Dec 21, 2012

A discussion point from Hadith

"I was reading from 'The 200 Hadith' and came across something that might offer some contrast between Islam and the Bible. Bear with me, in that I may be missing the primary point being expressed, that point being "This life is a temporary sate and is not worth very much compared to life after death."
Number 173 reads as follows: "On the authority of Sahl Bin Sa'ad Al-Sa'idi (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), said:  "If in the sight of Allah the world had the value equal to that of the wing of a mosquito, He would not have allowed a disbeliever even to have a mouthful of water out of it."
There is a well known verse in the Bible, John 3:16, where it is written 'God loved the world so much that He gave what was most precious to Him, Jesus, so that whosoever believed in Jesus would not perish in Hell fire, but have everlasting life.'
It would seem we both agree with the commentator, Abdul Alfahim, that  "This life is a temporary sate and is not worth very much compared to life after death."  The Bible clearly teaches this present world is being held for judgment and will be destroyed. (2 Peter 3:12)  Islam and Christianity also agree in the requirement for sacrifice, as when Abraham went up on the mount to sacrifice his son."
From here, if one has a willing audience, one can proceed to speak of the sacrifice of Abraham and redemption through Jesus Christ.
The above is a fairly strong passage.  It might not be the best thing for ones first conversation with a particular Muslim, in that it seems to be implying that we Christians who disbelieve in Islam would not so much as receive a cup of water from Allah if this world had even the slightest value to him.
If you you are asked "How do I know that what you are saying is true?" you can say "Why don't we go in to a restaurant or for a cup of coffee and look at 'The 200 Hadith' and you can take a look for yourself."  Or, you can try this link:


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:51 AM

    I think this is a misinterpretation of the text, except in what Dale L. said at the very beginning, about it being a way of expressing the relative merit of eternity.

    I don't believe People of the Book, ie. Christians and Jews are regarded as unbelievers. I think that term refers to atheists. Also, many seemingly contradictory hadith exist. For example, in one hadith Muhammad says that shabbiness is part of faith, and in another, he seems to suggest that a wealthy person should be reflecting gratitude for what he has in appropriate clothing; I don't think this mosquito wing hadith can be properly understood in isolation, either, as Islam is not a religion that encourages asceticism, devaluing of the world.

    It is also part of Islam that God sent the Islamic religion as a mercy to the world. As Moutasem al-Hameedi states, Islam is about an appropriate point of balance.

    It is probably better for Christians to listen to living Islamic teachers, expressing concepts in organic wholes to real live audiences, (as we can do these days easily, with internet videos) than look for ideas that can easily seem to be out of balance expressed in print, with insufficient guidance for the reader who lacks knowledge of the whole tradition. Hamza Yusuf is another well-informed teacher of Islam, as is Abdal Hakim Murad.


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