Infamies: Unconsciously slacking off in duties

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This excerpt from Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment explains the importance of being thankful for good things lest we lose them, and the various stages people often experience when slacking off. It prescribes ways to treat this condition, chief of which are seeking refuge in Allah and remembrance of Him. 4. Unconsciously slacking … Read more…

Infamies: Expecting salvation despite violations

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Here is another excerpt from Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment. This excerpt points out how we hold ourselves back by committing violations, and that our ultimate success rests upon purifying ourselves of moral and behavioral violations. 1. Expecting salvation despite violations One of the infamies of the soul is imagining that … Read more…

The Three Types of Soul

Some editions of Abū ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Infamies of the Soul and Their Treatment include a small introduction on the three different types of souls. Know that the soul is of three types: the one that incites evil, the reproachful soul, and the one that is serene.1)These are, respectively: al-nafs al-āmāra, al-nafs al-lawwāma, and al-nafs al-muṭmaʾinna. The serene … Read more…

The FiqhApp Project

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم I spend a lot of time thinking about alternative ways to present Islamic scholarly texts and facilitate their application. FiqhApp is a place where I try out some of my ideas. So far my examples focus on dynamic presentation and decision-making tools. Digital versions of Islamic texts tend to mimic static printed … Read more…

Fiction and the Sacred Law

Last year I wrote about science fiction as a vehicle for Islamic didacticism and better futures. This prompted several people asked whether there were any fatwas that support this. The image below shows a fatwa from Al-Azhar concerning stories that include fictional elements. The basic gist is that it is permissible provided one does not … Read more…

Accessible Conspectus: Pilgrimage and the conditions for it being obligatory

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This post is part of a series of posts aimed at making The Ultimate Conspectus accessible to readers who have never read fiqh before. The Greater and Lesser Pilgrimage (Ḥajj and ʿUmrah, respectively) are both obligatory to perform at least once in an individual’s life. The textual foundation for Ḥajj being obligatory is from the Quran … Read more…

Fatwas issued by past scholars should be reconsidered: Azhar

The Cairo Post: CAIRO: The fatwas of scholars who belonged to past eras should be reconsidered because they may be based on customs that have long changed, undersecretary of Al-Azhar Abbas Shouman said at Dar al-Iftaa’s international conference Monday. …. Dar al-Iftaa, Egypt’s institution tasked with issuing religious opinions, is facing many challenges because many … Read more…