Category: Fiqh

  • OATHS, VOWS, CONTRACTS AND COVENANTS IN MUSLIM AMERICA, Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

    The whole idea of vows (nuthoor/نذور),  covenant (meethaaq/ميثاق), contract (ahd or aqd/عهد او عقد) and fealty (bay’ah/بيعة) has been nearly forgotten and lost amongst us. Even though verbal pledges, oaths, contracts, are a integral part of the Islamic system of accountability, justice, and order. The Prophet SAWS used to require that people actually make a […]

  • The Islamic Ruling regarding Celebrating Thanksgiving Day by Shaykh Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

    Contrary to some opinions, there is nothing in the Book or in the sunna of the Prophet (SAWS) that prohibits a person from being an American, living like an American, behaving like an American or engaging in American culture, as long as the lifestyle, behavior or actions do not contradict the Book of Allah, or the sunna of the Prophet (SAWS).

  • The Islamic Ruling Regarding Muslim Women Following Funeral Processions, by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

    The objective of understanding the religion and the proper practice thereof is not served when we apply a ruling to a condition that does not exist. When people say: women following the funeral procession, and going to the grave site, what is meant here in the United States and elsewhere is when after the janaazah prayer is over, they follow the burial procession to the grave site, and stand and be witnesses to the body of the deceased being lowered into the ground and put to rest while they make du’aa, and stand quietly, and allow the men to do the actual lowering and speaking if any. This is the practice as it occurs here in the United States and therefore this is what the ruling needs to apply to.

  • The Virtues of the Islamic Month of Rajab [Fadaa’il Rajab] by Shaykh Luqman Ahmad

    The Muslim Hijri calendar was first introduced by the Caliph and companion of the Prophet (SAWS) Umar ibn al-Khattaab in the year 628 C.E[4]. It consists of 12 lunar months. The beginning of each month is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Each lunar month lasts approximately 29 or 30 days. The month of Rajab is one of the sacred months of the Islamic calendar. The other three sacred months are the consecutive months of Dhul Qi`da, Dhul Hijja, and Muharram. Thus we have just entered into the sacred month of Rajab, the seventh month of the Hijri calendar as of May 22nd 2012. It is a good idea to keep track of the Islamic months because during each month, there are recommended and sometimes compulsory actions which are recorded in the Sunna of the Prophet (SAWS).

  • The Virtues of the Islamic Month of Rajab: فضائل رجب

    The Virtues of Rajab: Fadaa’il Rajab by Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad “BEHOLD, the number of months, in the sight of Allah, is twelve months, [laid down] in Allah’s decree on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; [and] out of these, four are sacred: this is the ever-true law [of Allah]. […]

  • How Political Islam Undermines Islam, An American Imam’s Perspective

    Political Islam on the other hand is very, very toxic. We need to realize that, because it is at the core of modern Muslim civilizational catastrophe.

  • The Virtues of the Islamic Month of Rajab: Fadaa’il Rajab

    There are many areas of ah’kaam (jurisprudence) related to the month of Rajab. Some of the reported traditions of Rajab trace back to the days of jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic period) and continued after the dawn of Islam. Others were prohibited by the Prophet (SAWS). Scholars differ as to which of these traditions continued after Islam

  • Fighting Over Weak Hadith

    What is needed in my view is that we campaign against general ignorance of religion. Weak hadith are not the main issue; it is in how people use hadith, weak or authentic which seems to cause so many problems. People’s mis-use and misunderstanding of authentic hadith is a greater problem than people’s use of weak hadith

  • Civil Marriages Versus Islamic Marriages

    Civil and Islamic marriages have taken on connotations of real and make believe. A person will say: “lslamically I’m married to so and so but legally I’m still married to so and so.” Or they will say, “We are married in Islam but we are not legally married.”

  • The Islamic Ruling on Baby Showers in the United States

    The reality is that there is no evidence in the Quran or the Sunna or in the words or actions of the Salaf of our umma which would conclusively or even remotely render baby showers haram or even makrooh. The practice of baby showers is that it contains many Sunna acts