Hadith Specialization Curriculum
I am a student of knowledge and about to embark my studies in Hadith Studies, I would like to know what is the traditional curriculum for studying the science of hadith. So what are some beginners text, intermediate texts and advanced texts in hadith. Also, what are some major reference books used by hadith scholars.
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why are hadiths so importantand y do u need them if the quran is whats important ?
The Quran is independent from the hadith. The hadith are narrations passed down to us from a line of trusted sources that document the life and sayings of the Prophet.
They are important because the the Quran was revealed through the Prophet, He was the walking and breathing book (quran).
Over a period of 23 years the Quran was revealed via him by angle gibrael. They are the words of God Himself, that angle gibrael made known to Muhammed. Some hadith are not authentic, many others are, some of them need a flippin commentary and never should be taken literally.
The Quran however can stand on it's own two feet independent from the hadith, but the hadith and the life of the Prophet, for us Muslims today, so far divorced from Islam by time alone, really need the hadith and the biography of the Prophet, to understand the context of the Quran.
We also believe that Muhammed was the last Prophet, who completed the religion. there were many more Prophets before him, Prophets that are mentioned in Christianity and Judaism, that Islam also shares in it's history.
Originally Posted by jamie
Both Quran and Hadith are part of Islam and sources of law in Islam.
Allah says that the Quran is easy to understand. However that refers to the issues of Belief etc. As for laws and the "do's and don't of Islam" then the Quran says that Allah has sent the Prophet to "explain" it.
The Prophet had multiple roles. One was delivering the Quran, but he wan't just a postman, so to speak. He was also required to "purify" us and to "explain" the quran to us.
Without the hadith, we do not know what the Prophet's explanation of the verses was. For example, how many times we are meant to pray a day, and how. The number is cryptic and ambiguous, and the "how" virtually non-existent. Or how much Zakat (obligatory charity) we have to pay - it simply hasn't been included. There are other things that could be understood but not using the hadith will cause us to err. For example, Quran does not mention anything about washing the mouth or nose during ablution, and only tells us to wipe the feet rather than wash it. but we know that washing the mouth and nose was a part of the Prophet's ablution, and he washed his feet rather than just wiping them. There is an example in the inheritence laws where a particualr scenario of possible left over relatives isn't mentioned in the Quran, but is found in hadith.
And just to reemphasize, the Quran itself says the Prophet's role is to explain it. The Quran itself tells us to obey the Messenger. The Quran itself tells us to follow the Prophet's example ('"uswah").
Remember the Quran has many roles - not just instruction. It also has to be have some limit on how large it can be for people to memorize it, it must be realistic for people to finish reciting (e.g. In ramadan), and for it to be succinct enough for people not to get bored or overwhelemed with too much details and obscure details. It cannot contain all details. There are far too many situations in life which simply cannot be covered. For example, take the example of a woman someone who has intermenstrual bleeding. Or a man with prostatic problems. Or someone who suffers from urinary leakage. Explaining the ins and outs of these in relation to the prayer and purification is probably not suitable for a the Quran which is read by Muslims of all ages, but is more suited to explanation by the Prophet to those who need the knowledge, rather than for each and every muslim. This is why both the Quran and hadith have a place in Islam. Neither can be excluded from it, and neither shuld be seen as being compromised by the acceptance of the other. Allah was not compromised by our belief in the Quran. Nor was the Quran compromised by our belief in the Prophet, nor our beleif in the Prophet compromised by our beleif in the hadith.
Last edited by gohar; 15-02-2012 at 06:31 PM.
i did talk to this bloke who says hadiths have to be authenticated also because some could be wrong,
if the quran is corect and alway been the same why do diffrent ppl apart from the ones who where around with mohammed at the time writing hadiths?
istnt this the same as muslim saying the bible is altered so much?