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Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah)- Imamul Muslimin!

Imam Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah) was born in the year: 164 A.H, and he passed away in the year: 241 A.H. His Sojourn Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) began his quest for the knowledge of hadith at the age of 16. He set out for Kufah in the year 183 A.H. and to Basrah in 186 A.H. and to Sufyan ... Read More »

Imam Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah); The Greatest of his era..

Imam Hafiz Abul Qasim ‘Ali ibn Hasan ibn ‘Asakir (رحمه الله) was born in Damascus in the year 499 Hijri and passed away in the year 571 Hijri in Damascus also. He is known for his extensive travel in the search of knowledge. His renown work: Tareekh Dimashq which is a Biography of all the ‘Ulama who ever lived or ... Read More »

Reciting Surah Faatiha behind the Imam!

Once, some people came to Imam Abu Haneefa (RA) and said: “We want to debate with you.” “In connection with …?” asked the imam. “Reciting Surah Faatihah behind the imam”, they replied. For the benefit of the reader, all Muslims know that Imam Abu Haneefa (RA) was of the opinion that the muqtadees should not recite Surah Faatihah behind the ... Read More »

IMAM ABU HANEEFA (RA) AND THE BEDOUIN

On a certain journey, Imam Abu Haneefa (RA) ran out of drinking water. It was scorching hot. Just then he saw a Bedouin coming his way, a water sack dangling from his shoulder. When he came within earshot, he greeted him and asked him to sell him some water. At first, the man refused but agreed for a steep price. ... Read More »

ONE CHILD, TWO MOTHERS

Two women, holding onto a baby came out quarrelling into the street. The one screamed: “This is my child!” The other yelled back: “You witch! Since when is it yours? It’s a piece of my heart.” In this tug-of-war, the child’s cries could be heard from far. Within moments a huge crowd had assembled to witness the showdown. One of ... Read More »

GRIEVANCE OF SOME WOMEN!

Some ladies came to Imam Abu Haneefa (RA) and said: “We have an important question to ask if you allow us.” “Surely,” replied the imam. “Ask!” They continued: “Islam allows a man to marry four women. Why can’t we marry four men, too?” The Imam: “Sisters, no decree of Islam is without wisdom. If it doesn’t make sense to people, ... Read More »

A COUPLE’S OATH!

This incident took place during the time of Imam Abu Haneefa (RA). There was a married couple very much attached to each other. One day whilst sitting and talking casually, the wife made some offensive remark. This led to an argument. The husband became very upset. He swore: “By Allah, I will never speak to you unless you spoke to ... Read More »

Brilliant Judgement of Sulaiman (AS)

One day, whilst Dawood (AS) was seated in his court, two disputants came, asking him to give them a fair judgement in a matter. His son Sulaiman (AS) who was a young lad then,was also present. The dispute was about the one’s sheep having destroyed the crops of the other. On assessing the damage it was found that the loss ... Read More »

Four Questions By A Priest

Once, a priest sent four questions to Sayyidina Umar (RA).He demanded that the answers be given from divine books only viz. Taurah, Injeel, Zaboor, Qur’aan. Here are the questions. 1. First question: Who are the twins that were born of the same mother on the same day and died on the same day,but the one was a hundred years elder ... Read More »

The Virtues and Laws of Qurbani/Udhiyya

“It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is your Taqwa that reaches Him…” (Surah Hajj) Ibraheem (Alayhis Salaam) had two alternatives: either to follow the cry of his heart or to submit to the call of his Creator. He chose to submit. Qurbani therefore is not a monetary Ibaadah or a duty that is ... Read More »