Our favourite notorious missionary, is once again at it. This time round he presents two stories, one on Asma Bint Marwan and the other on Abu Afak.
We begin with Asma bint Marwan story: It is claimed that a woman by the name of Asma bint Marwan used to compose “verses” (or “poetry”) against prophet Muhammed. It is claimed from a pseudo report that Umayr Ibn Adi killed her at night. Respected scholars have stated that the story as a whole is a FABRICATION. Pay close attention to the following, where the scholar Muhammed Saalih al-Munajjid quotes many scholars of the past in which they all agree that the story on Asma is a fabrication:
Islamic Scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid:
Praise be to Allah.
Allah, may He be exalted, has told us in His holy Book that He only sent His Messenger Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) as a mercy to all people. Allah, may He be glorified, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the Alameen (mankind, jinns and all that exists)” [al-Anbiya’ 21:107].
The one who accepts this mercy and gives thanks for this grace will be blessed in this world and in the Hereafter; the one who rejects it and denies it will be a loser in this world and in the Hereafter. End quote from Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 5/385
Al-Haakim narrated in al-Mustadrak (100) that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“O people, I am but a bestowed mercy.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami‘, 2345.
The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is the one who pardoned all of Quraysh, even though they had let him down, opposed him, expelled him, waged war against him and incited the Arabs against him. When he conquered Makkah, he pardoned them and did not punish them or take revenge on them for their bad treatment.
He is the one who pardoned the Jewish woman who had poisoned the mutton for him. al-Bukhaari (2617) and Muslim (5834) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Jewish woman brought the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) some poisoned mutton and he ate some of it. Then she was brought to him and it was said: Will you give us permission to execute her? He said: No.
‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) never took revenge for his own sake, unless one of the sacred limits of Allaah had been transgressed, then he would take revenge for the sake of Allaah. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6126) and Muslim (2327).
Al-Bukhaari (4838) narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) concerning this verse in the Qur’aan:
“O Prophet (Muhammad SAW)! Verily, We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner” [al-Ahzaab 33:45]
That he said: In the Torah it says: O Prophet! We have sent you as a witness and as a bearer of glad tidings, a saviour to the unlettered. You are My slave and My Messenger, and I have named you al-Mutawakkil (the one who puts his trust solely in Allah). He is not coarse or uncouth, shouting in the marketplace; he does not repay evil with evil, rather he overlooks and forgives.
The reports that speak of his patience in putting up with annoyance, and his forgiveness and tolerance, his not holding things against people and his returning evil with good are innumerable. These people only want to undermine the status of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) as a sign of their increase in kufr and because of the jealousy, resentment and hatred they have in their hearts, and because they hope and wish to extinguish the light of Allah.
“But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it).” [as-Saff 61:8].
It is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) forbade the killing of women. Abu Dawood (2669) narrated that Rabaah ibn Rabee‘ said:
We were with the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) on a campaign, and he saw the people gathered around something. He sent a man to find out what they were looking at, and he came back and told him that it was a woman who had been killed. He said: “Such a one could not have been a fighter.” Khaalid ibn al-Waleed was leading the vanguard of the army, so he sent a man to him and said: “Tell Khaalid: Do not kill any woman or hired worker.”
As for the report about the slaying of ‘Asma bint Marwaan that is propagated by these liars, it is a FABRICATED REPORT. It was narrated by al-Qadaa‘i in Musnad ash-Shihaab (856), al-Khateeb in at-Tareekh (13/99), Ibn ‘Asaakir in his Tareekh (51/244), and Ibn ‘Umar al-Harbi in his Fawaa’id (50), all via Muhammad ibn al-Hajjaaj al-Lakhami Abu Ibraaheem al-Waasiti from Mujaalid ibn Sa‘eed from ash-Sha‘bi from Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said:
A woman from Banu Khatamah wrote poetry lampooning the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), and news of that reached the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and upset him. He said: “Who will deal with her for me?” A man from among her people said: I will, O Messenger of Allah! She was a seller of dates, so he went to her and said to her: Do you have any dates? She said: Yes. So she showed him some dates, and he said: I want something better than this. So she went inside to show him and he followed her and looked right and left, but he did not see anything except a small table, and he kept hitting her head with it until he killed her. Then he went to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allah, I have taken care of her for you. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The validity of what you have done is something that no one could dispute.”
This woman was ‘Asma bint Marwaan.
This is an invalid isnaad and a FABRICATED REPORT that was narrated by Muhammad ibn al-Hajjaaj of whom al-Bukhaari said: His hadeeth is to be rejected. Ibn Ma‘een said: (He is) an evil liar. Ad-Daaraqutni said: (He is) a liar; and on one occasion he said: He is not trustworthy. Mizaan al-I‘tidaal, 3/509
Ibn ‘Adiyy said: Muhammad ibn al-Hajjaaj FABRICATED THE HADEETH about the woman who used to lampoon the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), according to which when she was killed he (allegedly) said:
“The validity of what you have done is something that no one could dispute.” End quote from al-Mawdoo‘aat by Ibn al-Jawzi 3/18
This hadeeth was also mentioned by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) in ad-Da‘eefah (6013); HE SAID IT IS FABRICATED (mawdoo‘).
It was narrated by al-Waaqidi in al-Maghaazi (p. 173) and via him by al-Qadaa‘i (858): ‘Abdullah ibn al-Haarith told me, from his father, that ‘Asma bint Marwaan, from Banu Umayyah ibn Zayd, was married to Yazeed ibn Zayd ibn Hisn al-Khatmi. She used to revile the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), criticise Islam and incite people against the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). When news of what she said and her incitement of the people reached ‘Umayr ibn ‘Adiyy ibn Kharashah ibn Umayyah al-Khatmi, he said: O Allah, I make a vow to You that I shall kill her if You grant a safe return to Madinah to the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) – as the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was in Badr at that time. When the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) came back from Badr, ‘Umayr ibn ‘Adiyy came to her in the middle of the night and entered upon her in her house when she had a group of her children sleeping around her, including an infant who was still being breastfed. He reached out to touch her and found the infant whom she was breastfeeding. He pushed the child aside then he plunged his sword into her chest until it came out of her back. Then he went out and prayed Fajr with the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) in Madinah. When the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) finished praying, he looked at ‘Umayr and said: Did you kill the daughter of Marwaan? He said: Yes, may my father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah.
‘Umayr was afraid that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) would not approve of his killing her, so he said: Is there any sin on me for that, O Messenger of Allah? He said: “The validity of what you have done is something that no one could dispute.” And this is the first time I heard this phrase from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). ‘Umayr said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) turned to those who were around him and said: “If you want to see a man who supported Allah and His Messenger, then look at ‘Ubayr ibn ‘Adiyy.” End quote.
This is a WORTHLESS isnaad. Imam Ahmad said concerning al-Waaqidi – whose name was Muhammad ibn ‘Umar ibn Waaqid – : He is a liar; he alters hadeeths. Ibn Ma‘een said: He is not trustworthy. On one occasion he said: His hadeeth is not to be written down. Al-Bukhaari and Abu Haatim said: He is matrook (rejected). Abu Haatim and an-Nasaa’i said: HE FABRICATES HADEETH. Ibn ‘Adiyy said: His hadeeths are odd and problematic. Ibn al-Madeeni said: al-Waaqidi FABRICATES HADEETH. Mizaan al-I‘tidaal, 3/663
An-Nasaa’i said: THE LIARS WHO ARE KNOWN FOR FABRICATING HADEETH are four: Ibraaheem ibn Abi Yahya in Madinah, al-Waaqidi in Baghdad, Muqaatil in Khorasan and Muhammad ibn Sa‘eed in Syria. End quote from Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb, 9/163 (IslamQA)
Now, we move on to Abu Afak matter. It is said by mr Shamoun that Abu Afak was killed for no reason, other than making jolly old poetry and singing. The matter of fact is, history tells that Abu Afak was a very naughty man. Early reports tell us that Abu Afak used to instigate people to warfare against Muhammed and the Muslims on a number of occasions. Abu Afak continuing with his hostilities and instigating other tribes in Arabia to go to war against the Muslims, 1300 years ago, got him killed:
“Then (occurred) the Sariyyah of Salim Ibn Umayr al-Amri against ABU AFAK, the Jew, in Shawaal in the beginning of the twentieth month from the hijrah of the Apostle. Abu Afak was from Banu Amr Ibn Awf… He was a Jew, and USED TO INSTIGATE THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE APOSTLE OF ALLAH. … (Ibn Sa’d – Tabaqat al-kabir, volume 2, page 31)
So as we see from one of the earliest sources, this man was a warmonger.
Some of the narrations presented (Asma bint Marwan) is a fabrication. Have some shame man, fear God, and stop spreading lies. Things were spread around, and some people who collected stories didn’t know what to do with them.
Some questions for Shamoun:
Please explain why would Christian sources contain anecdotes which present Jesus in such a negative light? Why would believers include narrations that present Jesus as a cold-blooded murderer?
1. I am sure you will know that people circulated stories, even if they weren’t true. You know yourself there is an early story that is founded in early Christian books (non-canonical) which states that Jesus, your god who came in flesh murdered a child for merely touching him:
“IV. 1 After that again he went through the village, and a child ran and dashed against his shoulder. And JESUS was provoked and said unto him: Thou shalt not finish thy course (lit. go all thy way). And IMMEDIATELY HE FELL DOWN AND DIED. But certain when they saw what was done said: Whence was this young child born, for that every word of his is an accomplished work? And the parents of him that was dead came unto Joseph, and blamed him, saying: Thou that hast such a child canst not dwell with us in the village: or do thou teach him to bless and not to curse: FOR HE SLAYETH OUR CHILDREN.” (The Infancy Gospel of Thomas – The Apocryphal New Testament” M.R. James-Translation and Notes Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924 – online source)
Or what about the story of Jesus having a girlfriend, constantly kissing the prostitute on her lips:
“There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and MAGDALENE, THE ONE WHO WAS CALLED HIS COMPANION. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary. … As for the Wisdom who is called “the barren,” she is the mother of the angels. And the companion of the […] MARY MAGDALENE. […] LOVED HER MORE THAN ALL THE DISCIPLES, AND USED TO KISS HER OFTEN ON HER MOUTH. The rest of the disciples […]. They said to him “Why do you love her more than all of us?” THE SAVIOR ANSWERED AND SAID TO THEM,”WHY DO I NOT LOVE YOU LIKE HER? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.” (The Gospel According to Philip (Translated by Wesley W. Isenberg), online source)
Shamoun, why would Christians create such stories in the first place? Why were these stories circulating in the first place? Why did the Church fathers keep these apocryphal books in safe places? It is often the tendency of people to overlook or hide the mistakes, sins, and errors of their leaders or heroes. People normally tend to make their heroes look better, not worse. This would especially be the case with Christians who love Jesus more than anything and view him as the greatest prophet and the best of creation. So why would Christians make up stories that make Jesus look evil or a womaniser?
If a Christian says that these stories originated from unbelievers/heretics then why would people who loved Jesus more than their own lives want to circulate them? Why would god-fearing Christians pass on the lies and fraudulent tales of unbelievers/heretics, especially when such stories serve to aid the disbelievers in their attempt to discredit and malign Jesus?
There you have it Shamoun!