Posted by: mjaga | June 2, 2011

The Best Hadeeth

Qur’aanic Verse 7.185:

7.185

Transliteration:

185. Awalam yanthuroo fee malakooti alssamawati waal-ardi wama khalaqa Allahu min shay-in waan AAasa an yakoona qadi iqtaraba ajaluhum fabi-ayyi hadeethin baAAdahu yu/minoona

Translation:

185. Do they not ponder over the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and whatever things Allah has created, and over the likelihood of their own death being near? What hadeeth74 would they then believe in after this?

 

Study Note:

74. This Arabic word has been used in the Qur’aan variously in the meanings of (i) story, (ii) discourse, (iii) speech, or (iv) the Qur’aan itself. In the context of the preceding sentence, in this very Verse, the word here could connote the broad statement as under:

The orderly behaviour of the entire universe gives enough proof of the existence of a super-intelligent Being faultlessly governing it. When that Being can so control such a gigantic thing, He can obviously do the far less complex task of managing and controlling, inter alia, every human life. It is this Being – Whom we call Allah – that is guiding mankind in the proper conduct of their lives, through this Qur’aan. Every human being should grasp this Reality before it is too late. No one knows when death would come. It may be just round the corner.

But the word hadeeth came to acquire another meaning after the completion of the revelation of the Qur’aan, and the departure of the Prophet from this world. Centuries after the death of the Prophet, his orally reported sayings, and those of his companions, came to be recorded in writing. And these recorded sayings came to be known as ahaadeeth (plural of hadeeth). Allah Almighty knows all about the future. And at the time of the revelation of this Verse, He was aware of this future meaning of the term hadeeth. He (Allah), in that sense, is disapprovingly hinting here at future generations of the Muslim Ummah believing in such man-influenced, error-prone ahaadeeth in preference to the well-explained teachings in the Qur’aan, which can also be taken as referred to by the pronoun hu in baAAdahu of the Arabic text. The Verse is thus telling us categorically that the Qur’aan is the best hadeeth; one need not go after other ahaadeeth.

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The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil II, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil I of the series is already published.

Mohammad Shafi


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Responses

  1. An absolutely wrong and misguided translation

    It simply means that those who don’t even ponder over things around them and the death that is nearing them, what else would they believe in?

    and from this very simple verses you made the meaning that the ahadeeth of prophet Muhammad SAW are incorrect and error prone.

    The simple reason for this is the hatred in your hearts towards the pious predecessors and your jewish belief that only you are guided and rest all are misguided and Allah SWT could not/would not guide anyone to collect the Ahadeeth of Prophet Muhammad and secure them for the Muslims to come.

    and indeed if you are so truthful then pray for your death so you shall see the truth of your beliefs.

    • This translation is correct. The word HADEETH is left untranslated but explained beautifully. May ALLAH bless kullun muslimoon with HIS rehmat and hidayat.

      Those who worship Rasool and those who deny alQuraan by using ahadeeth-ur-rasool are both lost.

      Borther Humayun has quoted a beautiful ayat from alQuraan that he needs to understand only.

  2. See this ‘Mufassir-e-Quran’ – he says Quran is Hadith.
    Arabs use this word in daily life – So all of them should be Kaafir to call their discussion a hadith, or calling new things ‘hadith’.
    من يهده الله فلا مضل له و من يضلله فلا هادي له
    Hadith, when used as technical term in Islam, is short word for Hadith-e-Rasool(saw).
    But this close minded will not understand.


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