Scholarship

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:

Dreaded Punishments?

For the first time in English we present a complete translation of Mas’ala (Issue) 2303 from Al-Muḥalla bil’Athār, the magnum opus of fiqh (jurisprudence) written by Ibn Ḥazm.   Often described as a being free-thinker, but nevertheless invariably castigated by those rigid adherents of the other legal schools, Ali ibn Aḥmad ibn Sa’eed ibn Ḥazm, Abu Muḥammad (d.1064CE) was from Cordoba and was one of the acclaimed leading scholars of his

The Sunnah: a source of law

Executive Summary   What is the legal status of the Prophetic Sunnah?  In the modern age, many both within and outside the Muslim world have sought to question the nature of the Prophetic Sunnah.  Whether that has been by arguing that as a corpus it isn’t authentic or reliable, to others that have rejected it in totality. Presented here is a translation of chapter 11 from Part 2 (The Foundations of Deen and

Law of the previous Prophets

Executive Summary   Whether it be amongst scholarly circles, students of knowledge, or even amongst the laity, there is a view that seeks to maintain ‘the law of the previous Prophets is also our law too.’ Perhaps it does seem incredulous to some, but at times these arguments are advanced. Yet in fact, nothing can be further from the truth.  All previous divine laws have been abrogated with the advent

Ruling of basic permissibility

Executive Summary   Three chapters are presented here in translation from Part 3 (Fundamental issues and principles) of Kitāb at-Tawḥeed: A’sās al-Islām wa Ḥaqeeqat-at-Tawḥeed, by Professor Muḥammad bin Abdallah al-Mas’ari.  The chapters are titled as follows: The Prohibition relating to excessive questioning In origin, acts, speech and objects / things are permissible: Permissibility is the original or default ruling What is the original ruling concerning worship, is it prohibition? These