Readers may be bored that the chapter on prayers is getting too long. I’m trying my best to keep the discussion as short as possible. Prayers are the most ruinous requirement of Islam for us Muslims. There are more than 30 different kinds of prayers that were designed by Muhammad for his own benefit and advantage. So, I want to cover it as much as possible in the shortest span.
Prophet Muhammad collected a 1/40th portion of obligatory Zakat, that he imposed on Muslim, to swell his coffer. He collected it even after a Muslim’s death as a condition to lead their funeral prayer. He had received the pending Zakat for the deceased from their kin or friends. This clearly shows: How fond of wealth and greedy Muhammad was!
Sahih Al-Bukhari/ Volume 3, Book 37, Number 492:
Narrated Salama bin Al-Akwa: A dead person was brought to the Prophet so that he might lead the funeral prayer for him. He asked, "Is he in debt?" When the people replied in the negative, he led the funeral prayer. Another dead person was brought and he asked, "Is he in debt?" They said, "Yes." He (refused to lead the prayer and) said, "Lead the prayer of your friend." Abu Qatada said, "O Allah's Apostle! I undertake to pay his debt." Allah's Apostle then led his funeral prayer.
Readers may think that when Muhammad was asking about the debts of the deceased, he mean it in general. Muhammad never cared about who is in debt with whom. In my future articles on Zakat, I’ll highlight how materialistic our prophet was.
On the other hand Muhammad lead the funeral prayer of his opponent, Abdullah bin Ubai, who was the emerging political leader of Medina prier to Muhammad’s migration (hijrat) there. Muhammad had wanted to eliminate him so that there will be no obstacle in his way for becoming the ruler of Medina. Muhammad joined hand with Allah to ridicule him from the beginning and branded him as a “hypocrite” even though he had embraced Islam. When Abdullah bin Ubai died, even after the objection raised by his strong Sahaba, a guide and a counselor Umar, he offered Ubai’s funeral prayer, because of his wealth and to appease Ubai’s supporters.
SAHIH AL-BUKHARI / Vol 2:359
Narrated Ibn 'Umar: When 'Abdullah bin Ubai (the chief of hypocrites) died, his son came to the Prophet and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Please give me your shirt to shroud him in it, offer his funeral prayer and ask for Allah's forgiveness for him." So Allah's Apostle (p.b.u.h) gave his shirt to him and said, "Inform me (When the funeral is ready) so that I may offer the funeral prayer." So, he informed him and when the Prophet intended to offer the funeral prayer, 'Umar took hold of his hand and said, "Has Allah not forbidden you to offer the funeral prayer for the hypocrites? The Prophet said, "I have been given the choice for Allah says: '(It does not avail) whether you (O Muhammad) ask forgiveness for them (hypocrites), or do not ask for forgiveness for them. Even though you ask for their forgiveness seventy times, Allah will not forgive them. (9.80)" So the Prophet offered the funeral prayer and on that the revelation came: "And never (O Muhammad) pray (funeral prayer) for any of them (i.e. hypocrites) that dies." (9.84)
The above two hadiths make the character of Muhammad crystal clear. He refused to offer the funeral prayer of a man, because he had owed debt. When the debt was sorted out, Muhammad was happily offered his funeral prayer. On the other hand, Muhammad was offered funeral prayer of Ubai—who had been a rival and mocker of Islam for ten long years—even when Umar, the second Caliph of Islam, advised him not to. He did so not because Muhammad was noble, but purely as a political game. Had it been for a noble heart of Muhammad, he should have offered the funeral prayer of the debt-ridden poor believer.
According to the Quran and Hadith, Muhammad never does anything on his own (see Quran 53: 3-4) but only at the behest of Allah. In the case of Ubai’s funeral prayer, Muhammad clearly knows that Allah would not accept the prayer since he was a “hypocrite” (Quran 9:84). Then, why did he offer the prayer? That is what the real Muhammad was!
FEEL SHAME FOR PRAISING MUHAMMAD: Once I belonged to Sunnat-e-Jamaat. As the practice of our Sunnat-e-Jamath, whenever we heard Muhammad’s name during lectures and Adhaan, we kissed our hands in a show of love and respect showed to Muhammad (we call it ‘Bosa’in Urdu). As an ex-Muslim today, I feel shame for it. Still hundreds of thousands of us Muslims, belonging to Sunnat-e-Jamaat, are used to doing this at least 20 times a day. It is a crime on our part that we offer our love and respect to a criminal, mass murderer, a highway robber, a child molester and a great mafia boss in history.
Muhammad’s appearance to this world was a very unfortunate thing for humanity in the likeness of Genghis Khan or Hitler. He was a brilliant politician in criminal doctrines. Islamic scriptures –the Quran, Hadith, and Sira—are the living memoir of his criminal carrier. What we Muslims need to do is: stop listening to our so-called Islamic ‘scholars’ and start exploring Islam by ourselves through the Quran and Ahadith.
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