Hadith


Definition

Hadith

The hadith (meaning 'account' or 'narrative' in Arabic) are accounts of the Prophet Mohammed's words and deeds, passed down orally from generation to generation and collected by religious scholars in the centuries following his life.

The hadith are considered essential to Muslims as a basis of Islamic law and in explaining the meaning of the Qur'an. Different hadith are considered to have varying levels of authenticity based on how reliable their transmission was seen to be, and the level of authenticity accorded may vary considerably between different schools and denominations of Islam.

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