Hes a hanbali and I’m a Hanafi????

The question arises, is there an issue with this? Well there shouldn’t be, and whoever does make this an issue is ignorant of the religion. I had one encounter when I was praying behind an uncle and I was reciting the iqaamah (I am of the opinion that you recite it half the number of times recited in the adhaan), and he stopped me halfway and ordered someone else to do the iqaamah, which left me quite shocked (as hanafis recite it the same no. of times as said in the adhaan). This mentality is a disease and shows how people are lacking in basics of islamic knowledge. Fiqh alone,… Read More

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Dangers of reading fataawa online

Its an increasing concern that people read and understand many fatawa online, especially from IslamQA, in a very skewered manner causing them to be extremely and unnecessarily rigid with themselves and others. Studying a bit of aqeedah and fiqh doesn’t mean anything. In many cases, it can be very problematic; it isn’t the fault of the sheikh but the laymen as they use their lens of thought to understand it, not knowing that their lens is incorrect in the first place. A very common example is the issue of engaging in politics. Most people use the fataawa from islamQA to justify their disengagement or legitimacy of this topic, not knowing… Read More

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Advice to muslim vloggers and the like

I’m not one to watch vlogs (not really my thing), however, many people have attained a lot of attention  so I try to keep updated with whats generally happening with these vloggers. Some may ask why? Simply because the youth watch many of these videos and take them as role models subconsciously and it is important we are aware what they take from them. Many of these vloggers are heavily criticized, which to some extent is rightly done, although, the point of this post is to encourage these bloggers and give them some advice on how they make their work more productive (hopefully viewers can pass this message on to them). Nonetheless,… Read More

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Islam vs Evolution

There is a false dichotomy within the Muslim community whereby Muslims believe that evolution is somehow detrimental to the theology of the Islam. This widespread phenomenon is trivial and it implies Muslims to be uneducated. Evolution, in general, does not affect our beliefs in any way shape or form and this false paranoia will not help us achieve anything in the long run. Prophet Noah (PBUH) lived for over 900 years and the people of ‘Ad were known to be giants, it’s only natural they have a different physiological body structure to ours (not claiming they do, just saying it is a possibility). Like anything in science, it is a… Read More

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Should muslims follow a madhhab?

A madhhab usually refers to a schools of thought within fiqh, namely Hanafi, Shafiee, Hanbali and the Maaliki. Throughout history, there have been many, but these four are the only ones that have lasted till today. Now the question arises, do I have to follow one or should I make my own one up. Well as the mass of the muslims are laymen, we would do the former. However, that does not mean that we are required to be very strict with the opinions of that madhhab as they may be more evidence for a certain act or not doing a certain act and we should follow that opinion accordingly,… Read More

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