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Authority of Hadith and Incident of Pollination of Palm-Trees

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani[1] Abstract One of the arguments forwarded to limit the Prophetic authority manifested in hadith to strictly dogmatic and ritual affairs is the narration about pollination of palm trees. Mufti Taqi Usmani has responded to the argument by carefully analyzing the text of the various versions of the report. By highlighting the style of the Prophet’s (peace ... Read More »

Hanafis and Preference between Hadith and Qiyas

‘Abdul Majid al-Turkamani* English adaptation by Waqar Akbar Cheema[1] Abstract It is a common misconception that Abu Hanifa and the classical scholars of his school of thought preferred qiyās over hadith reports. Modernists use the same to promote their manifestly hadith rejecting ideas claiming that their approach has a precedent in the methodology of one of the greatest jurists in ... Read More »

The State of the Education System in the Muslim World

Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni Transcribed and translated by Umer Ansari Translator’s Foreword: The following is an English translation of a 30 minutes talk by Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni given at a “Adae Shuker” ceremony on March 15, 2016 that was organized by the Hira Foundation School, which is a division of Dārul-‘Ūlūm Karachi. Video recording of the original lecture can ... Read More »

The Age of Khadija at the Time of her Marriage with the Prophet

 Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract With the onset of modernity, the biographic details of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) have come under a lot of scrutiny along with, in some cases, attempts at revisionism. One such controversy is surrounding the age of Khadija, the first wife of the Prophet, at the time of her marriage to him. This ... Read More »

Hanafi Jurists and the Punishment of Non-Muslim Blasphemers

Waqar Akbar Cheema* Abstract Lately Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been subject to much controversy. Critics often times go on to hit the very substance and origin of the laws. In this backdrop the opinions of the Hanafi jurists are usually misunderstood and misquoted. In this article we analyze how the opinions of Hanafi jurists relate to the incumbent Pakistani laws ... Read More »

Traditionalism- A Nostalgia for the Past?

Talking of “traditionalism” Frithjof  Schuon writes: there  is  certainly  nothing  pejorative  about  the word itself, and indeed it is a far broader term and even less open to argument than “esoterism”; as a matter of fact, however, it has come to be associated—arbitrarily and  reprehensibly so—with an image that inevitably devalues its meaning, namely, “nostalgia for the past”; it is difficult to ... Read More »

“Slave for Slave, Woman for Woman”: Qur’an 2:178 Explained

Waqar Akbar Cheema Qur’an 2:178 states; يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِصَاصُ فِي الْقَتْلَى الْحُرُّ بِالْحُرِّ وَالْعَبْدُ بِالْعَبْدِ وَالْأُنْثَى بِالْأُنْثَى فَمَنْ عُفِيَ لَهُ مِنْ أَخِيهِ شَيْءٌ فَاتِّبَاعٌ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَأَدَاءٌ إِلَيْهِ بِإِحْسَانٍ ذَلِكَ تَخْفِيفٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ فَمَنِ اعْتَدَى بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فَلَهُ عَذَابٌ أَلِيم O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution for those murdered – the free for ... Read More »

A False Hadith: The Prophet Kissed the Genitals of His Little Grandson

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  A number of online sources have attempted to criticize the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) based on a narration wherein he kissed the genitals of his little grandson. This paper demonstrates that the narration is weak through all of its chains and  provides an authenticated alternate narration wherein the Noble Prophet (peace and blessings ... Read More »

“Answer to Modernism” by Ashraf Ali Thanwi

Title: Answer to Modernism Author: Ashraf Ali Thanwi Genre: Theology Publisher: Maktaba Darul Uloom Karachi Release Date: 1992 (2nd ed.) Format: Paperback Pages: vi + 110 Thanwi addresses the scientism based modernist questions and queries about essential aspects of Islamic creed and the fundamental sources of Islamic shariah using the "first principles" around such contentions. The book is actually a ... Read More »

Qur’an’s Prophecy about the Jews and the Followers of Christ

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Many Christian missionaries use the Qur’anic verse 3:55 to argue that the Holy Qur’an confirms the beliefs of the Trinitarian followers of Christ and that if the original true followers of Christ were vanquished this would disprove the Qur’an. This essay explores the concomitant questions arising from this verse: who are the followers of Christ, what ... Read More »

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