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Maqra’ah: What It Is and Its Benefits

By Shaykh Mohammed Daniel al-Muhajir al-Dimishqi Very briefly, a Maqra’ah is the recitation in order to verify transmission and compare manuscripts of classical Islamic texts that have been passed on from generation to generation over many centuries until it has…

Imām Abū Ja’far al-Tahāwi: His Life & Works

By A.K.M Ayyub Ali, M.A, Ph.D Abu Ja’far Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Salamah al‑Azdi, al‑Hajri, al‑Tahawi, was born at Tahā, a village in upper Egypt. His forefathers came from the Yemen to Egypt and settled there after it had come…

A Short Biography of Mawlānā Muhammad Mazhar Nanautwi

By Hafiz Abu Unaysah Muhammad Habib Mawlana Muhammad Mazhar ibn Lutf ‘Ali ibn Muhammad Hasan al-Siddiqi al-Hanafi Nanautwi (1238-1302 /1823-1885)—the righteous imam, ‘arif (knower of Allah) and mujahid—was amongst the leading scholars of fiqh, hadith, and tasawwuf in his time.…

On Explicating the Qur’an

By Imam al-Nawawi Translated by Shaykh Musa Furber Explicating the Quran It is unlawful for someone to explicate the Quran without knowledge and the qualification to speak about its meanings. The hadiths concerning this are many, and there is consensus…

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…

Is it Proper to Refer to a Scholar as “Mawlānā” ?

By Mufti Waseem Khan  Edited by IlmGate Question: I heard that the word Mawlānā means master and that you cannot address anyone with that title as Mawlānā. Can you please clarify? Answer: The word Mawlānā is an Arabic word which is combined of two…

Some Aspects Concerning the Jinn

By Mawlana Qari Muhammad Tayyib al-Qasimi Translated by Mohammad Javed Qasmi Edited by IlmGate Rights of Jinns Jinns too live in this world having basic rights to food, shelter and security, which nobody can deny them. The way they live…

Gifting the Reward of Virtuous Deeds to Others

By Mawlana Abu Asim Badrul Islam According to the Ḥanafī school of sacred law, it is permissible for one to gift the reward (thawāb) of their virtuous deed to another person, be they deceased or alive, and be that virtuous…