Riwāayah Bi Al-Ma’nā And Ḥadīth

Question

Are all the contents of the ḥadīth literature are the words of the Holy Prophet (sws)? Please give sufficient evidence if they are. If they are not, then why do we consider them ḥadīth?


Answer

Most of the ḥadīth narratives are transmission by meaning. It means that the narrator reports the message in his own words. We call such narratives ḥadīth because the narrator believes the narration to be a prophetic saying. It should also be noted that when a discipline is established and becomes mature the main words and expressions are used as term. In such a discourse, literal meanings go into background and lose central importance.

(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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