Course Description:

This course focuses on Hadeeth Sciences. Student cover the main principles needed to deal with the Hadeeth literature and methodology. The historical background surrounds the development of this science are taken into account and the methodology of this science that gradually appeared is rendered against its historical environment along with an analysis of its content. The various classification schemes are discussed and how the many developments of the science, although possibly seen independent of each other, are interconnected accumulating finally into a comprehensive critical appreciation
of Islamic sources.

Course Code: HAD302

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • State the meaning of hadith, its concept, and give proofs of its authority.
  • Verbally state the authority and position of the Prophet (peace be upon him) as stated in the Quran, citing references and examples.
  • Write an essay on the ways the Prophet taught his Sunnah, the various methods of learning, how ahadeeth were recorded and how they were transmitted and carried from the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) until now.
  • Verbally list the Sahaba who were instrumental in carrying memorizing and carrying ahadeeth.
  • Explain in a presentation, the concept of Isnad, its conditions, hadeeth terminology related to isnad, its role in the preservation of hadeeth and its impact on the classification of hadeeth.
  • Summarize in writing, the various rules used by the Hadeeth scholars for grading Hadeeth according to their reliability.
  • Summarize in writing, the history and methodology of hadith criticism, namely its sources and resolutions used
  • Orally state the causes of Hadeeth fabrication and its means of elimination.

Course Outlines:

  • Definition of Hadeeth, its concept, and authority.
  • Carrying of the Hadeeth knowledge and recording it.
  • Isnaad System (chain of transmitters).
  • Hadeeth Criticism.
  • Fabrication of Hadeeth.
  • Early Hadeeth Collections.

Text Book

Studies in Hadeeth Methodology and Literature By Dr. Mohamad Azami

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.