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The News Protocol – Towards an Islamic Framework

By Khalid Baig “We mortals hear only the news and know nothing at all” – Homer, The Iliad. Several years ago an Indian reporter for Time magazine approached Maulana Waheeduddin Khan, a prominent scholar and author in India, and interviewed…

Spending on One’s Family on the Day of ‘Āshūra

By Mawlana Mohammed Haroon Abasoomer Question: What is the virtue of spending on one’s family on the day of ‘Ashura [the 10th of Muharram] and what is the authenticity of the hadith that encourages this sort of spending? Answer: The…

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…

The Isnād System: An Unbroken Link to The Prophet

By Muntasir Zaman Pause for a moment, and ask yourself: what are the greatest accomplishments of the Muslim civilization? At first thought, a number of things will probably come to mind, ranging from mathematics to medicine to architecture—perhaps even coffee.[1]…

Takbīr al-Tashrīq in Detail

By Mawlana Nabeel Valli Edited by IlmGate The Meaning of the Takbīrāt of Tashrīq Takbīr means “to proclaim the greatness of Allāh.” [1] Tashrīq literally means “to cut and dry strips of meat in the sun.”[2] It was the practice…

Is the Friday Prayer Obligatory After the Eid Prayer?

By ‘Allamah Ibn Rushd al-Qurtubi Translated by Mawlana Hamzah Wald Maqbul A Translation From the Bidayat al-Mujtahid of Ibn Rushd al-Hafid al-Qurtubi, An Authoritative Manual on the Fiqh of the Four Madhhabs and the People of the Sunnah. [The people of…