Archive for the ‘Islamic Law’ category

New Audio 3 in 1: Steps Towards Revelation, Usol al-Fiqh and Tasawwuf

Recordings from a recent class Shaykh Suhaib did on Revelation, Usol al-Fiqh and Tasawwuf! Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:12:57 — 25.3MB) Text: al-Waraqaat The questions didn’t come out in the audio, so I’ve posted them here, please reference them while listening to the Q&A portion: 1. Asalamu alaikum, shaykh. I was recently having a discussion with […]

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 […]

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. […]

New Reflections On Shaikh as Sayyid Sabiq’s (r) Fiqh Us-Sunnah

Fiqh us-Sunnah is of those texts which like the Riyadh us Saliheen of Imam Nawawi (r) has gained in popularity and notoreity and universality.  It is unfortunate that in the English language we possess no sound translation of Fiqh us Sunnah. There is an Indian print English version which deserves mention due to it being […]

Guiding Rule on the Islam/Culture Debate

Translated and Adapted by Yusuf Rios (Abul Hussein) Principle #16 of the Tract on the 20 Principles of Understanding: Corrupt practices and customs which are common among people do not change the reality of terms in the Shari`ah nor their aims and meaning. Rather, we must assess and ascertain with certainty the meaning of terms […]

Interpretative Treason In The First Degree: The Juristic Fallacy Of Approaching The Study And Application Of Prophetic Biography (Seerah) Without Reference To Usul al-Fiqh And Hadith Sciences

Imam ibn al-Qayyim’s Method in Using the Sirah as a Source of Guidance Understanding the means, by which, to derive life lessons and practical rulings from (Seerah) the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no new or innovated endeavor. Hafidh Ibn al-Qayyim (ra) in Zaad al-Maad established a model for deriving fiqh from Seerah. In Zaad Hafidh Ibn […]

More on the Fiqh of Football [American Football]

Part I | Part II “What about pigskin footballs?” “Isn’t the dead flesh of swine considered filth in the Maliki School?” I did not post Isa’s contention because I assumed that footballs were not made from the flesh of swine and if they were, they went through some type of istihala [don’t have time for […]

When is it Permissible to Follow Another Madhab?

By Ibn Juzay al-Mālikī  | Translated by Suhaib Webb It is permissible to move from one Madhāb to another if three conditions are met: One is certain of the knowledge and virtue of the one whose opinion he follows One does not follow the dispensations [Ar. Rukhaṣ] of a school One does not combine [the […]

Fiqh of Football [American Style]

Part I | Part II Question: What is the ruling on Geese droppings? If we’re playing football, often we will end up praying Asr or Maghrib outside with the same clothes that we play in. I understand that one is not to pray with Najasah and there is always geese droppings everywhere in Chicago. What […]

Holidays Free of Religious Overtones

by Dr. Abdullah Bin Bayyah The holidays which are forbidden [for Muslims] to observe are those with religious overtones, such as Christmas and Easter,1 not the festive gatherings people observe due to certain events. Therefore, people are allowed to celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays or any occasion as such celebrations are not related to religious holidays. It […]

The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

By Noah Feldman, Joanne Myers Originally published at Carnegie Council Introduction JOANNE MYERS: Good afternoon. I’m Joanne Myers, Director of Public Affairs Programs, and on behalf of the Carnegie Council, I would like to welcome our members and guests, and to thank you for joining us. Today it is a delight to welcome back Noah […]

Raising the Bar for the Hanafi School in the West: Dr. Mohammad Akram al-Nadawi

Asalamu alaykum, It is hoped that other schools will produce such texts in the English language. May Allah reward and raise our dear teacher Sh. Akram. For more info click on the image. Al-Fiqh Al-Islami According to the Hanafi Madhhab by Shaykh Akram Nadwi

Towards Understanding Minority Fiqh: Dr. Khalid Muhammad Abdul Qadir al-Shami

إن الحمد لله، نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنـــا وسيئـــات أعمــالنــا، مـن يهـــــد الله فلا مضل له، ومن يضـلل فلا هادي له، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، وأشهد أن محمدًا عبده ورسوله.‏ أما بعــد : ‏ فالإسلام منهج حياة متكامل، تناول كل جوانب الحياة، ونظّم العلاقات الإنسانية كلها، […]

What is Minority Fiqh? al-’Allamah Sh. Bin Bayyah