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Quoting Hadiths are dangerous without knowing their validity.

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Submitted by Chris G. (United States), Jun 19, 2007 at 13:34

As you probably well know, there are over 40,000 Hadiths in the many collections. Furthermore there is vast disagreement often on the authenticity of Hadiths between Islamic scholars of the different madhhabs (schools of Islam). This is especially true amongst the Shi'a who reject a huge range of Hadiths that are followed by Sunni Muslims.

I would recommend that before you throw around quotes from the Hadiths, that you find out whether or not those Hadiths are considered weak or strong hadiths according to reputable scholars. I would recommend submitting such questions to someone like Shaykh Hamza Yussuf of the Zaytuna Foundation here in the United States. He is an extremely well respected moderate Islamic scholar who has excellent credentials, speaks excellent classical Arabic, and who has done an enormous amount of research into critical hadiths concerning Jihad that is backed up by an unbroken chain of scholars.
There are other good scholars as well, but since he is American, he can translate and articulate the meanings much better then someone with poor English abilities.

Otherwise... here is the irony... if you simply throw these hadiths out that support Al-Qaeda style Jihadist theology, you are 100% legitimizing AL-Qaeda as the true representatives of the Islamic World.

If you are correct then every single one of the 8 million + American Muslims have the HOLY duty to go out and kill all those who are not believers and who refuse to convert to Islam. According to your logic and interpretation of Islam, we must change the US constitution in order to round up Muslim American citizens so as to put them into concentration camps or to deport them to Islamic countries even if they are white American Muslims. Muslim sympathizers would have to be arrested as well. Syrian Muslims also would have to go out and kill Syrian Christians while Iranians would have to murder their sizable Jewish population (which most Americans don't realize exists in Iran). Why have they not done so after over a thousand years?

Also on the issue of abrogation, know that it is a controversial issue in Islam and that not all Islamic scholars agree on what verses were abrogated and which were not. Some Islamic scholars believe that ayas and hadiths must be interpreted within their historical context rather then trying to say that every single action by Mohammed is meant for Muslims to be practiced until the day of judgement.
Christianity went through much the same phases. What you are doing is not helping Islam into becoming a moderate peaceful religion. Rather instead you are trying to legitimize it as a terrorist religion that we must wipe out before they wipe us out. That my friend is a recipe for genocide.

The logical consequence of the United States government accepting your interpretation is WAR WITH ISLAM. There is no other choice. That means a horrific world war that makes our war in Iraq look like a little scuffle. This is good news to radical Christian evangelicals, but it pure insanity and pure evil to those of us Americans who don't believe in engaging in self-fulfilling prophecy. Rather then looking at Islam as "the enemy religion" look at it as a potential tool for delegitmizing extremist Islamic theology.
Again, speak to reputable Islamic scholars before continuing to spread the arguments put forth by Al-Qaeda, Qutbists, and extremist Salafi scholars.

Chris G.

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