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Authentic or otherwise? Biting Words of ‘Umar’s Wife

Waqar Akbar Cheema A story is popularly quoted on social media and in the cyberspace in general mentioning how a person came to ‘Umar b. al-Khattab (d. 23/644) – may Allah be pleased with him – complaining of the attitude of his wife and as he came to the house of ‘Umar he heard ‘Umar’s wife shouting at him. When ... Read More »

Maria, the Copt: Prophet Muhammad’s Wife or Concubine?

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Maria, the Copt, sent to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) by the Patriarch of Alexandria spent the rest of her life in Madina where she embraced Islam and lived with the Prophet () eventually bearing him a son. Though generally well-known in the Islamic tradition as a concubine of the Prophet (ﷺ) and not a wife, she has ... 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 (peace and blessings be upon him) 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 ... Read More »

Does Islam Allow Wife-Beating? The Traditional Understanding of Qur’an 4:34

Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract  Incidents of domestic violence in Muslim families are attributed by many to the verse 4:34 from the Holy Qur’an, which is misconstrued as condoning domestic violence. This paper will demonstrate that such an interpretation is a result of a desultory reading of the meanings of the verse. The paper will investigate the traditional interpretations of the ... Read More »

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