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What is Riwayatul Hadith & Dirayatul Hadith?

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What is Dirayatul-Hadith or ilmul-Hadith dirayah ?

How is it different from ilmul-Hadith riwayah?


The field of Hadith study consists of basically 2 branches;

a) ‘ilmul Hadith riwayatan

b) ‘ilmul Hadith dirayatan

a) ‘ilmul Hadith riwayatan is that branch which consists of the mere reciting of the Hadith with absolute precision.

(Tadribur-Rawi, vol.1 pg.37)

An example of this would be to  merely attend a class in which a particular book of Hadith is recited to/by the Shaykh, without any commentary. This is best reserved for those Hadith scholars who have already acquired the commentary of Hadith books previously. See here for more on this clause.

b) ‘ilmul Hadith dirayatan is that branch which discusses the rules of narrating a Hadith, the grading of the Hadith, the reliability of the narrators and the deduction of legislation (أحكام) there from etc.

(Tadribur-Rawi, vol.1 pg.37 & Irshadul-Qasid, pg.107)

An example would be attending a lesson like the one mentioned above, which includes commentary by the Shaykh.

The subject of Hadith Terminology is also part of the study of: ‘ilmul Hadith dirayatan

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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