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Q&A: Leprosy

Question There have been several messages forwarded on social media that I’ve seen to show that the Prophet peace be upon him said to keep distance from the lepers.  Is the tradition ‘Do not stare at lepers, and if you speak to them, let there be a distance between you and them,’ authentic? Answer The question was originally posed in April 2020. Certain individuals at the time were going to

Q&A: To meet my brothers

  Question   What is the reporting concerning the following ḥadith and is it authentic? The Prophet peace be upon him said: ‘I wish I could meet my brothers.  The companions of the Prophet peace be upon him said: Are we not your brothers?  He (the Prophet) said: You are my companions, but my brothers are those who have faith in me although they never saw me’ [Aḥmad]. Answer The

Abandoning the Sunnah

  Following the mass deprivation of liberty enacted by the government in March 2020, places of congregational worship including mosques have been closed.  As some of the broader draconian restrictions are beginning to slightly ease, a notable question has arisen concerning the manner in which government ministers will ‘allow’ places of worship to open.  Within the order of priorities, religious establishments are considered in the eyes of decision makers to

Contagion?

  ‘May you live in interesting times’ Supposedly originating as a curse in Chinese, though used more colloquially as an expression in English – ‘May you live in interesting times,’ appears to be quite an apt descriptive phrase to chart the course of current events.  Perhaps more so than usual, it carries with it an even bitter sense of irony. Globally, the Coronavirus, or rather the specific strain called Covid-19,

Reporting lines

  Amidst some recent discussions relating to the traditions upon Ṭā’un (plague, contagion), there is one that raises a niche question regarding the isnād – or channel of transmission.  Out of the six commonly known books of ḥadith, only Ibn Mājah cites this in his collection of Sunan, with ‘Aṭā ibn Abi Rabāḥ narrating upon the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar: حدثنا محمود بن خالد الدمشقي حدثنا سليمان بن عبد