Posts Tagged ‘Shari`ah and Fiqh’

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 […]

Do I Have to Perform the Friday Prayer if Eid is on Friday?

Originally posted in September 2010. I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over this issue, so it should not be turned into a matter of dispute. It appears to me that Muslims should pray both the ʿĪd and Friday prayer. However, whoever […]

Can I Combine the Six Fasts of Shawwal with Make-up Fasts of Ramadan?

Question: I recently heard on Islamic radio that we can fast the six days of Shawwal with two niyyah (intentions): Making up the days we didn’t fast during the month of Ramadan (for women) and Fasting the six days of Shawwal (like a simultaneous fast). I read on a scholar’s website that we cannot fast […]

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 […]

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 […]

Choosing Opinions that Suit Your Desires

The world we live in today has brought many tests to the Muslims. Undoubtedly, it has also brought many blessings to us. One new reality—the fact that the knowledge of our religion has become readily available through mass media—can be either a test or a blessing depending upon the scholar you speak to. As a […]

When is the difference of opinion (al-Ikhtilāf) amongst scholars a mercy?

A quick search within the plethora of fatāwa (Islamic scholarly opinion) available on the internet alone will quickly help one to conclude that difference of opinion in matters relating to Islam is indeed a reality. The purpose of this short article is neither to address the causes of such differences nor to support one position […]

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 […]

Mufti, Fatwa, and Istifta – The Asking and Answering of Religious Questions

Part I | Part II When Can A Mufti Refuse to Answer a Question? 1. The Situation Being Asked About Does Not Exist. Often times, the questioner (mustafti), will approach the scholar and ask him a question involving a scenario which has not yet happened. Sometimes the question may make assumptions which can result in changes […]

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 […]

Differences in Islamic Law

by Najah Nady Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala – exalted is He) has created humans with a variety of differences in languages, colors, interests, perceptions, and idiosyncrasies. These differences are a normal and universally accepted aspect of the nature of life and they are glaring proofs of the Almightiness and Omnipotence of Allah. Allah (swt) said, […]

“…and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty”

There are many proofs for the fact that the shari`a (Islamic law) is based on ease and facilitation and is against rigidity and unnecessary constriction. Any good book on Usūl al-Fiqh will usually provide all such proofs. One of the key proofs used is the Qur’ānic verse mentioned above, in which Allāh subhanahu wa ta`ala […]

Fiqh as-Sunnah (Part II)

by Arif Hussain Part I | Part II …continued from previous post. Impurities (Najasah): These are the substances that the believer must remove from himself to be considered pure for prayer. 1. Dead Animals: Animals that have died due to natural causes, not as a result of Islam-regulated slaughter. The following are exceptions to the rule: […]

Manual of Fiqh as-Sunnah

by Arif Hussain Part I | Part II Shaykh Sayyid Sābiq has done a great service to the Muslim world by providing a solid text on Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) that brings to light the difference of opinion of scholars regarding matters of worship, while also providing a reference to the sources of Islamic law.  An […]

Can I pluck my eyebrows for my husband?

Question: Can I pluck my eyebrows for my husband? Answer: Asalamu alaykum, Many scholars allow a woman to trim those hairs which appear abnormal- strange. They differ on the permissibility of a married woman plucking her eyebrows for her husband. Those who allow it use a text that is weak, and when confronted with the […]

The Motivational Psychology of Shari`ah

According to Motivational Interviewing – a short term counselling technique used in the treatment of addictive behaviours – the two most powerful yet basic causes for motivation to the human psyche are reward and punishment. Of course there are many complex theories of motivation which essentially further break these two basic motivators into various categories […]

Mufti, Fatwa, and Istifta – The Asking and Answering of Religious Questions

Part I | Part II We find ourselves in a time in which religious questions can be asked and answered at the speed of a cable modem and a fiber optic cable. A questioner finds himself in a jam – “Can I combine Dhuhr and `Asr prayers so I can take my MCAT?” – and […]

Is it Better to Avoid the Mubah?

Imam as Shatibi (r) discusses very elaborately and at length, in his famous work, al-Muwāfaqāt, the ḥukm (law) that is known as “mubāh” or that act which has a neutral status in Islamic Law. It is usually defined as “an act whose commission or omission is not required.” Is this subject too abstract? Though this […]

Drops for the Contemporary Student: Gleanings from Sheikh Salman al-`Oadah

Assalamu `alaykum, It is always a great blessing when one meets scholars. One night I was blessed to meet  Sheikh Salman al-`Oadah. Suhaib: “Asalamu `alaykum!” Sheikh: “Welcome! Wa `alaykum al-Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh!” Suhaib: “Sheikh! I’m an American-born convert, currently studying at al-Azhar and wanted your advice on building a good background in fiqh.” […]

Know Your Hadith: Conclusion

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI After starting with some basic definitions, discussing why Sunnah is a source of legislation, summarizing the teaching methodology of our beloved Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), looking into the […]