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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 »

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 »

Is ‘Ikrimah alone in narrating the hadith “Whoever changes his religion, kill him”?

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Some modernists claiming to be ‘real Hanafis’ in their spree of lies suggest that ‘Ikrimah – the freedslave of Ibn ‘Abbas – is alone in narrating the well-known hadith about the punishment of apostasy, من بدل دينه فاقتلوه Whoever changes his religion, kill him. Coupled with their baseless accusation that ‘Ikrimah was a Kharjite (an ... 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 »

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