The Islam preached today is unfortunately the religion whose foundations had been laid under the Omayyads and the Abbasids. This Islam is not based on the Quran, but is the Islam that does not consider the Quran a self-sufficient book, the Islam that underwent reform under the Omayyads and the Abbasids. What the Omayyads and the Abbasids had done was to render religion impractical, encumber it with insurmountable difficulties and segregate the women. They had recourse to hundreds of hadith books and to books written on the canonical law to corrupt and perplex the mind. If we cast a glance on the history of the Omayyads, we shall be in a better position to realize that the sects and the hadiths fabricated are far from reliable.
Honesty, good morals, diligence in the practice of religious rituals, frequent reciting of God’s name are the essential sunnas indicated in the Quran. Turbans, wearing robes with long sleeves and skirts, growing beards, eating with the right hand and seated on the groundi along with restrictions of women’s rights are among the numerous Arabic customs that were instilled into the brains of the public as if they were the Prophet’s own ways. One of the reasons of this brainwashing was to Arabize the Muslim people who were not Arabs by indoctrination through sanctification of the Arab customs and philosophy of life. Had these customs not been shown to be of a religious character, the Arabic customs would not have infiltrated into Muslim communities. The hadith books that found fertile domain in the minds of the sunna followers, like Bukhari and Muslim, and the establishment of sects under the Omayyads and Abbasids, namely Hanafiyah, Shafiyah, Malikiyah and Hanbaliya, have been instrumental in inculcating the Arab nationalism into the minds of Islamized communities.
The entire universe is a product of God’s art. God manifests His art and power in the movements of the earth, in the rain, in the twittering of a bird and in the color of a violet, in a piece of music, in a sculpture, and in a painting. God is the creator of everything, the maker of all raw materials and the mastermind of laws of chemistry, physics and biology. Man shapes what God has provided him with in due conformity with physical laws; he invents machines, makes various calculations that, thanks to mathematics, lead to the production of cars and airplanes. A musician composes with what already exists in the world. A perceptive mind sees the existence of God behind all these things. Nowhere in the Quran is there a suggestion about the prohibition of music, sculpture or painting. Yet, many sects have banned the arts and have wanted to impose their gloomy world on others.
The food prohibited to consume is explicitly indicated in the Quran.
115 – He only prohibits for you dead animals, blood, the meat of pigs and that which is dedicated to other than God. But if one is driven by necessity, without being deliberate or malicious, then God is Forgiver, Merciful.
16 The Honey Bees, 115
145 – Say: “I do not find in the revelations given to me any food that is prohibited for any eater except: dead animals, running blood, the meat of pigs – for it is unclean – and the meat of animals blasphemously dedicated to someone other than God.” But even so, if a person is forced by necessity, without being deliberate or malicious, your Lord is Forgiver, Merciful.
6 The Cattle, 145
MAHDI AND THE ANTICHRIST
It is believed that this figure is about to appear near the end of the world to wipe out the enemies and become the Lord of the world and to later join Christ to defeat the Antichrist. According to the hadiths not only the Mahdi, but also his disciples, possesses superior powers. Thousands of hadiths have been concocted to prove that one’s own sheikh or leader was the Mahdi. There are many contradictory accounts as to the outward appearance of Mahdi, the place where he is to emerge and about his doings. Damascus, Kufa, Istanbul and Madina are the possible points of emergence of Mahdi according to the hadiths. The first generations invented so many hadiths that there was nothing more left for later generations. The description of Mahdi differed according to different leaders; as he was to assume the guise of the leader in question. There has been an inflation of Mahdis in the world of Islam.
Sectarian Islam tried to revoke the Quranic verses and added something alien to the Quran: namely stoning to death. What is still more terrifying was the allegation of traditionalists who argued that there was a missing link in the Quran that had to be supplemented. According to their account, the verse that treated the stoning to death of the offender accused of adultery did exist but was eaten up by a goat.
In the meantime, we must not forget that all the sects without exception have vindicated this argument. Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Davudi Hanbal, Ibn Maja hold a brief for the existence of rajm. Yet, the retribution for adultery is well explained in the Quran. To introduce a new provision that contradicts the Quran shows the kind of mentality and the degree of faith in the Quran of the traditionalist Islamist.
2 – The adulteress and the adulterer should be flogged a hundred lashes (jalda) each. Do not be swayed by kindness from carrying out God’s law, if you believe in God and the Last Day. And the punishment should be witnessed by a group of believers.
24 The Light, 2
The punishment is then the flogging of the offender with a jalda, an Arabic expression meaning a stick that would hurt the skin. The Arabic words ansa, minsa, which have the signification of rod, or cudgel, are not mentioned. By this is meant that the idea was not to inflict pain to the offender but merely to expose him/her to public censure. According to the Quran, to prove adultery, the testimony of four witnesses is required. If we take into consideration that immunity of private ownership is de rigueur in Islam, it is difficult for four persons to witness the adulterous act at the same time. Yet, this is a prescription that bans the institution of brothels. While even in such a case ,God says not to be overtaken by compassion, how can a cruel punishment like stoning to death be envisaged? Moreover, in the preceding verse (24 The Light, 1) it is stressed that the verse to follow is explicit enough. This is the law of God who is never short of words (31 Luqmaan, 27); who is the Supreme Lawgiver (5 The Feast, 50); who is not forgetful (19 Mary, 64) and who has revealed the Quran in all its details (11 Hud, 1).
In the first three chapters we settled the question of the self-sufficiency of the Quran and in the fourth we produced clear evidence to show that the hadiths sanctified and clothed in the garb of holiness could not constitute a source for Islam, by pointing to the method of collection. Assuming that the companions of the Prophet are free from all error, the question of the literal representation in the collection of hadiths proved the unreliability of it, no matter how honorable the intention may have been. We shall no longer be dealing with these in the present chapter. The object of our study will be the intentional interpolations. This will enable us to have an insight into the reasons of inventions of which we shall furnish examples in Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9.
PAGE 2: 1) FABRICATIONS WITH THE INTENTION OF ADULTERATING THE RELIGION
PAGE 3: 2) FABRICATIONS BY DISSIDENTS
PAGE 4: 3) FABRICATIONS BY THOSE WHO THOUGHT THAT THE REVELATION NEEDED TO BE SUPPLEMENTED
PAGE 5: 4) FABRICATIONS TO MAKE RELIGION ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE
PAGE 6: 5) FABRICATORS WHO TRIED TO JUSTIFY THEIR SECTS AND IDEAS
PAGE 7: 6) FABRICATIONS UNDER PRESSURE
PAGE 8: 7) FABRICATIONS BY SEEKERS OF MATERIAL GAIN
PAGE 9: 8.) FABRICATORS, SEEKERS OF SPIRITUAL ADVANTAGE
PAGE 10: 9) FABRICATIONS TO GIVE A PLACE FOR TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS IN RELIGION
PAGE 11: 10) FABRICATIONS RESULTING FROM INTERPOLATIONS INTO THE RELIGION OF STORIES FROM OTHER RELIGIONS