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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Did Aishah Doubt Prophet Muhammad’s Prophethood?

Download PDF here Waqar Akbar Cheema & Adeel Abstract Statements related to Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, are often taken out of context in order to further propagate the agenda of certain individuals that despise Islam. In this paper, we will examine a narration where such individuals claim that Aishah doubted the prophethood of Muhammad. ... Read More »

Are the women called devils in hadith?

Download pdf here Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract The misinterpretation of the hadiths of our beloved Prophet – peace be upon him – is very common in today’s society, especially when many of the people criticizing these hadiths are not well-informed about the Arabic language. In fact, some of them do not even speak it or understand more than a few ... Read More »

Muhammad b. Qasim and the true story of “damsels in distress”

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction In recent times we have seen a host of pseudo-intellectuals and self-styled historians with borrowed minds questioning the episodes of Islamic history that they fail to reconcile with the peculiar image of the Muslim heroes originally painted either by the Orientalists or Hindu fanatics. Backdrop of Muhammad bin Qasim’s conquest of Sindh is one such ... Read More »

Aishah’s statement “Your Lord hastens in fulfilling your desires” explained

Download PDF here Adeel & Gabriel Al-Romaani  Abstract This paper critically examines a claim made by the critics of Islam that Aishah, the wife of Prophet Muhammad, had doubts towards the reality of his prophethood because of her statement to the Prophet, “Your Lord hastens to fulfill your desires.” The context of saying is highlighted as a tool to see ... Read More »

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