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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The main arguments advanced in favour of the theory are based on certain Quranic ayat as well as certain traditions, particularly those recorded by al-Bukhari in Kitab al-Qadar. Also, after examining the views of the scholars, Khan falls short of indicating whether it is fabricated or not.

Help Center Find new research papers in: The Prophet had said: In other words, what is in conformity with the known traditions of the Prophet is to be accepted as an authentic report; and what appears in stark contrast with highly authentic Sunnah and Hadith is to be friteria as non-hadith.

He makes a tremendous breakthrough in hadith textual authentication in modern times in particular and hadith studies in general. The author also mentions how a number of other scholars have dealt with this point.

Authentication of Hadith Redefining the Criteria

The first Hadith quoted in these sources is on the authority of Abd Allah ibn Masud. Remember me on this computer. According to this tradition the Prophet said:. Then the soul is breathed into his body. When this tradition was mentioned to Aishah she reacted sharply by saying: This chapter is a humble attempt to critically review these interpretations and advance a new interpretation of most of the twenty-seven traditions contained in the chapter Kitab al-Qadar.


They claim that man enjoys no freedom at all; what he does is preordained. The following quote explains the need for the book: In my view this places particularly heavy reliance upon the integrity of individual A since he is the only person from whom Bukhari received the alleged Hadith.

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Redefining the Criteria by Israr Ahmad Khan. In the case of note no.

This evokes the question of what citation style he used. It states that Allah revealed to the Prophet two things, the Quran and its bayan interpretation: In commenting on this Hadith, the author ignores the fact that he has already discussed the Hadith earlier in this book, in the chapter “The Quran and authentication of Hadith”.

He goes on to give examples of how the Prophet overruled some of his followers who wished to take their religious practice to extremes, for example byavoiding marriage and requesting permission to castrate themselves, which the Prophet refused to permit. 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. Similarly, a person may do deeds characteristic of the people of Paradise, so much so that there is only the distance of a cubit between him and it, and then what has been written by the angel surpasses, and he starts doing o of the people of the Hell Fire and enters the Hell Fire.

Authentication of Hadith Redefining the Criteria

Al-Bukhari is believed to have been scrupulous in ascertaining the reliability of the sanad of his selected traditions leaving no gap. Debate over a fore-written destiny has existed in the Muslim world since the first Islamic century.

Again, one observes that Khan seems to miss the point here. The Disqus comments facility below allows you to comment on this redefinng. Click here to sign up. Authentiication careful scrutiny may help scholars to recast the report, which may resemble something like the following possible version: As explained in the beginning of the chapter, human reason is not meant to signify mental power free from all bounds. 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.


The author reminds us of the importance of sound reasoning in religion, and how this is more than mere intellectual ability. This last chapter of the book is discussing some difficult religious issues and merits close reading.

Further, as Muhammad was the Last Prophet sent to all mankind, interpretations of both the Quran and Hadith are not to be fixated in time, but rather to be carefully examined and reinterpreted to give practical guidance meeting the requirements and challenges of a new age, that is taking into account the time-space factor. The book is very clearly written, short, and easy to read. Nonetheless, Khan must be commended for daringly sailing through the deep waters of an important religious matter in a thought provoking manner.

Those who make indiscriminate selection from Hadith for practical purposes.

Fourth, the commentator, at times, describes the background of a particular hadith. However from the standpoint of textual content matn there may be some cause for questioning. In case of similarity in both the descriptions reported and the historical event, the report is to be declared as reliable.