After the holy Qur’an, the Hadiths Ghodsi are of the important sources of Islamic teachings. These hadiths have been highly regarded by the prominent leaders of Islam at all times and frequently referred to in many important publications of the distinguished Islamic Gnostics, in order to clarify the principles of belief on the path of religion and certainty.
These hadiths are the words of Allah, revealed to the Prophets, saints and those with sanctified souls, blessed by the most Benevolent Lord
The word hadith has been defined as: a quotation, a saying and news2 .
Sheikh Thani has said:
“News means hadith, whether it is the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Imam (peace be upon him), the Prophet’s companions or followers, the wise men, the dignified or of similar status, whose deeds and admissions match that of the hadith”3
Sheikh Baha’i in Al-Wajizah quotes: “Hadith conveys the words, actions and expressions of the Innocent”4
Seyyed Sharif Jorjani states: “The contents of a hadith are from the Almighty, which the Prophet receives either by revelation or in dreams and then announces in his own words. Therefore the holy Qur’an takes precedence over the hadiths as its words are dictated explicitly by the Almighty.”
In the book Oloom-ol-Hadith va Mostalaha, regarding Hadith Ghodsi, it is stated:
“Sometimes the Prophet of Allah preached to his companions but those words were not received revelations such as in the Qur’an nor were they those of the Prophet’s own statements but rather he would express them in such a way that it implied that they were the commands of Allah. In these statements breaths from the sacred realm, lights from the unseen, credential and favors of His Glorious munificence are hidden. Such statements are called the Hadiths Ghodsi”5.
- Sacred Sayings of Imam Ali and Prophet Mohammad (Monchengladbach, Germany: M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Publications. 2000)- p. VII-VIII
- Dehkhoda Dictionary, Hadith. Nafisi Dictionary volume 2 p.122
- Al-Re’ayat fi Elm-od-Darayat, p.50.
- Elm-ol-Hadith va Darayat-ol-Hadith, p.8.
- Oloom-ol-Hadith va Mostalaha, p. 122-123