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Dear Mufti…

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The “Dear Mufti…” tweets express some of the messages conveyed within many of the requests I received. Some of the original question were sincere and serious, others were trollish. While most of the questions presented here are caricatures of groups of questions, a few are close to verbatim.

“Dear Mufti, Declare riba halal so Allah declares war against you instead of me.”

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How un-Islamic it is to blame the victim

Justifying, excusing, or trivialising sexual harassment is wrong. It is wrong when it is expressed in private. It is unacceptable when a known personality expresses it to a public audience. It is a dereliction of one’s duty when expressed by any official charged with looking after public welfare. Egypt’s sexual harassment epidemic has been a … Read more

Seeking a coherent Islamic law

In order to be applicable to all contexts, the Shariʿah cannot be arbitrary or incoherent, nor can it be exhaustible or of limited lifetime. Rather, it must be systematic, consistent, and coherent. It must also be comprehensive and durable in order to provide guidance for humanity until the end of their earthly existence. The madhhabs, or schools of Islamic law, exhibit legal theories and bodies of law that, thus far, meet all of these qualities. These schools have demonstrated the ability to grow to address new cases and contexts without losing these qualities. Alternatives have yet to exhibit and sustain these qualities, leaving the madhhahbs as the best tool for approaching the Shariʿah.

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It’s the harasser who’s responsible in Islamic law

“Oppressing women and justifying it using Shari’a is more offensive to our Prophet than a cheap film.” Al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri Fear of sexual harassment is a fact of life for women in Egypt. Many have posited that women themselves should bear responsibility for such harassment, with even seemingly religious arguments being deployed to support such … Read more

Detailed Counsel

The following was extracted from my translation of Abu ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Sulamī’s Detailed Counsel. Each of these counsels is explained in the translation, which—in sha Allah—will be published during 2013.

Collection of Maqasid

The following list of maqāṣid al-sharī‘ah—overarching objectives and purposes of Islam[ic Legislation]—was extracted from Ibn ‘Āshūr’s Maqāṣid al-sharī‘ah. For more information, please consult the Arabic original or its English translation. This list is by no means exhaustive, though it does include the main ones mentioned in the book.

The maqāṣid include:

  • preservation of the order of the world & regulating human conduct
  • preventing our inflicting harm and destruction upon the world
  • preservation of religion, life, the intellect, property, lineage, & dignity

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The Overarching Purposes (maqāṣid) of Medicine

From the perspective of the Shari‘ah, the overarching purposes (maqāṣid) of medicine are the preservation of life, the body, its limbs, and considering them as necessities; warding off harms and anything which is harmful; preservation of health and providing treatment; and, enabling mankind to fulfill its role of stewardship (Ar. khilāfah).1 There is a large … Read more

Antiprotips Collected

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.

  • #antiprotip Harm to others is trumped by serious profits in pockets.
  • #antiprotip Take the quick road to mastery by declaring irrelevant all you don’t already know.
  • #antiprotip Want your subjects to do something they aren’t already? Declare it illegal.

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Protips Collected

The #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 x, adjust x to suit Islam, not Islam to suit x.
  • Beware of sloppily switching topics while using a term: “sunnah” changes meaning in usul al-fiqh, mustalah al-hadith, and fiqh.

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