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Two Issues around Prophet Muhammad’s Marriage with Safiyya

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract This article highlights reported information on how Safiyya felt about the Prophet (ﷺ) and how the latter proposed her for marriage following a battle in which her husband and other relatives were killed. The issue of alleged violation of rules of waiting period of a widowed woman is also discussed. 1. Introduction Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) marriage ... Read More »

Hadith and Protection of Makkah and Madina from Plague

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract The article is about hadith reports mentioning protection for Makkah and Madina from plague. Relevant reports have been critically analysed to show how the spread of pandemics such as COVID-19 to Makkah and Madina casts no aspersions on sayings authentically reported from Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).  1. Introduction We have earlier explored into narrations of the hadith “there ... Read More »

On meaning of the hadith “there is no contagious disease”

Waqar Akbar Cheema According to a famous hadith in Sahih Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: لا عدوى ولا طيرة، ولا هامة ولا صفر There is no infection, no evil omen, no hama, and no serpent in a hungry belly (safar). Problematizing the apparent meanings The above translation done by an orientalist James Robson is actually how many people tend to ... Read More »

Truth about Jauniyya, the woman who sought refuge from the Prophet (ﷺ)

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract This article is about an academic inquiry into arguments around a Jauniyya woman’s mysterious and bizarre behaviour in the presence of the Prophet (ﷺ) in their first meeting after marriage. The interaction was brief yet odd and it culminated in immediate divorce. The nature of interaction made individual reports about it, especially those recorded in a ... Read More »

Prophet Muhammad’s Marriage with Nine-Year Old Aisha: A Review of Contentions

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  This article reviews contentions around Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) marriage with ‘Aisha when she was nine years old. Highlighting pitfalls in the study of history and factors related to puberty in general the details of the marriage are explored. Moreover, reports showing the nature of relations between the Prophet and ‘Aisha are also brought into the picture ... Read More »

Are children born out of wedlock condemned in hadith?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract A cogent analysis of hadith reports about children born out of wedlock with focus on the meanings of such reports as understood by traditional scholars of Islam over the centuries. The article shows such reports considered suggestive of condemnation of children born as a result adultery were actually never meant as such. They were either specific ... Read More »

Does Hadith condemn the infant girls buried alive?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Among the hadith reports with apparently problematic meanings is one related as; “الوائدة والموءودة في النار” Usually it is understood as: “The woman who buries her daughter alive (al-wa’idah), and the girl who is buried (al-ma’udah) will both enter Hell.” As such, without any context, the hadith is recorded in Sunan of Abu Dawud on the authority ... Read More »

Aspects of Wisdom in Prophet Muhammad’s Multiple Marriages

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Non-Muslims often ask as to why the Prophet Muhammad had more wives than allowed for other Muslim men.[1] Some of them use this to allege that it was his sensual passion that made the Prophet of Islam not merely polygamous it also got him to break the laws he gave to his own people. A ... Read More »

Qur’an says ‘Ask People of the Book’: What and Why?

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Qur’an 16:43 and 21:7 are the references some critics of Islam often use to assert that Qur’an testifies the Judeo-Christian people to be the bastions of the monotheistic faith. It is argued that these verses also testify to the authenticity of the Bible. Part of the verses they quote goes as: فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِنْ ... Read More »

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 »

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