Islam students at LUC

Blog 7

Posted on: October 15, 2014

This week we first brought up the hadeeth and what it was. They are the sayings, doings, and witnessing (with approval) of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. We mentioned the science of hadith but will talk more about it next week. I am curious to know the logistics of being able to invalidate certain things the Prophet did in his life time from people who had heard about it from years after his death. Professor Mozaffar discussed how the chain system for the passing down of hadeeth was: A to B to C to D from the Prophet himself. This “lost in translation” problem would be really difficult to overcome I believe and a real science for making sure the things reported and intended for the millions of Muslims around the world and for years to come are accurate. The ancient sayings and doing of the Prophet are held so valuable to the people who follow him. We also finished the movie about the competition for memorizing and reciting Quran. I was surprised by how young some of these people were and by the way they were able to courageously recite the Quran in front of the whole world. I was surprised as well because I didn’t realize that many Muslims do not have access to the correct tajweed skills and lessons to be able to recite in the way the judges specifically wanted them too. With the correct tajweed is the only correct way, entirely, to be able to recite the Quran in such a setting.

ccaldwell15 may have found it confusing that people who do not speak Arabic and must perform in Egypt, an Arabic speaking country, were judged on the same basis as Arabic speaking people. However, he fails to realize that the Quran is studied by Muslims universally and becoming a Hafiz and memorzing the whole Quran must be judged on the same standard conditions for all individuals whether they are younger or older, from Egypt or from Australia. I did feel bad for the young boy who traveled by himself to Egypt and who could not perform that well. He had to recite the Quran and he did not do that well, he did not know the language at all, came all by himself and ended up doing poorly. He was not able to represent his small country as greatly as he wanted and his father, the Imam at the local mosque was really proud of him. These things mean so much to small Muslim communities like those of the boy. He merely did not have the resources to be on the some competitive standards as the rest of the contestants.

Blog 7

Class today was very interesting I though because I enjoyed the way we talked about the science of Hadith. As a Muslim, I study the Hadith very thoroughly and like all the Muslims of the world, think that Prophet Muhammad’s peace be upon him sayings and teaching and essential to practice in order to be a good person of Islam. I thought it was very interesting how only the most trustworthy people’s words were valued as hadith. This shows that the Islamic community of the time used honesty, integrity and trustworthiness as very important features that a person must hold. If a person has these qualities, he is able to accurately state certain actions and saying that the Prophet himself had done. Their words are proof enough. Just as the Prophet’s image of being the most trustworthy helped him in a great deal pass his message along, these few trustworthy people were give the authority of being proof for certain hadith. I also thought it was very important how they kept dividing and deleting hadith once they were ranked from most accurate to least accurate, or believable. This is very important and a significant step in making sure the words and sayings that the hadith teaches are the most accurate for the actions and statement made and done by the Prophet. If they are even the slightest bit off, this will have major repercussion for the Muslim population in the past present and future.

I agree with mbad1822 completely when he or she says that the hadith can be seen as unreliable or difficult to validate because it is like the game of telephone. Since it is all word of mouth and no actually primary evidence, the idea that some hadith may be incorrect is very likely. However, I believe that because of all the precautions they have taken the hadith can be a very reliable source. There is a whole science dedicated to making sure the hadith, teachings and saying of the Prophet Muhammad, are true and many actions have been taken to ensure that they are nothing but the truth. Muslims for centuries have held these facts to be true and so disregarding them now would be unimaginable. It would radically change how Islam is and the type of community it forms now.

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