Category Archives: Hadith History

The importance of knowing the Narrators of Hadith

The narrators of Hadeeth are the most honourable and respectable Muslims, as they are keepers and preservers of Sunnah. Most of them are the companions of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, who witnessed the acts and learnt the sayings … Continue reading

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What are the Collections of Hadith?

There are two kinds of Hadith compilations: musannaf and musnad. In musannaf collections, hadiths are recorded under various headings dealing with juridical subjects. The most famous musannaf collections are: 

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What are Matn, Sanad and Isnad?

In each hadith, there are two elements: sanad or isnad, and matn. Sanad or isnad is the chain of narrators of the hadith, while matn is the text of the hadith. Take the following hadith reported by Al-Bukhari as an example: 

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A Brief History of Hadith Methodology

By Dr. Suhaib Hassan As time passed, more reporters were involved in each isnad (chain of narrators), and so the situation demanded strict discipline in the acceptance of hadiths; the rules regulating this discipline are known as mustalahal-hadith (Hadith methodology).

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It Is Reported That The Prophet Said……

One often reads “It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said…” or similar words. These reports are known as Hadiths (meaning “statements”, but often called Traditions in English). They have been handed down to us … Continue reading

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Stages of Recording Hadith

Some people allege that there was no methodology for recording Hadith, especially during the Prophet’s lifetime, and accordingly, this casts doubt about  the authenticity of the science of Hadith and Sunnah in general.This allegation is quite wrong asduring his lifetime, the … Continue reading

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Hadith Narrators Among the Prophet’s Companions

By Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips  Among the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) were famous narrators of Hadith. They enjoyed the firsthand experience of hearing the Prophet’s teachings and observing his conduct. Below are some … Continue reading

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Fundamental Principles of Understanding Hadith

By Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi We study and ponder over ahaadith (sayings and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad Sal-lal-lahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) to fully benefit from the prophetic knowledge transmitted to humanity in the form of traditions. Proper investigation and contemplation on ahaadith requires that the … Continue reading

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When did the collecting of the Hadith begin and finish?

By Ahmed Saad Let me first make it clear that there is a big difference between recording hadiths and collecting them. Recording hadiths started during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) because he himself used … Continue reading

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