I am not to take a hadith 200 years after the life of Muhammad over gods words.
Not even a sahih one,it seems... and that is what we need to examine a little further...
It gets back to the root of the problem: You BELIEVE the quran to be the word of god. There is not evidence for that at all, to say "because it says so in the quran" is just just plain silly.In fact there is quite a lot of evidence to suggest that the quran cannot be from god at all.
Here is the problem:
You cannot look at the quran as you can look at the hadith or any other text. Your beliefs prevents you to. You can only accept anything as possibly accurate if it agrees with the quran. If there is something in the text,like the suggestion the earth is flat like a carpet, you got into overdrive to protect YOUR BELIEF, not to find an answer or explanation.Meaning ofwords get changed and widened,so that the BELIEF is portected as this cannot under any circumstances be compromised.
It the quran said the sky is green, you would refine green to include blue.
If you ask person who has left Islam behind,you will out something quite surprising: most describe the steps upto that were marked by fear, but when the decision was made, suddenly awhollot of things fellinto place and mademore sense. It is fear that prevents you to really look closely.
Let's leave the hadith for a while...
Imentioned that the quran tellsus a punishment for adultery,and is prescribes 100 lashes. Mohammed stoned adulterers. So, did themissing stoning verse abrogate the existing 100 lashes verse? Or are you the only one here whocannotsee that Mohammed did not in fact obey the quran?
Here is my take on the mystery:
At some point Mohammed used lashing to punish adulterers, and allah dutifully provided a verse sanctioning that,the one I gave. Later Mohammed got more brutal and stoned adulterers to death. It could be he discovered some of the texts in the Torah about that,or maybe it was just a whim. It does not matter why; the fact is he did it.
Later, in the hadith,we are told that Allah revealed a stoning verse. This never made it into the quran. Maybe there never was such a verse. Then the hadith was an attempt to deal with the problem that Mohammed did not follow his own rules. In saying it was revealed to Mohammed after all to stone adulterers, the conflict that Mohammed breaks the rule of the quran, was at least partially resolved. Allah sanctioned it after all,at least the pious stories tell us.
The problem is, it's NOT in the quran. So when Muslims stone adulterers today, they do so on the basis of this hadith you reject and on the basis of the example Mohammed has set them.But in doing so, they ignore the quran which mentions specifically a different punishment.
This means that at least in this case Mohammed's actions override,or abrogate the quran.
That in itself reveals the quran as what it really is: One of several means of people control employed by Mohammed, a tool in the arsenal of Mohammed, disguised very poorly as a divinely authored text.