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Tackling Anti-Islamic Sentiments

By Raiiq Ridwan | Based on a lecture by Br. Nouman Ali Khan In light of the recent protests against Islam, or as coined by the West, “Islamophobia”, it is very important that we refer back to the Qur’an to seek guidance on this issue. Many times we have been played right into the hands […]

The “Sheikh Google” Phenomenon

Islam and the Internet Series: Intro | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IV Googling The Sheikh The term ‘Sheikh Google’ generally refers to an amateurish approach of studying Islam, more specifically to the study of Islamic Law (fiqh) and […]

Facebook: The Hidden Danger

Islam and the Internet Series: Intro | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IV We live in an iWorld. Surrounded by iPhones, iPads, MYspace, YOUtube, the focus is clear: Me, my, I. One need not look far to see this […]

The Fiqh of Facebook

Islam and the Internet Series: Intro | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IV By Sohaib Saeed Online pursuits are consuming an increasing amount of time of young people, and no less the Muslims. Those among the 500 […]

Guidelines to Studying Islam Online

Islam and the Internet Series: Intro | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IV Within the last decade, Muslims have experienced a massive shift in the way they study Islam. In this advanced technological age, Islamic knowledge is available for […]

Is Protesting Permissible?

Answered by S’ad ‘Atiyah al-Azhari (Scholar from al-Azhar) | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: What is the ruling for participating in protests, and if they are permissible, what is the proof? Answer: Protests are a means by which the Muslim community makes its voice heard regarding a specific issue, to those in authority so they can […]

2010 Year in Review: SuhaibWebb.com

Year in Review: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 The new year provides another great reminder to take the time to reflect on the past – for SuhaibWebb.com it has been a year of many changes! We saw the hosting of a virtual town hall, chose a new logo designed by you, the readers, and launched […]

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 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 […]

Unity Through Connecting to Sahih al-Bukhari

A blessed gathering recently took place in Leicester, England, and it was the final maqra’ (reading) of the entire Sahih al-Bukhari under the supervision of Shaykh Ahmad Ali Surty, who Shaykh Akram Nadwi says has the shortest isnad (chain of transmission) of the book to Imam Bukhari in the entire world. The final session was […]

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 […]

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, […]

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) […]

Secular Holidays and the Example of al-Ateerah al-Rajabiyyah

Since we are in the month of Rajab, I thought it would be timely to discuss an event from life of the Prophet ﷺ. The average, educated Muslim and even many scholars have little to no knowledge about this subject. It is an established part of the guidance Allah revealed and preserved for us and […]

Constructive Criticism

It’s not a wonder that the term ‘criticism’ is often qualified with the adjective ‘constructive’. Constructive means to build and is the opposite of ‘destructive’. Hence ‘destructive criticism’ is criticism aimed simply at tearing down what others are doing or have done. One can easily fall into what seems to be ‘destructive criticism’ when care […]

A Lesson in Fiqh: Wiping Over Socks

A common misconception among many people is that they believe the texts of the Qur’an and Hadith are intended for all of mankind and are so clear that anyone fairly literate should be able to read them and understand what they mean. The first part of this idea is correct – the Qur’an and the […]

Declaring Apostasy (Takfir) on Muslims – Part IV

by Ustadh Luqman al-Andalusi Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Being Lenient towards the Believers [66] In the Hadith Qudsi (sacred tradition) Ali ibn Abu Talib said that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah the Exalted says: La ilaha illa Allah is My fortress, whoever enters My fortress is safe from […]