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The Critique of Criticism: Analysis of Ibn Khaldun’s Objections to the Narrations about al-Mahdi

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi*[1] Translated and Annotated by Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Belief in the advent of Imam al-Mahdi is an important tenet for the vast majority of Muslims across sectarian lines. However, some have come to question the decisiveness of the hadiths concerning the advent of al-Mahdi, especially based on Ibn Khaldun’s arguments in his Muqaddimah. The current work ... Read More »

An Outline of Orientalist Aberations about Islam

Muhammad Hasan Askari Certain key features of [the orientalist] tradition were succinctly summarized by Muhammad Hasan Askari (1919-1978) in a short two-part treatise. [1] Part two of this book contains a list of 153 specific presumptions, claims, and approaches to Islam which Askari called aberrations (gumrāhī).[2] He pointed out that, in previous eras, aberrations were limited in number and in ... Read More »

Does Islam Allow Wife-Beating? The Traditional Understanding of Qur’an 4:34

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  Incidents of domestic violence in Muslim families are attributed by many to the verse 4:34 from the Holy Qur’an, which is misconstrued as condoning domestic violence. This paper will demonstrate that such an interpretation is a result of a desultory reading of the meanings of the verse. The paper will investigate the traditional interpretations of the ... Read More »

Islam- A System of Life or an Apolitical Set of Beliefs, Rituals and Morals?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Many of the confusions about Islam persist for the failure to understand the scope and outlook of Islam towards the world. People find it odd for a religion to inspire political ideas, and principles of legislation, governance, business and penalties among other things. In order to get into a better position to understand these dimensions of ... Read More »

Creation from a crooked rib: Does Islam deride women?

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translation by Adeel | References & Notes by Waqar Akbar Cheema    قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: واستوصوا بالنساء خيرا، فإنهن خلقن من ضلع، وإن أعوج شيء في الضلع أعلاه، فإن ذهبت تقيمه كسرته، وإن تركته لم يزل أعوج، فاستوصوا بالنساء خيرا Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “And I command you to take care of ... Read More »

Muslim Studies on Qur’anic Manuscripts

Ijaz Ahmad On September 27, 2014 Jay Smith debated Dr. Shabir Ally on the topic “Which is the Word of God: The Bible or the Qur’an?” In this debate he made bold claims about the Qur’an. Br. Ijaz Ahmad from Trinidad & Tobago produced a document with a detailed response to him highlighting his mistakes and lies. The following is ... Read More »

Jalaluddin Khwarazm: A Visionary Leader | An Intrepid Warrior

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Every nation has a natural tendency to polish its history. All nations do it and they do it even at cost of distorting facts. Not that distortion of facts is anyway justified, but the attitude is natural somehow. However, in our society we come across people who are going against all these natural trends and ... Read More »

‘Aqiqah: Why the Difference Between Boys and Girls?

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Q: Why is there a rule to offer two animals for sacrifice on the birth of a male child and only one in case of a female when otherwise daughters are considered potentially more blissful? Shouldn’t then thankgiving for the daughter be more than that for the son or at least equal to it? (Aisha, NJ, ... Read More »

Unverified Story of Uwais Al-Qarni Breaking his Teeth

Waqar Akbar Cheema It is popularly held that on hearing about the injury of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) during the battle of Uhad Uwais al-Qarni broke all his teeth. Earliest well known source mentioning the story is Tazkirah al-Awliya of Farid ad-Din al-Attar (d. 607 AH). He relates that Uwais had the following conversation with ‘Umar and another companion; ثم ... Read More »

The Prophet’s conduct with his wife Sawdah: The issue of divorce

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract With their efforts to malign the Prophet of Islam having failed on the oft-discussed issues, the critics now pick on lesser known aspects of his life. One such issue is about the Prophet’s conduct with his wife Sawdah. It is alleged that the Prophet divorced her after years of marriage solely because of ... Read More »

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