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All attempts have been made to base our reading and research for all the work published by ‘Call to Prayer Publications’ on the teachings of the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith. Every effort is made to reference and cross-reference wherever possible. May Allah (swt) guide us and teach us.

As an organisation we are not involved or associate with any sect, group or party and are strictly independent of any other organisation. Therefore any literature that is not verified by authentic Qur’anic scholars and authentic scholars of Ahadith have not been used, and will not be included in any work published.

The versions used of the Qur’anic text and books of Ahadith have been prepared by learned scholars and highly qualified translators, who have years of experience. To avoid any bias and for our work to be as diverse as possible, different interpretations and a range of various commentaries are used.

Please also be aware that when undertaking research on the text of the Qur’an and Ahadith you have to rely on the learned people who have devoted their lives to understanding Arabic text and the context of the teachings in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

In order for us to further our own study, the work of these honourable scholars has to be used and reliance on their understanding is seen as correct and authentic.

The scholars used extensively in our work have been listed in this section as well as the titles of the books and reference books used.

We have listed and do follow all the four authentic main schools of thought on the Ahadith.

The core belief we have and base all our studies on is that any text or argument that goes outside the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah should be rejected.

The Qur’an – text, commentary & explanation
The Meaning of The Glorious Qur’an - Text & Explanatory translation

Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall

The Noble Qur’an in the English Language

(A Summarised Version of At-Tabari, Al Qurtubi and Ibn Kathir with explanatory comments from Sahih Bukhari).

Dr.Muhammad Taqi-ud Din Al-Hilali

Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan

The Illustrious Qur’an

Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Narrators of Ahadith

The Companions (Ra) of our beloved Prophet (saw) have all contributed to providing the reflection of Rasulallah’s (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) life and times. However the great scholars of that time who have narrated the most hadith, which have been authenticated as Sahih – correct are listed below, in no particular order;

Hasrat Aisha Siddique (ra)

Hasrat Ibn Abbas (ra)

Hasrat Abu Hurairah (ra)

Hasrat Malik ibn Anas (ra)

Hasrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (ra)

Compilers of Sahih Ahadith (Books of hadith)

Scholars of Ahadith have confirmed what the actual Sunnah means. The Sunnah is the ‘Way’ of Prophet Muhammad Salla lahu Alayhi Wa'ale Hi Wasallam and includes his; words / teachings / actions / physical appearance / approval / dis-approval.

Imam Bukhari (ra) (Sahih Bukhari)

Imam Muslim (ra) (Sahih Muslim)

Imam Malik ibn Anas (ra) (Al-Muwatta)

Imam Abu Dawud (ra) (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal (ra) (Musnad Ahmed)

Imam ibn Majah (ra) (Sunan ibn Majah)

Imam Tirmidhi (ra) (Jaami Tirmidhi / Ashaam-il)

Imam Nasai (ra) (Sunan An-Nasai)

Scholars of Islamic Sharia and Fiqh

The four schools of Shariah share most of their rulings, but differ on the particular hadiths they accept as authentic and the weight they give to analogy or reason - qiyas in deciding difficulties. We must remember that they were all great scholars and it is with the understanding and wisdom that Allah (swt) blessed them, that we are able to further our understanding of the Qur’an and Ahadith.

Complete Knowledge is only with the Al-Alim, the All-Knower and the perfect faith and wisdom was bestowed only on our Prophet (saw). Therefore even the great learned scholars do not have by their own admission a perfect understanding and complete knowledge of Deen - religion, they are not infallible. Therefore we should follow the great Ulama - scholars, and choose one school of fiqh to follow - Taqlid. This will ensure that we are fair and consistent with following rulings in Shariah and do not attempt to pick and choose from different schools.

Hanifi - Imam Abu Hanifa (Ra)

Maliki - Imam Malik (Ra)

Shaf’I - Imam Shafee (Ra)

Hanbali – Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (Ra)

Additional books of Reference

Study the Noble Qur’an - Word for Word

Summarised Sahih Al-Bukhari

Summarised Sahih Muslim

The Encyclopaedic Index of the Qur’an.

The Prophet (saw) said that 'I left with you two things. As long as you hold firm to them after me, you will never be mis-guided, the Book of Allah (swt) and my Sunnah'.  Al Muwatta