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The Life and Works of Hāfiẓ al-Zayla‘ī, Author of Nasb al-Rāyah

By Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwāmah Translated by Muntasir Zaman Name and lineage He is the Imām, prolific Hadith memorizer, and authority, Jamāl al-Dīn Abū Muhammad ‘Abd Allāh ibn Yūsuf ibn Yūnus Ibn Muhammad al-Zayla‘ī[1] al-Hanafī, one of the leading Hadīth experts…

Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Conception of Islamic Mysticism

By Ali Altaf Mian The Friend is your refuge and support on the Way. If you look, you’ll see the Friend is the Way. –Mawlana Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmi [Mathnawi VI, 1592] The Reality of Tasawwuf (Islamic Spirituality/Mysticism) A master of…

Niqab: An Approach Based on the Proofs

By Mawlana Dr. Mateen Khan Wearing niqab is a deeply personal choice. Many across the world wear it for no other reason than to please their Lord. Unfortunately, some non-Muslims and Muslims equate the niqab with extremism or dismiss it…

The Use of the Term Mawlānā for Scholars

By Mawlana Yusuf Shabbir Question: I have a few questions in relation to the use of title Mawlānā, if you can please provide the answers with appropriate evidence. Is it permissible to use the title Mawlānā for scholars? Some people…

Friday Congregation in Jails and the Issue of Public Access

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Abdullah Rashid and Sufyan Tihami Preface In my Yemen trip journal — published in the Rabi‘ al-Thani 1422 issue of Al-Balagh Magazine — I mentioned, for the sake of reminder, the matter of…

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…