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10 Characteristics of Shariah

10 Characteristics of Shariah

Islamic Shariah is Allah’s guidance to humanity. It distinguishes itself and its value system from other systems by a set of unique characteristics. In the next paragraphs, we will touch upon those characteristics. From Allah The first and the most important attribute of Islamic Shariah is that it is from Allah. Although obvious, this attribute …

E-Cigarettes

E-cigs Cause Rare Health Problems

It’s safer to jump out of a window five stories high, than jumping out of a window twenty stories high. That doesn’t make it safe to jump out of a window. Islamic Shari’ah forbids humans from using things that can harm them directly or indirectly; immediately or gradually that can lead to death, damage the …

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.

Safar 1439

Where to Observe the New Safar 1439?

When will Safar 1439 take place? Safar is the second month in the Hijri Calendar. Normally, a Hijri day starts at sunset. Thus, observing the crescent of a new Hijri month occurs during the sunset. If the crescent sets before the sunset, this means there is no new month. If it sets after the sunset, this means the beginning …

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 …

Basis of Harmony Between Shari`ah and Positive Law

Basis of Harmony Between Shari`ah and Positive Law

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: 1- The Qur’an, which is the main source of Islamic legislation, contains the most important rules of international law concerning peace, war and treaties. 2- In addition, one …

Scientific Enterprise

Scientific Enterprise in Pre-modern Muslim World

Dr. Asad Ahmed is an associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in the USA. Ahmed specializes in early Islamic social history and pre-modern Islamic intellectual history. He holds a special focus on the rationalist disciplines, such as philosophy, logic, and astronomy. His …

Foresight

You Don't Change, You Don't Exist

Did you think in 1998 that just three years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? At that time, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot …

Bioethics

What’s the Shari’ah Relationship with Bioethics?

Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues emerging from advances in biology and medicine. It also denotes moral discernment as it relates to medical policy and practice. Bioethicists are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, and philosophy. It includes the study of values …

Justice, Not Equality, Is the Objective of Shariah Inheritance Rules

Justice, Not Equality, Is the Objective of Shariah Inheritance Rules

Some brothers and sisters asked me about the new laws proposed in Tunisia in order to enforce the equating of the shares of males and females, i.e. brothers and sisters, and fathers and mothers in their portions of inheritance. This what some rulers have suggested there in the name of ‘intent of Islamic law’.



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