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God is Greatest: Translating the Prayer into English

Prepared by Abū Ibrāhīm John Starling Many of the newly converted/reverted Muslims in our communities, and a significant percentage of the more seasoned Muslims, struggle with Arabic. This leads to difficulty in performing prayer let alone understanding what is recited within it. I myself once struggled greatly with this issue and now as a prayer…
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Shaykh ʿAbd al-Rahman al-Baʿli

Prepared by Abū Ibrāhīm John Starling The shaykh, jurist, scholar, and skilled ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿAbd Allāh b. Aḥmad al-Ḥalabi al-Damishqī al-Ḥanbalī was born on 21, Jumada al-Ula, 1110H in Baʿlabak. He was raised in a house filled with knowledge; his father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all revered scholars.  His older brothers Shaykh Muḥammad al-Ḥanbalī…
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When Blame is Magnified

Prepared by Abu Ibrahim J. Starling According to the Qurʾān, Sunnah, and scholarly consensus, sins are of  2 basic categories in the Islamic Law; minor sins and major sins.[1] While each sinful action is classified as either intrinsically minor or major the final ruling and consequential effect actually depends more on the offender than the…
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Inviting Peoples of Other Faiths Inside

Prepared by Abu Ibrahim J. Starling As Muslim communities in America, the prophetic model of the mosque has been revitalized in many ways. To stay connected with each other, our masjids have become central hubs which provide a safe environment and help tie our minority population together.  In recent times the masjid has become a…
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An Introduction to Ijtihad

Prepared by Zubair Malik Ijtihad linguistically means to expend efforts in order to reach some difficult matter.  Islamically ijtihad means to expend every effort to derive an Islamic ruling or judgment.  A mujtahid is someone who practices ijtihad.  The Prophet (saw) said: Amr ibn Al-As reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon…
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A Simple Guide to Taqlid

Prepared by Chris Morris Taqlīd, an Arabic word, has both linguistic and religious meanings.  Linguistically taqlīd is the act of placing something around the neck encircling it.  Its religious meaning is to accept the judgement of a person without knowing their evidence.[1]  Because it has a religious definition it also has associated Islamic rulings; both…
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Salafi or Sufi: Brief Biography of Shaikh Al-Islam al-Ansari

Prepared by Abu Ibrahim J. Starling In today's Muslim world you may not find more polarizing terms than "Salafi" and "Sufi". These 2 ascriptions are fully loaded; often interpreted based on the images their claimants portray. Each side of the spectrum vies for victors from the righteous of the past to support their respective calls. For the most…
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Student Notes: Fundamentals of Tafsir

Prepared by Tom Facchine Notes from An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Tafsir, by Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (explanation by Shaykh Salih Aali-Shaykh) Early in the work, Shaykh ul-Islam proposes that an individual needs to possess mastery in 5 disciplines before making tafseer of the Quran. They are: The Quran itself. The Sunnah The Arabic…
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Presto Chango: The Ruling on Magic

Prepared by Sana Jaffer There is a general rule when dealing with Islamic Jurisprudence that explains that everything is permissible in Islam unless proven otherwise. This applies to all things from food, to dress, to recreational activities. Something that is proven to be impermissible in Islam is done so based on a lack on benefit…
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Why Do Scholars Relate Weak Hadith?

Prepared by Jubril Oyeyemi Imam An Nawawi, in the introduction of his 40 hadith stated, "Scholars agree that weak hadith which speak merely about virtues and deeds may be cited.” The preponderant opinion has allowed the embellishment of the Virtues of good deeds by way of Da’eef hadiths. In essence, these categories of hadith are…
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