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RE: Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, Shaykh Nazim, and the Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine and Beliefs…

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Qibla.com

Answered by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad

Do Hanafi and other Sunni scholars accept the writings and teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani of the Islamic Supreme Council of North America (such as his Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine and Beliefs according to Ahl as-Sunna, for example) as reliable. I have heard some speak out against him and his Shaykh (Muhammad Nazim Adil), but I have also heard others praise him. I am genuinely confused.

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Regarding Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim I am unworthy to speak of him. As for Shaykh Hisham then may Allah save him and inspire him the right course. As for the Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine it may in sha’ Allah continue to remain a useful and reliable reference in English against certain heresies that are troubling the Umma, except for a couple of pages in which errors crept in. Namely, the claim (7:114) that women passed the hand of the Prophet (upon him peace) over their bodies! and that this is in Bukhari! No it is not, nor in any other book of hadith in the history of Islam.

Also, the statement from Shaykh Salah Nassar (7:188) that “there is disagreement” whether handshake with women took place in bay`a or not, which is false–it is unanimously established that there was never a direct handshake; third, Shaykh Salah’s claim that a certain hadith is in Bukhari: also incorrect. May Allah accept the rest and make it beneficial.

Hajj Gibril

GF Haddad

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