Description from the publisher:
This book introduces the Hadith discipline and its development in the early period of Islamic history, up to the production of the six famous anthologies know as the Six Authentic Collections, or al-Sihah al-Sittah. It also tackles the role of Hadith in shaping the social climate in Muslim societies. Thereby it explains the need for Hadith in any Muslim community, and the reliability of its sources. As such, it is useful to most readers, including those who are well versed in the discipline. Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi shows that without Hadith, no Muslim community can have the sort of social environment that Islam always produces.