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

The Top Six Mistakes in Usul (Part 3)

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Mistake #4: “A daleel means a verse from the Qur’an or a hadith.” And, “If someone has daleel from the Qur’an and Sunnah for an issue, then there’s no […]

Ignorance, Perceptions & Mis-perceptions

What We Can Learn from the Islamic Science of Hadith Criticism Many times when speaking with people I am shocked at the things they think they know. “Facts” are often repeated and stated with the utmost certainty. However, to someone who has studied the field of those “facts,” these statements are often absurd. Yet, this […]

Unity Through Connecting to Sahih al-Bukhari

A blessed gathering recently took place in Leicester, England, and it was the final maqra’ (reading) of the entire Sahih al-Bukhari under the supervision of Shaykh Ahmad Ali Surty, who Shaykh Akram Nadwi says has the shortest isnad (chain of transmission) of the book to Imam Bukhari in the entire world. The final session was […]

Principles of Interacting with the Sacred Texts with Shaykh Akram Nadwi

A recent weekend, hosted graciously by our brother-in-faith Ibrahim of the Azhar Academy in London, afforded a welcomed opportunity to re-visit the principles of hadith (traditions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) and tafsir (Quranic exegesis) with our dear teacher Shaykh (senior scholar) Akram Nadwi – may God bless him and his family with good. Due […]

Questioning the Hadith?

Question: I was wondering if you could talk about how we should deal with hadiths (Prophetic traditions) that seem to be unfair towards women; for example, that the hellfire is full of women, a woman is deficient in intellect, etc. How are we supposed to understand and accept these kinds of statements when they seem to […]

A Lesson in Fiqh: Wiping Over Socks

A common misconception among many people is that they believe the texts of the Qur’an and Hadith are intended for all of mankind and are so clear that anyone fairly literate should be able to read them and understand what they mean. The first part of this idea is correct – the Qur’an and the […]

The Use of Weak Ahadith to Encourage Virtuous Deeds

by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated and Abridged, with slight modifications, by Suha Abu Shakra Question: Many preachers, reformers, and scholars frequently use ahadith (pl. of hadith) known even to novice students of knowledge as being weak. When critiqued, such people claim that weak hadith can be referred to when encouraging virtuous deeds, deterring people from […]

A Question on Sunnah and Custom

Answered by Dr. Abdullāh bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: I have a question regarding certain habits of the Prophet (ﷺ), such as applying antimony to his eyes, lengthening his hair or eating tharīd (porridge). Are these customs of the Prophet (ﷺ) which he enjoyed, or are they acts of worship […]

Love, Sweat and Honor

Translated by Suhaib Webb Mālik mentioned that a man related to him the statement of Imām Sa’īd bin Muṣayyib:1 “If I could, I would travel all night to collect one narration of the Prophet (pbuh).” Muhammad ibn Rushd wrote: “This is an example of his sacrifice and struggle in acquiring the knowledge of hadith and […]

Interpretative Treason In The First Degree: The Juristic Fallacy Of Approaching The Study And Application Of Prophetic Biography (Seerah) Without Reference To Usul al-Fiqh And Hadith Sciences

Imam ibn al-Qayyim’s Method in Using the Sirah as a Source of Guidance Understanding the means, by which, to derive life lessons and practical rulings from (Seerah) the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no new or innovated endeavor. Hafidh Ibn al-Qayyim (ra) in Zaad al-Maad established a model for deriving fiqh from Seerah. In Zaad Hafidh Ibn […]

The Genius of Imam Bukhari and the Status of Hifz in our Ummah

Taken from the Classes of Muhaddith Tariq Ewadullah | Transcribed by Osman Umarji Students of knowledge often have a propensity for thinking very highly of themselves, and may begin giving legal verdicts and criticizing the supposed mistakes of scholars during the infancy of their quest for knowledge. The point is not to begin slamming such […]