Hadith: Law (1)

The Hadith series on this channel is based on Bill Warner’s book The Political Traditions of Mohammed – The Hadith for Unbelievers. It is a compilation of all the Hadith (Traditions) related to non-Muslims. The Political Traditions of Mohammed contains both sets of Islamic ethics – one for the Muslim and one for the unbelievers.

Chapter 1 Ethics

Law (1)

The name for deception that advances Islam is taqiyya (safeguard, concealment, piety). But a Muslim must never lie to another Muslim. A lie should never be told unless there is no other way to accomplish the task. Al Tabarani, in Al Awsat, said, “Lies are sins except when they are told for the welfare of a Muslim or for saving him from a disaster.”

The hadiths are the basis of the Sharia, Islamic law. Here is a hadith about
capital crimes. Killing a Kafir is not a capital crime.

B1,3,111 I [Abu] asked Ali, “Do you know of any sources of law that
were revealed to Mohammed other than the Koran?” Ali responded, “None
except for Allah’s law, or the ability of reason given by Allah to a Muslim,
or these written precepts I possess.” I said, “What are these written rules?”
Ali answered, “They concern the blood money paid by a killer to a victim’s
relatives, the method of ransoming a captive’s release from the enemy, and
the law that a Muslim must never be killed as punishment for killing a Kafir.”


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