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Why Turtle Island Native Folks Don't  Have Written Records

There's a number of things that we relate to in both the indigenous culture and Islam. We appreciate the Greatness of the Creator when we see the good things He Created. We see the beauty of it and we thank Him in prayers for that. The other thing  would be that we refuse to be assimilated.

Prophet Muhammad Salallaahu Aleyhi wa Sallam says not to resemble others and not to live among them in order to not get assimilated. We hear again and again folks preferring to stay in poverty rather than having to be assimilated. Another stunning thing that we can relate to is the variety of dialects in Native languages and the importance given to that. The Qur'an can be read in many ways according to different Arabic dialects that were present when the Qur'an came. There's Qiraat u Saba'a, the seven readings that have been standardized and the Qur'an was written and spread among Muslims to distant places in order to keep it in the uniform way. Great importance is given to the seven readings of the Qur'an just like the Native culture gives great impotence to the different dialects of a Native language.

In Native cultures there's no writing of records and the reason for that is exactly the same as the reason there is the study of Hadith in Islam. Native story tellers say that if  their stories were written down on paper anyone could later come and change that. People have indeed done that in the past with  Books like the Bible. They still continue to rewrite the Bible into new versions adding, taking out and rearranging  it from their own whims and claim it is not  their words but the Creator's words. To avoid that happening to their stories Native in Turtle Island would designate story tellers what is called in Arabica Rawi, and each would live in a separate territory They would live distant from each other and it  would be impossible for each of them to agree on the same mistake. Then when Nations would gather the story tellers would get together and one would tell the story while others listen, making sure that the story is told correctly. The stories would be passed on from generation to generation and they are very much alive till today. This is exactly the same as the way the Hadith of  the Prophet were transmitted. A narrator would recite in a gathering with everyone listening and new listeners would record while the old would listen to make corrections if a mistake would be made by the narrator.

The reason we have written Hadith books of  is because the transmitters would reach numbers of up to 100 000 and it would be safe to have the books written and rewritten. The chance of the same mistake being made by so many transmitters in all the separate cities in the Islamic world would be impossible to happen. In the terminology of the Hadith this is called a Mutawatir narration. When there is a great number of narrators transmitting the same narration be it  an Ayah from the Qur'an, a Hadith or a historical event when the number of narrators is so great that the chance of a same mistake being  made by all was eliminated the narration is called Mutawatir and recording it in books and giving it  to everyone to transmit was made acceptable. The Qur'an is Mutawatir and it is exactly the same word for word as it was when it came 1400 years ago. The Hadith that have been checked for authenticity are the exact words of Prophet Muhammad Salallaahu Aleyhi was Sallam.

The method of the Riwaya and the Mutawatir Riwayaat is not present in other cultures. The Bible people absolutely don't possess that in their culture yet they come and preach to both Native and Muslim folks. They even go so far as to claim that the Bible is unchanged yet they don't have the original Hebrew version and they have different versions of Bibles in different languages with totally different contents from sect to sect and version to version. The original version of the Bible disappeared after Isa Aleyhi Salaam, and the first record of the Bible was written three centuries after Isa Aleyhi Salaam. That is a narration with a missing link not between two genrations but between three centuries  of generations making it totally unacceptable and deeply falling under the category of  Mawaduo meaning lie.

In Native stories there's lots of inner meanings and things that need explanation and for the person who can understand them there's stories mentioning geological events on earth that took place thousands of years ago such as the reversal of the flow of  rivers at the time of the formation of the Great Lakes. There's stories mentioning animals that lived 20 000 years ago in Turtle Island such as the woolly mammoths. These stories were narrated from the eyewitness to the person today from generation to generation over tens of thousands of years.

This shows the successfulness of the method of oral narration from generation to generation. It also shows the failure of writing something down on paper and letting anyone transmit it and rewrite it without making sure the narration to be correct. It is also of great value as a cultural heritage of indigenous Nations who were eyewitness to things that occurred millennia ago and who continue to preserve that moment.

 

 

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