Contemporary Subjects

desert with a standing grey dead tree

Is there a fundamental distinction between what is considered good (ṭayib) and that which is considered lawful (ḥalāl)?  Does the same relate to that which is considered impure or malignant (khabeeth)?   Why was it for previous nations that they weren’t prohibited from matters which are now considered unlawful in Islam?  Likewise, how is it that they are still prevented from many things which are deemed quite lawful? At times these

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Sharī’ah?

There is no compulsion in religion; truth stands out clear from error… [Qur’ān, 2: 256]   So you ‘think’ you know what Sharī’ah is?   Within Europe and the United States, politicians, thinkers, commentators and a large proportion of the media (mainstream or alternative), have made a concerted effort to depict what they see as being the ‘haunting spectre of Sharī’ah’.  Through the relentless repeating of key messages, they have

photo of a grave yard called garden of peace

Question Is it prohibited (ḥarām) for a woman to attend/follow a funeral procession?  What is the position also in relation to visiting the graves or graveyard?   Answer  There is no prohibition on either count. Neither is there a restriction that prevents women from either attending the funeral procession or visiting the graves. Reasoning Accompanying this question was a short-written submission which purported to outline a prohibition on both points.

To vote or not to vote: that isn't the question

        O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both.  Do not follow low desires, lest you deviate, lest you swerve, and if you distort or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do

Ramadan Conundrums

O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa [2: 183]   The month of Ramaḍān is fast approaching.  There will of course be many good reminders that are mentioned in the coming weeks concerning this blessed month.  Everyone who is able and obliged to fast, will no doubt be seeking to reap the benefits that