Science of Hadeeth
How did Imam al-Bukhaari collect 600,000 hadiths in 16 years?A while ago I read a tweet on Twitter which said the following: “In one journey that lasted for sixteen years, al-Bukhaari collected 600,000 hadiths, which means 37,500 hadiths per year, which means 3,125 hadiths per month, which means 781.25 hadiths per week, which means 111.6 hadiths per day, which means 4.6 hadiths per hour, with no sleep, no rest, no food and no going to the bathroom. Yet despite all this effort, there is not a single manuscript that is soundly proven to be in his handwriting.” How can we refute this specious argument, when Imam al-Bukhaari (may Allah have mercy on him) would do ghusl and pray istikhaarah before writing down a single hadith? How could that be when he wrote four hadiths per hour?
The hadith “Whoever harms [others], Allah will harm him, and whoever causes hardship [to others] Allah will cause hardship to him”It was narrated that Abu Sirmah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever harms a Muslim, Allah will harm him, and whoever causes hardship to a Muslim, Allah will cause hardship to him”, but people are harming others at present, and Allah is not harming them. I hope you can explain this matter.
Ruling on eating cheese made by Magians (Zoroastrians)What do the scholars say about the soundness of these mawqoof hadiths that were narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah? Abu Bakr told us: Jareer told us, from Mugheerah, from Abu Waa’il and Ibraaheem, who said: When the Muslims came, they got some food from the Magians, their cheese and bread, and they ate and did not ask about that. The cheese was described to ‘Umar, and he said: Mention the name of Allah over it and eat it. Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/130). Abu Bakr told us: Abu Mu‘aawiyah told us, from al-A‘mash, from Shaqeeq, from ‘Amr ibn Shurahbeel, who said: We mentioned cheese in the presence of ‘Umar, and we told him that it was made with rennet of animals that died of natural causes, and he said: Mention the name of Allah over it and eat it. Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/130). Abu Bakr told us: Wakee‘ told us, from Sufyaan, from Jahsh, from Mu‘aawiyah ibn Qurrah, from al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali that he was asked about cheese and said: There is nothing wrong with it, mention the name of Allah over it as you are cutting it, and eat. Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/130).
The virtue of qiyaam al-laylIf I pray Witr with ‘Ishaa’, will I be one of those who pray qiyaam al-layl [voluntary prayers at night], and will my house be known to the angels? As Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said: Ka‘b said: The angels look down from heaven upon those who pray tahajjud at night as you look at the stars of the sky. Ibn al-Haaj said in al-Madkhal: There are many benefits in praying qiyaam al-layl, so the seeker of knowledge should not miss out on any of that. Those benefits include:… 5. The angels see his place from heaven as the shining stars appear to us in the sky.
Is the hadith “Verily every Prophet has allies among the Prophets, and my ally is my father and the Close Friend of my Lord, Ibraaheem” saheeh?Do any classic and contemporary scholars believe that Prophet Ibrahim is the second greatest Prophet after our Mohammed (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)? This narration seems to suggest so. "Sa`id bin Mansur recorded that Ibn Mas`ud said that the Messenger of Allah said: Every Prophet had a Wali (best friend) from among the Prophets. My Wali among them is my father Ibrahim, the Khalil (intimate friend) of my Lord, the Exalted and Most Honored). Do you have a reference for the above. I have read what further strongly suggests that Prophet Ibrahim is number 2 is that: - They both looked like each other? - They were both Khalils? - We rememmber them both in our salah (Durood Shareef) - They met each other on the highest heaven on the night of Miraj? - The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) named one of his sons after him. - In the Qur'an, Allah commands our Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to follow the example of Ibrahim ? Please provide, and sahih source for all the above. Also, if any other scholars shared this sentiment?
Is it proven that when the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was born, he rested on his arms, raising his head to heaven?Is it proven that when the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was born, he rested on his arms, raising his head to heaven?
Is it proven in the hadith that whoever kisses the Black Stone will be admitted to Paradise without being brought to account?I want to ask about the soundness of a hadith that I heard. The text of the hadith is, “Whoever kisses the Black Stone will be admitted to Paradise without being brought to account.” I do not know its chain of narrators (isnaad). If this hadith is not sound (saheeh), is there any text which indicates that whoever kisses the Black Stone will be admitted to Paradise without being brought to account, or is this not true?
The hadith “There is not one of your pomegranates but it is pollinated with a grain from the pomegranates of Paradise” is a fabricated hadithWhile I was eating pomegranate, someone told me that there is a hadith that says in one of the thuds in the pomegranate, one little thud is from paradise so one should make intention of something good incase he eats that thud. I wondered if this hadith is authentic or if there arent any hadiths about this at all so I can in shaa Allah tell that person.
Authenticity of Du’a When Looking at the MirrorWhat is the supplication for looking in the mirror? Is it “O Allah, You have made my physical appearance good, so make my manners and attitude good”?
The relationship between prophetic hadith and scientific realityAlthough I dont yet know a hadith which clearly contradicts with reality but I am saying by way of knowledge can reality abrogate hadith? ie if a hadith contradicts reality or established scientific facts can we reject it.As(as far as I know) a very strong chain narration hadith can abrogate another (when reconcilation is not possible) contradictory hadith although sahee but not as strong as other. Can we call such a person disbeliever if he rejects hadith saying it contradicts reality or scientific facts(after he is unable to reconcile it) Even if there may be no contradiction with reality or real facts but still I want its very much detailed answer (much important) What are the comments of great scholars on this issue. Inshallah As I may publish a book in which I may quote the answer you will provide giving your website's reference.
The virtue of one who regularly offers the five daily prayers and does them as enjoinedHow valid are the following hadiths from Kanz al-A‘maal, and should they be acted upon? “Whoever comes with the five daily prayers on the Day of Resurrection, having maintained their wudoo’, offered them on time, done their rukoo‘ (bowing) and sujood (prostration), not omitting anything from them, will come having a promise from Allah that He will not punish him. And whoever comes with anything missing from them will not have a promise from Allah; if He wills He will have mercy on him, and if He wills he will punish him.” Narrated from ‘Aa’ishah. “Whoever offers the five daily prayers, and completes them and establishes them, and prays them on time, will come on the Day of Resurrection with a promise from Allah that He will not punish him. Whoever does not pray them or establish them, will come on the Day of Resurrection with no promise from Allah; if He wills He will forgive him, and if He wills He will punish him.” Narrated from ‘Ubaadah ibn as-Saamit. “Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says: ‘My slave has a promise from Me, if he establishes prayer on time, that I will not punish him, and that I will admit him to paradise without reckoning.’” Narrated from ‘Aa’ishah.
Authenticity of Hadith about Lying"When a believer utters a lie without a valid excuse, he is cursed by seventy thousand angels. Such a stench emanates from his heart that it reaches the sky and because of this single lie Allah writes for him a sin equivalent to that of committing seventy fornications, the least of which is fornication with one’s mother." I want to know; is this hadith about frequent liars or liars as a whole? If this is for liars as a whole, then it means lying is greater sin than fornication? Isn’t it? Every day we come across people who tell lies. So we can say that they have committed 70 fornications. From this point of view, I don't think so that there is any single Muslim who does't lie. Does that mean each and every single Muslim who lie without valid excuse has indeed committed 70 fornications? Lying is something which Muslim can avoid as possible as he can, but he can't completely abstain himself from lying.
Hope and Fear in IslamAllah says in the Hadith Qudsi: “I am as My slave thinks I am, so let him think of Me whatever he wishes.” And that there is something that ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “If one of my feet was in Paradise and the other was outside of it, I would not feel safe from the plan of Allah.” Was ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) not thinking positively of Allah, when he was one of those who were given the glad tidings of Paradise, and he was the second greatest of the Companions of the Prophet after Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him)? Is it possible that a person could feel assured, yet also fear the plan of Allah? I hope that you can explain clearly what the connection is between ‘Umar’s words and the hadith.
Commentary on the words of Anas ibn Malik: “One of the slave women of Madinah would take the Messenger of Allah by the hand and lead him wherever she wished”There are many hadiths which state that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not shake hands with women, and he never put his hand in theirs, but I read a report one time which says that a woman took the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) by the hand… and so on. How are we to understand this report?
Sequence of events on the Day of ResurrectionIs it possible to put the horrors of the Day of Resurrection in order, so that what will happen is: the resurrection, then the wait of fifty thousand years, the coming to the cistern, the gathering, the examination, the reckoning, the admittance of the disbelievers to Hell, the passing of the Muslims and the hypocrites over the sirat, the settling of scores among people, and Paradise. And the one who falls into Hell when passing over the sirat may be a hypocrite who will abide in Hell forever, or he may be a disobedient Muslim who is punished commensurate with his sins. Is this sequence of events correct? I heard from a shaykh that when a person is dying, two devils appear in the form of his father and mother and tell him to follow Judaism or Christianity. Is this hadith sahih (sound)?
Who are the Tabi‘in? And who are those who came after the Tabi‘in?Who are the Tabi‘in? And who are those who came after the Tabi‘in?
Rabi` al-Awwal: Should We Congratulate Each Other When It Starts?Some people are circulating a hadith about the beginning of the month of Rabi‘ al-Awwal: “Whoever offers congratulations to people for this blessed month, the Fire will be forbidden for him.” How sound is this hadith?
Does Islam recommend any particular foods to maintain a woman’s good health during pregnancy?Are there any foods that the Noble Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) recommended to maintain the health of a pregnant woman and her foetus, in sha Allah?
The story of the Sahaabi who used to make the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) laughI saw a clip on YouTube entitled the funny Sahaabi, which quoted a number of hadiths about this Sahaabi who was called an-Nu‘aymaan ibn ‘Amr al-Ansaari (may Allah be pleased with him). I was confused after listening to this clip, because the first hadith that the shaykh quoted was about the story of the Sahaabi when he borrowed some fruit and gave it to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), then he refused to give it back or pay its price, so the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) paid instead of him and smiled. How sound is this hadith?
Is the hadith “If there were to be a Prophet after me, it would be ‘Umar” saheeh?If Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) was the dearest of men to the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), then how could he say: “If there were to be a Prophet after me, it would be ‘Umar” (may Allah be pleased with him)? Why would it not be Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him)? And is this hadith saheeh (sound) or da‘eef (weak)?