The Secret of the Salat Ibrahimiyya

Note: an abridged and more polished version of this article can be found here. However, this long version contains referencing, more complete quotations, and more detailed discussions of the evidence. In particular, this article contains discussions of the varying narrations of the Salat Ibrahimiyya from a hadith science point of view, explaining why the wordingContinue reading “The Secret of the Salat Ibrahimiyya”

The Meaning of Salawat

Many explanations have been offered for the word ṣalāwāt, such as to exalt, to praise, to bestow mercy on, to bless, to forgive. Through an investigation of several verses of the Qurʾān, and drawing upon the ḥadīth and the insight of several great imams culled from an array of rare and precious sources, a clearerContinue reading “The Meaning of Salawat”

The Meaning of “I am from Husayn”

On the authority of Ya’a ibn Murra (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and his family and grant them peace) said: Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. Allah loves him who loves Husayn. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Bukhari (in al-Adab al-Mufrad), Ibn Hanbal, IbnContinue reading “The Meaning of “I am from Husayn””

Breaking the Fast and the Maghrib Prayer

The Imam of the Land of Hijra, Imam Malik ibn Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated in the Muwatta: [Section on Hurrying to Break the Fast] The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “People will continue to be all right as long as they hurry to breakContinue reading “Breaking the Fast and the Maghrib Prayer”

Why Did Imam Bukhari Leave the ‘Hadith of Instruments’ Hanging?

Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari (may Allah be pleased with him) strove to restrict his famous collection to the most authentic hadith traditions, and though we know it as ‘Sahih al-Bukhari,’ its title is actually much longer than that, and begins with ‘al-Jami’ al-Sahih al-Musnad…’ Introduction The word musnad here refers to traditions that connectContinue reading “Why Did Imam Bukhari Leave the ‘Hadith of Instruments’ Hanging?”