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Background to Prophet’s Marriage with Zainab

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  The story of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) allegedly falling in love with his cousin and wife of his adopted son Zaid, Zainab bt. Jahsh, has been a subject of a lot of disputation for centuries. It is generally discussed in connection with Qur’an 33:37. In this paper an effort has been made to exhaustively delineate various aspects of ... Read More »

Where is Sahih Bukhari’s Original Copy?

Sharif Muhammad Jabir Translated by Waqar Akbar Cheema Translator’s Note: While I had considered translating this write-up ever since I read it on Al-Jazeera Blog the immediate impetus has been a disastrous article by one Atabek Shukurov whose work “Hanafi Principles of Testing Hadith” I reviewed back in 2015. Although I plan to make a dedicated response to his present ... Read More »

Correction or Consolation? Qur’an 4:95 and Exemption for the Blind Man

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract The piecemeal revelation of Qur’an against various contexts in over two decades served the purpose of strengthening the hearts of the first Muslims. Those unable to appreciate this scheme of revelation harbor and pronounce undue skepticism towards the Prophet’s mission and accuse him of making up ‘convenient revelations.’ One such example is when a dispensation in ... Read More »

Muhammad Asad on Aisha’s Marriage with the Prophet

Muhammad Asad Following is the reproduction of Muhammad Asad’s (1900-1992), treatment of the subject. Though short in length it is very comprehensive and touches upon all the aspects to the issue. Shortly after Khadijah’s death, about two and a half years before the Hijrah, the Prophet married ‘A’ishah, who was at the time between six and seven years old. On ... Read More »

[Explained] Hadith: The Two Months of ‘Id are Never Deficient

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction A hadith some people think contradicts known facts has come down to us as: عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي بكرة، عن أبيه رضي الله عنه، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال: ” شهران لا ينقصان، شهرا عيد: رمضان، وذو الحجة  It is related from Abu Bakra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ... Read More »

On the Translation of al-Suyuti’s al-Itqan

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Observations on Translations of Classical Islamic TextsWaqar Akbar Cheema … As part of their series “Great Books of the Islamic Civilization” Muhammad bin Hammad al-Thani Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilization in association with Garnet Publishing have published translation of a part of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’s (d. 911/1505) celebrated work ... Read More »

Hadith: “He whose two days are equal, is a loser”

Waqar Akbar Cheema … The title hadith is narrated in a number of ways. Here we shall discuss each of these ways separately. On the Authority of ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar Qadi Abu Bakr al-Ansari Qadi al-Maristan (d. 535/1141) narrates: عن ابن عمر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “من تساوى يوماه فهو مغبون  …” Ibn ‘Umar said the ... Read More »

Moinul Haq’s Translation of Ibn Sa’d’s Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Observations on Translations of Classical Islamic TextsWaqar Akbar Cheema Muhammad Ibn Sa’d’s (d. 2330/845) work “Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir” or “Tabaqat al-Kubra” is an important source of information regarding life and times of early Muslims including a detailed account of events and aspects the life of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). ... Read More »

Misreading or Ijtihad: Origins of the Later Hanafi Opinion on Blasphemy

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract That Ibn ‘Âbidīn attributed the Later Hanafi Position that repentance of a person who blasphemes the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) shall not be accepted in any case to a misreading by al-Bazzāzī has been picked up by modernists/liberals calling for the repeal of Pakistan’s contested Blasphemy Laws. This paper seeks to raise questions on Ibn ‘Âbidīn’s ... Read More »

The If, When, and Why of Prophet’s Visits to All His Wives in a Single Night

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract The hadith reports about Prophet Muhammad visiting all his wives in a single night are often presented to suggest that he used to have intimacy with all of them every night. Polemicists pick upon this to add a further pejorative tone to their depiction of the fact of Prophet’s polygamous life. This article seeks to address ... Read More »

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