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The Role of Reason

The Role of Reason

The Role of Reason By Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Oxford Translated by Dr Abu Zayd   They asked: The philosophers are the people of intellect and worth, and of sense and reason, and so on what basis do you clash with their statements and depart from their views?...
The True Meaning of Study

The True Meaning of Study

The True Meaning of Study By Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Oxford Translated by Tariq Pandor   They said: Something has confounded us and as you are our teacher, can you please remove for us the confusion and clarify for us the correct way to look at it? I said: I...
What do you have?

What do you have?

What do you have? By Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Oxford Translated by Shameq Sayeed   An Indian cinema star once said to a little boy “I have a luxury vehicle, a towering mansion, and millions of rupees – what do you have?” The boy responded “I have my...
The Purpose of Ramadan

The Purpose of Ramadan

What is the real purpose of Ramadan?   There is, for the moment of breaking the fast, a famous du’a that most Muslims learn as children. It is famous because the Prophet used to say it ﷺ. The du’a is short and to the point, and uncomplicated; it has a clear...
Don’t Waste Ramadan

Don’t Waste Ramadan

The Prophet (saw) said that he was sent to make things easy for the believers. His sunnah for deciding the times of the daily prayers, and the beginning and end of Ramadan, was meant to make things easy so that the people would come together, in good will and trust,...
Mixing Between Madhabs

Mixing Between Madhabs

They said: It displeases us that you leave the madhab of Abu Hanifah in some things for the opinions of Malik, Al Shafi’i and Ahmad ibn Hanbal. This is “talfiq” (blameworthy mixing between madhabs). I said: If we mix well water with other types of pure water, does it...
Tell us: “What are you?”

Tell us: “What are you?”

They said: You have authored “Al Fiqh Al Islami” according to the madhab of Abu Hanifah Nu’man ibn Thabit, may Allah have mercy on him, collating the school’s evidences therein, and you have written a biography on him; so you are a Hanafi. Then...
The Best Madrassa

The Best Madrassa

They said: You have worked in Oxford for twenty years on an academic project looking at the history of the Islamic sciences in India and its Madrassas and centres of learning. So what is the best madrassa in the long history of India, given the multitude of its...
Nuzhat al-Nadhr

Nuzhat al-Nadhr

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم نزهة النظر في توضيح نخبة الفكر في مصطلح أهل الأثر استدراكات بقلم: محمد أكرم الندوي أوكسفورد الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا ونبينا محمد الصادق الأمين وعلى آله وأصحابه أجمعين، ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين، أما بعد فالاصطلاح هو اتفاق...
Wiping on Socks

Wiping on Socks

They said: What is your opinion regarding Shaykh Mohammad Nimr al-Khatib? I said: He is our teacher. The most erudite, the prolific and high narrator of hadith, the virtuous, al-Sayyadi al-Rifa‘i al-Husaini, hailing from the Palestinian frontier town of Haifa. He...