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The Qur’an In The Thought Of the Great Hanafi Jurist Mustafa Zarqa (r)

Translated and Adapted by: Abul-Hussein | Source: al-Madkhal al Fiqhi al-Amm, Mustafa Zarqa (r) The foundational source of Islamic legislation is the Holy Qur’an. In this sacred text the essential principles of legislation were elucidated and creedal parameters were made clear and transparent in detail. As far as essentials in the sphere of worship and […]

Seven Rules for Understanding Sacred Texts

From the book Dawabi fe fahm al-Nusus Translated by Suhaib Webb The First Rule: Reconciling between the explicit and the implied when interpreting sacred texts. 1. Explicit means anything related to the realm of language regardless of whether the text is general or specific, universal or restricted, an order or a prohibition, or literal or […]

Some Ramadan Rulings for Women

By Sh. Muhammad al-Hassan Wali al-Dido al-Shanqiti | Translated by Suhaib Webb [I begin] with the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Exerciser of Mercy. I send prayers and salutations upon the one brought out as a mercy to everything, his family, companions and whoever follows his guidance and his way until the Last […]

Moderation in Religious Verdicts

By Dr. Abdullah Bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb What is meant by moderation? “By moderation we mean a comparison between the universals [of Shari’ah] and its particulars; a balance between the core aims [of Shari’ah] and its secondary branches and a strong correlation between the fixed [texts] and consideration for the changeable [texts […]

The Methodology of Reform According to Jamal al-Din al-Afghani [Part Two]

By Dr. ‘Ali al-Qarahdaghi* | Translated and abridged by Suhaib Webb The methodology of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani is composed of the following major points: A return to the Noble Qur’an: Jamal al-Din al-Afghani considered the Noble Qur’an as the foundation of reform saying, “The Qur’an is one of the greatest means for attracting the non-Muslims […]

Living In Non Muslim Lands

By Shaikh Abdullah bin Bayyah | Abul-Hussein Source: The Craft Of Fatwa And The Fiqh Of Minorities Produced By:   Contextualization [The following mentions of some of the proofs that justify  the convert to continue to reside in non-Muslim lands, which in fact,  become for the convert, under certain conditions,  Dar al Islam [the […]

A Maltreated Hadith

In the Name of the Most Gracious, Most Merciful God By Muhammad Al-Ghazali| Translated by Umm Majeed From Al-‘Ilal wal-Adaweyyah   A Hadith, which at first sight presents a ruling which our scholars and jurists never advocated might seem difficult to understand. However, accepting it without restriction or rejecting it is not permissible. It is […]

“Boss Refuses to Let Me Attend Friday Prayers.”

Answered by Dr. ‘Abdullah Bin Bayyah | Translated and abridged by Suhaib Webb The Question: My husband works for a company in London. Recently he asked his boss if he would excuse him on Fridays to observe the Friday Prayer. His boss refused and my husband is unable to observe it. What is the ruling […]

The Priority of Knowledge before Action

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated  by Jamal Diwan. Fiqh of Priorities” by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi. One of the most important priorities in the consideration of the Shari’a is the priority of knowledge before action. Knowledge comes before action and is its guide. It is reported that Mu’ath ibn Jabal said: “Knowledge is a leader […]

Wisdom Concentrate 8.1: Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Suhaib Webb “The method that I’ve employed over the course of my entire life is: That I seek to build and I don’t destroy, I unify and I don’t divide; I leave [other scholars] to make their own choices, and I will not force my opinions and legal […]

“Is it Allowed to Delay Having Children?”

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated by Suhaib Webb The Question: “Is it allowed for us to delay having children?” The Answer:

The Muslims Need for the Revivalist Thought of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani [part one]

By Dr. ‘Ali al-Qarahdaghi | Translated by Suhaib Webb “All praise it due [alone] to Allah the Lord of everything that exists. Peace and blessings be upon the one sent as a mercy to all: Muhammad the truthful guide, upon his brothers [in faith] all of the Prophets, his pure family, his noble companions and […]

The Changing of a Religious Edict According to Time and Place: Part One [changes in developments and capabilites] al-Allamah Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi | Translated and abridged by Suhaib Webb “Modern knowledge and developments provided people of this era with astonishing capabilities unknown to those who preceded them. This can be traced back to the following, knowledge based, revolutions: Electronic revolution Biological revolution Space exploration Nuclear revolution Electronic revolution Information revolution Communications revolution These […]

Understanding Minority Fiqh [2] Respecting Differences: al-’Allamah Sh. Bin Bayyah

By Dr. Bin Bayyah [may Allah preserve him] | Translated by Suhaib Webb Taken from sunat al-fatwa wa fiqh al-Aqaliyat One of the important legal axioms related to the axiom of ‘ease’ is: ‘If there are [scholarly] differences surrounding issues of contention, or issues involving independent judgement [ijtihad]; in the absence of a scholarly rebuke, […]

6 Principles of Spiritual Growth Found in Surah al-Fatiha: Shaykh al-Islam Muhammad al-Tahir bin ‘Ashur [may Allah have mercy upon him]

By Sheikh al-Islam Muhammad al-Tahir bin ‘Ashur | Translated by Suhaib Webb Abridged from al-Tahrir wa al-Tanwir   “Allah [the most exalted] calls the one who opens the Qur’an to the fundamentals of tazkiyah [purification and development of the soul] by beginning with some important principles of success which begin with the statement: “It is […]

Understanding Minority Fiqh [2]

By Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated by Suhaib Webb Taken from sunat al-fatwa wa fiqh al-Aqaliyat of Dr. Bin Bayyah Part one can be found here — One of the important legal axioms related to the axiom of ‘ease’ is: “If there are [scholarly] differences surrounding issues of contention, or issues involving independent judgement […]

A True Talib ul-’Ilm (Student of Sacred Knowledge)

By Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah | Translated by Shazia Ahmad 1 …And here [we will mention] another account from among the most extraordinary of narratives, which occurred with an Andalusian scholar when he traveled from al-Andalus to the East. He traveled this great distance walking on his two legs [without the help of a […]

Forbidden Forms of Dhikr

By Shaykh `Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudda | Translated by A. Haque As for the type of dhikr performed by some people which comprises of rhythmically coordinated movements of the body, melodious hymns and songs, jumping, leaping, hopping, bending forward and then straightening up, and violent twisting and shoving, then this form of dhikr is forbidden, […]

A Translation Of A Section From Sh. Manna’ al-Qattan’s Book On ‘Uloom al-Hadith: Regarding Weak Ahadith

By Sh. Mann’a al-Qatan | Translated by Ustadh Jamal Diwan   As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Bismillah was-salaatu was-salamu ‘ala rasoolillah I wanted to share with you all a rough translation of a section that I read recently from Sh. Manna’ al-Qattan’s book on ‘Uloom al-Hadith. The section is very short, but gives […]

Selling Pork in the Hood: Come and Taste the Method of a Contemporary Legal Giant!

By: Salah Soltan | Translated by Suhaib Webb   Asalamu alaykum, I’ve posted this article for a number of reasons. However, I would like all of us, students of knowledge, to focus on the fiqh method used in the article. 1. Teaching with dalil [evidences] and t’alil [causes] 2. Not regulated to one school 3. […]