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Rebuttal To Answering Islam's Article "Muhammad And `Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul al-`Aufi"
Their article can be located here http://www.answering-islam.org/Muhammad/Enemies/abdullah.html You should definitely read their article before reading this.
Basically their two main arguments are why the Prophet ordered the killing of Abdullah bin Salul and why didn't the Prophet have Abdullah bin Salul flogged.
First of all, the Prophet never ordered the killing of Abdullah bin Ubay. When you read the word in Arabic, it is 'ya'athirni', meaning 'help' or 'relieve'. Even look at how Ibn Kathir translates it.....
So then the Messenger of Allah got up and (addressed the people) and asked who could sort out `Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul for him. While he was standing on the Minbar, the Messenger of Allah said, O Muslims, who will help me against a man who has hurt me by slandering my family By Allah,..........
When the Muslims reacted by saying that they will kill him, that was their idea of helping the Prophet! The Prophet never ordered it. The Prophet just wanted their help in how to stop Abdullah bin Salul from doing what he was doing.
In another narration the Prophet asked for help to punish Abdullah bin Salul (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 48, Number 829) but not to kill him.
Plus even Answering Islam say...
According the Sirat the death request for `Abdullah is not uttered by Muhammad, but Usayd b. Hudayr, asking Muhammad to allow kill the slanderers. The question would be which report is more authentic.
So I would like to thank Answering Islam for strengthening my position even more that it was not the Prophet who issued the order for the killing.
The main people involved in the slandering affair were Mistah bin Athatha, Hassan bin Thabit and Hamnah bint Jahsh and they were flogged.
However, the person who started it all, Abdullah bin Salool was not. This could be for the reason that his punishment was awaiting him in the next life. Unlike, the others whom Allah forgave and their punishment was only in this life.
Verily, those who brought forth the slander are a group among you.), until the ten Ayat. Allah revealed these Ayat concerning my innocence. Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, who used to spend on Mistah bin Uthathah because he was a close relative and because he was poor, said, `By Allah, I will never spend anything on him again after what he has said about `A'ishah. ' Then Allah revealed,
(And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give to their kinsmen.) until His saying:
(Do you not love that Allah should forgive you And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful) [24:22]. So Abu Bakr said, `By Allah, certainly I love that Allah should forgive me.' So he resumed spending on Mistah as he had spent on him before, and he said, `By Allah, I shall never stop spending on him.' The Messenger of Allah asked Zaynab bint Jahsh about my situation, and said,
(Verily, those who brought forth the slander are a group among you.) [24:1] This refers to Hassan and his companions who said what they said. Then Allah said,
(Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you in this world and in the Hereafter,) This is addressed to those who were indulging in discussing the matter of `A'ishah, informing them that Allah has accepted their repentance in this world, and forgiven them because of their faith in the Hereafter.
would have touched you for that whereof you had spoken.) with regard to the slander.
(a great torment) This refers to those who had faith in Allah because of their repentance, such as Mistah, Hassan and Hamnah bint Jahsh the sister of Zaynab bint Jahsh. As for the hypocrites who indulged in the slander, such as `Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul and his like, they are not the ones who are referred to in this Ayah , because they did not have sufficient faith and righteous deeds to balance or cancel out what they had done. By the same token, the threats that were narrated for a specific deed are bound to be carried out, if there is no repentance or sufficient righteous deeds to balance or outweigh it.
Allah talks about Abdullah bin Ubayy in the following saying "and to him who took on himself the lead among them, will be a penalty grievous."
So lets look at the verse one more time.
Those who brought forward the lie are a body among yourselves: think it not to be an evil to you; On the contrary it is good for you: to every man among them (will come the punishment) of the sin that he earned, (they are Mistah, Hassan and Hamnah) and to him who took on himself the lead among them, will be a penalty grievous. (this is Abdullah bin Salul)
So God instead of having Abdullah bin Salul punished in this life is giving him a worse punishment which is a guaranteed entry to hell.
The idea that the Prophet did not punish certain people because of their position or who they were is a complete lie. The Prophet even implemented Islamic law on his own family!
Chapter 2: PROHIBITION OF IN RERCESSION REGARDING PRESCRIBED PUNISHMENT FOR THEFT AND OTHER (CRIMES) IN CASE OF IMPORTANT PERSONS
Book 017, Number 4187:
'A'isha reported that the Quraish had been anxious about the Makhzumi woman who had committed theft, and said: Who will speak to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) about her? They said: Who dare it, but Usama, the loved one of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him)? So Usama spoke to him. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Do you intercede regarding one of the punishments prescribed by Allah? He then stood up and addressed (people) saying: O people, those who have gone before you were destroyed, because if any one of high rank committed theft amongst them, they spared him; and it anyone of low rank committed theft, they inflicted the prescribed punishment upon him. By Allah, if Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, were to steal, I would have her hand cut off. In the hadith transmitted on the authority of Ibn Rumh (the words are):" Verily those before you perished."
Abdullah bin Salul had enmity towards the Prophet since day one (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 60, Number 89)
Abdulla bin Salool even betrayed the Muslim army at the time of Uhuh when they were most desperate and took 300 men along with him.
Another hadith showing the trouble Abdullah bin Salul caused the Muslims (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 720)
However, even after all this the Prophet prayed for Abdullah bin Salul in his funeral prayer. (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 447)
You see the mercy of the glorious Prophet Muhammad?
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