In response to an email, Philosophy Bro explains why philosophy is still important. Much of his answer applies to questions concerning the value of teaching how classical fiqh is done, and the value of looking at hypothetical and fringe cases.
#antiprotip series includes existing patterns or behavior that need to be avoided. If you find yourself inclining towards any of these things, please reconsider.
#antiprotipHarm to others is trumped by serious profits in pockets.
#antiprotipTake the quick road to mastery by declaring irrelevant all you don’t already know.
#antiprotipWant your subjects to do something they aren’t already? Declare it illegal.
#protip series includes recommendations and reminders.
- Train yourself to generate pro- & counter- scenarios—a major fiqh need is matching masa’il & ‘ilal to the contemporary context.
- For every
xto suit Islam, not Islam to suit
- Beware of sloppily switching topics while using a term: “sunnah” changes meaning in usul al-fiqh, mustalah al-hadith, and fiqh.
A well known legal maxim states that judges cannot overturn a prior decision unless it has been shown to be a sure and manifest error. Once a judge has decided …
The current Custodians of the Sacred Sanctuaries consider it necessary to expand the Mosque of the Sacred Sanctuary in order to accommodate the projected quantities of future Pilgrims. They have decided to raze several historical mosques and sites in order to carry out this expansion.
There has been a lot of heated discussion concerning the issue. So far I have not seen solid, shari‘ah-grounded justifications from either side which is binding upon their disputant.
I personally am against razing the buildings for various reasons and would rather see them left alone or somehow preserved within the expansion. Unfortunately, none of these reasons is so compelling that it would require an opponent to change his mind. Some of these reasons include:
Today’s UAE news includes reports of a maid who was kicked out of her job on September 10 which still being owed three months of back pay. After being kicked out on to the streets, she had no place to go, and she couldn’t remember the location of villa where she had been working nor the identity of the employment agency that handled her contract. The difficult state she was in prompted her to attempt suicide by standing in the middle of traffic. A policeman intervened, talking her out form the middle of the street. Today a court has fined fined her the equivalent of USD$272 for attempted suicide.1
Several weeks ago I wrote articles in response to Imam Hashim Islam’s anti-protest fatwa (“What is a fatwa? Who can issue one?”) and the fatwa sanctioning the destruction of structures associated with graves in Libya (“Libyan graves”). Since then, clips from the “Innocence of Muslims” film have gone viral, prompting a flurry of “death fatwa” aimed various people involved in the film. A Google search for
fatwa "innocence of muslims" returns 317000 results. Restricting the search to news sources alone returns 2190 results.
(nb: I was asked something related to Dar al-Ifta and its fatwas. My reply didn’t address their question as well as it should have, but it spilled over into some …
This is where I’ll be sticking things that are longer than 140 characters and just might be worth keeping around for the future.
The Sacred Law acknowledges that necessity sometimes calls for exceptional rulings; it does not countenance accepting it as a new norm. If a Muslim community was faced with a situation …