Authenticity Of The Qur’ān And Ḥadīth

Question

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?


Answer

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)

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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