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Among the works of Imam Ibn Hanbal is the great encyclopedia of Hadith called Al-Musnad, compiled during his life time, completed by his son 'Abdullah, and amplified by supplements.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal - Master of the Hadith

Imam Ahmad was chiefly interested in acquiring knowledge of Hadith and traveled extensively through Iraq, Syria, Arabia and other places in the Middle East studying religion and collecting the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). His travels occupied several years of his early life.

3 Meanings of Sunnah

3 Meanings of Sunnah

The word sunnah has three separate meanings that are often mixed up by Muslims when the term arises in discussions. The first sense of sunnah is in the context of shari`ah rulings, in which sunnah is synonymous with the mandub or “recommended”, meaning something that one deserves a reward in the next life for doing–such as using …

Hadith, Sunnah, and the Objectives of Law

Hadith, Sunnah, And The Objectives of Law

Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below: Transcript: Aisha Khaja: Dr. Shabir, the question that we have today is from a viewer who watched our video on Hanafi testing of hadith, and has a couple of questions. For that particular video, the …

Duties of Angels

Duties of These Famous Angels

The angel that will blow the trumpet is called Israfeel. His name is mentioned among the four great angels in the hadiths. Israfeel will blow two times, in the first one, the Doomsday will occur and in the second blowing, the resurrection will occur…

Can Women Lecture in the Mosque?

Can Women Give Lectures in the Mosque?

During his lifetime, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to teach and instruct people in his Mosque. His Companions followed suit after he passed away. Although there are no reports of women systematically teaching in the mosque, there are hundreds, even thousands, of prophetic traditions transmitted by women. Besides, hundreds of hadiths …

Empathy - The Mark of a True Believer

Empathy - The Mark of a True Believer

We all want it from others, and yet we are stingy in giving it. We want others to understand us, relate to our opinions and feel our pain. We want others to listen to us and relate with us. We want others to put themselves in our shoes and view the world from our perspective…

Prophet on the Embryo

What did the Prophet Say about the Human Embryo?

A new branch of medical science, embryology, which studies development of the embryo in the mother’s womb, has advanced greatly in the last few years. Now, it has become possible for embryologists and specialists to picture the embryo inside its mother’s womb…

While Bukhari's compilation is considered the more reliable of the two, Muslim's arrangement of his material has been recognized as superior, and rightly so.

2 Most Authentic Books of Hadith

Sahih Al-Bukhari is preferred over Sahih Muslim based on the authenticity of the Hadiths. Imam Al-Bukhari was more strict in selecting Hadiths (chains) than Imam Muslim . Besides considering all the conditions of a Sahih Hadith, Imam Al-Bukhari stipulated a further condition…

Is It Bid`ah to Kiss the Qur'an?

Is It Bid`ah to Kiss the Qur'an?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for being eager to learn the teachings of Islam, and we appreciate the great confidence you have in us. We …

9 Hadiths on Men-Women Interaction in Mosque

One of the current problematic issues in mosques that give access to women is the excessive sensitivity towards, and sometimes the strict banning of, ordinary interaction between men and women. Interestingly, those men and women do interact normally with other men and women in the outer community in all walks of social and professional life. …

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