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The sunna of Muhammad

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Aug 20, 2009 at 07:20

Vijay wrote

For Muslims, apart from Sunnah or theological matters, Mohammed is the Ideal Man, Mohammed is the Archetypal Muslim. Prophet Mohammed has stamped his character on Muslims - which is oppurtunistic in most matters. So, Muslims can always find a theological justification for any other their prejudices or crimes.

You are very correct. Following the sunna of Muhammad or sunnat al-nabi means the habitual, norm. customary procedure or action of Muhammad as conveyed to us in his sira (biography) and in the hadith (see Lisan al-3Arab dictionary) so when you see Muslims from India and Pakistan with their henna stained beards and shaved moustaches and shalwar qamees (and the funny thing here is this look is very alien to the Arabs) but this is what they believe Muhammad would have looked like

Now early on the extant literary sources tell us about different types of sunnas (sunnan) including sunat allah (the sunna of Allah) sunat ibrahim (the sunna of Ibrahim) sunat 3Issa (the sunna of Jesus) the sunna of the region etc....and like anything in the history of any religion "at the end of the day: orthodoxy always wins" and this is why all the other sunnas (Arabic sunnan) just disapeared and you will only find them in the old extant literary sources of islam. And now we are only left with the sunna of Muhammad who was regarded by the orthodoxy as al-rajil al-kamil or the complete (read this as ideal) man

So the question now is what does all this mean? Well to imitate Muhammad is no more than stepping in the mosque by using your right foor first and it is about using your right hand to eat and left to clean one's rear end. So it is all about orthopraxy that is attributed to Muhammad and not any more and if he cursed the Jews then they can also curse the Jews too and if he was an Arabian warlord and caravan riader then they can do the same not out of malice but out of sheer desire to imitate him.

Now does this translate as: Allah would love you more if you imitate Muhammad? Not really as we are also told by the tradition that all Muslims, Muhammad included, after death would have to suffer from what is called 3azab al-qabr or the torture in the grave and I will leave this to your imagination. And on the day of judgment not even those that follow the sunna of Muhammad have a guarantee of going to Allah's little heaven. So why have the sunna of Muhammad? Because islam is about orthopraxy and no more. There is nothing spritual about Islam

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