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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This would have provided effective background to situate the current argument. Other times, names are arranged normally, e. This evokes the question of what citation style he used. For this reviewer, however, the following questions arise for consideration: He has rightly understood the import of the Hadith. The author reminds us of the importance of sound reasoning in religion, and how this is more than mere intellectual ability.

According to them, in a situation of uncompromising conflict between a tradition recorded in the name of the Prophet and the Quran, the tradition is to be rejected as unacceptable. Despite this, for Khan, it is possible that some traditions regarded as genuine merely due to their isnad may not be genuine in textual outlook.

The author considers more emphasis needs to be given to assessing the text of the Hadith. They have emphatically declared that neither the Jabarites nor Qadarites are right in their belief; and that only the stand of Ahl al-Sunnah is correct. Concluding comments From an Islamic perspective, it is difficult to exaggerate the significance of the authentication of Hadith. He makes a tremendous breakthrough in hadith textual authentication in modern times in particular and hadith studies in general.

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Behold, we have willed that all beauty on earth be a means by which We put men to a test, to see as to which of them are best in conduct.

In the above illustration, Bukhari meets individual A who recounts a Hadith, explaining that he received this Hadith from individual B who received it from individual C authentiication received it from individual D who received it from individual E who directly heard the Prophet say those words. He gives similar examples of traditions which denounce rich people and traditions which condemn certain sections authetnication the Muslim community disproportionately or which disapprove of certain individuals.

However from the standpoint of textual content matn there may be some cause for questioning.

From his discussion it appears refefining 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. In the introduction to this chapter he states:.

The author reminds us just how much of an industry there was in the fabrication of Hadith and enumerates eight particular causal factors which are elaborated upon in the text:. One realizes at this point that most commentators take for granted that traditions in their hands, by the honesty and, perhaps, the extent of criticalness of the compilers, are unconditionally genuine. If fabrications are accepted as authentic guidance from the Prophet, it is easy for Muslims to be led astray.

Review of “Authentication of Hadith – Redefining the Criteria” by Israr Ahmad Khan

In addition, given the widespread anti-Islamic sentiment currently dominating mainstream discourse, it is imperative that the issue of fabricated ahadithextensively publicised and ruthlessly exploited to support the thesis of Islamic violence and backwardness, is addressed. The author begins by pointing out that when it comes to Hadith Muslims fall into four categories:.


The linguistic clarity of the book makes it useful for undergraduate hadith criticism, but its advanced technical reasoning makes it a valuable material for post graduate Hadith studies.

The atuhor then proceeds to discuss its interpretation. Help Center Find new research papers in: On around twenty-two occasions, the Quran reiterates the fact that man is being tested in various ways.

Croteria are listed below. The first of these is quoted as follows: It seems appropriate to identify the errors contained in the report and rectify them in accordance with other available versions.

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Ahl al Sunnah find themselves treading the middle path, avoiding both extremes. One, therefore, rederining about the essence of the textual criticism of the hadith.

The following quote explains the need for the book: Any serious study of the content and scope of these traditions must necessarily start at the beginning, in this instance after the death of the Prophet Muhammad.

He goes on to give examples of a number of Hadith which promise authejtication rewards, for example for supererogatory prayers or Hadith wich promise excessive reward or punishment for negligible good acts and insignificant evil acts.