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The Shaykh and the Ustadh Defined


Guest post by Abdul Wahab Saleem (Facebook/Twitter) I received a question on my Facebook page recently about what the difference between a Shaykh and an Ustādh is. This is a question that I remember being confused about over a decade ago. I remember growing up as a child wondering, “Who is a Shaykh? What defines an `Ālim? Why do we ... Read More »

Islamic Political Thought: Sacred and the Secular


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 »

Yasir Qadhi | Lofty Intentions: Having Noble Visions and Goals


This is a topic that is very important for every single one of us - to have a vision, a plan and aim for something grandiose in this world and the next. Our Islamic history is full of people who have impacted the ummah even though they didn’t start off thinking they would have the type of impact they did. I want to mention some of these stories to soften our hearts. Read More »

Life of a Da’ee – An Anonymous Response to ‘How Much Should Islamic Clergy Make?’


I’ve been physically tortured for wanting to seek knowledge, nearly imprisoned and cut off from any family wealth for being a Da’ee, mistreated by terrible masjid administrations, wrongfully accused by the so-called religious community, insulted even by my friends -- but I do not regret this life even for one second. Read More »

How Much Should Islamic Clergy Make?


Many of our boards have yet to realize that the job description of an Imam in America is vastly different from what an imam does in nearly any other country in the world. The expectations we put on them are herculean to say the least. Read More »

Sh. Ibrahim Dremali: Exclusive Ramadan Reminder for our Readers | Health Update & APPEAL

Shaykh Dremali has a special Ramadan message, exclusively for you, our MM family. A health update on our dear Shaykh and a renewed call for all of us who owe him so much, to give back a little bit. Read More »

A Tremendous Opportunity for Ajr: A Call for Donations for Shaykh Ibrahim Dremali

As Sh. Ibrahim is among those whom we count as the leaders and scholars of our community, we feel that we cannot idly stand by and allow him to endure his ordeal without any help. In order to assist the Shaykh in his time of need, as he has touched so many of our lives, we at MuslimMatters are raising funds to donate to Shaykh Ibrahim. Shaykh Ibrahim has not asked anyone to raise money for him, but we love this scholar dearly for the sake of Allah, and we pray that Allah will put barakat for you and for him in whatever you give for the shaykh's relief from the provision Allah has given you. Read More »

Passing Away of a Scholar: Shaykh Abdullah Al-Ghudayaan

With great sadness, we announce the death of the eminent scholar, Shaykh Abdullah bin AbdurRahman Al-Ghudayaan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 86 years. Read More »

Lessons in Staying Behind – Part 2: ‘What did Ka’b do?’

After a long, tiresome journey, this great army has finally reached their destination. They are prepared to meet their enemy. But their leader, the leader of a nation, sits and recalls that one Companion dear to his heart is not among them. "Allah's Apostle did not remember me till he reached Tabuk. So while he was sitting amongst the people in Tabuk, he said, 'What did Ka'b do?' Read More »

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