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Misreading or Ijtihad: Origins of the Later Hanafi Opinion on Blasphemy

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract That Ibn ‘Âbidīn attributed the Later Hanafi Position that repentance of a person who blasphemes the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) shall not be accepted in any case to a misreading by al-Bazzāzī has been picked up by modernists/liberals calling for the repeal of Pakistan’s contested Blasphemy Laws. This paper seeks to raise questions on Ibn ‘Âbidīn’s ... Read More »

Is ‘Ikrimah alone in narrating the hadith “Whoever changes his religion, kill him”?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Refuting Modernist 'Hanafis'Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Some modernists claiming to be ‘real Hanafis’ in their spree of lies suggest that ‘Ikrimah – the freedslave of Ibn ‘Abbas – is alone in narrating the well-known hadith about the punishment of apostasy, من بدل دينه فاقتلوه Whoever changes his religion, kill ... Read More »

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 »

Hanafis and Preference between Hadith and Qiyas

‘Abdul Majid al-Turkamani* English adaptation by Waqar Akbar Cheema[1] Abstract It is a common misconception that Abu Hanifa and the classical scholars of his school of thought preferred qiyās over hadith reports. Modernists use the same to promote their manifestly hadith rejecting ideas claiming that their approach has a precedent in the methodology of one of the greatest jurists in ... 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 »

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 »

Maqasid ash-Shari‘ah Theory: Between Use & Misuse

Download PDF here By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Waqar Akbar Cheema A number of scholars have written books to describe the benefits (masālih) and objectives (maqasid) of the Shari‘ah rulings. Their aim was not to suggest that rulings are exclusively dependent on these objectives and beneficial purposes to the oblivion of the Shari‘ah pronouncements (nusoos) rather their intention ... Read More »

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