Musa, Khidr
Seeking Knowledge, Tafseer

Studying Qur’an: Tips and Resources

Scholars have defined the Qur’an as “the words of Allah revealed to Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him), the recitation of which is a form of worship.”  This definition can be applied to no other book or speech. Reading and recitation of the Qur’an is an important form of worship for which a Muslim can expect reward and benefit in the Hereafter.  There was a definite purpose behind the strong encouragement given by the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) in several authentic hadiths for recitation of the Qur’an.  That purpose is clearly stated…

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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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Aqeedah (Theology), Seeking Knowledge

Studying Aqeedah: Tips and Resources

Aqeedah is the Islamic theology branch of Islamic studies and deals exclusively with the understanding of Muslim creed. Ibn Uthyameen said: Aqeedah refers to those matters which are believed in, with certainty and conviction, in one’s heart and soul. They are not tainted with any doubt or uncertainty. The Arabic word aqeedah stems from the root ‘aqada, which conveys meanings of certainty, affirmation, confirmation, etc. In Islam, aqeedah is the matter of knowledge. The Muslim must believe in his heart and have faith and conviction, with no doubts or misgivings, because Allah has told him about aqeedah in His Book and via…

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Hadith, Seeking Knowledge

Ruling on Acting on Weak Hadiths

In Islam, there is no dispute among the scholars that Qur’an and hadiths are the primary sources of Islamic law.  All issues related to the religion, particularly theology and legal rulings, must be in accordance to these two vital sources.  Any type of ruling, worship or belief that has no basis in the Qur’an or hadiths is rejected in Islam.  There is no dispute when it comes to the content of the Qur’an, however, hadiths have been scrutinized throughout Islamic history by scholars of hadith in an attempt to separate the authentically narrated reports of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa…

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Seeking Knowledge

Seeking Islamic Knowledge: Tips and Resources

Before beginning this great quest for Islamic knowledge, we highly recommend that you go through the listed resources on this page regarding the rules and etiquettes of knowledge.  These resources contain valuable information for all students on how to gain knowledge, which manners to implement, what to avoid and other useful points to keep in mind during this journey of blessed knowledge.  Though you can find a thorough discussion on various ways and pointers to seek knowledge in the resources below, we wish to point out a few which we feel are very crucial: The student should be mindful of his/her intention and try…

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