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How we know that some hadith books are correct and some are not?

Assalamualikum! My questions is how we know that some hadees books are correct and some are not. And how a normal muslim know that. If he heard a hadees than should he follow or just remain doubt? Please clarify me on this..


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Allah Says in the Glorious Quran: “Nor does he speak of (his own) desire.It is but a revelation revealed” Quran [ 53:3-4].
“But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission” Quran [ 4:65].

Dear brother, unfortunately, there are two types of people who have gone to the extreme while dealing with the sayings of the messenger of Allah (pbuh). One group believes that all the sayings reported are authentic (without checking their authenticity) while the other say that all the saying reported are not authentic.

The believer should confirm the authenticity of each and every statement before submitting to it or rejecting it, if after investigation it is proven that it was indeed done or said by the blessed prophet(PBUH) then we should submit to it.

From centuries Allah has blessed us with some great and eminent scholars who have spent their entire lives in doing exhaustive research and investigation on each and every hadith to determine their authenticity, and only when they were completely satisfied with the Hadith being transmitted correctly, they recorded these Hadiths in their Book of Authentic Hadiths, If there was even a slight doubt in any event or chain of events, these eminent scholars refused to accept the Hadith as authentic. The most respected and accepted collections is known as Sihah Sitta or the Six Authentic Collections of Hadiths. For example, imam Bukhari collected 600,000 Hadiths but selected 7,275 for the book of Sahih. This is how strict they were in selecting the Sahih Hadith.

The works and collections of Imam Bukhari and Muslim are unanimously considered and accepted to be amongst the best and most authentic.

If one is hearing the Hadith from a truthful believer who is not from the people Bidah then one can trust him. and for those who lie about the prophet of Allah (pbuh) will have their place in hell. thus one should not transmit any Hadith without knowing its authenticity.

Unfortunately statements will continue to be attributed to the prophet (pbuh) although the person quoting them may have no idea what the people of knowledge of Hadith have ruled regarding those Ahadith, thus ironically being in danger of contravening the prophets widely narrated stern warnings about attributing incorrect /unsound statements to him.

He who attributed any falsehood to me (intentionally) he should in fact find his abode in the hell fire. Sahih Muslim [ Book 42 : Hadith 7147]

Allah Says in the Glorious Quran: O Believers, obey Allah and His Messenger and do not turn away from the Message after hearing it. Do not be like those who said, "We have heard," but have not listened to it, for the vilest beasts in Allah's sight are those deaf, dumb people who do not use commonsense. Had Allah known any good in them, He would certainly have given them the power of hearing but if He had made them hear it (without perceiving any good in them), they would have turned away from it with disdain Quran[8:20-23] And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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