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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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Aqeedah (Theology)

What Muslim Scholars Opined on Takfir (Excommunication)

Dhahabi relates in his Siyar A’lam al-Nubala’ that Zahir al-Sarakhsi said: “When Abu ‘l-Hasan al-Ash’ari drew close to death in my house in Baghdad he called me and I went to him. He said, ‘Be witness that I do not make takfir of anyone from the people of the qibla (i.e. Muslims), because they all make reference to the same deity, just their verbiage is different.’” Dhahabi then says, “I also take the same as my belief. Similarly, during the end of his life, our Shaykh Ibn Taymiya used to say, ‘I do not make┬átakfir of anyone from this umma.’…

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Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

Fear and Hope in Allah

True and praiseworthy fear is that which comes between its possessor and what Allah Most High has prohibited. If it transcends beyond this, it could become hopelessness and despair. Praiseworthy hope is when a person performs acts of obedience through a light from Allah and anticipates His reward, or when one commits a sin and then repents to Allah hoping for forgiveness. As for one who is constantly indulging in excesses and wrongdoings and is entertaining hopes of mercy from Allah Most High without doing good deeds, then this is a delusion, empty wishing, and false hope. Abu Ali al-Rawdhbari…

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Contemporary Issues, Extremism

‘Verse of the Sword’ in Quran Explained (Verse 9:5) – Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Many islamophobes try to falsely use the Qur’anic verse 9:5, also known as the verse of the sword, to prove that Islam is a violent religion. In this talk Muslim theologian Dr. Yasir Qadhi explains in the video below how mainstream Muslims have understood this particular verse in the past and today. The verse in question is as follows: “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give…

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