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HADITH. In Islam hadith is the term applied to specific reports of the prophet Muhammad's words and deeds as well as those of many of the early Muslims; the word is used both in a collective and in a singular sense. After the Prophet's death, his companions collected reports of what he had said and done, and they recounted the reports among themselves in order that the living memory of Muhammad's example might influence the community of believers. As preserved for subsequent generations these re ...more

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