Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hadith books and Fiqh Imams: Ibn Taymiya

 The claim made by some naive people these days that today's scholars have access to more hadiths than  Imam Abu Hanifa and other fiqh Imams is totally fallacious.
Imam Ibn Taymiya (ra) in Raf’ al-Malam says, “If we were to believe that the all the Ahadith of Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) were confined to books, then no Alim knows all that is written in books and nor is it possible for anyone to know all. Instead, at times a person has many books with him but does not know all which it contains. In fact, those who came before the compilation of these (Hadeeth) books were much more knowledgeable than those that came afterwards. This is due to the fact that many Ahadith were authentic in their time but reached to us through an unknown narrator, or with a broken chain, or did not reach us at all…Their books were their hearts which contained many folds more than what is contained in these [present] books. And this is something that a person with some understanding of the matter has not the slightest doubt. (Ahtar al-Hadith al-Shareef p. 173& 186 Dar al-Basha’ir al-Islamiya) 

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