Abandoning the Sunnah

 Following the mass deprivation of liberty enacted by the government in March 2020, places of congregational worship including mosques have been closed.  As some of the broader draconian restrictions are beginning to slightly...

Colours

 Our essential characteristics are not defined by the things we have no control over, but rather the things which we do. Devoid of all worldly distractions, each mature person of sound mind living on this vast planet...

Eid Lockdown

QuestionIs there any guidance upon performing Eid prayer given that the country has been placed in ‘lockdown’?Answer The Eid prayer is a Sunnah, well known and established by the Islamic rules. Under normal circumstances it would...

Contagion?

 ‘May you live in interesting times’Supposedly originating as a curse in Chinese, though used more colloquially as an expression in English – ‘May you live in interesting times,’ appears to be quite an apt descriptive phrase...

Reporting lines

 Amidst some recent discussions relating to the traditions upon Ṭā’un (plague, contagion), there is one that raises a niche question regarding the isnād – or channel of transmission.  Out of the six commonly known books of...

Q&A: Knowledge to show off and argue?

 Question This narration is being circulated via a messaging group, and I wanted to know what is the status regarding its authenticity: ‘Ibn Umar narrated from the Prophet peace be upon him that he said: Whoever seeks...

Q&A Virtues of Night Prayers

 QuestionRecently I was forwarded two narrations via a social media app and wanted to know about their authenticity.  Accompanying the forward was a comment: ‘Isn't it the best thing on earth!’ but no clarification was given...

Q&A: The ‘Middle’ Prayer

QuestionWhat is the ‘Ṣalātul-wusṭa’ - the 'middle' prayer that is mentioned in the Qur’ān? Answer The ‘Ṣalātul-wusṭa’ that is mentioned in the Qur’ānic verse, is the middle prayer or mid-afternoon prayer, ‘aṣr. While it...

Brexit’s bitter harvest

 Following the resounding defeat of the Labour Party in the recent general election of Dec-2019, bitter recriminations from the fallout continue to reverberate.  Party activists that staked enormous political capital in the...

Roll the dice?

QuestionI found out playing games which require dice are (ḥarām) .  I need to know in what context was it said, as our family plays Ludo (a Pakistani board game is very popular amongst all ages).AnswerFor readers in English, there...

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An in-depth study into the very root origins of Islam, the essential nature of Tawheed (monotheism). Coupled with that it tackles head on not only the age old problem concerning the precise nature of worship and shirk (polytheism) but how these topics corresponds to the contemporary issue like ruling, governance and allegiance. Liberated from confused ill-disciplined divisions, primacy is given to the original sources, challenging many of the phantasms which plagued Islamic thought for far too long.

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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