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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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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.

From his discussion it appears that most of these traditions in any event have defective chains of narrators but the author points out emphatically that the text of the traditions itself redefiinng sufficient to make it clear that they are lies attributed to the Prophet. According to this tradition the Prophet said:.

Hadith contrasts with the Quran, the tradition attributed to the Prophet may be forthrightly rejected as unacceptable.

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

critteria The upsurge of political groups in Islam, he claims, led to hadith forgery in support of respective claims of legitimacy, while others forged traditions merely to cause dissension among Muslims. One, therefore, wonders about the essence of the textual criticism of the hadith. Redefining the Criteria by Israr Ahmad Khan. Some might suggest the total rejection of the report on the one hand based on it being replete with internal defectsand designating it as strange shadhdh on the other because of other more authentic versions.

His work was originally a doctorate thesis submitted to and approved by Autyentication al-Qura University, Makkah.

Undoubtedly the role of the Hadith and the Sunnah is to serve as the interpretation of the Quran. As such this is one of the main factors behind Muslim backwardness and decline in virtually every field of life including the religious and spiritual. For this reviewer, however, the following questions arise for consideration: 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”.


The first of these is quoted as follows:. In addition, given the widespread anti-Islamic sentiment currently dominating mainstream discourse, it is imperative that the issue of fabricated ahadithextensively publicised and ruthlessly exploited to support the thesis of Islamic violence and backwardness, is addressed. The Quran refers to these Muslims as those in whose hearts is a disease, not sincere to Islam or its cause.

He makes a tremendous breakthrough in hadith textual authentication in modern times in particular and hadith studies in general.

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Do some other scholars consider some traditions in them as weak? She was the 1st to die after the death of the Prophet. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

He places commas as he deems fit. Nonetheless, Khan must be commended for daringly sailing through the deep waters autuentication an important religious matter in a thought provoking manner.

Ahl al Sunnah find themselves treading the middle path, avoiding both extremes. Yet a truly serious attempt is largely absent.

Authentication of Hadith Redefining the Criteria

As such, notes the author, any hadith which seems to go against the Redefinig must be examined carefully and accurately, and if no interpretation to resolve the contradiction found, it is to be rejected.

I recommend it highly. 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.


His al-Jami al-Sahih also commonly known as Sahih al-Bukhari is widely considered by many to be the most authentic book after the Quran. Join my email list.

From an Islamic perspective, it is difficult to exaggerate the significance of the authentication of Hadith. Hadith forgery featured in Islam barely two decades after the prophet and scholars did their best to differentiate it from authentic ones.

And so, [O Prophet,] exhort them; your task is only to exhort: The second category is criticised particularly strongly:. Again, one observes that Khan seems to miss the point here.

The author considers more emphasis needs to be given to assessing the text of the Hadith. Sometimes, perceived surnames come first, while other times it is popular names. The objective of the exercise is to reassert the validity of ahadith in Muslim life on the one hand, and to identify probable errors in the text of reports, on the other.

The author then lists well-known commentators on al-Bukhari’s work including al-Tibi, al-Kirmani, Ibn Hajar, al-Ayni d. The author then proceeds to explain how Muslim scholars went about identifying aufhentication traditions and the work done to document the chains of transmission, and to assess the authenticity of the narrators.

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. The Quran therefore is a God-given criterion, which spells out what is right and what redefiniing wrong, distinguishing truth from falsehood.