The objective of the Hadith Database Project (HDP) is to make accessible to the English speaking community a wide range of Hadiths in an easily searchable format. Currently there are over 18,000 Hadiths stored on the database. About 7,000 of these Hadith have been sourced from the book Mīzānul Hikmahcompiled by Muhammadi Reyshahri and published by Dar al-Hadith in Qum. Another 11,000 Hadith have been sourced from the book Ghurar Al-Hikam Wa Durar Al-Kalim, (Exalted Aphorisms and Pearls Of Speech) of Amīrul Mu’minīn Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib. These Hadiths were compiled by Qadhi Nasih al-Deen Abu al-Fath ‘Abd al-Wahid Ibn Muhammad Al-Tamimi al-Amudi (d. 510 AH), and translated into English by Sheikh Tahir Ridha Jaffer; the first edition of the translation was published by Ansariyan Publications in Qum (2012).
Since the aim of the project was to provide easy access to the Hadith rather than focus on their authenticity, there is no reference to the sanad (chain of narrators) of the Hadith. The Hadith Database uses those books which are popular with Shi‘ī Muslims and relies on the compilers to have verified the sanad and authenticity of the traditions.
The target audience for this project are Madrasah teachers, young speakers and the community at large. The website can currently be accessed simply by using any computer/smart phone with an internet connection. Alhamdu lillāh the website received almost 1500 hits in the first two weeks after launch.
Even though the current website has a good repository of Hadith, the aim is to increase the number of accessible Hadith. Currently the book ‘Uyūnun Akhbār al-Ridhā is being worked on by the HDP team which consists of volunteers based in Toronto. All members of the team are either working full time, have their own business or are studying. They are contributing to this project during their free time.
There is great potential to increase the Hadith database but it requires dedicated volunteers. There are plans to add additional books of Hadith such as Nahjul Balāgha of al-Radhī, Tuhafal ‘Uqūl of al-Harrānī, Al-Āmālī of al-Mufīd, Mishkātul Anwār of al-Tabarsi and al-Khisāl of al-Sadūq. The team is desperately looking for more volunteers from around the world. This is a great opportunity for people to make a meaningful contribution from the comfort of their homes.
To volunteer for the HD Project, one simply needs access to a internet with basic computer skills. The time commitment is about 2hrs/week with each assignment lasting about two months. To join please contact us expressing your interest to join the team.