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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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Rulings on Slaughtering Animals (Udhiyyah) on Eid Al-Adha

A great short video piece on rulings related to slaughtering an animal on Eid Al-Adha by Sh. Safi Khan. Imam Safi Khan is the founder and director of the Dar-us-Salaam Community in College Park, MD. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is well-versed in Islamic law, tafsir, and sirah. He has been a prominent Imam, lecturer, and family and youth counselor in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over twenty-five years. Since the Shaykh did not go over the conditions for an animal to be a valid sacrifice, I have listed them below. Conditions…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Common, Oft-repeated Mistakes During Hajj and ‘Umrah

By Asma bint Shameem The noble Sahabi, Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman said, “People used to ask the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) about good things, but I used to ask him about bad things because I was afraid that they might overtake me.” What a beautiful example to follow! And thus, on a similar note, I have listed some of the extremely common mistakes that scores of people make, year after year, so that we can be weary of them and protect and prevent themselves from making them. This way our Hajj will be closest to the Sunnah, bi idhnillaah, and insha’Allah acceptable…

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