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Islam is a universal religion that is only acceptable to Allah. Islam covers all aspects of life. Islam reached the Indian sub-continent in its beginning. There are two main sources of Islamic Law: Quran and Hadith. Quran is the book that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) through Gabriel (A.S). It is a book that is recited. Hadith is the message of Allah which is in the words of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Indeed the knowledge of Hadith and Saint is a great and very important knowledge. Scholars have tried their best to record and safeguard this knowledge. It is very important because it is a source of the knowledge of Islam and it discusses the sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). This knowledge helps Muslims follow their Prophet (P.B.U.H) and make him their role model. Every Muslim must have knowledge of Hadith as it is their duty to know the sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
Scholars have struggled to protect Hadith from attacks and distortions. They have appointed and suggested some rules and principles by which one can know the difference between correct and fabricated Hadith. They have discussed these points in their books. Shah Abdul Haq Dehlavi was a great scholar who worked for hadith and has written many books. He was a great scholar of his time who had devoted his life to serving Islamic knowledge.
One of his books is “MUQADMAT-UL-MISHKAT” which contains knowledge about the principles and rules of Hadith. Although it is a brief book, it is very comprehensive. It is an important book for learners of Hadith. This book contains basic knowledge of Hadith.