Saudi Sheikh on the contribution of [Sunnah] Persia to Islam

June 15, 2011 § 1 Comment


after you’ve watched the video, do not miss to read the following amazing facts …

In a narration adduced by Ibn al-Salah in his Muqaddima on the Hadith sciences from `Ata’ that the latter was asked by the Caliph Hisham ibn `Abd al-Malik in al-Rusafa:

[note: Mawla stands for NON-ARAB i.e. Persian, only the Persians were called Mawla back then, this was not an insult, otherwise the Persian would have never hold such high position as we will see In sha’ Allah. Also note that Islamophobic Iranians mix falsehood with the truth, i.e. they say that Persians were treated like subhumans during the muslim rulership. While this is partly true, they forget to mention [just like their brothers the Rafidah Shia] that most believers i.e.INCLUDING  Arab companions of the Prophet and Persian converts and even the household of the Prophet ‘alayhis-salatu was-salam were oppressed and tortured, especially during the [mostly] tyrannical reign of the Bani Umayyah [Bani Umayyah athorities  killed the family of the Prophet like Al-Hussein and the companions of the Prophet like Al-Zubayr and MANY other Sahaba], so it is a myth that the Persian converts were the only ones who suffered at the hands of mainly chauvinistic and sinning rulers of the Bani Umayyah and Bani Abbas. The Prophet ‘alayhis-salatu was-salam explicitly praised the first 30 years of rulership after him i.e. the rulership of the Khulafa’ Al-Rashideen (Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali), he even warned that soon after them, tyrants gonna ruler over Muslims, hence Islam can’t be judged by the deeds of the tyrants (who looked down to the family of the Prophet AND his companions, let alone to Persian converts!), rather it must be judged according to its teachings, and needless to say how Allah Almighy and his Messenger always emphasised that there is NO difference between a white man and a black man and an Arab over a non-Arab.]

– “O `Ata’! Do you know anything about the foremost Ulema in the world?”
– “Yes, Commander of the Believers.”
– “Who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Madina?”
– “Nafi` the Mawla of Ibn `Umar [most likely a Mawla/Persian according to al-Dhahabi].”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl Makka?”
– “`Ata’ ibn Abi Rabah.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “No! A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Yaman?”
– “Tawus ibn Kaysan.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “No! A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Yamama?”
– “Yahya ibn Abi Kathir.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “No! A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Sham?”
– “Makhul.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “No! A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Jazira?”
– “Maymun ibn Mihran.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “No! A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl Khurasan?”
– “Al-Dahhak ibn Muzahim.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “No! A Mawla.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Basra?”
– “Al-Hasan and Ibn Sirin.”
– “Were they Mawlas or Arabs?”
– “No! Mawlas.”
– “Then who is the Faqih of Ahl al-Kufa?”
– “Ibrahim al-Nakha`i.”
– “Was he a Mawla or an Arab?”
– “An Arab!”
Hearing which, Hisham said:
– “Had you not said an Arab I think I would have expired on the spot.”

Mawla is one of the addad in Arabic- words referring also to their opposites – and can mean the slave-owner, as illustrated by `Ali’s word to the Ansar: “How can I be your Mawla [=owner] when you are all Arabs [= free men]?”. Narrated by Ahmad with a chain of sound narrators as per al-Haythami in Majma` al-Zawa’id (9:128-129 #14610).

Another hadith reads: “Hubb al-`Arab min al-iman”, “The love of Arabs is from belief.” But this is forged (mawdu`) according to Abu Hatim, Ibn al-Jawzi, al-Dhahabi, and others.

The hadiths which emphasize that a non-Arab can achieve higher status than an Arab, is the famous Hadith in the Sahih of Imam Muslim which says that some Persians would reach knowledge even if it were at the Pleiades. This is in reference to the words “Wa akharina minhum…” “And other than them (the Arabs)” in the verses {He it is Who hath sent among the unlettered ones a messenger of their own, to recite unto them His revelations and to make them grow, and to teach them the Scripture and Wisdom, though heretofore they were indeed in error manifest, Along with others of them who have not yet joined them} (62:2-3).

And Allah knows best.

“Muhammad is the noblest of the Arabs and `Ajam. Muhammad is the best of those who trod the earth.” (Al-Busiri)

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