“The State of the Education System in the Muslim World” | Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni

The State of the Education System in the Muslim World

Shaykh al-Islām Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni

Translated by Umer Ansari | Ann Arbor, Michigan

Translator’s Foreword:

The following is an English translation of a thirty-minute Urdu talk by Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni given at an “Adā-i Shukr” ceremony on March 15, 2016 that was organized by the Hira Foundation School, which is a division of Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi. Link of the original lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skb–ane5Xk. To learn more about the Hira Foundation, click here for their Facebook Page.


Mufti Taqī ʿUthmāni said:

[After salutations, peace and blessings upon Prophet Muḥammad]

Peace be upon you all,

Today we have gathered here at the Hira Foundation for the ḥifẓ program ceremony. What is the background of the Hira Foundation? The president of the university (Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi) and Grand Mufti of Pakistan, my respected brother Mufti Rafīʿ ʿUthmāni has stated on numerous occasions, and I have also been able to mention what my father (Mufti Shafīʿ ʿUthmāni) had once stated at a gathering: after the creation of Pakistan, we need a new education system.

Before the creation of Pakistan, there were three major education systems that were in effect (in South Asia): the system of Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband, the system of Aligarh Muslim University, and the system of Dār al-ʿUlūm Nadwat al-ʿUlamā. Continue reading

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What is the Purpose of Learning Hadith?

By Umer Sultan | (6/17/2015)

The Prophetic Traditions, known as Hadith (pl. Ahadith), are very near and dear to the hearts of the Muslims. The Muslims are often found quoting the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad, the Last Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him).

Here we try to answer why Hadith is so important to Muslims and what is the purpose of learning these Prophetic Traditions?

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Observations on Chapter 1 of Karen Armstrong’s book “Islam: A Short History”

This review has opened my eyes.

Waqar Akbar Cheema

Islam A Short History
The following is a reproduction of some observations I made while reading the first chapter of Karen Armstrong’s book “Islam: A Short History” well over a year ago.
All quotes and page numbers are from the e-book here
She writes;

” … the opposition grew, led by Abu al-Hakam (who is called Abu Jahl, “Father of Lies,” in the Quran), …” (p.12)

The Qur’an no where mentions Abu Jahl explicitly, what to say of giving him this title.

Islamic tradition would later assert that there had been 124,000 such prophets, a symbolic number suggesting infinity.” (p.8)

Clear reflection of the mythological orientalist belief that Hadith is a later “invention”

“On one occasion his most intelligent wife,Umm Salamah, helped to prevent a mutiny.” (p.16)
This is a reference to short lived reluctance of the companions to put off ihram at the eve of Hudaybiya. Giving it…

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When Shaykh Idrees Kandhelvi was offered a position at Darululoom Deoband

"Darul Tafseer" Source: http://darululoom-deoband.com/

Source: http://darululoom-deoband.com/

Ustadh-ul-Muhaditheen Maulana Muhammad Idrees Kandhelvi was a distinct scholar of Hadith from the Indian Subcontinent. Among his teachers included the following luminaries:

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Political Genius of Caliph ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab

Beautiful Arabic calligraphy that says "Umar Al-Farooq"

Beautiful Arabic calligraphy that says “Umar Al-Farooq” Source: Unkown

Khalifah ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab was truly a genius. He was a natural leader and had a great political acumen. Following are few examples to briefly explain this point.

Khalifah ‘Umar had established an inquiry commission to ensure that his governors and other state officials abide by the rules and do not transgress a tiny bit. The Chief Inquirer was Continue reading

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Common Legends About Muharram and ‘Ashura by Mufti Taqi ‘Usmani | Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi’s comment

Here I have summarized the key points of Mufti Taqi Usmani from his book “Islamic Months: Merits and Precepts.” In this post we will understand what is Muharram all about, what are the opportunities to perform virtuous acts and clarify the common legends that make rounds every year during the month of Muharram and the day of ‘Ashura. This is your simple guide to the month of Muharram.

Mufti Taqi Usmani writes: Continue reading

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“Give us the good of this world and the next…”

:: Give us the good of this world and the next ::

Narrated by Anas (radiAllahu anhu):

The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say: 

“اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ “

“O God, give us all the good of this world, and the good of the life hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the fire.”

(Qur’an 2:201)

[Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 65 “Tafseer of the Prophet”, Hadith 4563]



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How to deal with people that argue with doubts from the Qur’an?


Love for Muhammad entails love for his Sunnah


Sayyidina Umar (radiAllaho anho) said:

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The Interpreter of the Qur’an

The Noble Qur'an

The Noble Qur’an

::The Interpreter of the Qur’an::

Ibn Jarir At-Tabari reported that ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: “Yes, Ibn ‘Abbas is the interpreter of the Qur’an.”
This Hadith has an authentic chain of narrators. Ibn Mas’ud died in the 32nd year of Hijrah and ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas lived for 36 years after that. Hence, what do you think about the knowledge that Ibn ‘Abbas collected after Ibn Mas’ud?

Al-A’mash said that Abu Wa’il said: “Ali once appointed ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas to lead the Hajj season. Ibn ‘Abbas gave a speech to the Continue reading


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‘In The Belly Of A Whale’ by Shaykh Moataz Al-Hallak

Have you ever been in the belly of a whale? Listen to this inspiring and life changing Khutbah, reflect, and share it with others so others may experience a life changing event in their life inshAllah (God Willing). Continue reading

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