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 ul 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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Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

A Muslim’s Guide to the Stock Market: Beginner Level

Note: This post contains some affiliate links. About a year or so ago, I was encouraged to read the highly popular personal finance book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and developed a sensational interest in stocks and investments in general. But there was just one problem. I knew nothing about the subject. How do they work? How do I buy and sell them? How do I know which ones to buy? What about the Islamic aspect? How can I know if they are halal or haram? What’s a mutual fund? So this led me on a quest of many weeks to do…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Usul ul Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence)

Legal Maxims of Islamic Law: A Brief Introduction

Fiqh or legal maxims of Islamic law (Al-Qawaa’id Al-Fiqhiyyah) is a genre of Islamic sciences that focuses on general rules of fiqh which can be applied to a wide variety of particular situations. In fact, in Muslim countries a student cannot obtain a degree in Islamic sciences from an Islamic university without first having completed a course on this subject (Mohammed, 2005, p. 191). These maxims have been used by Muslim jurists for centuries to give verdicts. They assist in the matter of ijtihad because they organize the branches of fiqh and categorize cases and it is a must for…

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Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Notes: Buying a Home Islamically Seminar w/ Sh. Joe Bradford

I took the online seminar with Sh. Joe Bradford a few months ago. I really enjoyed it and took down notes. I am providing them below. He doesn’t cover just the Islamic aspect of it but also budgeting and being responsible with money. Please note that I did not write down every single thing or detail that he said. I just noted down what I personally found interesting or beneficial. You can also download the notes below in a pdf format here for easy printing and reading. As an added bonus, you can also download my notes from Khan Academy’s videos on the home…

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