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Major Topic of the Hadith.
Students Name:
Lecture Name:
Due Date:
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Hadiths reports about Prophet Muhammad utterance have caused an extraordinary influence on
Muslims for a more extended period. Despite the importance of this literature, its ides remain
mostly inaccessible to those who are not Arabic readers. Sunni hadith literature forms one of the
most critical domains of the vast Islamic library. A hadith is a saying of what Prophet
Muhammad (ca.570-632) said. Performed or tacitly approved. Every hadith has a chain of
transmitters known as isnad and the exact text that was transferred called matn. Hadith covers all
aspects of Islamic thinking and practices, starting from law to theology, ethics to hagiography
and eschatology to Qur'anic exegesis.
The three broad formats of the compilation of hadith texts are fascinating.The forms are
interesting in that they teach one the specific layout on which hadiths are arranged and also gives
reasons as to why some occasions took place as they did. The compilations of hadith generally
follow one of three formats- Musnad, musannaf and forty hadiths. A Musnad book is organized
depending on the companion of the prophet ( sahabi, pl.sahaba) that reported the prophet action,
statement and tacit approval of something. However, in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal (d.855), all
hadiths transmitted by Abu Bakr al- Siddiq on the authority of the prophet Muhammad are
contained in one chapter. Musnad format was beneficial during the analysis of isnads but highly
impractical for finding specific prophetic utterances.
On the other hand, Musannaf was the most common format for compiling hadiths. All the six
canonical collections are arranged topic by topic by legal, ethical or theological subjects. Many
classical hadith compilations contain between 35-95 books and very many chapters. Some of the
early extra-canonical works in the mesannaf format is the Sunan of al- Darimi(d.995) and
Mustadrak of al-Hakim al- Naysaburi (d.1014).
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Finally, forty hadiths format became very popular after the year 1000. It gives a user-friendly
introduction to the rich hadiths literature. According to hadith, Prophet Muhammad said, 'God
will resurrect in the company of jurists and religious scholars anyone who memorizes forty
religious hadiths for the sake of the community' (Ibrahim & Johnson-Davies 1976).
In conclusion, several hadiths can be found in many Islamic texts, mainly works in legal and
mystical traditions. Compilation of hadiths involves three formats that is, Musnad which is
organized according to the companion of the prophet that reported the prophet action, musannaf
which was the most common format of compiling hadiths and forty hadiths which provides a
friendly introduction to the rich hadiths literature.
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References.
Kinson, E, 2001, The Development of Early Sunnite Hadith Criticism: The Taqdima of Ibn Abi
Hatim al‐Razi (240/854–327/938), Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Ibrahim, E, & Johnson‐Davis, D, (trans.), 1976, and‐Nawawi's Forty Hadith, The Holy Koran
Publishing House, Damascus, Syria
Hamid, AA, (trans.), 2003, Moral Teachings of Islam: Prophetic Traditions from al‐Adab
al‐Mufrad by Imam al‐Bukhari, AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
Lucas, S, 2004, Constructive Critics, Hadith Literature and the Articulation of Sunni Islam: The
Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Sa'd, Ibn Ma'in, and Ibn Hanbal, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands
Lucas, S, 2006, 'The Legal Principles of Muhammad b. Isma'il al‐Bukhari and their Relationship
to Classical Salafi Islam', Islamic Law and Society, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 289 324.

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Running Head: Major Topic of The Hadiths. Major Topic of the Hadith. Students Name: Lecture Name: Due Date: 1 Running Head: Major Topic of The Hadiths. 2 Hadiths reports about Prophet Muhammad utterance have caused an extraordinary influence on Muslims for a more extended period. Despite the importance of this literature, its ides remain mostly inaccessible to those who are not Arabic readers. Sunni hadith literature forms one of the most critical domains of the vast Islamic library. A hadith is a saying of what Prophet Muhammad (ca.570-632) said. Performed or tacitly approved. Every hadith has a chain of transmitters known as isnad and the exact text that was transferred called matn. Hadith covers all aspects of Islamic thinking and practices, starting from law to theology, ethics to hagiography and eschatology to Qur'anic exegesis. The three broad formats of the compilation of hadith texts are fascinating.The forms are interesting in that they teach one the specific layout on which hadiths are arranged and also gives reasons as to why some occasions took place as they did. The compilations of hadith generally follow one of three formats- Musnad, musannaf and forty hadiths. A Musnad book is organized depending on the companion of the prophet ( sahabi, pl.sahaba) that reported the prophet action, statement and tacit approval of something. However, in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal (d.855), all hadiths transmitted by Abu Bakr al- Siddiq on the authority of the prophet Muhammad are contained in one chapter. Musnad format was beneficial during the analysis of isnads but highly impractical for finding specific prophetic utterances. On the other hand, Musannaf was the most common format for compiling hadiths. All the six canonical collections are arranged topic by topic by legal, ethical or theological subjects. Many classical hadith compilations contain between 35-95 books and very many chapters. Some of the early extra-canonical works in the mesannaf format is the Sunan of al- Darimi(d.995) and Mustadrak of al-Hakim al- Naysaburi (d.1014). Running Head: Major Topic of The Hadiths. Finally, forty hadiths format became very popular after the year 1000. It gives a user-friendly introduction to the rich hadiths literature. According to hadith, Prophet Muhammad said, 'God will resurrect in the company of jurists and religious scholars anyone who memorizes forty religious hadiths for the sake of the community' (Ibrahim & Johnson-Davies 1976). In conclusion, several hadiths can be found in many Islamic texts, mainly works in legal and mystical traditions. Compilation of hadiths involves three formats that is, Musnad which is organized according to the companion of the prophet that reported the prophet action, musannaf which was the most common format of compiling hadiths and forty hadiths which provides a friendly introduction to the rich hadiths literature. 3 Running Head: Major Topic of The Hadiths. 4 References. Kinson, E, 2001, The Development of Early Sunnite Hadith Criticism: The Taqdima of Ibn Abi Hatim al‐Razi (240/854–327/938), Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands. Ibrahim, E, & Johnson‐Davis, D, (trans.), 1976, and‐Nawawi's Forty Hadith, The Holy Koran Publishing House, Damascus, Syria Hamid, AA, (trans.), 2003, Moral Teachings of Islam: Prophetic Traditions from al‐Adab al‐Mufrad by Imam al‐Bukhari, AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, CA. Lucas, S, 2004, Constructive Critics, Hadith Literature and the Articulation of Sunni Islam: The Legacy of the Generation of Ibn Sa'd, Ibn Ma'in, and Ibn Hanbal, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands Lucas, S, 2006, 'The Legal Principles of Muhammad b. Isma'il al‐Bukhari and their Relationship to Classical Salafi Islam', Islamic Law and Society, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 289– 324. Name: Description: ...
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