How to Taste the Sweetness of Faith

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is reported to have said in a hadith: ثَلَاثٌ مَن كُنَّ فيه وجَدَ حَلَاوَةَ الإيمَانِ: أنْ يَكونَ اللّهُ ورَسولُهُ أحَبَّ إلَيْهِ ممَّا سِوَاهُمَا، وأَنْ يُحِبَّ المَرْءَ لا يُحِبُّهُ إلَّا لِلَّهِ، وأَنْ يَكْرَهَ أنْ يَعُودَ في الكُفْرِ كما يَكْرَهُ أنْ يُقْذَفَ في النَّارِ “Whoever possesses the following three qualities will taste the …

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Ruling on Wiping Over Modern Socks in the Hanbali School

It is well-known that many Hanbali scholars today allow wiping over modern non-leather socks. As examples, you can view this link and this link for more information. Sh. Kareem Helmy al-Hanbali even wrote a detailed research paper defending the opinion. Sh. Abdul Wahid al-Hanbali also allows it. However, not all Hanbali scholars today believe that …

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Islam and Evolution: Summary and Review of Dr. Shoaib Malik’s Book

Introduction I recently finished reading Dr. Shoaib Ahmad Malik’s book titled Islam and Evolution: Al-Ghazālī and the Modern Evolutionary Paradigm. It is an interesting work in which Dr. Malik engages with various issues related to evolutionary biology, philosophy, theology, intelligent design, Christian responses to evolution, and much more. However, the main objective of the book …

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Fiqh Maxims: Explanatory Notes on Sa’di’s Poem on al-Qawa’id al-Fiqhiyyah

I recently completed going through the explanation of Sh. Abdul-Rahman al-Sa’di’s poem on Islamic legal maxims (al-Qawa’id al-Fiqhiyyah), also known as fiqh maxims. The explanation was done in Arabic by none other than Sh. Waleed El-Maneesee, a well-known Hanbali scholar residing in Minnesota, United States. The recordings to the explanation are available for free access …

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Ibn Qudama Did Tafwid in Meaning and Not Just Modality

I usually keep away from the aqeedah wars among various Sunni groups because I don’t find much benefit in them. I’m not that interested in converting other Sunnis to my way of thinking. However, I do care about consistency and fair representation of others’ opinions. Recently, a debate has risen over whether Ibn Qudama, the famous …

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Principles of Hadith Sciences: Explanatory Notes on Ibn Hajar’s Nukhbat al-Fikar

These are my complete notes on Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani’s famous book on principles of hadith sciences titled Nukhbat al-Fikar. The notes are based on Sh. Yusuf ibn Sadiq al-Hanbali’s classes over a period of few months. The classes were conducted in the English language. For the translation of the terms, I mainly relied on Sh. …

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Books to Study the Hanbali/Athari Creed

Various books can be consulted and studied in order to obtain the authentic creed (aqeedah) of the Hanbalis (or Athari creed). From the classical books of the early phase of the Hanbali scholars, the most important is: Usool al-Sunnah authored by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal himself. In addition, Sharh al-Sunnah by al-Barbahari (d. 329 AH) and al-Ha’iyah …

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