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The Use of Weak Ahadith to Encourage Virtuous Deeds

by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated and Abridged, with slight modifications, by Suha Abu Shakra Question: Many preachers, reformers, and scholars frequently use ahadith (pl. of hadith) known even to novice students of knowledge as being weak. When critiqued, such people claim that weak hadith can be referred to when encouraging virtuous deeds, deterring people from […]

Is a Woman’s Prayer at Home Better?

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad al-Hassan al-Dado | Translated and Abridged by Question: Some jurists say that the increased reward for praying in the masjid does not apply to women because of the known hadith, “A woman’s prayer in her house is better than in her courtyard, and her prayer in her own room is […]

A Question on Migration to the Lands of Islam answered by Dr. ‘Abdullah bin Bayyah

Answered by Dr. ‘Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: The following question was put to the erudite scholar, Shaykh `Abdullah bin Bayyah: “I’m interested in leaving my homeland and migrating to the lands of Islam. I’ve heard that it is an obligation to do so and wanted your guidance on this […]

A Question on Sunnah and Custom

Answered by Dr. Abdullāh bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: I have a question regarding certain habits of the Prophet (ﷺ), such as applying antimony to his eyes, lengthening his hair or eating tharīd (porridge). Are these customs of the Prophet (ﷺ) which he enjoyed, or are they acts of worship […]

No Condemnation in Areas of Ijtihad

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Jamaal Diwan No Condemnation in Areas of Ijtihad from ‘How to Deal with the Tradition, Mathabs, and Differences in Opinion’ From the foundations of this fiqh (the fiqh of disagreement) and its focuses is the principle: There is no condemnation in issues of ijtihad1 (la inkaara fi masaa’il al-ijtihad). […]

On Celebrating The Prophet’s Birthday ﷺ – Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah

Answered by Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb Background: The celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is an issue of controversy amongst the scholars. Thus, there were some who considered it a disliked innovation, a few even saying it reached the level of […]

Between Hardship and Ease: Imam al-Qarafi Drops Mad Science

by Imam al-Qarafi | Translated by Suhaib Webb “When you come upon a question with two opinions, one making things easy and the other difficult, you must not issue verdicts to the masses with what is difficult, or to the specialized (scholars and people known for their worship and piety) or the rulers with what […]

The Love of Allah and His Messenger

by Imam Abū Hamid al-Ghazali | Translated by Huda Shaka` Excerpts from Mukashafāt al-Qulūb (Exposition of the Hearts) When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ invited Ka`ab ibn al-Ashraf and his companions to Islam, they said, “We hold an honorable status as the sons of God, and indeed we love Allah more [than you].” On this occasion, […]

The Ailment and Its Cure by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya

by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya | Translated by Osman Umarji Part 1 | Part 2 This chapter will discuss du`a’ specifically, its usage, things that weaken its effects, and the proper way to make du`a’ to Allah. The first chapter can be found by clicking Part I above. Factors that Prohibit the Acceptance of Du`a’ (invocation of […]

A Mufti’s Moderate Way

by Imām al-Shāti̩bī | Translated by Suhaib Webb From the Qualities of a Muftī: The skillied muftī carries the people on a balanced acceptable way; he does not push them towards severity or excess. The proof for this is that the objective of Islam, in its relationship with people, is moderation, neither radicalism nor being lax. […]

The Ailment and Its Cure

by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya | Translated by Osman Umarji Part 1 | Part 2 All of us know that the Quran is a book of guidance for mankind. We know that the Quran tells us who our creator is, what our purpose in life is, who the Prophets were, and what will occur on the Day […]

Traversing Deep Waters – A Discourse on Practical Unity

by  Muhammad al-Hassan Walid al-Dido al-Shinqiti | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Taken from Fiqh al-Asr Question: There are many different sects and madhāhib [schools of Islamic law]. When we look at them it is difficult to gauge their relationship with Ahl al-Sunna. Are they close or distant? Let us begin with the Ash’aris. […]

Al-Ghazali and Ibn Taymiyyah on Fanaticism

Translated by Suhaib Webb The Proof of Islam, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, d. 505 a.h, wrote: “If you see a scholar declaring others infidels and misguided, shun him and do not busy your heart or your tongue with him! Provocations in knowledge are undoubtedly  from people’s nature, and the ignorant one is unable to exercise patience […]

“Factors that Change Religious Edicts” by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming work “Factors that Change Religious Edicts” by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi. This text is the first to be officially published by Translated by a group of students of knowledge (Webb Translators), it is hoped that this text will serve to chart the way forward for those interested […]

Praying in the Night and Concern for Society: A Glimpse into the Spirituality of the Salaf

by Ibn al-Jawzī | Translated by Suhaib Webb During the time of al-Hasan al-Baṣri there was an evil noble who used to sit on his balcony drinking; committing acts of sin and disobedience. Al-Hasan amassed a group of the righteous to face this evil. Thus, whenever the evil noble engaged in the forbidden, al-Hasan and […]

The Fasting Person Who Eats After Fajr or Before Maghrib

Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Jamaal Diwan Question: What is the ruling for someone who eats suhur after fajir time or has iftar before maghrib time then later on his mistake becomes evident? Answer: All praise is due to Allah and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, companions, and whoever […]

Paying Zakāt al-Fiṭir with Cash

By Dr. Saūd bin ̔Abdullah al-Finisān | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb All praise is to Allah. May His peace and blessings be Upon the Messenger of Allāh, [Muḥammad], Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Zakāh al-Fiṭir is obligatory according to the Majority of Scholars. Some scholars from the Zāhiri, as well as Shafi’ī and Mālikī […]

Who are the Scholars of this Age?

Answered by Dr. Yusuf Qaradawi | Translated by Suhaib Webb Question “Are there qualified scholars in this century? If so, where are they found? How do we know who the scholars are?” Answer “Of course! There are a large number of scholars (of Islamic law) found in every country in the world. Most are found […]

The Learning Imperative: Imam Malik and Priorities

by Muhammad ibn Rushd | Translated by “Mālik was asked about sitting and listening to story tellers. He responded, ‘I don’t like this.’ It is well known in the Mālikī rite [madhab] that listening to stories is a repugnant act. It is related that Yaḥya bin Yaḥya said, “A young man from Tripoli set […]