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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 »

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 »

Background to Prophet’s Marriage with Zainab

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  The story of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) allegedly falling in love with his cousin and wife of his adopted son Zaid, Zainab bt. Jahsh, has been a subject of a lot of disputation for centuries. It is generally discussed in connection with Qur’an 33:37. In this paper an effort has been made to exhaustively delineate various aspects of ... Read More »

Moinul Haq’s Translation of Ibn Sa’d’s Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir

Waqar Akbar Cheema Muhammad Ibn Sa’d’s (d. 2330/845) work “Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir” or “Tabaqat al-Kubra” is an important source of information regarding life and times of early Muslims including a detailed account of events and aspects the life of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). Part of the work covering the life of the Prophet was translated into English by S. ... Read More »

The Age of Khadija at the Time of her Marriage with the Prophet

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract With the onset of modernity, the biographic details of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) have come under a lot of scrutiny along with, in some cases, attempts at revisionism. One such controversy is surrounding the age of Khadija, the first wife of the Prophet, at the time of her marriage to him. This paper surveys the various transmitted ... Read More »

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