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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 »

“Answer to Modernism” by Ashraf Ali Thanwi

The book is actually a translation of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi’s well known work Al-Intabahāt Al-Mufīdah fī ḥal Al-Ishkālāt Al-Jadīdah by Prof. Hassan Askari and Karrar Husain. During the colonial period Muslims were first exposed to the challenge of scientism. Though the challenge remains it caused the most serious concerns and uproar during the later part of the nineteenth and early ... Read More »

The Critique of Criticism: Analysis of Ibn Khaldun’s Objections to the Narrations about al-Mahdi

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi*[1] Translated and Annotated by Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Belief in the advent of Imam al-Mahdi is an important tenet for the vast majority of Muslims across sectarian lines. However, some have come to question the decisiveness of the hadiths concerning the advent of al-Mahdi, especially based on Ibn Khaldun’s arguments in his Muqaddimah. The current work ... Read More »

Women in Islam: Are they subservient to men?

Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translation by Adeel Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an: الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ  Men are in charge (qawwām) of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other.[1]  Today, we find immense propaganda pertaining to feminism and the idea of men and women being equal. In such ... Read More »

Why people fail to do away with religious doubts?

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Following is the summary of Maulana Thanwi’s address to students at M.A.O. College Aligarh delivered in November 1909) [Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:] وَاتَّبِعْ سَبِيلَ مَنْ أَنَابَ إِلَيَّ … “Follow the way of him who has turned to me …” (Qur’an 31:15) Today we do not propose to speak on a particular theme, but to ... Read More »

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