This book introduces the Hadith discipline and its development in the early period of Islamic history, up to the production of the six famous anthologies know as the Six Authentic Collections, or al-Sihah al-Sittah. It also tackles the role of Hadith in shaping the social climate in Muslim societies. Thereby it explains the need for Hadith in any Muslim community, and the reliability of its sources. As such, it is useful to most readers, including those who are well versed in the discipline. Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi shows that without Hadith, no Muslim community can have the sort of social environment that Islam always produces. About the Author Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (1914 – 1999) was one of the leading Muslim scholars of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Lucknow; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy); Azamgarh, India, Member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, Damascus, and the Higher Council of the Islamic Universities, Rabat and of the Academy of Arabic Language, Oman. He was a Founder Member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League, Makkah and Chairman of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, Oxford UK. He received the King Faisal Award and numerous other awards from national and international bodies for his services to the cause of Islam. He was a powerful, eloquent writer and orator, both in Urdu and Arabic. His works in both these languages are numerous; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet, Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah (Taymiyyah) Life and Achievements, Studying the Glorious Qur’an; Stories from Islamic History; A Starlight View of Islam’s Past and The Minaret Speaks.