‘Ḥadīth’ means ‘speech’ in Arabic. Technically, it indicates a report or a body of reports (the Arabic word is used both ways, although there is also a plural, aḥādīth) of what the Prophet or some other authoritative teacher said. From hadith, Muslim jurisprudents infer the Sunnah, the pattern of behaviour that Muslims should follow. A hadith report normally comes in two parts, the ...
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