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Kulliyyah Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences

Department Qurn and Sunnah Studies

Programme Bachelor of IRK (Qurn and Sunnah Studies)

Course Title Sciences of adth

Course Code RKQS 2021

Status Core

Level 2

Credit Hours 3

Contact Hours 3

Pre-requisites Nil
(if any)

Co-requisites Nil
(if any)

Instructional Brainstorming, Discussion, Presentations, Lectures


Assessment LO Method %
State weightage 1,2 Mid-term Test 20
of each type of 3,4 Project 20
2,4 Presentation 10
1,3,5 Final Examination 50
Instructor(s) To be determined

Semester All Semesters


Course Synopsis The course will focus on the basic and preliminary terms in adth; such
as adth, sunnah, khabar, athar, etc. Development of sciences of
adth, the status of sunnah in Islm, adth compilation and its
preservation, the system of isnd (chain of narrators) classification of
adth, fabrication in adth: its causes and the methods of dealing with
them; famous adth treatises, especially the six adth canonical
collections (al-kutub al-sittah), Muwaa of Imm Mlik, Sunan al-
Drim and Musnad Imm Amad ibn anbal.

Course 1. To make the students aware of the status of adth and sunnah in
Objectives Islm.
2. To familiarize the students with the methodology of dealing with the
issues related to adth.
3. To develop in the students an in-depth understanding of the
contribution of the Islamic scholars towards the preservation of the
authenticity of adth literature.

Learning Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
1. Recall precisely the terms related to Sciences of adth.
2. Identify various status of adth.
3. Apply sound methodology in dealing with adth.
4. Appraise the noble contribution of the earlier scholars in the field of
5. Evaluate critically the causes and impacts of adth fabrication.

Content Outlines

Weeks Topics Task/Reading

1 Preliminary Introductions Itr: pp. 26-36, c

Introduction to the Sciences of adth. Basic terms:

adth, sunnah, khabar, athar, matn, sanad, Ismail: pp. 13-
isnd, wajh, uruq, musnad. 30
2 Emergence of Sciences of adth and its development: An
historical account. Sunnah: its status in Islam and its
pp. 376-385
relationship with the Qurn al-Karm Ismail: pp. 31-
3 Preservation and Compilation of Sunnah c
Itr: pp. 37-61
Causes of preservation of sunnah. Methods of Ismail: pp. 53-
preservation: memorization, compilation and 68

4 Validation of the Narrators (Naqd al-Ruwh) c
Ajjj al-
Its importance. Classifications of narrators. Companions of Khab,
the Prophet Muammad allallahu cAlaihi wa Ul: pp. 253-
Sallam: definition and characteristic features of 259; 383-412
companions, well-known compilations on companions. c
Ajjj al-
Mukharamn: definition and position. Tbicn: Khab, Al-
definition, Prominent Tbi`n, The Seven Famous Jurists Sunnah: pp.
of Madinah. Atbc al-Tbicn: definition, classifications, 116-128; 145-
prominent figures 152
adth Specialist: musnid, muaddth, afi, Ismail: pp. 69-
ujjah, kim, amr al-Muminn f al-adth 74
5 Classification of adth: mutawtir and d c
Itr: pp. 204-
Mutawtir: definition, kinds, position and major 208
compilations. d: definition and divisions from various Ismail: pp. 75-
angles 110
6 Classification of d based on the number of narrators Ismail: pp. 82-
Al-Gharb, al-cAzz, and al-Mashhr (mustaf); 87
their definitions, kinds, examples, position and scope c
Itr: pp. 396-
402; 408-417.
7 Classification of d adth based on its origin c
Ajjj al-
Al-adth al-Qudsi: definition, the difference between Khab: pp.
Al-adth al-Qudsi and the Qurn, Al-adth al- 28-31; 355;
Qudsi and the Al-adth Al-Nabaw - examples; well- 380-382
known compilations on al-adth al-qudsiyyah. Al- Ismail: pp. 88-
adth al-Marfc: definition, position and examples. Al- 94
adth al-Mawqf: definition, forms and examples. Al-
adth al-Maqc: definition, position and examples
8 Classification of d adth based on acceptance and c
Itr: pp. 241-
rejection 263; 267-268
Maqbl (accepted) and Mardd (rejected): meaning. Ismail: pp. 94-
Kinds of Al-adth Al-Maqbl: a li dhtih 101
(authentic by itself), a li ghayrih (authentic for other
reasons); their definitions, pre-requisites, position, examples,
compiled references and scope
9 Al-assan li dhtih and Al-assan li ghayrih: c
Itr: pp. 362-
definition, pre-requisites, position, and examples 367
Ismail: pp.
10 Al-adth al-Mardd (rejected adth): definition, Al- an: pp.
adth Al-acf: position and scope. Famous divisions 62-88
of Mardd: 1. omission in the sanad, 2. weaknesses in Ismail: pp.
the narrator. Based on omission in the sanad: al-Mucallaq, 111-131
al-Mursal, al-Mucaddal, al-Munqaic, al-Muallas,
al-Mursal al-khaf
11 Fabrication of Hadith an:
Al-Mawc: definition, historical background, intended and pp.88-93
unintended reasons, symptoms, and compilations on the Ismail: pp.
topic 134-142
12 Some significant terms for rejected adth Itr: pp. 299-

Al-Matrk, Al-Munkar (opposite of macruf), Al-Mucallal, 300; 423-454

Al-Mukhlif li al-Thiqt, Al-Mudraj, Al-Maqlb: Ismail: pp.
their definitions, position, and examples 143-171
13 Famous Muaddithn c
Itr: pp. 89-91;
Bukhri. Muslim. Al-Tirmidhi. Ab Dad 364-365; 428-
435; 444-447
Ismail: pp.
14 Famous Muaddithn c
Itr: pp. 274-
Al-Nas. Ibn Mjah. Imm Malk. Al-Drim. 284
Imm Amad Ibn anbal Ismail: pp.
References Required
1. Al-an, Mamd (1984), Taysr Muala al-adth (6th
edn.), Maktabat Dr al-Turth.
2. cAjjj al-Khab (1988), Al-Sunnah Qabl al-Tadwn (2nd edn.),
Maktabah Wahbah.
3. cAjjj al-Khab (1989), Ul al-adth, Dr al-Fikr.
4. cItr, Nr al-Dn (1981), Manhaj al-Naqd f cUlm al-
adth (3rd edn.), Dr al-Fikr.
5. Ismail Abdullah and Shayuthy Abdul Manas (2006), Introduction to the
Sciences of adth, Research Centre IIUM.

1. Abu Shahbah, Muammad b. Muammad (n.d.), Al-Was f
Ulm wa Mualah al-adth, clam al-Macrfah.
2. Amad, al-Amn al-j Muammad (1989), ujjiyyat
Aadth al-d f al-Akam wa al-cAqid (1st edn.).
3. Al-Acami, Muammad Muafa (1977), Studies in Hadith
Methodology and Literature, Islamic book Trust.
4. Al-Acami, Muammad Muafa (1978), Studies in Early Hadith
Literature, American Trust Publication.
5. Al-Acami, Muammad Muafa (1981), Dirst f al-
adth al-Nabawi wa Trikh Tadwnihi (3rd edn.), published by
the Author in Riy.
6. Al-Acami, Muammad Muafa (2000), Maahir li Tacmul
al-Salaf maca al-Turth f al-Sunnah, an article published in the
journal of al-ikmah, Issue 19.
7. Al-alih, ubi (1999), cUlm al-adth wa Mualauhu
(11th edn.), Dar al-cIlm li al-Malyn.
8. Al-Qannji, iddq assan Khan (1978), Al-Hittah f Dhikr
al-i al-Sittah (1st edn.), Dr al-Jayl.
9. Al-Syi, Jall al-Din, Abu cAbd al-Ramn (1979), Mift
al-Jannah f al-Itijaj bi al-Sunnah (3rd edn.), Maabic al-
10. Manr, Muammad Sacd (1993), Manzilat al-Sunnah min
al-Kitb (1st edn.), Maktabah Wahbah.
11. N, Muammad Sayyid (1993), Juhd al-abah f
Khidmat al-Hadth al-Nabawi (1st edn.), Dr al-Waf.
12. Sibc, Muaf (1985), Al-Sunnah wa Maknatuh f al-
Tashrc al-Islm (4th edn.), al-Maktab al-Islmi.

Proposed Semester 2, 2006-2007

Start Date
Batch of Matric no. 061
Students to
be Affected

Prepared by: Checked by: Approved by:

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Course Assessment Matrix: RKQS 2020

Programme Outcomes

Outcome 1

Outcome 2

Outcome 3

Outcome 4

Outcome 5

Outcome 6

Outcome 7
Course Learning Outcomes

1. Recall precisely the terms related to Sciences of adth

2. Identify various status of adth 2
3. Apply sound methodology in dealing with adth 2 1 3
4. Appraise the noble contribution of the earlier scholars in the field of adth 3
5. Evaluate critically the causes and impacts of adth fabrication 1 1 1

*1=course learning outcome addresses programme outcome slightly, 2=moderately, 3=substantive

The educational outcomes of the programmes conducted by the Department are as follows:
1. The ability to recognize that the Qurn and Sunnah are the ultimate sources of knowledge. (Knowledge)
2. The ability to analyze critically the traditional and modern approaches in tafsr and shar adth. (Critical Thinking)
3. The ability to interpret the Qurn and Sunnah pragmatically in changing situations. (Islamization/ Integration/ Life Long Learning)
4. The ability to formulate new methods of interpretation compatible with contemporary needs and put them collectively into practice. (Social Skill/ Teamwork)
5. The ability to appropriately demonstrate high moral values in their life as propounded by the Qurn and Sunnah. (Islamization/ Ethics/ Management)
6. The ability to apply sound methodology in approaching the Qurn and Sunnah. (Practical Skills/ Scientific Method)
7. The ability to evaluate the position of anti-Islamic intellectual movements. (Critical Thinking)