If I were a Pseudo-Salafi…..
….I would have no choice but to believe that Najd is not in Iraq but in fact in Saudi Arabia. Using their simplistic methodology of “only” Quran & Sunnah, this post will show how relying solely on hadith from Sahih Bukhari and Muslim, one has no choice but to accept that Najd is not in Iraq.
First of all, for those who are unaware of the subject matter , I would like to give you a little background as to why we should even bother debating this issue. The following hadith is from Sahih Bukhari:
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حدثنا محمد بن المثنى قال حدثنا حسين بن الحسن قال حدثنا بن عون عن نافع عن بن عمر قال : اللهم بارك لنا في شامنا وفي يمننا قال قالوا وفي نجدنا قال قال اللهم بارك لنا في شامنا وفي يمننا قال قالوا وفي نجدنا قال قال هناك الزلازل والفتن وبها يطلع قرن الشيطانVolume 2, Book 17, Number 147: Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: (The Prophet) said, “O Allah! Bless our Sham and our Yemen.” People said, “Our Najd as well.” The Prophet again said, “O Allah! Bless our Sham and Yemen.” They said again, “Our Najd as well.” On that the Prophet said, “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head of Satan.
Here is the unambiguous long awaited hadith which will prove my point, which is also from Sahih Bukhari:
حدثنا محمد بن يوسف حدثنا سفيان عن عبد الله بن دينار عن بن عمر: وقت النبي صلى اله عليه وسلم قرنا لأهل نجد والجحفة لأهل الشام وذا الحليفة لأهل المدينة قال سمعت هذا من النبي صلى اله عليه وسلم وبلغني أن النبي صلى اله عليه وسلم قال ولأهل اليمن يلملم وذكر العراق فقال لم يكن عراق يومئذ.Volume 9, Book 92, Number 443: Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Dinar: Ibn ‘Umar said, “The Prophet fixed Qarn as the Miqat (for assuming the Ihram) for the people of Najd, and Al-Juhfa for the people of Sham, and Dhul-Hulaifa for the people of Medina.” Ibn ‘Umar added, “I heard this from the Prophet, and I have been informed that the Prophet said, ‘The Miqat for the Yemenites is Yalamlam.’ “When Iraq was mentioned, he said, “At that time it was not a Muslim country.”(Sahih Bukhari)
- Book 007, Number 2666:Abu Zubair heard Jabir b. ‘Abdullah (Allah be pleased with them) as saying as he was asked about (the place for entering upon the) state of Ihram: I heard (and I think he carried it directly to the Apostle of Allah) him saying: For the people of Medina Dhu’l-Hulaifa is the place for entering upon the state of Ihram, and for (the people coming through the other way, i. e. Syria) it is Juhfa; for the people of Iraq it is Dbat al-’Irq; for the people of Najd it is Qarn (al-Manazil) and for the people of Yemen it is Yalamlam.