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Endnotes: chapter nine

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  1. al-Ghazzali, Ihya' `ulum al-din, 4:683.
  2. ibid. 4:684.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid. 4:685.
  5. ibid.
  6. ibid. 4:686.
  7. ibid.
  8. ibid. 4:686.
  9. ibid.
  10. It was a matter of disagreement among the Muslims of the first century A.H., whether it was lawful to put the sayings of Muhammad down in writing. The Muslims were afraid that the sayings of Muhammad would attain the same level [of sacredness] as that of the Qur'an. It was the pro-Hadith group that won the victory in the end, and they accounted for their position through traditions of Muhammad in which he encouraged his nation to write down what has been narrated about him! Together with the recording of Hadith, we observe the phenomenon of fabricating (or faking) Hadith. These fake traditions that have crept into even the most trustworthy of books, such as al-Bukhari and Muslim, are an enormous challenge to scholars of Sharia.
  11. al-Ghazzali, Ihya' `ulum al-din, 4:687.

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