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Authentic or otherwise? Biting Words of ‘Umar’s Wife

Waqar Akbar Cheema A story is popularly quoted on social media and in the cyberspace in general mentioning how a person came to ‘Umar b. al-Khattab (d. 23/644) – may Allah be pleased with him – complaining of the attitude of his wife and as he came to the house of ‘Umar he heard ‘Umar’s wife shouting at him. When ... Read More »

On Hind bt. ‘Utbah Chewing Hamza’s Liver

Waqar Akbar Cheema It is well known that Hind bt. ‘Utbah (d. 14/635), the wife of Abu Sufyan b. Harb (d. 31/652), chewed the liver of Hamza b. ‘Abdul Mutalib after he was killed by a slave named Wahshi (d. ca 25/645) during the Battle of Uhud (Shawal 3/December 624), the second major encounter between the Muslims of Madina lead ... Read More »

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and the devil named al-Abyad

Waqar Akbar Cheema Some people refer to certain quotes from Islamic exegetical literature mentioning a devil named al-Abyad. Firstly, it needs to be clarified that mention of a devil named al-Abyad is very rare in the Islamic literature of all genres. A contemporary scholar noted: Al-Abyad does not seem ever to have become a major figure in Islamic literature – ... Read More »

Maria, the Copt: Prophet Muhammad’s Wife or Concubine?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Maria, the Copt, sent to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) by the Patriarch of Alexandria spent the rest of her life in Madina where she embraced Islam and lived with the Prophet () eventually bearing him a son. Though generally well-known in the Islamic tradition as a concubine of the Prophet (ﷺ) and not a wife, she has ... Read More »

Basic Facts on the Prophet’s Marriages

Waqar Akbar Cheema   Whereas there is a lot of material with criticism and response to it regarding the marital life of the Prophet (ﷺ) there is hardly any work recording mere facts about the Prophet’s (ﷺ) conjugal life. In the write-up we shall try to record the known facts about each of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) marriages. A: Consummated Marriages ... Read More »

Fact Check: The Prophet (ﷺ) and Talisman

Let’s us have a look at a report mentioned by a number of sites, mostly those critical of Islam, quoting al-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad: The Messenger of Allah used to have a talisman against the evil eye..Khadija asked him: “Shall I send someone to you to make a talisman for you?” He replied, “No, not now.” Qadi Iyad (d. 544/1149) ... Read More »

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 »

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