Last edited by ssjkakarot; 17-10-2009 at 07:59 PM.
This is what I found:
rather the one that has the face with noor/enlighted as it could inform on the quality of the innerself and could attach people's heart to pray in congregationthen the one who is handsome
rather the 'best' spouse due to her chastity/rank/nobilitythen the one with beautiful wife
And btw the name of the book is "Rad al Muhtar" but the version of the attack is also found against a passage from maraqi al falah
Btw in every madhhab there were some weird positions but ill-intentioned people will only notice these.
As far as I know, the point about the most beautiful wife is not the official position of the Hanafi Madhab and is only a solution deduced by the author of Radd al Muhtar, Allamah Ibn Abideen (rahmatullahialayh) himself. Moulana Amin Safdar Okarwi (rahmatullahialayh) wrote an answer to this Ahle Hadith (or more appropriately pseudo-Shia) objection in his Tajalliyaat e Safdar somewhere but it may take me a while to find it again seeing as how it is written 7 volumes. Off the top of my head, it said something like someone with a beautiful wife will not look at another's wife or sister, daughter, etc and therefore his eyes and heart will be purer than those whose wives may not ba as good looking. However, as I said before and as I believe Moulana Sahib (rahmatullahialayh) himself mentioned, this is not the official position of the Hanafi Madhab due to the obvious weaknesses in it.
Funny how pseudo-Shias are quick to criticize rare opinions in the Hanafi Madhab but when the same is said of their own Scholars, they quickly assert that they are not the official positions of the psedo-Shia and run off.
"Whoever acts upon what he knows, Almighty Allah bestows upon himthe knowledge of things not known to him"(Fazaa'il-e-A'maal, Virtues of the Holy Qur'an, Part 1, under Hadith 8)
Traditionally in both a village or a city everyone know about people around him, and if Fulan get married with Fulana, everybody knows them since they were young children, and especially women-folk know her look and qualities and defects, and voices spread on..
It was easy to know who was deemed as the most beatiful girl of the city, even if she wore niqab, just for her fame and the stories the women-folk discussed in their families and so on.
A traditional city is not about not-interacting hermetically sealed compartments, but a true community with a lot of interchange among the different social classes, families, genders, ages..
They were communities, unlike the individualist societies we have today.. Anybody know about Tonnies? ;-)
Issue is "Choosing an imam "
First let us see what the prophet sallellahu Alaihiwasallam says
about selecting the Imam. Narrated Abu Masud Al-Ansari, Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him)said: The one who is most versed in Allah's Book should act as Imam for the people, but if they are equally versed in reciting it, then the one who has most knowledge regarding Sunnah; if they are equal regarding the Sunnah, then the earliest one to emigrate; if they emigrated at the same time, then the earliest one to embrace Islam. No man must lead another in prayer where (the latter) has authority, or sit in his place of honor in his house, without his permission. Ashajj in his narration used the word "age" in place of "Islam" (Sahih Muslim; Kitab –Salat: 1420).
Sorry for my bad english
May Allah help us