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I wish all of my friends a blessed and productive Ramadan month! Please enjoy our annual tradition of providing a template for helping get the most out of this busy month. You may download the pdf below. Feel free to share with others!

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Sunnah and Ḥadīth

Sunnah and Ḥadīth

Building on his articles looking at the intersection of ḥadīth and fiqh, this monograph examines conceptual differences between sunnah and ḥadīth.

 

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Departure of Scholars from the Way of the Ḥadīth Imāms

Departure of Scholars from the Way of the Ḥadīth Imāms

Building on his articles looking at the intersection of ḥadīth and fiqh, this monograph examines some crucial insights into ḥadīth which are required to not confuse the two enterprises. Specifically, he sees the two broad sources of attaining knowledge as being historical reports (in which you are informed of information from someone else) and intellectually derived views, termed philosophy (in which you essentially derive your own information). Ḥadīth reports fall under the former and require their own set of rules for verification, while fiqh, and most other disciplines, fall under the latter and require a different approach. In another monograph, Dr. Akram defended the school and approach of the early scholars of jurisprudence and demonstrates how their approach was later distorted and wound up being misunderstood as a result of blurring these lines. In this one, he examines mistakes made by scholars in their approach to ḥadīth.

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Virtue of the Juristic Approach in Fiqh

Virtue of the Juristic Approach in Fiqh

Building on his previous articles looking at the intersection of ḥadīth and fiqh, this monograph pushes that discussion further to more forcefully delineate the boundaries of each discipline. Specifically, he sees the two broad sources of attaining knowledge as being historical reports (in which you are informed of information from someone else) and intellectually derived views, termed philosophy (in which you essentially derive your own information). Ḥadīth reports fall under the former and require their own set of rules for verification, while fiqh, and most other disciplines, fall under the latter and require a different approach. In this monograph, Dr. Akram defends the school and approach of the early scholars of jurisprudence, and demonstrates how their approach was distorted and wound up being misunderstood as a result of blurring these lines.

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Between Ḥadīth and Fiqh

Between Ḥadīth and Fiqh

Building on his previous articles looking at the intersection of ḥadīth and fiqh, this monograph pushes that discussion further to more forcefully delineate the boundaries of each discipline. Specifically, he sees the two broad sources of attaining knowledge as being historical reports (in which you are informed of information from someone else) and intellectually derived views, termed philosophy (in which you essentially derive your own information). Ḥadīth reports fall under the former and require their own set of rules for verification, while fiqh, and most other disciplines, fall under the latter and require a different approach.

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The Right Pathway to Studying Ḥadīth

The Right Pathway to Studying Ḥadīth

The right pathway to studying Prophetic ḥadīth is the subject of much debate, especially in light of the sheer volume and complexity of the ḥadīth corpus. Dr. Akram points out that there was a historical duality that occurred around the 5th Ḥijrī century, with ḥadīth being transformed from being treated as historical reports that required scrutiny to sacred texts requiring due reverence. This led to a laxity in the community which undermined sound knowledge, and continues to do so today. Continue reading

The Meaning of Ijāzah

The True Role of Ijāzah within Islamic Scholarship

The Ijāzah is a unique and cardinal feature of the Islamic tradition, arising from the earliest times to ensure a degree of protection and accuracy to the transmission of knowledge. At the same time, its usage over time varied while its exact meaning, scope and role within the Islamic sciences remains hotly contested and misunderstood from various quarters. Here, Dr. Akram, a traditional scholar par excellence, shares his valuable thoughts on this subject.

 

 

 

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