In today’s complex and volatile world the consequences of relying on fraudulent and counterfeit Hadith to legitimise extremist behaviour, issue. Authentication of Hadith: Redefining the Criteria. Remember me, or Register. Authentication of Hadith: Redefining the Criteria. JB Yusuf. Abstract. No Abstract. readers into further exploration of the original. Dr. Israr Ahmad Khan’s Authentication of Hadith: Redefining the. Criteria was published in complete form in

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Hadith literature contains many historical accounts including subject matter that in one way or another often deals with history. This, he claims, is why they do not bother about the validity of the text. He goes on to discuss how these commentators have grappled with the meaning of these 27 traditions, stating that the methodologies followed by all of them are very similar:.

In fact he quotes a Hadith of the Prophet himself to support this position: This is why the report is defective. If the sanctity of the Quran is maintained, then the tradition will have to be classified as unreliable. The author goes on to offer a rewording of the tradition, albeit when I read the author’s rewording it does not strike me as particularly different to the original text quoted above.

All the traditions that will be cited are authentic in terms of their chain of narrators sanad. The author also includes in this introduction an explanation why chapter eight stands alone. The Disqus comments facility below allows you og comment on this page. From his discussion it appears that most of these traditions in any event have defective chains of narrators but the author points out emphatically that the text of the traditions itself is sufficient to make it clear that they are lies attributed to the Prophet.

Those who believe in the sanctity of the Prophetic traditions but opt for an extremely careful approach with regard to redecining logical and practical relevance to Islamic life and civilisation.

His arguments are credible, resounding, realistic, stimulating, and prepare the ground for further exploration into hadith textual criticism. The author goes on to discuss three scholars who have, to varying extents, taken the text of Hadith into account when considering authenticity.


Yet, his systematic analysis of the other aspects of the report is very enlightening and contributes reasonably to hadith textual critical analysis.

These ayat obviously prohibit the use of force in conversion criheria Islam.

Authentication of Hadith Redefining the Criteria

Given the issues raised and the force of logic brought to bear, it would be hard for anyone to digest and accept them, albeit recorded by great Hadith scholars, as authentic.

The author goes on to give a number of examples of how the Prophet’s wife Aishah always made it clear by referring to the Quran that the Prophet would not have said anything that went against the Quran.

According to al-Juwayni, if one swears on the pains of divorce that all that is in Bukhari gadith Muslim is sound, his marriage would be safe. Is any one who thinks the sahihayn are not sound haditj totality an innovator?

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On discussing the issue of textual disparity with several scholars I met with one of two reactions, either discouragement from pursuing debate on Hadith further or encouragement to continue discourse. In order to do this I have had to include two new chapters not originally part of the research. The author reminds us of the importance of sound reasoning in religion, and how this is more than mere intellectual ability. This is why only one of them can be accepted as right.

For example, in his chapter on al-Musaqat sharecropping Muslim has recorded fifteen traditions on the spiritual loss that the domestication of dogs may bring, seven on the authority of Abd Allah ibn Umar and the remaining eight on the authority of Abu Hurayrah Muslim: Al-Khattab which was sparked-off by a report that reached him indicating that a certain man promised to swear his allegiance to Talhah if Umar died.

From an Islamic perspective, it is difficult to exaggerate the significance of the authentication of Hadith. This is done in citing other scholars: Allah will forgive them for their sins, which he will place on Jews and Christians. The first of these is quoted as follows: According to Ibn Al-Qayyim reports consisting of exaggeration in reward and punishment are evidently unreliable. And Ibn al-Jawzi who though does not explicitly declare traditions as invalid based on their texts, yet, the subtitles of his book incline to critique the texts as well as the criteria that established their validity.


The author points out that Islam was revealed as a balanced way of life, which tends to prefer that which is moderate and reject or dislike that which is immoderate.

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He places commas as he deems fit. The author considers more emphasis needs to be given to assessing the text of the Autthentication. As I felt somewhat dissatisfied with the interpretations made by the great scholars I began more serious research on the authenticity authenfication Hadith from the point of view of its text. He writes his deeds, time of his death, means of his livelihood, and whether he will be wretched or blessed [in religion].

That means that some scholars before him had already challenged the tradition and the existing criteria that established its soundness, and this raises the basic question of whether his own effort to question it is original.

Distinct has now become the right way from [the way of] error. Assume we have the following: Fabrication in prophetic traditions: The Quran refers to these Muslims as those in whose hearts is a disease, not sincere to Islam or its cause. One wonders which ones are their surnames. One of you indeed performs the deeds of the people deserving Paradise until there is almost no distance between him and Paradise, he is then overtaken by destiny al-kitab ; he consequently does the deeds of those to be condemned to Hell, and he enters it.