Biography, Seerah (Prophet's Life)

Wives of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

The wives of the Prophet (r) in this life will be his wives in the next life and they are known respectfully as “the Mothers of the Believers”. They deserve honor and admiration befitting wives of the Seal of the Prophets (r). They are from his household, pure and purfied, good and made good, innocent and made innocent of all evil accusations that dishonor them. Allaah was pleased with all of them: 1. Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid was the mother of all of the Prophet’s children, except for Ibraaheem. She proposed marriage to the Prophet (r) after the death of her…

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Grave Worship in Islam
Aqeedah (Theology)

Calling on the Dead Awliya of Allah

Many people in the Muslim world have been deceived into believing that since the Awliya (friends) of Allah are alive in their graves, they can help us when they are called upon at times of need.  They believe that they can literally hear the living’s supplications towards them.  However, this is a grave error on their part and goes against the clear textual evidences in the Quran and Sunnah which detail the state of the dead. One of the most common verses used by those who believe that the Awliya of Allah are alive and can hear and answer their…

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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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Jihadist
Extremism

Muslim Youth And Radicalization

The following is a comment by Yasir Qadhi which was posted on the Saving Our Youth from the Disease of Radicalism article on MuslimMatters.org.  I thought it was quite brilliant and helpful.  I hope that the Muslim youth who consider radicalization carefully ponder over the following verses of the Quran: O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do. (Quran 5:8) And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Dawah/Non-Muslims

Traces of Shirk (Polytheism) in Judaism

Despite the claim of the Jews that they are upon pure monotheism, they have fallen into polytheism in a number of ways.  Their polytheism is spread across all three well-known categories of Tawheed.  The Jews have been repeatedly rebuked by God and His Messenger (pbuh) for failing to worship God alone without any partners. Polytheism in God’s Lordship – A group among the Jews took the Prophet Ezra (pbuh) as the son of God just as the Christians took Prophet Jesus (pbuh) as the son of God.  God Said in the Quran: And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the…

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Dawah/Non-Muslims

Islamic Polygyny vs Western Mistresses

Once in a while I come across certain non-Muslims who love to pick on the topic of polygyny, having multiple wives at a time, in Islam.  And as expected, they attack the religion with it and try to show how degrading Islam is towards women by allowing him to be with more than one woman in a marriage.  However, if someone were to really think about this topic in detail, you would realize how hypocritical and misinformed the west is towards this particular issue. Polygyny in Islam There is no doubt that Islam allows up to four wives maximum at a…

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