Archive for the ‘Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith’ category

In the Shade of Ramadan

In the Shade of Ramadan is an annual online video series produced by MAS Youth during the month of Ramadan. ISR is a series of educational and motivational reflections featuring various speakers across the country. This year’s ISR season is a continuation of last year’s, reflecting on the Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi, and will feature […]

Video: Al-Muhaddithat – The Female Scholars of Islam

In light of Imam John Yahya Ederer’s recent article on Female Scholars and Preachers of Islam, we wanted to share a very informative and enlightening lecture by the renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi about the rich legacy and contributions of female scholars in the study of hadith (sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad […]

Prophetic Narrations You Probably Have Never Heard: Part II

Part I | Part II Last year, I shared a short compilation of Prophetic narrations that were unheard of in our English-speaking circles. Alhamdulillah (praise belongs to God), a few of our readers asked that I continue sharing these narrations. I’ve compiled here, for the second time, a few narrations that resonated with me. The […]

Regarding the Permissibility of Music

Question: Some scholars and many zealous laymen claim that there is a consensus among jurists as to the prohibition of listening to any music with musical instruments. Some Imams say the opinion that allows it is a strange (شاذ) opinion, which is rejected as baseless by all prominent scholars and schools of thought. If this […]

Understanding Usul al-Fiqh

Usul al-Fiqh Series: Part I Primer in Conceptualizing Usul al-Fiqh The following series is intended to introduce usul al-fiqh in a systematic manner. In this section, we will introduce some key concepts that outline briefly what usul al-fiqh is about, what is beneficial about this science, and why it is important. Defining and Describing Usul […]

There can only be one truth, right?

There can only be one truth, right? So when it comes to Islamic law this must also be the case. There may be different opinions but only one of them is correct and therefore my ‘shaykh’, ‘madhab’, ‘tariqa’, ‘group’ is usually right to the exclusion of others. This may be the type of logic that […]

Reasons of Revelation

Qur’anic Reflection Series: Part I | Part II | Part III We have been looking at the way the reasons of revelation can aid us in developing a sound understanding of the Qur’an. Here we look at this issue with much more depth. Imam ash-Shatibi radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) states in al-Muwafaqat: “Knowledge […]

The Transformative Power of Recitation

Qur’anic Reflection Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Reflection Upon The Power and Change Effected by Qur’anic Recital: Readings in the Muhammadan Revelation by Imam Muhammad Rashid Rida (r) (d. 1935) & Authority of the Qur’an by Dr. Taha Jabir al-Alwani (h) In Muhammadan Revelation, Shaikh Muhammad Rashid Rida speaks of the […]

Enjoining Hope Before Fear

Qur’anic Reflection Series: Part I | Part II | Part III Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) tells us in the Qur’an: “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty […]

Prophetic Narrations You Probably Have Never Heard: A Short Compilation

Part I | Part II As I became more advanced in my Arabic studies, I immersed myself in reading hadith (prophetic narrations) in the language spoken by our Messenger ﷺ (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him). The more I read, the more I realized how many narrations we—as the English-speaking community—have […]

The Deen is Ease Pt 2

Notes from Bukhari: Part I | Part II How many times have you heard someone say practising Islam or being a ‘religious’ Muslim is difficult? Reflect on the following: Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih relates the following hadith (prophetic narration) in the chapter of On The Deen Being Ease. It is related from Abu Hurayrah […]

The Deen (Religion) is Ease

Notes from Bukhari: Part I | Part II How many times have you heard someone say practising Islam or being a ‘religious’ Muslim is difficult? Reflect on the following. Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih relates the following hadith (record of the words of the Prophet ﷺ, peace be upon him) in the chapter On The […]

Heirs of the Prophets

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said, “Knowledge is to be carried in every generation by the upright and just. They repel from it the distortions of the over-zealous, the forgeries of the fabricators, and the misinterpretations of the ignorant.” There are many relevant points to be taken from this hadith (record of the […]

Lessons from the Sunnah: A Brief Analysis of a Hadith on Ritual Purification

(Adapted From the famous book Nayl al Awtar) قال أَبَو هُرَيْرَة: سَأَلَ رَجُلٌ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا نَرْكَبُ الْبَحْرَ وَنَحْمِلُ مَعَنَا الْقَلِيلَ مِنْ الْمَاءِ فَإِنْ تَوَضَّأْنَا بِهِ عَطِشْنَا أَفَنَتَوَضَّأُ بِمَاءِ الْبَحْرِ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ هُوَ الطَّهُورُ مَاؤُهُ الْحِلُّ مَيْتَتُهُ. Abu Huraira narrated that a man […]

11 Anchors for the Beginner

Shaykh ‘Ali Rajab al-Salihi’ al-Azhari’s Approach Towards Building a Student Shaykh ‘Ali was from the great scholars of al-Azhar. He wrote that 11 sciences (‘Uloom) should be mastered by anyone who truly wanted to start on a path towards becoming from the people of knowledge and da’wah (the call to Islam). This curriculum is still taught in […]

The Fast of Ramaḍān in the Bible and the Qur’ān

A philological exegesis of verse 2:183 of the Qur’ān. When one hears of fasting in the context of religious observance it could be said with little argument that the first thing to pop into one’s mind would be Islam. There is no question that our dear friends from the Christians and the Jews observe fasting […]

Towards an Arabic Hermeneutics

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari The Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an: Part I | Part II | Part III After looking at examples distributed in various parts of the world, we can summarize the key points of this movement’s discourse while noting that its members […]

Feminist Interpreters of the Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an: Part I | Part II | Part III Riffat Hassan Riffat Hassan was born in the 1940s to a Shi‘ite family in Pakistan; her grandfather was a poet and playwright and the family was known for […]

The Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari Part I | Part II | Part III This series, presented in three parts, is abridged from a paper entitled “The Movement for Feminist Interpretation of the Qur’an and Religion and its Threat to the Arabic Language and Tradition” by Shaykh Ḥasan Maḥmūd […]

A Review of ‘Abu Hanifah: His Life, Legal Method & Legacy’

Abu Hanifah: His Life, Legal Method & Legacy By Shaykh Akram Nadwi (UK: Kube and Interface, 2010) The 2001 Census indicated that 68% of British Muslims were of South Asian origin; and many of those identified as “white” Muslims were of Turkish, Bosnian, Kosovan and Albanian origin. The fact that the Muslim lands of South Asia […]