Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Easy Hajj Guide (Printable PDF Included)

What follows is a very easy step by step process on how to do Hajj prepared by Sh. Muhammad Alshareef. You can also download a brochure style one page double sided printable PDF version of the guide below by clicking here. My family used this very guide to do our very first Hajj. It was so helpful that we needed little to no supervision during the transition between the different rites. We knew exactly what to do and what was happening next. At one point other people at Hajj were coming up to us and asking for help when they became confused. I am…

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Health

The Four Basic Types of Workouts

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have said, “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive for that which will benefit you, seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless” (Ibn Majah). One of the reasons that good health is emphasized in our religion is because it helps us better perform worship and good deeds. The person who is healthy and strong is able to do more good than a person who is weak. When a person has good health, he/she should not waste it in…

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Contemporary Issues, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Islamic Guidelines on Investing in the Stock Market

Investing in the stock market, regardless of whether it be a domestic company or a multinational corporation and regardless of it being the company in which one works, is only permissible given the following guidelines: One must avoid investing in industries that are forbidden or doubtful, such as commercial banks that deal in interest, government bonds, insurance companies, pornography, companies that sell or produce tobacco or alcohol, gambling casinos, nightclubs, companies that sell forbidden food items or drugs and the like. For those scholars who allow investing in “mixed companies” (those companies that produce a mixture of permissible and impermissible…

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Muhammad (pbuh)
Seerah (Prophet's Life)

Recommended Seerah Books to Read in English

It is important to study the seerah (prophet’s life) from beginning to end to properly understand the context and why and how things happened the way they did. Unfortunately, it seems many Muslims have either never studied his life or are only familiar with cherry picked snippets of his life to suit certain agendas and preconceived conclusions by completely abandoning the context. Here are a few of my favorites that I have actually read and liked in the English language. You can find them all on Amazon. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings – This…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Islamic Inheritance Law Chart

When I was studying Islamic inheritance law, the chart below came to be really handy. I am sharing it here now for others to benefit from it. It is very easy to follow if you’ve studied Islamic inheritance law before. Click on the chart to download it as an image file.

Man Siting in Salah
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Description of the Prayer According to Hanbali Fiqh

Intention Stand for the prayer and make intention (uttering the intention lightly is recommended but not a condition as intention lies in the heart) It should be specific, for example, “I am praying Asr prayer as an individual/follower/imam”. First Standing For the Fardh prayer, it is a pillar to stand and not standing without an excuse invalidates the prayer. Say “Allahu Akbar” whilst raising your hands and leveling the tip of the fingers with the shoulders and then clasp the left hand with the right, over the wrist joint, and the place them just under the navel. Same for women.…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Hanbali Ruling on Isbal (Clothes Below the Ankles)

The position of the Hanbali Madhhab (and the majority of scholars) is that it is disliked and not prohibited for men to have their garment below the ankles. If it is done out of pride, then it becomes prohibited. This was stated by Imam Ibn Qudamah (r), Imam Ibn Muflih (r), and other Imams of the Madhhab. Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (r) seemed to prefer the view that it is permissible and not disliked. But the correct opinion in the Madhhab is that it is disliked (Makruh). [Kashaf al-Qina’ and Tashih al-Furu’] Sources: The Hanbali Madhhab Facebook Page