Hanafi Principles of Testing Hadith :
[Arabic / English],
[A5+] Hardback with Dust-Jacket 320 pages,
**Arabic by Shaykh Atabek Shukorov an-Nasafi,
Transl. & Commentary by Sulaiman Ahmed al-Hanafi,
Published by Avicenna Publishing, UK.
In Islam there are many sources of religion, three of them are agreed upon by all groups of Sunni Muslims. In order of priority they are Qur'an, Hadith and Ijma’a. This book will deal with the thousands of hadith that form part of the Islamic tradition.
Hanafi Principles of Testing Hadith is a manual which explains the methodology of the traditional Islamic Hanafi School towards hadith. There are thousands of hadith; the concern of both the scholar and the layman is what their approach should be to these narrations. We know some hadith are accepted into theology or belief, and thus they need to fulfil the highest criteria of validity. Other hadith are accepted into law and everyday practice, but for these the burden of proof required is less than in issues of theology – yet they still require strong evidence in favour of their authenticity, especially when they can result in rulings about legal punishments (and especially capital punishment). Yet others are examples of how to follow the Prophetic tradition or words of wisdom, and consequently the degree of verifiability required for these is much lower.
We also have some hadith which are completely rejected based on a variety of principles; which are discussed in detail in the manual. Therefore, succinct principles to be used in the application of hadith are of the utmost importance. These principles were established by great Scholars from the early period of the development of Islamic theology and jurisprudence such as Imam Abu Hanifa (d. 767/148 AH), Imam Malik (d. 795/179 AH) and Imam Shafi’i (d. 820/204 AH).
The book elucidates in detail each principle of the Hanafi School alongside rulings and appendices that give practical contemporary examples of how to apply the principles. The text has full references using endnotes in the bibliography and throughout there are comprehensive and yet concise explanations, for each principle. The reader will understand that Hanafi Mustalah differs to the methodology of Bukhari and Muslim as it encompasses validation of the chain (sanad) and text (matn) of the hadith whereas the Muhadditheen (such as Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim) check only the chain.
Despite the modern day epistemic confusion when it comes to hadith, these principles were in fact strictly followed by Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah be pleased with him, and the early Hanafis.
This is the first book of it's kind in English, containing as it does Hanafi principles of authenticating hadith in Arabic, with translation and exhaustive commentary all in one manual.
The original Arabic text was authored by Shaykh Atabek Shukurov An-Nasafi and the English translation and Commentary was authored by Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed Al-Hanafi. This is the first combined effort of the authors on a truly monumental historical Islamic book. We are hopeful of much more to follow…
Table of Contents :
---Arabic Transliteration Key,
---A Short Biography of Imam Abu Hanifa,
Part [I] - The Connected Chain,
---Types of Sunnah,
---How the Narrations are connected [To the Prophet],
---Mutawatir [Mass Narration],
---Mashhur [Famous Narrations],
---Ahad [The Statement of One Person],
---The Ruling on Ahad [Narrations],
---Rulings on the Rejection of Ahad,
---The Categories of the Narrations of Ahad,
---The Known Narrators,
---The Unknown Narrators,
---The Brief Specifications for a Narrator,
---Free from Innovation.
Part [II] - The Disconnected Chain,
---Categories of Disconnection,
---Disconnection Due to Opposing [A Stronger Proof of Islam],
---The Reasons for Comparing Ahad to the rest of Religion,
---Types of Opposing,
---Disconnection Due to a Defect in the Narrator,
Part [III] - The Subject of the Narration,
---The Subject of the Narration,
Part [IV] - Types of Sunnah,
---About the Narration
---Types of of Narration,
---Rulings Pertaining to the Conditions of the Receiver,
---Initial Condition (Azimah) in Listening,
---Replacement (Rukhsah) in Narrating,
---Writing the Hadith,
---Issues Pertaining to the Narrator,
---Condition for Narrating the Hadith Literally or by Meaning,
---Types of Sunnah in Terms of their Meaning,
---Types of Narrations and their Strengths.
Part [V] - Criticism of Narrations,
---Criticisms from the Narrator,
---Criticisms from Other than the Narrator,
---Criticisms from the Companions (Sahabah),
---Criticisms from the Scholars of Hadith,
---Types of Accepted Defect,
---Types of Agreed Criticism,
---Rulings on the Types of Criticism of the Narrator,
---Reasons Which are Not Valid Defects,
Part [VI] - Sunnah of Action and Tacit Approval,
---Sunnah of Action,
---Ruling on Following the Four Types,
Part [VII] - Practical Application of the Hanafi Hadith Methodology,
---Niqaab [Face Veil],
---Advice about Excessive Involvement in Hadith.
Dimensions : 24.5 x 7 cm.
** We recommend one seeks clarification with a recognised scholar on some erroneous points made by the author.