This article is about the ‘noble’ qualities of the companions of Prophet Muhammad, known as Sahaba in Islam. Hundreds of pages will not be sufficient to discuss the outstanding ‘nobility’ and ‘morality’ of the Sahaba thoroughly. This article only touches on a fraction of their 'noble’ virtues.
The Arabic word ‘Sahaba’ or ‘Sahaaba’ denotes the ‘Companions of Prophet Muhammad’, namely those non-Muslims who had seen the prophet and accepted Islam under him and remained Muslim until their death. During the first thirteen years of Muhammad's prophetic activity in Mecca before migrating to Medina, he barely had managed to acquire about one hundred local Arabs as his followers. They comprised his close kith and kin and also a number of slaves, whom Muhammad and Abu Bakr had purchased from their Pagan masters.
TERMINOLOGY FOR DISOBEDIENT SAHABA
In pious Islamic literature, scholars address Muhammad’s companions at different places according to the level of their obedience to Muhammad. Those of Muhammad’s companions who obeyed Muhammad wholeheartedly are respectfully called ‘Sahaba’. But when a companion (Sahaba) questioned or argued with Muhammad, he wasn't addressed by the term ‘Sahaba’ or by even his name; instead he was addressed as ‘a man’, ‘a Bedouin’, ‘a desert Arab’, ‘an Ansar’, a Qureshi and a Mujahir etc. in the Islamic scriptures. By doing this, the scholars of Islam have hidden the specific Sahabi's adamant opposition and disagreements with Prophet Muhammad.
SPREAD MY ‘MESSAGE’ TO THE END, MUSLIMS
Mosque-attending Muslims are well aware about the numerous noble qualities of the Sahaba. Imams in their sermons never fail to inform the audience about their version of the stories of Muhammad and his bandit companions, while hiding the embarrassing side. These half-told stories generally speaks about the ‘obedience’ of the Sahaba toward the prophet. But the Mullahs intentionally and unfairly hide the other side of the Sahaba – namely their ‘ignoble’ qualities. Had Muhammad been alive today, he would have beheaded these dishonest Mullahs, because Muhammad repeatedly told his companions to spread his Sunnah among fellow Muslims:
The Prophet said, “Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:56:667)
He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah (Quran 4:80)
“……… Do not accept anything save the Hadiths of the Prophet. Circulate knowledge and teach the ignorant, for knowledge does not vanish except when it is kept secretly (to oneself)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1:3:98)
Believe, honour and respect him (Quran 48:9, 49:1-3, 61:11)
When the prophet has commanded Muslims to propagate each and every piece of his sunna, intentionally ignoring or hiding a huge part of the prophetic Sunna by today's Islamic scholars and imams, fearing that it could lead to the destruction of Islam as well as their livelihood, is certainly very unfair to the truth and sanctity of real Islam. Keeping the prophet's command of spreading the sunnah in mind, when the deceptive Islamic scholars and imams won't tell the whole story about the prophet, it has become a ‘responsibility’ of us ex-Muslims to propagate the true message and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, our ex-Mafia boss.
MODERN MUSLIMS IN NO WAY COMPARABLE TO THE VIRTUOUS SAHABA
Imams in their Fridays sermons praise the companions of prophet Muhammad, boasting them as extraordinarily noble and virtuous human beings. They challenge today's Muslims that it is impossible for any of them to again the greatness of the Sahaba. Mullahs even challenge that Muslims of today cannot imitate even the 1% of their virtue. Modern Muslims also pliantly agree and accept those extraordinary claims of the Mullahs about the Sahaba.
Ironically, this is indeed true. It is indeed quite impossible for almost any Muslim today to imitate the actions and deeds of the Sahaba. That is because, the so-called “noble” virtues of the Sahaba are indeed very “ignoble”. Muhammad did know that a day will come when no-one will respect the Sahaba if the reality of their so-called noble virtues are known to them. Even during Muhammad's days, it seems some of the Muslims did not respect the other companions of the prophet, and Muhammad advised them not to degrade his Sahaba:
The Prophet blamed the non-Muslims and said, "Do not abuse my companions for if any one of you spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah's Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud or even a half Mud spent by one of them." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:57:22; Sahih Muslim 31:6167-68)
Muhammad had granted paradise to all of his obedient Sahaba for their superb virtues and contributions, such as dying for booty in Muhammad’s plundering raids. This article will discussing only a part of unsavory side of the excellent ‘virtues’ of the prophet's companions, since it is too short to discuss everything about the 'noble’ Sahaba, the best of all Muslims.
TEN THINGS MUHAMAMD FORBADE THE SAHABA
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) forbade ten things: Sharpening the ends of the teeth, tattooing, plucking hair, men sleeping together without an under-garment, women sleeping together without an under-garment, men putting silk at the hem of their garments like the Persians, or putting silk on their shoulders like the Persians, plundering, riding on panther skins, wearing signet rings, except in the case of one in authority. (Abu Dawud 32:4038)
What does ‘Sharpening of the teeth’ mean? I certainly have to idea. We may get some idea of it by the time finished reading this article.
‘NOBLE’ SAHABA USED TO SLAUGHTER ANIMALS WITH THEIR TEETH LIKE HUNTING BEASTS
We apostates of Islam can consider ourselves lucky that we won't have to mimic the behavior of the pious Sahaba, whose actions were often barbaric and beastly. For example, slaughtering animals with their sharpened teeth was one as recorded in Islamic scriptures.
“…… Do not slaughter with teeth or fingernails and I will tell you why: It is because teeth are bones (i.e. cannot cut properly) and fingernails are the tools used by the Ethiopians (whom we should not imitate for they are infidels)." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:44:668)
“………But don't use teeth or fingernails (in slaughtering). I will tell you why, as for teeth, they are bones, and fingernails are used by Ethiopians for slaughtering. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 3:44:684)
“…..but won't use a tooth or a nail and I am telling you the reason: A tooth is a bone (and slaughtering with a bone is forbidden ), and a nail is the slaughtering instrument of the Ethiopians." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:52:309)
“…….But do not slaughter with a tooth or a nail. I am telling you why: A tooth is a bone, and the nail is the knife of Ethiopians." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:67:406)
“….But do not slaughter with a tooth or a nail. I will tell you why: As for the tooth, it is a bone; and as for the nail, it is the knife of Ethiopians." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:67:417)
It is well-known that the Arabs were one of the most backward and lawless people at Muhammad's time. Like the stone-age barbarian cavemen, the noble Sahaba used to slaughter animals with their teeth. The more civilized Jews and Christians used to slaughter animals with knives. While looting the communities of the Jews and Christians, Muhammad was exposed to their slaughtering method with knives and introduced their method among Muslims. Muslims will surely think that I'm exaggerating the story to make Islam look bad. Well Islamic scripture itself makes Islam look bad, one need not fabricate anything. We will get a better idea of it from the hadiths discussed in rest of the article.
It is the usual practice of Muhammad to blame others for his misdeeds. Similarly, to hide the criminality of him or his followers, he put the blame on Jews, Christians and Ethiopians. In the above hadith Muhammad was blaming the innocent Ethiopians for the crimes of his bandit companions.
‘BROTHERHOOD’ OF THE ‘NOBLE’ SAHABA
Mullahs and Imams will tell you how brotherly and united the brotherhood of the Sahaba was. Brotherhood among the Prophet's companions was very important also for Muhammad for his personal benefits. Although mostly illiterate, they were not total fools to follow Muhammad for his self-invented religion. They knew very well about the ‘real’ source of Muhammad’s revelations, that his ultimate goal was to achieve the leadership of the Arab land and accumulate wealth and women. They enrolled in his crime syndicate of plundering and looting the infidel communities solely for profiting. It is natural that there would always be disputes among the members of such a greed-driven pirate gang, such as in the matter of the distribution of the booty. And sometimes, those disputes ended in fights among them. It became so common and hard to manage on Muhammad's part that he issued many hadiths prohibiting quarrels and fights among his Sahaba:
Beware! Do not renegade (as) disbelievers after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:26:795,797)
The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Do not be angry with each other and do not envy each other and do not turn away from each other, and be slaves of Allah, brothers. It is not halal for a Muslim to shun his brother for more than three nights." (Malik Muwatta 47.4.13 & 47.4.14)
‘NOBLE’ SAHABA FIGHTING LIKE CANINE ANIMALS BY BITING EACH OTHER WITH 'SHARPEND' TEETH
The prophet's noble companions rarely paid attention to his call against fighting each other. When there is greed that has to be satisfied by looting and plundering, there can never be “peace”. So, the Sahaba formed rival factions along clan and tribal lines. They even often fought on minor issues. And the common method of fighting among the Sahaba was to bite each others with their teeth. That is why, it was necessary for them to ‘sharpen their teeth’.
“….One of them bite the hand of the other and the latter drew his hand from the mouth of the former pulling out his front tooth. Then the former instituted a suit against the latter before the Prophet who rejected that suit saying, "Do you expect him to put out his hand for you to snap as a male camel snaps (vegetation)?" (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:52:217, 5:59:701, 9:83:30)
“…..What do you want me to do? Do you ask me that I should order him to put his hand in your month, and you should bite it as the camel bites? (If you want retaliation, then the only way out is) that you put your hand in his mouth (allow him) to bite that and then draw it away. (Sahih Muslim 16:4143,4145,4147)
The above six hadiths will give a clear picture of why the Sahaba used to sharpen their teeth. The incomparably 'noble' and 'virtuous' they were indeed!
KAABA – THE SACRED 'HOUSE OF ALLAH' WAS A PLACE OF FUN FOR THE SAHABA
Modern Muslims, especially from the non-Arab countries, consider their visit to the Kaaba in Mecca as most sacred and pious act in Islam. They set it as their ultimate goal in life to visit the two holiest shrines of Islam. Muslim hajj pilgrims generally spend a maximum of two months at the two holy shrines.
Muslims, who have performed Haj and Umra, know that time taken to perform the ritual of Umra at the Kaaba is no more than half-an-hour. Non-Arab Muslims particularly perform this ritual with highest devotion. Unaware about their scriptures, they know very little about how the ‘noble’ Sahaba used to performed the ritual of Umra at Kaaba.
It seems Muhammad’s ‘noble’ Sahaba were not able to control their sexual urge even for half-an-hour during the performance of Umra. There are many hadiths that speak about the sexual intercourse the Sahaba engaged in in-between that half an-hour. i.e. in-between Tawaaf and Saee. Below are a few such hadiths:
Narrated 'Amr bin Dmar: I asked Ibn 'Umar, "Can a person who has performed the Tawaf around the Ka'ba for 'Umra but has not performed the (Sa'i) Tawaf of Safa and Marwa, have a sexual relation with his wife?" Ibn 'Umar replied "When the Prophet reached Mecca he performed the Tawaf around the Ka'ba (circumambulated it seven times) and offered a two-Rak'at prayer (at the place) behind the station (of Abraham) and then performed the Tawaf (Sa'i) of Safa and Marwa, and verily in Allah's Apostle you have a good example." Then we put the same question to Jabir bin 'Abdullah and he too replied, "He should not go near his wife (for sexual relation) till he has finished the Tawaf of Safa and Marwa." (Sahih Al-bukhari 1:8:389)
Sharpening the teeth had other exotic use for the Sahaba too, such as love-making amidst the Umra:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Rabia ibn Abi Abd ar-Rahman that a man came to Qasim ibn Muhammad and said, "I did the tawaf al-ifada along with my wife, and then I went off onto a mountain path and approached my wife to make love to her, and she said, 'I have not cut my hair yet.' So I bit some of her hair off with my teeth and then had intercourse with her." Qasim laughed and said, "Tell her to cut her hair with some scissors." (Malik: Book 20: hadith 20.59.197)
Bukhari : Book 1 : Volume 12 : Hadith 741
Bukhari : Book 2 : Volume 26 : Hadith 690,
Bukhari : Book 2 : Volume 26 : Hadith 693,
Bukhari : Book 2 : Volume 26 : Hadith 708,
Bukhari : Book 3 : Volume 27 : Hadith 20
Pilgrims to Mecca to perform Haj and Umra might be a very sacred duty of today’s Muslims, but it was not as sacred among the prophet's most 'virtuous' companions. Our religious teachers keep this kind of hadiths hidden from common god-fearing Muslims. Since the holy prophet had commanded to spread his sunna to all Muslims, we ex-Muslim take this responsibility to spread those hidden sunna to his followers.
Muslim scholars boast about the virtues of the Sahaba that they were superior to all subsequent generations of Muslims, that today's Muslims cannot even achieve 1% of the virtues and piety of the Sahaba. Those scholars are indeed correct. Surely, it is nearly impossible to compare today’s Muslims with the ‘noble’ companions of Muhammad. No average Muslim (except the few barbarian Muslims who dare to chew the mutilated body parts of the non-Muslims after killing them.) would dare slaughtering animals by their teeth, or bite their fellow Muslims in fight, or have sex amidst performing Umra at the holy Kaaba.
But Muslims beware! Even if you find something odd about Muhammad’s Sahaba, don’t criticize them! Else the prophet's wrath will be upon you:
Narrated Abu Said: The Prophet said, "Do not abuse my companions for if any one of you spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah's Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud or even a half Mud spent by one of them." (Sahih Al-Bukhari: 5:57:22)
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not revile my Companions, do not revile my Companions. By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if one amongst you would have spent as much gold as Uhud it would not amount to as much as one much on behalf of one of them or half of it. (Sahih Muslim: Book 31: Hadith 6167 & 6168)