Archive for the ‘Islamic Law’ category

Understanding Usul al-Fiqh

Usul al-Fiqh Series: Part I Primer in Conceptualizing Usul al-Fiqh The following series is intended to introduce usul al-fiqh in a systematic manner. In this section, we will introduce some key concepts that outline briefly what usul al-fiqh is about, what is beneficial about this science, and why it is important. Defining and Describing Usul […]

There can only be one truth, right?

There can only be one truth, right? So when it comes to Islamic law this must also be the case. There may be different opinions but only one of them is correct and therefore my ‘shaykh’, ‘madhab’, ‘tariqa’, ‘group’ is usually right to the exclusion of others. This may be the type of logic that […]

The Language of the Khutbah

Originally published in January 2010 By the Grace of Allah, we have a beautiful tradition of law filled with rich wisdom that balances between a deep understanding of our scripture and the reality of those to whom it is applied. Consequentially, our scholars have dealt with the modern world by developing two new applications of […]

When Islamic Principles and Leadership Part Ways

By Ali Shareef The recent upheaval in the Middle East has resulted in the fall of ruthless dictators, toppling them like dominoes. It began in Tunisia and shook the land of the pyramids. At least briefly, justice—the elusive flower—bloomed in the “Arab Spring” on the banks of the Nile. A highlight of this upheaval was […]

Is Hijab an Obligation? Don’t Religious Rules Change?

Question: Why do we have to wear Hijab in America? Don’t religious laws change according to time and place? Isn’t there room for this to change? Answer: Asalamu `alaykum dearest Sister, I pray that this message reaches you well and full of faith. I would like to thank you for taking the time to write […]

The Electoral Shura Under the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs

The study of history is of no use unless it yields benefit for the future. To dwell on the pristine character of the four rightly-guided caliphs is to find magnificent role models of God-consciousness, devotion, sacrifice, integrity, and leadership. Yet, from the political standpoint, the imperfect realities of human nature continue to drive home a most obvious and self-confirming reality; the synergy of the system. No conglomeration of people, even with great leaders, can succeed in this world or the next without a system of law and governance. The best system is one that extracts only positive human qualities and enhances them, while the worst of systems is one that gives free reign to evil human tendencies.

Perennial Philosophy: Interpretation or Accusing of Lying, Ta’wil or Takdhib

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV It is obvious to all, including perennialists, that perennial philosophy is completely at odds with orthodox Islam. Those perennialists who claim to be Muslims do so whilst claiming to believe that the esoteric, metaphysical realisation of the faith confirms the ‘transcending’ of the ‘dogmatism’ […]

Opposition to Islam’s Finality with Recourse to the Qur’an

Finality of Islam: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV The contemporary world, in which religious studies and Scriptural analyses are not known to respect historical orthodoxies, has witnessed a variety of writers oppose the finality of Islam, whilst claiming to be representatives of Islam. These claims usually fall on deaf ears because most […]

The Finality of Islam – With Reference to Perennial Philosophy

Finaility of Islam: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, in From the Depth of the Heart in America, noted that “Islam is more sensitive than any other faith . . . Its limits are marked out very clearly.” This sentiment has remained true until our day, even in western universities that teach Islam. […]

Calling Someone a “Martyr”

Adapted from an article by Dr. Ahmad al-Raysūnī on the topic from his website. Often times we refer to so-and-so as a “shahīd” or martyr when referring to Muslims who have died while standing up for truth and justice. We might say al-Shahīd (the martyr) Malcolm X or al-Shahīd Hasan al-Banna. When some people hear […]

A Review of ‘Abu Hanifah: His Life, Legal Method & Legacy’

Abu Hanifah: His Life, Legal Method & Legacy By Shaykh Akram Nadwi (UK: Kube and Interface, 2010) The 2001 Census indicated that 68% of British Muslims were of South Asian origin; and many of those identified as “white” Muslims were of Turkish, Bosnian, Kosovan and Albanian origin. The fact that the Muslim lands of South Asia […]

Question About Dogs

QUESTION: Assalamu `alaykum. `Amu, I was playing with some friends and they started throwing rocks at a black dog. When I told them to stop, they said that Islam encourages us to kill them. Is that true? My mom told me to ask you. ANSWER: No, we are not! A great scholar named al-Hattab wrote, […]

What is Shariah Law?

In light of recent political debates about Shari`ah in America, Osman Umarji explained what Shari`ah law is during a friday sermon at the Islamic Center of Irvine on March 25, 2011.

Towards Understanding Ijtihad and Taqleed: A Brief Introduction

The Ijtihad Series: Part 1 “In the Arabic dictionary, the root  (ج ح د: j-h-d ) is defined as “the exertion of effort on a matter that requires it.” In all of its different applications, the term denotes the expenditure of mental and intellectual effort. A mujtahid, therefore, is a scholar who researches and studies […]

The Top Six Mistakes in Usul (Part 6)

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Mistake #1: “There is only one right answer for every issue.” Differences of opinion among scholars are a natural and inevitable part of Islamic jurisprudence.  We discussed a number of reasons for […]

Question on Slaughtering

The Question: During the last `Eid, I went to slaughter. However, and this may sound strange, I forgot to say bismilLah (in the name of Allah) over the animal. Some of my friends told me that there was no problem with this and that the meat was halal. Were they correct? The Answer: Insha’Allah your slaughter […]

The Top Six Mistakes in Usul (Part 5)

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Mistake #2: “The rules of Shari`ah should be constant and unchanging.” On the opposite end of the spectrum of what was discussed in Part IV of this series are those who […]

The Top Six Mistakes in Usul (Part 4)

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Mistake #3: “All rulings change according to circumstances and context.” Another mistake people make when considering the rules of Shari’ah (Islamic law) is assuming that they are always subject […]

The Top Six Mistakes in Usul (Part 3)

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Mistake #4: “A daleel means a verse from the Qur’an or a hadith.” And, “If someone has daleel from the Qur’an and Sunnah for an issue, then there’s no […]

“We follow only the Qur’an and Sunnah”

Sitting in the mosque board meeting, as one issue after another was raised, I’ll confess it was difficult not to drift into my own thoughts. However, one issue was raised that caught my attention that was, perhaps not surprisingly, the issue of finance and fundraising: the mosque needed funds for refurbishing the ablution (wuḍu) area. […]