Executive Summary

This is an introduction to the science of Hadith for youth. This course will cover the concept and history of Hadith collection; the imams-their works on collecting of hadith.

The course will also sample brief and short Prophetic sayings of the beloved Prophet Muhammad compiled by Habib Umar bin Hafiz called  Mukhtar al-Hadith:  Selection of Noble Prophetic Traditions.

Course Summary

This class offers an introduction for the Youth on the concept of hadith or Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad ( Allah bless him and grant him peace).

It is essential that every Muslim should know the concept and foundations of this science. The hadith and sunnah explain to us the teachings of the Quran in more detail. The Prophetic statements guide us to the light, it has always been the second of the sources of law and the richest after the Quran.

In its wisdom and guidance, it provides us. One may take for granted and simply not notice the centuries of sacrifice and hard work of scholars to ensure that the teachings of Islam remain pristine and authentic. This class is the first of the journey of a young Muslim in appreciating and understanding this rich and unique aspect of the Islamic faith. Topics covered will be what makes a hadith reliable, how it was transmitted, who were the imams of this science and how we read a hadith and identify its narrator and chain as well as the content.

Course Outline

Lesson One: Introductory Concepts

Lesson Two: Development of Hadith

Lesson Three: History of Hadith Collections

Lesson Four: History of Hadith Collections: II

Lesson Five: Selected Hadiths (Part One)

Lesson Six: Selected Hadiths (Part Two)

Lesson Seven: Selected Hadiths (Part Three)

Lesson Eight: Selected Hadiths (Part Four)

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the tremendous blessing of the hadith collections
  • Learn the legal status of the hadith in the sacred law
  • Gain an understanding of the major works in this science
  • Familiarize yourself with Hadith terminologies
  • Learn short prophetic Hadiths on different matters related to guidance