“I never saw Allah’s “Messenger show greater concern for a day of fasting…than `Âshûrâ’…”

Sheikh Nâyif al-Hamad, presiding judge at the Rimâh District Courthouse

Ibn `Abbâs relates: “I never saw Allah’s Messenger show greater concern for a day of fasting, seeking its virtue over other days, than he did for the Day of `Âshûrâ’ and the month (of Ramadan).”

This is an authentic hadîth related in Sahîh al-Bukhârî (2006) and Sahîh Muslim (1132).

The meaning of the hadîth:

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Some Existing Manuscripts Predating al-Muwatta’

The following is taken from Islamtoday.com, but I have taken the liberty of correcting some spelling errors and adding commments in double brackets:

Question: Can you kindly list some Islamic documents concerning either hadîth or Islamic Law, that are extant and that predate the Muwatta’ of Imam Mâlik?

Answered by Sheikh Muhammad al-Qannâs

The Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to collect all the sayings and actions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and relate them among themselves and memorise them.

Some of the Companions used to keep written records during the era of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Writings from this time period include the document of Abû Bakr al-Siddîq regarding Zakâh, the document of `Ali b. Abî Tâlib discussing the age classifications of camels and something about injury compensation, and the document authored by `Abd Allah b. `Amr b, al-`Âs entitled al-Sahîfah al-Sâdiqah. Continue reading

Shaykh al-Azamī Replies to Some Orientalist Deception Concerning Hadith

In the following article, On Calder’s Organically Grown Text with Emphasis on Muwatta of Malik, which is taken from islaam.com, Shaykh Muṣtafā al-A’ẓamī responds to the false claims of an Orientalist surrounding the Ḥadīth literature. His central claim is that the Fuqahā’ invented Ḥadīths to justify their juristic opinions: Continue reading

The Cities of Some Famous Muhaddithin (Traditionists)

The following is taken from Islamtoday.Com:

Question: In many sites we read about places that are alien to us. These places are very important, because they are connected with great personalities of Islam. Please give us, for the benefit of the present generation of Muslims, the exact present location of these places… 1. Bukhara for Imam al-Bukhari 2. Nasarabad and Nisapoor for Imam Muslim 3. Sijistan, Khurasan 4. Tirmidh, Transsaxonia 5. Qazwin for Ibn Majah 6. Naynawa for Imam Nawawi.

Answered by the Fatwa Department Research Committee – chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî
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Weak Narrators in Tafsīr ibn Abī Ḥātim

Weak Narrators in Tafsīr ibn Abī Ḥātim

It has been some time since I have been able to post. I am presently far too bogged down with work to be posting these days, however I came across a fascinating article that I felt I should share. It relates to a famous Tafsīr work authored by Imām `Abd ar-Raḥmān ibn Abī Ḥātim ar-Rāzī, the son and student of the famous Abū Ḥātim ar-Rāzī. His two main teachers were his father and his father’s close associate, Abū Zur`ah ar-Rāzī.

For those of you who are not familiar, Tafsīr ibn Abī Ḥātim ranks as the most important collection of Tafsīr narrations after Tafsīr aṭ-Ṭabarī. Continue reading

The Preservation of Hadith Over the Generations

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A Brief Overview of the History of Ḥadīth Literature from the Age of the Companions until the Present Day[1] Continue reading

Some Issues Related to I’tikaf (Including Performing I’tikaf in the Three Masjids Only)

Of the acts of worship special to this month is that of I’tikaf. Allah (تعالى) mentions I’tikaf in His Book:

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