Radical Islam and the hadith

LETTER

In response to Bob Hughes (On terrorism . . . May 2), he is correct in stating that the Qur’an makes no reference to stoning. What he fails to mention is that the hadith, or sayings of Mohammad, make numerous references to his ordering people to be stoned to death for adultery.

To quote one out of many (from Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2 page 238, Number 1329): “The Jews brought to the Prophet a man and a woman from amongst them who have committed illegal sexual intercourse (adultery). He ordered both of them to be stoned (to death), near the place of offering the funeral prayer beside the mosque.”

The hadith are revered by Muslims and from them radical Islamists draw much of their moral philosophy. To quote Wikipedia:

“Hadith have been called ‘the backbone’ of Islamic civilisation, and within that religion the authority of hadith as a source for religious law and moral guidance ranks second only to that of the Qur’an (which Muslims hold to be the word of Allah revealed to his messenger Muhammad).”

So let’s have an end to people pleading that radical Islam preaches non-violence. It’s there in black and white.

Martin hanson, Nelson

In response to Bob Hughes (On terrorism . . . May 2), he is correct in stating that the Qur’an makes no reference to stoning. What he fails to mention is that the hadith, or sayings of Mohammad, make numerous references to his ordering people to be stoned to death for adultery.

To quote one out of many (from Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2 page 238, Number 1329): “The Jews brought to the Prophet a man and a woman from amongst them who have committed illegal sexual intercourse (adultery). He ordered both of them to be stoned (to death), near the place of offering the funeral prayer beside the mosque.”

The hadith are revered by Muslims and from them radical Islamists draw much of their moral philosophy. To quote Wikipedia:

“Hadith have been called ‘the backbone’ of Islamic civilisation, and within that religion the authority of hadith as a source for religious law and moral guidance ranks second only to that of the Qur’an (which Muslims hold to be the word of Allah revealed to his messenger Muhammad).”

So let’s have an end to people pleading that radical Islam preaches non-violence. It’s there in black and white.

Martin hanson, Nelson

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Lara MEYER - 2 months ago
Read the bible too folks. Plenty of violence and incitement to violence in there too.
Martin, please don't quote Wikipedia either. Every school student knows it is an unreliable source.

Martin Hanson, Nelson - 2 months ago
Two points, Lara. While the Old Testament is far more bloodthirsty than the Koran, nobody takes it seriously apart from a few nut jobs such as Israel Folau, who rightly is subjected to public ridicule in the crucible of the limited free speech we have.
And yes, on politically neutral issues Wikipedia is generally reliable, but on certain topics it is guilty of little short of fabrication, and is clearly not independent but acts in the interests of powerful groups.

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