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The deniers of hadith or Munkar e Hadith
By:abdalaziz ariff / indiana
Date: Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:06 am

The deniers of hadith or Munkar e Hadith

“ Munkar e hadith is a popular term among Muslims. It is used to label an individual or a group accused of denying the validity of the hadith or the saying or action of the Prophet. Hadith means words or sayings or an action of Prophet Muhammad. The purpose of applying this term to an individual is primarily to invalidate any argument that is being raised about the legitimacy of a statement attributed to the Prophet. It is a weapon that is often used to stifle the argument of anyone who questions the prevailing opinion among Muslims as promoted by their schools of thought. You may have heard the expression commonly applied to certain individuals or to groups to ostracize them and to invalidate their opinions on any issue.

Take for example the following statement attributed to the Prophet Abd Allah ibn al-Samit said: Abu Dharr said: Allah's Messenger -- Allah bless and salute him! -- said: "When one of you stands in prayer, what definitely constitutes a barrier for him is an object placed in front of him of the same height as the back of a camel-saddle. If it is not in front of him and of the same height as the back of a camel-saddle, then some [stray] donkey, or some woman passing, or some black dog will cut off his prayer." I said: "O Abu Dharr! What is it that makes a black dog different from a red or yellow dog?" He replied: "O dear cousin! I asked Allah's Messenger -- Allah bless and salute him! -- the exact same question. He said that the black dog is a devil."
(Sahih Muslim, Book, 4, No, 1032)

According to many people anyone who questions the validity of this hadith can be termed as denier of the hadith or munkar e hadith.

Interestingly in the same book of Sahih Muslim, four hadith later, a statement is attributed to one of the wives of the Prophet. "Urwa b. Zubair reported: 'A'isha asked: What disrupts the prayer? We said: THE WOMAN AND THE ASS. Upon this she remarked: IS THE WOMAN AN UGLY ANIMAL? I lay in front of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) like the bier of a corpse and he said prayer. (Sahih Muslim, Book, 4, No, 1037)

Sahih Bukhari also includes a similar hadith in his collection: Narrated 'Aisha: The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away. for I disliked to face him." Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 9 :: Hadith 490

Apparently the mother of the believer is questioning the validity of this statement and saying that the Prophet could not have said it because his practice was different from this statement.
Can she be described a denier of the hadith? Can anyone say that the mother of the believer did not know her faith properly? Can any one say that she was acting on the commands of feminists of her time? Can she be accused of pursuing a Jewish or Christian agenda? No, not many would have the courage to even raise such issues.

This hadith and the response of the mother of the believers summarizes the debate on Munkar e hadith.”

Dr.Aslam Abdullah