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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 »

Malik’s Principle on the Practice of People of Madina Explained

Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyya[1] Translated by Aisha Bewley[2] Hadith forms the bedrock of Islamic tradition. Hadith puts check on far-fetched exegesis of the Qur’an. For this reason the modernists including those masquerading as scholars tend to raise doubts about the authority of hadith and seek ways to undermine its dual role of being the foremost source of Qur’anic exegesis ... Read More »

Al-Jami’ of Ma’mar bin Rashid: Extinct or Extant?

Download pdf here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract The Jami’ of Ma’mar is one of the earliest hadith compilations extant today and its existence refutes the widespread notion that hadith compilations only began in the third century AH. Although most scholars have accepted the attribution of the Jami’ to Ma’mar bin Rashid, there has been some debate about the issue, notably, ... Read More »

Q&As about Minorities and Slaves in Islamic Law

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Q 1. For People of the Book, meaning those who belong to Judaism or Christianity, does Islamic law give them a firm unchanging right to practice the basics of their religion and have houses of worship – while not being allowed to seek to convert Muslims – or does the right to have practice of their ... Read More »

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