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Heaving like waves]. ” He will reply, “That is not for me to do. ” So they will go to Abraham, but he will say, “That is not for me to do. ” So they will approach Moses, but he will reply, “That is not for me to do. ” So to Jesus they will go, but he will say, “That is not for me to do. You need to see Muḥammad about this. So they will come to me, and I will say, “That is my prerogative, and I will hasten to seek permission of my Lord, and he will allow it. Then I will stand in His presence, and laud Him with praises the likes of which I am now unable [to express], but with which God will inspire me.
12 • • • Some Hadiths comment on specific texts of the Qurʾān and function as examples of ad hoc exegesis. In this tradition, for example, Companion Ibn ʿAbbās (d. ca. 687), also among the earliest authors of a formal exegetical commentary, reports on the meaning of one such scriptural verse. Text When the following verse was revealed, “Whether you divulge what is within your mind, or keep it hidden, God will hold you responsible for it” (2:284), something penetrated their hearts the likes of which had never before penetrated their hearts.
From a theological perspective, the most telling texts are those that deal explicitly with a variety of attitudes and values underlying the countless rituals and other practices with which many thousands of Hadiths deal. Sections in the major Hadith collections most likely to contain such themes are those on God’s transcendent unity (tawḥīd); faith (īmān); the virtues or excellent qualities (faḍāʾil) of Muḥammad and his Companions and of the Qurʾān; virtuous behavior (adab); God’s dominion over human affairs (qadr); the active remembrance of God (dhikr); piety/asceticism and the “softening of hearts” (zuhd, ar-raqāʾiq); repentance (tawba); and eschatology (al-qiyāma, “resurrection”; al-janna, “garden”; an-nār, “fire”; al-fitan, “end-time strife”; as-sāʿah, “the Hour”).
Islamic theological themes : a primary source reader by John Renard