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hadith | pl. ahadith


hadeeth, hadees | ahaadeeth, ahadees
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. Many books of hadith were compiled in the beginning eras of Islam and thus we have a good record of how Muslims should be leading their lives.

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

In the Quran: 34:43
See also: Sunnah
Prophet Muhammad
Related links: An Introduction to Hadith
The Authority of Sunnah




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