Understanding Ijtihad

By Surkheel Abu Aaliyah The science that evolved in understanding the shari‘ah, or Sacred Law of Islam, is called fiqh: usually translated as “jurisprudence”, and comes from the word faqiha, meaning: “to understand”. Fiqh, therefore, is all about understanding these… Read More ›

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  • Al-Muttaqun: Those Mindful of God

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  • A Change in Perspective: My Visit to Sialkot, Pakistan

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