At the Approach of Rajab & Sha’bān

By Mawlana Mohammad Ibn Haroon
With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People “live to …

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An Introduction to the Three Types of Nafs

carvingsBy Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

A transcription of a portion of a CII talk from November 11, 2010.

Question:

Can you please explain the different types of nafs, nafs-e-ammara, nafs-e-lawwama and nafs-e-mutmainna.

Answer:

In the Qur’an-e-Kareem the word nafs is used in two ways. Read the full story »

Prominent Students of Imam Mālik and the Transmission of Māliki Fiqh Prominent Students of Imam Mālik and the Transmission of Māliki Fiqh

By Muhammad Abu Zahrah
Translated by Aisha Bewley
Maliki fiqh was transmitted in two ways. One was by the books which Malik wrote and which are related from him and the soundness and strongest of those is …

Rewards for Good Family Interactions Rewards for Good Family Interactions

By Mufti Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf
Question:
I’m looking for hadith or Qur’anic verses indicating how men can gain reward from Allah through their relations with their spouses, children, etc. Can anyone give me some direction (names of …

When Something Lawful Becomes a Signature Feature of the Immoral When Something Lawful Becomes a Signature Feature of the Immoral

By Shaykh Musa Furber

Some Muslims attend activities which are closely linked to immoral people and include unlawful activities which the individual himself abstains from. A common justification for their attendance is that the Prophet صلى الله …

Following a Madhhab: A Simple Clarification of a Common Misconception Following a Madhhab: A Simple Clarification of a Common Misconception

By Mufti Muhammad Sajaad
Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911 AH) said: “The difference found in the four Schools of Islamic law (Hanafi, Shāfi’ī, Māliki and Hanbali) in this nation is a huge blessing and an …

Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari: Concerning the Western Influence that Led to the Removal of the Hijab in Muslim Lands Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari: Concerning the Western Influence that Led to the Removal of the Hijab in Muslim Lands

By Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks
Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari (1371 AH, Cairo), formerly the Deputy Grand Mufti of the Ottoman Empire, explained in his article on Hijab al-Mar’ah (Women’s Hijab, meaning to cover her body completely with loose …

Preferred and Disapproved Colors for Clothing Preferred and Disapproved Colors for Clothing

By Mufti Khalid Saifullah Rahmani
Translated by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
The Islamic law does not limit its followers in wearing a specific colour. Islam respects the preferences and temperaments of humans. Hence, Islamic jurists (fuqahā) state, “There …

What is the Origin of the “Manzil”? What is the Origin of the “Manzil”?

By Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi
Question:
(Shaykh), I had a question about Manzil, what is its origin and its purpose?
Answer:
The Manzil is popular in [the Indian Subcontinent] and read as a wazifa and hirz for protection.
The Kandehlwi family would …

Number of Rows in the Janāzah Prayers Number of Rows in the Janāzah Prayers

By Mufti Raḍā’ ul-Ḥaqq
Question:
Is it Mustaḥab (preferable) to consider an odd number of Ṣaffs (rows) in the Janāzah prayers? Can a Ṣaff be left incomplete taking this into consideration?
Answer:
The virtue of Janāzah Ṣalāh being performed …

Salāt al-Hājah: Its Authenticity and Method of Performance Salāt al-Hājah: Its Authenticity and Method of Performance

By Mawlana Zameelur Rahman
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuh
Salāt al-Hājah (“Salāh of Need”) refers to performing two or more rak‘ats of optional salāh with the …

Women’s Mosque? Women’s Empowerment? Women’s Mosque? Women’s Empowerment?

By Khalid Baig
Posted: 11 Rabi al-Thani 1436, 1 February 2015
The Women’s Mosque of America has started operations in Los Angeles. It is not a mosque per se, but the name of a non-profit organization. It began …