Sahih Muslim Silk Hadith Query

Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim Silk Ḥadīth Query

Question

This question is related to two incidents transmitted in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim regarding silk.

The first ḥadīth suggests that on one occasion ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) saw a silken cloak and suggested to the Prophet ﷺ to purchase it. It is clear from the wording of the narration that ʿUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) was unaware of the prohibition of silk and was informed by the Prophet ﷺ. Continue reading

Source of a Bedouin’s poem of condolence at the demise of Abbas

Source of a Bedouin’s poem of condolence at the demise of ʿAbbās (may Allah be pleased with him)

Question

The following is mentioned in several books. Is there are any isnād (chain) for this?

:وحكي أن أعرابيا عزى ابن عباس على أبيه فقال

اصبر نكن بك صابرين فإنما ، صبر الرعية بعد صبر الراس

خير من العباس أجرك بعده ، والله خير منك للعباس

فقال ابن عباس: ما عزاني أحد أحسن من تعزيته

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Metformin Tablets

Metformin Tablets

Question

My cousin is a diabetic and has been taking Metformin tablets until he found out that it is film coated. One of the ingredients of the film coating is Magnesium Stearate. The Stearate component is Fatty Acid. In a Daily Mail article, the Fatty Acid part was described as being of animal origin. SANHA has listed Magnesium Stearate as a substance of doubtful halal status. For this reason, he has stopped using this tablet and has not been able to find an alternative. Is it permissible for him to take this tablet? (This question is from Malawi)

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100 Discourses of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanawi

100 Discourses of Ḥakīm al-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf ʿAlī Thānawī (d. 1362/1943)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Over the past few days, I have been reading through some of the books of Ḥakīm al-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf ʿAlī Thānawī (d. 1362/1943) in pursuit of his stance on a particular issue.  Mawlānā Ashraf ʿAlī Thānawī was one of the most distinguished scholars of the recent past who authored eight hundred works (Nuzhat al-Khawāṭir, 8:1187) on a range of topics. Continue reading

Malawi Marriage Query

Malawi Marriage Query

Question

In Malawi, the indigenous local Muslims have a traditional marriage, which begins with a man and a woman who decide to marry each other and they inform their families. Once the families agree, they appoint one witness from each side. The witness will lead and formally propose to the girl’s family, a date will be agreed and the two families will unite the bride and groom in a traditional marriage. Continue reading