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…

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…

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…