An article I wrote in 1995 about Sahih al-Bukhari, which included analytical figures from the reality of what al-Bukhari himself wrote in the introduction to his Sahih, that he researched, studied, revised and moved from one village to another and from one city to a metropolis during sixteen years after which he was able to come up with approximately six thousand authentic hadiths out of 600,000 hadiths he had previously collected.
In the said article I mentioned that the simple calculation process that I performed showed that every authentic hadith reached by al-Bukhari took him approximately 5 minutes to verify its accuracy and safety.
I did not realize at that time that with my article I had entered the hornets’ nest, where verbal and written protests poured out against me and the newspaper in addition to dozens of articles that were written in response to the article, and nobody stood by me at the time except Hisham Al-Sultan, and “Nabil Al-Fadhl whom I only knew through his articles.
After more than a quarter of a century many changes have occurred but after so many innocent youth died after being fuel for extremist religious movements due to the hadiths contained in those books. Attitudes changed and opinions changed, and the black clouds of ignorance removed from many tired eyes, and it became clear to the authorities of several countries, including Gulf States, that it is necessary to review the hadiths of Sahih al-Bukhari and abandon a large part of them, especially those whose texts either contradict with logic or with texts of other hadiths in the same book. The process of revision, revision, both textual and intellectual, is still ongoing.
Almost two weeks ago, I saw an announcement issued by the House of the Qur’an in Kaifan that the Women’s Committee shall hold a seminar entitled “Is there any doubt in the Sunnah” by Professor Suad Sobeih Al-Sobeih, via the Zoom program.
The announcement stated that the topics of the seminar would be as follows:
1- How do we adhere to hadiths written 194 years after the Prophet?
2- Is it conceivable that a man like Abu Huraira memorized more than 5000 hadiths and did not make mistakes?
3 – During the time of the Prophet (PBUH), there were hypocrites, and after him there were many liars, so how can we abide by the dreams promoted by these?
4- There are conflicting hadiths in Sahih al-Bukhari, and this means that one of them is weak, so how can we adopt and glorify this book?
5- The Prophet (PBUH) forbade writing hadiths, so how did scholars write hadiths? And when?
This seminar and others are signs of a true awakening, not the corrupt one that ruined the minds and souls of tens of millions, demolished thousands of homes and overthrew several regimes.
We hope that those who participated in that symposium and others have reached the correctness of what we have been calling for more than a quarter of a century, and that what we have been subjected to in terms of injustice and threats of liquidation, other than our material losses, was not justified in the first place.
By Ahmad alsarraf