At the approach of the Month of Rajab

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Allahumma baarik lanaa fee Rajaba wa Sha'baana wa balligh-naa Ramadaan Translation: Oh Allah! Grant us Barakah (Blessing) during (the months of) Rajab and Sha'baan, and allow us to reach Ramadaan.(Shu'abul-Imaan, Ibnu Sunni #660 also see Al-Azhkaar.) Rajab is the 2nd of the 4 sacred months in the Islamic Calendar which are referred to as "Ash-hurul hurum" (Surah Tawbah, verse: 36)(The others are: Zhul-Qa'dah, Zhul-Hijjah and Muharram) The 'Ulamaa … [Read more...]

The prophetic authority in worldly affairs

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To substantiate this proposition, a particular tradition of the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu alaihe wasallam) is often quoted, though out of context, in which he said to his companions: "You know more about your worldly affairs."Before I quoted this tradition in its full context, the very concept upon which this proposition is based needs examination. In fact, this view is based on a serious misconception about the whole structure of Islamic … [Read more...]

HADITH AS STANDING AUTHORITY OF SHARI’AH

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Or has been stated in the following Hadith, ‘Be aware that I have been given the Qur’aan and its analogue also.’ (Abu Dawud)These show that particular aspect of the Hadith which invests it with an independent position in respect of the Shari’ah. There is, however, another facet to the Hadith – certain commands are contained in the Hadith but not in the Qur’aan as evidenced by the Hadith reported by Maqdam bin Ma’adi Karb, which unequivocally … [Read more...]

RELATION OF HADITH TO THE QUR`AAN AND MUSLIM JURISPRUDENCE

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This intense activity about the Hadith was, in fact, an activity for understanding the Qur`aan and evolving jurisprudence. The Fiqh that has evolved from general principles of the Qur`aan and the Sunnah is like a perfect tree that has sprung from their seeds; its root is the Qur`aan, its trunk the Hadith and the foliage and the flowers that adorn it are Fiqh and analogical reasoning.We are not presently concerned with the nature of the juristic … [Read more...]

NEGATORS OF THE HADITH PROVISIONS IN THE QUR`AAN FOR SUSTAINING AND PRESERVING THE HADITH

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Keeping in view the elaborate arrangements made by the Qur`aan for sustaining and preserving the science of the tradition, to consider it the basis for denial of Hadith, makes little sense. It is sheer impertinence to deny the science of the Tradition because if this fake principle is adopted, then even the Qur`aan cannot be acknowledged inasmuch as it too has reached us through intervening media. Similarly, if it is held that the Hadith is not … [Read more...]

THE AUTHORITY OF THE PROPHET Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÓáã

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A report which is often misquoted to support the abovementioned fallacious view is as follows from Imam Muslim: The blessed Companion Talha  (r)  says: I passed along with the Prophet  Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÓáã   across some people who were on the tips of the palm-trees. The Prophet  Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÓáã   asked, What are they doing? Some people said, They are fecundating the tree. They insert the male into the female and the tree stands fecundated. The … [Read more...]