Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dialogue with Anti Hadeeth- Defending Imam Syafiee

Dear readers,
I shall try to bring u a point-by-point rebuttal against
an article written by Anti Hadeeth (AH) against the good
name of Imam Syafiee. Mind u this is an original article
taken from the Sangkancil mailing list and can be read at
I shall post it in a statement then rebuttal format, so
that you will be able to get a clearer picture. Each and every
rebuttal will start with the phrase “MY REPLY”.
By A. Mohammed
(Note - the A Mohamed who wrote this is not me Ali bin Mohd.
This is sourced from elsewhere).
Due to the fact that the Quran did not contain any mention
of the words ‘Sunna’t Muhammad’, the ardent Sunni’s found
it necessary to manipulate the meaning of some Quranic
words so as to create a Quranic reference to their cherished
‘hadith’ and ‘Sunna’. The word on which they base their
claim is that of (Al-Hekmah) as found in a number of verses
"Remember God’s blessings upon you, and what He sent down to
you of the ‘Al-Ketab’ and ‘Al-Hekmah’ to enlighten you with it."
My Reply: The Quran doesn’t say “Mushaf Uthmani, as well, but
the Anti HAdeeth uses them all the time. The fact that the writer
quotes the above verse and labels it as “2:231” shows that the AH
writer is using the Mushaf Uthmani
AH writes: Literally speaking, the meaning of ‘Al-Ketab’ is the book
(theQuran), and ‘Al-Hekmah’ is wisdom. Nevertheless they interpret
‘Al-Hekmah’ here to mean the Sunna of Muhammad. However, with a close
inspection of the Quranic verses, it can be shown that this
interpretation is a total corruption. This is due to the following
My Reply: We shall see who is the corrupted one.
AH Writes:
ONE :The word ‘bihee’ (with it) that appear at the end of the verse,
is in the singular mode, in other words it describes one thing and
not two. For that reason the words ‘Al-Hekmah’ and ‘Al-Ketab’ must
denote one thing and not two, unless of course God is making
grammatical mistakes!
If the words ‘Al-Hekmah’ and ‘Al-Ketab’ really referred to the
Quran and the Sunna, then the verse should grammatically end with
the word ‘bihima’ (with them), which is the plural mode of ‘bihee’.
My Reply: This is the same point raised by Farouk Peru before.
The answer is the Dhamir Muttasil “hi” refers to “ma” in verse.
It doesn’t refer to “Al Hekmah” and Al Kitab” but Ism Mausul “ma”
in the verse.
AH Writes:
TWO :The word ‘Al-Hekmah’ is used throughout the Quran as
an adjective of the ‘Al-Ketab’ (the Quran). This is made
evident in the following verses :
"Y.S., and the Quran Al-Hakim" 36:1-2
"This is what We recite to you of the ‘Ayat’ and the
‘Zekr Al-Hakim"
3:58:"A.L.R., these are the signs of the ‘Ketab Al-Hakim"
10:1 also 31:2.
My Reply : Again we see the ignorance of Anti Hadeeth in Arabic.
The word Al Hekmah does not carry only ONE MEANING in the Quran.

And notice, in 02:231 and the above verses, they carry different
02:231 = al kitab wal hikmah
36:1-2 = Al Hikmah on it’s own.
Noticed that the word “Wa” is in between Al Kitab and Al Hikmah in 02:231.
Yet that is missing in all the other verses.
The Wau is called “wau atfa” or “the wau that connects”. It’s supposed to
connect between two different articles (or subjects).
Given the AH interpretation, then we are forced to assume that
Al Kitab and Al Hikmah is the same. If that is so, then when
God says “Wasyamsi wa dhuhaha” is God saying that “the Sun” is
the same as “the dusk” (in verse 91:01)? Does AH assumes that
"Asy Syams" is the same as "Ad Dhuha"?
We see now how shallow the AH is in understanding the Quran
AH Writes:
THREE :The same word ‘Al-Hekmah’ is used in the Quran in connection
with prophets and messengers who lived before the time of
Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). Obviously before Muhammad lived his
Sunna did not exist. Thus to say that ‘Al-Hekmah’ means
Sunna’t Muhammad is incorrect. Consider the following verses:
a- The following are God’s words to Jesus (P.B.U.H.):
"And I taught you the ‘Ketab’ (Scripture) and ‘Al-Hekmah’
(wisdom)." 5:110

Clearly the word ‘Al-Hekmah’ here does not mean the Sunna of
My Reply: It simply means that each Prophets has their own
teachings external to the Books that they carry with them to
their people(s).
That's all. Remember, Al Hikmah in 05:110 doesn't carry the same exact
meaning as in 02:231.
AH Writes:
b- The following were the words of Abraham (P.B.U.H.) as he
implored his Lord :
"Our Lord, and send for them a messenger from among them
to recite to them your ‘Ayat’ and teach them the ‘Ketab’
(Scripture) and ‘Al-Hekmah’ (wisdom)." 2:129
Again the word ‘Al-Hekmah’ here could not mean anything but
wisdom. Abraham had no knowledge of the ‘Sunna’ of Muhammad.
My Reply: Anti Hadeeth choose to understand as they will. They have
complete disregard to the truth.

In this verse, the “Hikmah” means the teachings of the Prophet additional
to the “Kitab” in the verse.

Again, the word is Al Hikmah and not Hikmah per say. It's ism maarifah and
therefore, it has not the same meaning as in 02:231. 62:02 etc.
It’s that simple.
AH Writes:
FOUR :A further evidence that the word ‘Al-Hekmah’ as used in
the Quran means wisdom and not Sunna is found in the following verse:
"He bestows ‘Al-Hekmah’ upon whoever He pleases, and whoever attains
‘Al-Hekmah’ has indeed attained a great blessing." 2:269
The words "whoever He pleases" in this verse indicate that
God bestows ‘Al-Hekmah’ upon any of the believers and not
just His messengers. If we assume that ‘Al-Hekmah’ means
the Sunna we would have to believe that any ordinary
believer may also have his own personal Sunna that has to
be followed by other believers! This of course is not the case.
The verse would instead make full sense if we think of ‘Al-
Hekmah’ in its proper meaning as wisdom.
My Reply: Unfortunate for Anti Hadeeth, the Hikmah here is different
from the ones in 02:231 or 62:02. Just like the word Al Kitab in the
Quran. They can mean the Quran, the Taurah(25:35), Injil (i.e. 05:110)
and even Luh Mahfuz
Anti Hadeeth is so ignorant in Arabic that they think each word
in the Quran must only have one meaning.
They don’t know the concept if “Ism Maarifah” or why there is an
“Alif Lam” at the start of the word(s).
AH Writes:
SIX :Perhaps the simplest and most convincing reason for
discarding the corrupted meaning of ‘Al-Hekmah’ so as to
mean the Sunna, is the fact that God is neither vague nor
fond of providing us with puzzles. God asserts that the
Quran is straightforward, it contains no crookedness:
"An Arabic Quran, without any crookedness, that they may
take heed." 39:28
My Reply: The Anti Hadeeth is fond of the “crookedness” part,
they totally forgot about the “Arabic Quran” part of 39:28.
Again exhibiting their “taking part-of-the-Quran-they-want-and-discard-
the-part-they-don’t-like” habits.
If one were to take the entire verse, one will see that the Quran
is clear, straightforward, straight if one is to understand them in
Arabic, not from mere translation as the AH is so fond of doing.
We have seen above how the AH beliefs only introduce contradictions
in the Quran.
AH Writes:
Surely, had God willed that we should follow the teachings
of the Quran plus the Sunna He would have mentioned
the words ‘Sunna’t Muhammad’ explicitly in the Quran.
Needless to say, the only Sunna that is mentioned in the
Quran is the Sunna of Allah.
"This is the Sunna of Allah for those of the past, and
you will find no alternative for the Sunna of Allah." 33:62
The Sunna of Allah is to be found in the Quran and previous Scripture.
My Reply: So If God decides to express it in another way and not
in the way Anti Hadeeth wants Him to do so, is it a crime. God had expressed
the compulsion of following the Sunnah in various verses 02:231,
02:151, 62:02, 16:44, 16:64 and many more verses. The message is clear
and there is no doubt about it.
AH Writes:
Moreover if God had revealed to Muhammad an additional
Sunna other than the Quran, as the Sunni’s would claim
then we would expect God to say ‘We have revealed to
you the Ketab and the Sunna’ or words to that effect.
Instead the only Revelation endorsed in the Quran is the
Quran itself:
"And We have revealed to you the Ketab (the Quran) truthfully." 5:48
My Reply: Again, who is Anti HAdeeth to tell God how to express Himself.
As if to say that Allah SWT is only to express His will in accordance to
the ways and methods of the Anti Hadeeth?
This is so ludicrous.
AH Writes:
SEVEN :Finally, the word ‘Al-Hikmah’ in any Arabic dictionary
means WISDOM. To leave the literal and direct meaning
and accept a manipulated meaning is to reject the truth of the Quran.

My Reply: Just like AL Kitab, it means “the book”. But, in 25:35 it means
Taurah and in 05:110 is means Injil.
So, again, Anti Hadeeth attempt to use the Arabic language has failed.