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Al Muhaddithaat: The Women Scholars

Download this book and learn about the role of Muslim women in acquiring, preserving and propagating Islam, especially hadeeth literature. This book, authored by Muhammad Akram Nadwi, is of scholarly research.

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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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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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