How should we study Hadees?

Hadees of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the practical explanation of the Holy Quran, complete guidance for all the aspects of life and a very basic, strong and primary source of making the [people of the] world attain salvation. Hadees is the second greatest and most important source [of teachings] in Islam and like the Holy Quran, the blessed treasure of Hadees makes Islam a complete code of life. For gaining benefit from the blessed Ahadees, it is necessary to study and understand them thoroughly so that we can completely learn the Islamic laws at every step and become a practising Muslim by following the rules mentioned in the blessed Ahadees.

An excellent source of understanding Hadees

The entire treasure of the blessed Ahadees of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is in Arabic. Since these Ahadees have been said by the Leader of the Arab’s eloquent speakers, so along with being pleasant and beautiful, every line, every sentence, in fact every word carries countless meanings and contains several pieces of information and rules which cannot be refuted. Taking this significance into consideration, ‘Ulama of Ahl-us-Sunnah have written great commentaries [Sharh] on Ahadees in every era to make people understand them.

اَلْحَمْدُلِلّٰہ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ! ‘Ulama of Ahl-us-Sunnah have written excellent commentaries on Ahadees in Urdu as well. Amongst them, ‘Nuzhat-ul-Qaari’, commentary on Sahih Bukhari written by Mufti Shareef-ul-Haq Amjadi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه, and ‘Mirat-ul-Manajih’, commentary on Mishkat written by Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Na’eemi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه are especially worth mentioning. Studying these commentaries will not only prove to be helpful in understanding Hadees but will also become a cause of increasing knowledge and the source of developing yearning for acting upon the Islamic teachings. Studying the books published by Maktaba-tul-Madinah is also helpful in understanding Hadees, such as, a short booklet, namely ‘40 Farameen-e-Mustafa’, newly annotated and referenced edition of ‘Anwaar-ul-Hadees’ which is based on correcting beliefs and deeds, and ‘Faizan Riyad-us-Saliheen’, a detailed commentary on ‘Riyad-us-Saliheen’.

10 adani pearls of studying Hadees

1     In the beginning, start studying Hadees from any short book and divide the pages of the book for daily perusal.

2     Fix the time for study and while studying, remain in the state of Wudu, facing the Qiblah.

3     We read many important points while studying. If topics are marked through certain signs or symbols for memorising and remembering those important points, long-term benefits can be obtained from this study.

4     If those signs and symbols are marked with a highlighter, and stick notes available in the market are used to mark the pages, referring to them will be very easy when required.

5     Make separate lists according to the topics of these signs or symbols in the first few pages of the book or in the notebook. In this way, material regarding many other topics will be collected.

6     Use Hadees and commentary on Hadees with the intention of revising them while conversing or delivering Bayan. By its blessing, you will be able to memorise Ahadees properly and effectively.

7     Fix a day for revising the written notes so that the information contained in Hadees and commentaries on Ahadees remain fresh in your mind by being revised again and again.

8     If you do not understand something while studying, clear up your knowledge-related confusion by seeking its explanation from the ‘Ulama of Ahl-us-Sunnah.

9     Haste, lack of interest or lack of attention is a major hindrance to Hadees learning. Therefore, study Hadees, giving it proper time and attention. If you read Ahadees and their commentaries while thinking about the blessed apparent lifetime of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, you will feel great pleasure along with having continuous interest.

10   Increase your knowledge and good deeds by studying blessed Ahadees.

 

For the sake of His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, may Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless us with the privilege of studying blessed Ahadees!

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن   صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

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