Imam al-Kasani (Allah have mercy on him) is a renowned 6th century Hanafi jurist, who authored one of the most famous reference works in the Hanafi School titled Bada’i al-Sana’i in approximately 8 volumes. There is an intriguing story behind him writing this colossal work. Imam al-Kasani’s main teacher was Imam al-Samarqandi, who had a daughter called Fatima. Fatima was not only a great scholar; she had memorized her father’s book in Hanafi fiqh called Tuhfat al-Fuqaha. She was a very righteous and beautiful woman, and hence received many marriage proposals – including some from extremely wealthy individuals and princes. However, her father wanted to marry her off to a pious and knowledgeable scholar. Imam al-Kasani came to study by her father, and then wrote a detailed commentary Bada’i al-Sana’i on his teacher Al-Samarqandi’s book Tuhfat al-Fuqaha. When his teacher saw the work, he became very happy and gave his daughter Fatima in marriage to him, and fixed his writing of the commentary as the dowry! People began to say, “He wrote a commentary on [his teacher’s book] the Tuhfa, and hence married his daughter.” (شرح تحفته وتزوج إبنته) From thereon, whenever a fatwa was issued from that household, it was jointly signed by the father, daughter and son-in-law, SubhanAllah. via Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari (Facebook)
The Bedouin and the Existence of Allah
Imam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad al-Maqqarial-Tilimsani al-Andalusi (d. 1041/1631) writes in Kitab Nafh al-Tib:
قيل لأعرابي بم عرفت ربك فقال البعرة تدل على البعير والروث يدل على الحمير وآثار الأقدام تدل على المسير فسماء ذات أبراج وبحار ذات أمواج أما يدل ذلك على العليم القدير
“A Bedouin was asked: how do you know your Lord exists? He replied: “Camel dung indicates camels, donkey dung indicates donkeys and footprints indicate travel. So the sky, with its constellations and the seas with its waves, do not these indicate the All-Knowing, the All-Powerful?”
- There are traces, marks or signatures that mark the existence of Allah.
- The imprint of Allah is in his creation much like the designer and manufacture imprint (whether stylistic or numerical) on a specific product.
- There are indications that the Creator Allah (swt) exists through evidence…
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My Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb
(Daamat Barakaatuhum) says in poetry:
“Agreed, there is a little stolen pleasure in sin,
But what great rebellion is this against the Sustainer
(That you use His bounties to disobey Him).
A little while of pleasure and everlasting regret;
What stupidity it is to bury
the Janaza of respect and honour.”
Extracted from: “Towards Reformation of the heart” by Maulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah)
In truth, true Knowledge is the name of Allah’s Love.
Otherwise, if one disregards the true object of acquiring Knowledge,
Then such Knowledge becomes a means for Iblees to mislead.
That Knowledge which does not lead towards Allah,
Is in fact, not Knowledge, but ignorance.
-Guidance for the Seekers of Allah Ta’ala by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb [Daamat Barakaatuhum] [Musjid-e-Noor]