Archive for July, 2009

Siraj Wahhaj – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

July 28th, 2009 No comments


The first 8 minutes are some words by Dr Ingrid Mattson. The actual lectures begins 8 minutes into the first video. This was taken from the ISNA 2009 convention.

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Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed-Hassan ibn Thabit

July 22nd, 2009 No comments

Sacred Knowledge & Kitaba present a lecture on Hassan ibn Thabit, poet of the Prophet Muhammad by Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed

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Moon Sighting – Argument Against : Shaykh Mukhtar Maghraoui

July 18th, 2009 No comments

Below you can find a research paper authored by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui on the permissibility of using astronomical calculation to determine the month of Ramadan. Attached, as well, is a summary of the main arguments in the research paper.

The recent 2006 decision by the Fiqh Council of North America on this matter has raised many concerns. The paper addresses those concerns. Shaykh Mokhtar was part of the Fiqh Council for about 5 years. He left last year.

Shaykh Mokhtar, as you might know, is a much respected and loved scholar in North America. He is thoroughly versed in the Islamic sciences. And his doctorate joined between the fields of physics and engineering.

This paper is an important contribution to the issue of astronomical calculation and moonsighting . The analysis is scholarly, balanced and compelling – and is offered with the hope of furthering a healthy and constructive discussion of this issue.

Link to download summary of research paper.
Link to download full research paper.
Link to download response by Dr. Fareed.
Link to download response by Dr. Zulfiqar.

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Using astronomical calculations to affirm Ramadan

July 18th, 2009 No comments


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Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi explains the decision of the Fiqh Council of North America about using astronomical calculations to affirm the month of Ramadan.

The Fiqh Council is not negating any Sunnah of the beloved Prophet (PBUH). We are saying that the actual sighting with the naked eyes is not required. If the moon is born and enough time has passed after conjunction to make the moon visible then we accept it whether the moon is sighted by the naked eyes or not. This is the reason why we have maintained that if the new Moon was born at 12:00 Noon GMT (or 3:00 PM in Makkah), this Moon will be around 12 to 18 hours of age by the time it reaches the North American Matl’a upto IDL (International Date Line). The Fiqh Council is NOT going with the birth of the new Moon only; it is rather going with the possibility of its sighting somewhere within the Western Hemisphere.

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Following Another Imam in Legal Rulings

July 17th, 2009 No comments

There are a number of states one may have in following the legal position of an Imam other than one’s own, among them:

(1) to believe that the other Imam’s position on the particular question is stronger, in which case it is permissible to follow him in deference to what one believes to be the sounder position;

(2) to believe that the position of one’s own Imam is stronger, or not to know which Imam has the stronger position on the question, in both of which cases it is permissible to follow the position of the other Imam whether or not one thereby intends to take the way that is religiously more precautionary, in which case it is not offensive, though if it is a mere stratagem that is not intended as such (i.e. not intended as being religiously more precautionary) it is offensive;

(3) to intend by following the other Imam to take a dispensation when there is a need for it (such as a Shafi’i circumambulating the Kaaba at a crowded hajj who follows the position of Abu Hanifa that touching a woman does not nullify one’s ablution), in which case it is permissible to follow the other Imam, unless one believes both that the position of one’s own Imam is stronger, and that it is obligatory to follow the more knowledgeable of the two;

(4) to intend merely following the easier way of taking a dispensation when (neither (2) nor (3) above is the case, and) one does not believe that it is the stronger position, in which case following it is not permissible, as Subki says, “because one is then merely pursuing one’s own caprice, and it is not for the sake of religion”;

(5) to do this frequently, so as to become one of those who seek out dispensations, taking the easiest ruling from every school, which is also forbidden, as it connotes a dissolution of the limits of legal responsibility;

(6) to assemble by such a procedure a single composite act that is unacceptable by the consensus of scholars, which is impermissible, such as when a Shafi’i follows Imam Malik in considering dogs to be physically pure, but only wipes part of his head when performing ablution (wudu’), for in such a case his prayer is not considered valid by Malik, because he has not wiped his whole head, nor yet by Shafi’i, because of the physical impurity of dogs (though it is unobjectionable to piece together such a composite act by way of following the scholarly evidences supporting each part, if one is qualified to appreciate them, since then one has become a mujtahid on the question);

(7) or to follow one’s original Imam in doing an act whose consequences are still in effect when one subsequently intends to follow another Imam, despite the continued existence of the first act’s consequences; such as a Hanafi who, by right of being a neighbor, acquires a piece of land by preempting a neighbor’s sale of it to another (since one of the purposes that permit preemption in the Hanafi school is to prevent property adjacent to one’s own from being acquired by an objectionable neighbor (though the Shafi’i school does not allow preemption for such a reason))—but when a second neighbor for the same reason preempts the Hanafi’s taking possession of the land, the Hanafi refuses to allow the second preemption on the pretext that he now follows the Shafi’i school on the question, which is not permissible because it confirms that he is mistaken, either by following the first opinion or by following the second, while he is but a single responsible individual.

– Ibn Hajar Haytami, al-Fatawa al-Hadithiyya; Extracted from ‘Reliance of  the Traveller‘ by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Commented, edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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Isnad by Shaykh Gibril F. Haddad

July 17th, 2009 1 comment

Shaykh Gibril F. Haddad - Isnad

An excellent lecture outlining the importance and relevance of Isnad – Chain of Transmission.

This talk was delivered by Shaykh Gibril Haddad at the Central Mosque in Birmingham (UK) in 2007.


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Islamic spirituality – the forgotten revolution

July 16th, 2009 No comments


By Shaykh Abdul-Hakim Murad

The poverty of fanaticism

‘Blood is no argument’, as Shakespeare observed. Sadly, Muslim ranks are today swollen with those who disagree. The World Trade Centre, yesterday’s symbol of global finance, has today become a monument to the failure of global Islam to control those who believe that the West can be bullied into changing its wayward ways towards the East. There is no real excuse to hand. It is simply not enough to clamour, as many have done, about ‘chickens coming home to roost’, and to protest that Washington’s acquiescence in Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing is the inevitable generator of such hate. It is of course true – as Shabbir Akhtar has noted – that powerlessness can corrupt as insistently as does power. But to comprehend is not to sanction or even to empathize. To take innocent life to achieve a goal is the hallmark of the most extreme secular utilitarian ethic, and stands at the opposite pole of the absolute moral constraints required by religion.

There was a time, not long ago, when the ‘ultras’ were few, forming only a tiny wart on the face of the worldwide attempt to revivify Islam. Sadly, we can no longer enjoy the luxury of ignoring them. The extreme has broadened, and the middle ground, giving way, is everywhere dislocated and confused. And this enfeeblement of the middle ground, was what was enjoined by the Prophetic example, is in turn accelerated by the opprobrium which the extremists bring not simply upon themselves, but upon committed Muslims everywhere. For here, as elsewhere, the preferences of the media work firmly against us. David Koresh could broadcast his fringe Biblical message from Ranch Apocalypse without the image of Christianity, or even its Adventist wing, being in any way besmirched. But when a fringe Islamic group bombs Swedish tourists in Cairo, the muck is instantly spread over ‘militant Muslims’ everywhere.
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Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi – Loving the Beloved

July 15th, 2009 No comments


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Dawud Wharnsby-Ali “About Muhammad”

July 15th, 2009 No comments
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Dalai Lama urges understanding of Islam

July 12th, 2009 No comments

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dalai Lama embraces religious tolerance
Buddhist leader urges understanding of Islam and other faiths


The gathering was organized by a volunteer group of individuals and several organizations, including the Myers Group, Fons Vitae, the Kirlin Foundation and the Zaytuna Institute

Referring to himself as one of the “defenders of Islam,” the Dalai Lama, the world’s most influential Buddhist leader, urged an interfaith gathering in San Francisco on Saturday to promote a pluralistic view of religion.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner said that the era of “one truth, one religion” was reserved for ancient times in which many of the world’s religions were founded. But not today.

The Dalai Lama said all believers need to learn understanding for other faiths — particularly for Islam, because, he noted, oil from the Middle East fuels economies around the world.

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