SCOPE OF THE TERM HADITH

Avatar wiseinstitute | August 3, 2017

In the same way that the words and sayings of Allah’s Messenger are referred to as hadith, the words of the Companions regarding an incident involving him or reporting one of his actions has also come to be known as hadith. The Prophet’s words, his actions, and decisions as well as the practices that he approved of, allowed or condoned, and reports pertaining to his disposition and character have also been included in this category. For instance, the Messenger of Allah has said, “The Prayer performed without the prescribed ablution is not accepted.”1 This saying is a Tradition that Abdullah ibn Umar heard from the noble Prophet and narrated. Ali’s narration that “The Prophet performed ablution three times (for each limb),”2 is again a hadith attributed to the Messenger of Allah, for it is Ali’s report indicating the Prophet’s behavior.

 


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