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Some Reflections on ‘Aqidah

Some Reflections on ‘Aqidah

A creed is a special kind of formal statement of religious belief or collection of such statements. A very good and justly famous creed among the Sunnis is the document known as al-‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah. I will be discussing it at some length. First, I wish to clarify...
The Meaning of Ijāzah

The Meaning of Ijāzah

The True Role of Ijāzah within Islamic Scholarship They asked: We see you greatly welcoming the quest for Ijāzah from various teachers, both verbally and in writing, and we see you placing them in a position of tremendous esteem and respect, even coveting them without...
Sahih al-Bukhari

Sahih al-Bukhari

My hope for this two-day course is that, at the end of it, you will understand why the Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari has for over 1200 years held its reputation as the most reliable resource for those who want to know how the Qur’an is to be understood and lived. That is,...
How to Benefit from the Qur’an

How to Benefit from the Qur’an

Today I will be talking about different aspects of how we, as believers, can get from the Qur’an the benefit that, by the grace of God, it offers to us. That benefit is guidance. The guidance of the Qur’an is, for Muslims, not just a matter of knowing the list of...
Surrogate Motherhood

Surrogate Motherhood

Your question about surrogate motherhood was as follows: Q: Since the surrogate mother is being injected not with sperm, but a fertilized egg, I’m having difficulty understanding the basis of necessitating zawaj (marriage) between the husband and the surrogate...
Authenticating the Ascription of Ṣaḥiḥ al-Bukhārī to its Author

Authenticating the Ascription of Ṣaḥiḥ al-Bukhārī to its Author

(Part 1 of a series of articles covering the authentication of the ascription of Ṣaḥiḥ al-Bukhārī to its author, the value of the copy of al-Firabrī, and the explanation of some difficult hadiths in the Ṣaḥiḥ) They said: Someone is raising questions that cast doubt on...
Hajj

Hajj

The Hajj represents for Muslims all the hopes and aspirations, all the testing and hardships, and all the consolations, of worship. It combines all the major pillars of worship: affirmation of trust in God and His Messenger; detachment, for God’s sake, from one’s...
The Appropriate Methodology for Teaching Grammar

The Appropriate Methodology for Teaching Grammar

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم المنهج الصحيح لتدريس النحو بقلم: محمد أكرم الندوي أوكسفور           قالوا: ما رأيك في المنهاج التعليمي في عامة مدارس الهند المطبقة للمنهاج “النظامي”؟ قلت: فيه مفاسد ومساوئ أبرزتها في مقالي السابق “المنهاج التعليمي...
A New Perspective on the Hanafi Madhhab

A New Perspective on the Hanafi Madhhab

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم نظرة جديدة في المذهب الحنفي بقلم: محمد أكرم الندوي أوكسفورد   قالوا: ما معنى الدين والمذهب؟ قلت: الدين إطاعة الله ورسوله، وهو صراط الله المستقيم الذي أوحاه إلى نبيه صلى الله عليه وسلم، والمذهب في الأصل هو المنهج التطبيقي للدين، ثم تطوَّر...
The True Meaning of Ḥasan

The True Meaning of Ḥasan

They asked: Can you clarify for us the meaning of ḥasan ḥadīth? The Meaning of Ḥasan Ḥadīth is Also in Three Tiers I replied: Experts of ḥadīth also have three usages of this term. They asked: What are they? One: Ḥasan-Ṣaḥīḥ I replied: The term ḥasan-ṣaḥīḥ is used for...