Archive for the ‘Seeking Knowledge’ category

Words of Wisdom from Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī

When we listen to news stories that cause us distress, we are faced with the same question that those before us were faced with: what can we do? Definitely, getting involved and participating in relevant mediums of activism is part of the answer. Another part was once addressed by Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī in his article […]

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 […]

The Role of Muslim Students

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 […]

Declaring Apostasy (Takfir) on Muslims – Part III

by Ustadh Luqman al-Andalusi Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Seeking after others’ faults [38] “Surely your Lord knows best who strays from His path, and knows best who follows the guidance” (Qur’an, 53:30). [39]`Abdullah bin Masud (ra) reported: The Prophet ﷺ said, “He who has, in his heart, an ant’s weight of […]

Muhammad ‘Abdu’s Advice for Educational Reform in the Ottoman Empire

This is an excerpt from a letter written by Imam Muhammad ‘Abdu to the leaders of the Ottoman Empire when he learned of their plans to enact educational reforms. His letter begins with the importance of education, particularly for the development of a strong Islamic nation. He then recommends approaching religious education at three levels, […]

The Shahadah

Declaring Apostasy (Takfir) on Muslims – Part II

by Ustadh Luqman al-Andalusi Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Kafir (Arabic: كافر kāfir; plural كفّار kuffār) is a term used in Islamic doctrine, usually translated as “unbeliever” or “disbeliever” or sometimes “infidel.” The term refers to a person who rejects God or who hides, denies, or “covers” the truth. An example of a famous […]

Declaring Apostasy (Takfir) on Muslims

by Ustadh Luqman al-Andalusi Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Kafir (Arabic: كافر kāfir; plural كفّار kuffār) is a term used in an Islamic doctrinal sense, usually translated as “unbeliever” or “disbeliever” or sometimes “infidel.” The term refers to a person who rejects God or who hides, denies, or “covers” the truth. The Protection of […]

Pearls from Scholars

Shaykh Sa`id Ramadan al-Bouti is a well-respected modern-day scholar and author who is most popularly known for his esteemed work Fiqh us-Seerah. In my time in Damascus, I saw hundreds of people from every walk of life – mothers and shopkeepers, students and cab drivers, young and old – flock to his weekly classes at […]

Scholarly Disagreement

Translated by Ustadh Arsalan Haque A Declaration by al-Majma` al-Fiqhi, Mecca Annual Convention Background All praises are due to Allah alone.  Peace and blessings be on the one after whom there will be no prophet – our master and prophet, Muhammad, may God bless him, his family, and his companions and grant them peace. To […]

Listening with Your Heart

A lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Al-Fatiha Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV […]

Knowledge Without Limits

Imam Suhaib Webb in Sweden | April 2010 Part One Part Two

Put Out the Fire of Doubt

How often do we encounter an ayah (verse) in the Qur’an that we do not understand or are puzzled at how to apply it? Though we have access to tafsir books in masjid libraries, Islamic bookstores, online, and oftentimes, in our own homes, how frequently do we research the question until we find the answer? […]

Pedagogy of Mercy

A Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Al-Fatiha Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV Now, before […]

The Balance between Following Scholars (Taqleed) and Fanaticism (Ta`ssub)

There is a fine line between following (taqleed تقليد) a juristic school of thought (madhab مذهب) or an established scholar of Islamic Jurisprudence (faqih فقيه) and fanaticism/blind partisanship (ta`ssub تعصب) to a scholar or school of thought. The former is something that the scholars of Islam have recommended for the common people who aren’t able […]

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). […]

A Very Unique Pleasure

Once, a young boy, around the age of 10 or 11 came across the sirah of the Prophet ﷺ. After reading for sometime, his heart was moved. Let’s move from my words to his and try and benefit. “Suddenly I felt, while reading that book, a very unique pleasure. For, indeed, it was a pleasure […]

A Bright Afternoon in Masjid al-Azhar: 3 Elements of Knowledge Demonstrated by Sh. Ahmad al-Maliki

Three Elements of Knowledge Demonstrated by Sh. Ahmad al-Maliki