Comment: Arab women hilariously shut down a Muslim cleric criticizing ‘flamboyant’ abayas

From stepfeed: Muslim scholar Sheikh Mohamad Al Arefe caused quite a stir on social media late on Tuesday after he posted a tweet stating that it is “haram” for women to wear flamboyant hijabs and abayas. The Saudi Arabian scholar is followed by over seventeen million people on Twitter and many of the women following him … Read more…

Comment: How Philosophical Work Can Change The World

Contemporary Islamic scholars and academic philosophers often face similar questions, criticisms, and challenges. Daily Nous‘ closing comments on an interview with Noam Chomsky mention several examples: …there is the question of whether we should want philosophers to have a significant social and political influence. And also whether, if one wants to influence politics and society, one should … Read more…

For muʿtamad positions: ʿUmdat al-Salik or Kifayat al-Akhyar?

Q. Which should I read for muʿtamad positions: ʿUmdat al-Salik or Kifayat al-Akhyar? A. Ahmed bin Naqib al-Masri’sʿUmdat al-Salik is better if your goal is for learning the muʿtamad or official opinions of the Shafiʿi school. Taqi al-Din al-Hisni al-Husseini’s Kifayat al-Akhyar is better if you want to know the evidence and arguments behind the rulings, … Read more…

Comment: Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

In January 2014, I wrote “Islam’s ban on child combatants.” Sadly, extremist groups continue to use child combatants. Things appear to have taken a tragic turn for the worse. What’s worse than child soldiers? Suicide bombers using babies to sneak bombs past security. According to the BBC: Female suicide bombers in Nigeria are now carrying … Read more…

My English Shafi’i fiqh curriculum plan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Several people have asked me what order they should read my Shafi‘i books in, and whether the books I have done are part of some overall plan. I’m going to try to answer both of those questions. Yes, my books are part of a Shafi‘i fiqh curriculum that I have in mind. I’m trying to … Read more…