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Muslim Scholars & Troubling Political Fatwas

(Looooooooooooooooong Read!) Question: My honoured Shaykh, I’m a soldier in the Syrian army and we have differed amongst ourselves about what to do in the case that we are commanded by our commanding officer to shoot the protestors with live ammunition. Should we obey the command or not? Keep in mind that if we do not shoot…

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Drama with Abu Eesa

“Set a limit to joking for it undermines chivalry and manliness.” – Sa’d b Waqqas International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day dedicated to the celebration of everything that is women. The earliest recorded observance was on May 3, 1908 and it has been held on different dates ever since. Nowadays, IWD is held on…

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Muslim Scholars & Politics

{They said, ‘Shu’ayb, does your prayer tell you that we should abandon what our forefathers worshipped and refrain from doing whatever we please with our own property? Indeed you are a tolerant and sensible man.’ He answered, ‘My people, can you not see? What if I am acting on clear evidence from my Lord? He…

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Seeking Knowledge or Ijaza?

Imam Malik said, “I have learned knowledge for myself.” It was attributed to Sufyan al-Thawrī to have said, “We learned knowledge for other than God the Exalted, but knowledge refused to be sought for other than God.” Imam Ahmed said, “The essence of knowledge is awe of God.” These statements and others like them from…

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To Believe Is To Love

To love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love – Erich Fromm, “The Art of Loving” Most of us love with conditions…