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Etiquette of Hadith

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Hadrat Aqdas Maulānā Arshad Madanī Sāhib
dāmat barakātuhum
Ustādh Hadīth, Dār al-‛Ulūm Deoband
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحمْٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
اَلحَْمْدُ للهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْنَ، وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلٰى سَيِّدِ الْمُرْسَلِيْنَ، وَعَلٰى اٰلِهِ وَاَصْحَابِهِ
The science of Hadīth is the most honourable of
all sciences. It is an important pillar of Dīn. It’s
theme centres around the being and attributes of
Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam. Hadīth is
defined as the words, actions and tacit approvals
of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam. This
means that the science of Hadīth is connected to
the pure life of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa
sallam from beginning to end. Without this
science, neither is the tafsīr (exegesis) of the
Qur’ān possible, nor the codification of fiqh
(jurisprudence). This is why the ‛ulamā’ of every
era considered service to this science and
attachment to it to be a means of success for
them in both worlds. From the very early
centuries of Islam, certain principles and rules
were laid down for the preservation of Hadīth,
and through which the rank of each Hadīth could
be delineated, and the status of the rules of the
Sharī‛ah which were derived from it could be
Allāh ta‛ālā willed the termination of the chain of
prophet-hood with our master, Hadrat
Muhammad sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam, and no

Prophet was to come after him until the day of
Resurrection. This is why the preservation of this
science of Hadīth was undertaken in a very
distinguished manner. We will not be
exaggerating in the least if we said that no other
nation could preserve the words, actions and tacit
approvals of the Prophet which was
commissioned to it. Allāh ta‛ālā enabled this
important task to be undertaken and fulfilled only
by the ummah of Muhammad sallallāhu ‛alayhi
wa sallam so that this Dīn may be preserved until
the day of Resurrection.
From the above explanation, the importance of
the science of Hadīth and it’s need for the
continued existence of this final Dīn can be
clearly gauged. It is therefore most important for
the students who are studying this science, and
who are also the inheritors of Rasūlullāh
sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam, to be fully aware of
the etiquette of the science of Hadīth, and to
observe it’s etiquette. As the saying goes: “The one
who has manners and etiquette, he is most
fortunate. The one who is deprived of this is most
It has also been witnessed that the more devoted
and sincere a person is with this science, and the
more respect he shows to it, the stronger his
spiritual bond with Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‛alayhi
wa sallam.
The associates of Hadrat Maulānā Muhammad
Salīm Dhorāt Sāhib mudda zilluhu penned down
a lesson which he had delivered from a tape
recording. They then published it as a short but