Thursday, December 15, 2011

When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Dooms day)

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):  Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour." It was asked, "How will honesty be lost, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "When authority is given to those who do not deserve it, then wait for the Hour."  Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 503

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Whoever believes in,Allah

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "Whoever believes in
Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet, and whoever
believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt (or insult) his
neighbour; and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should entertain
his guest generously."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 482

Allah will give shade to,seven (types of people) under His Shade (on the Day of Resurrection)

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):  The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said Allah will give shade to seven (types of people) under His Shade (on the Day of Resurrection). One of them will be a person who remembers Allah and his eyes are then flooded with tears.  Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 486

What you utter is important.

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "A slave (of Allah) may
utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance, and
because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward); a slave (of
Allah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allah without
thinking of its gravity and because of that he will be thrown into the

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 485

If you knew that,which Mohammad SAW know, you would laugh little and weep much

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "If you knew that
which I know you would laugh little and weep much."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 492

What seem in your eyes as tiny is destructive sins

Narrated Ghailan (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

Anas said "You people do (bad) deeds (commit sins) which seem in your eyes
as tiny (minute) as hair while we used to consider those (very deeds)
during the life-time of the Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) as
destructive sins."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 499

Friday, December 9, 2011

IMAGINE! China Invades America!

Shall I not be a thankful slave (to Allah)?

Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu'ba (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to pray so much that his
feet used to become oedematous or swollen, and when he was asked as to why
he prays so much, he would say, "Shall I not be a thankful slave (to Allah)?"

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 478

Better,thing and a worse thing seen by Muhammad SAWS.

Narrated Anas bin Malik (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

Once Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) led us in prayer and
then (after finishing it) ascended the pulpit and pointed with his hand
towards the Qibla of the mosque and said, "While I was leading you in
prayer, both Paradise and Hell were displayed in front of me in the
direction of this wall. I had never seen a better thing (than Paradise) and
a worse thing (than Hell) as I have seen today, I had never seen a better
thing and a worse thing as I have seen today."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 475

Mercy of Allah - Had the non-believer known of all the Mercy which is in the,Hands of Allah, he would not lose hope of entering Paradise

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

I heard Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying, Verily Allah
created Mercy. The day He created it, He made it into one hundred parts. He
withheld with Him ninety-nine parts, and sent its one part to all His
creatures. Had the non-believer known of all the Mercy which is in the
Hands of Allah, he would not lose hope of entering Paradise, and had the
believer known of all the punishment which is present with Allah, he would
not consider himself safe from the Hell-Fire."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 476

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

7 Elephants Now Thrashing Your Living Room

7 Elephants Now Thrashing Your Living Room

Sat Nov 12 2011 13:23

by Zen Gardner


According to the mass media fog machine, the following phenomena are really not worth reporting. In fact, by their omission they literally do not fully exist in people's minds but are just slight vague ephemeral illusions dancing on the fringe of their consciousness. 

As many people say to this day, "If 9/11 was an inside job the media would have been all over it."

Conditioning complete.


Here They Come...Just 7 Of The Herd for Starters

1. Fukushima Is Irradiating the Planet

Estimated to have already far surpassed Chernobyl in dangerous radioactive emissions that are not abating in the least and expected to get worse, we hear nothing about this in the mainstream news.

In fact, the level of denial is outright Orwellian. Here's a perfect example in recent news:

Nuke agency reports unusual radiation in Europe

VIENNA (AP) — Very low levels of radiation, which are higher than normal but don't seem to pose a health hazard, are being registered in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.

The agency said the cause was not known but was not the result of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which spread radiation across the globe in March. Source

Go ahead and rub your eyes, but you actually just read that. In fact in Japan the denial is so great that people are moving BACK to Fukushima and eating the contaminated food while children play in its highly toxic playgrounds.

All part of the same message; "The elephant doesn't exist."

2. Illegal Drone Attacks are Terrorizing Innocent Populations

Be sure to click on the BBC link at the bottom of this quote for a glimpse into a terrorized teen's last words before he was beheaded by a drone attack while driving his car with his cousin who was also murdered.

The human toll of the US drone campaign

The principal reason so little attention is paid to the constant victims of American violence in the Muslim world is because the U.S. Government refuses to disclose anything about these attacks and media outlets virtually never report on those victims (MSNBC demoted and then fired its then-rising-star Ashleigh Banfield when she returned from Iraq and pointed out that fact in an April, 2003 speech denouncing the “one-sided” coverage of American wars: meaning, the invisibility in U.S. media of America’s civilian victims). It’s easy to cheer for a leader who regularly extinguishes the lives of innocent men, women, teenagers and young children when you can remain blissfully free of hearing about the victims. It’s even easier when the victims all have Muslim-ish names and live in the parts of the Muslim world we’ve been taught to view as a cauldron of sub-human demons. That’s why it’s periodically worth highlighting the actual impact of those drones and the actual people they kill, as the BBC did today:


3. Geoengineering and Weather Wars

The amount of documentation and evidence supporting the existence of these ongoing programs is staggering, yet never a word in the mainstream press. All you hear about is more hype regarding "climate change problems" and the scientific community's "concern" and ideas for "mitigating this problem", where they slowly introduce weather mod "ideas" that are actually black ops programs already under way for years.

That the UN had to pass a treaty to NOT use weather weapons as far back as 1977 says it all. Where do you think they are with that technology now, 34 years later?

Wikepedia: Weather control, particularly hostile weather warfare, was addressed by the "United Nations General Assembly Resolution 31/72, TIAS 9614 Convention[19] on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques" was adopted. The Convention was: Signed in Geneva May 18, 1977; Entered into force October 5, 1978; Ratification by U.S. President December 13, 1979; U.S. ratification deposited at New York January 17, 1980. [20]

With earthquakes and storm systems demonstrably proven to be manipulated or outright caused by powerful EMF manipulation and our skies constantly streaked with a chemical haze emitted by 1000's of planes worldwide one might think there would be cause for alarm and a little public education.

"Nope, no elephant here....cuz we don't even talk about it."

4. The Obama Hoax

Now this one you may think is obvious but it's a doozy. Here's a guy who came out of nowhere and they can't even find anyone who knew him where he claimed to go to college. He produces no paperwork on his nationality, education or health records, has multiple social security numbers and whose only credentials are a book by himself about himself! ..and of which he is very likely not even the author!

And the contents of the book? How much is true and how much is just made up and cleverly packaged? At least with a food package you get a contents list. This fable rivals a Disney production.

He comes in on a hope and change anti-war ticket and what does he do? The same as the rest of them and no one seems to notice!

He escalates America's illegal wars and wins the Nobel Peace Prize. He promises transparency and we know less about the government's goings on than ever. And he has devolved the US government into a defacto fascist dictatorship with his use of Czar appointments, executive orders and arbitrary war forays without Congressional approval.

And he's President of the United States! Not only that, he has presided (as figurehead) over the worst downturn in American history and is now running for re-election based on his amazing record of accomplishments!

"No elephant here. He's hope and change! More smoke up my butt please..."

5. Universal Sickcare

This is business as usual for the PTBs but it's still a giant stomping elephant in every room of the house.

When organic food and supplements are on the verge of being banned, growing your own food regulated and hindered, and the Federal Drug Administration approves poisonous toxins in your food and water and the genetic modification of living organisms that we consume but have no right to know which ones they are...we have a problem.

When our children are being drugged and vaccinated, and given a steady diet of junk food laden with MSG, aspartame, wood pulp and genetically modified high fructose corn syrup, just to name a few of their poisons...we have a problem.

When doctors won't treat unvaccinated patients, chemotherapy becomes mandatory and natural and homeopathic treatments are illegal...we have a problem.

It's not a healthcare system. It's sick, and promotes sickness. Hey, don't believe me? Follow the money. Cui bono?

6. Media Magick Madness

That they can get away with camouflaging and ignoring and getting the public to ignore major issues such as these is akin to magick or sorcery. They do this by,amongst other things, introducing subconscious rules and guidelines as to what we should consider truth or not. And one of the rules is, "if we the media mogul mouthpieces don't talk about it, it might as well not exist because we don't consider it important".

Truth erased by omission and supplanted with a false narrative.

The perfect example again is 9/11. There's not an iota of the official story that is provable except that things blew up, while the anomalies in what transpired that day are myriad. And is this even debatable? No. In fact even challenging the official story has become tantamount to heresy. After all, rule #1 is to NEVER point out an elephant. Elephants simply do not exist.

That kerosene can't melt steel? Sorry, never heard that on TV. That an Arab passport flutters supernaturally in perfect condition from this horrific exploding plane hitting and supposedly melting an entire building? Wow, what luck!

And the pancake theory? Anyone see any pancaked floors? "Oh well, I'm sure they were there cuz they told us that's how it happened, move along." And to this day mention building 7 and you'll be shocked how many people never even heard of it.

Why? The old news blackout trick. Do the same with Oklahoma what was on the news the first day and notice how you never ever heard again about "the other bombs" they found that day that were sophisticated military grade munitions. The reporters said these were crucial evidence and were going to help identify the culprits.

Gone. Erased by omission from the public mind. Virtually the "lone gunman" story once again. JFK redux. How convenient.

Besides the lies and political side show, when the populace is bombarded with shallow roll models, decadent athletes and rock stars, degrading sexual deviancy and an endless stream of horrific violent images via TV, movies, computer games and even actual war...we have a problem.

7. Marginalization Of Extra "Ordinary" Phenomena

What UFOs? 10's of thousands of sightings doesn't apparently mean squat if "official sources" don't acknowledge their existence. A secret space program and mega militarization of space? "C'mon, they couldn't hide something like that! And underground bases? That would be such a story the media would never ignore and surely someone would have spoken up about them."

Mind control? "Now who would do that to you but a demonic Asian in a POW camp? Get over it. It's not possible any more. I'm a free entity, there's no way they could pull that off. Pass the cool aid, honey, I'm thirsty.."

Funny, they talk about the technological capability to do things like these, and put out scores of movies on these subjects, but in order to apply it to your reality they've positioned themselves as the final authority on every subject. For example, that the wicked PTBs may be targeting the general population with mind control techniques, never mind manipulating thousands of actual Manchurian candidates around the world would seem crazy to most. Yet they know advertising works on this very basis.

But again, that's been cleverly camouflaged, excused and justified as "free enterprise". Clever little bastards, aren't they?

"And now those wackos are talking about secret societies, ritual child abuse and paedophilia amongst the elites? All that stuff's nonsense. Why the news man would laugh at all that, honey. I could tell by the smirk on his face not to believe all that stuff in that interview..."

And consciousness and extra-dimensional realities? That's relegated to "scientists" to package up and serve in some remote non-applicable sanitized fashion. Otherwise, you talk about that stuff and you're a new age paranoid conspiracy nut job.

Again, the false choice technique...neither option they give you is the Truth.


These are just 7 of these things. There is an entire herd of elephants running around the whole human household with more roaming through each day! The extent to which humanity is being massively manipulated can be overwhelming at first, but it's actually quite liberating once you get through most of the maze and start to "get it".

But this is real education. The other is predominantly programming your mind to accept a predetermined version of reality that they would like you to have.

Solution: Pull the Plug

It's clear the so-called government and it's plethora of bloated agencies are not there to help you, but to manage, seduce, suppress, subjugate and control you. Yet they convince you otherwise to keep you dependent and upside down and backwards while telling you everything's on the up and up.

Their fundamental technique is trauma-based mind control and cognitive dissonance. Keep affronting your senses with violent images and then reversing your sense of right and wrong and telling you white is black and black is white long enough and you'll finally give in.

The only place to turn is OFF. Turn it all off. Get your real life back. Read, play, love those around you, laugh, visit inspiring and revelatory alternative internet sites while they're still available. Spend time in nature. Just get away from televisions and any form of mass media. Have you noticed how TVs are constantly playing in just about every lobby, restaurant, lounge, terminal etc., and people leave them on at home just for companionship?

Big Brother wants your attention. Don't give it to him.

And be careful as to what music you listen to. I cringe when I see young people with their earbuds in and a strange stare on their faces or slumped over in obvious depression. I can only imagine what rubbish their subjecting themselves to thinking it's cool or OK cuz it's some famous group or something iTunes is pushing. Music is programming, either good or bad.

Skepticism Is Good

Their pollution has become so pervasive it's hard to trust anything any more. Don't worry, that's a healthy attitude.

Stay takes some doing and undoing, but it's what life is all about. And help others do the same.

Conscious awareness is a thrill worth detaching for!

Love, Zen









"There is a higher court than courts of justice, and that is the court of Conscience.  It supersedes all other courts."  MAHATMA GANDHI

peace             dove"Mas vale morir de pie que vivir de rodillas." -


Don't take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.

Narrated 'Aisha (Radi-Allahu 'anha):

The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) was asked, "What deeds are loved most by Allah?" He said, "The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few." He added, "Don't take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 472

Monday, December 5, 2011

The regular constant one

Narrated Masruq (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

I asked 'Aisha "What deed was the most beloved to the Prophet? (Sallallahu
'Alaihi Wa Sallam)" She said, "The regular constant one." I said, "At what
time did he use to get up at night (for the Tahajjud night prayer)?' She
said, "He used to get up on hearing (the crowing of) the cock (the last
third of the night)."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 468

The deeds of anyone,of you will not save you (from the Hell Fire).

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu 'anhu):

Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "The deeds of anyone of you will not save you (from the (Hell) Fire)." They said, "Even you (will not be saved by your deeds), O Allah's Apostle?" He said, "No, even I (will not be saved) unless and until Allah bestows His Mercy on me. Therefore, do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and worship Allah in the forenoon and in the afternoon and during a part of the night, and always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course whereby you will reach your target (Paradise)."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 470

Most beloved deed to Allah is the regular and constant even though it were little

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

To Make The Heart Tender - 10th Muharram 1433 (5th December 2011)

Narrated 'Aisha (Radi-Allahu 'anha):

Allah's Apostle (Sallallahu 'Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, "Do good deeds
properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds alone will not
make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the
most regular and constant even though it were little."

Bukhari Vol. 8 : No. 471

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Allowing Retail FDI In India: Lies, Lies And Damn Lies By Devinder Sharma

Allowing Retail FDI In India: Lies, Lies And Damn Lies  By Devinder Sharma


At a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is refusing to roll back the decision to open the retail sector to foreign direct investment saying it will benefit our country, the American President Obama thinks otherwise. In a tweet on Saturday (Nov 26), President Obama wrote: “support small businesses in your community by shopping at your favorite local store.” While President Obama is talking of what is good for America, Manmohan Singh too is adamant on protecting American interests


In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate,
the Most Merciful.


[This sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of
Dhul-Hijjah 10 A.H. in the 'Uranah valley
of Mount Arafat' in Makkah.]

After praising and thanking Allah,The One,
The Prophet (saww) said:

"O People, lend me an attentive ear,
for I know not whether after this year I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.

Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligations shall henceforth be waived. Your capital is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn 'Abd'al Muttalib [the Prophet's uncle] be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide in pre-islamic days is henceforth waived and the first such right that i waive is that arising from the murder of Rabiah ibn al Harithibn.

O People, the unbelievers indulge in tampering with the calender in order to make permissible that which Allah forbade, and to forbid that which Allah has made permissible. With Allah the months are twelve in number. Four of them are holy, three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Shaban.

Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope of that he will be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with anyone of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white - except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belogs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not therefore do injustice to yourselves.

Remember one day you will meet Allah and answer your deeds. So beware: do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you.

I leave behind me two things, the Qur'an and my Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly.

Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message to Your people."

PRETENSIONS OF POSTMODERNISM and the hadith of Umm Waraqah

PRETENSIONS OF POSTMODERNISM and the hadith of Umm Waraqah

Shaykh Taha Karan (South Africa)

The appropriation of the hadith of Umm Waraqah as proof for the permissibility and validity of a woman's leading salah in Amina Wadud's recent episode in New York throws up some interesting considerations.

Responses have varied. There has been the tendency to question the authenticity of the hadith; another approach looks at the applicability of the hadith to the case in question; while a third approach surveys the views and opinions of the scholars of Islam. While none of these approaches lacks individual merit, it should not be lost to the observer that there is another side to the issue―a side that none of us can afford to lose sight of in the present global climate.

The present paper seeks to touch upon each of these various approaches, whilst not omitting to set the issue within the framework of contemporary affairs.


The hadith of Umm Waraqah has been documented in Sunan Abi Dawud, Musnad Ahmad, al-Hakim's Mustadrak, and al-Bayhaqi's Dala'il al-Nubuwwah. [1] Its chain of narrators in all of these sources lead up to a single strand:

al-Walid ibn 'Abdillah ibn Jumay', narrating from his grandmother and 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn Khallad, both of whom narrate from Umm Waraqah.

Authenticity rests, to a great (though not exclusive) degree upon the narrators. As a rule, a hadith will only be accepted as authentic and reliable basis for law when it meets the requirements of acceptance. In the present hadith the focus comes to rest upon three narrators: al-Walid, his grandmother, and 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khallad.

al-Walid ibn 'Abdillah ibn Jumay'
Hadith critics have differed on al-Walid ibn 'Abdillah ibn Jumay'. Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Yahya ibn Ma'in, al-'Ijli, Abu Zur'ah and Abu Hatim are on record as having accepted his reliability as a narrator; while Ibn Hibban and al-'Uqayli have made disparaging remarks about his credibility. Al-Bazzar adds that he had certain Shi'i proclivities in him as well. [2] Ibn Hajar sums up these various pronouncements by saying that he was "truthful, prone to err, with an accusation of Shi'ism against him". [3]

The grandmother of al-Walid
In al-Hakim's version of the hadith her name is given as Layla bint Malik. There is general concurrence amongst the muhaddithun that she is unknown. [4] When a narrator is unknown the hadith falls short of the requirements of authenticity. To this may be added the fact that there also exists some confusion with regard to al-Walid ibn 'Abdillah's source. In some versions of the hadith it is his grandmother; in others it is his grandfather; whilst in yet others his grandmother is identified as Umm Waraqah herself.[5] What we have here is thus a case of jahalah (an unknown narrator) compounded by iditirab (confusion).

'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khallad
In 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khallad we have another example of an unknown entity. His name appears nowhere in hadith literature except in this narration of Walid ibn 'Abdillah ibn Jumay'. Ibn al-Qattan states that his condition is unknown, leading Ibn Hajar to conclude that he is majhul al-hal (a less serious case of jahalah that would pass as acceptable to some scholars). [6] A recent recension of Ibn Hajar avers, however, that this is not a case of jahalat al-hal, but one of jahalat al-'ayn, which is considerably more serious. [7]

Missing links
Over and above the disparaging claims that have been made about the above narrators, there is another issue which has a bearing upon the acceptability of the hadith. Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani points out that the form in which the chain of the hadith appears in the common sources hides another issue that impugns its authenticity. Neither Walid ibn 'Abdillah's grandmother (or grandfather), nor 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khallad have received this hadith from Umm Waraqah directly. Ibn al-Sakan and Ibn Mandah have recorded the hadith via Layla bint Malik (who is Walid's grandmother), from her father, from Umm Waraqah; while Abu Nu'aym records it via Walid, from his grandmother, from her mother, from Umm Waraqah. 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khallad too, is on record as having received the hadith, not from Umm Waraqah directly, but though an unknown intermediary.[8]

Opinions have differed around this hadith. Objectivity and honesty demand that both opinions be stated here.

Some have looked upon it as a case of a questionable narrator (Walid ibn 'Abdillah ibn Jumay') narrating from two unknown narrators, and have therefore concluded that the hadith is not reliable.

A more lenient opinion asserts that the questionable narrator is reliable to most critics, while the two unknown narrators corroborate one another. They therefore claim that the hadith is hasan li-ghayrihi, indicating an intrinsic weakness augmented by corroboration. The corroboration, however, is a case of internal corroboration (mutaba'ah) and not external (shahid). In other words, this hadith is not supported by any other independent and separate hadith, but merely by the fact that Walid ibn 'Abdillah happens to narrate it from two persons. Al-Hakim al-Naysaburi has conclusively negated the existence of any other hadith on this issue. [9]

What this lenient position overlooks is the issue of missing links in the chain. Such missing links constitute a major problem. We have no idea whatsoever about the personality, and consequently of the reliability, of the missing persons. An objective appraisal of the state of the hadith cannot fail to take this hidden defect (termed an 'illah in hadith terminology) in consideration. One of the 5 essential requirements of authenticity is that the hadith should be free from such defects. In the final analysis, the hadith of Umm Waraqah falls short in authenticity, and has to be dismissed as authoritative grounds upon which to formulate law.


Applicability, of course, will only come into play if it accepted that the hadith is acceptable. Assuming therefore that it is in fact a reliable hadith, the question that should next be asked is whether it does actually indicate what it is claimed to indicate: that it is fully permissible and valid for a woman to lead males in salah.

The core of this claim rests upon the part of the hadith which reads

وأمرها أن تؤم أهل دارها

He (i.e the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) ordered her (Umm Waraqah) to lead the people of her house (dar) in prayer.

There is no express mention of which individuals constituted the members of her household. There is no mention of a husband, father or son. All that exists is the fact that the hadith makes mention of the fact that the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam appointed a male person to be her mu'adhdhin. This has led some persons into the claim that Umm Waraqah led at least one male in salah.

The hadith, however, does not state that. It doesn't state that the muadhdhin actually made his salah behind Umm Waraqah. To assert that would be an assumption into the text, and not the text itself. Assumptions of this nature should never be done subjectively, but in consideration of objective factors known to us through other texts.

The first such factor would be the insistence of the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam upon congregational salah in the masjid. Well known are the ahadith on his extreme annoyance at certain persons performing salah at home, to the point that he threatened to burn down their houses. [10] Equally well known is the case of the blind man who came seeking permission to perform his salah at home. After initially granting him permission to do so, Rasulullah sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam recalled him and asked him if he could hear the adhan. When he answered in the affirmative, he ordered him to attend the congregational prayer in the masjid. [11] It has also been stated that in the time of the Prophet sallallhu 'alayhi wasallam the only male to stay away from the congregational prayer would be an open hypocrite or a severely ill person. [12]

Such a severe attitude against the performance of salah away from the congregation in the masjid, leaves us with very little option but to assume that even the mu'adhdhin of Umm Waraqah was ordered to make adhan for her, but perform his salah in the masjid with the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam and the rest of the Companions. Any other assumption flies blatantly in face of what is reliably known to us of the attitude of the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam and the practice of the community at Madinah.

In short, there exists ambiguity in the text of this hadith. As it stands it carries the possibility that the people who prayed behind Umm Waraqah included males; and it carries the other possibility that they were exclusively females. A cardinal rule with regard to dealing with textual ambiguity is that consideration must be given to surrounding evidence. Ignoring the surrounding evidence of attitudes and environment can only be said to be subjective, and therefore, worthy of dismissal.

As for the argument that the word dar refers to the entire neighbourhood, it rests upon an even flimsier basis. The literal meaning of the word dar, as opposed to bayt, is that the word dar applies to the entire structure, consisting of walls, rooms and inner courtyard, while bayt refers to the individual rooms within the dar. The extension of the word dar to an entire neighbourhood is figurative (majaz), and opting for a figurative reading without advancing compelling objective reason is once again a subjective ploy. The words dar and bayt are used in the very same hadith in a way that puts paid to any such extension. Umm Waraqah was eventually murdered by two of her slaves. 'Umar's discover of the body of Umm Waraqah after her murder is recorded by Ibn al-Sakan as follows: [13]

فلما أصبح عمر قال: والله ما سمعت قراءة خالتي أم ورقة . فدخل الدار فلم ير شيئا. فدخل البيت فإذا هي ملفوفة في قطيفة في جانب البيت.


It appears from the way in which the hadith of Umm Waraqah has been appropriated and brandished in the case of Amina Wadud's Jumu'ah adventure, that she and her ilk actually subscribe to the authority of Hadith and Sunnah. A more careful reading of her writings and the attitude towards Hadith as reflected in them points to something more sinister at work here.

Amina Wadud is a feminist. That much is as clear as daylight. In the course of her career as an "Islamic feminist" she has encountered three sorts of obstacles: cultural attitudes, Qur'anic verses, and Prophetic ahadith. The first (cultural attitudes) she has dismissed with more than contempt. When it came to verses from the Qur'an she was more tentative. For many years her attitude has been one of hermeneutical prevarication teetering on the verge, but never quite flipping over into blatant rejection. On Sunday 6 February of this year, just a few weeks before her Jumu'ah adventure, she finally took the plunge. A fellow postmodernist would-be reformer, Tarek Fatah, described the meeting in Toronto in which she finally came out of the closet in the following words:

Midway through her speech titled "The Qur'an, Women and Interpretive Possibilities," Wadud waded into the minefield by addressing some difficult passages of the Qur'an. Breaking the ultimate taboo in the Muslim narrative, she stated that despite the fact the Qur'an explicitly asks for cutting off the hands of thieves, she did not agree with the Qur'an. She said she understood that this was a very difficult subject to talk about, but she would be dishonest to herself if she did not express her views. She maintained that as a Muslim with Allah close to her heart, in all honesty she could not continue with the hypocrisy of lying about how she felt about some verses of the Qur'an. The basis of her talk was "How to be God's agent (khalifa) on Earth; to be a moral agent of the Creator." In this context, she presented four ways of looking at Qu'ranic verses which Muslims find difficulty dealing with. She identified the four methods as: (1) The literal readings of the text, (2) The legalistic arguments that constrain how verses are applied, (3) Reinterpretation from alternative perspectives, and (4) Saying "No to the Qur'an" when one disagrees with it. Pursuing the last point, she declared that she could not intellectually or spiritually accept some things in the Qur'an, for example some of the hudud punishments like the cutting of hands or the permission to beat one's wife. She made it clear that she was denying neither the religion nor the revelation. "It is the Qur'an," she said, "that gives me the means to say no to the Qur'an." (Emphasis added.)

This is Amina Wadud's attitude, not towards the Hadith, but towards the Word of Allah, the Qur'an. She feels herself Qur'anically justified to reject the authority of the Qur'an itself when it happens to clash with her feminist agenda. If such is her attitude towards the Qur'an itself, what expectations can we have for her attitude vis-à-vis the Hadith, rejection of which has always been the premier qualifying requirement for all would-be reformers of the modernistic and postmodernistic hue?

Hadith is conspicuously absent from her writings, no doubt on account of the tendency that Hadith has to restrict the interpretive freedom of the Qur'an's exegete―a freedom which is the very life-force of postmodernistic exegesis. It can be safely concluded that Amina Wadud dispensed with the legal authority of Hadith and Sunnah a long time ago. When we find her today brandishing the hadith of Umm Waraqah as her reason for believing that a woman may lead the prayer, then it is common sense, and not mere suspicion, which compels us to reject it as a glaring untruth. Amina Wadud does not believe in Hadith. For her to argue on the basis of Hadith is no less incongruous than the Christian missionary who attempts to prove Trinity from the Qur'an.

If Amina Wadud was a believer in Hadith, she would have subjected herself to its authority in all those instances where it overrides her feministic prejudices. She would have accepted hadith where it says that the prayer rows of women should be behind those of men. She would have submitted herself to acceptance of all that the authentic hadith literature contains about women. She would have conceded to every case which her feminism would otherwise condemn as "unacceptable", "biased", "oppressive", "chauvinistic" and "masochistic". But not only has she never submitted herself to any such authority; she has simply ignored most of it, in what cannot be interpreted as anything than scornful rejection.

Therefore, when we see her and her ilk gloating over the fact that they have "reclaimed a right granted by the Prophet 1500 years ago", then we have to assert our own right to ask: what happened to everything else that the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam said? What is it, in the final analysis, that makes the hadith of Umm Waraqah acceptable when all other ahadith are rejected with contempt, and when even the Qur'an has finally been flung aside? Is it because the hadith has been graded by some as hasan li-ghayrihi? Is it because the hadith is in Abu Dawud's Sunan which is one of the Six Books? Is it because of a consistent methodological approach towards hadith? Each of these questions can only be answered in the negative.

Amina Wadud's appropriation of the hadith of Umm Waraqah is an entirely opportunistic one. She uses the hadith because it serves her cause, and not because Hadith has any inherent authority. In illustration of this fact, let us consider the following: The hadith goes on to state that two of Umm Waraqah's slaves murdered her, on account of which they were brought to justice and put to death by crucifixion. Would Amina Wadud or any of her enthusiastic supporters support this form of punishment? After all, it forms part of the very same hadith which they are euphorically brandishing in support of their Jumu'ah adventure. On the contrary, the only response which can be expected would be one that reads something like, "although the hadith explicitly prescribes death by crucifixion for such murderers, I do not agree with the hadith." Thus the first part of the hadith is fine, while the second part is met with blunt rejection.

A woman asked the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam for permission to join the military expeditions as a nurse to the sick. He replied, "Stay in your house; Allah will grant you martyrdom." Does the command to stay at home, and the implicit refusal for her to join military expeditions as a nurse smack of sexist discrimination to Amina Wadud and her followers? If it does, they had better take care how they respond. Before saying things like "we cannot intellectually or spiritually accept such things" they should take note that the woman who asked that permission is our same Umm Waraqah, and the hadith is the very same hadith in Sunan Abi Dawud. But this was the part about which they were not informed.

A similar attitude was once upon a time displayed by the Jews in Madinah. To such recalcitrants Allah said:

يا أيها الذين آمنوا ادخلوا في السلم كافة، ولا تتبعوا خطوات الشيطان، إنه لكم عدو مبين.

And for the destiny of those who accept what they wish and reject what does not suit them, to them Allah says:

أفتؤمنون ببعض الكتاب وتكفرون ببعض، فما جزاء من يفعل ذلك منكم إلا خزي في الحياة الدنيا، ويوم القيامة يردون إلى أشد العذاب، وما الله بغافل عما تعملون.

The Legacy of 'A'ishah has been something very close to Amina Wadud's heart, something about which she is known to wax lyrical. Had she been a true devotee of Umm al-Mu'minin Sayyidah 'A'ishah radiyallahu 'anha, she would have followed her example in prayer. If any woman in Islam had the right to lead the salah it would have been Sayyidah 'A'ishah. But we have nothing, absolutely nothing that indicates to us that she ever arrogated any such rights to herself. If there was any place in which she would lead the salah for males it would have been in the privacy of her own house. But the sources are not only silent in this regard; they provide us with evidence to the contrary.

It was the habit of Sayyidah 'A'ishah to have a slave of hers named Dhakwan lead her in the Tarawih salah during Ramadan. This slave was much less learned than she was. He did not even memorise the Qur'an, and used to lead her in salah whilst reading from the mus-haf. Her own degree of learning was vastly above his. Despite her knowledge and her sublime status as Umm al-Mu'minin it was to him that she ceded the right to lead salah. [14]


The times in which we live have brought us more than one tribulation. Where one the one hand we have those who would invade our lands and slaughter our people in order to force us by their military might into a submission and acceptance their ideas of civilization, we have others who would aid and abet the invader and applaud his oppression. And then we have others who have hitherto been obscured by the shadows, but whose potential as the invader's agents, witting or unwitting, has not gone unnoticed.

In 2003 the National Security Research Division of the Rand Corporation in America released a study by Cheryl Benard, entitled "Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources and Strategies". After categorizing Muslims into Traditionalists, Modernists and Secularists, this study advances the following strategy:

To encourage positive change in the Islamic world towards greater modernity, and compatibility with the contemporary world order, the United States and the West need to consider very carefully which elements, trends and forces within Islam they intend to strengthen; what the goals and values of their various potential allies and protégés really are; and what the broader consequences of their respective agendas are likely to be. A mixed approach composed of the following elements is likely to be the most effective:

Support the modernists first

- Publish and distribute their works at subsidized cost.
- Encourage them to write for mass audiences and for youth.
- Introduce their views into the curriculum of Islamic education
- Make their opinions and judgments on fundamental questions of religious interpretation available to a mass audience in competition with those of the fundamentalists and traditionalists who have Web sites, publishing houses, schools, institutes, and many other vehicles for disseminating their views.
- Position secularism and modernism as a "counterculture" option for disaffected youth.
- Facilitate and encourage an awareness of their pre- and non-Islamic history and culture, in the media and the curricula of relevant countries.
- Assist in the development of independent civic organizations, to promote civic culture and provide a space for ordinary citizens to educate themselves about the political process and to articulate their views. [15]

The first of these "independent civic organizations" have started to appear in North America. One of these is a group called the Progressive Muslim Union of North America. One of those invited to form part of its Advisory Board was a person called Farid Zakariya. He holds another distinguished post. He is the founder of a group called "Muslims for Bush". And this is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

What are Muslims to make of Jumu'ah charade of last Friday? Is this simply a case of an honest though deluded feminist making a statement for a cause she passionately believes in? Or is it one of neocon conspiracy, a silent invasion? In light of what we are blatantly told in the Rand Report, denial of the second possibility is imbecility.

At best, what we have here is a symbiosis of interdependence and mutual benefit. The neocon West needs persons like Amina Wadud and episodes like her Jumu'ah adventure to achieve its goals. The Amina Waduds of this world stand to benefit immensely from the exposure and patronage of this government.

The real tragedy lies in the fact that it is the Hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam that is cast into the role of the bait.

[1] Sunan Abi Dawud no. 591-592; Musnad Ahmad vol. 6 p. 405; al-Mustadrak no. 730, vol.1 p. 320; Dala'il al-Nubuwwah vol. 6 p. 382
[2] al-Mizzi, Tahdhib al-Kamal vol. 31 pp. 35-37
[3] Ibn Hajar, Taqrib al-Tahdhib no. 7432
[4]Taqrib al-Tahdhib no. 8813
[5] Tahdhib al-Kamal vol. 35 p. 391
[6] Taqrib al-Tahdhib vol. 3855
[7] al-Arna'ut & 'Awwad, Tahrir Taqrib al-Tahdhib vol. 2 p. 317
[8] al-Isabah fi Tamyiz al-Sahabah vol. 8 p. 289
[9] al-Mustadrak vol. 1 p. 320
[10] Sahih al-Bukhari no. 644; Sahih Muslim no. 651
[11] Sahih Muslim no. 653
[12] Sahih Muslim no. 158; al-Bayhaqi, Shu'ab al-Iman vol. 3 p. 59
[13] al-Isabah vol. 8 p. 289
[14] Sahih al-Bukhari in mu'allaq form, book 10, chapter 54. The complete hadith is given by Ibn Abi Shaybah in his Musannaf vol. 2 p. 121
[15] Benard, C. Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Reosurces and Strategies, pp. x-xi,Rand Corporation 2003

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