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Fiqh of Heart: Going Beyond the Physical Aspect of Islam

Fiqh of Heart: Going Beyond the Physical Aspect of Islam

When we talk about the teachings of Islam, we are inclined to focus on one aspect, that is, the apparent practical side, and ignore the other, equally or even more important, spiritual and ethical aspect. That is why most of the questions addressed to scholars are related to the body movements and physical aspects: where …

Shariah and the Principle of Hardship Removal

Shariah and the Principle of Hardship Removal

Allah Almighty brought down revelation and initiated rulings to protect the human race and to fulfill humans’ needs in harmony with their natural inclination (Fitrah). That is achieved through incorporating ease into the Shariah and freeing it from any strains. He Almighty said: {Allah would not place a burden on you, but He would purify you …

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If Men Are Naturally Polygynous, Why Adam & Eve?

Short Answer: Because God created Adam with just one wife, it can’t be said that men are “naturally polygynous.” The default and natural creation of human beings is to incline emotionally to one person and “out of the two spread men and women.” Any other form of “family” is a matter of culture that is formed despite humanity’s …

Imam Abu Hanifah & Scholars' Differences (Part 4/4)

Imam Abu Hanifah & Scholars' Differences

The next time we open up a book of fiqh and browse through the contents, let us remember that it is Abu Hanifah who innovated the sub-headings of fiqh. As-Suyuti said that Abu Hanifah was the first in Islam to organize the writing of fiqh under sub-headings embracing the whole of the Law, beginning with purity followed by prayer, etc.- As Ash-Shafi`i remarked, “People are all the dependents of Abu Hanifah in fiqh.”

What is Shariah?

How Shariah Brings Value to Our Lives

It is very important for us as Muslims in general, and American Muslims in particular, to understand our Shariah, learn its attributes, and know about the values it promotes and the objectives it aims to achieve.

Wrong Fatwas Can Lead to Disasters

Wrong Fatwas Can Lead to Disasters

Passion for Islam is not sufficient to qualify for giving fatwas and offering fiqhi advice. In fact, enthusiasm without knowledge can lead to catastrophic, wrong fatwas. A case of this sort did occur during the time of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him). At the time, an ill-advised fatwa lead to the death …

Shariah Between Texts and Reality

Shariah Between Texts and Reality

Fiqh is one of the most essential and practical Islamic sciences. Its subject is the actions of accountable individuals (mukallafin) in terms of being obligatory, recommended, permissible, impermissible or abhorred. The teachings of Islam were taught by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) throughout his life. His Sunnah offers us a wealth of …

Dr. Yasir Qadhi: Rethinking Islamic Education

Dr. Yasir Qadhi: Rethinking Islamic Education

There was a time when Islamic Scholarship was a leading torch bearer of knowledge and a shining example to the world. The, scholars of this Ummah mastered both the secular and religious sciences. The leaders of the world would look towards the Muslim Scholars for guidance in both religious and secular knowledge. Today, however, there …

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Must Muslims Follow Only One School of Thought?

Wa Alaikum Assalam Dear Mehti, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. The answer is: Neither. I think that it is wrong for non-specialists in Islamic law to derive rulings themselves from the texts. However, I also think that it is wrong to strictly follow one of those four schools of …

Dr. Jasser Auda: Different Types of Fiqh and a New Perspective

Different Types of Fiqh and a New Perspective

Are the Objectives of the Shariah identical with those of Fiqh? What were the reasons for developing the Fiqh of minorities? Is it still relevant? And what is the meaning of Fiqh of Citizenshhip? Is it really what we need in Muslim countries, or perhaps, some other approaches are necessary. Join Dr. Jasser Auda in …



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