Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries
Sayings Misattributed to the Prophet Muhammad : al-Asrar al-Marfu’a fil-Akhbar al-Mawdu’a
‘The Lifting of Secrets Concerning Forged Reports.’ Sayings misattributed to Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. ‘The Lifting of Secrets Concerning Forged Reports’ was written over 400 years ago by a respected and prolific Meccan savant of Afghan origin.
Mulla Ali al-Qari [d.1014/1605], may Allah be pleased with him, was thoroughly familiar with the large body of critical literature on hadith forgery, which he refined and reordered alphabetically into 625 entries. Al-Qari’s last work, it is the only catalogue of forgeries with a transmission-based and content-based critique, illustrating the authors vast erudition as well as his lenient choices in hadith methodology and his classic hanafi and sufi views.
A total of 3,000 reports are documented in this volume covering Doctrinal and Juridical forgeries
spurious grave-spots and more.
The translator has added his own study of the forgery and ‘famous hadith’ genres, the life and works of the author, extensive footnotes and exhaustive indices. A total of 3000 reports are documented in this volume covering doctrinal and juridical forgeries, and many other spurious works.
The 230-page introduction in seven sections consists of:
1. Forgers and the reasons for hadith forgeries
2. Characteristics of forged content and matn implausibility
3. Notorious forgers
4. Typology of forgeries
5. “Famous Hadith” and “Forgery” compilations
6. Bio-bibliography of Mulla `Ali al-Qari
7. Salient Features of al-Qari’s Asrar
It also contains a full bibliography and seven indexes totalling 138 pages.
The book totals 740 pages and 1558 footnotes, and discusses approximately 3,000 hadiths in the twin lights of current and past scholarly expertise of this field.
This is the first and long overdue authentic reference work on hadith forgeries in English.
About the Author
‘Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad al-Qari (d.1014/1605), popularly known as Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari. He was born in Herat, Iran, where he received his basic Islamic education. Thereafter, he travelled to Makkah al-Mukarramah and studied under the celebrated scholar Shaykh Ahmad ibn Hajar Haythami Makki. Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari eventually decided to remain in Makkah al-Mukarramah where he taught, died and was laid to rest.
One of the great Hanafi masters of hadith and Imams of fiqh, Qur’anic commentary, language, history and tasawwuf, he authored several great commentaries such as al-Mirqat on Mishkat al-masabih in several volumes, a two-volume commentary on Qadi `Iyad’s al-Shifa’, and a two-volume commentary on Ghazali’s abridgement of the Ihya entitled `Ayn al-`ilm wa zayn al-hilm (The spring of knowledge and the adornment of understanding).
About The Translator
Gibril Fouad al-Haddad holds scholarly licences (ijaza) from 150 shaykhs and has authored dozens of books and hundreds of articles in Islamic hermeneutics, doctrine, hadith, biography and heresiology. He was hailed in the inaugral edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World as one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West. His recent works include The Four Imams and Their Schools, Sunna Notes III: The Binding Proof of the Sunna (with Ibn Hajars’ 50 page commentary on the hadith on Islam, Iman and Ihsan), and The Muhammadan Light in the Qur’an and Sunna and Companion Reports. He currently resides in Brunei, Darrussalaam.