posted on Jun, 16 2006 @ 09:43 AM
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
Is there anything close to a equivalent in Christianity of the Hadith? Are we talking about something like the Book of Enoch for Christians, or is
it more of a New Testament for the Quran.
No, Hadiths are definitley not considered a New Testament type text. The Qu'ran and the Hadiths go hand in hand with each other and are considered by
the majority of Sunni Muslims to be canonical. As I have stated elsewhere, the Qu'ran comes first in matters of authority, and where the Qu'ran does
not specify certain commands or doesn't explain in detail what a Believer must do, then the Hadiths take over in Authority. An example of this is in
Salat (prayer), the Qu'ran tells us to pray to God but not how to pray or how many repetitions of prayer per day and so on. The answers to this come
in the Hadith or Sunnah (The Prophet's example). Many other things lay in the Hadiths like Islamic end-times prophecy and anecdotes of wisdom and so
forth. Sadly, some Muslims follow only those Hadith which they wish to follow, which unsuprisingly accounts for the many different sects in Islam.
Forgive my ignorance on this subject.. I just want to get a better understanding of how important some Muslims consider the text of the Hadith.
I am nowhere near an expert on the subject of Hadiths, some Islamic scholars devote their entire lives to study of them and some to Qu'ranic
exegesis. But, as I understand there are different classifications of Hadiths, from which there are thousands, that assign qualities to each of them.
Sahih(Authentic), Sunan(Good? or Suspcious?) and another which I can't remember the name but it's considered a weak class. Even as such, scholars
routinely scrutinize and authenticate Hadith, which are narrated by chains of other people. If even one narrator in a chain is considered an
unreliable source then their quality is diminished.
From what I understand, Hadiths were compiled by early scholars like Imam Hanafi and Imam Shafi'. Which in turn were compiled by the Sahabah(R.A) or
companions of Prophet Muhammad (Saw). The Sahabah were largely illiterate and took to memorizing the sayings of the Prophet (saw) as was customary
back then with Arabs who would memorize entire poems.
A couple good sites on Hadith here
. As with all things textual, you have to not only look at its literal meaning but also
the wisdom in the words. Hope that helps.
"lets make fun of hadith".
If thats what you wish then go ahead. Just know that there some Muslims out there that still follow the Qu'ran and Hadiths.