Life has been undergoing changes with new realities, challenges and demands confronting it. It is the responsibility of custodians of knowledge in this day and age to confront these challenges and offer practicable solutions. As there is a need to reconstruct the meanings, interpretation and application of the Holy Quran, in the same way there is even greater need to stress the authenticity of Prophetic traditions, which is the major source of Islamic law and inspiration.
Like the Holy Quran, Hadith is also the source of all sciences. Man of every age has benefited and sought guidance from this source. New aspects in the fields of social sciences, natural sciences, economics and medical sciences are emerging. New civilizations and cultures are taking birth. The Islamic history has reached a critical juncture where it is exposed to new challenges and issues. We need the same light, conviction and strength of faith to successfully take on these challenges as has been the mark of distinction of believers in every age. Doing that is not possible without the aid and support of such authentic knowledge as the Holy Quran and Sunna.
There is a need to formulate authentic collections of Hadith on such basic topics as politics, economy, training, trade & commerce and education etc. No doubt, the work on these topics is underway in our universities and religious institutions but its ambit needs to be expanded for the benefit of general people away from examination and research needs.
There is also need to interpret the meanings of Hadiths in the background of contemporary age. The old idiom and interpretations do not fit in with the demands of modern age. The world has changed and new realities have cropped up.
Some misunderstandings in the Muslim Umma are the ‘gift’ of period of decline and some have been hatched in an organized manner. Especially there are differences in beliefs, which provoke people to take up arms against one another and foster dissention in the ranks of Muslims enabling the forces of the falsehood to exploit these conditions for their nefarious agendas.
The above-mentioned facts show that there is a great scope of service and contribution in the discipline of Hadith in the contemporary age. An insightful scholar of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s stature acknowledged the need of contribution. One of the chief qualities Allah Almighty has blessed him with is that he not merely makes scholarly collection, rather a whole generation of people especially youth is so beholden to him that it is ready to render any sacrifice for him. A world is benefiting from his research, intellectual and scholarly services. Though he has transferred valuable collection of knowledge to the nation on such topics as Tafseer, Sira, Mysticism, Science, Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Thought in the form of books and CDs and DVDs yet the commitment and devotion with which he rendered his service in the field of Hadith has not been the share of any other person in Arabic and non-Arabic Muslim world in our age. No doubt it was expected of scholar of his stature that he would pay attention to the fulfilment of such religious need. One of such collections is Jamia-us-Sunna, which would comprise more than 18 volumes containing a collection of Hadith from 25, 000 to 30, 000 in a new order, chapters and prevailing referential work. One volume belonging to this collection has been published so far by the name of ‘al-Manaqib’. The names of some of the volumes are mentioned here below:
- Click here for online reading of Jami-u-Sunna.