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…