Hadith is the record of actions, words and way of living of the Islamic Prophet
Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). It is the Arabic word for speech, report, narrative, and account.
Hadith has two parts, first is the chain of narrators who have transmitted the report
(isnad), and the second one is the main text of the report (matn). Individual Hadith
are classified by Muslim clerics and jurists categorizing it into Sahih, Hasan,
Dissimilar from Holy Quran, Hadith are not divine revelation. They are not written
down by Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)’s followers immediately after his death. It
took several generations to collect, collated, and compiled into proper Hadith books.
Various collections of Hadith books come to differentiate the different branches
of Islamic school of thoughts.
During the 8th and 9th centuries, Holy Hadith were evaluated
and gathered into large collections, generations after the death of Prophet Muhammad
(SAW), after the end of the era of the "rightful" Caliphate Rashidun,
over 1,000 km from where Prophet Muhammad lived.
Holy Hadith defines the rightful way of living and performing regular activities
in accordance to the teachings of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H.). These are the reported
behaviors and rituals defining details of religious practices which are not found
in the Holy Quran. For instance, saying five times prayers is mentioned in Holy
Quran, but what is the right method of performing Salaat is only available in Holy
Hadith. Similarly, Holy Hadith guides you about everyday activities such as table
manners, postures, attire, sleeping manners, to name a few. Hadith is also regarded
as the significant tools for understanding the things mentioned in Holy Quran but
not explained in detail.
Significance of Hadith in Islam
The importance of Hadith is secondary to Holy Qur'an. After Holy Quran, Holy Hadith
holds the supremacy in developing Islamic jurisprudence. About the significance
of Hadith, it has been narrated through a chain of narrators, including Muhammad
ibn Isma'il and originating with Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq, that the Prophet Muhammad
(P.B.U.H.) once addressed his people in Mina saying ‘O people, whatever comes to
you in the form of my Hadith, if it agrees with the Holy Book of Allah, it is genuine,
but whatever comes to you that does not agree with the book of Allah you must know
that I have not said it.'
List of Hadith Books
Some of the list of Hadith books collected by Muhaddiths includes:
Kutub al-Sittah, the Six Canonical Books of Hadith:
Sunan Abu Dawud
Sunan Ibn Majah
This page comprise of online Hadith books chapter wise in Arabic, Urdu, and English.
Every Hadith book has various chapters and Hadith for each chapter is mentioned.
You can even select your desired Hadith book and select the relevant chapter you
are looking for to check for Islamic guidance in various acts of life. You can read,
and share the online Hadith books of your preference to your friends and family.
You can even search Naats online from this page.