Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Islamic Guidelines on Investing in the Stock Market

Investing in the stock market, regardless of whether it be a domestic company or a multinational corporation and regardless of it being the company in which one works, is only permissible given the following guidelines: One must avoid investing in industries that are forbidden or doubtful, such as commercial banks that deal in interest, government bonds, insurance companies, pornography, companies that sell or produce tobacco or alcohol, gambling casinos, nightclubs, companies that sell forbidden food items or drugs and the like. For those scholars who allow investing in “mixed companies” (those companies that produce a mixture of permissible and impermissible…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Islamic Inheritance Law Chart

When I was studying Islamic inheritance law, the chart below came to be really handy. I am sharing it here now for others to benefit from it. It is very easy to follow if you’ve studied Islamic inheritance law before. Click on the chart to download it as an image file.

Man Siting in Salah
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Description of the Prayer According to Hanbali Fiqh

Intention Stand for the prayer and make intention (uttering the intention lightly is recommended but not a condition as intention lies in the heart) It should be specific, for example, “I am praying Asr prayer as an individual/follower/imam”. First Standing For the Fardh prayer, it is a pillar to stand and not standing without an excuse invalidates the prayer. Say “Allahu Akbar” whilst raising your hands and leveling the tip of the fingers with the shoulders and then clasp the left hand with the right, over the wrist joint, and the place them just under the navel. Same for women.…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Hanbali Ruling on Isbal (Clothes Below the Ankles)

The position of the Hanbali Madhhab (and the majority of scholars) is that it is disliked and not prohibited for men to have their garment below the ankles. If it is done out of pride, then it becomes prohibited. This was stated by Imam Ibn Qudamah (r), Imam Ibn Muflih (r), and other Imams of the Madhhab. Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (r) seemed to prefer the view that it is permissible and not disliked. But the correct opinion in the Madhhab is that it is disliked (Makruh). [Kashaf al-Qina’ and Tashih al-Furu’] Sources: The Hanbali Madhhab Facebook Page

Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Hanbali Ruling on a Man’s Beard

The beard is one of those issues about which the Muslim scholars differed. Some view it as necessary while others consider it only recommended. Unfortunately, in some places people tend to judge others choices in this regard. We must remember that as long as there is a legitimate difference of opinion on an issue among the Muslim scholars, we must never make it a focus of contention in the community. The following is what the official position of the Hanbali school of law is on the subject of a man’s facial hair. According to Hanbalis, it is prohibited for a…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Easy Umrah Guide (Printable PDF Included)

What follows is a very easy step by step process on how to do Umrah prepared by Sh. Muhammad Alshareef. You can also download a brochure style one page double sided printable PDF version of the guide below by clicking here. My family used this very guide to do our very first Umrah on our own without any help from anyone. That is how easy to follow and helpful this guide was to my family and I. I am sharing it here so others may benefit as well. Be sure that you print the printable PDF guide in a double sided…

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Dawah/Non-Muslims, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Wisdom Behind the Ḥudūd Laws in Islam

By Ibn ‘Ashur (d. 1973) Translated by Mohamed El-Tahir El-Mesawi Thus, the aim of the Sharī’ah with regard to the legislation of fixed penalties (Ḥudūd), just retribution (Qiṣāṣ), discretionary penalties (ta’zīr) and injury compensation (urūsh al-jināyāt) is to achieve the following three objectives: To reform the criminal To satisfy the victim To deter the imitator of criminals (1) The first objective, that is, reformation, refers to the highest objective of the Sharī’ah, which is bringing reform (iṣlāḥ) to every aspect of the daily lives of individuals comprising a society. This we discussed in chapter 12 on the all-purpose principle of…

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