October 18, 2017

Is'af al-Mubatta fi Rijal al-Muwatta

Our shaykh the learned scholar and Hafidh of the age, Jalal ad-Din al-Asyuti ash-Shafi’i, may Allah make spacious his allotted period, says:

Praise belongs to Allah for His universal bounty, and blessings and peace upon our master Muhammad and his family and companions with the purest of blessings and most complete grantings of peace. This is a subtle composition of biographical notices of na...

September 12, 2017

Measuring variation in the early tradition

In this first blog I begin with a discussion of what our methods might be able to show us about the early transmission of the written tradition. The case I take up involves the Muwaṭṭaʾ (“the well-trodden path”) of Imam Mālik b. Anas (d. 796), which is also a founding book for Islamic law and Prophetic tradition (Hadith).

What follows is quite detailed. Not all blogs will ask as mu...

August 1, 2017

“You will not find a scholar more knowledgeable than the scholar of Madinah.”


The intent is to reference the authorities that have transmitted this ẖadīth what weighting they have given to this ẖadīth and to ascertain who the scholar of Madinah was?


A qualitive one to present only the transmissions by well-known ẖadīth masters and their judgements on the ẖadīth in question and to impartially and objectivel...

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