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The Reasons for Studying Hadith

Hadith is one of the two primary textual sources of Islamic Knowledge. I have mentioned this earlier in the previous chapter. The Study of Hadith complements the study of the Quran to give us a complete picture, so we understand the Quran more accurately. The Quran is a complete text in and of itself but it does not contain all the details that are needed to follow Islam the way it is meant to be followed. The reason for this is explained in the Quran itself. The Prophet (ﷺ) is also a guide and a teacher to the Muslims. He explained the Quran to his companions, he showed by his own example, he confirmed their understanding when it was correct and corrected their understanding if they misunderstood anything.

It is possible to misunderstand the revealed text. Even the companions sometimes thought a verse to mean one thing but the Prophet (ﷺ) had to explain to them what the intended meaning really was. There are tons of people nowadays who interpret the Quran according to their own understanding. They do not rely on the authentic Hadith that show how the Prophet (ﷺ) explained the verses and how the companions understood them. Many incorrect interpretations of the text of the Quran are done, sometimes by mistakes and other times deliberately to mislead people.

People have this mistaken belief that they only need the Quran and don’t need the Hadith because of several very well documented reasons. Scholars of Islam have addressed each and every one of these questions to try and persuade the people who don’t want to accept Hadith. However, the fact of the matter is that it is the weakness of Imaan that has deluded some people into rejecting Hadith. Shaitaan has convinced them that the Quran alone is the sacred text and Hadith is just something extra that they don’t understand and don’t need to understand, follow or implement. As a result, numerous requirements of the religion which have been recorded in Hadith are simply ignored! May Allah protect us all from this and all other misguidance.

And Allah knows best.

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