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History and Hadith: Prophet Muhammad vs George Washington

This video (in summary form) by Saajid Lipham outlines how much most people don’tknow much about the ‘Sciences of Hadith’ (Usul al-Hadith) and how exacting it is.

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Why Hadith? Part 2

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Do you love the Prophet (peace be upon him)? (I believe you do).

It is reasonable to understand how when you love someone, you would naturally want to make them happy; you’d want to be in their presence as often as possible; you’d hang on to their every word. This is understood intuitively. And the implication, I believe, is clear.

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Why Hadith? Part 1

Whilst on the Blogging Theology site, I chanced to see a comment:

Pristine8 said:

…i invite you to find a single evidence for the validity of the belief in hadith from the Quran.

So MWM (That’ me) replied:

Evidence 1:

“O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and do not invalidate your deeds.” (Qur’an, Muhammad 47:33)

We know how to obey Allah, Most Exalted: we heed the Qur’an (Allah’s words).

How do we obey the Messenger (peace be upon him)? By heeding his words.

Where are his words recorded? In the recorded reports attributed to him.

What are ‘reports’ called in Arabic? Hadiths.

(But Muslims have carefully sifted through these reports, grading them to different levels of authenticity)

(CLICK THIS FOOTNOTE1 to see Pristine8’s reply)

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Critiquing the Qur’anic Authentique [Hadith 5 of 5]

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One of the main arguments against the Qur’anic historicity has ‘traditionally’ (orientalism-ally speaking) meant that for a long while the earliest extant copy of the Qur’an was Uthmanic. And this was wrapped up (negatively) in the supposed ‘politics’ of the Uthmanic time period or thereafter. The claims, therefore, were that the Qur’an we currently possessed did not correspond to the one from the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him). However, the Qur’anic manuscript found in Birmingham has revised that old fossil of a critique.

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Critiquing the Core Islamic Tradition: Building a New Tradition on an Ephemeral Foundation of Conjectures [Hadith 4 of 5]

I have already posted this video and discussed the range of arguments about the age of Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), here. This post (below), however, focusses on a very interesting discussion that took place during the question and answer session regarding the centrality of hadiths in the Islamic tradition. Continue reading

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Case Study: A Closed Secular and an Open Secular Approach to Hadiths [Hadith 3 of 5]

In this clip, a discussion on the likely origin of the Muslim prayer (salah) took place. This clip came from a longer interview on BBC Radio, here. For an overview of the longer interview, please read the Reference Section, below.

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The Hadith Critical Method and its Criticisms [Hadith 2 of 5]

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On Paul Willilams’ site, Blogging Theology, there was a conversation in the comments section of one post about the veracity of the (early) hadith tradition (which was very interesting) begun by a chap named Graham:

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Critiquing the Critique of Early Islamic History [Hadith 1 of 5]

 

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The main argument about the criticisms of Early Islamic history has been put forward in recent times by Tom Holland, the fiction writer and historian (Islam – The Untold Story). His argument can be summarised as:

  • The religion was invented – about a century after the Arab Conquest – to justify Muslim rule; and
  • Prophet Muhammad did not exist at all (in the way history, so far, has told us).

Putting aside the absolute hilarity of his claims, his points have, nonetheless, been critiqued – as weak – in many places, the most succinct of which (on the net) includes:

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The Prophet’s Two-Day Fast

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An interesting phenomenon that I’ve noticed keeps occurring is how there are Islamic injunctions that Muslims are pretty familiar with. And then lo and behold, some extraneous discovery occurs in the secular world that ends up supplying further proofs of the benefits of the practice of Qu’ran, Sunnah from the Traditional Islamic milieu.

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The Hadiths Had It? Well, they Still Have It

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A Few Words on Hadiths

The Hadith Tradition is a ‘common sense science’ or a ‘common sense tradition’ and is ‘one of the biggest accomplishments in human intellectual history… in its breadth, in its depth, in its complexity and in its internal consistency.’1

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