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Sadr Shariah – The author of Nuqayah, Sharh Wiqayah and Tawdih

By Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami 2 Jumada I 1437 | 12 February 2016 He is the great scholar faqih, and master of usul, Sadr al-Shariah (al-asghar) Ubayd Allah b. Mas’ud b. Taj al-Shariah Mahmud b. Sadr al-Shariah al-Akbar al-Mahbubi al-Bukhari (d. 747). When Sadr al-Shariah is said without any prefix it refers to him. Amongst others, he acquired knowledge from his grandfather, […]

The boundaries of hijab

Hijab is prescribed in the shariah. This is a fact. However, the level of coverage differs depending on circumstance. This article highlights three boundaries which dictate the extent to which a woman must cover. By Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Takmilah Fath al-Mulhim, vol. 4, pp. 225-234 Translated by Ml. Zameelur Rahman Abu Bakr […]

Hāfiż Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalānī’s day

By Shams al-Din al-Sakhawi al-Jawāhir wa al-Durar, vol.3, pp.1050-1051 Translated by Ml. Muntasir Zaman in Ahadith Notes – 26 November 2015 In his early days, he (Allāh have mercy upon him) would perform the Fajr prayer at Jāmi‘ al-Hākim when it was still dark. Afterward -perhaps after becoming a judge- he began performing it at Madrasah Mankūtamuriyyah […]

Criticism of the Arab publishing houses

By Mufti Husain Kadodia Edited by Ml. Bilal Ali Ansari in at-Tahawi – 12 May 2009 To understand different criticisms and comments about Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, one would have to first understand how these publishers work. In the past most of these publishers, eg. Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, Dar al-Fikr, etc., would just have a group of typists, […]

Pray for knowledge

By Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani In’am al-Bari v.1 p.46 Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami ijtima.org #111123501 [Knowledge is light. It is a gift given by Allah almighty and cannot be merely acquired by sheer ability alone. We must beseech Allah for knowledge. Mufti Taqi Usmani advises students of Hadith how to pray and outlines […]

Thulathiyat of Ibn Majah

By Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami Thulathi (pl. thulathiyat) is a hadith where there are only three narrators between the author and the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the sanad. A thulathi is the shortest chains available in the kutub sittah. Sanads with shorter chains (‘ali) are favoured over those that have longer chains (nazil). The reason being, a shorter chain is easier to analyse and […]

Have wudu in lesson

Ilm is not gained, it is given. For this privilege, one cannot simply rely on the minimum; rather they must go beyond the fard and embrace the sunnah, mustahab and the requisite etiquettes of which one is cleanliness. Verily Allah loves the repentant and the clean (Baqarah: 222). The prophet (peace be upon him) would encourage one to be in wudu […]

How to study Usul al-Fiqh

By Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami Extracted from Mastering Usul Fiqh in Islamic Studies Bulletin – 9 Shawwal 1434 To master usul for a person with a Hanafi background, one must first have a strong foundation in fiqh. Study Usul al-Shashi to get an in-depth understanding of the central masa’il covered in usul fiqh as well as an introduction to the core principles. Thereafter, read Manar […]

اليانع الجني – إسناد كتاب السنن للإمام أبو داود السجستاني

قال الشيخ عبد الغني المجددي في اليانع الجني: يرويه شيخُنا العلاّمةُ بإسناده الّذي سَبَقَ في ((الموطّأ)) إلى الإمام أبي عبد العزيز رضي الله عنه عن شيخه المُفَضَّل الجليل الشّادح الغرّةِ، الواضحِ التَّحجِيل، أبي طاهرٍ محمّد بن إبراهيم الكُرديّ المدنيّ، عن الشيخ الأجل حسنِ بن عليٍّ العُجَيميّ، عن الشيخ عيسى المغربيّ، عن الشيخ شهاب الدّين أحمد […]