The first comprehensive catalogue and study of hadith forgeries in English – an essential addition to the library of any serious student of hadith studies.
Beacon Books was proud to commence its publishing programme with the launch of The Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries by Mullah Ali al Qari translated by Dr Gibril Fouad Haddad. This 740 page hardback book has been over 10 years in the making and is the first comprehensive catalogue and study of hadith forgeries in the English language.
The Lifting of Secrets Concerning Forged Reports was written over four hundred years ago by a respected and prolific Meccan savant of Afghan origin. Mulla ‛Ali al-Qari (d. 1014/1605) was thoroughly familiar with the large body of critical literature on hadith forgery, which he refined and reordered alphabetically into 625 entries.
Qari’s own text is in three main sections totalling 350 pages:
1. An introduction in seven sections
2. An alphabetical dictionary of forgeries (with Qari’s original 625 hadith entries in the book’s margins in Arabic)
3. The combined epitome of the Manar of Ibn al-Qayyim and the Maqasid of Sakhawi in 40 sections.
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.
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.
A total of 3,000 reports are documented in this volume covering doctrinal and juridical forgeries, Shia forgeries, Sufi forgeries, racial forgeries, misogynistic forgeries, food forgeries, ‘Israelite’ forgeries, medical forgeries, sex forgeries, spurious books, spurious grave-spots and more.
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 TRANSLATOR
Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad holds scholarly licenses (ijāza) 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 inaugural 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 Hajar’s 50-page commentary on the hadith of islām, īmān, ih.sān) and The Muhammadan Light in theQur’an, Sunna and Companion-Reports. He lives in Brunei Darussalam.