100 Discourses of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanawi

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

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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

Marriage of step-siblings

Marriage of step-siblings

Question

Zayd has married Fāṭimah. Zayd has a son Muḥammad from a previous marriage. Thus, Fāṭimah is Muḥammad’s step mother. Fāṭimah has a daughter Zaynab from her previous marriage. Thus, Zayd is Zaynab’s step father. Is it permissible for Muḥammad and Zaynab to marry each other?

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