Rameez Abid

I am a Pakistani-American Muslim blogger. I hold a B.S. in Information Technology and a B.A. in Islamic Studies. I am also a follower and a student of the Hanbali school of Islamic law. The Thinking Muslim is not in reference to any particular person, rather, it is an attribute and a quality of an individual. It is a Muslim who not only thinks deeply about his own faith but also about the society in which he/she resides. I started this blog to share things which I find interesting and fascinating about Islam and life in general, which I hope…

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Reviews, Seeking Knowledge

Review of International Open University’s (IOU) BAIS Program

Update (June 1, 2019): I have decided to release my complete notes for many of the courses I studied at the university in hopes that it will bring benefit to the readers and a more enlightened ummah. These are the very notes I used to study for my exams at the university. In fact, they are the only thing I used. You can download them all here. After five years of studying, reviewing, memorizing, and stressing out, I am proud to say that I finally graduated from International Open University’s Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BAIS) program. It was…

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

The Truth About Taqlid

By Surkheel (Abu Aaliyah) Sharif The initial era of Islam produced many great jurists and legalists: men who not only possessed exceptional acumen, but who led profoundly spiritual lives too. These jurists have been described as ‘grammarians of the Divine Word’: explaining it, systemizing it and deriving new rulings from it. Out of these many jurists, four became reknowned throughout the ummah. It was from them that four famous madhhabs, or schools of law, flowered and flourished: the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi‘i and Hanbali schools of law. In recent times, intense schisms have arisen over the issue of madhhabs and the…

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About Me

I am a Pakistani-American Muslim blogger. I hold a B.S. in Information Technology and a B.A. in Islamic Studies. I am also a follower and student of the Hanbali school of Islamic law. The Thinking Muslim is not in reference to any particular person, rather, it is an attribute and a quality of an individual. It is a Muslim who not only thinks deeply about his own faith but also about the society in which he/she resides. Someone always striving to make the world as well as himself/herself better. I started this blog to share things which I find interesting…

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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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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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