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On the Translation of al-Suyuti’s al-Itqan

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Observations on Translations of Classical Islamic TextsWaqar Akbar Cheema … As part of their series “Great Books of the Islamic Civilization” Muhammad bin Hammad al-Thani Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilization in association with Garnet Publishing have published translation of a part of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’s (d. 911/1505) celebrated work ... Read More »

Al-Bukhari, his “Sahih”, and the Hanafis

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Refuting Modernist 'Hanafis'Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Great minds always tend to differ on some points. The same has happened within the Islamic tradition. Except for the rare anomalous opinions (nawādir) of jurists, the differences among pious scholars of the salaf have always been from the category of ikhtilāf (when paths are different but the ... Read More »

Abu Hanifa’s opinion of ‘Ikrimah

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Refuting Modernist 'Hanafis'Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Some modernists using the name of “Hanafi” scholars seek to raise questions about established Islamic ideals, opinions, and institutions. One such group tends to impugn the trustworthiness and reliability of a major hadith authority among the students of the companions of the Prophet ... Read More »

The State of the Education System in the Muslim World

Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni Transcribed and translated by Umer Ansari Translator’s Foreword: The following is an English translation of a 30 minutes talk by Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni given at a “Adae Shuker” ceremony on March 15, 2016 that was organized by the Hira Foundation School, which is a division of Dārul-‘Ūlūm Karachi. Video recording of the original lecture can ... Read More »

The Age of Khadija at the Time of her Marriage with the Prophet

 Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract With the onset of modernity, the biographic details of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) have come under a lot of scrutiny along with, in some cases, attempts at revisionism. One such controversy is surrounding the age of Khadija, the first wife of the Prophet, at the time of her marriage to him. This ... Read More »

Traditionalism- A Nostalgia for the Past?

Talking of “traditionalism” Frithjof  Schuon writes: there  is  certainly  nothing  pejorative  about  the word itself, and indeed it is a far broader term and even less open to argument than “esoterism”; as a matter of fact, however, it has come to be associated—arbitrarily and  reprehensibly so—with an image that inevitably devalues its meaning, namely, “nostalgia for the past”; it is difficult to ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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