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By John Burton

ISBN-10: 0748603506

ISBN-13: 9780748603503

ISBN-10: 0748604359

ISBN-13: 9780748604357

The Hadith are believed to be the phrases of the Prophet, memorised by way of his fans and written down within the first or moment centuries AH. this can be a transparent creation to the arguments surrounding either the Hadith and the files themselves. evaluating the perspectives recommend within the Hadith with these of the Qur'an, it takes the coed via all features of the Hadith in transparent and obtainable phrases.

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Every sentence, every word originated in Heaven and was imparted to Muhammad by Gabriel, the angel chosen to deliver it to him. 43 Th us, as Christ is to Christians, the Quran is to Muslims, the Word made Arabie. What Christianity finds in the Gospel- details of the birth and life of its founder, stories of the evidentiary miracles granted to him, instruction and explanation he provided for his followers, the record of the model they saw in him of the perfect human life lived in accordance with the will of God, which they aspire to apply in their own lives and hope to bring others to imitate - the Muslim seeks in a literature additional to, parallel with and thus lying wholly outside the Holy Quran.

58 ln cases of disagreement, when Muslims failed to reconcile their differences by discussing them, it might be thought appropriate to consult in the first place the Holy Book. ln one celebrated clash conceming a matter that must have been witnessed during the Prophet's lifetime on thousands of occasions, the ritual ablution to be performed before one embarks on the performance of the ritual prayers, reference to the Quran proved wholly ineffective. Brief consideration of this one case will show the progressive nature of the J:{adlth 24 THE ISLAMIC TRADITION when used as a weapon of debate.

Having recently acknowledged the 'umra and the pilgrimage as valid acts of Muslim worship, Muhammad now appropriated bath, making them acts of exclusively Muslim worship. In AH 10, Muhammad himself presided over the one and only pilgrimage that he ever made. None but Muslims were present, and the numbers of the concourse surrounding him have been put in the tens of thousands. It has since come to be known as the 'Farewell pilgrimage', when the Prophet took his leave of the believers; for, within the year, Muhammad was dead.

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