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The Du’a’ of Umar ibn AbdelAziz

by Imam Ash-Shawkani1 | Translated by Jinan Bastaki The just caliph Umar ibn AbdelAziz, may Allah have mercy on him, used to say, “O You whose Mercy encompasses everything, I am a thing so let Your mercy encompass me – O Most Merciful of those who show mercy!” I prefer: “O You who has written mercy […]

Taqlīd, and Following a Madhhab

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi1 | Translated, with slight modifications, by Muslema Purmul Between Absolutism and Negligence Linguistic definition: Arabic linguists say that taqlīd is derived from the root word qalāda, which is a necklace that is fastened around the neck. From it comes the taqlīd of a road; it is as though the follower fastens the […]

The Statute of Tolerance in Islam

by Dr. `Ali Gom`a | Translated by Farida Khalil The Qur’an establishes clear principles for mankind (to live by). It declares unequivocally that all human beings were created from one being and are united by common origin. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (Exalted and All-Mighty) says: “O mankind, be mindful of your Lord, Who created you from […]

Lying to Your Husband to Set Him Right?

Answered by Dr. `Ali Goma | Translated by Naiyerah Kolkailah Question: My husband used to drink alcohol, and I am someone who prays alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah). I was very concerned and unsure of what to do, so I lied to him, and I hope that Allah forgives me. I told him: ‘I dreamt of […]

On the Dangers of Pride, Conceit, and Boasting

by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali | Abridged and Translated by Suhaib Webb Part I “Pride, conceit and boasting are deep seated illnesses. They are defined as a person viewing himself as greater and more important than others, while viewing others as inferior and mediocre.” The Signs of Arrogance It manifests itself in the speech of a […]

Thoughts on Islam’s Political System

by Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni | Translated, with slight modifications, by Suha Abu Shakra Many evidences show a clear distinction between two categories of rulings in the shari`ah (the Islamic system of law based on the Qur’an and Sunnah). The first deals with beliefs, worship, and morals, and it is characterized by detailed and fixed rulings. The […]

Searching for the Night of Power

Imam al-Razi stated, “Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala – exalted is He) concealed this night like He did with many things: He concealed His pleasure with acts of obedience so one will strive towards them all, the answer to supplications so one will work towards making every supplication matter, His greatest name so people will magnify […]

What Happens When an Elderly Person Cannot Fast?

by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: What is obligatory upon the elderly who are unable to fast? Answer: “If a person has reached old age and they are unable to fast, then feeding a person (for each day of fasting missed) is sufficient.” (ad-Daraqutni and al-Hakim) Allah says, […]

Wisdoms and Rulings for Ramadan

by Shaykh Muhammad al-Hassan Walid Dido al-Shanqiti | Translated by Suhaib Webb All praise is to Allah [alone] the Lord of everything that exists. Peace and prayers upon the one sent as a mercy to everything ﷺ, his family members, companions and whoever seeks guidance with his guidance and strives to follow his Sunnah (actions […]

A Tribute to Shaykh Ahmed al-`Assāl, by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradāwī

by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradāwī | Translated and Abridged by Huda Shaka` At last, the end has come and a voice that always spoke the truth, invited to good, and articulated Islamic positions – both in creed and practice – has gone silent. Today, I write of `Assāl, who though not destined to bear his own children, […]

Glimpses into the Art of Moderation from the Prophet ﷺ

by Al-Qadi Abu Bakr ibn Arabi al-Maliki | Translated by Suhaib Webb It is related in the two authentic collections of al-Bukhari and Muslim from Ibn Abbas (ra), that the latter spent the night in the house of his aunt, Maymuna, the wife of the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him). Ibn Abbas slept on one […]

Sha’ban: One Scholarly Perspective by Dr. Ali Goma

by Dr. `Ali Gom`a Mohammed | Translated by Suhaib Webb Question: 1. For a long time now, we have been accustomed to celebrating the night of mid-Sha’ban by gathering the residents of the village — old and young, women and children — in the mosque for Maghrib prayer. Afterward, we recite Surat Ya-Sin three times, […]

For the Sinner

by Imam Ibn al-Jawzī | Translated by Shazia Ahmad It is reported that in some of the revealed books of old, Allah the Exalted says, “O My servant, for how long will you continue in your sins, while I nourish you with My provision and treat you with honor?  Haven’t I shaped you with My own […]

From the Foundations of Islam: There is No Obligation in the Face of (Legitimate) Weakness

by Dr. Ali Abdul Jabbar al-Sururi | Translated by Suhaib Webb This principle was mentioned by Ibn al-Qayyim and it lends to the notion of a step by step outlook and gradual approach in one’s practice of Islam. When a Muslim finds himself in a situation where he does not have the capacity to observe certain […]

Unity in Action: Shaykh al-Qaradawi Defends the Creed of al-Azhar University

Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi |Translated by Suhaib Webb Moderator: “There are some people who attack the creed (`aqida) of al-Azhar.” The shaykh responds, noting that the Arabic usage was strange, signifying that “all of Azhar is `aqida only…” Shaykh al-Qaradawi: “You mean, they attack the creed of the Ash`ari?” Moderator: “Yes.” Shaykh al-Qaradawi: “Azhar is not […]

Commencing a Gathering with Recitation of al-Fatiha? Answered by Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah

Answered by Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: Is it okay to commence a gathering with recitation of the first chapter of the Qur’an, al-Fatiha (the Opening)? The Answer: Reciting the Qur’an is encouraged and not restricted to a specific time or place. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) […]

Noble Character by Shaykh Ali Goma, Mufti of Egypt

by Dr. `Ali Goma |Translated, with slight modifications, by Farida Khalil The scholars who aimed to protect the station of ihsan (when a person reaches the level of worshiping Allah as if s/he sees Him) have restricted this path firstly by remembrance (dhikr) and thought (fikr). They take the prescription for dhikr directly from the […]

The Manners of Scholars: Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the Passing of Shaykh Muhammad Tantawi

by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated, with slight modifications, by Jinan Bastaki Recently, Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi published an article on the passing of Shaykh Muhammad Tantawi. It is a beautiful example of love and respect between two scholars who disagreed with each other, and something we can all learn from, insha’Allah (God willing). “Blessed is […]

Scholarly Disagreement

Translated by Ustadh Arsalan Haque A Declaration by al-Majma` al-Fiqhi, Mecca Annual Convention Background All praises are due to Allah alone.  Peace and blessings be on the one after whom there will be no prophet – our master and prophet, Muhammad, may God bless him, his family, and his companions and grant them peace. To […]

Hidden Secrets of the Qur’an

by Imam Abu Ḥamid al-Ghazali |Translated and Abridged by Huda Shaka` Excerpts from Kitāb al-Arba`īn fī Usūl al-Dīn (The Book of Forty Principles of the Religion) The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is no intercessor of higher status with Allah on the Day of Judgment than the Qur’an—neither a prophet nor a king nor [any] other.” […]