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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 »

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 »

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