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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 »

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 »

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