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[Explained] Hadith: The Two Months of ‘Id are Never Deficient

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction A hadith some people think contradicts known facts has come down to us as: عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي بكرة، عن أبيه رضي الله عنه، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال: ” شهران لا ينقصان، شهرا عيد: رمضان، وذو الحجة  It is related from Abu Bakra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Explained: Hadith about eating in one or seven intestines

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Ignorance of the idioms and expressions of classical Arabic will mislead interpreters who study the Qur’anic and Hadith Corpus. An example of such a misinterpretation is the literal exegesis of the hadith on the overeating of a disbeliever due to his “eating in seven intestines”. This paper answers the would-be empirical criticisms against this hadith by ... 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 »

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 »

Explaining the hadith ‘the abdomen of your brother has lied’

Waqar Akbar Cheema It is argued that the following Hadith ignores reality and asks to blindly believe in God even when it (apparently) contradicts reality. عن أبي سعيد، قال: جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: إن أخي استطلق بطنه، فقال: «اسقه عسلا» فسقاه فقال: إني سقيته فلم يزده إلا استطلاقا، فقال: صدق الله وكذب بطن أخيك Narrated ... Read More »

Understanding “Satan urinates in the ear” hadith

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Once again, we come across a hadith that seems to have an ‘odd’ phrasing when looked at from the literal perspective – even more so when approached from the English language. Some have called it vulgar, others think it sounds superstitious; but one thing is for sure: none of them have any idea ... Read More »

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