Actual Opinion

Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Several Hadiths Are Not For Public

Have youever watch the game of “Chain Message” ? Even though we put in chain several people who we believed them as honest and smart people, then a first message will be easly distorted. Then, it will be similar as what happened with the hadith, the statement of Rasulullah saw which is delivered in chain through several generations for around 300 years, then it would be very difficult to guarantee that the message will be originally similar with the first message undistorted. Furthermore, if the message was not written nor well documented.

Even there are several hadiths which are not suitable for public, because they are very difficult to be understood and it needs complicated knowledge to avoid misunderstanding. Hence, it is very essential to have policy issued by ulema or hadith expert to identify and put notifications on those hadith in order to avoid any misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

The following exampe will depict some of hadiths which look having controversy and easily misunderstood by ordinary people and causing wrong understanding.

From Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah saw said to his brother’s father: “Please say ‘La ilaha ilallah’ dan with it I will be the witness in the after life. Abu Thalib said: ‘If the Quraish people do not mock me and accuse me that I was pushed to say that, then I will say what you ask. Then Allah swt issued His words ‘You will not be able to give hidayah to anyne you wish, but Alllah who will give guidance to whoever He wants.” The controversy of this hadith is that Abu Thalib was dead 3 years before Hijrah, but Abu Hurairah came from Yaman to Madinah to convert into Islam at 7 years after Hijrah. So, how come he would be able to become the witness of the message chain of the hadith?

From Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah saw said: “Allah created Adam like the shape of Allah, with the length of sixty hasta (27 meters). (Bukhari, Sahih, the book of I'tizam. chapter 4 page 57: Muslim , Shahih chapter of entering the heaven, chapter 2 page 481). This hadith is against the Qoran which stated that none is similar with Allah swt.

فَاطِرُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ جَعَلَ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَنْفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا وَمِنَ الْأَنْعَامِ أَزْوَاجًا ۖ
يَذْرَؤُكُمْ فِيهِ ۚ لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ ۖ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ

“[He is] Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you from yourselves, mates, and among the cattle, mates; He multiplies you thereby. There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” (QS 42:11)

From Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah saw said: “When Allah ordered the reaper to take the soul of Moses as, then Moses as slap the reaper until of his eye ball was ejected. Then the reaper complained to Allah swt, then Allah swt recreated one of his eye ball and asked him to return back to Moses as….” (Muslim in Shahih, chapter eminency of Moses, book of Fadha’il, chapter 2, page 309. Bukhari in Shahih chapter of the dead of Moses in genesis, chapter 2, page 163). This hadith is containing controversy: Was it like that the behaviour and deed of a messenger of Allah swt against His angel?

In fact there are a lot more hadith which containing controversy and seems that they are impossible having said by Rasulullah saw. Hence, as for the ordinary people like us please be fully alert and becareful to understand them. Those hadiths above are very difficult ot be understood, even for an hadith expert.

So, then our guru suggested that in order to maintain the purity of our aqidah, then it would be enough to refer to the Qoran and the Sunnah Rasul. Several hadith such as the examples above are proved to have controversy and potentially can be misunderstood and destroying our Islamic aqidah. (AK/ST)