Aqeedah (Theology), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Tafseer

Evidences for the Obligation of a Muslim Woman’s Headscarf (Khimar) & Outer Garment (Jilbaab)

You can download a pdf version of this paper here. Table of Contents Introduction | Meaning of the Word Hijab|Proof of the Obligation of the Headscarf (Khimar) for All Muslim Women | Was the Khimar Just a Cultural Thing? | Does the Khimar Have to Be a Particular Color? | Proof of the Obligation of the Outer Garment (jilbaab) for All Muslim Women | Can a jilbaab and khimar be combined in one? | What is the Minimum Requirement for a Jilbaab? | Was the Jilabaab Only Obligatory Due to Specific Circumstances and No Longer Applies? | Is There an Exception for Elderly Women? | Consensus | Origin of the Idea of Rejecting the Islamic Veil as a Religious Obligation | Issue of…

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Disagreement
History, Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence)

Why Muslim Scholars Differ: Notes From Ibn Taymiyyah’s Raf’ al-Malaam ‘an al-A’immah al-Al-A’laam (The Removal of Blame From the Great Imams)

I had always wondered why certain scholars, especially the highly reputable ones like the four imams, chose to go against clear authentic hadiths which contradict their opinion(s).  It always bothered me and made me feel a bit uneasy but I could never really figure out why such was the case.  If the Qur’an and Sunnah are one, I would think to myself, then how can there be two or three or four different opinions on an issue?  Alhamdulillah, over the years, it had started to make more and more sense to me.  The more I learned and advanced in Islamic knowledge, the…

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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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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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Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Bid’ah: In Light of the Athar of Ibn Mas’ood

It is related in an athar in al-Daarimi [210] on the authority of ‘Amr ibn Salamah who said: We were sitting at the door of ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood before Fajr prayer, so that if he came out, we could walk with him to the Masjid,, then Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari came to us and said: Has Abu ‘Abd al-Rahmaan come out to you yet? We said: No. So he sat with us until he came out, and when he came out we all stood up. Abu Moosa said to him: O Abu ‘Abd al-Rahmaan, just now I saw something in the…

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