Islamic Glossary: Letter H

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hadith | pl. ahadith

alt. hadeeth | ahaadeeth
ha-deeth | a-haa-deeth

An account of the sayings, actions and any other characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad . A hadith consists of two parts: the sanad, which is the chain of names of people who have narrated the hadith through the generations, and the matn, or the actual text and substance of the report.

The term hadith is slightly more general than the term sunnah although the two are generally interchangeable. (Sunnah is not usually applied to description of the physical characteristics of the Prophet .)

See also: Muhammad
Related links: An Introduction to Hadith
hafiz | pl. huffaaz

alt. haafiz, haafidh | huffaz, huffaadh
haa-fiz | huf-faaz

(1) One who has committed the entire Qur'an to memory. (2) In the context of hadith, it is a comparative term referring to one who has expertise in this field regardless of the number of ahadith he has memorized.

Hajj (, al-)


"(The) Pilgrimage" to Makkah performed in the month of Zul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. The fifth pillar of Islam, it is a duty to be performed by every adult Muslim once in a lifetime provided one has the ability to do so.

Hajr al-Aswad (, al-)

alt. Hajr-e-Aswad

"The Black Stone." At the north-east corner of the Ka'bah, near the door, is studded the famous black stone, at four or five feet above the ground. Its color is deep reddish brown, approaching to black. Being kissed by the faithful after circumambulation of the Ka'bah, the Hajr-e-Aswad has been worn out to its present surface by the millions (billions?) of touches and kisses it has received.


alt. halaal


See also: haram


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