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Imam ash-Shafi'i (r.a.) on the Prophet (s.a.w.) as His Intermediary

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ash-Shafi’i (r.a.) wrote, in his Diwan, on intercession of Prophet (s.a.w.) after his life, “The family of the Prophet (s.a.w.) they are my means in this life and the next life; through them, I hope to be Given my records in my right hand on the Day of Judgement.”

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) on Tawaswswul

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) approved of, and practiced, tawaswswul.  Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) used to make tawaswswul through the Prophet (s.a.w.) a part of every du’a, according to Imam ‘Ala’ ad-Din al-Mardawi (r.a.).  He wrote, in his al-Insaf fi Ma’rifat ar-Rajih min al-Khilaf ‘ala Madzhab al-Imam al-Mubajjal Ahmad ibn Hanbal, “The correct position of the madzhab is that it is permissible in one’s supplication to use as means a pious person, and it is said that it is desirable.  Imam Ahmad said to Abu Bakr al-Marwazi, ‘Let him use the Prophet (s.a.w.) as a means in his supplication to Allah.’”
To corroborate, this same report is found in Imam Ahmad’s (r.a.) Kitab al-Manasik, narrated by his student, Imam Abu Bakr al-Marwazi (r.a.).  The lengthy wording of the tawaswswul according to the Hanbali madzhab, as established by Imam ibn ‘Aqil (r.a.), in his Tadzkirah, was cited fully by Imam al-Kawtsari (r.a.) in his appendix to Imam Taqi’ ad-Din a…

Discussion on 'Aishah's (r.a.) Age at the Time of Marriage

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was a discussion thread on my Wall, regarding one of my Quora questions: If today, Muhammad (s.a.w.) comes to your home, and says he wants to marry your 6-year-old daughter, then what would you do?
Sister Sofia Chequer: This is one thing I have never understood.  It is pretty damn clear that ‘Aishah (r.a.) was not 9 when she got married.  Why do so many scholars, and I do not mean just the radical ones, insist on that?
Brother Terence Helikaon Nunis: Because, particularly the Shafi’i scholars, they spent several hundred years being invested in the idea that Swahih al-Bukhari is free of error.  If they accept this, they have to admit that the entire madzhab made a mistake edifying a book.  They may claim to argue out of piety; I think it is simply their collective ego.
Sister Sofia Chequer: But does not Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.) also states other sources for her age?
Brother Terence Helikaon Nunis: Yes, as I pointed out in my response, the sa…