Posts Tagged ‘Shari`ah’

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 […]

Ten Principles for Those Seeking the Path of Allah

by Imam Ghazali | Translated and Abridged by Webb Translators Principle 1: Have a sincere, unwavering intention.  Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “each person will be rewarded for what he intended” (Muslim). This calls for determination in the heart to continuously act or to abstain from something only for God’s sake. A sign of having sincere […]

Confronting Islamophobia

This was a joint session at the UK Islamophobia Conference in Birmingham April 2011. Muslema Purmul: “Islamophobia Within” Jamaal Diwan: “Dealing with Islamophobes” Abdel Rahman Mussa “What is Shariah”

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.

The Niqab (Veil) Ban & Maqasid al-Shari`ah

by Abdullah Hasan Someone once said that a nation can wage perpetual war for perpetual peace. Absurd isn’t it? Well, recently a so-called progressive, democratic nation decided to “enforce freedom” by taking away a woman’s right to wear the niqab. The French ban on face veils, which took effect yesterday, legislates what a French citizen […]

The Role of Taṣawwuf in Complementing the Study of Fiqh

Translated and adapted by Jamaal Diwan from Saʿīd Ḥawwā’s Tarbiyatunā al-Rūḥiyya.. Books of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) usually begin with the chapter of purification (al-ṭahāra), but rarely do they dwell upon its inner aspects and spiritual dimensions. They then move on to prayer, its prerequisites, its pillars, its required actions, its recommended actions, its manners, its […]

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 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. […]

The Top Six Mistakes in Usul (Part 2)

Made by Students, Regular Muslim Folks & Many in Between: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Mistake #5: “Lack of knowledge is always a valid excuse.” Just as Allah the Exalted is generous, tolerant, and compassionate, we find His Law marked by the qualities of […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]