Islamic Studies Paper 2, Nov/Dec. 2010  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments

Question 5

Describe the criteria for the authenticity of Hadith


This was another descriptive question which tested the candidates' ability to recall various
yardsticks for determining the genuiness or authenticity of Hadith. This particular question did
not attract the attention of many candidates. Among the few who answered the question, some
mistook authenticity for classification while some others wrote on the compilers and the
components of Hadith. Among others, the points expected of the candidates include consonance
of the text of Hadith with the Qur'an, non-contradiction with the laws of nature, impeccable
characters of its transmitters and their sound knowledge, all on both Isnad and Matn of the
Hadith. Candidates' performance was just fair on this question.

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