiths that are considered authoritative by all Maulvis. Interestingly, recently Deoband issued a fatwa that if someone accepts Quran but not Hadiths, he or she is destined to burn in Hell forever!
7. Prophet orders to believe only in him or face Hell
Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 13: Narrated Abu Huraira: “Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children.”
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 14: Narrated Anas: The Prophet said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”
Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” The questioner again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To perform Hajj (Pilgrim age to Mecca) ‘Mubrur, (which is accepted by Allah and is performed with the intention of seeking Allah’s pleasure only and not to show off and without committing a sin and in accordance with the traditions of the Prophet).”
Satyagni appeals to all right-minded Muslims to rise above such madness and generate the courage to outrightly reject all the Hadiths and all those verses of Quran that spread hatred against non-believers and curtail rights of women. We appeal to them to gather courage and reasoning to understand that this step of theirs is necessary to change the future of world, and they have to break the traps of perverted Mullahs like Zakir Naik who use these Hadiths and false verses to promote intolerance. Here is a sample:
If this be the definition of practical Islam, may Ishwar grant us all impracticality so that world is a more peaceful and sensible place for dignified living!