Archive for the ‘Fiqh (Jurisprudence)’ Category

Mu’adh ibn Jabal and Taqleed

June 30, 2011 8 comments

Imam Tirmidhi and Imam Abu Dawood have both narrated that when the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) sent Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radhiallahu anhu) to Yemen (as a governor), he asked him:

“How will you judge if you are asked to do so?”

Mu’adh said: “I will judge according to the Book of Allah.”

The Prophet: “And if you do not find it in the Book of Allah?”

Muadh: “Then I will judge according to the Sunnah of His Messenger.”

The Prophet : “And if you do not find it in the Sunnah of the Messenger, or in the Book of Allah?” Read more…

Categories: Mu'adh ibn Jabal, Taqleed

Elevated Graves & Domes

February 16, 2011 2 comments

To solidify (make mausoleums out of) the graves of the Auliyaa and build domes thereupon

It has been clearly stated in the Ahaadith of Nabi (salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam) that as far as possible, graves should not be desecrated and disrespected, that is, one should not sit on the graves, walk upon them, urinate or defecate on them, change their form, etc. All such acts are prohibited in the Shariah. The grave of a believer is a resting place in the Aalam-e-Barzakh, which should be respected, and not desecrated.

Some say that building structures around graves is a sign of respect and therefore should be allowed, The question arises as to whether building up of the graves and building solid structures around them and placing domes upon them, is included as respect or not. The answer is simple and straight-forward Read more…

Unity of the Ummah

February 9, 2011 2 comments



By: Mufti Muhammad Shafi Uthmani (rahimahullah)

[English Translation]

An exellent treatise by the late Grand Mufti of Pakistan on the major issue of disunity amongst Muslim scholars and groups. A must read for those scholars, students of knowledge and activists running Islamic organisations on how they should deal with this great obstacle.

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‘strongest opinion’ doesnt mean ‘all other opinions are weak or invalid’

January 22, 2011 1 comment
Islamic Law: Between ‘Selecting’ and ‘Negating’ a Position

Knowledge is becoming widespread. More and more Islamic books are being translated into English. The number of avenues in which a Muslim may learn the Arabic language is growing, thus access to the abundance of resources that exist in the source language is becoming much easier. Yet if this growth in knowledge is not gradual and organic, it may lead to certain abnormal characteristics and traits. One such trait is adopting the approach of a zealot – hastily choosing a scholarly opinion in Islamic Law and deeming all others as having little or no value. Alternatively one may adopt the position of a certain scholar he or she follows and then deem all others as ‘weak’ or invalid. This attitude is what this article aims to address. Read more…

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