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Radical Islam and the hadith

Opinion Piece

In response to Bob Hughes (On terrorism . . . May 2), he is correct in stating that the Qur’an makes no reference to stoning. What he fails to mention is that the hadith, or sayings of Mohammad, make numerous references to his ordering people to be stoned to death for adultery.

To quote one out of many (from Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2 page 238, Number 1329): “The Jews brought to the Prophet a man and a woman from amongst them who have committed illegal sexual intercourse (adultery). He ordered both of them to be stoned (to death), near the place of offering the funeral prayer beside the mosque.”

The hadith are revered by Muslims and from them radical Islamists draw much of their moral philosophy. To quote Wikipedia:

“Hadith have been called ‘the backbone’ of Islamic civilisation, and within that religion the authority of hadith as a source for religious law and moral guidance ranks second only to that of the Qur’an (which Muslims hold to be the word of Allah revealed to his messenger Muhammad).”

So let’s have an end to people pleading that radical Islam preaches non-violence. It’s there in black and white.

Martin hanson, Nelson