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 al-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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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Translations

Was ‘Tahneek’ Specific to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?

[Translator’s Note: Tahneek is the practice of rubbing a piece of softened date on the roof of the mouth of a newborn. It is a noble practice from Islam with which the newborn is greeted upon entering into the first moments of this life, before any other type of food enters his/her stomach.] Aisha reported that newborn infants used to be brought to Allah’s Messenger (pbuh). He would bless them and rub their palates with dates [tahneek] (Bukhari and Muslim). In general, the people of knowledge recommend doing tahneek after a child is given birth. Imam Nawawi even narrated a consensus over it.…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Tafseer

Evidences for the Obligation of a Muslim Woman’s Headscarf (Khimar) & Outer Garment (Jilbaab)

You can download a pdf version of this paper here. Table of Contents Introduction | Meaning of the Word Hijab|Proof of the Obligation of the Headscarf (Khimar) for All Muslim Women | Was the Khimar Just a Cultural Thing? | Does the Khimar Have to Be a Particular Color? | Proof of the Obligation of the Outer Garment (jilbaab) for All Muslim Women | Can a jilbaab and khimar be combined in one? | What is the Minimum Requirement for a Jilbaab? | Was the Jilabaab Only Obligatory Due to Specific Circumstances and No Longer Applies? | Is There an Exception for Elderly Women? | Consensus | Origin of the Idea of Rejecting the Islamic Veil as a Religious Obligation | Issue of…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Covering the Head is Mentioned in the Qur’an for Women

There have been multiple claims by neo-liberal Muslims that the head covering for women is not mentioned in the Qur’an, therefore, it is not an obligation for women. However, this is not correct. The meaning of Khimaar in the Arabic language in verse 24:31 includes covering the head. This was understood to be part of the meaning from the very beginning of Islam. It is how the Arabs used and understood the word Khimaar. Nouman Ali Khan in the following video does an excellent job of explaining from a purely linguistic perspective that covering the head is indeed mentioned in the Qur’an for women. It…

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