ONLY A WEAK HADITH TO FORBID BOWING?

Refering to the hadith of Anas on which the Permanent Commitee for Fatwah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and the other great scholars of Islam based the prohibition of bowing in greeting, a brother posted the following comment to me:

“Fatawa Lajna also quoted the Hadeeth and made a comment that the Hadeeth is weak, even though its position is that the act is Haram.”

I answered: “Do you not think it is most absurd and disappointing for those eminent scholars to judge an act haram as you say, warn against it both at commitee level and as individuals and still grade the sole hadith on which their verdict is based ‘weak’?”

The seeming confusion is resolved by going through their detailed commentary on the hadith in question. The Lajnah wrote:

رواه الترمذي وقال: حديث حسن، كذا قال، وإسناده ضعيف، لأن فيه حنظلة السدوسي، وهو ضعيف عند أهل العلم، لكن لعل الترمذي حسنه لوجود ما يشهد له في الأحاديث الأخرى” (فتاووى اللجنة الدائمة ج١،صفحة ٢٣٢).

“Attirmidhee reported it and said it is a good hadith. So he said, and its chain of narration is weak because it contains Hanzalah Assadoosee and he is a weak individual by the reckoning of the scholars, but it is possible that the reason Attirmidhee graded the hadeeth “good” is that there are other ahaadeeth which attest to its correctness [in content]”( The Permanent Commitee for Fatwah, vol 1, page 232).

If this statement of theirs still has any ambiguity as to where precisely they place the hadith, that ambiguity is banished by their verdict that the act is prohibited and their reference to this same hadith as their basis.

Students of hadith (may Allah make me one) know that a hadith with some weakness in its chain of narration can still be judged صحيح المعنى ( sound of content) when its content is confirmed correct by other ahaadeeth. That is the case with this particular hadith – according to the Permanent Commitee. It explains their verdict on bowing.

And by the way, how often have we students of knowledge been warned to beware of hastening to make our independent judgment disagreeing with the trusted scholars when their preponderant view on a matter points in a particular direction, not to talk of unanimity! That precisely is what they refer to as self-conceit in us. May Allah purge us of every bit of it.

Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.

Refutation on Prof. Y A Quadri’s Post.

On international issues, check your source carefully

I read a post by a Prof of the university of ilorin, titled “Saudi Arabia becoming Saudi America” where the author gaffe big time. From the title to the content of post, it is full of fake news and false claim. No serious Muslim will spread an information about his brothers without verification, let alone on Saudi Arabia, the heritage of islam. But the problem with this Prof is his faulty aqeedah similar to that of Lagege make him to believe anything.

For clarification purpose, Saudi Arabia didn’t change the punishment for Hadd as stipulated in the Qur’an and Sunnah, rather it is Ta’zir punishment is being changed. And changing the Ta’zir punishment is not as a result of Western pressure. In Islamic Law, Tazir (or ta’zir, Arabic: تعزير‎) refers to punishment for offenses at the discretion of the judge (Qadi) or Ruler of the state.

The likes of this Prof who capitalize on fake news do not know they are indirectly helping the enemies of Islam. And the sad aspect is that arrogance won’t let them to learn. Inciting people against the leadership of Saudi Arabia, spreading fake news, and calling them America errand boy is a plot of ikwanul muslimun and enemies of Islam.

Apart from numerous fake news about the kingdom which the Prof cited as examples, he erroneously confuse Ta’zir with Hadd and concluded that Saudi Arabia is destroying Shariah. His post is widely shared by ikwanee boys like Adeyinka t salaam, gbolahan, etc. I pray evil plot of enemies Islam do not come to past.

May Allah protect the kingdom of Saudi Arabia from enemies within.