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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…

Qadianism: A Critical Study (Part I)

By Shaykh Abu ‘l-Hasan ‘Ali al-Nadwi, edited by Faraz Abdul Moid 11th Rabi al-Awwal, 1378 AH Preface Towards the end of December 1957, and in the beginning of January 1958, an International Islamic Colloquium was held in Lahore under the auspices…

Review: Muwatta’ al-Imam Malik: Riwayat al-Shafi’i ‘an Malik

Book Review: ‘Muwatta’  al-Imam Malik: Riwayat al-Shafi’i ‘an Malik’, al-Banjari, Muhammad Lutfi, Karachi: Majlis al-Da’wah wa al-Tahqiq al-Islami, 357 pages By Maulana Zeeshan Chaudri The Muwatta’ of Imam Malik (d.179) requires no introduction as 100s of books have been written over the…