In her article “The Prophet and Hadith,” Fatima Mernissi revisits the prophet Mohamed’s sayings. She starts by providing a general biography of the prophet, before he was a messenger of God, and then his journey in spreading Islam. She states that “the story of Islam is the saga of a happy man.” She mainly focuses on the social aspect of his life, with his wives, his companions, and even his enemies. Mernissi narrates his story from when he was first born in Mecca circa 570 AD till his death in Medina in 632 AD. After the death of Mohamed, there was dissention concerning the successor, which caused a division in the Uma (Muslim nation).
The next article entitled “A Tradition of Misogyny” is basically an analysis of the source of this hadith: “Those who entrust their affairs to a woman will never know prosperity.” Mernissi shows that the narrator of this hadith, Abu Bakra, is not a qualified person. She profoundly studies this hadith and its narrator asking the question “who uttered this Hadith, where, when, why, and to whom?” She first puts a context for when the hadith was spoken by the prophet. And then she analyses Abu Bakra’s reputation as a companion of the prophet. By the end, she argues against Abu Bakra, stating that “he would have to be immediately eliminated,” she goes on to add that according to Malikite Muslims Abu Bakra “must be rejected as a source of Hadith.”
Throughout her analysis, she backs up her argument with verses from the Quran and Sunna (Prophet’s biography) which gives authority to her writing. This is not fiction, but rather a factual and critical analysis of what has been taken for granted.