Compilation Of Hadīth During The Prophet’s Lifetime


Did the Prophet (sws) get the Hadiths recorded in writing and how many? How many of them were recorded in writing during the period of the rightly guided caliphs?


You may consult the book 'Hifazat wa Hujiyyat Hadīth' of Mawlana Fahim Ahmad 'Uthmani for a detailed study of the Hadīth compilation in the early period of Islam. In this brief reply I can state that the names of several Companions of the holy Prophet (sws) have been recorded in the history who had written a number of hadiths. Similarly, the holy Prophet (sws) also ordered some people to write down the hadīths and got them recorded on request of some people. The earliest collection of hadiths, available today, is that of Muwatta of Imam Malik.

(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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