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Masjid Partition: Its Place in the Shari`ah

By Mawlana Dr. Mateen Khan Indeed, one of the sad losses in the modern Muslim community is a loss of `ubudiyyah (servanthood to Allah) as the approach to and goal of Muslim life. Our approach should reflect Islamicizing modern life…

The Hadiths Cited by the Early Hanafi Fuqaha

By Mawlana Zameelur Rahman Some people have the misunderstanding that the early Hanafī scholars whose books are in wide use today, like Shams al-A’immah al-Sarakhsī (d. 490 H), Malik al-‘Ulamā’ al-Kāsānī (d. 587 H) and Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī (d. 593),…

The Use of Amulets (Ta’wiz) in Islam

Question: What is the ruling on wearing an amulet (ta’weez)? People have the belief that wearing a string around the neck will protect them, when surely only Allah protects. Please tell me the ruling on wearing this, for many people…

The Muḥaddith’s Etiquette

By Imām Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Dhahabī  Translated by Mawlana Shahin-ur Rahman It is an imperative that the student of knowledge correct his intention: whoever studies Ḥadīth to compete, boast, [publicly] narrate,[1] to find employment or to be applauded on his knowledge, is a…

Guidelines on Evaluating Historical Reports

By Shaykh Sharīf Hātim al-‘Awnī Translated by Muntasir Zaman [Translator’s preface: The following paper outlines an approach to evaluating the authenticity of historical reports. The author begins by emphasizing the merits of the Hadīth methodology, but makes sure to point…

The Life and Thought of Imām Zāhid al-Kawtharī

By Mawlana Muntasir Zaman “What cosmic soul is imprisoned in that human body?” mused the learned Abū Zahrah (d. 1974 AH) in utter admiration—indeed, “it is the soul of al-Kawtharī!” he proclaimed. [1] In recent memory, relatively few scholars have…

Imam Abu Hanifah’s Rank in Hadith

By Mawlana Zameelur Rahman Imam Abu Hanifah (80 – 150 H) was from the generation of the Tabi’in as he was alive during the era of the Sahabah and he saw Anas ibn Malik (d. 93 H), although it is not…