Tag Archive | Hadith

Shaykha Bahiyyah Quṭbiyyah of Meknas: A Sign of Allah in Our Times

_DSC7094Born 1326/1908 in the city of Meknās in Morocco, Shaykha Bahiyyah bint  Hāshim al-Quṭbiyyah al-Filāliyyah was one of the rare scholarly giants who still remained from the previous generation who was a great inspiration for men and women alike.

She memorized Qurʾān at the age of 14 at the hands of al-Qāḍī Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Ismāʿīlī al-ʿAlawī and studied the various Islamic sciences with the renowned scholars of her region. She made Ḥajj at age 18 where she studied with scholars of the Ḥijāz. In 1374/1955 she traveled to Tunisia where she studied for 5 years at the renowned Zaytūnah University, being the only woman there at the time. There she was the student of the great scholar of the 20th century Shaykh al-Islām al-Ṭāhir ibn ʿĀshūr (d. 1393/1973) and received Ijāzah from him. After graduating with distinction, she was requested to stay there but she chose to return to her own country. Continue reading

Biography of Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Mubārakpūrī

In anticipation of our upcoming meeting with one of the great living scholars of ḥadīth  in India, I am releasing a brief biography. I ask Allah to grant us immense barakah in this upcoming tour.

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Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿUbaydullah Mubārakpūrī

Born in the Indian city of Mubārakpūr, Azamghar district in UP state in 1354H, Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Mubārakpūrī is a graduate of the esteemed Raḥmāniyyah Seminary who studied under the renowned scholars of India, starting with his father Maulānā ʿUbaydullah b. Muḥammad Raḥmānī Mubārakpūrī author of the popular 9-volume commentary on the ḥadīth work Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ entitled Mirʿāt al-Mafātīḥ. His maternal uncle and father-in-law ʿAbd al-Ṣamad b. Muḥammad Akbar was the most distinguished student of the great ḥadīth scholar Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿAbd al-Raḥīm Mubārakpūrī, well-known author of the best commentary on Tirmidhī entitled Tuḥfat al-Aḥwadhī. His paternal grandfather ʿAllāmah Abul-Hudā ʿAbd al-Salām Mubārakpūrī was also a great scholar who authored a biography on Imām Bukhārī. Continue reading

Teaching the Qur’ān is the Greatest Service

It is related from Abū ‘Abdu’l-Raḥmān al-Sulamī on the authority of ‘Uthmān b. ‘Affān that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’ān and teach it to others.” Abū ‘Abdu’l-Raḥmān said, “This statement is what made me sit in this place of mine.”

[Bukhārī 4639, 4640, Abū Dāwūd 1240, al-Tirmidhī 2832, 2833, al-Dārimī 3204, Ibn Mājah 207, 208, Aḥmad 382, 389, 469]

This concise but crucial ḥadīth contains within its chain of narrators some of the most influential personalities related to the Holy Qur’ān and within its text the statement that inspired them so.

To begin with, the proclamation comes from the mouth of the very man, the Messenger, whose primary mission it was to deliver this Book to the world and show them how to live it. His entire life was tirelessly devoted to this Qur’ānic mission and inspiring others to do the same. Continue reading

Fiqh versus Hadith

Once a scholar of ḥadīth visited the great Ḥanafī jurist Abū Yūsuf to exchange knowledge and benefit. On the first day, the muḥaddith relayed a number of ḥadīth. The next day, he approached Abū Yūsuf for a fiqh ruling on a contemporary issue, who promptly provided him with the ruling. When the muḥaddith asked Abū Yūsuf for his proof and what he based his ruling on, Abū Yūsuf replied, “From the ḥadīth you relayed to us yesterday,” and spelled out his proof derivations. The muḥaddith laughed and announced to all present:

يَا مَعشَرَى الفُقَهَاءُ  أَنتُمُ الأَطِبَّاءُ وَ نَحنُ الصَّـيَادِلَةُ

“O company of jurists, you indeed are the doctors while we are the pharmacists.”

—from Shaykh Waleed Idrees’s commentary on Bakr Abu Zayd’s Book on Knowledge, available on islamway.com

The Reality of Muraqabah

dark ocean 2No single leaf falls from a tree nor does exist a tiny grain below the deepest bowels of the earth except that it is in Allah’s perfect knowledge and awareness. Take an introductory look at the the concept of Muraqabah based upon a series of moving verses of the Qur’an, from Imam Nawawi’s Riyadh al-Saliheen. [click to listen]