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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Oct 29, 2008 at 07:29

Hi infidel

For great reading about the hadith I suggest Ignaz Godlziher great work on the literary criticism of the hadith "Muslim studies" and it is available in English

>Linguistically the word "Hadith" means: that which is new from amongst things or a piece of information conveyed either in a small quantity or large.

The word hadith means the saying and the hadith consists of two parts:

1. al-isnad or the line of those that transmitted such hadith so it would be something like this: A heard it from B who heard from C who heard it from Muhammad which is clear evidence that early on Muslims realized that much of the hadith is bogus and the al-isnad was supposed to be the way out but if the hadith can be bogus so can the isnad.

2. al-matn or the substance of the hadith and this is where it becomes a problem so even if the hadith is anachronistic as much of the hadith is anyway if the isnad is accepted then the hadith becomes hadith sahih and as you would except Muslims also realized that some of the ahadith (plural of hadith) did not make sense or were contrary to their own views (case in point in the makrouma tradition of female circumcision) then we start to see the so called hadtih da3eef.

>In Islamic terminology, the term "Hadith" refers to reports about the statements or actions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, or about his tacit approval of something said or done in his presence. Some people use the word "Hadith" and some say, "aHadith".

No the word ahadith is the plural of the word hadith

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