Drawn from the Miskkat al Masabih, this collection of the Prophet Muhammed's sayings includes both the English and Arabic text and provides an intelligent introduction to Islam. Among the included topics are purification, prayer, remembering death, pilgrimage, jihad, clothing, visions, and words that soften the heart.
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As the second main source of the true religion of Islam, hadith has a history full of ups and downs as far as the manner of its transmittal and the periods of its compilation and publication are concerned. Those who are acquainted with Islamic history have all acknowledged that from the time of transmittal up to now, hadith as been associated with many desirable as well as undesirable events, and its compilation and publication in some periods have had both faithful advocates and stern adversaries. For this reason, learning the “history of hadith” – though a piece of knowledge outside the different branches of the science of hadith – is essential for all those who want to benefit from the Sunnah and the corpus of hadith especially in view of the fact that the beginning of hadith compilation and its mechanism have not been the same for the proponents of the various Islamic schools of thought, each of them having a different opinion whose outcome may adversely affect the credibility and status of the existing traditions (ahadith). The present book, which has been written as a textbook in the tertiary level of Islamic studies, endeavors to present the general subjects relevant to hadith and its history as well as to acquaint the students of this field with the Sunni hadith collections and the Four Books (Kutub al-Arba‘ah) of the Shi‘ah in a simple and easy-to-understand approach.
Hadith are second only to the Qur’an in their importance in the Islamic tradition. The present book offers a comprehensive analysis of virtually all aspects of hadith. Both Sunni and Shi‘i hadith are discussed with respect to the Qur’an, including the role of hadith in Qur’anic exegesis. The hadith are also discussed with regards to various subjects, such as theology, ethics, philosophy, mysticism, and history. Both traditional and Western approaches to the question of the authoritativeness of hadith are examined. This book is part of a series of translations from the Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam (EWI) which was originally compiled in Persian. Other entries from this encyclopaedia which are available in English include Hawza-yi ‘Ilmiyya, History and Historiography, Muslim Organisations, Political Parties, Qur’anic Exegeses, Qur’anic Exegesis, and Education in the Islamic Civilisation.
Noted Indian writer and polymath Ram Swarup explores the meaning of Islam through the words of the Sahih Muslim, considered by Muslims to be one of the most authoritative of the collections of "traditions" (Arabic Hadith) about the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Like the Koran, these traditions are believed to be divinely revealed by Allah and they complement the verses of the Koran, in many cases expanding upon them and explaining the context of their revelation. As Swarup notes in his introduction, to Muslims the Hadith literature represents the Koran in action, stories of "revelation made concrete in the life of the Prophet." Among the orthodox they are considered as sacred as the Koran itself. Swarup is plainly skeptical of the claim that the Hadith literature is divinely inspired. In the introduction he says, "The Prophet is caught as it were in the ordinary acts of his life - sleeping, eating, mating, praying, hating, dispensing justice, planning expeditions and revenge against his enemies. The picture that emerges is hardly flattering. . . . One is . . . left to wonder how the believers, generation after generation, could have found this story so inspiring. The answer is that the believers are conditioned to look at the whole thing through the eyes of faith. To them morality derives from the Prophet's actions. . . .his actions determine and define morality." The Sahih Muslim, a massive work consisting of 7,190 traditions divided into 1,243 chapters, is hardly accessible to the average reader; so Swarup quotes representative selections that touch upon the main tenets of Islam: faith, purification, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, marriage and divorce, crime and punishment, religious wars (jihad), paradise, hell, repentance, and many other features of the religion. To non-Muslims this work provides many insights into the mindset of the average Muslim who is raised on these traditions about Muhammad. It also underscores the gulf that exists between the sanctum of orthodox Islam and an increasingly secularized Westernized world.
Providing a concise overview of 40 Hadiths?sayings of the prophet Muhammad?this compilation offers an in-depth investigation of the second essential source of Islamic authority after the Qur?an. Following the prophet?s encouraged tradition of focusing on a select 40 of the proverbs instead of the entire collection, this volume consists of the original Arabic text, English translations, and informative commentary. Compiled from the works of prominent Muslim scholar Fethullah Glen, this study provides a clear portrait of how the prophet Muhammad established the principles of Islamic life through his teachings.
Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur’an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the prophet Muhammad’s words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex questions of historical authenticity. Informative and accessible, this wide-ranging introduction provides a detailed exploration of the collection and criticism of hadith and examines the controversy surrounding its role in modern Islam. Complete with a glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful diagrams, Hadith is perfectly suited to students, scholars, and the general reader interested in this critical element of Islam. Jonathan A.C. Brown is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction.
It will not be an exaggeration to say that this eBook brought to you by Scribe Digital is one of its kind in the English language. It includes a compilation and explanation of many many stories found in the Islamic traditions concerning historical events and the lessons derived from them. The stories cover events from the lives of the Prophets including the Prophet Adam, Salih, Ibrahim, Musa, Lut, Dawood as well as other historical individuals. The eBook also includes references for the Hadith in detail. In the Islamic tradition the Narrations - Had?th - of the Prophet Muhammad ? act as a commentary or an exegesis on the Holy Qur'an. Which itself includes many stories for the benefit of human kind. There are also many such narrations which the Qur'an has by-passed, but are mentioned in the Prophetic Narrations. The Author briefly introduces each incident, then presents the Hadith and its translation. This is followed by an explanation of the Hadith and other relative narrations, including those of the Companions. These are helpful in understanding the original true life event and original Hadith. The story is wound up with the lessons and guidance drawn from the events. All the true life accounts are taken from authentic Islamic sources. An example of just a few of the many stories that can be found in this eBook are: - The Beautician of the Daughter of Fir'awn ....My Lord and yours is Allah - Even Thought it was an Ant.... - The Old Woman of the Bani Isra'il - I Contradict My Eyes.... - The Case of Musa ???? ??????? and the Stone - Half the Earnings Belong to the Sea! - A Woman Corrects a Scholar - The Woman with Wooden Sandals - Half the Earnings Belong to the Sea! - A Jar Full of Gold finds no Claimant - Jurayj Al-Abid.... Mother's Curse
The book covers hadith terminology, sources of Hadith chains of narration, categories of Hadith, the criteria for Hadith narrators, and transmission of hadith. It also includes a translation of a seminal work on Hadith studies, "Durriyat Al-Hadith" by the renowned sixteenth-century Shia scholar Al-Shahid Al-Thani, the work that paved the way for the modern Shia study of Hadith.
The re-emergence of Islamically - centred therapy has increased over the past few decades. This has been motivated by the need for a therapeutic approach to treating mental illness that is ideologically acceptable within the boundaries of Shari'ah. This has become a concern not only for Muslim therapists and their patients but in fact for all Muslims, as part of their adherence to Islam and towards improving their Iman. Muslim psychologists around the world are working hard at developing faith -based models of therapy that are acceptable to their peers and Muslim scholars alike. This book is precisely that; An easy-to-use collection of Qur'anic ayaat and authentic ahadith and their interpretations, that allow bi idh nillah individuals to challenge distressing psychological thoughts and behaviors. Written by an experienced clinical psychologist, the text may be used as a therapeutic aid or reference for clinicians or simply as a general guide to character development. The use of analogy means that the book is relevant to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike with the aim of using guidance from Islam to alleviate difficulties and to improve our understanding of human distress. Only the Creator best knows the creation.