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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 »

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 »

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 »

Correction or Consolation? Qur’an 4:95 and Exemption for the Blind Man

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract The piecemeal revelation of Qur’an against various contexts in over two decades served the purpose of strengthening the hearts of the first Muslims. Those unable to appreciate this scheme of revelation harbor and pronounce undue skepticism towards the Prophet’s mission and accuse him of making up ‘convenient revelations.’ One such example is when a dispensation in ... Read More »

[Explained] Hadith: The Two Months of ‘Id are Never Deficient

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction A hadith some people think contradicts known facts has come down to us as: عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي بكرة، عن أبيه رضي الله عنه، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال: ” شهران لا ينقصان، شهرا عيد: رمضان، وذو الحجة  It is related from Abu Bakra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ... Read More »

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 »

Al-Bukhari, his “Sahih”, and the Hanafis

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Great minds always tend to differ on some points. The same has happened within the Islamic tradition. Except for the rare anomalous opinions (nawādir) of jurists, the differences among pious scholars of the salaf have always been from the category of ikhtilāf (when paths are different but the destination is same) and not khilāf (when both path and destination are different).[1] Naturally, ... 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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