Hadith, What, Why, and When….

An important book that provides a balanced history and structure of Islam. Islam is talked about widely by Muslims and non-Muslimsst, and yet both groups exhibit a singular lack of knowledge about the subject. – Strongly Recommended.


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NAME: Hadith,  What, Why, and When....
FILE: R2721
AUTHOR: Alan Paton
PUBLISHER: Parkhill Books
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 245
PRICE: £10.61
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: The Sunna, Quran, Muhammad, Canonical Collections, Scope, 
Terminology, Hadith, Oral Transmission, Formal Collection, Writing of Hadiths, 
Musannafs, Authentication Standards, Al-Shafi’i, Isnad Evaluation, Sahihan, 
Quran Only Movement, Goldziher, Schacht, Juynboll, Isnad Patterns, Beyond 
ICMA 1, ICMA 2

ISBN: 978-1-98067-934-9

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DESCRIPTION:  An important book that provides a balanced history and
 structure of Islam. Islam is talked about widely by Muslims and non-Muslimsst, 
and yet both groups exhibit a singular lack of knowledge about the subject. – 
Strongly Recommended.

All religions start with one man or a small group of men. The basis of the religion is usually written 
down in a book as the word of God(s) at some point, implying that no detail can be challenged and
 must be accepted as the one truth. Many religions then go on to demand terrible vengeance on anyone 
who refuses to accept this set of beliefs. As the majority of religions are now ancient in origin, the book 
of the religion also includes a social code that may be a full-blown legal and administrative system, 
secular laws and punishments enveloped in the religion. The result is that many millions have been killed 
or mutilated down the centuries in the name of religions.

The three Abramic religions, Hebrew, Christian and Islam, have been particularly bloody in their history 
and all are written around brutal societies that are significantly different from most modern societies. 
Jews and Christians have, generally, quietly forgotten about some of the old instructions that are 
completely incompatible with most modern societies. 

Over the Centuries, most religions, including the Abramic religions, have splintered into factions. 
Although each faction may subscribe to basic elements of their religious heritage, they significantly 
differ in their beliefs to the point where they could almost be different religions. The result is that 
violence is not confined solely to other very different religions, but sees factions of one religion 
attacking each other with equal, and sometimes greater, violence.

One reason that Islam is discussed so frequently and with considerable hostility is that the understanding 
of the history and structure is so poorly understood and men of violence seek to exploit this lack of 
understanding for other ends.

The author has produced an extraordinary work of study. Inevitably there will be some who violently 
object to the contents, but it should provide a welcome source of information to provide the basis for 
further study and conciliation.

For many non-Muslims, the basis of Islam is contained and described in the Quran and this book is 
regarded widely as an equivalent to the Christian Bible, even though the Bible is two books in one, the 
second book having very considerable differences from the first. In Islam, the Hadith (or Hadiths) 
contain a collection of statements and instructions that have been written down in the past as additions 
and explanations of the Quran. These documents come from a wide range of individuals during the 
history of Islam and some have very dubious origins and authenticity. This provides enormous scope 
for an individual to focus on a small part of the Hadith to weave a story to justify actions that many 
Muslims would shrink from and where many Islamic scholars would find singular fault with.

Today, the other Abramic religions no longer expect their teachings in secular matters to override 
secular law, but Islam still features a full secular code which places it immediately in contravention 
of national and international laws in what are not fundamentalist Islamic States. 

What the author has done is to collect together the strands of what many think of as a monolithic 
religion and explain the history and relationship of the documents that collectively chart that historical 
development. He has explained this in a down-to-earth manner that can be understood by non-Muslims, 
but in a way which may prove equally helpful to Muslims. It is a most interesting and provoking work. 
It is not the only attempt to set out the basis and factionalism of Islam in a non-Arabic language, but it 
offers perhaps the best balance and most comprehensive study, together with appendices that will aid 
further reading and study. This is a must-read book.