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Surah al-Insan & al-Dahr

This surah can be paired with the one before it. Al-Qiyamah ended with a brief account of the lowly first stages of human life, from which one can hardly imagine that there could emerge so complex a creature as a human being capable of knowing right from wrong and therefore…

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Surah al-Tatfif

Woe unto the mean-hearted – those who, when they take the measure from people, strive to have it full, and when they measure for them, strive to make it short. Although some translations render mutaffifin as fraudsters…

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Surah Nuh

This surah is a condensed overview of the themes found in more extended narration elsewhere in the Qur’an, of the story of Nuh `alayhi s-salam, notably Surah Hud. As always in the Qur’an, the focus on certain elements…

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Some Reflections on ‘Aqidah

Some Reflections on ‘Aqidah

A creed is a special kind of formal statement of religious belief or collection of such statements. A very good and justly famous creed among the Sunnis is the document known as al-‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah. I will be discussing it at some length.

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The Meaning of Ijāzah

The Meaning of Ijāzah

They asked: We see you greatly welcoming the quest for Ijāzah from various teachers, both verbally and in writing, and we see you placing them in a position of tremendous esteem and respect, even coveting them without end.

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Sahih al-Bukhari

Sahih al-Bukhari

The Sahih is the most reliable record of how God’s Messenger, salla-llahu`alayhiwasallam, understood and explained and put into practice every aspect of the mission entrusted to him. We all know that Imam al-Bukhari…

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How to Benefit from the Qur’an

How to Benefit from the Qur’an

Today I will be talking about different aspects of how we, as believers, can get from the Qur’an the benefit that, by the grace of God, it offers to us. That benefit is guidance. The guidance of the Qur’an is, for Muslims, not just a matter of knowing the list of concrete…

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Surrogate Motherhood

Surrogate Motherhood

Your question about surrogate motherhood was as follows: Since the surrogate mother is being injected not with sperm, but a fertilized egg, I’m having difficulty understanding the basis of necessitating zawaj (marriage)…

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