from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A report of the sayings or actions of Muhammad or his companions, together with the tradition of its chain of transmission.
- n. The collective body of these traditions.
- n. Islam See Sunna.
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- n. Religious texts in Sunni and Shia Islam with collected sayings and actions of Muhammad and his companions as related by eyewitnesses, used to determine the Sunna (Muslim way of life).
We would like to close with this hadith from the Prophet Mohammed:
So, if a person NEVER prays (which, by hadith, is a distinguishing factor between belief and disbelief), I am not sure if I will be comfortable with his claim that he is a Muslim.
It is from these stories, collectively called a hadith, that many Zanzibaris draw wisdom to manage the everyday challenges of life.
Though I find inconsistencies in Amina Wadud's theological position, she is a brave sister who is reminding Sunni and Shiite population the Quranic verse 49: 13, a universal maxim of their holy book, which they have abandoned for the sake of fabricated teachings called hadith and sunna.
Accounts of his actions and words, called hadith, long have circulated in the Muslim community; within a century or two of Muhammad's death they were written down and closely scrutinized by Muslim scholars for their historical accuracy.
Most Muslims have been told that the hadith are the sacred authentic words of the Prophet, but the plethora of fictitious and forged hadith proves otherwise.
For three years, for instance, a group of 80 Turkish scholars has been reexamining Muslim traditions in the hadith, which is based on the sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad.
Recalling the hadith of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), he said it emphasised the duty of care we owe one another and this special month is also the occasion to celebrate the diversity that contributes to Britain 's strength.
Arabic of-course is a lot more complicated then english so this definition may not be the best – however, it is considered a true "hadith".
In Islam, there are some secondary written authorities called the "hadith," or "sayings," attributed to the prophet Muhammad, some of which were reportedly heard by his followers, then told to others who then told them to others who then wrote them down.
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