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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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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Four Excellent Principles of Sharia Law

The four guided principles of Sharia can effectively be used to explain the beauty of Islam to non-Muslims. Today Islamic Sharia is seen by non-Muslims as a strict way of life with little or no benefit for humanity. However, a brief explanation of the four principles of Sharia can be used to spread the beauty of Islam’s realistic justice and the fact that it was revealed by a loving God. Removal of Difficulty – Islamic law realizes that people may come across different circumstances in their lives which may make things difficult for them to act upon. Therefore, it allows…

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

Ijtihad Still Valid in Our Times?

Ijtihad in Islam refers to striving to come to the correct ruling on a particular issue based on a qualified individual’s understanding and knowledge of the sources of Islamic law. It is something which is reserved for those who meet the qualifications to engage in it, known as Mujtahids. The Mujtahid is required to have reached a certain level of knowledge by which he can correctly derive rulings from the Quran and Sunnah. Shaykh Uthyameen states, “The Mujtahid must have knowledge of the Islamic legal evidences and knowledge of the basic principles and scholarly views which, if he knows them,…

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