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  • Is the 15th of Shaʿbān Special?
    Many people ask whether the 15th of the month of Shaʿbān has any special significance or not. One group of Muslim scholars help that there is nothing special about this day and that it is no different than any other in the same month. The other group of scholars was convinced that the middle of ...
  • Halloween and Conformity
    Introduction Halloween is around the corner once again. It is the second largest holiday in the US after Christmas. Every year Muslims are compelled to make the difficult decision of whether to participate in the festivities of Halloween occurring around them or to simply ignore what people are doing with the hope that they will not ...
  • What is the day of ʿĀshūrā’?
    ʿĀshūrā’ is the 10th day in the month of Muḥarram, which is the first month in the Muslim lunar calendar. When the Prophet migrated to Madīnah he noticed that the Jews living there used to fast on this day and celebrate. Upon asking them why, they responded that this was the day when Allah saved ...
  • Do I Have to Perform the Friday Prayer [Jumʿah] if ʿĪd [Eid] is on Friday?
    I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over this issue, so it should not be turned into a matter of dispute. It appears to me that Muslims should pray both the ʿĪd and Friday prayer. However, whoever decides to follow the other opinion must ...
  • Reflections on Police Brutality and Racist Culture in America
    Ferguson Fallout: Normality and Tamir Rice By Imam Zaid Shakir The recent killing of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, casts a more brilliant light on many of the issues relevant in the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I mention this because those who argue that if African American males just act normal and mind our ...
  • Questioning Visibility Curves for the Sighting of the Moon
    UPDATE 7-16-14: An additional section has been added near the end covering the Islamic Crescents’ Observation Project visibility map. As the reported sighting came in from Yemen on Friday June 27, 2014, one of my friends remarked, “that Yemeni must have been high.” I laughed, not only because Yemenis are known to chew a semi-intoxicating substance called ‘khat’, ...
  • Strange Fatwās: Literalism and a Correct Understanding of the Sharīʿah
    I was recently informed that a group of scholars claiming to follow the Ḥanafi school of jurisprudence in Islamic law were issuing a strange fatwā : Muslims should have their teeth extracted rather than having them drilled and fit with dental fillings. Why? They argued that according to the Ḥanafī school the mouth must ...
  • Why Does Allah Allow Bad Things to Happen?
    Importance of the Question Since you live in the 21st century, it is very probable that you have at least come across, if not been influenced by, what is known as “the problem of evil”. You might have heard it at school or work after someone was murdered: “How could God allow this to happen?!” You ...
  • Is Breathable Nail Polish Sufficient for Wuḍū’?
    UPDATE 8-11-13: Inglot finally releases an experiment with a hygrometer: UPDATE 07-16-13  For those who are skeptical about using the Inglot polish because of the variance in experiments conducted by various people, I recommend checking out the Tuesday in Love brand of water permeable polish: http://www.tuesdayinlove.com/how-it-works UPDATE: 04-03-13 I have been contacted by quite a few people from ...
  • Do I Have to Perform the Friday Prayer [Jumʿah] if ʿĪd [Eid] is on Friday?
    I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over this issue, so it should not be turned into a matter of dispute. It appears to me that Muslims should pray both the ʿĪd and Friday prayer. However, whoever decides to follow the other opinion must ...