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230 Imams Got Together at the AMJA Conference to Discuss Islamic Home Financing in America. Here’s What You Missed.

Dr. Main al-Quddah and David Loundy from Devon Bank

If you opened this article to find out which Islamic mortgage companies are halal and which ones are haram, then save yourself the time and close this page now because you won't get it here. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the annual AMJA [Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America] conference. They cover a different topic each year ... Read More »

Elevate the Discourse Before Voting Becomes The New Halal Meat


Every single conference. Every single lecture. Every single guest speaker. Every single gathering of friends… …Every single time, a halal meat discussion. Is it halal? Is it zabihah? Why should you pick one or the other? For the last 20 years, the level of discourse on this subject has stayed the same. We still have the same arguments, the same ... Read More »

Is Kosher Meat Ḥalāl? A Comparison of the Halakhic and Sharʿī Requirements for Animal Slaughter


Since the normative applications of Jewish law are stricter than those for Islamic law, in most cases these laws will not affect Muslims who wish to consume kosher, but would affect Jews who might be interested in ḥalāl meat. The most pertinent examples will be discussed in this paper. Read More »

Halal Mortgages: Alleged Misuse of Taqi Usmani’s Fatwa and 3 Important Questions


The latest fatwa spreading like wildfire across the internet deals with a volatile topic - Islamic finance. More specifically, halal mortgages. Even more specifically - a scholar whose signature is used as public proof of endorsement by certain Islamic finance companies has come out and said that he has given no such endorsements. Read More »

Oh the Irony! Pamela Geller and the Stealth Halal Turkeys


Pamela Geller, anti-Muslim blogger extraordinaire, sounded the alarm today over the latest “Islamization of America” outrage.  She discovered that Butterball whole turkeys are certified halal, and in this she sees the latest example of “stealth” infiltration of Islam into all things American (read: non-Muslim). This Thanksgiving, she frets, the jihad starts with what's on your table. She called on good ... Read More »

Can We Get Past the Meat?

On a recent business trip I went to a restaurant. The hostess noticed I was Muslim and said, "Oh you don't need a wine list right?" I told her she was correct. When I sat at the table she handed me the menu and then asked me, "Do you eat meat?" To this I replied essentially that some Muslims are strict about a Muslim version of kosher meat [I have not encountered many non-Muslims who understand what 'halal' is - or many Muslims who understand halal vs. zabihah but that's a different story]. She responded to this by saying, "Oh yeah, my boyfriend is from Saudi Arabia and he only eats halal meat." Read More »

Herald Sun: Online Muslim sex shop conforms to Sharia law

CANDID but demure, an online sex shop for Muslims has been launched in the Netherlands to tap into a demand for erotica that does not offend Sharia law. “We had about 70,000 hits in the first four days,” founder Abdelaziz Aouragh said of his site that went online last week and claims to be the world's first erotic webshop for ... Read More »

The End of Music

Music is haram. Music is halal. ... and the debate continues ad infinitum. ... One thing that strikes me is that some scholars actually referred to music as the Quran of Shaytaan. Whether you think music is halal or haram is really a side issue when you assess how it affects your heart. Is your heart attached to the Quran or to music? Includes mp3 of the talk by Kamal Mekki on this topic. Read More »

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