• Imām al-Bayhaqī’s Letter to ‘Amīd al-Mulk on Imām Abu l-Hasan al-Ash‘arī

    Imām al-Bayhaqī’s Letter to ‘Amīd al-Mulk on Imām Abu l-Hasan al-Ash‘arī

    In his comprehensive hagio-biography of Imām Abu l-Hasan al-Ash‘arī (260 – 324 H) Tabyīn Kadhib al-Muftarī, Hāfiz Ibn ‘Asākir (499 – 571 H) quotes a lengthy letter written by Imām al-Bayhaqī (384 – 458 H) to the grand vizier of the Seljuk Empire, ‘Amīd al-Mulk (415 – 456 H), on his view...

  • Chronological List of Prominent Hadīth Scholars

    Chronological List of Prominent Hadīth Scholars

    The importance of knowing the dates of birth/death of the scholars cannot be stressed enough, for it holds a high status in Islāmic knowledge in general and in the science of Hadīth in particular. Thus, Imām ‘Alī ibn al-Madīnī mentions, “Comprehension of the meaning of Hadīth is half of knowledge a...

  • Short Statements of Creed from Imam Abu Hanifah

    Short Statements of Creed from Imam Abu Hanifah

    In a number of reports found in the biographies of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi and Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr, Imam Abu Hanifah succintly defines the beliefs of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa l-Jama’ah in the context of the different heresies of the time. I will mention five of these narrations below without any analyses of the ch...

  • Fatwa on Taqlid and its detractors by the Islamic Fiqh Academy - Makka al-Mukarrama - 1987

    Fatwa on Taqlid and its detractors by the Islamic Fiqh Academy - Makka al-Mukarrama - 1987

    The following is a crucial and highly welcomed Fatwa passed in the Holy city  of Makka al-Mukarrama in 1987 on the validity of following (taqlid) one of the Four Sunni Madhhabs (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali) with regards to Islamic rulings, as well as a warning to those who try to detract the common f...

  • Imām al-Bayhaqī on Evidence for the Existence of the Creator

    Imām al-Bayhaqī on Evidence for the Existence of the Creator

    The following piece was translated and edited by Shaykh Zameelur Rahman.  It has been presented here with his permission: Below we present a translation from Imām al-Bayhaqī’s celebrated work on Sunnī ‘aqīdah, al-I‘tiqād wa l-Hidāyah ilā Sabīl al-Rashād. In this passage, al-Bayhaqī (may Al...

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Chronological List of Prominent Hadīth Scholars

Chronological List of Prominent Hadīth Scholars

The importance of knowing the dates of birth/death of the scholars cannot be stressed enough, for…

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