What is the status of ḥadīth as compared to the holy Holy Qur'ān? Can a hadith be equally authentic as a verse of the Qur'ān?
Qur'ān has reached us through authentic sources (tawātur) whereas the ḥadīth reached us through individual to individual mode of transmission (aḥbār-e āḥād). Holy Qur'ān is conclusive whereas ḥadīth is probable. A ḥadīth cannot specify or abrogate a Qur'ānic verse semantically or syntactically. On the other hand, a ḥadīth will be studied in the light of the Holy Qur'ān. If a ḥadīth contradicts the Qur'ān, it is rejected. Such a ḥadīth cannot be cited as evidence in religious matters. This detail explicates that a ḥadīth cannot equal any verse the Qur'ān.
(Translated into English by Abid Mahmood)