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The Top Six Mistakes in Usul

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Out of all the Islamic subjects I’ve had the opportunity to explore in my time studying abroad, one of my favorites has been Usul al-Fiqh – the study of the methodology […]

Question Regarding Marital Rape

Question: Is marital rape allowed in Islam? Answer: As salaamu alaykum, Thank you for asking this important question which has come to the fore in recent times, and which has been the cause of confusion for many people. Here are some important points to take into consideration when learning about this issue: It is absolutely […]

Questioning the Hadith?

Question: I was wondering if you could talk about how we should deal with hadiths (Prophetic traditions) that seem to be unfair towards women; for example, that the hellfire is full of women, a woman is deficient in intellect, etc. How are we supposed to understand and accept these kinds of statements when they seem to […]

Married While Hijabi?

Question: I started wearing hijab1 a few years ago and I’m proud of it and happy that I’m doing it.  The thing is my family introduced to me to a guy a few months ago for marriage, and it’s been going really well.  The only problem is that he doesn’t want me to wear hijab.  […]

Pearls from Scholars

Shaykh Sa`id Ramadan al-Bouti is a well-respected modern-day scholar and author who is most popularly known for his esteemed work Fiqh us-Seerah. In my time in Damascus, I saw hundreds of people from every walk of life – mothers and shopkeepers, students and cab drivers, young and old – flock to his weekly classes at […]

Taking Off the Hijab

Question: I understand that hijab is required, and I’ve been wearing it for some time now but I feel like putting it on might have been a mistake.  I don’t feel like it’s made me become a better Muslim, and I feel almost like I’m deceiving people because they look at me as an example […]

For the Struggling Student

Question: Recently, my interest in studying Islam in depth has grown, and I’ve been reading some books on a number of topics in the Islamic Sciences.  While I hoped that my studies would bring me to a higher level of iman [faith] and a closer relationship with Allah, I feel that the opposite may have […]

“Koran Boy” and Miracles

Last October a popular British tabloid, The Sun, printed a story about a young Muslim boy in Dagestan, dubbed  “Koran Boy”  whose family claimed that miraculous imprints of the Quran would appear on his body at varying times.1We all may have encountered stories in this vein at one time or another – reports of a […]

Remembering Allah with the Heart

From a talk given Friday Nov. 21st 200 All of us are familiar with the term dhikr – the noun of the Arabic verb dhakaraa / yadhkuru which means mention and remembrance of Allah (swt). Often when we think of dhikr specific words and phrases come to mind such as SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, and […]