Hadith 202: Nukhbat al-Fikar

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Sayyidunā ‘Abdullāh Ibn ‘Abbāsؓ reported that the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ addressed the people during the Farewell Sermon, saying, “Oh people! Verily, I have left among you what you must hold firmly to, for you will never be led astray again: the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Prophet (ﷺ).
(Recorded by al-Ḥākim and authenticated as Ṣaḥīh by al-Albānī)
In the current age of deception and misinformation, it is critical for us to remain connected with the source that provides the truest, most authentic, and most correct guidance after the Book of Allāh – the Sunnah and traditions of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. In order to achieve this connection and in order to establish a deeper relationship with the Prophetic tradition, the study of Usūl al-Ḥadīth (Principles of Ḥadīth) is a crucial pre-requisite.
Nukhbat al-Fikar fi Muṣṭalaḥi Ahl il-Athar (Chosen Thoughts on the Terminologies of the Hadith Experts) is a brief overview of the sciences of hadith written by Ibn Ḥajar al-Asqalānī. As he mentions in the introduction of the book, it was written in response to a request from some people who asked him to provide a summary of the key points to remember about the field of Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth (Principles of Ḥadīth).
Nukhbat al-Fikar provides a short overview of the key categorizations of Ḥadīth and the reasons for these categorizations in terms of their text (Matn) and their chains (Isnād). It is a suitable text for beginner students to the Sciences of Ḥadīth (‘Ulūm al-Ḥadīth).It also provides a quick recap and refresher for those who have already studied Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth and caters to the needs of those who have acquired beginner to intermediate level knowledge in the field.

Your Instructor

Niaz Hannan
Niaz Hannan

Mufti Niaz Hannan is the Imam and Religious Director at ICSJ (Islamic Center of South Jersey). Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Mufti Niaz began his journey in studying Islam from the blessed lap of his mother and late grandfather, Shaykh Maulana Raihanul Haque رحمه الله. He started memorizing the Holy Qur’ān at North Penn Mosque in his hometown Lansdale, then continued his Qur’ānic education at Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, New York, and completed his Ḥifẓ (complete memorization of the Holy Qur’ān) in the spring of 2004. For the next nine years, Mufti Niaz would study Islam in the UK, graduating in 2011 from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda UK in Blackburn, near Manchester, England. The following year, he trained as a Muftī (issuer of Muslim legal responses) completed an MA in Islamic Studies. For the last ten years, Mufti Niaz has been teaching in the Tri-State area and Delaware, and has been serving ICSJ full-time since spring of 2014. In addition to his work in South Jersey, he is also the Muslim Chaplain at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and a part-time instructor for Safina Society based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, IQRA Institute and Riwaq Institute in Greater Philadelphia, and Imam Ghazali Institute in New York.