Sunday, 8 March 2015

Did Abu Bakr Really Burn People?

The stories in the work of  Al-Tabari which relay accounts that Abu Bakr burned people are not authentic. Dr AbdulRahman Dimashqia discusses the lack of authenticity of the claim that Abu Bakr burned people in the following video. So, there is no reliable evidence saying Abu Bakr burned atheists or whoever.

There are many false stories in Ibn Ishaq and Al-Tabari (NOTE: Go here read about other false stories about Prophet Muhammad).

Islamophobes: Are the Stories of Abu Bakr Burning People Authentic?

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Here's a quick summary of what Islam teaches about burning people:

What is forbidden is killing with fire, because of the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one should punish with fire except Allaah.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3016). The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) saw an anthill that one of the Companions had burned with fire and he said: “No one should punish with fire except the Lord of fire.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (2675), classed as saheeh by al-Nawawi in Riyadh al-Saaliheen (519) and by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (487). From:

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Tzakir naik, ahmed deedat, shabir aly, Robert spencer refuted, pam geller,isis refuted, he narrative of the account provides, “[When] he [al-Fuja’ah] was brought to Abu Bakr he ordered a fire to be kindled with much firewood in the prayer yard (musalla) of Medinah and threw him, with arms and legs bound, into it.” (The History of al-Tabari,. Vol. X, The Conquest of Arabia, Translated By Fred M. Donner, SUNY Press, 1993; pp. 79 -80.) Another transmitter of the account relates it this way: “When the two of them approached Abu Bakr, he ordered Turayfah b. Hajiz to take him out to this clearing and burn him in it with fire. So Turayfah took him out to the prayer yard and kindled a fire for him and threw him into it.” (Ibid, P80-81.) After the defeat of Buzakhah, Banu ‘Amir came, saying, “Let us enter that which we had left,” so he made an agreement with them on [the same terms] that the people of Buzakhah from Asad and Ghatafan and Tayyi had agreed to before them. They gave him their hands to Islam. The only thing he would accept from anyone of Asad or Ghatafan or Hawazin or Sulaym or Tayyi was that they bring him those who during their apostasy had burned the people of Islam and mutilated them and waged aggression against them; so they brought them to him, whereupon he accepted that from them [as atonement] except for Qurrah b. Hubayrah and some people with him whom he fettered. He mutilated those who had waged aggression against Islam by burning them with fire, smashing them with rocks, throwing them down from mountains, casting them headlong into wells, and piercing them with arrows; and he sent Qurrah and the [other] prisoners and wrote a letter to Abu Bakr, “Banu Amir after awaiting [the outcome of things] . I have accepted nothing from anyone, whether he fought me or made peace with me, until he brought me whoever waged aggression against the Muslims; those I have killed by every means of slaughter. And I have sent you Qurrah and his companions.” (Ibid, pp. 75 -76.)

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