Musa Furber is qualified to issue Islamic legal edicts (fatwās). He received his license to deliver edicts from senior scholars at Egypt’s official fatwā institute Dār al-Iftā’ al-Miṣriyya including Shaykh Dr. Ali Gomaa. He studied traditional Islamic disciplines for over 15 years with numerous scholars in Damascus, Cairo, and elsewhere. He also holds a BA in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University, and an MPA from Dubai School of Government. He worked at the Tabah Foundation from August 2008 through the end of 2015. He resides in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Abū Shujā‘ al-Asfahānī’s Ghāyat al-Taqrīb. A classic medieval legal primer, with critical annotations. Printed as The Ultimate Conspectus. 2012. (epub, print)

Imām al-Nawawi’s Al-Tibyān fī Ādāb Ḥamalat al-Qur’ān. Printed as Etiquette With The Quran. Starlatch, LLC: 2003; 2nd edition 2012. (epub, print)

“Obligations to Future Generations of Muslims”, Tabah Paper no. 6, Abu Dhabi: Tabah Foundation, 2012. (html)

“Reducing the Role of Decision-Making Biases in Muslim Responsa”, Tabah Analytical Brief no. 12. Abu Dhabi: Tabah Foundation, 2012. (html)

“Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation in non-Muslim Regions”, Tabah Analytical Brief no 11. Abu Dhabi: Tabah Foundation, 2011. (html)

“Ethics & Virtual Worlds: Second Life as a Case Study”, Tabah Analytical Brief no 9. Abu Dhabi: Tabah Foundation, 2009. (html)

“Ethical Dimensions of Nanotechnology”, Tabah Analytical Brief no 6. Abu Dhabi: Tabah Foundation, 2009. (html)

Ibn Ḥajar al-‘Asqalānī’s Nukhbat al-Fikar. An introduction to ḥadīth criticism. Printed in G.F. Haddad’s Sunna Notes: Studies in Hadith & Doctrine. Aqsa Publications, UK: 2005.

Jallāl al-Dīn al-Mahallī. Sharh al-Waraqāt. An introduction to jurisprudence. (forthcoming)

Ibn Juzay al-Kalabī. “Introduction to Qur’ānic Sciences,” included in his Kitāb al-Tashīl fī ‘Ulūm al-Tanzīl. A short exegesis of the Qur’ān. (forthcoming)

Ibn Juzay al-Kalabī. Taṣfiyat al-Qulūb. An anthology of his esoteric exegesis. (forthcoming)

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalī. Al-Radd ‘Alā Man Ittaba‘ Ghayr al-Madhdhāhib al-Arba‘ah. (forthcoming)

Abū ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Sulamī. ‘Uyūb al-Nafs wa Adwiyātuhā. A medieval esoteric text. (forthcoming)

Journal Articles

Abdur-Rashid, Khalil, Furber, S. W., Abdul-Basser, Taha. (2013), Lifting the veil: a typological survey of the methodological features of Islamic ethical reasoning on biomedical issues. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. doi: 10.1007/s11017-013-9251-7

Padela, A. I., Furber, S. W., Kholwadia, M. A. and Moosa, E. (2013), Dire Necessity and Transformation: Entry-points for Modern Science in Islamic Bioethical Assessment of Porcine Products in Vaccines. Bioethics. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12016

Review of Natana DeLong-Bas’s Wahhabi Islam. Muslim World Book Review. Spring, 2005.


“How un-Islamic it is to blame the victim”, Daily News, 16 February 2013. (html)

“Holier than thou: extremism against Islam”, Al Arabiya News, 12 February 2013. (html)

“The Islam Women Were Promised”, The Washington Post, 1 February 2013. (reprint: html)

“On Libyan Graves”, Egypt Independent, 29 August 2012. (html, reprinted in: Al Arabiya News, Seekers Guidance)

“What is a fatwa? Who Can Give One?”, The Washington Post, 22 August 2012. (html, Ahram Online, Seekers Guidance)

Media Citations

Malek, Caline, “Ramadan in the UAE: Will science replace moon-spotting to start the Holy Month?,” 19 May 2013. (html)

Al Hassani, Zaineb, “Abu Dhabi hearse service is free and ‘always will be’, says Haad,” The National, 4 March 2012. (html)

Conroy, Erin, “Hospital to offer new IVF test,” The National, 19 August 2011. (html)

Conroy, Erin, “Scientists suggest using maths to mark Ramadan,” The National, 8 August 2011. (html)

Todorova, Vesela, “Scholars say Islam teaches care for the environment,” The National, 24 August 2010. (html)

Lepeska, David, “Efforts to give every child the right to a family,” The National, 3 June 2010. (html)

Elass, Rasha, “DNA could illuminate Islam’s lineage,” The National, 19 June 2009. (html)

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  • Hussain

    Salam Alaykum shaykh. What came of the translation project of “Zād al-Mustaqni’” you were engaged in? Is the book still being translated or you’ve dropped the project (cause’ I don’t seem to find it in the list on this page)?

    • musafurber

      wa alaykum al-salam

      It’s in limbo while I determine whether it is better to edit it or translate a smaller text. Zād requires a significant investment in time. And I’m not sure whether there’s really enough interest to justify a Hanbali text of its complexity. Maybe Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣarāt is more appropriate for the target audience. And Allah knows best.

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  • Hussain

    Assalamu alaykum, Shaykh.

    Do you teach the Hanbali Madhhab?

    I’m interested in studying a Mukhtasar in Hanbali Madhhab.

    • musafurber

      wa alaykum al-salam. I don’t at the moment Sorry. May Allah guide you to a someone who can help you master this noble school.

  • musafurber

    No, I haven’t considered translating any of his works. I stick to things that I have a connection to via my shuyukh.

  • Yahya Estefan

    Assalamu alaikum Sheikh Musa. Sheikh I am in need of a fatwa and I follow the hanbali madhab can I contact you via email some how? Or should I just ask u on here although it’s a private matter?

    • Yahya Estefan

      To save time Sheikh it’s about divorce. I’m wanting to know two parts please.
      1) can a man divorce his wife on her menses? As in does it count?
      2) are 3 talaq in one sitting counted as 1 or 3?
      JazakAllahu khair

  • Shakeel Khan

    Assalamu alaikum Sheikh Musa. I wanted to ask if in the Hanbali madhab, it is recommended to wash the mouth and rinse the nose as a sunna before washing the face and then whilst washing the face, re-wash the mouth and nose as an integral? Or, is it just one washing of the mouth and nose that fulfills both the sunna and integral after the face is washed?

  • Foulane from Paris

    السلام عليكم

    I red one of your translation of ibn rajab’s rissala ” refutation of those who dont follow the 4 madhabs”

    I find that the title of the book does not match with the text, there is a misconception and shoubouhats that people can make by the title without reading the book specialy from an imam of the sunna like Ibn rajab.

    Ibn rajab does not even once tell the layman to be stick to any madhab. He gave a general advice to those who didnt even reach the level of ijtihad and give verdicts that fall outside the 4 madhab.

    So many people use this book for their own purpose without reading or maybe they didnt understand the book Allah arlem.

    For the title of the book is it really the title that ibn rajab gave or is it a title which came way later cuz this is quite commun that imam in past didnt give any title or give different title like for exemple the sahih boukhari or the rissala of shafii.

    بارك الله فيك

    • musafurber

      Wa alaykum al-salam

      The title of the translation matches the title of the Arabic original.

      Musa Furber