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|Posted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:58 pm Post subject: Saheefah Hammam ibn Munabbih - Hafiz Azhar A. Syed
|Hafiz Azhar A. Syed
[Saheefah means Scroll.]
Saheefah Hammam ibn Munabbih is supposedly the earliest known collection of Ahadith compiled by the 8th century scholar Hammam ibn Munabbih. No one knew its whereabouts until the 20th century!
Strangely, Dr Muhammad Hameedullah of India/France suddenly came up with its published “translation” in English in 1994. Muhammad Hameedullah of Deccan, India (1908-2002) spent 50 years in France after the fall of Deccan to India in 1948 and exiled himself to France. He moved to the USA in 1998 and lived with his brother's great grand-daughter until his death in 2002.
In his death confessions he admitted that he was the chief instrument in fabricating the said Saheefah.
Mullah Ikhwan Sarhadi Afindi applauds Hameedullah's great “discovery” (in Paris) as the earliest work of Hadith. He says, “The Saheefah Hammam ibn Munabbih was prepared by Hazrat Abu Hurairah for his pupil Hammam ibn Munabbih. Abu-Hurairah died in 58 A.H./677, Hammam ibn Munabbih died in 101 A.H./719.”
It consists of 138 Ahadith that can also be found in Sahih Bukhari with the same content and chain of narrators.
I visited Hameedullah in Nov 2002 along with some friends to check on his health. During the visit, he asked us to pray for his forgiveness. Haeedullah said that he had done the forgery in good faith and only when he was losing his faculties due to senility. He admitted plagiarizing from the SAHAH SITTAH.
His intentions? "To provide some credibility to the Hadith literature that is being challenged by some Quranic voices."
Where was the Arabic original discovered? “In the basement of my house in Paris.”
Sir, where is the original Arabic scroll? He answered, "I don't know why I burned it."
Why did it remain hidden for 12 centuries and how did it end up in Paris? Why wasn't it translated by anyone before? Why didn't anyone hear about it or mention it at all through these centuries? Think and reflect!
Now the English 'Saheefah' is very much there and Mullahs are using it to mislead people.
-Hafiz Azhar A. Syed, Alabama