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

Dr. ‘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 ….  … one gathers from the concluding words on page v that the translator hopes that his ... 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

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 (ﷺ) – ‘Ikrimah, the freedslave of ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas. While there is no ... Read More »

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 »

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