Sami Zaatari




Desperate times call for desperate measures! This is the motto of Christian missiogandists. One of the most desperate arguments brought up by some desperate Christians is that of Ya'foor.


If anyone is confused then let me familiarize you with this case. Ya'foor is the name of a donkey, a donkey with whom the Prophet Muhammad supposedly had a conversation with, here is the story:


narrated by Abu Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Hamid, narrated by Abu Al-Hussian Ahmad Ibn Hadan Al-Sijsi, narrated by Umar Ibn Muhammad Ibn Bajir, narrated by Abu Jafaar Muhammad Ibn Mazid, narrated by Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Akba Ibn Abu Al-Sahba', narrated by Abu Huthaifa, narrated by Abdullah Ibn Habib Al-Hathli, narrated by Abu Abd Al-Rahman Al-Silmy, narrated by Abu Manthur who said,


    "When Allah opened Khaybar to his prophet Muhammad - may Allah's prayers and peace be upon him - he (Muhammad) received as his share of the spoils four sheep, four goats, ten pots of gold and silver and a black, haggard donkey.


    The prophet - may Allah's prayers and peace be upon him - ADDRESSED the donkey asking, ?What is your name?' THE DONKEY ANSWERED, ?Yazid Ibn Shihab. Allah had brought forth from my ancestry 60 donkeys, none of whom were ridden on except by prophets. None of the descendants of my grandfather remain but me, and none of the prophets remain but you and I expected you to ride me. Before you, I belonged to a Jewish man, whom I caused to stumble and fall frequently so he used to kick my stomach and beat my back.'


    The prophet - may Allah's prayers and peace be upon him - said to him, ?I will call you Ya'foor, Oh Ya'foor.' Then Ya'foor REPLIED, ?I obey.' The prophet then asked, ?Do you desire females?' The donkey replied, ?NO!'


  So the prophet used to ride the donkey to complete his business and if the prophet dismounted from him he would send the donkey to the house of the person he wanted to visit and Ya'foor would knock at the door with his head. When the owner of the house would answer the door, the donkey would signal to that person to go see the prophet.


When the prophet died, the donkey went to a well belonging to Abu Al-Haytham Ibn Al-Tahyan and threw himself in the well out of sadness for the prophet's death, making it his grave."


Christians will often mockingly bring this up.


Now there are a lot of problems from the start, for one, this story comes from Ibn Kathir's "The Beginning and the End". This book is NOT a major source of Islam, nor is any Muslim even required to read and learn from it if he chooses not to.


Secondly, Ibn Kathir himself writes this before he quotes the story:


More than one of the reciters have denied this hadith


So he himself states that there are people who deny this hadith!


Thirdly, we can see from the chain of narrators that this story was NOT narrated from the prophet Muhammad.


Fourthly this supposed hadith is absent from every major book of hadith such as Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Tirmidhi! Isn't it amazing that all the major hadith collections which are the most expert in the field of hadiths and have the most authentic books don't record this story? No, rather we find it in a book by Ibn Kathir titled "The Beginning of the End"! This is a complete joke.


So at the end of the day, this story has no basis at all, it is a mere desperate attempt by Christian missiogandists.


And Allah Knows Best!