Hadith Sciences (Ulum Al-Hadith)

Module Overview

Traditions (Hadith) are records of actions, statements and descriptions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family). As these traditions are a key source of Islamic law, thought, culture, and life - second only to the Qur’an itself - this course aims to derive points of benefit from the Prophetic traditions. This course intends to nurture the student’s faith, deepen their religious understanding, increase them in love of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him and his family) and gain clarity on how to live the essence of his wisdom. Studying the principles of hadith classification and terminology is a major component of hadith studies. This course covers the types of chains of transmission (asanid), types of acceptable narrations (maqbul) and the types of rejected narrations (mardud).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Gain precise definitions and explanations of core Islamic concepts
  • Contextualize this Prophetic guidance to our contemporary lives
  • Understand the beauty, wisdom, virtue, and mercy that is the essence and reality of Prophetic guidance
  • Describe the difference between ‘Hadith’ and ‘Sunnah’
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different phases in the collating of hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam
  • Evaluate the methods used to classify hadith
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hadith types and their definitions
  • Differentiate between the levels of authenticity of hadith narrations.
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