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Dog days are over?

Introduction The article presented here is an adaptation of Appendices 3 and 4 from the major study entitled ‘Permissibility or Impermissibility of Foods: A ruling application for guidance concerning the permissibility or impermissibility of foods where they contain alcohol and / or animal products,’ by Professor Muḥammad ibn Abdullah al-Mas’ari.  That study was originally undertaken for a major pharmaceutical company and its unique research findings run to several hundred pages

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  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 easy prize.’ Answer:   For the reasons set out below, it doesn’t appear that the cited traditions are judged to be authentic (Ṣaḥīḥ). Caution should always be exercised

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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 human beings.  Prophethood is carried by mortals; no Prophet or Messenger of Allah is regarded as being divine, semi-divine or angelic.  In Islam to believe so, would in fact

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  Muḥammad 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 things. The Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the mercy sent unto creation [21: 107] and Allah the majestic clearly declares in the aforementioned verse, he is ‘Seal of the Prophets.’  Prophethood was sealed with him (peace be

Foundational Islamic Principles

Ali ibn Aḥmad ibn Sa’eed ibn Ḥazm, Abu Muḥammad, that is Ibn Ḥazm, was born in Cordoba, Spain.  His own lifespan (born 994 CE, died 1064 CE) covered a period of Islamic rule in Spain often characterised by political turbulence, but also regarded as being a golden age of Islamic civilization in Europe.  A true polymath, the breadth of Ibn Ḥazm’s works and overall contribution to knowledge is quite exceptional: