A Comparative Examination of the Sunni and Shia Hadith

Author : Allamah Sayyid Murtada Askari
Subject : Prophet’s Sunnah
Translator : Ahmad Rezwani
Editor : Mahdi Baqi

25 May 2010
Hadith Sciences 1


Allamah Sayyid Murtada Askari

Status of Sunna from Shi’i Viewpoint

This paper – presented in International Symposium on Status of Prophetic Sunnah in Islam, Istanbul, Turkey, 1995 – deals with importance attached by Shi`i people and cites some examples from Shi`i hadith sources concerning Shi`i scholars’ referring to the Prophetic Sunnah after the Holy Quran. These hadiths indicates that what have been said by Shi`i Imams are the same as the sayings of the Holy Prophet which have reached them. The author deals with the Book of Ali and explains the characteristics of this book and emphasize that this book has been told by the Prophet and written by Imam Ali, peace be upon them. Citing some hadiths from Infallible Imams he tries to prove that what have been said by Imams are the same as the sayings of the holy Prophet which has been written in the Book of Ali which is known as al-Jami`a by them. The author finally comes up with the hadith sources and concludes that these hadith collections have been compiled using Asls which had been narrated by traditionists from Infallible Imams they have not reported but the word of the Messenger of Allah. At the end he concludes that these hadiths are the words of the Messenger of Allah and Shi`a just acts according to the Book of Allah and the Prophetic Sunnah.

Key Words

Book of Ali, Sunnah, Shi`a Views, Hadith Sources

Hadith Tags :   Book of Ali,  Sunnah,  Shi`a Views,  Hadith Sources
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