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‘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 »

Abu Bakr’s Befitting Response to a Pagan or an Insult to Another’s Religion?

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Critics of Islam often bring up issues that seem to be controversial without providing the proper context for the situation or how such a situation would have been viewed in light of Arab society at the time of the Prophet – peace be upon him. This leads to false information being spread and ... Read More »

6 Phases of the Islamic Scientific Tradition

Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal “Assessed in the most general terms, the Islamic scientific tradition can be seen as having passed through the following major phases: (i) a formative phase under the shade of Islamic religious sciences; (ii) a quick maturation through the massive infusion of data, information and theories from the Greek, Indian and Persian traditions; (iii) a phase of careful ... Read More »

The Problem of Enormous Numbers of Hadith

Muhammad Mustafa Azmi There are references to hundreds of teachers from whom al-Thauri, Ibn al-Mubarak, al-Zuhri, etc. had written ahadith. In the works of biographers we find a long list of teachers and students of eminent scholars. There are at least fifty students of al-Zuhri who made their written collections from him. If, on average, every one of them had ... Read More »

Ottomans and the Printing Press: Answering Misconceptions

Dr. Hidayet Y. Nuhoglu The time lag of almost three centuries which elapsed between Gütenberg’s setting up his press and Müteferrika’s publishing his first book Van Kulu has been interpreted in various ways by contemporary historians, which resulted in the common belief that this was one of the main reasons for the Ottoman State’s backwardness. The description of Müteferrika’s printing ... Read More »

A Concise Study of Difference of Opinions in Islam

Download PDF here Dr. Hatem al-Haj بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ In the Name of Allāh, Most Merciful, Most Beneficent A very common feature of human societies is disagreement. It is a constant of the human experience, and there is no way that it could be entirely avoided. We know for certain that human beings will not cease to disagree, because ... Read More »

Orientalist Approach towards the Prophet’s Biography

Abdul Majid Daryabadi [1] Translated by Waqar Akbar Cheema Translator’s note: Though this article was written decades ago it is equally relevant today. The problems that the writings of Carlyle’s ilk can potentially pose are there in the writings of contemporary orientalists like Karen Armstrong and Lesley Hazleton as well. It is hoped that this article will expose to the ... Read More »

Does the Qur’an say Torah was given for the Egyptians?

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Reading specific verses out of context could possibly change the meaning of the Qur’an. Sometimes this misunderstanding is just due to ignorance of what the verses actually mean. Sometimes it is due to a malicious intent, in hopes of misleading others away from what the Qur’an is actually saying. This article will discuss ... Read More »

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