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The Use of Amulets (Ta’wiz) in Islam

Question: What is the ruling on wearing an amulet (ta’weez)? People have the belief that wearing a string around the neck will protect them, when surely only Allah protects. Please tell me the ruling on wearing this, for many people…

Muharram: Between Fact and Fiction

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar Hijri calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Quran says, “The number of months according to Allah is…

Using Medication Containing Unlawful Ingredients

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, The scholars (within the Hanafi School) have differed as to the permissibility of using unlawful (harām) medication. It is related from Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy…

Intellectual Property and Copyright in Islam

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Edited by Faraz Abdul Moid Question: Can you please explain the Islamic injunctions about “copyright”, especially about the copyright on computer software? The questions are: (i) Can we register a book under the Copyright Act which…

Is it Proper to Refer to a Scholar as “Mawlānā” ?

By Mufti Waseem Khan  Edited by IlmGate Question: I heard that the word Mawlānā means master and that you cannot address anyone with that title as Mawlānā. Can you please clarify? Answer: The word Mawlānā is an Arabic word which is combined of two…

Gifting the Reward of Virtuous Deeds to Others

By Mawlana Abu Asim Badrul Islam According to the Ḥanafī school of sacred law, it is permissible for one to gift the reward (thawāb) of their virtuous deed to another person, be they deceased or alive, and be that virtuous…

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 عليه وسلم said, “Actions…