Seeking Knowledge

The Hanbali Position on the Science of Kalam

The science of kalam is defined as the discipline that involves presenting arguments concerning matters of faith using rational evidence and refuting the deviant innovators in beliefs who deviate from the methodologies of the predecessors and Ahl al-Sunnah. Imam Ahmad explicitly prohibited indulging in it stating, “Whoever becomes involved in kalam will not succeed.” [Sifah […]

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Seeking Religious Knowledge That Actually Benefits

The Prophet ﷺ is reported to have stated in a hadith: سَلوا اللهَ عِلمًا نافعًا وتعَوَّذوا باللهِ مِن علمٍ لا ينفعُ “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge in Him from knowledge that does not benefit.” [Saheeh Ibn Majah 3114] Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said: “Beneficial knowledge is that which directly impacts the heart, enhancing within it the

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Islamic Philosophy of Knowledge

Islamic Texts

The following are my notes from a lecture explaining one of the chapters in Shaykh al-Uthyameen’s book al-Usool min ‘ilm al-Usool. It is a basic level book on Hanbali usool. Definition of knowledge: Knowledge is a definitive realization of something based on its true reality Not having any realization or understanding of something is referred

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Studying Islamic Sciences in Western Universities Not a Good Idea – Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Some Muslims, wanting to understand their faith and increase their spirituality, enroll in Islamic studies courses in Western universities. Dr. Yasir Qadhi, who has studied Islamic sciences both in the Eastern and Western institutions explains why one should be cautious of taking such a step. Rameez AbidI am a Pakistani-American Muslim blogger. I hold a

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