Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi
Following is a brief answer by Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi (d.1942) to a question posed by someone who tried to call into question the well-established fact that the Sahabah, may Allah be pleased with them, and the generations after them accurately preserved the words of the Hadith. The person who raised this question resembles the modern-day hadith denier who fails to appreciate the extraordinary abilities of the preservers of hadith due to his lack of knowledge of the hadith sciences or unwillingness to examine the proofs. Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Thanawi, defends hadith preservation in this piece by pointing out the fallacies in this person's argument, the premise of which is that the narrators of hadith could not possibly have memorized words so perfectly as that is not humanly possible. In his reponse, Hakim ul-Ummah Mawlana Thanawi has brought to light a unique perspective which, it is hoped, will further strengthen the seeker of knowledge's understanding of hadith preservation.