The Sacred Hadith Project

INTRODUCTION

    PART I: THE SUNNAH AND THE HADITH IN THE LIGHT OF THE QUR’AN

        Chapter 1: The Qur’anic Usage of the Words “Sunnah” and “Hadith”

        Chapter 2: The Message and the Messenger

        Chapter 3: How Far the Sunnah is Binding

    PART II: THE SUNNAH AND THE HADITH IN THE LIGHT
                 OF THE TRADITIONS

        Chapter 4: Ahadith Concerning the Role of the Sunnah and the Hadith

        Chapter 5: Traditions about the Companions concerning the Role
                   of the Sunnah and the Hadith
                   

        Chapter 6: Traditions about the Transmission, Collection, and Writing
                   of the Hadith

    PART III: HOW RELIABLE WAS THE TRANSMISSION OF HADITH

        Chapter 7: Historical Traditions

        Chapter 8: Widely Quoted Ahadith Known to be Unauthentic

        Chapter 9: Ahadith in Recognized Collections

        Chapter 10: “Sahih” Ahadith

        Chapter 11: Ahadith Found in More Than One “Sahih” Collections

        Chapter 12: Ahadith With the Best Possible Documentation

    PART: IV: WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE SACRED HADITH PROJECT

        Chapter 12: Reviewing the Older Methodology

        Chapter 13: Overcoming Some Hurdles in the Way of Reviving
                    the Hadith Criticism

        Chapter 14: Organizing the Hadith Project

Accepting a Hadith From a Single Narrator

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(May, 2004)



Scholars from early times have discussed the question whether under some conditions it is obligatory to accept a gharib hadith, that is, a hadith that has been transmitted by only one narrator at some stage of its transmission[1]. The purpose of this article is to re-examine answers given by scholars to this question.  

To begin with, let us clarify important aspects of the question by the following observations:  

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A Study of Ahadith About the Determination of Islamic Dates

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(October, 2003)

 

This article examines the following ahadith:

   1.  A hadith about starting and ending Ramadan by hilal sighting

   2. A hadith of Kurayb from Ibn ‘Abbas often used to support regional validity of

      hilal sighting

   3. A hadith stating that the Prophet celebrated ‘Id al-Adha on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah.

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The Living Character of Islamic Tradition

 

 

 

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1985)

A great deal of controversy, confusion and disunity among Muslims is caused by a careless use of the argument that such and such a thing did not exist in the days of the Prophet and the rightly guided caliphs or was not allowed by them and therefore it is un-Islamic. Often this argument is used with a measure of hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty, in the sense that an 'alim (Muslim jurist, scholar) or a group objects to one thing on the ground that it has no precedence in the days of the Prophet and the suhabah (companions of the Prophet) and at the same time accepts something else which also does not have any precedence in early Islam. For example,

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Hadith and Tradition