After the Qur’an, al-Bukhari’s collection of hadiths (the acts and sayings of the prophet Muhammad) is considered the most sacred book in Islam; never before has any Muslim scholar who lives in the Arab world, thrown so much doubt – publicly - on the sources of Islam.
But Mr Jamal al-Banna (86 years old now) is used to being attacked by al-Azhar, and he says he does not care. He excludes six kinds of hadiths:
- Those that explain the Qur’an: the Qur’an can’t by explained by hadiths.
- Those that talk bad about women - like the one’s that call them equal to dogs and cows and to beat them up and so on.
- Those that forbid the freedom of religion and that threaten those who leave Islam.
- Those with extreme ideas for encouraging people into Islam and the ones threatening people wit physical violence.
- Those that talk about Muhammad’s miracles.
- Some others of which he thinks that the story is not true at all.