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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...

  • 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 aro...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 bec...

  • 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 m...

  • 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 [legal verdict]: Muslims should have their teeth extracted rather than having them drilled and fit wit...

  • 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 m...

  • Is Breathable Nail Polish Sufficient for Wuḍū’?

    UPDATE 8-11-13: Inglot finally releases an experiment with a hygrometer: [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNICpXSWd00[/embed] UPDATE 07-16-13  For those who are skeptical about using the Inglot polish because of the variance in experiments co...

  • 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 F...

  • Am I allowed to cut my nails and hair during the first ten days of the month of Dhul Ḥijjah?

    I begin in the name of Allah, the most kind and merciful: Summarized Answer Scholars, past and present, have differed over the issue of whether or not there are any restrictions on cutting nails during the first few days of Dhul Ḥijjah, so it shou...

  • The Dangers of Science: Imam Ghazzali’s Advice on Philosophy

    By: Mustafa Umar About a thousand years ago, Imam Ghazzali wrote in his autobiography, ‘Deliverance from Error’: “a clumsy and stupid person must be kept away from the seashore, not the proficient swimmer; and a child must be prevented from ha...

  • The Power of the Tongue

    By: Mustafa Umar Introduction Imam An-Nawawī said regarding the tongue: “Whoever wishes to speak should reflect before saying anything. If any benefit is found, then let him speak. Otherwise, let him remain silent.”[1] In a world where politi...

  • A Lesson in Fiqh: Wiping Over Socks

    A common misconception among many people is that they believe the texts of the Qur’an and Hadith are intended for all of mankind and are so clear that anyone fairly literate should be able to read them and understand what they mean. The first part of this idea is correct, the Qur’an and the teachings of the Prophet are intended for everyone. However, the idea that anyone reading the texts irrespective of their background knowledge will be able to fully understand each and every intended meaning is very wrong.

  • Standing and Urinating in Islam

    It has become a common practice in many parts of the world for men to stand and urinate. The presence of urinals in almost every male bathroom has not only taught, but encouraged, people to stand up while relieving themselves. What does Islam say about this behavior?

  • Just Say 'Bismillah' and Eat!

    One of the common phrases you hear some Muslims utter nowadays when it comes to the issue of lawful/prohibited meat is: “just say bismillah and eat.” While this statement, on the surface, may seem innocent, it’s usually otherwise. This statement is a direct quote of Prophet Muhammad who said these exact words to his Companions. However, the problem lies in the fact that it is usually quoted out of context.

  • When Did Islam Trademark Terrorism

    First, the accusation was: “All Muslims are terrorists.” When the bigots who made this statement realized that no one in their right mind would believe that all 1.6 billion Muslims in the world could be terrorists, they reversed their statement to sound more objective and fair: “All Muslims may not be terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims.” Really?

  • Does Islam Force Itself On Others?

    One of the common, yet groundless, accusations being made against Islam is that it forces itself on others. The picture presented is that if someone doesn’t stop Islam, it will forcefully convert everyone, even at gunpoint. Find out the truth.

  • Typing Transliterated Arabic in MS Word

    Arabic is radically different from English, even in its letters. This causes a difficulty in transliteration. Learn how to type Unicode characters like "ā" on your computer...

  • Typing Arabic on Your Computer

    It's very easy to type Arabic on your computer. Here's how...

  • Getting Arabic Programs to Display Properly on Your PC

    To get certain Arabic programs, like the priceless Maktaba Shamila, to display correctly on Windows 7, you must change a setting on your system...

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