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A subject cherished by Muslims all over the world yet Misconstrued, Misargued, Disarrayed specially in - the English language writings written for the general reader interested in an authentically correct presentation of the second source of Islamic Law and love, ‘The Authority of Sunnah’ will take you into the much published year 2000, and beyond basic, simple informative educative, pleasing, authentic and every reassuring; answering doubts, removing cobwebs woven by those oriented by and to Orientalist.

Foreword

In October 1989, I was invited to present a paper on the “Authority of the Sunnah” in an international conference held in Chicago by an international Islamic organisation.

Since long, I felt the need of a brief English booklet containing basic information on “The Sunnah of the Holy Prophet it’s general features, the nature of it’s authority and the standard of it’s authenticity.

I took the opportunity to fulfil this need and wrote on the subject in a little more detail than was required in a conference of this type.

The present work is the result of the above endeavour. This book is meant for the general reader who wants to know what the “Sunnah of the Holy Prophet” is, how does it have a binding authority over all the Muslims for all times to come, what status has the Holy Quran given to it and what measures has the Ummab adopted to preserve it for the coming generations.

I hope that this humble effort will provide brief, yet clear, answers to questions of similar nature and will help understanding the true status of the ‘Sunnah’ as a source of Islamic Law and as a source of guidance for all Muslims in their practical lives. It will also assist, I hope, in removing certain doubts inculcated by few contemporary writers in respect of the authority of the Sunnah.

May Almighty Allah approve of this humble effort, adorne it with His pleasure and make it beneficial to the readers.

Contents

 

  Foreword 3
  Chapter 1  
  Sunnah: the Second Source of Islamic law 5
  Definition of Sunnah 6
  The status of the Holy Prophet 6
  The obedience of the Messenger 9
  Ittiba’ (following) of the Prophet 18
  Two kinds of revelation 23
  The second kind of revelation proved by the Holy Quran 23
  The obedience of the Prophet as distinct from the obedience of a ruler 40
  Chapter 2  
  The scope of the Prophetic Authority 45
  The Prophet’s Authority to make laws 45
  The Holy Prophet’s Authority to interpret the Holy Quran 53
  Examples of Prophetic explanations of the Quran 54
  Does the Holy Quran need explanation? 59
  The time limit of the Prophetic authority 61
  The Prophetic Authority in worldly affairs 67
  The event of fecundation of the palm-trees 70
  Chapter 3  
  The authenticity of the “Sunnah”: its historical aspect 75
  The preservation of Sunnah 78
  Three kinds of Ahadith 78
  The authenticity of the first two kinds 80
  Different ways ofAhadith preservation 83
1 Memorization 83
2 Discussions 89
3 Practice 92
  Writing 93
  The compilation of Hadith in the days of the Holy Prophet 99
  The dictations of the Holy Prophet 99
  The book of sadaqah 100
  The script copy of Amr b. Hazm 101
  Written directives to other Governors 101
  Written directives for certain delegations 102
  The compilations of Hadith by the companions of the Holy Prophet 105
  The scripts of Abu Hurairah 105
  The script of Abdullah ibn Amr 106
  The script of Anas 107
  The script of Ali 107
  Scripts of Jabir 109
  Scripts of Ibn ‘Abbas 109
  The compilation of ahadith in the era after the companions 111
  The compilations of the first century 113
  The books of hadith written in the second century 115
  The criticism of ahadith 118
1 Scrutiny of the narrators 120
2 Constancy of the chain of narrators 123
3 Comparison with other narrations 125
4 General analysis of the tradition 125
  Conclusion 126

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The Authority of Sunnah

Item Code:
NAJ384
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Edition:
2009
Publisher:
Kitab Bhavan
ISBN:
9788171511327
Language:
Arabic Text with English Translation
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9 inch X 5.5 inch
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126
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About the Book

A subject cherished by Muslims all over the world yet Misconstrued, Misargued, Disarrayed specially in - the English language writings written for the general reader interested in an authentically correct presentation of the second source of Islamic Law and love, ‘The Authority of Sunnah’ will take you into the much published year 2000, and beyond basic, simple informative educative, pleasing, authentic and every reassuring; answering doubts, removing cobwebs woven by those oriented by and to Orientalist.

Foreword

In October 1989, I was invited to present a paper on the “Authority of the Sunnah” in an international conference held in Chicago by an international Islamic organisation.

Since long, I felt the need of a brief English booklet containing basic information on “The Sunnah of the Holy Prophet it’s general features, the nature of it’s authority and the standard of it’s authenticity.

I took the opportunity to fulfil this need and wrote on the subject in a little more detail than was required in a conference of this type.

The present work is the result of the above endeavour. This book is meant for the general reader who wants to know what the “Sunnah of the Holy Prophet” is, how does it have a binding authority over all the Muslims for all times to come, what status has the Holy Quran given to it and what measures has the Ummab adopted to preserve it for the coming generations.

I hope that this humble effort will provide brief, yet clear, answers to questions of similar nature and will help understanding the true status of the ‘Sunnah’ as a source of Islamic Law and as a source of guidance for all Muslims in their practical lives. It will also assist, I hope, in removing certain doubts inculcated by few contemporary writers in respect of the authority of the Sunnah.

May Almighty Allah approve of this humble effort, adorne it with His pleasure and make it beneficial to the readers.

Contents

 

  Foreword 3
  Chapter 1  
  Sunnah: the Second Source of Islamic law 5
  Definition of Sunnah 6
  The status of the Holy Prophet 6
  The obedience of the Messenger 9
  Ittiba’ (following) of the Prophet 18
  Two kinds of revelation 23
  The second kind of revelation proved by the Holy Quran 23
  The obedience of the Prophet as distinct from the obedience of a ruler 40
  Chapter 2  
  The scope of the Prophetic Authority 45
  The Prophet’s Authority to make laws 45
  The Holy Prophet’s Authority to interpret the Holy Quran 53
  Examples of Prophetic explanations of the Quran 54
  Does the Holy Quran need explanation? 59
  The time limit of the Prophetic authority 61
  The Prophetic Authority in worldly affairs 67
  The event of fecundation of the palm-trees 70
  Chapter 3  
  The authenticity of the “Sunnah”: its historical aspect 75
  The preservation of Sunnah 78
  Three kinds of Ahadith 78
  The authenticity of the first two kinds 80
  Different ways ofAhadith preservation 83
1 Memorization 83
2 Discussions 89
3 Practice 92
  Writing 93
  The compilation of Hadith in the days of the Holy Prophet 99
  The dictations of the Holy Prophet 99
  The book of sadaqah 100
  The script copy of Amr b. Hazm 101
  Written directives to other Governors 101
  Written directives for certain delegations 102
  The compilations of Hadith by the companions of the Holy Prophet 105
  The scripts of Abu Hurairah 105
  The script of Abdullah ibn Amr 106
  The script of Anas 107
  The script of Ali 107
  Scripts of Jabir 109
  Scripts of Ibn ‘Abbas 109
  The compilation of ahadith in the era after the companions 111
  The compilations of the first century 113
  The books of hadith written in the second century 115
  The criticism of ahadith 118
1 Scrutiny of the narrators 120
2 Constancy of the chain of narrators 123
3 Comparison with other narrations 125
4 General analysis of the tradition 125
  Conclusion 126

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