A contextual approach in understanding the prophet's hadith: An analysis

Jawiah Dakir, Faisal Ahmad Shah

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This article discusses the importance of a contextual approach in understanding the hadith of the Prophet (PBUH). This discussion is all the more important due to the extensiveness of the field and branches of hadith science itself, encompassing the hadith sciences of riwayah (study of hadith text or narration) and dirayah (study of chains and conditions of ahadith or rationality) apart from the reason of preventing an erroneous and inaccurate understanding of hadith. The purpose of this article is to identify the characteristics and criteria of hadith which are suitable for understanding in a contextual way. The identification of such characteristics and criteria is very essential for the knowledge of the Muslim ummah in order to prevent misconceptions of the Prophet's (PBUH) hadith or deviations from the intended meanings. Several examples of the use of contextual approach by past hadith scholars in explanatory hadith books are also presented. This article also exposes the effect and consequences of errors in the application of both these approaches by submitting examples of understanding hadith by contemporary Muslim scholars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3176-3184
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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Keywords

  • Al-Mutaghayyir (variable/interchangable)
  • Al-Thawabit (constant)
  • Contextual approach
  • Hadith criteria
  • Hadith element

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A contextual approach in understanding the prophet's hadith : An analysis. / Dakir, Jawiah; Shah, Faisal Ahmad.

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Dakir, Jawiah ; Shah, Faisal Ahmad. / A contextual approach in understanding the prophet's hadith : An analysis. In: Journal of Applied Sciences Research. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 7. pp. 3176-3184.
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