The Authority of the Sunnah

Reflections on Modern Critique from a Qur’ānic Perspective

  • Izhar Ahmed Khan Faculty Member, Pakistan College of Law, Lahore, Pakistan.
Keywords: Islamic jurisprudence, authority, authenticity, sunnah, ḥadīth.

Abstract

This article delves into the reasons behind the authority of the sunnah of Prophet Muḥammad (peace be on him) as a primary source of Islamic law, while shedding light on modern critics challenging its meaning, authority, and authenticity. The exploration of the sunnah’s status involves investigating the Prophet’s position as portrayed in the Qur’ān and scrutinizing its historical authenticity through an examination of the relevant literature on Islamic learning. The analysis, aimed at elucidating the Prophet’s status from a Qur’ānic perspective, is structured around various themes, expounding the meaning and significance of the sunnah within Islamic law.

References

Abdullah al-Alusi, Maḥmud. Ruh al-Mani fi Tafsir al-Quran. Karachi: Dar Ihia al-Turath al- Arabi, 2010.
Al-Azhari, Karam Shah. Tafseer Zia-ul-Quran. Lahore: Zia-ul-Quran Publications, 2015.
Abu Dawud Sulaiman. Sanan Abu Dawud. Translated by Yaser Qadhi. Darussalam Publications, 2008.
Al-Barr, Abd. Jami’ Bayan al-ilm. Musassa ul Risala, 2015.
Al-Bukhari, Muhammad Ibn Ismaiel. Sahih Al-Bukhari.Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan. Darussalam Publishers, 1997.
Brown, Jonathan A.C. “Authenticating hadith and the History of hadith Criticism.” Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Reserch.://yaqeeninstitute.org/read/paper/authenticating-hadith- and-the-history-of-hadith-criticis.
Darmi, Abu Muhammad Abdullah. Sanan Darmi. Lahore: Shabeer Brothers, 2018.
Elahi, Ashiq . Ashab Suffah. Lahore: Azeem Books, 2001.
Ghamdi, Javed Ahmed. Islam: A Comprehensive Introduction. Translated by Dr. Shehzad Saleem. Lahore: Al-Mawrid, 2021.
Goldziher, Ignaz. Muslim Studies (Muhammedanische Studien). Edited by S. M. Stern. Translated by C. R. Barber and S. M. Stern. State University of New York Press, 1890.
Hallaq, Wael B. An Introduction to Islamic Law. London: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Hameedullah, Muhammad. Alwasaiq-us-Siyasiayah. Karachi: Dar-ul-Anfas, 1970.
Hameedullah, Muhammad. Sahiffa Hammam Ibn Manbha. Translated by Muhammad
Rahimuddin. Lahore: Publication Center of Culture Islamic, 2010.
Ibn al-Hussain, Ali Abu al Faraj. Kitab al-Ghani. Karachi: Dar Sader, 2010.
Ibn Hajar Al-Hasqlani. Fateh Al-Bari. Translated by Muhammad Abu Ul-Hassan. Karachi: Maktaba Ashab Ul hadith, 2009.
Ibn Saad, Muhammad. Tabqat Ibn Saad. Translated by Allama Abdullah Mehmari. Karachi: Nafees Academy, 2010.
Ibn Hayyan, Imam. Tafsir al-Bahr Al-Mohit. Karachi: Al-Risalatul Alamia, 2010.
Islahi, Amin Ahsan. Fundamentals of Hadith Interpretations. Translated by Tariq Mahmood Hashmi. Lahore: Al-Mawrid, 2009.
Kamali, Mohammad Hashim. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2003.
Khan, Israr Ahmed. Authentication of Hadith: Redefining the Criteria. London: The International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2010.
Khair Al-Din, Al-Zarka. Al A’lam. Karachi: Dar Al-Ilm Lil-Malayin, 2007.
Malik bin Annas. Mauta Imaam Malik. Qartas Printers, 2002.
Margoliouth, D.S. The Early Development of Mohammedanism: Lectures Delivered in the University of London. London: Williams and Norgate, 1914.
Maududi, Abul A'la. Sunnat Ki Aini Haysiyat. Lahore: Islamic Publication, 2005.
Mustafa as-Sibaee. The Sunnah and its role in Islamic Legislation. Translated by Faisal Ibn Muhammad Shafeeq. Lahore: International Islamic Publication House, 2008.
Muslim bin al-Hajjaj. Sahih Muslim. Translated by Nasiruddin al-Khattab. Darussalam Publishers, 200.
Parwez, Ghulam Ahmed, and Muhammad Aslam Jairajpuri. The Status of Hadeeth in Islam (Maqam-e-hadith). Translated by Ejaz Rasool. Lahore: Talu-e-Islam Trust, 2016.
Saeed, A. Fazlur Rahman: A Framework for Interpreting Ethico-legal Content of the Quran in the Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Quran. Edited by S. TajiFarouki. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Schacht, Joseph. The Origin of Muhammadan Jurisprudence. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1979.
At-Tirimidhi. Jami At-Trimidhi.Translated by Abu Khaliya. Darussalam Publications, 2007.
Usmani, Muhammad Taqi. The Authority of Sunnah. Karachi: Idaratul Quran Wal Uloomil Islamia, 2004.
Al Zarkashis, Badr al-Din. Al-Ijabab li-Iradi.
Published
2024-03-31
How to Cite
Khan, I. A. (2024). The Authority of the Sunnah: Reflections on Modern Critique from a Qur’ānic Perspective. Islamic Studies, 63(1). https://doi.org/10.52541/isiri.v63i1.3051