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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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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence)

The Truth About Taqlid

By Surkheel (Abu Aaliyah) Sharif The initial era of Islam produced many great jurists and legalists: men who not only possessed exceptional acumen, but who led profoundly spiritual lives too. These jurists have been described as ‘grammarians of the Divine Word’: explaining it, systemizing it and deriving new rulings from it. Out of these many jurists, four became reknowned throughout the ummah. It was from them that four famous madhhabs, or schools of law, flowered and flourished: the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi‘i and Hanbali schools of law. In recent times, intense schisms have arisen over the issue of madhhabs and the…

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Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Islamic Law Does Not Impose a Restriction on Profit

The other day I was discussing Islamic mortgage companies in the U.S. with some friends and one of them criticized the practice of these mortgage companies charging too much money. This opened a debate among us whether there is a restriction in the Shariah (Islamic law) for how much profit a business can make. Some argued that charging too much money is unethical and should not be allowed. I argued that the Shariah does not care how much profit you make as long as the process to making that profit is permissible. In other words, Islamic law is concerned with how you…

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