Was the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam) illiterate?

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Was the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam) able to read or write? We know that Allah jalla wa ‘alā says in the Qur’ān: الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ الرَّسُولَ النَّبِيَّ الْأُمِّيَّ Those who follow the Messenger, the Ummiyy (unlettered) Prophet…  (al-A‘rāf, 157) And He ‘azza wa jall also says: وَمَا كُنْتَ تَتْلُو مِنْ قَبْلِهِ…

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Walk Before You Talk

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I just love this story about the great Muhaddith and Imām, Hāfidh Abu Bisṭām Shu‘bah b. al-Hajjāj. Imām al-Dhahabi relates in his Siyar that al-Asma‘ī said: “We were once with Shu‘bah whilst he was was narrating hadīth when he heard the sound of pens writing (on wooden slates). “Is it raining?”…

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The wonderful Imam Ibn al-Qayyim once said, “If a picture of ‘ilm itself was to be taken, it would be more beautiful than the Sun and the Moon.” (Rawḍat’l-Muḥibbīn, 201) ‘Ilm – the study, learning and implementation of it – is the irresistible life force of the Muslim. I’ve been…

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