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Translator: Mohammad Hamidullah
Size: 9 x 6.5 x 0.5
Publisher: Adam Publisher & Distributors
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Net Weight (LB): 0.80
Country of Printing: India
Full Description: Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, rightly observed: "The injunctions of the Holy Quran are not confined to religious and moral duties." "From the Atlantic to the Ganges", says Gibbon, "the Quran is acknowledged as the fundamental code, not only of theology, but of civil and criminal jurisprudence, and laws which regulate the actions and the property of mankind are governed by the immutable sanctions of the will of God".
In the case of B.Z. Kaikaus V President of Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan held: "the Holy Quran is the first, original, primary, basic and most fundamental source of the Islamic Shariah. The Sunnah, (i.e. the Hadith i.e. the precepts, actions and sayings of the Holy Prophet are the second source of Islamic Law". (PLD 1980 160).
Mr. Justice Hamood ur Rahman, former Chief Justice of Pakistan, in an article entitled Islamic Jurisprudence correctly concluded: "The fundamental principle of Islamic Jurisprudence is that no human agency can make a law which is in conflict with the injuctions of the Holy Quran nor can any such law permit that which the Holy Quran prohibits. Legislation is possible only in respect of subjects not dealt with in the Holy Quran and that too without transgressing the principles therein prescribed. The next important source of Islamic law is the Sunnah or traditions as to precepts and usages of the Holy Prophet. These have been compiled after carefully purifying their authenticity and testing the veracity of their relators. These constitute Hadith and followed because no one could have understood the Holy Quran better and guided his disciples to the proper course of actions than the Holy Prophet himself".
The compilation, codification and editing of the Hadith was a difficult tastk, that Muslim scholars realised through the development of a scientific identification of the correct from the false. The narrators, writers, compilers, codifiers and editors have done gigantic task in tracking the correct hadith.
Al-Qazwini has done a termendous job in transmitting eleven tracts separately on the authority of authentic sources and consulting the six canonial works on hadith as criterion. The scholarship of Al-Qazwini is unquestionable. While the tradition of Hadith is mainly oral, he has also mentioned the written records in forms of letters sent by the Prophet to various people.
In the introduction the learned translator and editor of this rare work, Dr. M. Hamidullah, has referred to the variety of written record which was produced early in the Islamic society both before and after the hijira. He has dealt at length on the process of codifying the Hadith and the different forms of collections of the same. About "a dozen tracts or collections" are preserved in the present text. The traditions including these early collections have been laboriously traced by the learned editor in the existing sources "Specially in the Six Canonial works on the hadith".
Kitab al Sard wa al Fard has survived in a unique manuscript, transcribed and completed on 7 th of Safar 599 A.G. which is now preserved in the Vazir Shahid Ali Pasha colection No. 5390 in the Suleymanye Library, Istanbul. For its present publication we are indebted to the advice received from Dr. M. Hamidullah who has been a member of the Project's Advisory Council and who kindly agreed to translate and edit the work by way of his contribution to the Project. And finally we are thankful to Dr. N.A. Baloch without whose efforts it was not possible to publish this book.