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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 »

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 »

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