No Islam before Islam

One of the inflated assertions of Muslims about their religion is Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus were muslims. This assertion declares that Islam did exist since at the time of Adam. Unluckily for Muslims, their own scriptures contradict and debunk this claim. The Islamic writings themselves tell us that there was no Islam prior to Muhammad’s prophethood claim. The Quran even says that Muhammad was the first Muslim (Q6:163) testifying that Islam started only with him. Furthermore, it is only on Muhammad that Allah entrusted His perfected religion which is called ‘Islam’ (Q5:3), and no one else. By saying He has perfected Islam, Allah admitted that He failed to perfect a religion in the previous. If there was no perfected religion before the time of Muhammad, therefore there was no Islam at that time. Had Allah perfected a religion in the previous, He would not make another religion called Islam. Below are some of the numerous Hadiths testifying that before the time of Muhammad there was no Islam hence it was the time of ignorance _the pre-Islamic period.

1. [Sahih al-Bukhari 126] Narrated Aswad: Ibn Az-Zubair said to me, “Aisha used to tell you secretly a number of things. What did she tell you about the Ka`ba?” I replied, “She told me that once the Prophet said, ‘O `Aisha! Had not your people been still close to the pre-Islamic period of ignorance (infidelity)! I would have dismantled the Ka`ba and would have made two doors in it; one for entrance and the other for exit.” Later on Ibn Az-Zubair did the same. 

2. [Sahih al-Bukhari 1648] Narrated `Asim: I asked Anas bin Malik: “Did you use to dislike to perform Tawaf between Safa and Marwa?” He said, “Yes, as it was of the ceremonies of the days of the Pre-Islamic period of ignorance, till Allah revealed: ‘Verily! (The two mountains) As-Safa and Al-Marwa are among the symbols of Allah. It is therefore no sin for him who performs the pilgrimage to the Ka`ba, or performs `Umra, to perform Tawaf between them.’ ” (2.158) 

COMMENT: This hadith informs us that the early Muslims disliked performing Tawaf since they know in their hearts that this ceremony is of pagan origin. But Allah (formerly a pagan god) intervened, assuring that those who perform Tawaf, Umra, and pay pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Ka`ba (the worship house of the pagans) commit no sin. 

3. [Sahih al-Bukhari 1770] Narrated Ibn ‘ `Abbas: Dhul-Majaz and `Ukaz were the markets of the people during the Pre-Islamic period of ignorance. When the people embraced Islam, they disliked to do bargaining there till the following Holy Verses were revealed:– There is no harm for you If you seek of the bounty Of your Lord (during Hajj by trading, etc.) (2.198) 

4. [Sahih al-Bukhari 1893] Narrated `Aisha: (The tribe of) Quraish used to fast on the day of Ashura’ in the Pre-Islamic period, and then Allah’s Apostle ordered (Muslims) to fast on it till the fasting in the month of Ramadan was prescribed; whereupon the Prophet said, “He who wants to fast (on ‘Ashura’) may fast, and he who does not want to fast may not fast.” 

COMMENT: This narration informs us that Muhammad observed a pagan fasting called Ashura. He even ordered the Muslims to observe Ashura continuing their pagan fasting practice in pre-Islamic time. The God of Abraham condemned and even killed his people who performed pagan practices. But this Allah of Muhammad is pro-paganism.

5. [Sahih al-Bukhari 1993] Narrated Abu Huraira: Two fasts and two kinds of sale are forbidden: fasting on the day of `Id ul Fitr and `Id-ul-Adha and the kinds of sale called Mulamasa and Munabadha. (These two kinds of sale used to be practiced in the days of Pre-Islamic period of ignorance; Mulamasa means when you touch something displayed for sale you have to buy it; Munabadha means when the seller throws something to you, you have to buy it.)

COMMENT: Not just Tawaf and Ramadan were of pagan practices that were copied and continued by Muhammad, but also the `Id ul Fitr and `Id-ul-Adha. Along with Mulamasa and Munabadha, `Id ul Fitr and `Id-ul-Adha were performed by the Quraish (pagans) in pre-Islamic period. From these informations we can conclude that Islam is certified paganism. How can muslims say they are not pagans when they observe pagan practices? 

6. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2002] Narrated Aisha: Quraish used to fast on the day of ‘Ashura’ in the Pre-Islamic period, and Allah’s Messenger too, used to fast on that day. When he came to Medina, he fasted on that day and ordered others to fast, too. Later when the fasting of the month of Ramadan was prescribed, he gave up fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’ and it became optional for one to fast on it or not.

7. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2042] Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar: `Umar bin Al-Khattab said, “O Allah’s Messenger! I vowed in the Pre-Islamic period to perform I`tikaf in Al-Masjid-al-Haram for one night.” The Prophet said, “Fulfill your vow.” So, he performed I`tikaf for one night. 

COMMENT: In this report, Muhammad commanded a muslim to continue performing I`tikaf, a pagan practice. How come a perfected religion is filled with pagan practices and rituals? islam does not walk the talk.  

8. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2098] Narrated Ibn `Abbas: `Ukaz, Majanna and Dhul-Majaz were markets in the Pre-Islamic period. When the people embraced Islam they considered it a sin to trade there. So, the following Holy Verse came:– ‘There is no harm for you if you seek of the bounty of your Lord (Allah) in the Hajj season.” (2.198) Ibn `Abbas recited it like this. 

9. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2143] Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar: Allah’s Messenger forbade the sale called ‘Habal-al-Habala which was a kind of sale practiced in the Pre- Islamic Period of ignorance. One would pay the price of a she-camel which was not born yet would be born by the immediate offspring of an extant she-camel. 

10. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2220] Narrated `Urwa bin Az-Zubair: Hakim bin Hizam said, “O Allah’s Messenger! I used to do good deeds in the Pre-Islamic period of Ignorance, e.g., keeping good relations with my Kith and kin, manumitting slaves and giving alms. Shall I receive a reward for all that?” Allah’s Messenger replied, “You embraced Islam with all the good deeds which you did in the past.” 

11. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2425] Narrated Khabbab: was a blacksmith In the Pre-Islamic period of ignorance, and ‘Asi bin Wail owed me some money. I went to him to demand it, but he said to me, “I will not pay you unless you reject faith in Muhammad.” I replied, “By Allah, I will never disbelieve Muhammad till Allah let you die and then resurrect you.” He said, “Then wait till I die and come to life again, for then I will be given property and offspring and will pay your right.” So, thus revelation came: “Have you seen him who disbelieved in Our signs and yet says, ‘I will be given property and offspring?’ ” (19.77)

12. [Sahih al-Bukhari 2538] Narrated Hisham: My father told me that Hakim bin Hizam manumitted one-hundred slaves in the Pre-Islamic period of ignorance and slaughtered one-hundred camels (and distributed them in charity). When he embraced Islam he again slaughtered one-hundred camels and manumitted one-hundred slaves. Hakim said, “I asked Allah’s Messenger, ‘O Allah’s Messenger! What do you think about some good deeds I used to practice in the Pre-Islamic period of ignorance regarding them as deeds of righteousness?’ Allah’s Apostle said, “You have embraced Islam along with all those good deeds you did.” 

COMMENT: This hadith informs us that the Islamic practices of manumitting slaves and giving alms are originated from paganism. 

13. [Sahih al-Bukhari 4519] Narrated Ibn `Abbas: `Ukaz, Mijanna and Dhul-Majaz were markets during the Pre-islamic Period. They (i.e. Muslims) considered it a sin to trade there during the Hajj time (i.e. season), so this Verse was revealed:– “There is no harm for you if you seek of the Bounty of your Lord during the Hajj season.” (2.198) 

COMMENT: From this narration, we can know that Hajj is also of pagan origin.  

14. [Sahih al-Bukhari 7116] Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger said, “The Hour will not be established till the buttocks of the women of the tribe of Daus move while going round Dhi-al-Khalasa.” Dhi-al-Khalasa was the idol of the Daus tribe which they used to worship in the Pre Islamic Period of ignorance. 

15. [Sahih al-Bukhari 3847] Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: To run along the valley between two green pillars of Safa and Marwa (mountains) was not Sunna, but the people in the pre-islamic period of ignorance used to run along it, and used to say: “We do not cross this rain stream except running strongly. ” 

16. [Sahih al-Bukhari 3848] Narrated Abu As-Safar: I heard Ibn `Abbas saying, “O people! Listen to what I say to you, and let me hear whatever you say, and don’t go (without understanding), and start saying, ‘Ibn `Abbas said so-and-so, Ibn `Abbas said soand- so, Ibn `Abbas said so-and-so.’ He who wants to perform the Tawaf around the Ka`ba should go behind Al-Hijr (i.e. a portion of the Ka`ba left out unroofed) and do not call it Al-Hatim, for in the pre-Islamic period of ignorance if any man took an oath, he used to throw his whip, shoes or bow in it.

17. [Sahih al-Bukhari 3850] Narrated Sufyan: ‘Ubaidullah said: “I heard Ibn `Abbas saying, “Following are some traits of the people of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance (i) to defame the ancestry of other families, (ii) and to wail over the dead.” ‘Ubaidullah forgot the third trait. Sufyan said, “They say it (i.e. the third trait) was to believe that rain was caused by the influence of stars (i.e. if a special star appears it will rain). 

18. [Sahih al-Bukhari 5338] Narrated Um Salama: A woman was bereaved of her husband and her relatives worried about her eyes (which were diseased). They came to Allah’s Messenger, and asked him to allow them to treat her eyes with kohl, but he said, “She should not apply kohl to her eyes. (In the Pre-Islamic period of Ignorance) a widowed woman among you would stay in the worst of her clothes (or the worst part of her house) and when a year had elapsed, if a dog passed by her, she would throw a globe of dung, Nay, (she cannot use kohl) till four months and ten days have elapsed.” 

19. [Sunan Abi Dawud 1134] Narrated Anas ibn Malik: When the Messenger of Allah came to Medina, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islamic period. The Messenger of Allah said: Allah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice and the day of the breaking of the fast.

20. [Sunan Abi Dawud 2442] ‘Aishah said: The Quraish used to fast on the day of ‘Ashurah in pre Islamic days. The Messenger of Allah would fast on it in pre-Islamic period. When the Messenger of Allah came to Medina, he fasted on it and commanded to fast on it. When the fast of Ramadan was prescribed, that became obligatory, and (fasting on) ‘Ashurah was abandoned. He who wishes may fast on it and he who wishes may leave it. 

21. [Sunan Abi Dawud 2914] Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet said: An estate which was divided in pre-Islamic period may follow the division in force then, but any estate in Islamic times must follow the division laid down by Islam. 

22. [Sunan Abi Dawud 3886] ‘Awf b. Malik said: In the pre-Islamic period we used to apply spells and we asked: Messenger of Allah ! how do you look upon it ? He replied : Submit your spells to me. There is no harm in spells so long as they involve no polytheism.

23. [Sunan Abi Dawud 5227] Narrated Imran ibn Husayn: In the pre-Islamic period we used to say: “May Allah make the eye happy for you,” and “Good morning” but when Islam came, we were forbidden to say that. AbdurRazzaq said on the authority of Ma’mar: It is disapproved that a man should say: “May Allah make the eye happy for you,” but there is no harm in saying: “May Allah make your eye happy.

24. [Mishkat al-Masabih 142] Ibn ‘Abbas reported God’s messenger as saying, “The people most hateful to God are of three classes: he who is heretical in the sacred territory, he who wants to introduce into Islam the sunna of the pre-Islamic period, and he who unjustly demands the death of a Muslim to shed his blood.” 

25. [Mishkat al-Masabih 201] Abu Huraira reported God’s messenger as saying, “Men are of different origins just as gold and silver are; the best among them in the pre-Islamic period are the best among them in Islam when they are versed in the religion.” Muslim transmitted it.  

26. [Mishkat al-Masabih 1727] Abu Malik al-Ash’ari reported God’s messenger as saying, “Among my people there are four characteristics belonging to the pre-Islamic period which they do not abandon: boasting of high rank, reviling other people’s genealogies, seeking rain by the stars, and wailing.” And he said, “If the wailing-woman does not repent before she dies, she will be made to stand on the day of resurrection wearing a garment of pitch and a chemise of mange.” 

27. [Mishkat al-Masabih 3067] ‘Abdallah b. ‘Umar reported God’s Messenger as saying, “An estate which was divided in the pre-Islamic period following the division in force then, but any estate in Islamic times must follow the division appointed by Islam.” Ibn Majah transmitted it. 

28. [Mishkat al-Masabih 3176] Ibn ‘Umar told that Ghailan b. Salama ath-Thaqafi accepted Islam and that he had had ten wives in the pre-Islamic period who accepted Islam along with him; so the Prophet told him to keep four and separate from the rest of them. Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah transmitted it.

29. [Mishkat al-Masabih 4158] Buraida said: When a boy was born to one of us in the pre-Islamic period he sacrificed a sheep and smeared his head with its blood; but when Islam came we sacrificed a sheep on the seventh day, shaved his head and smeared it with saffron. Abu Dawud transmitted it, and Razin added, “and gave him his name.” 

30. [Riyad as-Salihin 371]] Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah saying, “People are like gold and silver; those who were best in Jahiliyyah (Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance) are best in Islam, if they have religious understanding; and the souls are like recruited soldiers, they get mixed up with those similar with them in qualities and oppose and drift away from those who do not share their qualities”. 


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