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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 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…

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…

The Isnād System: An Unbroken Link to The Prophet

By Muntasir Zaman Pause for a moment, and ask yourself: what are the greatest accomplishments of the Muslim civilization? At first thought, a number of things will probably come to mind, ranging from mathematics to medicine to architecture—perhaps even coffee.[1]…

Islamic Law and its Jurists

By Shaykh Zahir Mahmood The quintessence of Islamic teaching is the Qur’an and Sunna, and the means of understanding these primary sources is accurately crystallized through the science of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Fiqh is the eyesight whilst the Qur’an and Sunna…

The Hadith of the Sufis

By Shaykh al-Hadīth Muhammad Yūnus Jawnpūrī Translated by Muhammad Habib [Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Yunus Jaunpuri was asked why the scholars of hadith did not generally give credence to the hadiths reported by Sufis, despite their closeness to Allah and…

Clarification on Early Hadith Compilation

By Mawlana Muhammad ibn Haroon Abasoomer Imam Ibn Shihab Zuhri rahimahullah (d. 125 AH) features quite prominently in the discussion of Hadith compilation. It is commonly stated that he was the first to compile the Noble Traditions of Rasulullah sallallahu…