According to the traditional four schools of Islam, a woman may not travel for an extended distance without a male chaperone, specifically one that she cannot marry; a mahram. This is based on many narrations in which the Prophet is related to have prohibited a woman to travel for more than three nights except when there is a Mahram with her. Variations of this narration exist in multiple collections with the number of days ranging from a single, to triple, hence, it is not surprising that this has been accepted wholly by all of the schools, as such.
However, in recent times, the discourse of maqasid al-shariah has become prominent with many scholars questioning the objective behind such rulings.
Continue reading “Can a Muslim Woman Travel Alone?”
The life of a Muslim is very special as it is full of opportunities to get closer to Allah ﷻ by performing the various forms of worship that Allah ﷻ loves. These forms of worship turn the life of a Muslim into a life of righteous action, speech and continuous activity for the benefit and goodness of everyone. This means that the life of Mu’mins should be devoted to worship, obedience, righteous deeds and absolute connection with Allah ﷻ in every part of their life, and in all their affairs. They do not need to go to the mosque, in particular, to approach Allah ﷻ, as He is with them all the time, as He said in the Qur’an (Surah Qaf: 16): “…and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.”
Continue reading “The Days of Dhul Hijjah”
بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“Nothing can be done, except little by little” – Charles Baudelaire.
This life is a journey that we all need to traverse in order to reach our ultimate destination; death, practically, as that is the end of all actions for us.
Yet, the Prophet ﷺ cautioned against exerting one’s self in this journey. He likened it to a horse who has a set amount of distance to traverse. If the rider attempts to finish the journey considerably faster, he will end up breaking his horse and be stranded. This characteristic is called josh in Urdu and means extreme enthusiasm. The Qur’an also cautions us against such extremes and asks us to take the “middle path” (Qur’an, 2:143).
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Confusion has arisen all over the UK with regards to the 15th of Sha’ban. Some claim it is tonight (Friday 19th April) while others assert that it is in the evening of Saturday the 20th of April.
This is therefore an attempt to investigate both claims and to further see the cause of such disagreement, as well as a comprehensive look at the whole Saudi moon sighting debate and whether Muslims in the UK should be following Saudi Arabia or not.
Continue reading “Sha’baan – To follow or not to follow”
What is Persistent Twilight? A Very Brief Explanation
As the sun sets below the horizon, the sky turns a deep red colour. This colouring is because the Sun’s rays can still reach the sky above it. After a while, the Sun will descend further, by a certain angle, below the horizon until none of its rays will be able to reach the sky. It is at this point we get complete darkness.
In northern parts of the world, the Sun does not descend by an angle sufficiently below the horizon for the sky to turn completely dark. The Sun’s rays will continue to reach and illuminate the sky for the whole night. It is this phenomenon that is termed Persistent Twilight. Continue reading “Persistent Twilight”
بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Arabic noun Maghrib comes from the root gharaba, “to depart, to set, to go away,” and the noun formed from this root literally means “the place of the sunset.” It is thus apparent that Maghrib means actual sunset or sundown, as understood universally, i.e, the time of departure or declension of the sun from the horizon when it is no longer visible.
Continue reading “Does Maghrib Begin at Sunset?”
بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم
BY the grace of the Almighty, this week has ushered in a new moon. One that is among four that have been sanctified by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. This is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar; this is Rajab al-Murajjab.
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“Jurisprudential Maxim: Custom has the weight of law.”
The maxim “culture has the weight of law” affirms that Islam is not culturally predatory, and it teaches Muslims to look upon all cultural heritages with an open mind, especially those where they live and to which they belong. Continue reading “The Role of Culture In Islam”
Did Richard Dawkins ask us to rethink Hitler’s eugenics?
“If you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability? Continue reading “Richard Dawkins – An Evolutionary Extremist”
One of the enormous achievements of our Prophet, peace be upon him, is that in less than twenty years he managed to bring law and order to a land that had hitherto been plagued with lawlessness Continue reading “Political Violence & the End Days”
The Prophet ﷺ was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him.
Jabir narrated, “The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, took me one day with him to his house. He was served some bread. He asked: ‘Is there any dip?’ They replied ‘No, only some vinegar.’ He said, ‘Vinegar is a good dip.’ Jabir used to say, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Allah’s Prophet”. Naf’a said, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Jabir.” Continue reading “The Best of Condiments is Vinegar”
The Arabs say Love is of Ten levels Continue reading “What is Love?”
In our offices and workplaces we can hardly find time to do acts of worship and righteous deeds. What can we do in the short time that we can find in our day? How can we make use of it?
Continue reading “What Can You Do In One Minute?”
“He is the One Who has released two types of bodies of water, one refreshing and sweet and the other salty and bitter – but He has established a barrier and a prohibiting partition between them.” (Quran: 25:53) Continue reading “Does the Quran Get The Mixing Of Saltwater And Freshwater Wrong?”
Rabi’ah bint Esma’il al-‘Adawiya, born in humble circumstances and sold into slavery as a child, later settled in Basra where she attained great fame as a saint and a preacher and was highly esteemed by many of her pious contemporaries. Continue reading “Rabi’ah al-Adawiyah al-Basariyah – A Sufi Biography”