Notes of Those Rooted in Understanding and Verification in the Matter of Hadiths and Their Abrogation


This manuscript is a critique by the 12th-century jurist Abu Faraj ibn al-Jawzi of 21 hadiths, or sayings, of the Prophet Muhammad. A significant issue in the study of hadiths is the verification of the chain of transmission back to the Prophet himself. In this work as well as in others, Ibn al-Jawzi comments on the transmission of sayings and on the  misinterpretation or misclassification of companions or relatives of the Prophet, such as ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Ibn ‘Abbas, and Abu Hurayrah. The topics of the hadiths discussed include matters of prayer, personal hygiene, and the receiving of gifts. Ibn al-Jawzi was one of the most influential writers and preachers of the Hanbali school of Islamic law. He was the author of dozens of writings, some of which are still in print. The incipit of this text lists those who claimed to have heard it from Ibn al-Jawzi or his students. The work is from the collections of the National Library and Archives of Egypt and is bound with two other manuscripts. The date when it was copied is indistinct as is the full name of the copyist, who appears to be the same scribe who produced one of the manuscripts with which it is bound, Commentary on al-Busti’s poem “To Rise in One’s World is to Decline.

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اخبار اهل الرسوخ في الفقه و التحديث بمقدار الناسخ والمنسوخ في الحديث

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  1. Jonathan A.C. Brown, “Did the Prophet Say It or Not?” Journal of the American Oriental Society 129, number 2 (2009).

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