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

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Mistakes in Translations of Hadith and Sirah BooksWaqar 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 ... 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 »

Discussion on ‘Amr bin Maimun’s Narration about Stoning of Monkeys

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract ‘Amr bin Maimun’s narration about the stoning of monkeys is usually picked by critics not only for its particular subject matter but also to use it as an inductive notion against the veracity of Sahih al-Bukhari and even hadith corpus at large. This paper analyzes its various content forms and their comparative strength according to the science of narration and ... Read More »

Al-Bukhari, his “Sahih”, and the Hanafis

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Refuting Modernist 'Hanafis'Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Great minds always tend to differ on some points. The same has happened within the Islamic tradition. Except for the rare anomalous opinions (nawādir) of jurists, the differences among pious scholars of the salaf have always been from the category of ikhtilāf (when paths are different but the ... Read More »

Is ‘Ikrimah alone in narrating the hadith “Whoever changes his religion, kill him”?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Refuting Modernist 'Hanafis'Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Some modernists claiming to be ‘real Hanafis’ in their spree of lies suggest that ‘Ikrimah – the freedslave of Ibn ‘Abbas – is alone in narrating the well-known hadith about the punishment of apostasy, من بدل دينه فاقتلوه Whoever changes his religion, kill ... Read More »

Answering Revisionists: Can a Muslim Woman Marry a Jew or a Christian?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Muslim community has from the beginning unanimously held that it is impermissible for Muslim women to marry Jewish and Christian men. In recent times certain revisionists have advocated the permissibility of such interfaith marriages. In this paper the arguments of such revisionists is critically analyzed and it is convincingly shown that their opinion is based on ... Read More »

The Life of Muhammad: A Critique of Guillaume’s English Translation

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Mistakes in Translations of Hadith and Sirah BooksDr. ‘Abdul Latif Tibawi Professor Guillaume is not merely offering a translation of the received text of the biography of Muhammad, as recorded by Ibn Hisham from al-Bakka’i, from Ibn Ishaq. His work is a translation of his own reconstruction of Ibn Ishaq ... Read More »

Explained: Hadith about eating in one or seven intestines

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Ignorance of the idioms and expressions of classical Arabic will mislead interpreters who study the Qur’anic and Hadith Corpus. An example of such a misinterpretation is the literal exegesis of the hadith on the overeating of a disbeliever due to his “eating in seven intestines”. This paper answers the would-be empirical criticisms against this hadith by ... Read More »

Abu Hanifa’s opinion of ‘Ikrimah

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Refuting Modernist 'Hanafis'Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Some modernists using the name of “Hanafi” scholars seek to raise questions about established Islamic ideals, opinions, and institutions. One such group tends to impugn the trustworthiness and reliability of a major hadith authority among the students of the companions of the Prophet ... Read More »

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