Scholarship

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

Dreaded Punishments?

For the first time in English we present a complete translation of Mas’ala (Issue) 2303 from Al-Muḥalla bil’Athār, the magnum opus of fiqh (jurisprudence) written by Ibn Ḥazm.   Often described as a being free-thinker, but nevertheless invariably castigated by those rigid adherents of the other legal schools, Ali ibn Aḥmad ibn Sa’eed ibn Ḥazm, Abu Muḥammad (d.1064CE) was from Cordoba and was one of the acclaimed leading scholars of his

The Sunnah: a source of law

Executive Summary   What is the legal status of the Prophetic Sunnah?  In the modern age, many both within and outside the Muslim world have sought to question the nature of the Prophetic Sunnah.  Whether that has been by arguing that as a corpus it isn’t authentic or reliable, to others that have rejected it in totality. Presented here is a translation of chapter 11 from Part 2 (The Foundations of Deen and

Law of the previous Prophets

Executive Summary   Whether it be amongst scholarly circles, students of knowledge, or even amongst the laity, there is a view that seeks to maintain: ‘the law of the previous Prophets is also our law too.’ Perhaps it does seem incredulous to some, but at times these arguments are advanced. Yet in fact, nothing can be further from the truth.  All previous divine laws have been abrogated with the advent

Ruling of Basic Permissibility

Executive Summary   Three chapters are presented here in translation from Volume 1 of Kitāb ut-Tawḥeed (The Book of Monotheism) by Professor Muḥammad ibn Abdullah al-Mas’ari.  The chapters are titled as follows: The Prohibition relating to excessive questioning In origin, acts, speech and objects / things are permissible: Permissibility is the original or default ruling What is the original ruling concerning worship, is it prohibition? These chapters present the most comprehensive