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Don’t teach the small thing, teach the main thing.

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

There are so many groups. If you try to identify each group and each sub-group, your task will never really end as they can go on forever.

So what group are we?

The thing to understand is that just look in the Quran.

What is the dawah? What is the teaching and call of all Prophets and Messengers? That is the real thing.

Those differences on minor things that are in the branches of Islam should be discussed in the classroom. When in public outside the classroom focus on the more important issues that are the fundamentals of religion.Fundamentals of religion like imaan, belief in Allah, the hereafter, submission to Allah, taqwa, piety, fear of Allah, amanah (keeping trusts)… These are major issues really. Teach people to become pious God-fearing people.

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The Scholars’ Tolerance of Different Opinions

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Some of the Companions [Sahaba], Followers [Tabi’in] and those who came after them [Taba Tabi’in] used to recite basmala, while others among them there were those who did not recite it; some of them used to read it loudly and others did not read it loudly. Some of them read qunut in Fajr prayer while others did not read it in Fajr prayer. Among them there were those who 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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