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The End to Hitting Women: Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence | Imam Abdullah Hasan

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For a pdf version of this article click The End to Hitting Women Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued verses in the Qur'an by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is verse 4:34, the so-called 'chastisement verse'. Those who claim that the verse allows husbands to hit their wives argue that the verse suggests a three step solution in the event ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part II]

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Part Two [Part One of this debate can be viewed here] Although the pseudo-controversy surrounding the niqāb is at the vanguard of the tabloid agenda, we must ask ourselves why it is that in a liberal democracy, wherein religious freedom of its minorities should be protected, there seems to be an attack on these religious symbols of Muslims; whether it ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part I]

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Part One Once again a 'piece of cloth' (Niqab) has dominated our newspaper headlines and discussions on the internet. On Monday, Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Jeremy Browne called for a “national debate” as to whether or not Muslim women should be banned from wearing the niqab, especially in places of public social interaction. His call was echoed by Conservative ... Read More »

Why We Are Tested: The Psychology of Suffering & Misfortune – Part #3

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This is Part #3 of a multipart post: You can find part #1 here  and #2 here   Sixth: The factors that assist a person to be successful in the test through calamities are the following: Gratitude and a realization that it could have been much worse. A tribulation, however great it is in magnitude, in it there is some ease and compassion because ... Read More »

Why We Are Tested: The Psychology of Suffering & Misfortune – Part #2

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This is Part #2 of a multipart post: You can find part #1 here    Thirdly: Abundant trials and tribulations in this world is not a sign of one's disbelief or Allāh's displeasure with him. On the other hand, most of the people who are inflicted with calamities are the pious and the righteous. The Prophet was asked, “O Messenger of Allāh, which ... Read More »

Why We Are Tested: The Psychology of Suffering & Misfortune – Part #1

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  The main maqsad or purpose of the human being in this life is to submit to the will and decree of Allāh and worship Him from his first breath to his last. Allāh through His immense wisdom and prudence has decreed the people be tried and tested in various ways in order for Him to develop their psyche and ... Read More »

Nour Responds to Panorama’s Secret of Britain’s Shariah Councils

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The BBC show Panorama, through secret filming, has found that Shari'ah courts are not helping women in domestic violent situations. The Telegraph states: “85 councils operating in mosques and houses across the country has revealed that the courts, which are run by sharia councils, are ruling in favor of men meeting estranged wives or having access to children when they ... Read More »

Understanding the Statements of the Illustrious Imams: ‘When a Hadith is Sahih it is my Madhab”

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What is the meaning of the statement by the four Imams: Abu Hanifah, Malik, al-Shafi’i, and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, that ‘when a hadith is found to be authentic that is my adopted position (in fiqh)’? Read More »

Fiqh of Facebook: The Manners & Etiquettes of Social Media Interaction

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Facebook is seen as quite controversial today by some Muslims who see it as a platform for fitnah and as a result warn others not to use Facebook. There is some misconception surrounding this because Facebook is a communication tool which can be used in a good way or a bad way. This lecture (dars) insha'Allah will help address some of these misconceptions, present some of the good and bad aspects of Facebook and also present some guidance with regards to how Facebook can be used to add value to a person’s time online or at least avoid the dangers of online communication. Read More »

Islamic Political Thought: Sacred and the Secular

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A number of classical and contemporary scholars proposed divisions for the actions of the Prophet . Chief among them are Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziah, in several writings including 'Ilam al-Muwaiqqi'in, imām Ibn 'Ashur in his treatise on the Maqasid al Shari'ah, Shah Wali Allāh al-Dahlawi in his book “Hujjat Allāh al-Balighah,” however, the pioneer in this field was imām Shihab al-Din ... Read More »

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