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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.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies
Al-Bayān is a rigorously peer-reviewed academic journal on Qurʾān and Ḥadīth studies. It was founded in 2003 at the prestigious Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, the oldest and highest-ranking Malaysian institution of higher education, and continues to be edited and hosted there. Firmly rooted in Malaysia, the journal has a highly international editorial board.

Al-Bayān publishes articles in English, Arabic, and Malay on both historical and contemporary interpretations of the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth. Respecting diversity, the editors welcome contributions from all academic traditions and perspectives, be they Muslim or non-Muslim; from the Islamic world or the West; Classic or contemporary. The journal is published by Brill since 2011.
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