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Answering Revisionists: Can a Muslim Woman Marry a Jew or a Christian?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Muslim community has from the beginning unanimously held that it is impermissible for Muslim women to marry Jewish and Christian men. In recent times certain revisionists have advocated the permissibility of such interfaith marriages. In this paper the arguments of such revisionists is critically analyzed and it is convincingly shown that their opinion is based on ... 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 »

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 »

Ijtihad: Concept and Queries

Download pdf here Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Adeel Abstract More and more people are looking to ijtihad as a means towards the annulment or relaxation of the rules and restrictions derived from the categorical texts of the Qur’an and the hadiths. They want to ignore the texts by invoking their ‘spirit’, thereby seeking to adjust Islamic rules to accord ... 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 »

Domestic Violence: Critique of some modern opinions on Quran 4:34

Gabriel Al Romaani Abstract Muslim communities face increasing pressure to integrate with the prevailing secular culture by reinterpreting their values that clash with the existing cultural hegemony. Many are swayed by such pressure to reexamine Qur’anic verses or existing Islamic legal rules to bring forth interpretations that will conform to contemporary secular values. Modern attempts to reinterpret the Qur’anic verse ... Read More »

Scholars on the Meanings of Khatam an-Nabiyyin

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract There are many groups that assert that there was some kind of prophet after Prophet Muhammad – peace and blessings be upon him. One of the more prominent groups is the Ahmadiyya. This article will illustrate many views from various scholars to show the clear meaning of the Qur’anic verse, “Wa khatam an-nabiyyin.” ... Read More »

Opposition to Rajm (Stoning): Analysis and Refutation

Download pdf here Waqar Akbar Cheema & Gabriel Al Romaani Abstract Muslims are often faced with the difficulty of people in the “modern” world pressuring them to change their viewpoints to conform better with what is socially accepted by society. Many of these people (not just non-Muslims, but Muslims as well) see the prescribed punishments of Allah as barbaric practices ... Read More »

Ghamidi, Muwatta, and the Return of ‘Eisa

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction In recent times Mr. Javed Ahmed Ghamidi has come up as the champion of ‘fresh’ and unorthodox interpretation of Islam reaching out to Pakistani audience. It’s not the time to dwell and comment on the background and reasoning for the peculiar deliberate and characteristic non-conformist approach. However, we must see what ‘proofs’ such people bring ... Read More »

Authority of Hadith in the Light of Qur’an

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Since the beginning the Muslim Ummah has unanimously believed in Hadith as an established secondary source of the Islamic Law after Qur’an. Infact it has always been recognized only another kind of revelation i.e. it is called وحي غير متلو i.e. Revelation that is not recited. In recent past some pseudo-scholars have come up with ... Read More »

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