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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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Given the issues raised and the force of logic brought to bear, it would be hard for anyone to digest and accept them, albeit recorded by great Hadith scholars, as authentic.

And Ibn al-Jawzi who though does not explicitly declare traditions as invalid based on their texts, yet, the subtitles of his book incline to critique the texts as well as the criteria that established their validity. 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:.

Help Center Find new research papers in: In addition, given the widespread anti-Islamic sentiment currently dominating mainstream discourse, it is authentixation that the issue of fabricated ahadithextensively publicised and ruthlessly exploited to support the thesis of Islamic violence and backwardness, is addressed. According to this tradition, man is not free to think, choose and act, but bound only to do that which has already been fixed by the Creator. Khan also merely explains some of the traditions e.

Redefining the Criteria by Israr Ahmad Khan. For example, in his chapter on al-Musaqat sharecropping Muslim has recorded fifteen traditions on the spiritual loss that the domestication of dogs may bring, seven on the authority of Abd Allah ibn Umar and the remaining eight on the authority of Abu Hurayrah Muslim: Other times, names are arranged normally, e.

Nonetheless, Khan must be commended for daringly sailing through the deep waters of an important religious matter in a thought provoking manner.


As shown earlier, his attempt to effect a compromise between the two apparently contradictory ideas fails entirely, making it crystal clear that there exists an uncompromising conflict between what the Quran states and what the traditions convey.

Authentication of Hadith Redefining the Criteria

When this tradition was mentioned to Aishah she reacted sharply by saying: His conclusion in that chapter is much more robust than his conclusion on the same Hadith in this chapter on predestination. Even when Hadith works have been criticised, particularly those believed authentic, this has been carried out from the perspective and analysis of the chain only.

Yet, his systematic analysis of the other aspects of the report is very enlightening and contributes reasonably to hadith textual critical analysis. Against this background, I welcome the author pointing out to readers the importance of critically considering the text of traditions when assessing their authenticity, alongside the traditional emphasis given to the chain of transmission.

In this book he takes a fresh look at the question of the authentication of Hadith which are oral accounts of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

Al-Bukhari is believed to have been scrupulous in ascertaining the reliability of the sanad of his selected traditions leaving no gap. Skip to main content. Those who make indiscriminate selection from Hadith for practical purposes.

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

The author also includes in this introduction an explanation why chapter eight stands alone. The author goes on to crkteria a rewording of the tradition, albeit when I read the author’s rewording it does not strike me as particularly different to the original text quoted above.

A clumsy fabricator may trip up by naming individuals whose lives or geographical locations did not overlap but a fabricator with good knowledge of history would be impossible to detect purely by relying upon analysis of the stated chain of transmission.

Having said this however, if the Quran declares time and again that human reason is a reliable criterion to judge the truth from the false, then scholars and students from any background should use their reason to discover the truth in Hadith literature. According to this tradition the Prophet said: This, he claims, is why they do not bother about the validity of the text. Out of seven report narrated on the authority of Ibn Umar five traditions inform us of the daily deduction of two carats Qiratan from the deeds of one who keeps a dog as a pet without any genuine purpose, but two of them refer to the deduction of only one single carat Qirat.


The first of these is quoted as follows:. Even if you are not registered on any of these, you can still post a comment. The author begins by pointing out that when it comes to Hadith Muslims fall into four categories:. The book of Allah exists not only to serve as a guide but also as a mediator in a situation of dispute.

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Join my email list. Criteria of textual examination of the Sunnah by the companions Criteria authenticatoon textual examination of the Sunnah by Hadith scholars Criteria of textual examination of the Sunnah by jurists The Quran and authentication of Hadith The author is unambiguous about the relationship between Quran and Hadith.

All these constitute an Islamic legacy that was meant to continue, leading people in general and believers in particular, throughout every age, time and place. According to al-Juwayni, if one swears on the pains of divorce that all that is in Bukhari and Muslim is sound, his marriage would be safe. The atuhor then proceeds to discuss its interpretation. If fabrications are accepted as authentic guidance from the Prophet, it is easy for Muslims to be led astray.

If they turn away, we have not sent you as a guard over them: