Category Archives: Discuss

Blurb – Abu Hanifa by Akram Nadwi

ABU HANIFA Nu’man ibn Thabit (d. 150/767) is a towering figure in the early history of Islamic Law. He was among the first to deploy the recognized methods of legal reasoning consistently, and to gather the legal dicta of his time into a systematic corpus. The understanding of Islam as law (fiqh) that evolved from his style of reasoning was favoured by the ruling dynasties of the three most extensive, populous, and enduring of the Muslim empires – the ‘Abbasids, Ottomans, and Mughals – who enforced it consistently, though never exclusively, in their dominions. The Hanafi Madhhab (doctrine or school) has remained ever since the one most widely followed among the world’s Muslims. Continue reading Blurb – Abu Hanifa by Akram Nadwi

Blurb – Tabari by Ulrika Martensson

Medieval historian AL-TABARI (c.828-923 CE) was a brilliant scholar of ‘Abbasid Baghdad who wrote extensively in all fields of the Islamic science of his day: historiography, scriptural interpretation and jurisprudence. His massive “History of the Messengers and Kings” is the primary source for the information that we have about Sasanian Persia and the first three centuries of Islam. As well as being a historical record of outstanding importance, it is also of the greatest interest for what it says about the principles of good Islamic governance. Continue reading Blurb – Tabari by Ulrika Martensson

Blurb – Ibn Hajar by R. Kevin Jaques

When he died in February 1449, IBN HAJAR (1372-1449) ended a life of surprising contradictions. Six days short of his 78th birthday, his body was laid to rest in the tomb of his ancestors; and the lavish funeral of this orphaned son of a cloth merchant was attended by over 50,000 people, including religious leaders, military and government officials and even the Sultan of the Mamluk Empire. Who was the boy who rose from obscurity to become one of Egypt’s most celebrated thinkers and prolific scholars of hadith, and who for 25 years as Shafi’i judge occupied the most powerful judicial position in the Empire? Continue reading Blurb – Ibn Hajar by R. Kevin Jaques

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – How do we respond part 3

“Love of the Arabs is part of our faith, and hatred of them is from hypocrisy, as the Prophet, peace be upon him, said. However, wearing checkered kifayas is simply not a sunnah and is not necessary for one to be considered a “brother.” Even the modern Arab robe is originally from Persia. At the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, Arabs dressed more like traditional Bangladeshis do today. That is, they wore lungis and long shirts. 

The Companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, were almost all converts, and not all of them were Arab. Salman was Aryan (now called Iranian), Bilal was black, and Suhaib was an Arab raised among the Byzantines. Our Prophet, peace be upon him, also dressed in a variety of styles; he wore Ethiopian shirts, Yemeni cloaks, Arabian lungis, and Byzantine garments. The Prophet, peace be upon him, was already practicing global culture in the seventh century, knowing that his religion would be embraced by many cultures, just as he predicted. Converts are a great source of renewal and strengthen Islam, but if they are expected to adopt a single alien culture, it limits the appeal of Islam to the exotic and adventurous among us.”

[Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – How do we respond part 3]

Discuss – War in Sri Lanka

Assalamu ‘Alaikum,

I’ve been reading about the War in Sri Lanka in the papers and web, not that there is that much coverage of it, and was just wondering shouldn’t we as Muslims have a stance and view on it? And also should we not help in the protest against the War?

Lots of innocent people dying and the world sits and watches in silence, as usual!

At least the Muslim aid organisations are helping out in the relief work:


Fighting for a Cause – What’s Yours?

Assalamu ‘Alaikum,


I remember watching Imam Zaid Shakir at one of the GPU events on telly a while back. One of the things that he said, which has clung to my mind ever since, is that we should all find a good cause that we believe in and then fight/campaign/work for that cause and dedicate our lives to it. This is one way to have an impact on the society that you live in and also show non-muslims that we don’t only fight for muslim causes but causes that affect humanity in general.


Ever since hearing that talk I have tried to find a cause that I can sign up to, but am finding it hard to decide or find one that I can truly dedicate my time to.


I would love to hear what causes others are involved in and the benefits of getting involved. Causes can range anything from reducing poverty to fighting crime and disorder to educating the youth and so on.


Please help me by listing the various causes I and others can get involved in to help the community and society at large.


Hope that makes sense.


Was Salam