Until a few decades ago (and even today in some parts of the world), the general consensus was that the SIX collections of Hadeeths, namely the ones collected by Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Da’ud, Nasai and Ibn Majah were to be regarded as the authentic collections. That concept was revised by the Islamic scholars of the Hadeeths when some of the narrations from the last four compilers did not stand up to the tests. Only the collections by Bukhari and Muslim were to be regarded as trustworthy – Sahih. When some of the spurious narrations from these two Sahih Hadeeths were questioned, the stringent consensus was that any narration that has been accepted by Imam Bukhari as well as acknowledged by Muslim also was to be regarded as an authenticate record.
Below is a set of narrations concerning the standard of character depicted for our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), to be found within the Sahih Collection by Imam Bukhari as well as by Muslim. Please also read the two Verses of the Glorious Qur’an which reveals a picture given to us by Allah (s.w.t.) for His Messenger. Since the heart, soul and the mind of an Honest Believer cannot Truthfully reconcile with these TWO conflicting pictures emerging from TWO extreme spectrum’s of the standard, should he or she continue to follow his or her ancestral practice with a load of hypocrisy and pretense upon SOUL or hold fast to what our Rabb has revealed?
Hadeeths from BUKHARI:
- (1) Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas said, “Some people of ‘ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron,no water was given to them.” Abu Qilaba said, “Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle .” (Book #4, Hadith #234). They were put in ‘Al-Harra’ and when they asked for water,
The similar account as above is being repeated by Bukhari in FIVE other narrations:
(2) Book #59, Hadith #505.
(3) Book #71, Hadith #623.
(4) Book #82, Hadith #794.
(5) Book #82, Hadith #796.
(6) Book #82, Hadith #797.
Hadeeths from MUSLIM:
Anas reported: Eight men of the tribe of ‘ukl came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and swore allegiance to him on Islam, but found the climate of that land uncogenial to their health and thus they became sick, and they made complaint of that to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: Why don’t you go to (the fold) of our camels along with our shepherd, and make use of their milk and urine. They said: Yes. They set out and drank their (camels’) milk and urine and regained their health. They killed the shepherd and drove away the camels. This (news) reached Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and he sent them on their track and they were caught and brought to him (the Holy Prophet). He commanded about them, and (thus) their hands and feet were cut off and their eyes were gouged and then they were thrown in the sun, until they died. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Ibn al-Sabbah with a slight variation of words. (Book #016, Hadith #4131).
The similar account as above is being repeated by Muslim in TWO other narrations:
(2) Book #016, Hadith #4132.
(3) Book #016, Hadith #4134