Prohibition Of Committing The Ḥadīths To Writing

Question

What was the significance of ḥadīth when its writing was not permitted? Was not it a part of religion? Is it allowable to everyone to write ḥadīth.


Answer

The Holy Prophet (sws) spoke in order to disseminate his religion. The reason behind this forbiddance was the safety of the Holy Qur'ān. There was no need to stop people from writing the ḥadīth after this goal was achieved. The explication of religion through ḥadīth is a matter different from its being a source of the religion. Ahādīth were not given the status of being a source of the religion, so they do not need be preserved.

Translated by: Abid Mahmood Hashmi

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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