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Marriage Related Privileges of the Prophet: A Study in Chronology

 Waqar Akbar Cheema  Abstract The question about Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) alleged inconsistency in taking more wives than allowed for Muslim men has generally been responded to by alluding to the Qur’anic verses that granted him certain marriage related privileges. The summary response, though correct, has faded some historical facts of Prophet’s (ﷺ) life bearing on this question into near oblivion. ... Read More »

Prophet’s Marital Life: Unconsummated Marriages, Unmaterialized Proposals

Waqar Akbar Cheema The information below follows our earlier post mentioning basic facts about the marriages of the Prophet (ﷺ) in which we put together basic information about the wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) with whom his marriages were consummated along with mention of his concubines. In this piece we record the received information regarding the details of (a) solemnized ... Read More »

Authentic or otherwise? Biting Words of ‘Umar’s Wife

Waqar Akbar Cheema A story is popularly quoted on social media and in the cyberspace in general mentioning how a person came to ‘Umar b. al-Khattab (d. 23/644) – may Allah be pleased with him – complaining of the attitude of his wife and as he came to the house of ‘Umar he heard ‘Umar’s wife shouting at him. When ... Read More »

On Hind bt. ‘Utbah Chewing Hamza’s Liver

Waqar Akbar Cheema It is well known that Hind bt. ‘Utbah (d. 14/635), the wife of Abu Sufyan b. Harb (d. 31/652), chewed the liver of Hamza b. ‘Abdul Mutalib after he was killed by a slave named Wahshi (d. ca 25/645) during the Battle of Uhud (Shawal 3/December 624), the second major encounter between the Muslims of Madina lead ... Read More »

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and the devil named al-Abyad

Waqar Akbar Cheema Some people refer to certain quotes from Islamic exegetical literature mentioning a devil named al-Abyad. Firstly, it needs to be clarified that mention of a devil named al-Abyad is very rare in the Islamic literature of all genres. A contemporary scholar noted: Al-Abyad does not seem ever to have become a major figure in Islamic literature – ... Read More »

Maria, the Copt: Prophet Muhammad’s Wife or Concubine?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Maria, the Copt, sent to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) by the Patriarch of Alexandria spent the rest of her life in Madina where she embraced Islam and lived with the Prophet () eventually bearing him a son. Though generally well-known in the Islamic tradition as a concubine of the Prophet (ﷺ) and not a wife, she has ... Read More »

Basic Facts on the Prophet’s Marriages

Waqar Akbar Cheema   Whereas there is a lot of material with criticism and response to it regarding the marital life of the Prophet (ﷺ) there is hardly any work recording mere facts about the Prophet’s (ﷺ) conjugal life. In the write-up we shall try to record the known facts about each of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) marriages. A: Consummated Marriages ... Read More »

Fact Check: The Prophet (ﷺ) and Talisman

Let’s us have a look at a report mentioned by a number of sites, mostly those critical of Islam, quoting al-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad: The Messenger of Allah used to have a talisman against the evil eye..Khadija asked him: “Shall I send someone to you to make a talisman for you?” He replied, “No, not now.” Qadi Iyad (d. 544/1149) ... Read More »

Background to Prophet’s Marriage with Zainab

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  The story of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) allegedly falling in love with his cousin and wife of his adopted son Zaid, Zainab bt. Jahsh, has been a subject of a lot of disputation for centuries. It is generally discussed in connection with Qur’an 33:37. In this paper an effort has been made to exhaustively delineate various aspects of ... Read More »

Where is Sahih Bukhari’s Original Copy?

Sharif Muhammad Jabir Translated by Waqar Akbar Cheema Translator’s Note: While I had considered translating this write-up ever since I read it on Al-Jazeera Blog the immediate impetus has been a disastrous article by one Atabek Shukurov whose work “Hanafi Principles of Testing Hadith” I reviewed back in 2015. Although I plan to make a dedicated response to his present ... Read More »

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