Assessing Nigeria 2019

Assessing Nigeria 2019 is an analysis made by Umar Abu Ammar Ahmad that looks in depth into the developing sociopolitical trends in Nigeria. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is located in West Africa. Nigeria is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa” due to its large population and economy. Download to read the in-depth analysis. […]

Theology, Orthodoxy and the Question of Hadith

Sentiments like, “All hadith were forged to spread and promote orthodox beliefs” gain traction and are accepted by some without critique. Upon closer examination, this sentiment doesn’t seem as coherent as its proponents would like to portray. In this article, I will explain the three principles that can be used to critically analyze such statements […]

The wisdom behind the Ijtihad of Sheikh Taqiuddin Al-Nabhani

The following article is an attempt to provide an insight into the reasoning behind the Ijtihad of Sheikh Taqiuddin Al-Nabhani. The abolition of the Caliphate had thrown the Muslim world into a state of confusion as sponsored despots consolidated their hold in the lands carved by the Western Powers. [1] Many thinkers and scholars since […]

Post-Colonial Paradigms in Muslim Communities: Part 1

The following article is a part of the series in which we will attempt to deconstruct the Radical/Moderate Paradigm within the Muslim communities and the overarching politics at play. Introduction Over the last century Muslims have been intermittent state of diaspora. In a rapidly changing world where all territories are controlled by nation state governments, […]

Musa (AS), Madkhalis and Socio-Political Reform

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart. O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!” The first time I heard this Shakespearean quote was from my professor for comparative religions class, and it immediately […]

What Does it Mean for a Hadith to be in Sahih Al-Bukhari?

  As Muslims, we are usually brought up being taught that any report from Sahih Al-Bukhari is definitely authentic. Unfortunately, very few of us have the privilege of actually understanding why this is the case. Rather, we often end up blindly accepting what we are told by our predecessors without any further inquiry. However, I’m […]

Nuance in Praise and Criticism of Hadith: An Example in Objectivity

Hadith-Myth

In modern times Hadith is often subject to a variety of misconstrued analyses which aim to undermine the historical authenticity of the Muslim Hadith corpus. Most of these analyses usually conclude with accusations, allegations and conspiracy theories where dishonest contentions are presented as valid arguments. However, a careful review of these contentions is enough to […]

The Legend of Al-Bukhari: A Problematic Framework

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Al-Bukhari is arguably the most important hadith figure of Sunni Islam, yet what do people actually know about him or his book? Though there are many popular lectures on Al-Bukhari in both English and Arabic (and other languages presumably), much of the material is sensationalized information that has a basis, or just completely baseless material. […]