Question: Are we required to have a niyyah (intention) when performing the wuḍu (ablution)?Answer:i. Ṣalāh (prayer) is an integral part of Islam. Its prerequisite is the required level of purity.  Most books and manuals of fiqh...

Intention for Ablution

 Question:Are these Prophetic narrations about winter authentic?‘Winter is the best season for the believer. Its nights are long for him to pray in, and its days are short for him to fast in.’  ‘Fasting in the winter is the...

Winter is coming…

The companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the Ṣaḥābah, hold a truly special place in the history of Islam.  Whether one considers the most famous of them or even those that are perhaps less well known, their...

‘The one who spoke, was Ja’far ibn Abi Ṭālib…’

Question: Over the last couple of years, Eid has fallen on a Friday.  Is it an obligation to pray both congregational prayers, or is one able to prayer either of them?Answer: There is a difference of opinion upon this matter....

Eid on Friday

Belief in Prophethood is one of the central tenets of the Islamic faith (al-‘Imān) and there are many facets to this.  At its root though, is the idea that revelation and guidance sent from Allah is conveyed via the medium of...

Prophets

Question:In attending Ḥajj this year, I witnessed many other women who were covering their faces whilst in Iḥrām.  Prior to attendance, my husband and I attended some preparatory classes where the Sheikh mentioned that a woman...

Face Covering in Ḥajj

The term ‘role model’ is often utilised as a means by which others, perhaps of a similar background, gender, ethnicity or the like, can be presented with, to help inspire, influence or to even emulate. Invariably it is accompanied...

Exchanging gemstones for gravel

Stories have the power to grip the imagination.  Uniquely mankind has been gifted in this regard.  The truly enduring stories or tales are those that are unhindered by the onset of time, often becoming readily familiar as part...

Atlantis: Arise

 ما كان محمد أبا أحد من رجالكم ولكن رسول الله وخاتم النبيين وكان الله بكل شيء عليماMuḥammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is cognisant of all...

The Seal of Prophethood

Question:I’ve been asked this question and I want to raise it here for it to be answered if possible: are women obliged to keep long hair?   Is it not allowed for a woman to cut her hair?  Some have said that one points of reasoning...

Are women obliged to keep long hair?
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A Ruling on Music and chess
bn Ḥazm was famous for his rejection that there is any clear authentic textual prohibition relating to music or playing chess. Therefore, aside from the Qur’ānic verses that are cited during the course of his argument, he undertakes a very detailed critical analysis of the ḥadith and narrative reports on the topic. This is insightful given that some of these ḥadith are quoted without an accompanying assessment of their authenticity, let alone their channel of transmission.
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