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Children Attending the Mosque

Children Attending the Mosque

Translated by Sami Zaharna They said: We’ve noticed that some Imāms and mosque administrators prevent young children from attending the mosque and chastise them when they do. I replied: This is a detestable policy! Preventing children from attending the mosque is in...
The Nexus between Qu’ran & Sunnah

The Nexus between Qu’ran & Sunnah

Translated by Dr. Abu Zayd They asked: Clarify for us the true connection between the Qurʾān and the Sunnah. I asked: What do you mean? They replied: Islamic groups and sects have differed greatly over their stance towards the Sunnah and over the nature of the link...
Who Taught You Literary Criticism?

Who Taught You Literary Criticism?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم من علمك النقد الأدبي؟ بقلم: محمد أكرم الندوي أوكسفورد  قالوا: ما النقد الأدبي؟ قلت: هو دراسة للأعمال الأدبية وتفسيرها وتحليلها وموازنتها بغيرها والكشف عن محاسنها ومقابحها وما فيها من قوة وضعف ولون وجمال، وهو بكلمة أخرى تقدير النص الأدبي تقديرا...
The Sunnah Explains the Qurʾān

The Sunnah Explains the Qurʾān

They asked: Do you agree with those who say that the entirety of the Sunnah explains the Qurʾān? I replied: Who am I to agree or disagree with the Imāms of the ummah? I am merely a student who stole a seat at their table, who seeks to learn something from them, and...
Sunnah and Ḥadīth

Sunnah and Ḥadīth

They asked: What is the meaning of sunnah? The technical meaning of the term is a way or practice that was established and pursued by the Prophet, peace be upon him, and then by the Rightly Guided Caliphs, the rest of the Companions, and the leading figures in the...
The Right Pathway to Studying Ḥadīth

The Right Pathway to Studying Ḥadīth

  They asked: Why is it that you vociferously denounce the manner of teaching the noble Prophetic ḥadīth in most of the religious seminaries today? I replied: Yes, as a matter of fact, I do criticise this approach quite heavily for its mistakes in turning away...
Silence

Silence

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الصمت بقلم: محمد أكرم الندوي أوكسفور           قالوا: أخبرنا عن الكلام والصمت أيهما أفضل؟ قلت: الصمت أفضل إلا إذا لم تجدوا مناصا من الكلام الذي فيه خير ونفع، فإن الصمت وقاية ضد ورطات يوقع الإنسان فيها لسانه إيقاعا، يغرُّه النطق وتحريك شفتيه...
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...
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...