Supreme Synopsis: Fasting Ramadan

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This post is part of a series of posts taken from Hanbali Acts of Worship, based on Ibn Balbān’s Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣarāt (The Supreme Synopsis). The comments ‹between chevrons› come from its commentary Kashf al-Mukhaddarāt. Fasting Ramadan is required of every Muslim who is responsible and able upon sighting the crescent moon [of Ramaḍān] (even if sighted … Read more…

The #wtfiqh Collection #3

The is the third #wtfiqh collection which includes examples of faulty legal reason. The first is available here.

Disclaimers

  1. Many #wtfiqh entries also apply to non-Muslim law. I would not entrust myself to a faqīh or lawyer who makes use of them.
  2. Keep in mind that #wtfiqh is about failures in legal reasoning. It should not be confused with #WhatIsTheFiqh.
  3. If you find yourself inclining towards any of these things, please reconsider.

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Antiprotips Collected #2

The #antiprotip series includes existing patterns or behavior that need to be avoided. If you find yourself inclining towards any of these things, please reconsider. You can find the first collection is here. Ignorance is a sin so never admit it, just say anything and add “…but there are differences of opinion on this” #antiprotip … Read more…

On Animal Extermination

An excerpt from my Rights and Duties Pertaining to Kept Animals, soon to be published by Tabah Foundation. In addition to forbidding animal abuse in general, the Prophet ﷺ also forbade taking their young, burning them, damaging their habitats, and exterminating species. Ibn Masʿūd (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were with the Messenger … Read more…

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…