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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Love vs Arranged Marriage

Love marriage, in my opinion, is overhyped, especially because of movies and western media, as they try to portray marriage and love as some sort of fairytale that never coincides with reality. Although, it is still common to see people trying to imitate this via horse carriages, big weddings, big halls with expensive fancy decoration etc. May Allah protect us from this. As Muslims, we need to know that interacting unnecessarily with the opposite gender is Haraam and getting married via this method will become problematic during the marriage, which we will discuss further later. The halaal route would be to speak to the parents of the person and then… Read More

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Reminder for married sisters

I received this quite a while ago and theres a lot that we can learn from this message. This issue that she pointed out is still very prevalent within the asian culture. May Allah give us hidaayah. “I am 32 years old. My ex hubby dated me for six years, I started dating him whilst I was in grade 12, I was 19 years old. We were the best of friends. I waited until he completed college and started work, my family and his family then met, we got married and had a son. (Now 7 years old ). My husband was short tempered at times, but our problems started… Read More

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