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

Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Hanbali Ruling on a Man’s Beard

The beard is one of those issues about which the Muslim scholars differed. Some view it as necessary while others consider it only recommended. Unfortunately, in some places people tend to judge others choices in this regard. We must remember that as long as there is a legitimate difference of opinion on an issue among the Muslim scholars, we must never make it a focus of contention in the community. The following is what the official position of the Hanbali school of law is on the subject of a man’s facial hair. According to Hanbalis, it is prohibited for a…

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Contemporary Issues, Reviews

Towards Sacred Activism: A Religious Guide for the Muslim Activist

Activism has become a huge part of countries around the world but especially in the West. It seems there is a voice for every issue now crying out for equality or justice. There is no doubt that organized activism is one of the best ways to bring about a positive social change in society. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of causes out there that one can choose to represent in society. The problem, however, is that not all of them are compatible with Islam, particularly some of the popular ones. This is where there is a conundrum for the…

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