Ḥadīt̲h̲ Ḳudsī
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(sacred, or holy tradition), also called ḥadīt̲h̲ ilāhī , or rabbānī (divine tradition), is a class of traditions which give words spoken by God, as distinguished from ḥadīt̲h̲ nabawī (prophetical tradition) which gives the words of the Prophet. Although ḥadīt̲h̲ ḳudsī is said to contain God’s words, it differs from the Ḳurʾān which was revealed through the medium of Gabriel, is inimitable, is recited in the ṣalāt , and may not be touched or recited by the ceremonially unclean. Ḥadīt̲h̲ ḳudsī does not necessarily come through Gabriel, but may have come through inspiration ( ilhām ), or i…

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Robson, J., “Ḥadīt̲h̲ Ḳudsī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2592>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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