Definition of hadith
1 : a narrative record of the sayings or customs of Muhammad and his companions
2 : the collective body of traditions relating to Muhammad and his companions
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The practice is outlined in the hadiths, or sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, which are regarded as less authoritative than the Quran but still influential in shaping Islamic doctrine.
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Origin and Etymology of hadith
Arabic ḥadīth, literally, speech, report
First Known Use: circa 1817
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