What about people who deny the Hadiths?
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the internet has its positive sides as well as its negative sites. Its sad when people claiming to be muslims create webpages that show their perspective about Islam, which eventually deviates people of weaker faith or knowledge. Brother, what would you tell a person who does not believe in hadith, or rather how would you tell a person who doesnt believe in hadith that they are mistaken. Awaiting
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What about people who deny the Hadiths?
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Your Statement: the internet has its positive sides as well as its negative sites. Its sad when people claiming to be muslims create webpages that show their perspective about Islam, which eventually deviates people of weaker faith or knowledge.
We absolutely agree with you that the internet has its positive and negative sites, and it is indeed unfortunate when people start propagating their sects and their visions in presence to the guidance of the Holy Quran. That is why a believer should always try to gain sufficient knowledge from the Book of Guidance: The Al Quran.
Then whatever anyone says or propagates must be referred to the guidance of the Holy Quran. If the guidance is from the Holy Quran, then accept it. If the guidance is not from the Quran, then obviously it is not the Truth and must be rejected.
Your Statement: Brother, what would you tell a person who does not believe in hadith, or rather how would you tell a person who doesnt believe in hadith that they are mistaken.
The hadiths are nothing but the various collections of the scholars over time about the life and traditions of the Prophet (saws). What is important is that a believer, who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, must follow the guidance of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Thus if someone claims that he does not want to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws), then he is definitely astray. And the people who generally claim that they do not follow any of the hadiths, are in real terms, the people who have denied to obey and follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
We must also understand that there a lot of hadiths which might have been written by unscrupulous people over the years for their own political and material gains. Thus if a person, who has knowledge from the Quran and Sunnah, has a doubt on the authenticity of a hadith and is able to provide evidence from the Holy Quran or other established and accepted hadiths to prove his doubt, that is fair.
And that is why eminent scholars and collectors of hadith have done extensive research during their times to check the authenticity of the various hadiths. Among the most respected collectors were Bukhari and Muslim, who collected in excess of 300,000 hadiths each, but only about 7,000 of these hadiths met their austere criteria of authenticity, which were named in their collections as Sahih or authentic.
Thus there is a clear difference between the ones who refuse to accept Prophet Mohamed (saws) as their guide and thus deny the whole Sunnah of the Messenger (saws); and the ones who doubt the authenticity of a particular hadith, which according to their knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah, may be weak or fabricated.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,