A Puppy Trumps Allah, Jibril, and Muhammad!

The Muslim sources all confirm that the following verses,

By the forenoon (after sun-rise); And by the night when it is still (or darkens); Your Lord (O Muhammad) has neither forsaken you nor hated you. S. 93:1-3 Hilali-Khan

Were “revealed” when Gabriel did not appear to Muhammad for approximately 15 days, even though he had promised to do so, which caused the unbelievers to mock Muhammad by telling him that his satan had deserted him and that his lord hated him:

Narrated Jundab bin ‘Abdullah: Gabriel did not come to the Prophet (for some time) and so one of the Quraish women said, “His Satan has deserted him.” So came the Divine Revelation: “By the forenoon And by the night When it is still! Your Lord (O Muhammad) has neither Forsaken you Nor hated you.” (93.1-3) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 21, Number 225 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=21&translator=1&start=0&number=225; bold emphasis ours)

Narrated Jundub: Once the Prophet fell ill and did not offer the night prayer (Tahajjud prayer) for a night or two. A woman (the wife of Abu Lahab) came to him and said, “O Muhammad ! I do not see but that your Satan has left you.” Then Allah revealed (Surat-Ad-Duha): ‘By the fore-noon, and by the night when it darkens (or is still); Your lord has not forsaken you, nor hated you.’ (93) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 61, Number 506 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=61&translator=1&start=0&number=506; bold emphasis ours)

Your Lord has neither forsaken you He has not abandoned you O Muhammad nor does He hate you this was revealed when after the revelation had not come to him for fifteen days the disbelievers said ‘His Lord has parted with him and hates him’. (Tafsir al-Jalalayn https://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=0&tTafsirNo=74&tSoraNo=93&tAyahNo=3&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=2; bold emphasis mine)

(Thy Lord hath not forsaken thee) your Lord has not left you since He inspired you (nor doth He hate thee) since He loved you; this is the reason for Allah’s oath, this was revealed after the revelations from Allah stopped for 15 nights because the Prophet forgot to say ” if Allah wills ” when he promised the idolaters to answer their questions. And because the revelations stopped for this period of time the idolaters said: the Lord of Prophet has forsaken him and He hates him. (Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs https://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=0&tTafsirNo=73&tSoraNo=93&tAyahNo=3&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=2; bold emphasis mine)

Imam Ahmad recorded from Jundub that he said, “The Prophet became ill, so he did not stand for prayer for a night or two. Then a woman came and said, `O Muhammad! I think that your devil has finally left you.’ So Allah revealed,

(By the forenoon. By the night when it darkens. Your Lord has neither forsaken you nor hates you.)” Al-Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa’i, Ibn Abi Hatim and Ibn Jarir, all recorded this Hadith. This Jundub (who narrated it) is Ibn `Abdullah Al-Bajali Al-`Alaqi. In a narration from Al-Aswad bin Qays, he said that he heard Jundub say that Jibril was slow in coming to the Messenger of Allah. So the idolators said, “Muhammad’s Lord has abandoned him.” So Allah revealed,

(By the forenoon. By the night when it darkens. Your Lord has neither forsaken you nor hates you.)

(By the forenoon. By the night when it darkens.) Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas, “When the Qur’an was revealed to the Messenger of Allah, Jibril was delayed from coming to him for a number of days (on one occasion). Therefore, the Messenger of Allah was affected by this. Then the idolators began to say, `His Lord has abandoned him and hates him.’ So Allah revealed, (Your Lord has neither forsaken you nor hates you.)” In this, Allah is swearing by the forenoon and the light that He has placed in it.

(By the night when it darkens (Saja).) meaning, it settles, darkens meaning, it settles, darkens and overcomes them. This was said by Mujahid, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, Ibn Zayd and others. This is a clear proof of the power of the Creator of this (light) and that (darkness). This is as Allah says,

(By the night as it envelops. By the Day as it appears.) (92:1-2) Allah also says, ((He is the) Cleaver of the daybreak. He has appointed the night for resting, and the sun and the moon for reckoning. Such is the measuring of the Almighty, the All-Knowing.) (6:96) Allah then says,

(Your Lord has neither forsaken you) meaning, `He has not abandoned you.’ (nor hates (Qala) you.) meaning, `He does not hate you.’ (Tafsir Ibn Kathir http://www.quranwebsite.com/tafsir%20ibn%20kathir/ibn_093___ad_duha_.html; bold emphasis mine)

Many Muslims are unaware of the reason why Gabriel ceased to appear to Muhammad. According to the Islamic traditions, Gabriel stopped showing up because of a dead dog in one of the homes of Muhammad’s wives!

(By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor doth He hate thee) [93:1-3]. Abu Mansur al-Baghdadi informed us> Abu’l-Husayn Ahmad ibn al-Sarraj> al-Husayn ibn al-Muthanna ibn Mu‘adh> Abu Hudhayfah> Sufyan al-Thawri> al-Aswad ibn Qays> Jundub who said: “A woman from the Quraysh said to the Prophet: ‘I think your demon has forsaken you’, and so it was revealed (By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor doth He hate thee)”. This was narrated by Bukhari> Ahmad ibn Yunus> Zuhayr> al-Aswad and by Muslim> Muhammad ibn Rafi‘> Yahya ibn Adam> Zuhayr. Abu Hamid Ahmad ibn al-Hasan al-Katib informed us> Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Shadhan> ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Hatim> Abu Sa‘id al-Ashajj> Abu Mu‘awiyah> Hisham ibn ‘Urwah> his father who related: “Gabriel was late in coming to the Prophet and this caused him tremendous distress. Khadijah said to him: ‘Your Lord has forsaken you because of the distress He sees in you!’ And so Allah, exalted is He, revealed (By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor doth He hate thee)”. Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Hamid informed us> Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah ibn Zakariyya> Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Daghuli> ‘Abd al-Rahman Muhammad ibn Yunus> Abu Nu‘aym> Hafs ibn Sa‘id al-Qurashi who related that his mother has related from Khawlah, a servant of the Messenger of Allah that a dog entered the Prophet’s house, went under the bed and later died there. Days passed by and the Prophet did not receive any revelation. He said: “O Khawlah, what has happened in my house? Gabriel has stopped coming to me”. Khawlah said: “I will tidy the house and sweep the floor”. When she tried to sweep under the bed, she felt something heavy. She got it out and found it was a dog. She took the dog out and threw it behind a wall. The Prophet then came in with his jawbones trembling — whenever revelation came to him he shivered — and said: “O Khawlah, cover me!” Allah, exalted is He, revealed to him (By the morning hours, and by the night when it is stillest, thy Lord hath not forsaken thee nor doth He hate thee). (‘Alī ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi, Asbab al-Nuzul https://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=0&tTafsirNo=86&tSoraNo=93&tAyahNo=3&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=2; bold emphasis mine)

Riyad as-Salihin

The Book of the Prohibited actions

18 The Book of the Prohibited actions

‘Aishah said:

Jibril (Gabriel) made a promise with the Messenger of Allah to come at a definite hour; that hour came but he did not visit him. There was a staff in the hand of the Messenger of Allah. He threw it from his hand and said, “Never does Allah back out of His Promise, nor do His messengers.” Then he noticed a puppy under his bed and said, “O ‘Aishah, when did this dog enter?” She said: “By Allah, I don’t know.” He then commanded that it should be turned out. No sooner than had they expelled it, Jibril came and the Messenger of Allah said to him, “You promised to visit me. I waited for you but you did not come.” Whereupon he said: “The dog kept me from coming. We do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.”

[Muslim]. (sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/18/176; underline emphasis mine)

Muhammad then ordered his companions to murder all the dogs, especially the black ones, except those dogs used for sheepherding or guarding fields/properties:

42 The Book of Hunting and Slaughtering

(11) Chapter: The Abstinence Of The Angels From Entering A House In Which There Is A Dog

Maimunah, the wife of the Prophet narrated:

“The Messenger of Allah was upset one morning and Maimunah said to him: “O Messenger of Allah, you look upset today., He said: ‘Jibril had promised to meet me last night but he did not come, and by Allah, he never failed to keep an appointment,; The day passed, then he thought of a puppy that was beneath a table of ours. He ordered that it be taken out, and then he took some water In his hand and sprinkled it over the place where it had been. That evening, Jibril came and met him. The Messenger of Allah said to him: ‘You [promised to meet me last night,; He said: ‘Yes, but we do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture’; the next day the Messenger of Allah Commanded that dogs BE KILLED.”

Grade: Sahih (Darussalam)

Reference: Sunan an-Nasa’i 4283

In-book reference: Book 42, Hadith 21

English translation: Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 4288 (Sunnah.com https://sunnah.com/nasai/42/21; capital and underline emphasis mine)

Maimuna reported that one morning Allah’s Messenger was silent with grief. Maimuna said: Allah’s Messenger, I find a change in your mood today. Allah’s Messenger said: Gabriel had promised me that he would meet me tonight, but he did not meet me. By Allah, he never broke his promises, and Allah’s Messenger spent the day in this sad (mood). Then it occurred to him that there had been a puppy under their cot. He commanded and it was turned out. He then took some water in his hand and sprinkled it at that place. When it was evening Gabriel met him and he said to him: you promised me that you would meet me the previous night. He said: Yes, but we do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture. Then on that very morning he commanded the killing of the dogs until he announced that the dog kept for the orchards should also be killed, but he spared the dog meant for the protection of extensive fields (or big gardens). (Sahih Muslim, Book 024, Number 5248 https://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=024&translator=2&start=0&number=5248; bold emphasis mine)

In light of the foregoing here are some questions for Muslims to answer.

Does it make sense that a dog would prevent a mighty spirit creature from reaching a prophet of God with God’s revelations? Is a dog more powerful than angels and/or God himself?

Why didn’t Gabriel simply show up at some other place where Muhammad frequented? I.e., couldn’t Gabriel have met Muhammad at the Kabah, or at one of the homes of his other wives? What hindered Gabriel from meeting up with Muhammad in some other location, thereby preventing Allah’s “messenger” from having innocent dogs killed?

The Quran states that Muhammad was sent as a mercy for all creatures (Cf. S. 21:107). We must, therefore, ask where is the mercy in Muhammad’s ordering the murder of innocent dogs, whose only crime is that Allah’s angels will not enter any home with dogs in it, something that dogs have no control over?

More importantly, what is it about the nature of dogs that would hinder mighty spirit beings from being in their very presence? Should we blame dogs or Allah for creating them in the first place, and/or for creating angels in such a manner that they cannot enter the presence of dogs?

The foregoing makes it crystal clear that the more one studies the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad, the more one sees just how irrational and downright evil Muhammad and his god truly were.

Further Reading

Muhammad a Mercy Unto Creation: What About The Dogs? https://answeringislamblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/muhammad-a-mercy-unto-creation-what-about-dogs/



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