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Mohamad Adam El-Sheikh: American Fiqh Council Pioneer

NEW YORK – For Muslims in the US, Mohamad Adam El-Sheikh will always be remembered as one of the prominent Muslim scholars who laid foundation for the Fiqh Council of North America, serving as its executive director. The American-Sudanese Imam was born in 1945 and graduated from the faculty of Shari’ah and Law, Omdurman Islamic University, …

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 …

Coffee Is Haram? How to Deal with a Strange Fatwa

Coffee Is Haram? How to Deal with a Strange Fatwa

Did you know that 5 centuries ago, drinking coffee in Makkah or in Cairo was illegal, punishable by jail and lashing? Why? Because it was the prevalent fatwa and fiqhi opinion that coffee was prohibited as a type of intoxicants.

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.

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 …

What Is Fiqh?

What Is Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)?

In the Qur’an, the term is used to signify deep understanding of matters especially those related to religion. It is mostly used to mean the understanding of the words of someone else and, for religious matters, the words of Allah and His Messenger.

Imam Abu Hanifah: The Pioneer Jurist (Part 3)

Imam Abu Hanifah: The Pioneer Jurist (Part 3)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The reputation that Imam Abu Hanifah had for analogy, critical thinking, and originality was established quite early in his career. He was described by some as a man of ra’y and qiyas. Many implied through this indirectly, that he did not possess sufficient knowledge of Hadith and fiqh. …

Naturally Polygynous

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 …

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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