But 'the' Scholars have said

  As much as some may behave to the contrary, there is no priestly or rabbinical order that is textually sanctioned in Islam.  The Qur’ānic text is replete with examples of censure given to the previous nations that descended into an abyss through their scholarship [e.g. 5: 44, 63; 9: 31, 34].  Whether that was altering the rulings for a miserly price, to taking the diktats of the priestly order

Eid Lockdown

Question Is 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 be performed in congregation, either in a mosque or often in a large public space, weather permitting.  If one were to miss the prayer, such as due to work, oversleeping or any

Q&A Virtues of Night Prayers

  Question Recently 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 as to whether either of these two traditions are authentic.  The narrations are: “Samurah ibn Jundub said: The Messenger of Allah ordered us to pray during the night, a little or a

Roll the dice?

Question I found out playing games which require dice are (ḥarām) [sic. screenshots provided].  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). Answer For readers in English, there does seem to be a degree of confusion over the traditions that are found in some of the prominent collections of aḥādith on this subject

Funerary Prayer in Absentia

Question Following the death of the former deposed Egyptian President, many Muslims around the world performed Ṣalāt-ul-Janazah (funerary prayer) for him.  Is this something that has precedent in Islam?  Why are others seemingly opposed to it? Answer Undertaking Ṣalāt-ul-Janazah (funerary prayer) in absentia does have precedent in Islam, as the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) did this for the Najāshi in It is acknowledged that some have argued