Sahih al-Bukhari

(870)

The Arabic word hadith literally means “story.” As used in Islam, the Hadith are stories about the prophet Muhammad (d. 632), the founder of Islam. The Hadith report the Sunna, or practices of Muhammad, including what he said, what he did, and what he tacitly approved of. Each Hadith has two parts: the text reporting Muhammad’s words and actions, called matn in Arabic, and the chain of narrators, or isnad. The chain of narrators begins with the narrator from whom the compiler of a collection of Hadith received the report and is traced back through the generations, ending with the...

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Caravan on its way from Damascus to Mecca for the Hajj (Library of Congress)

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