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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 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.

Muslim Turkish Historian, Fuat Sezgin, Dies at 95

Prominent Muslim Historian, Fuat Sezgin, Dies at 95

ANKARA – The world-renowned Kurdish Muslim historian, Fuat Sezgin, died on June 30 at the age of 95 in Ankara, Turkey. Anadolu Agency reported. “Sezgin died in the hospital where he was treated for an unspecified illness,” Macit Cetinkaya, chair of the board of Research Foundation for the History of Science in Islam, announced. “I …

The Astounding Humility of Imam Al-Ghazali

The Astounding Humility of Imam Al-Ghazali

Imam Al Gazali used to sweep the mosque and then he was given a room there and he used the room as a Khalwah. But literally nobody knew who he was. They were teaching his books in the mosque! He came on places where they were teaching his books…

5 Lessons From the Great Scholar Al Hasan Al Basri

5 Lessons From the Great Scholar Al Hasan Al Basri

A great scholar from the generation that was raised up in the stronghold of Islam, he is an outstanding example of how a person from a background of slavery is raised up high in rank among the more socially prominent believers.

Nigeria Commemorates Renowned Muslim Scholar’s Centenary

LAGOS – Nigerian Muslims have launched on Monday weeklong activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of Africa’s most celebrated Muslim thinkers, Sheikh Adam Abdullahi al-Ilory. “It was no coincidence that Sheikh el-Ilory came almost exactly 100 years after the departure of Sheikh Uthman Bin Fodio. The two of them shared a lot of …

The Convert Scholar Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim

This Ex-Christian Became Hadith Scholar, Was Quoted by Bukhari and Muslim

Al-Hasan bin ‘Isa bin al-Masārjis was from a well-known Christian family in the city of Naishapur. He lived around two hundred years after the Migration of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The people from his town recognized his family’s excellent character and standing. Imam al-Dhahabi narrates al-Hasan’s conversion to Islam, noting that …

From Hinduism to an Illustrious Scholar of Hadith

No one could guess that a boy born in a Hindu family one day would become the teacher of Hadith at the Prophet’s Mosque. Indeed, Professor Azmi belongs to the group of born brilliant for whom the wheel of fortune must complete another rotation before the world is able to appreciate their tremendous contributions.

Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah – A Hero of His Time

He began his long journey on the path of learning early in his life, moving from one teacher to another to quench his thirst for knowledge. At the age of 21, Ibn Al-Qayyim met his teacher Ibn Taymiyyah another great hero of Islam and a revivalist of the faith. Their companionship…



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