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Selections from Muhammadan traditions (Sunnah) by William Goldsack

This book is a translation of Mishkat al-Masabih that contains the traditions or (Sunnah) of Muhammed 
Selections from Muhammadan traditions



Excerpt:
In the system of Islam, the Traditions occupy a place second only in importance to the Qur'an itself. They are described as a record of ' the words of the Prophet and his actions and what he permitted.' Their importance is derived from the Muslim belief that Muhammad, in all he said and did, was divinely guided. The Traditions are technically known as wahi ghairu l-matlii, unrecited revelation, in contradistinction to the revelation of the Qur'an which is said to have been recited word for word by Gabriel to the Prophet. 

Thus it will be seen that whilst the Qur'an, according to Muslims, is a purely objective revelation, in the Traditions the inspiration is subjective only. In Islam the Traditions are used both in the formation of canon law and also in the exegesis of the Qur'an; whilst not a little of what we know of the life and character of Muhammad is derived from the same source. As every word and act of the Prophet is for the Muslim a divine rule of faith and practice, the influence of the Traditions on the lives of millions, all over the world,

Mishkat al-Masabih is an expanded version of Al-Baghawi's Masabih al-Sunnah by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh Khatib Al-Tabrizi. Khatib Al-Tabrizi died 741 AH rendered this version of the original text more accessible to those not having advanced knowledge of the science of hadith

In Islam, Sunnah, are the traditions and practices of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, that constitute a model for Muslims to follow. The sunnah is what all the Muslims of Muhammad's time, evidently saw and followed and passed on to the next generations.

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