Imam at-Tahawi on the interpretation of hadith

In his book “Madrasah Life” (pag. 38) Mohammad Akram Nadwi quotes imam at-Tahawi (who is most famous for his work on ‘aqida, al-‘Aqida at-Tahawiyyah) on the interpretation of hadith. He writes: “The following observation of Imam al-Tahawi is invaluable. It exposes the falsity of those who accuse leading imams of having contradicted hadith. According to al-Tahawi, a difference in interpreting a hadith should not be taken to mean any opposition to the hadith itself. Opposition to a particular interpretation of a hadith is different from opposition to the hadith itself. One who differs in interpretation should not be accused of contradicting the hadith.

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