Accusations of Necrophilia in Islam

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The allegations that Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png allowed "necrophilia" is an unsubstantiated claim where the prophet of Islam, is accused of having sexual relations with cadavers, and also allowing one his followers to have intimate contact with one of his deceased daughters.[n. 1] All of these claims are entirely baseless, as there is no mention of Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png allowing such practices, or allowing any of his community to do the same. However, such accusations of this nature are all based on one single source which has been purposefully misconstrued in order to shed Muslims in a sinister light as is possible. Secondary sources from scholars of history, or religion also do not mention such a thing occurring or arising out of Islam, or being applied legally. The only thing which can be found that is typically quoted is Sahih Bukhari, book 23, verse 374, which states, "[w]e were (in the funeral procession) of one of the daughters of the Prophet and he was sitting by the side of the grave. I saw his eyes shedding tears. He said, "Is there anyone among you who did not have sexual relations with his wife last night?" Abu Talha replied in the affirmative. And so the Prophet told him to get down in the grave. And so he got down in her grave."[1][2] The verse relates to Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png asking men of his community to help him bury his daughter, which requires the one who is burying the body to be in a state of sexual purity (having carried out "ghusl").
"Ghusl" (which can be approximated to mean "ritual bathing"), is an important state of cleanliness in Islam.
Some ex-Muslims such as Mufassil Islam have been propelling a necrophilic narative.[3]
Accusatory authors of certain websites have also used the argument that the "Kanz al-`Ummâl", a book written by Alî Muttaqî al-Hindî, contains proof, however Muslims don't consider the work to be of reliable origin.[4] Muhammad al-Turkî for instance, of King Sa`ûd University, has stated "if the questioner is asking if all hadîth mentioned in this book are authentic, then I would have to say: [d]efinately not. The book is full of weak and false hadîth" and that "in fact, [it is] a rearrangement of al-Jâmi` al-Kabîr and its annexes that was originally compiled by Imam al-Sûyûtî. When Imam al-Sûyûtî wrote his book, his intention was to gather together all the hadîth that he knew, whether they were authentic or not. Al-Sûyûtî openly admitted that there were some false hadîth in it".[4] Despite this, Raymond Ibrahim, a Coptic Christian from Egypt and US immigrant,[5] who also works for the far-right "FrontPage Magazine", has continued to publicise these sinister false allegations in an effort to dehumanise Muslims and their beliefs. He is at particular pains to point out the following verse found in the "Ummal", which he claims allegedly states "I (Muhammad) put on her my shirt that she may wear the clothes of heaven, and I SLEPT with her in her coffin (grave) that I may lessen the pressure of the grave. She was the best of Allah's creatures to me after Abu Talib".[6] The actual quote in Arabic can be viewed elsewhere, which doesn't accurately translate well into English, besides also being problematic in that it has been taken from this unreliable "Ummal" source anyway.
What perhaps propelled this myth about Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png into the mainstream online, was a story which erupted from Egypt where a supporter of the Egyptian dictatorship, in efforts to defame the opposition, wrote an op-ed piece where he lied about the laws being proposed in Parliament, one of which made the allegation that the opposition was creating a "farewell intercourse" law.[7] This was picked up by the international news media, including those of Europe (where the British tabloid newspaper, the "Daily Mail" spread it)[8] and the United States (where the "Huffington Post" even reported on it as factual),[9] where they printed the story without fact-checking any of the content. The "American Muslim" also traced the origins of the alleged practice to an obscure, and unheard of, Moroccan named Zamzami Abdelbari (who has also previously bizarrely stated pregnant women should drink alcohol)[10] who had bizarrely stated Islam "may" allow it (however this isn't accepted as consensus within religious Islamic scholarship).[7][11] Had complaints about the story never have surfaced or been brought to the attention of the news sources, it would never have been changed. The story's headlines from prominent and reputable organisations (and some not so reputable sources such as the "Daily Mail")[12] across the globe were corrected, though the story still stays up on most websites.[13] The English language Arabic newspaper, Al-Arabiya, also corrected their story and investigated further into the controversy in order to clarify what exactly had been put forward.[14]
Headlines, such as this one, didn't bother to fact check the story, and it has since been spread all over the internet.
"Ghusl" (which can be approximated to mean "ritual bathing"), is an important state of cleanliness in Islam.
The allegations that Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png allowed "necrophilia" is an unsubstantiated claim where the prophet of Islam, is accused of having sexual relations with cadavers, and also allowing one his followers to have intimate contact with one of his deceased daughters.[n. 2] All of these claims are entirely baseless, as there is no mention of Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png allowing such practices, or allowing any of his community to do the same. However, such accusations of this nature are all based on one single source which has been purposefully misconstrued in order to shed Muslims in a sinister light as is possible. Secondary sources from scholars of history, or religion also do not mention such a thing occurring or arising out of Islam, or being applied legally. The only thing which can be found that is typically quoted is Sahih Bukhari, book 23, verse 374, which states, "[w]e were (in the funeral procession) of one of the daughters of the Prophet and he was sitting by the side of the grave. I saw his eyes shedding tears. He said, "Is there anyone among you who did not have sexual relations with his wife last night?" Abu Talha replied in the affirmative. And so the Prophet told him to get down in the grave. And so he got down in her grave."[1][2] The verse relates to Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png asking men of his community to help him bury his daughter, which requires the one who is burying the body to be in a state of sexual purity (having carried out "ghusl").
Some ex-Muslims such as Mufassil Islam have been propelling a necrophilic narative.[3]
Accusatory authors of certain websites have also used the argument that the "Kanz al-`Ummâl", a book written by Alî Muttaqî al-Hindî, contains proof, however Muslims don't consider the work to be of reliable origin.[4] Muhammad al-Turkî for instance, of King Sa`ûd University, has stated "if the questioner is asking if all hadîth mentioned in this book are authentic, then I would have to say: [d]efinately not. The book is full of weak and false hadîth" and that "in fact, [it is] a rearrangement of al-Jâmi` al-Kabîr and its annexes that was originally compiled by Imam al-Sûyûtî. When Imam al-Sûyûtî wrote his book, his intention was to gather together all the hadîth that he knew, whether they were authentic or not. Al-Sûyûtî openly admitted that there were some false hadîth in it".[4] Despite this, Raymond Ibrahim, a Coptic Christian from Egypt and US immigrant,[5] who also works for the far-right "FrontPage Magazine", has continued to publicise these sinister false allegations in an effort to dehumanise Muslims and their beliefs. He is at particular pains to point out the following verse found in the "Ummal", which he claims allegedly states "I (Muhammad) put on her my shirt that she may wear the clothes of heaven, and I SLEPT with her in her coffin (grave) that I may lessen the pressure of the grave. She was the best of Allah's creatures to me after Abu Talib".[6] The actual quote in Arabic can be viewed elsewhere, which doesn't accurately translate well into English, besides also being problematic in that it has been taken from this unreliable "Ummal" source anyway.
Headlines, such as this one, didn't bother to fact check the story, and it has since been spread all over the internet.
What perhaps propelled this myth about Muhammad 220px-Mohamed peace be upon him.svg.png into the mainstream online, was a story which erupted from Egypt where a supporter of the Egyptian dictatorship, in efforts to defame the opposition, wrote an op-ed piece where he lied about the laws being proposed in Parliament, one of which made the allegation that the opposition was creating a "farewell intercourse" law.[7] This was picked up by the international news media, including those of Europe (where the British tabloid newspaper, the "Daily Mail" spread it)[8] and the United States (where the "Huffington Post" even reported on it as factual),[9] where they printed the story without fact-checking any of the content. The "American Muslim" also traced the origins of the alleged practice to an obscure, and unheard of, Moroccan named Zamzami Abdelbari (who has also previously bizarrely stated pregnant women should drink alcohol)[10] who had bizarrely stated Islam "may" allow it (however this isn't accepted as consensus within religious Islamic scholarship).[7][11] Had complaints about the story never have surfaced or been brought to the attention of the news sources, it would never have been changed. The story's headlines from prominent and reputable organisations (and some not so reputable sources such as the "Daily Mail")[12] across the globe were corrected, though the story still stays up on most websites.[13] The English language Arabic newspaper, Al-Arabiya, also corrected their story and investigated further into the controversy in order to clarify what exactly had been put forward.[14]

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Raymond Ibrahim who works for the anti-Muslim "FrontPageMagazine", claims;
    1. Raymond Ibrahim (May 1st, 2012). Islamic ‘Death-Sex’ in Context. Raymond Ibrahim. Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
    And some random literature also claims it, but which contains no references as to where the information is to be found:
    1. SEXUAL PERVERSIONS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD. schnellmann.org. Chapter 12. p. 111-114. Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
  2. ^ Raymond Ibrahim who works for the anti-Muslim "FrontPageMagazine", claims;
    1. Raymond Ibrahim (May 1st, 2012). Islamic ‘Death-Sex’ in Context. Raymond Ibrahim. Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
    And some random literature also claims it, but which contains no references as to where the information is to be found:
    1. SEXUAL PERVERSIONS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD. schnellmann.org. Chapter 12. p. 111-114. Retrieved December 10th, 2016.

References

  1. ^ a b Sahih Bukhari, Book 23: Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz). Indiana University (Purdue University Indianapolis). Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Sahih Bukhari: Funerals (Al-Janaa'iz). Volume 2, Book 23. TruthNet. Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mufassil Islam (December 9th, 2016). Prophet Muhammad had Sex with a Dead woman ! Conclusive argument ! Ex Muslim speaks !. YouTube (JajaborTheNomad). Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Muhammad al-Turkî (Unknown Date). Is the work "Kanz al- `Ummâl" by Alî Muttaqî al-Hindî a reliable source of hadîth?. Islam Today. King Sa`ûd University. WayBack Machine Link. Retrieved April 14th, 2017.
  5. ^ a b In Their Own Words; Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri explain their bloody actions.. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 14th, 2017.
  6. ^ a b SEXUAL PERVERSIONS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD. schnellmann.org. Chapter 12. p. 111-114. Retrieved December 10th, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d Torkel Ødegård (April 30, 2012). Egyptian ‘Farewell Intercourse Law’ is not real. Doubtful News. WayBack Machine. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Egypt's 'plans for farewell intercourse law so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives' branded completely false. 26 April 2012. Daily Mail. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Farewell Intercourse Law: Egyptian Parliament Reportedly Drafts Measure To Allow Husbands To Have Sex With Dead Wives. April 26th, 2012. Huffington Post. WayBackMachine Link. Retrieved April 17th, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Sam Phillips (May 1, 2012). Reported Egypt Necrophilia Legislation Called 'Hoax' by Parliament. LA Weekly. WayBack Machine. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Controversy over Egyptian ‘Farewell Intercourse Law’. April 30th, 2012. Hoaxes. WayBack Machine. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Jasper Jackson (8 February 2017). Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source. The Guardian. WayBackMachine Link. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Craig Silverman (April 27, 2012). News orgs repeat but don’t check reports of Egyptian necrophilia law. Poynter. WayBack Machine. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Abeer Tayel (30 April 2012). Egypt’s MPs deny existence of sex-after-death law, confirm early marriage draft. Al Arabiya. WayBack Machine. Retrieved April 16th, 2017.

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