Hadith, Seeking Knowledge

Studying Hadith: Tips and Resources

The Arabic word hadith basically means ‘an item of news, conversation, a tale, a story or a report,’ whether historical or legendary, true or false, relating to the present or the past. Its secondary meaning as an adjective is ‘new’ as opposed to qadeem, ‘old’. However, like other Arabic words (e.g. salaah, zakaah), its meaning changed in Islaam. From the time of the Prophet (ρ), his stories and communications dominated all other forms of communication. Consequently, the term hadith began to be used almost exclusively for reports which spoke of his actions and sayings. The Fundamentals of Hadeeth Studies, P.…

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Knowledge Without Action

What is the point of knowledge when one does not follow Is he blind from its benefits or has his heart become severely hollow? Does he not fear the punishment which he is aware of better than others? How will he respond to the angels of death when they take his soul even beneath the covers? Is he not better aware of standing before his Lord on the destined day? How will he respond when Allah tells him, “I gave you knowledge but yet you did not obey!” Do you think you will disobey and then repent at a later…

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