The Basis of Islam and the Reality of Monotheism

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.
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The Seal of Prophethood

Believing that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the ‘seal of the prophets’, and that there is no Prophet or Messenger after him is one of the key tenets of Islam.  Without accepting this, a person is not considered to be a Muslim.

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Foundational Islamic Principles

For the first time in English, a complete translation of ‘Masā’il min al-Uṣul’ (issues or questions from uṣul) is presented.  This has been taken from the second book from Ibn Ḥazm’s magnum opus of fiqh, al-Muḥalla bil’Athār.   Together with the translated text, several explanatory footnotes have been added to provide, where appropriate, additional explanation and references…
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A Ruling on Music & Chess

Ibn 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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It is from the established matters that the Prophet (peace be upon
him) had a constitutional document written down and that he
adopted it for the regulation of some of the relationships in Madinah,
the capital of the newly arising Islamic State.

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How was the Prophetic Sunnah recorded and documented?  Was it only an oral tradition, with no written record?  Was it only documented hundreds of years after the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) departure from this world?  It is unfortunate that many are still unaware of the actual answers to these important questions...

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The topic covered is entitled: ‘Acts of the people of Luṭ (Lot)’ and is taken from the last book of the Muḥalla, covering selected points relating to Ta’zir.  The subsequent issues, which haven’t been presented here as yet, deal with the issues of bestiality, lesbianism and tribadism.

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Part 2 of 2, is the translation of chapter 7 from Part 1 (The Foundations of Deen and its Fundamental Maxims) of Kitāb at-Tawḥeed: A’sās al-Islām wa Ḥaqeeqat-at-Tawḥeed, by Professor Muḥammad bin Abdallah al-Mas’ari.  The latter half of the testimony of faith, ash-Shahāda, is outlined...

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How do we know that the revelation that has reached us has been protected?  Does that protection only extend to the Qur’ānic text?  If it does, then what of the Prophetic Sunnah?  Is that not revelation also? Understanding how the revelation has been protected is a fundamental issue that one cannot be ignorant of...

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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...

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The very essence of Islam is the testimony that there is no god or deity except Allah and that the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) is the Messenger of Allah.  It is the root of faith (al-I’mān) from which other branches are built upon. There is no pantheon of gods and goddesses; there are no demi-gods, semi-divine beings and there is no duality – a deity of good and a deity of evil.

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Part 2 of 2, is the translation of chapter 7 from Part 1 (The Foundations of Deen and its Fundamental Maxims) of Kitāb at-Tawḥeed: A’sās al-Islām wa Ḥaqeeqat-at-Tawḥeed, by Professor Muḥammad bin Abdallah al-Mas’ari.  The latter half of the testimony of faith, ash-Shahāda, is outlined.

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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...

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Associating the word Liberty with that of the ‘Sharī’ah’ doesn’t always readily spring to mind.   On the contrary, the very notion that the Sharī’ah could in any way be associated with a conception or idea of liberty appears to be totally absent from contemporary discourse.

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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?..

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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.

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Following the posting of the article, ‘There is no king but Allah,’ a series of five-questions were submitted in response.  The questions have sought to challenge a large number of findings that were presented...

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Ibn Ḥazm begins the book of prayer with discussing the fundamental characterisation.  Utilising the wording of the famous ḥadith of Ṭalḥa bin Ubaidallah, he argues that prayer is fundamentally of only two types: obligatory and voluntary.  Definitive evidence establishes that the number of prayers, a major pillar of Islam, are only five that are performed in a given day or night...

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Presented for the first time in English is a translated short-selection of thirteen-issues from the book of monotheism (Kitāb at-Tawḥeed) by Ibn Ḥazm.  The book of monotheism comprises book one of his magnum opus: Al-Muḥalla bil’Athār (The Adorned Treatise) and covers a total of ninety-one issues (Mas’āil)...

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How was the Prophetic Sunnah recorded and documented?  Was it only an oral tradition, with no written record?  Was it only documented hundreds of years after the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) departure from this world? It is unfortunate that many are still unaware of the actual answers to these important questions...

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Common parlance has that there are but five pillars of Islam: the testimony of faith, establishing the prayer, paying the obligatory charity, fasting in the month of Ramaḍān and making the pilgrimage.  The famous traditions carrying that wording are reported in almost all notable collections of ḥadith...