The Role of Hadith in Islam – A Bibliography of the Works in English Language
The Role of Hadith in IslamA Bibliography of the Works in English Language
Working Draft of 07.07.2019
In Islam, the Arabic word hadith means ‘prophetic tradition’. Hadith are the practices performed and ordained by the Prophet (SA) that a Muslim must follow in fulfilment of his religious obligations. In the corpus of Muslim laws, the hadith stands right after the Quran Majid – the words of Allah Rabbul Alamin, as the second most important source of Islamic laws. However, there are significant differences of opinion among the Muslim regarding the authenticity of a great number of hadith. There are perhaps even more differences regarding the application of these hadith in today’s world after fourteen hundred years of their pronouncement. As a result, a Muslim is unsure and often embattled on what he should practice as his religious duty. This has caused significant rifts among the Muslim society throughout the world. It is, therefore, necessary to precisely determine the scope, breadth and methods of the Hadith in order to enable the Muslim to determine the role of the Hadith and its application in today’s world. As the first part of the project we are here preparing a bibliography of the works in the English Language.