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Vegetarianism/veganism

Vegetarianism/veganism

A vegetarian or vegan diet may be the right one to adhere to in particular situations. The reasons for this may be that this diet is more healthy or economical, or more something else. Reasons like this are put forward on the basis of human understanding,...

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The Nexus between Qu’ran & Sunnah

The Nexus between Qu’ran & Sunnah

They asked: Clarify for us the true connection between the Qurʾān and the Sunnah. I asked: What do you mean? They replied: Islamic groups and sects have differed greatly over their stance towards the Sunnah and over the nature of…

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The Meaning of Du’a

The Meaning of Du’a

The hungry one calls upon Allah to feed him but food does not fall from the sky. The unwed calls upon Allah to grant him a child but he does not get what he wants. The supplicator calls and calls upon Allah but his wishes do not come true and…

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Women doing qada’ of their missed fasts

Women doing qada’ of their missed fasts

Can women who missed some days of their their fasting in Ramadan due to menstruation or post-natal bleeding combine the intention of making up the missed days of fasting in Ramadan with the commended six days fasting in Shawwal?

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Fasting six days of Shawwal

Fasting six days of Shawwal

Your question was: How important is fasting six days in Shawwal? My response: Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, may Allah be pleased with him, reported from Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, that he said: “For one who observed the fast of Ramadan…

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Religious emotion and self-knowledge

Religious emotion and self-knowledge

People often confuse the intensity of an experience or feeling with the reality and authenticity of that experience or feeling. This applies very much to religious and devotional exercises. Both these can induce states of minds like…

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Manners in Islam

Manners in Islam

There is no rigid definition; it is relative to time and place and occasion. Nevertheless, we can apply a couple of test questions that, I find, always give a pretty good indication of what the level should be. First, I ask: am I behaving like this…

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Don’t Waste Ramadan

Don’t Waste Ramadan

The Prophet (s) said that he was sent to make things easy for the believers. His sunnah in deciding the times of the daily prayers, and the beginning and end of Ramadan, is meant to make things easy so that the people would come together…

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Marriage

Marriage

I wish to share with you some thoughts on three areas of marriage: the personal relationship of the couple, their relationship with their children, and their relationship with their extended families, especially their parents…

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Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

Islamic finance over the last three decades or so has grown into a huge industry. It is huge both in the sense that vast sums of money are handled by Islamic finance, and also in the sense that a great many scholars have been attracted to it…

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