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An Introduction to Ahadits

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is extracted from Introduction to Ahadits by Ustadzah Zafirah Jeffrey.
The study of ahadits is one of the most extensive and excruciatingly detailed fields of study in Islam.  It emphasises greatly on verification and authenticity, and a lot of investigation has gone into the collections of ahadits that we see today.  What is generally accepted amongst the Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah is known as Kutub as-Sittah, the six major books of sunnah.  They are also known as Swihah as-Sittah, the “Authentic Six”.  The Kutub as-Sittah are six books containing collections of ahadits compiled by six scholars in the ninth century.  They were first formally grouped and defined by Imam ibn al-Qaysarani al-Maqdisi (r.a.) in the 11th Century.  Prior to his work, despite their importance, no one had undertaken such a task.  There was no way to search any of these books based on key words or important terms.
It was due to Imam ibn al-Qaysarani’s (r.a.) i…

On Wishing the Christians on the Birth of Jesus Christ (a.s.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is the text of Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri (r.a.) speaking on the permissibility of greeting the Christians.  He references a fatwa by Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Bayyah (r.a.) on the permissibility of congratulating non-Muslims on their festivities.
“We are more deserving of Moses than them”: This was the response of the Prophet (s.a.w.) when he was told that the Jews of Madina fast on the day of ‘Ashura in celebration of Moses’ (a.s.) deliverance from Pharaoh and his people.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) used to fast this day while he was in Makkah prior to the hijrah.  He did not ask about the link between this event and its Arabic date, despite the Hebrew calendar being different to the Arabic.  Madina’s Jewish community had been naturalised in Arab lands and thus adopted the Arabic calendar.  This was sufficient for the Prophet (s.a.w.) as a reason and he did not say, “How can we ensure the authenticity of the date?  The Jews have corrupted their books …

The Virgin Birth of Jesus (a.s.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is the text of a paper prepared for the Seminar for St. Andrew’s college for Wednesday, 04th December 2013 by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.
The appearance of Prophet Jesus (a.s.), on the Earth, occurred in an unusual way, according to the teachings of Islam.  Jesus (a.s.) was the only person who was Sent to mankind without the agency of a father.  In order to fully comprehend how he came, we need to understand the events as they occurred.  It all began with a vow made by the mother of Mary (a.s.) concerning the dedication of her pregnancy to God.  Mary’s (a.s.) mother, whose name was Hannah or Anne (r.a.), was the wife of ‘Imran (a.s.), also known as Aaron, who belonged to one of the tribes of Israel.  He was from the priestly class.  Perhaps this is one of the reasons why her mother decided to dedicate her child, who was not yet born, to the service of Allah (s.w.t.).  So, she prayed as follows:

… “O my Lord!  I do dedicate into Thee what i…