One of the myths repeated continously by Islamophobes and their supporters is the idea that Islam does not have an equivalent to the golden rule any where in its sacred texts. This myth is transformed into talking points and repeated over and over again until it takes on the status of truth.
This is a well known method amongst those in the Islamophobic Industrial Complex, “Repeat a lie enough times and it becomes truth.” This method of propaganda was employed by the Nazis to devestating effect and today such wackos as JihadWatch, LGF, Ali Sina’s FaithFreedom and other clones are using it to achieve similar ends: the dehumanization of Muslims (who ‘unlike’ everyone else have no golden rule and thus are barbarians) and the extermination of Islam.
The bone of contention lies in the hadith narrated in Bukhari and Muslim and also in Nawawi’s Forty Hadith which states that, “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Muslims believe that this applies generally to Bani Adam, or the Children of Adam (all humankind) as has been explained by such luminaries in this Ummah as Imam Ahmad(ra) and Imam Nawawi(ra) himself. The Islamophobes attempt to interpret Islamic scripture by telling Muslims that their belief in the wording of the hadith is wrong and that the true meaning of “brother” is restricted to Muslims only, whereas all non Muslims are excluded.
This re-interpretation flies in the face of classical scholarship and is supported by nothing. The re-interpretation exposes and highlights the pseudo-scholarship of these Islamophobes.
Lets for a second say that this illegitimate interpretation is allowed, it still does not explain the following hadith that also refers to the golden rule, (I tried to give it in Arabic but wasnt able to, but I provide the link and here it is in English):
It has been narrated on the authority of ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abd Rabb al-Ka’ba who said: I entered the mosque when ‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As was sitting in the shade of the Ka’ba and the people had gathered around him. I betook myself to them and sat near him. (Now) Abdullah said: I accompanied the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) on a journey. We halted at a place. Some of us began to set right their tents, others began to compete with one another in shooting, and others began to graze their beasts, when an announcer of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) announced that the people should gather together for prayer, so we gathered around the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). He said: It was the duty of every Prophet that has gone before me to guide his followers to what he knew was good for them and warn them against what he knew was bad for them; but this Umma of yours has its days of peace and (security) in the beginning of its career, and in the last phase of its existence it will be afflicted with trials and with things disagreeable to you. (In this phase of the Umma), there will be tremendous trials one after the other, each making the previous one dwindle into insignificance. When they would be afflicted with a trial, the believer would say: This is going to bring about my destruction. When at (the trial) is over, they would be afflicted with another trial, and the believer would say: This surely is going to be my end. Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and enter the garden should die with faith in Allah and the Last Day and should treat the people as he wishes to be treated by them. He who swears allegiance to a Caliph should give him the piedge of his hand and the sincerity of his heart (i.e. submit to him both outwardly as well as inwardly). He should obey him to the best of his capacity. It another man comes forward (as a claimant to Caliphate), disputing his authority, they (the Muslims) should behead the latter. The narrator says: I came close to him (‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As) and said to him: Can you say on oath that you heard it from the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him)? He pointed with his hands to his ears and his heart and said: My ears heard it and my mind retained it. I said to him: This cousin of yours, Mu’awiya, orders us to unjustly consume our wealth among ourselves and to kill one another, while Allah says: “O ye who believe, do not consume your wealth among yourselves unjustly, unless it be trade based on mutual agreement, and do not kill yourselves. Verily, God is Merciful to you” (iv. 29). The narrator says that (hearing this) Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-As kept quiet for a while and then said: Obey him in so far as he is obedient to God; and diqobey him in matters involving disobedience to God.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE BOLD! It states “whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and to enter Paradise…should treat the people as he wishes to be treated.” The statement is clear and obvious and there is no way around it for the pseudo-scholars of the Islamophobic Industrial Complex. Here the Prophet(pbuh) uses the Arabic word “Naas” which means PEOPLE, not “brother,” “Muslim brother” but ‘people’ which is as general as possible.
This not only highlights the shoddy scholarship, lack of intellectual integrity, flimsy research of the Islamophobes but a deeper pyschological hatred on the part of the Islamophobes. They could have easily found this hadith, as they should know well that Sahih Muslim is one of the major texts of Islam. Yet most of these Islamophobes dont have the tools to understand Islamic scholarship or it’s texts because most of them dont even know Arabic! How long will their sheep follow them into the abyss of ignorance and hate?
This hadith is only one of MANY hadith which highlight the treatment encouraged by Islam and the Prophet. There are many hadith dealing with the responsibility of the Muslim to his neighbor, such as the one that states, “None of you is a believer if he eats his full while his neighbour hasn’t anything.” Who were the Prophet’s neighbours? Are the Islmophobes now going to say they were only ‘brothers,’ or ‘Muslims’? The Prophet and the Muslims’ neighbours were Pagans, Jews, Christians and others! This is the stark truth that the Islamophobes dont want to admit, nor can they afford to admit it as their whole house of cards would fall on them.
Their only motive is to slander Islam and present it as evil and barbaric. They dont wish to present these sayings of Islam because it HUMANIZES Muslims and that is the last thing they want. This motley crew of carnival scholars is losing steam in the face of facts. I encourage retirement.
Imam Nawawi’s Fourty Hadith, n13.
Sahih Muslim, Book20:4546