Public Speaking
Akhlaaq (Manners), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

How to Give a Khutbah – Public Speaking, How to, Etiquettes and Tips by Navaid Aziz

I have been giving khutbahs for years now, alhamdulillah, and found the following lecture extremely helpful and useful. Shaykh Navaid Aziz’s Brief Bio Shaykh Navaid Aziz has been described as being a gem in and of himself. Shaykh Navaid has a way of making each student feel special, as though he is talking to them one-on-one. Students have described his demeanor and manner of speaking to exude sincerity and care. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec Sh Navaid is a man of many cultures and flavors. He completed an Associate’s degree in Commerce and Social Sciences before heading to the illustrious Islamic…

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Man Siting in Salah
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Translations

Ruling on Sitting Briefly Before Getting up after the First or Third Rak’ah in the Salah – Shaykh Al-‘Uthyameen

Translator’s Note: This is known in Arabic as Jalsat ul Al-Istiraahah (The Sitting of Rest) There are three opinions on this issue among the scholars: First: It is definitely recommended. Second: It is not recommended at all. Third: It is dependent on the condition of the person.  If he finds it difficult to stand immediately after [the second prostration], then he should sit.   However, if he does not find it difficult, then he should not sit.  The author of Al-Mughni said, “This opinion combines the two [opposite] opinions and is the middle position between them.”  And the author mentioned in…

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Diagreement
Akhlaaq (Manners), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

The Impermissibility of Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil in Matters of Disagreement Among the Scholars

The rulings of commanding the right and forbidding the wrong only apply to matters that are agreed upon among scholars as being obligatory or unlawful. As for something that is differed upon, such as the issue under discussion, it is not permissible to condemn someone for doing it. It is, however, recommended for one to give sincere advice to such a person and to encourage him to adopt the more religiously precautionary position by extricating himself from the disagreement of the scholars. The great scholar, the Proof of Islam, Imam Ghazali said in the Ihya during his discussion of the…

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Man Siting in Salah
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Common Mistakes Before, During and After Salah (Prayer)

Mistakes Before Salah Delaying the salah intentionally – The salah should be done within its time.  Many people delay it due to laziness or some other unnecessary matter.  Each salah has fixed times within which it must be performed. Walking too fast towards the masjid – A Muslim should not walk too fast or run towards the masjid in order to catch the salah.  Rather, he should walk calmly to it and make up whatever he has missed. Leaving gaps in lines during congregational salah – A Muslim should try his best to assure that there are no gaps between…

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Diagreement
Akhlaaq (Manners), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Seeking Knowledge

The Youth Should Have Open Minds & Hearts Regarding Differences of Opinion Among the Scholars

By Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen The youth who adhere to their Religion and are concerned with the da’wah should have open minds and hearts regarding differences of opinion among the scholars, finding a good excuse for the scholar who supports a view, which in their mind, is wrong. This is an issue of paramount importance, for there are those who search out for and scrutinize the mistakes of others, with the intention of ruining their reputation, and this is from the greatest of mistakes. If backbiting a common man [i.e., one who is neither a scholar nor a student of…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Seeking Knowledge

Studying Fiqh: Tips and Resources

Fiqh linguistically means understanding.  Technically in religion, it has two meanings: Knowing and understanding the rulings that pertain to the actions of the people.  For example, knowing when and under what circumstances something becomes forbidden, permissible, required, etc. The rulings themselves.  For example, knowing that such and such thing is forbidden, permissible, required, etc. Simply put, Fiqh is concerned with the extraction of Islamic rulings through Islamic sources (Quran, hadith, etc.), which are studied under Usul-ul-Fiqh.  In other words, Fiqh is the end result while Usul-ul-Fiqh is the means to that end result.  Fiqh is commonly translated as Islamic jurisprudence. …

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), History

Differences Among the Sahaabah

The differences of opinion that occurred among the Sahaabah (companions of Muhammad (pbuh)) were, for the most part, natural and unavoidable. A large portion of it was due to their different reasoning abilities that showed up in their various interpretations of Qur’aanic verses and hadeeths.  There were other causes which led to differences during their time which later disappeared; for example, the wide distribution of hadeeths made it impossible for any individual Sahaabee to be aware of them all, and thus wrong decisions were bound to be made where information was lacking. Obviously, they cannot be blamed for these and…

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