Islam is a complete way of life that enlightens through the Qur’an and
the Sunnah, the true path of guidance and success in this world and the
hereafter. However, one must accurately comprehend what has been
ordained through the Sunnah and identify the authentic hadiths of the
Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him). To do that, it is imperative
to understand the rules that govern the classification and definitions
of hadith methodology and criticism.
Hadith Terminology and Classification is a concise handbook that aims to
facilitate independent seekers of knowledge and students of Hadith
Science. It seeks to acquaint them with the commendable endeavours of
the early Muslim scholars in sifting through the immense treasure of
hadiths and recognising the authentic gems that form the words and acts
of the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him).
This is a complete guide that introduces the origin, provenance and
development of the science of Hadith. It also provides taxonomy of
hadiths according to different criteria, including the number of its
narrators, authenticity of reports and efficacy in law. Furthermore, it
classifies weak hadiths and details the means of eliminating their
This handbook is an excellent, in-depth study that significantly
elaborates hadith terminology and criticism, making it easier for the
reader to understand the regulations that authenticate a hadith.