ATTITUDE OF THE FOUR CALIPHS TOWARD THE HADITHS
PROMINENT COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET WAGED WAR AGAINST TRANSMITTERS OF HADITHS
Othman threatened Abu Hurayra with exiling him to the Desh Mountains and Kab to the Kýrada Mountains.
Many companions of the Prophet other then the Four Caliphs, both during the period of the Four Caliphs and thereafter, adopted the same attitude toward the hadiths. Ibn Abbas and Abdullah bin Mesud were among them:
Sheddad asked Ibn Abbas whether the Prophet had left anything behind and the answer was: “Only what are inscribed between the pages on the Quran.”
Bukhari K. Fezailul Qura; Muslim K. Fezailus Sahabe, Abu Davud K. Fiten, Tirmizi K. Fiten.
Ibn Abbas used to say, regarding the prohibition of copying the hadiths: “The communities before you swerved from the right path because of books they wrote like yours.”
Ibn Abdul Berr, Camiul Beyanil ilm
A page on which were written hadiths happened to be in the hands of Abdullah b. Masud. He asked for some water with which he washed away what was written on it, then he ordered it burned saying: “Anyone who would report to me the place where a hadith is kept, I would go there, even as far as India, to destroy it.”
Aby Rayya, Enlightment of the Muhammedan Sunna.
If the hadiths were to be a source of Islam, they should have been preserved; but the fact proved to be different. The hadiths were burned and the self-sufficiency of the Quran was announced. The behavior of those who pay tribute to the companions of the Prophet and the attitude adopted by the companions themselves plainly clash. Those who oppose the prohibition of copying the hadiths, whose reaction runs counter to the approach of the companions, have created a mechanism that puts a forced construction on the hadiths. Yet, this outcry cannot obliterate the fact that not even a single page of hadiths has come down to us from the Four Caliphs’ period. The words spoken by the Caliphs above and the companions of the Prophet and the fact that none of them wrote any such books prove beyond doubt that all our arguments are valid.
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