Understanding the Hadith The Sacred Traditions of Islam

ISBN-10: 1591020174

ISBN-13: 9781591020172

Edition: 2002

Authors: Ram Swarup
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Description: Noted Indian writer and polymath Ram Swarup explores the meaning of Islam through the words of the Sahih Muslim, considered by Muslims to be one of the most authoritative of the collections of 'traditions' (Arabic Hadith) about the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Like the Koran, these traditions are believed to be divinely revealed by Allah and they complement the verses of the Koran, in many cases expanding upon them and explaining the context of their revelation. As Swarup notes in his introduction, to Muslims the Hadith literature represents the Koran in action, stories of 'revelation made concrete in the life of the Prophet'. Among the orthodox they are considered as sacred as the Koran itself. To non-Muslims this work provides many insights into the mindset of the average Muslim who is raised on these traditions about Muhammad. It also underscores the gulf that exists between the sanctum of orthodox Islam and an increasingly secularised Westernised world.

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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 9/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 273
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Introduction
Faith (Iman)
Purification (Taharah)
Prayer (Salat)
The Poor Tax (Zakat)
Fasting and Pilgrimage (Sawm and Hajj)
Marriage and Divorce (Al-Nikah and Al-Talaq)
Business Transactions, Inheritances, Gifts, Bequests, Vows, and Oaths
Crime and Punishment (Qasamah, Qisas, Hadud)
Religious Wars (Jihad)
Government (Al-Imara)
Hunting, Food, and Drink
Clothing, Decorations, General Behavior, Greetings, Magic, Poetry, Visions, Dreams
Muhammad on Muhammad
The Prophet's Companions
Virtue, Destiny, Knowledge, Remembrance of God
Paradise, Hell, Their Inmates, the Last Day
Repentance (Tauba), I
Repentance, II (The Self-Criticism of Ka'b b. Malik)
Hypocrites (Munafiqin)
Bibliography
Index
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