Author: Muhammad Ali Alkhuli
Publisher: Dr. Muhammad Ali Alkhuli (1987)
Pages: 123 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was born in 570 A.D. in Makkah in the Arabian Peninsula. In 610 A.D. and when he was forty years of age, he received revelation from Allah, i.e., God, through Angel Gabriel, who conveyed to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, the first verse of the Holy Quran, which continues to be revealed in a piecemeal manner for twenty-three years, i.e., until the death of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, at the age of sixty-three.
The Holy Quran is the exact words of Allah, i.e., God, and is the main source of Islam. The second source of Islam is hadith, i.e., the traditions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. These traditions were also revealed to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, by Allah. However, the difference between the revelation of the Holy Quran and the revelation of traditions is that the Holy Quran was revealed in words and meanings, whereas the traditions were revealed in meaning only. These prophetic traditions include three types: what the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, what he did, and what he approved of.
The prophetic traditions are an essential part of Islam, a fact confirmed by Allah in the Holy Quran. These traditions explain the Holy Quran, or practically show how to perform acts of worship mentioned in the Holy Quran, or give details about brief Quranic verses, or specialize general indications in a Quranic verse, or add restrictions to it. A Muslim is to obey Allah through abiding by the Holy Quran and abiding by the prophetic traditions, because these traditions are revealed by Allah.
In this book, I present some prophetic traditions to give the reader an idea about the magnificence and greatness of Islam. These selected traditions deal with a variety of topics: faith, knowledge, purification, prayer, funerals, the poor-rate, fasting, the Holy Quran, supplications, pilgrimage, business transactions, marriage oaths, retaliation, prescribed punishments, rulers, judges, struggle for the sake of Allah, foods, clothing, general behavior, this life, and the other life.
Of course, the prophetic traditions are originally in Arabic. What appears here is the translation of their meanings.
I ask Allah to help us all obey him and spread His word. Ameen.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Alkhuli