Qudsi Hadith

Q533 :You often use the expression in your replies such as "Allah says" or "Allah says in a Qudsi Hadith". Are these sayings a deduction by the Prophet from the Qur'anic injunctions? Please explain.


A533 : The Prophet has attributed certain statements to Allah, although these are not included in the Qur'an. These statements are given the title of a Qudsi Hadith. These always begin with the Prophet stating that: "Allah has said," or "Allah says." This is a clear indication that the statement that follows such a phrase is not made by the Prophet himself, but by Allah. Such a Hadith attributed to Allah takes a position in between the Qur'an and ordinary Hadith which is a statement by the Prophet, expressing in his own words a thought or an idea that has been revealed to him by Allah. In other words, a Hadith is revealed in meaning, stated in the Prophet's own words. A Qudsi Hadith, on the other hand, is revealed in words and meaning. That is, the precise statement is made by Allah to express His own meaning. It is different from the Qur'an in the sense that it may not be recited in prayer and its transmission is in the form of a chain of single reporters. When the authenticity of a Qudsi Hadith has been established, it must be taken as correct and acted upon. The number of Qudsi Hadiths exceed 100. One of the most important statements that the Prophet (peace be upon him) related from his Lord is that Allah has said: "My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden for you, so do not oppress one another. My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you. My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food from Me and I shall feed you. My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and you will not attain benefiting Me so as to benefit Me. My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you or the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more than a needle decreases the sea if you put into it. My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then compensate you for, so let him who finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other than that blame no one but himself." (Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).


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