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COVID-19 has been declared as a global pandemic by World Health Organisation (WHO). Certain Muslims associated the emergence of Al-Ṯurāyya with the fading of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This article aimed to discuss the text and context of the Hadith Al-Ṯurāyya (الثُريَّـــــــــــا) and its link to the termination of COVID-19. Classical and contemporary scholars’ opinions were analysed in this study. The methodology used involved inductive and deductive supplemented with critical analysis determining the most appropriate opinion on this matter. Further empirical study of the visibility of Al-Ṯurāyya in the Islamic history were analysed using Stellarium Astronomy Software 0.20.0. The findings of the study revealed that the hadith refers to the disappearance of disease pertaining to fruits and crops and not to related to the end of any pandemic. Additionally, the rise of Al-Ṯurāyya showed no connection with pandemic termination in the Islamic history. In conclusion, the claim that COVID-19 will disappear with the emergence of Al-Ṯurāyya can be rejected.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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The implementation of waqf introduced by the Prophet SAW and his companions are the main reference and guidance for Muslim to expand its continuity for particular category of waqf infrastructure. This article aims to examine the definition and concept of waqf infrastructure. The discussion focuses on analysis of textuals Hadith of waqf that derived from al-Kutub al-Sittah and its application in the perspective of Maqasid al-Sunnah. It is found that there are 36 textuals Hadith regarding waqf in al-Kutub al-Sittah whereby 27 textuals Hadith are categorised as waqf infrastructure. In terms of the discussion on waqf infrastructure within the framework of textuals Hadith, there are 3 main categories such as religious infrastructure, public infrastructure and general infrastructure. In addition, there are 6 types of waqf infrastructure under those categories including waqf of land, waqf of garden, waqf of well Bayruhaʾ, waqf of land for mosque and waqf of military weapons. In the light of Maqasid al-Sunnah, it signifies the development of waqf infrastructure must be in line with the principals and its implementation that introduced by the Prophet SAW and his companions RA.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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Terengganu Quran manuscript is one of the best manuscripts ever produced in the 19th century AD. Copying this manuscript requires precision in various aspects, especially in the aspect of writing because it is a scripture that needs to be preserved. Since at that time there was no evidence to say that there was a body that checked the accuracy of the writing method, then a study on the aspect of the fawāṣil is very necessary to do. This study focuses on the Terengganu Quran manuscript IAMM 2012.13.6 which is a collection at the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia. The objective of this study is to look at the aspect of fawāṣil which is one of the important aspects in the writing of the Quran. In addition, the meaning aspect of the sentence is also examined to see if it has implications that can change the meaning of the sentence. Qualitative research methods are used to examine the text of the Quran from surah al-Baqarah and the data are analyzed using inductive and deductive methods. The same method is also used to examine aspects of sentence meaning. The results of the study found that there is a difference of fawāṣil in the Terengganu Quran manuscript if seen in the view of the scholars fawāṣil. Differences in this aspect have led to the effect of sentence interpretation. However, this difference does not change the law because the place of the difference does not occur in the sentence of law. The results of the study also prove, most likely that the writer of this manuscript has its own method based on the knowledge available at that time.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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The interpretation submitted by the translator of mashaf Quran against the pronouncement of al-kawkab and al-kawakib means ‘star’. Based on the studies from the modern astronomy, both words refer to a planet. The study of the meaning of al-kawkab and al-kawakib is about explaining more appropriate meanings based on the context of Islamic astronomy. The main objective of this study is to identify the meaning of al-kawkab and al-kawakib terms in al-Quran and to analyze the correlation between Quranic commentaries with modern discoveries of planets in the solar system. Methods of comparison between the views of Quranic commentaries and modern astronomy are highlighted with reference based on classical and contemporary tafseers, and modern astronomy literature. The study found that there are four passages that discuss physical characteristics of planets. In addition, the reason that may be adduced to explain appropriate translations for the words al-kawkab and al-kawakib as ‘planet’ is based on the majority of Quranic commentaries and research on the difference in physical nature of planets and stars. In conclusion, the is no difference between Quranic commentaries and modern astronomy related to planets and their features. Thus the pronouncement of al-kawkab and al-kawakib in the Quran refers to a planet, not a star.

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In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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Fever is one of the body’s natural responses to any virus or bacterial infection. In the hadith, fever is described as being a compassionate spark made from fire, proof of which is that fever is caused by body heat. Using both inductive and deductive methodologies, this article seeks to provide a comparative examination of fever from the perspective both of hadith and of the discussions contained within a Malay medical text. This study, on the sources of al-Kutub al-sitta, has found that there are nine hadiths that expound on fever and its treatment, and that these can be divided into two main types: [1] those that view fever as a disease and then show the most suitable methods for treatment, including treatment techniques, the reading of appropriate ruqya, and the most suitable materials for so doing; and [2] those that present fever as being the eternal removal of sin by Allah. On the other hand, the Malay medical manuscript Kitab Bermacam-Macam Khasiat explains fever and its various types, how to treat fever using herbs, and its use as a means for healing. From the similarities between the hadith that are discussed here and the Malay medical text, it can be seen that the primary means for treating fever is through the use of water. In terms of medical philosophy, the Prophet SAW gave and emphasised a single-compound treatment method, whereas Malay medical manuscripts place more emphasis on mixed-compound treatments. In order to explain the hadith, our analysis has found that it is suggested that prayers or specific ruqya in which our submission of hope to Allah are employed, while Malay medical manuscripts help highlight the experience and knowledge of herbal remedies within the community and how such treatments have been passed from one generation to the next.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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This article analyses the methods applied by contemporary hadith scholars in interpreting the hadiths of the Prophet (PBUH) and the extent to which these methods were practiced by previous hadith scholars. Three leading scholars from al-Ghumārī’s family were selected, namely Aḥmad bin al-Ṣiddīq al-Ghumārī, ʿAbdullah bin Ṣiddīq al-Ghumārī and ʿAbd al-Azīz al-Ghumārī. Al-Ghumārīs are Sufi scholars who have been criticised for their method in evaluating hadith. This research focuses on the methods of interpretation used by the al-Ghumārīs and examines the qualitative research methodology applied by these three scholars in interpreting hadith. The result shows that several of their methods contradict the methods applied by the previous hadith scholars who were careful to distinguish between hadiths that are general or specific. In interpreting hadith al-fitan, these three scholars preferred to use taʾwil (an interpretation not immediately implied by the text) rather than depending on textual methods. Much of their understanding of hadith al-fitan is based on unrealistic assumptions and without any evidence.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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The propagation of bogus hadiths within the Muslim community can no longer be ignored due to the advancement of modern technology. The Internet and social media give a platform for the unfettered transmission of any material, including weak and fake hadiths. The purpose of this study is to present a new narrative on fake hadiths and describe the varieties of “contemporary fake hadiths” that are prevalent in the community. All relevant documentary and video information is studied using inductive, deductive, and descriptive methods in order to provide a foundation for a discussion of modern fake hadith along with pertinent examples. According to the findings of the study, a modern fake hadith is a statement that claims to be related to the Prophet Muhammad SAW, whether the statement has a basis of evidence but is misunderstood or does not have a basis of evidence but is associated with the Prophet SAW. The types of modern fake hadith are: [1] testimony and claims of meeting the Prophet accompanied by an alibi. [2] Testimony and assertions from the hadith, but based on a misunderstanding of the hadith’s or text’s content, and, [3] False evidence and assertions that are based directly on the Prophet SAW or not, and are not of the type of false hadith that have been recorded in existing fake hadith publications. In conclusion, the dissemination of erroneous hadith within the community today is not confined to what has been reported in al-Da‘ifat wa al-Mawdu‘at. There are still hadiths and modern fake rumours that continue to expose society to diverse comments and claims attributed to the Prophet SAW for a variety of purposes.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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There are various verses in the Qurʾan which apparently lead to the meaning of war. With regard to its intepretation of its related verses, there are mainly two different views. The first view argues that war in Islam will not happen but in a defensive manner. In other words, a war among Muslims would not happen unless they have been attacked and their reaction is in the form of counter attack in order to protect their dignity and life. The second view sees war in offensive manner. It is considered as a holy war (jihād) which is under the category of striving in the cause of Allah, and recommended to gain the status of martyrdom (syahīd).

These different views create variant intepretations of the word jihād and war. The existance of certain groups related to terrorism such as Islamic State of Iraq and al-Syam (isis), al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah Islamiyyah and others, abusing the name of Islam and using hostile approaches in order to achieve their aims, have clearly a negative impact on Islam.

This article reviews the meaning of jihād and war in accordance to the Qurʾanic perspective in order to address this issue fairly. Relevant data have been taken from selected authoritative Qurʾanic exegesis pertaining to verses of jihād and war. It uses content analysis to analyse those related data.The article concludes that jihad in Islam is subject to sincere intention and a clear objective: it does not simply mean fighting. A war should be viewed from different aspects whether defensive or offensive because different backgounds will lead to the both. Both jihad and war are clearly different from terrorism, and both of them are associated with the meaning of fī sabīllah as commonly understood.

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In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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Estate planning is a process in which estates are being distributed during one’s lifetime to meet a testator’ intention. In this context, innovation is vital in selecting and applying appropriate instruments which are in accordance with the Islamic principles. In Malaysia, various conflicts of distribution of estates or wealth occur among the beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, mainly due to the sole reliance on faraid, delayed application of distribution of estates by the beneficiaries, bureaucratic challenges which lead to the lock down of Muslims’ estates and other related issues. The main objective of this article is to explore the concept of innovation in the planning of the distribution of estates according to the Quran and Sunnah. In achieving this objective, the content analysis methodology is applied by using primary and secondary data. The study has found that the innovation in estates planning needs to be applied regularly to resolve the problems and difficulties faced by Muslims in their estates distribution, due to the current limitations and restraints. The guidance of the innovation has been ordained in the Quran and Sunnah and they are to be explored by the Muslims themselves.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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The modernity that occurs in Information Technology has resulted in the dumping of information in the digital world. This is inevitable as the use of technology in the millennium period has become essential for all parties. At the same time, the development of new media has also increased, and It has left an impact on society globally. Information greatly influences cultures, beliefs -especially religious beliefs-, ideologies, thoughts, value systems, behaviours and social interactions. This study discussed the issues raised by Samina Ali in the TEDx Talks channel. The methodology used was a qualitative design using content analysis as the data analysis method. The results of this study showed that the interpretation presented by Samina Ali is in direct contradiction to the interpretation agreed upon by authoritative scholars. Therefore, Muslims need to be more cautious in seeking information about Islam in the TED Talks YouTube channel as not everyone is qualified to speak about religion without expertise and authority in that field.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies