word meaning literally "Divine Saying". In the context of the religion of Islam
, it means something that God
, as it is said in Arabic
) said to a Muhammad
, but was not meant to be part of the Qur'an
. It may be in the form of a story about "Allah". For example, here is one well-known Hadith
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah , who said that the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
When Allah decreed the Creation He pledged Himself by writing in His book which is laid down with Him: My
mercy prevails over my wrath.
Abu Hurayrah is the narrator
of the incident; this is only the last link in the chain
of narration. There is usually a complete list of names of who said it until it was written down. For brevity
, this has been omitted
. The Prophet tells of an instance
told him something.