hadith

A report about the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad - that is, about something he did, said, or refrained from saying or doing. Each report consists of two parts: the text of the report, and an isnad (chain of transmitters). The body of all hadith about the Prophet is collectively referred to as the Hadith.

Reports about the earliest Muslims and the Shi`ite Imams may also be called hadith.


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