Muslim Matters: New Website

asSalaam ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

It’s been a while since this website has been launched. I guess I am kind of late at doing this. I am backed up on a lot of my emails. So Muslim Matters is a new website about “Discourses in the Intellectual Traditions, Political Situation, and Social Ethics of Muslim Life”. Also I would like to mention that I happen to know half the Writers on the Editorial Staff and Guest Writers. Please visit, read, and enjoy:

Muslim Matters

6 Responses to “Muslim Matters: New Website”


  1. 1 Amad March 26, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    jazakAllah khair for the intro… and don’t be a stranger there… I think your mom (?) is already a strong commentator at MM.

    wasalam

  2. 2 Jane Broida Drake March 26, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    I’m glad to find a new site discussing “Muslim matters,” and I’d like to contribute my thoughts. But I’m absolutely NOT subtly or openly urging people to become Muslims. Even as I’m not suggesting we should all become Jews or Christians. But if “enough people” (whatever that number must be) embraced the three religions’ COMBINED revelations about God and the Messiah He promised to send us, they could end the Religious War that is currently emerging throughout the world, in which militant Muslims seek to cleanse the earth of “infidels” (another name for “unbelievers”). Still, there remains the sad thought that no one with the slightest knowledge of religious history can reasonably expect “believers” to bring peace on earth!

    To make “real peace” among themselves, members of all three religions would each have to alter some portion of their own manmade beliefs. But, in a typical example of “religious unity,” Muslims, Christians and Jews, alike, have always been unwilling to alter any part of their own beliefs! So, each embraces their own clergy’s interpretations of their own Sacred Book — interpretations that have provoked hatreds and wars throughout their shared religious history. And those are the same interpretations that are now driving us into a “shared” nuclear war.

    Of course, so many self-centered Christians are so convinced they will be “whisked away” before violence consumes the rest of the world that they have no incentive to alter their own understanding. And stubborn Jews are so accustomed to being persecuted and ostracized, they have long since closed their ears and their minds to the beliefs of “outsiders.” And self-satisfied Muslims believe, so thoroughly, that the whole world will someday be “Islamic”— in whatever way they define “Islam” — they can scarcely bring themselves to denounce the violence their “extremist” members are wreaking. After all, what the “fanatics” are doing could be “God’s Will.”

    So, here we are with each religious family too convinced their understanding is too right to be altered. Each convinced the others should change. Each “deep-down” resigned to enduring whatever happens or gladly anticipating their own “deliverance.” And each convinced that all they can do is urge their fellowmen to “convert” or urge them to practice “tolerance” — as though “believers” have ever proven truly tolerant of other beliefs for more than an occasional public minute!

    All the while, Jews need to recognize the world’s Messiah, rejected by their presumptuous clergy, because Jesus did not do what they expected the Messiah to do for them — as though the Messiah had to perform his propheised acts on their schedule! And Christians need to recognize Abraham’s One and Only unseen God, revealed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, which introduced Him to the world. Instead, Christians are taught by their brazen clergy to say “God” but mean “Jesus,” instead of revering the God to Whom Jesus prayed! And Muslims need to recognize that they have not become God’s “chosen people,” whose “Holy Land” has been usurped by Jewish “infidels” supported by Christian “infidels,” as their egotistical clergy declares!

  3. 3 abu ameerah March 28, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    “I guess I am kind of late at doing this.”

    “Late”…indeed!

    lol 8)

  4. 4 Aymen March 30, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Assalam-alaikum,i’ve gone through many of the trustable Islamic Websites and they have proved that Celebration of Mawlid is a mere innovation,the folloing article is awaiting moderation in my ibox and i wouldnt publish it until u let me know that what is written here isnt/is correct.

    Evidence for Mawlid from the Sunna of the Prophet

    Muslim narrated that, “Abi Qatada (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) said that the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) was asked about fasting on Monday and he said ‘That was the day I was born.'” This hadith is clear evidence of the importance of the commemoration of the Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birthday through worship. Al-Hafiz ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, in his book Lataif al-maarif ( p.98), in explaining this hadith of Muslim said, “It is good to fast on
    the days that Allah I honored and favored his servants.”

    It is incumbent not only on Muslims but on all human beings to rejoice in his advent, the day of his birth. As al-Hafiz ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said, “The best favour that Allah I has granted this nation is the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) when he was sent to humanity. So we review and recall Allah’s I favour of sending the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) by fasting on that day.”

    Thus, commemoration of the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birthday by any form of worship, starting with fasting, was derived analogously by the great scholars of jurisprudence, who concluded that all forms of worship according to the Qur’an and Sunna are meritorious to perform on that day. This includes recitation of Qur’an, loudly or quietly, individually or in congregation, praising the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam)—amongst the most meritorious forms of worship, feeding people, charity and remembering Allah I.

    Allah’s I injunction stands unceasingly, “Verily, Allah and His angels are praying on the Prophet. O believers, pray on him.” [33: 56] This clear order to praise the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) includes remembering who the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) was and what he did. Thus, coming together and sitting in a session in which the sirah is told and the Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) excellent character is recalled, and his person
    is praised, even through excessive Salawat, is a form of worship.Similarly, fasting on the day of the Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birth or on any Monday is an act of worship related to his birthday, which brings nearness to Allah I, as the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) explicitly stated.

    Similarly, the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) slaughtered an `aqiqa on his own behalf, 40 years after his birth, though one had been slaughtered by his grandfather when he was born. This is a firm evidence from the Sunna for increasing acts of worship and remembrance of his birth, for the `aqiqa is an act of worship associated with a birth.

    By analogy (qiyas), any worship increased on Monday or on the day of the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birth, is acceptable and meritorious. Thus, sitting in commemoration of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam)––by remembering his
    sirah, praising him, offering food to people, giving donations to the poor––are all forms of worship in the commemoration of the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birth, whether it be every Monday, every month or every year, or even every day of the year.
    ============ ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= ======
    Recitation of Poetry in Praise of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) is Sunna

    Recitation of poetry in the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) honour is one of the meritorious acts recommended by the Sunna. Thus, we find it is one of the primary means of observing the
    Mawlid in almost all Muslim nations. Here we cite a few examples from seerah and hadith in which the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) listened to poetry in his praise.

    The Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) uncle al-‘Abbas (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) composed poetry praising the birth of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam), in which are found the following lines: “When you were born, the earth was shining, and the firmament barely contained your light, and we can pierce through, thanks to that radiance and light and path of guidance.”[Suyuti’s, Husn al-maqsid, Ibn Kathir’s Mawlid, Ibn Hajar’s Fath al-Bari.]

    Ibn Kathir mentions the fact that according to the Sahaba, the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) praised his own name and recited poetry about himself in the middle of the battle of Hunayn in order to encourage the companions and scare the enemies. That day he said:

    “I am the Prophet! This is no lie. I am the son of `Abd al-Muttalib! ” [Ibn Kathir, Dhikra Mawlid an-Nabi]

    The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) was therefore happy with those who praised him because it is Allah’s I order, and he rewarded them from what Allah I was providing him by praying for them and giving them gifts. Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya relates that the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) prayed that Allah I support Hassan ibn Thabit with ruh al-qudus (the Divine spirit) as long as he would support the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) with his poetry. Similarly, the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) rewarded Ka`b ibn Zuhayr’s (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) poem of praise with a robe (burda).

    Hasan ibn Thabit (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) recited this poetry about the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) on the day of his death saying:

    I say, and none can find fault with me But one lost to all sense:
    I shall never cease to praise him. It may be for so doing I shall be forever in Paradise,
    With the Chosen One for whose support in that I hope, And to attain to that day I devote all my efforts.
    [Ibn Hisham, notes to his Seerah, p. 797, Karachi, Oxford Press.]

    As mentioned in the Dubai Fatwa, al-Hafiz Shamsuddin Muhammad ibn Nasruddin ad-Dimashqi in reference to the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) uncle, Abu Lahab (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu), noted in his book, Mawlid as-sa’adi, that his punishment in Hell
    is lessened every Monday because upon hearing the good news of his nephew, the Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birth, he released his handmaiden Thuayyba out of joy. For his celebration of the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) birth his
    punishment is reduced on the day of his birth. “What then” he asks, “of the believer who all his life was joyful for the existence of the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) and died
    believing in the Oneness of God?”

    With these hadith in mind, people constantly relate the Most Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) sirah, speak to their children about the importance of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) in their lives, offer food, help people, recite poetry in his praise and recite Salawat (darood) excessively. Alhamdulillah according to the principles of the Qur’an al-Kareem and Sunna, this is considered an acceptable and effective approach to revive the love of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) and his message, in our ears and in our lives.

    Regarding praise of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) and other subjects, we would like to share here what Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab declared in muallafat ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, al-rasail ash-shakhsiyya, published by the Islamic University of Muhammad ibn Saud, on the occasion of “Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab
    Week”, 1980.

    “I was never against tawassul nor against praising the Prophet, nor against Dalail al-khairat [a book of prayers on the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam)], but all these I accept. I never said I reject the four schools and that I claim ijtihad and that I am exempt from taqlid [obligation to follow one of the schools of fiqh], and I do not say ‘differences among the ulama are a curse’ and I do not call kaafir those who seek tawassul through the pious, and I don’t call al-Busiri, who wrote al-mudariyya and al-burda, kaafir for saying, ‘O Most honoured of creation,’ and I never forbade the visit of the Beloved Prophet’s (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam) tomb, and I never said,
    ‘burn Dalail al-khairat and Rawd al-rayyahin’ [books of praise of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam)], and I never said that Ibn al-Farid (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) and Muhyiddin ibn Arabi (Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu) are kaafirs.”

    So, as Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab, student of Ibn Taymiyya, did not reject all of these things, why do some contemporary scholars reject them today? This is an unambiguous article published by a Saudi Arabian University on the occasion of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab Week, 1980. In
    fact, we must ask: if Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab has a special week to commemorate his life and work, why then is it “wrong” to have one day––the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal—to commemorate the life and work of the Greatest Perfect Human Being, Sayyaddina Muhammad (Salla Allahu Ta’ala alayhi wa Sallam)?


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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

1. Impermissible to break fast during Ramadhan 2. Prohibited to fast for a woman in her menstrual or post-partum bleedin 3. Obligatory to break it when it is required to save a person’s life 4. Recommended to break fast for one who is ill and fears harm from fasting. 5. Recommended to break fast when one is traveling 6. Permissible for one to break fast who begins a journey while fasting 7. Permissible for a pregnant or nursing (breast feeding) woman 8. Change of condition of a person doesn’t obligate one to refrain from eating and drinking the rest of the day. 9. Prohibited to fast a voluntary fast instead of an obligatory one.

Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
1. Missing a day of fast in Ramadhan
2. When does one make up a missed fast
3. If missed fast are not made up until few dats before next Ramadhan
4. Missed fasts first or voluntary?

Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
1. Recommended Every Other Day Sawn Dawood
2. The three white days of every Islamic month
3. Six days of Shawwaal
4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
5. Ten days of Dhil Hijja and that of Arafat
6. Disliking of the month of Rajab
7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib

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