COMMENTS ON DR. SALEEM AHMED’S ARTICLE ON THE SHARIAH (August issue)

COMMENTS ON DR. SALEEM AHMED’S ARTICLE ON THE SHARIAH (August issue)
Mohammad Akhtar, Ph.D

I checked the periods when the Shariah writers and hadith compilers lived, and found the following:
Shariah compilers: Jafar ibn Muhammad (702–765), Abu Hanifah ((699-767 ), Malik ibn Anas (711–795), al-Shafi (767-820), and Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780-855).
Hadith compilers: Bukhari (816-878), Muslim (826-833), Ibn Majah (824-897), Abu Dawood (824-897), Tirmidhi (831-901), and Al-Nasai (836-925).
Thus, Bukhari and Muslim, were born after Imams Jafar, Abu Hanifah, and Malik ibn Anas had died. And Tirmidhi and Al-Nasai were toddlers/youth when al-Shafi and ibn Hanbal died. Clearly, therefore, the only hadith compilation the Shariah writers had was al-Muwatta of Malik ibn Anas. That explains to me why the punishment for adultery is rajam in the Shariah, while it should be forgiveness (as in the hadith of the other compilers).
I thank Dr. Saleem Ahmed for not only providing this new information – which was probably not known widely – but also for making me realize that we should make an effort to understand the chronology and context of prophetic revelations and of hadith. Only then will we appreciate the Qur’an . This also affirms, at least in my mind, the necessity of contextual interpretation of many Islamic teachings and the need for rethinking and revising our rules when there are enormous changes that transpired over a period of millinium years that have transformed human living and the cultural meanings so drastically. Yet a predomint majority of Muslims who are fixated in their thinking and are blind to all those changes insist in customarily folowing the same old ideas thinking they are sacred and represent true Islam

COMMENTS ON DR. SALEEM AHMED’S ARTICLE ON THE SHARIAH (August issue)
Mohammad Akhtar, Ph.D

I checked the periods when the Shariah writers and hadith compilers lived, and found the following:
Shariah compilers: Jafar ibn Muhammad (702–765), Abu Hanifah ((699-767 ), Malik ibn Anas (711–795), al-Shafi (767-820), and Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780-855).
Hadith compilers: Bukhari (816-878), Muslim (826-833), Ibn Majah (824-897), Abu Dawood (824-897), Tirmidhi (831-901), and Al-Nasai (836-925).
Thus, Bukhari and Muslim, were born after Imams Jafar, Abu Hanifah, and Malik ibn Anas had died. And Tirmidhi and Al-Nasai were toddlers/youth when al-Shafi and ibn Hanbal died. Clearly, therefore, the only hadith compilation the Shariah writers had was al-Muwatta of Malik ibn Anas. That explains to me why the punishment for adultery is rajam in the Shariah, while it should be forgiveness (as in the hadith of the other compilers).
I thank Dr. Saleem Ahmed for not only providing this new information – which was probably not known widely – but also for making me realize that we should make an effort to understand the chronology and context of prophetic revelations and of hadith. Only then will we appreciate the Qur’an . This also affirms, at least in my mind, the necessity of contextual interpretation of many Islamic teachings and the need for rethinking and revising our rules when there are enormous changes that transpired over a period of millinium years and have transformed human living and the cultural meanings so drastically. Yet a predomint majority of Muslims who are fixated in their thinking and are blind to all those changes insist in customarily folowing the same old ideas thinking they are sacred and represent true Islam

One Response to “COMMENTS ON DR. SALEEM AHMED’S ARTICLE ON THE SHARIAH (August issue)”

  1. Irfan Sheikh Says:

    AA, If ‘punishment’ for adultery is ‘forgiveness’, Then adultery is not a ‘crime’ of any sort and there should be no talk of any ‘punishment’ either. It is just not an issue!!

    I guess some more reading and reflection is needed.

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