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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 »

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 »

[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 »

The State of the Education System in the Muslim World

Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni Transcribed and translated by Umer Ansari Translator’s Foreword: The following is an English translation of a 30 minutes talk by Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni given at a “Adae Shuker” ceremony on March 15, 2016 that was organized by the Hira Foundation School, which is a division of Dārul-‘Ūlūm Karachi. Video recording of the original lecture can ... Read More »

Hanafi Jurists and the Punishment of Non-Muslim Blasphemers

Waqar Akbar Cheema* Abstract Lately Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been subject to much controversy. Critics often times go on to hit the very substance and origin of the laws. In this backdrop the opinions of the Hanafi jurists are usually misunderstood and misquoted. In this article we analyze how the opinions of Hanafi jurists relate to the incumbent Pakistani laws ... Read More »

“Slave for Slave, Woman for Woman”: Qur’an 2:178 Explained

Waqar Akbar Cheema Qur’an 2:178 states; يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِصَاصُ فِي الْقَتْلَى الْحُرُّ بِالْحُرِّ وَالْعَبْدُ بِالْعَبْدِ وَالْأُنْثَى بِالْأُنْثَى فَمَنْ عُفِيَ لَهُ مِنْ أَخِيهِ شَيْءٌ فَاتِّبَاعٌ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَأَدَاءٌ إِلَيْهِ بِإِحْسَانٍ ذَلِكَ تَخْفِيفٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ فَمَنِ اعْتَدَى بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فَلَهُ عَذَابٌ أَلِيم O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution for those murdered – the free for ... Read More »

Q&As about Minorities and Slaves in Islamic Law

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Q 1. For People of the Book, meaning those who belong to Judaism or Christianity, does Islamic law give them a firm unchanging right to practice the basics of their religion and have houses of worship – while not being allowed to seek to convert Muslims – or does the right to have practice of their ... Read More »

An Outline of Orientalist Aberrations about Islam

Muhammad Hasan Askari Certain key features of [the orientalist] tradition were succinctly summarized by Muhammad Hasan Askari (1919-1978) in a short two-part treatise. [1] Part two of this book contains a list of 153 specific presumptions, claims, and approaches to Islam which Askari called aberrations (gumrāhī).[2] He pointed out that, in previous eras, aberrations were limited in number and in ... Read More »

Domestic Violence: Critique of some modern opinions on Quran 4:34

Gabriel Al Romaani Abstract Muslim communities face increasing pressure to integrate with the prevailing secular culture by reinterpreting their values that clash with the existing cultural hegemony. Many are swayed by such pressure to reexamine Qur’anic verses or existing Islamic legal rules to bring forth interpretations that will conform to contemporary secular values. Modern attempts to reinterpret the Qur’anic verse ... Read More »

Should women go out and work like men? An Islamic Perspective

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Adeel* These days the idea that women should work with men on equal footings is pressed upon with full force.  The influence of modern western thought has spread this idea across the globe without considering as to why man and woman have been created with physical differences if they were to undertake similar tasks? ... Read More »

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