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

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 steadfastness, sacrifice, commitment and devotion is truly unparalleled.  It should be of no surprise that they are credited with having the accolade ‘may Allah be pleased with him/her’ after the very

Eid on Friday

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. Great legal minds have previously disagreed over this point, each setting out their own respective reasoning based upon the primary textual evidences.  Our own view, is that there is

women with her face covered

Q uestion: 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 shouldn’t cover her face when assuming Iḥrām.  However, when he was pressed on this point during the class, he back-tracked and said it was okay in some circumstances, citing a tradition from

Exchanging gemstones for gravel

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 by an aura or narrative of what is presented as being a model of ‘success’ or ‘achievement.’ Sports personalities, musicians, entrepreneurs and many others tend to be held up as being

image of poseidon emerging from the sea

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 of popular culture. Perhaps it is an essential feature of the human psyche that tales of long ago can often deeply resonate within us, especially when they deal with elements of the