The misinterpretation of hadith texts by extremist groups to justify their terrorist acts: An analysis

Ahmad Shah, Faisal (2018) The misinterpretation of hadith texts by extremist groups to justify their terrorist acts: An analysis. Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies, 16 (2). pp. 163-186. ISSN 2232-1950, DOI

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This paper seeks to analyze the hadith texts which have been misinterpreted by various extremist groups to justify their terrorist acts. There were several narrations in the hadith that mention extremist acts in the past, such as the beheading of Abu Jahal by Ibn Mas'ud, the burning of enemies alive by Caliph Ali, and the presentation of the beheaded head of al-Aswad al-'Ansi to the Prophet PBUH. Unfortunately, these narrations were manipulated by extremist groups as their arguments to justify their extremist acts, without examining in depth the reasons why they occurred. This article aims to investigate the legitimacy of the stories, and find justification for the actions if they actually occurred. This paper uses qualitative research methodology by discussing hadith scholars' views and their interpretations of the jihad texts. The findings of the study show the extremist groups' dependency on the literal meaning of the hadith texts, and ignoring the context of the hadith. They also depend on weak hadiths that have been rejected by hadith scholars. Finally, this study outlines various ideas and suggestions to overcome confusion due to the misinterpretation of hadith texts by extremist groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hadith texts; extremist; jihad; literal; context; misinterpretation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies > Dept of Al-Quran & Al- Hadith
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 00:57
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 00:57

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