This is Bukhari khatam season and it brought back memories, which led me to go through some of my old blog posts (no longer online) that I wrote during the last days of alim course. Some of them contain notes and comments on some of the ahadith taught on that particular day. I thought it might be beneficial to dig through them and post one every once in a while.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
In Bukhari, the topic de jour was pretty brutal…stoning. There was a hadith about a sahabi who committed zina and then came to the Prophet on his own, and confessed to the act (knowing that he will get stoned). The Prophet turned away (i.e. ignored him) 3 times, and finally, after the 4th time, he ordered for the sahabis stoning. Apparently, the sahabi couldn’t bear the pain and fled. The crowd caught up to him and stoned him to death.
Subhanallah! Look at the sincerity of the sahabi. He actually came and confessed with the full knowledge of what will happen to him. He did that so that he can receive the punishment for his actions in this world as opposed to the Hereafter. Man, if it was one of us, we’d probably lie under oath to get away.
Maulana explained that there is a difference of opinion here, with some scholars saying that if the stonee flees, then he should be left alone, while others say that he should be caught and stoned (if I remember correctly).
My mind wandered for a sec and I tried to imagine how it must feel to be stoned…ouch. Then for some reason, I started imagining how it must feel to face an executioner (jallad) with a sword, or a firing squad. But if anything, in these cases, one knows that he/she will be killed, and can at least read the kalimah before hand, something which none of us can guarantee that we will do when we die.
I wonder how much pain a bullet actually causes….but I hope I never do have to feel it. May Allah protect us all.