Statistical Analysis of Hadith & Rijaal Books

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Abdur Rahman Al-Hindi

Statistical Analysis of Hadith & Rijaal Books
« on: October 16, 2020, 06:47:24 AM »
Assalaamu 'aleykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu

I have had an idea for a long time but unfortunately I do not have the means to carry out the required research to collate this information myself, so I will outline it here for hopefully you all to contribute to.

As we know, if one were to accept the Ithna Ashari Hadith corpus in totality and reject the Sunni corpus, one would be inclined to accept the Twelver understanding of Islam; if one were to accept the Sunni Hadith corpus and reject the Ithna Ashari corpus, one would be inclined to accept the Sunni understanding of Islam.
What often happens, as we all know, is that the Twelvers are very cunning in selectively quoting Sunni Hadith books to provide a misconstrued image or a skeleton of an argument which they then flesh out with their own biased Hadith, giving details completely absent from the Sunni narrative, in the aim of convincing ignorant Sunnis and new converts to their belief system.

In my Da'wah, I have tried to highlight the fact that one cannot pick and choose, and rather one must accept one corpus or the other as a whole.
In order to show which corpus to pick, I generated a list of questions which could then be used to objectively show that Sunni books are the ones that should be trusted without bias. These questions are below:

(1) Who has the most primary hadith books?
(2) Who has the most hadith numerically?
(3) Who has the most unique authors of primary Hadith books? (e.g. Suduq has written 2 collections, so he would be counted once)
(4) Who has the most books of Rijaal?
(5) On average, who has the earliest books of Rijaal and Hadith?
(6) Who has the most Hadith attributed to the Prophet SAW without assuming the chain of narration? (e.g. ignore Hadith where the Sanad ends at a Sahabi or an Imam)
(7) Who has the most Israeliyaat Hadith?
[8] Who has the most Hadith regarding the first generation of Muslims? (i.e. the Prophet SAW and the Sahabah)

From what I gathered, the answer to all of these questions is the Sunnis.

What I would like to request from those who are able to conduct this kind of research, is to provide the facts and figures to substatiate this. If you able to, please provide:

(A) The names of all of the primary Hadith collections
(B) The number of Hadith they contain
(C) The names of the books of Rijaal
(D) The date that the books were written
(E) The number of the various types of Hadith I listed above

Armed with these statistics and facts, one would be able to objectively show that Sunni Islam is more trust worthy than Twelver belief, and one would be able to completely disregard the specious arguments they bring up regarding cherry picked Hadith.

If this project is picked up by anyone, I hope this thread can get stickied and used by Sunnis here.

JazakAllahu Khairan.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2020, 06:49:47 AM by Abdur Rahman Al-Hindi »


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Re: Statistical Analysis of Hadith & Rijaal Books
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 02:45:14 PM »
Walaikum Salam,

I think there are a couple of articles on related to this. 

Here is a recent one about the Seerah sources collected from twitter of a researcher:
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Re: Statistical Analysis of Hadith & Rijaal Books
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2020, 03:38:25 PM »
Your list is missing one of the key points. Who has the detailed information about the narrators, from  the dates of their birth or death to types of flaws they used to make while transmission of reports.


Re: Statistical Analysis of Hadith & Rijaal Books
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 06:17:42 PM »
So basically Islam choices comes to studying how humans attempt to preserve a religion rather then looking towards God and his guidance?
By the name of God, the (universally) Compassionate, The (extremely) Compassionate; for the unity of the Togetherness; Is their unity in the journey in the winter and summer. So let them Worship the Lord of this household. The one who fed them from hunger and gave them security from fear.


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