Dr Jonathan AC Brown – Commonly Misunderstood Hadith Texts – Al Madina Institute

Fascinating



Categories: Hadith, History

5 replies

  1. Nice find, i must say brother,when Professor Brown decides to write his autobiography,you should write it for him,well you should definitely write this portion of his life. You always seem find some fascinating videos or articles by him.

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  2. I have great respect for Professor Brown and his outstanding achievements in opening understanding of ahadith to the non scholars.

    However, his remark about that particular hadith or hadiths like it kicking off the Qur’an only movement in India is simplistic and unscholarly.

    The fact is that the Prophet Muhammad chose to not commission any of his numerous companions or group of companions to compile any of his (pub) scattered sayings.

    So in that sense, it was Prophet Muhammad who made the decision which casts a shadow on the hadith.

    I don’t mean it negates its authority or that it demonstrates it is not authentic, but it casts a shadow on the hadith.

    In addition, according to a great Moroccan hadith scholar, over 97% of hadith fail to meet the Quranic standard of evidence which is at least two witnesses.

    Also the hadith does not meet the Quranic standard of evidence for a claim in Surah 2, verse 282 which is that in addition to two witnesses, the claim has to be written down….and it is implied written down immediately or very quickly, not decades or more later.

    Interestingly Abu Bakr reportedly destroyed his 500 hadith collection and it is reported in sources authentic to the hadith discipline that Umar decided to not collect the hadith saying that previous communities (presumably Jews) strayed when they added other books to the Book of God (presumably the Torah, etc). The source said that when Umar consulted the companions, they wanted him to preserve the hadith but after a long time of contemplation, he decided to still not preserve it and made some policies restricting transmission of the hadith.

    I don’t think I agree with the decisions that Abu Bakr and Umar made.

    The hadith are essential to Islam but the Qur’an is supposed to be primary but it is not really held to be primary in practice by so many Muslim religious scholars.

    Allah (swt) knows best

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    • “In addition, according to a great Moroccan hadith scholar, over 97% of hadith fail to meet the Quranic standard of evidence which is at least two witnesses.”

      Ouch.

      What is the name of this scholar?

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  3. The Moroccan scholar’s name is Muhammad Imrani. His work is published.

    Please see the following that discusses the scholar and this issue. It has english subtitles.

    This youtube is must see for all who want to know the most important issue on hadith.

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