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بيان مجمع فقهاء الشريعة حول الانتخابات الأمريكية بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على المبعوث رحمةً للعالمين، أما بعد، فإنه لا يخفى على أحد ما يجتاح البلاد من عواصف سياسية يراها البعض تهديدًا واقعيًا لأركان الأمن والحريّة والرخاء وقيم المساواة والسلام الاجتماعي التي هي المكونات الأساسية للحلم الأمريكي الذي يسعى لتحقيقه الملايين من الناس على اختلاف انتماءاتهم العرقية والدينية والفكرية. وإذا كان المسلمون إحدى شرائح ذلك المجتمع، فإن الواجب الوطني والديني يقتضيان التفاعل مع تلك المستجدات بما يقي البلاد والعباد شرها، ويمكن من الإفادة منها لخير جميع المواطنين. من أجل ذلك، يخاطب مجمع فقهاء الشريعة الأئمة والناشطين في العمل الإسلامي والجالية المسلمة كافة بجملة من الثوابت التي ينبغي التأكيد عليها في هذه المرحلة، ومعها جملة من قواعد التعاطي مع مستجداتها، ما وقع منها وما يتوقع. المسلمون في أمريكا ليسوا ضيوفًا ولا غرباء، وإنما هم بانتسابهم لأبيهم آدم وأمهم حواء ولهذه الأرض التي خلقا من تربتها جزء من العائلة الإنسانية...
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AMJA Post-Election Statement: Principles and Roadmap In the name of Allah, the Ever-Compassionate, the Ever-Merciful All praise be to Allah alone and may blessings and peace be upon he who was sent as a mercy for all of humanity. No one could possibly be unaware of the political storm that has recently overtaken this country. Some see it as a real threat to the principles of security, freedom, equality, well-being and social justice that form the basis of the American Dream which millions from various ethnic and religious backgrounds seek to achieve. As Muslims are one slice of this society, national and religious obligations demand that they deal with these news events in a way that will protect the nation and its people from any evils, in a manner benefitting all citizens. For this reason, the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America is addressing the Imams, Islamic workers and the entire...
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Islamic Position on Slavery Dr. Hatem Al-Haj The issue of slavery may be of the hardest issues to discuss. Our collective conscience as a global community is extremely averse to the discussion because of a variety of factors, not least of which is the cruel treatment slaves suffered for centuries. Many preachers find it difficult to talk about the issue, particularly when they are asked why Islam did not take an absolute abolitionist stance from it. Furthermore, reference books of Islamic law have extensive discussions of the rulings pertaining to the slaves, which cause many educators discomfort when they have to address them. In the following article, I will attempt to highlight some of the facts about Islam's stance from slavery and how we should present it when tackling this issue with non-Muslims. A Historical Matter To begin with, any discussion of slavery in Islam that doesn't put the issue...
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10th Annual AMJA Conference – Kuwait Contemporary Issues Related to Women Where Muslims Live as Minorities Women and Education Dr Waleed ibn Idrees al-Maneesi AMJA Fatwa Committee Member, President of North American Imam Federation All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His help, and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our inner-selves and the awful consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah guides, none can lead astray, and whomever He leaves astray, there is none that can guide him. I testify that none is worthy of worship except Allah, alone with any partners, and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. Introduction Muslim men and women alike have a pressing need for education, and this is indicated by the plethora of noble verses and hadith(s) that illustrate the virtue of knowledge and its people. However, when men are taught by women or...
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In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All the praises and thanks be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah.   The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) wishes to congratulate all Muslims in the United States and around the world with the happy occasion of the approach of Eid Al-Fitr, and we announce as follows:   Tomorrow: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 will be the 30th and final day of Ramadhan, due to the lack of any reports of a moon sighting. Therefore Wednesday, July 6th, will be the date of Eid Al-Fitr this year.   On this great occasion, AMJA Resident Fatwa Committee also prays to Allah to lift the oppression and trials from the entire Muslim nation in general, and from our brothers and sisters in Syria especially, and to stop the bloodshed, and to fulfill what He promised by saving them, giving...
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In the name of Allah, the Infinitely Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy All praise is due to Allah, and may salutations and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his Companions, and those loyal to him.AMJA is following the moon sighting news, and so far has not received any confirmed sighting from any of the Muslim countries. Although this increases the chances of having tomorrow Tuesday as the last day of Ramadhan, and Wednesday is the first day of Shawaal, final declaration will be made after sunset in west coast InShaAllah. May Allah accept our good deeds. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله صحبه ومن والاه، أما بعد: فيتابع مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بامريكا استطلاعات الهلال التي تتوافد أنباؤها من الشرق والغرب، ولم يبلغه إلى الآن رؤية أحد للهلال في دولة من الدول الإسلامية، الأمر الذي يترجح معه أن يكون غدا الثلاثاء هو المتمم لعدة رمضان،...
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AMJA's official declaration regarding the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan 1437H. In the name of Allah, the Infinitely Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy All praise is due to Allah, and may salutations and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his Companions, and those loyal to him. It is with great joy that the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America congratulates the Muslims in the U.S. and abroad everywhere on the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadan, and announces to them the following: Monday (6/6/16) will be the first day of Ramadan.Thus, we send this announcement and praise Allah, the all mighty, and ask Him to lift the hardship placed on Muslims throughout the world. We ask Allah to bless this month of Ramadan and to guide us to the best, and to accept our good deeds, Ameen.  AMJA Resident Fatwa Committee...
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، أما بعد:   فإن مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بأمريكا يزف إلى مسلمي الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية ومن ورائهم الأمة كلها في مختلف أرجائها أطيب تهانيه بمقدم شهر رمضان المبارك، ويعلن عليهم ما يأتي:   أن غدا الاثنين الموافق 6 من يونيو من عام 2016م هو أول أيام شهر رمضان المبارك، نسأل الله أن يعيده على علينا وعلى الأمة كلها بالخير واليمن والتوفيق والرفعة إن شاء الله.   ووجه ذلك هو ثبوت رؤية الهلال هذه الليلة في عدد من بلاد المسلمين.   وإن المجمع ممثلا في لجنته الدائمة للإفتاء إذ يعلن هذا البيان على مسلمي الولايات المتحدة ليبتهل إلى الله جل وعلى أن يرفع البلاء عن أمة محمد عامة، وأن يحقن دماءهم، وأن ينجز لهم وعده بالإنجاء والنصرة والتمكين،  بارك الله للمسلمين أجمعين في شهرهم، ووفقهم فيه إلى الصالح من القول والعمل، وتقبله منهم بقبول حسن، وأعاده عليهم و على الأمة قاطبة...
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Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America Statement About the Massacre in Aleppo The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America monitors the news from Aleppo with much sorrow and frustration. Aleppo has been subject to a large scale massacre. The explosive barrel bombs are being used on civilian neighborhoods, killing hundreds, and reducing entire neighborhoods to wastelands of blood and charred cement. The casualties among civilians are mounting on daily basis, and destruction looms on the city from all directions. The ineffectiveness of the Arab nations and the silence of the international community are contributing to this tragedy. The international organizations are paralyzed, only issuing faint statements here and there. The turmoil of the Syrian people has been ongoing for several years, resulting in hundreds of thousands of casualties and millions of refugees; then came this recent massacre to add to their pain and suffering. They are hammering the children and elderly with...
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بيان من مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بامريكا حول مجازر حلب كذا فليجل الخطب وليفدح الامر! يتابع مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بامريكا ببالغ الألم والغضب ما يجرى على أرض حلب ويتعرض له الأبرياء العزل من أبنائها من من دمار شامل يحاصرها من كل مكان، وما تمطرها به طائرات البغي من براميل متفجرة، وصواريخ مدمرة، تهلك الحرث والنسل، وتحيل الحياة والأحياء إلى أنقاض ورفات! في وسط عجز عربي وصمت دولي، وما يشبه الشلل من المنظمات الدولية اللهم إلا من كلمات خافتة تجري هناك وهناك على استحياء! لقد طال ليل المحنة السورية! وكان حصادها على مدى السنوات الماضيةمئات الآلاف من القتلى والجرحى والمعوقين وملايين اللاجئين المشردين في كل مكان، ثم كان هذا القصف الأخير الذي سقطت حممه على الأطفال والاطباء في المستشفيات، والمراكز الصحية، ولم تفرق بين كبير وصغير ولا رجال ونساء، الأمر الذي تدينه الأرض والسماء! إن المجمع يخاطب أول ما يخاطب الأمة الإسلامية شعوبا وساسة أن يتحملوا مسئولياتهم في هذا الخطب الجلل، فضحا لجرائم المعتدين،...
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Summary of Student Loans in the United States: Facts and Rulings By Dr. Maain Khalid al-Qudaah   This is an important issue to discuss because the cost of a college education is increasing and the need for a college education is something agreed upon by all intelligent people. Therefore, one must ask: What is the default ruling concerning student loans? What is the ruling if there is no viable alternative to a student loan for a person’s education? If it is permissible, is it permissible in order to obtain a higher degree or one must one discontinue such loans after completing the degree that one absolutely needs? General Statistics Muslims number about 6 to 7 million in the United States. By 2014, the number will increase to 16 million. 65% of those Muslims are under the age of 40, with 1.5 million being at least eighteen years old. These statistics show...
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Summary of Islamic Law, Religiosity, Revival and Democracy by Dr. Haatim al-Haaj The Shareeah and Religiosity Religiosity is different in different religions. In Islam, religiosity is not asceticism in monasteries nor is it chattering from the pulpits. Instead, it is behaving in a manner that is requested from the Creator under all circumstances, places and times, in belief, statement and actions. Al-Bukhari and Muslim record that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The one who looks after a widow or a poor person is like a Mujahid (warrior) who fights for Allah's Cause, or like him who performs prayers all night and fasts all day.” There are those today who try to portray the religious person as being one who is ignorant of the affairs of this world or does not work to make things better in this world, simply remaining blind or applying some mythical...
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10th Annual AMJA Conference – Kuwait Contemporary Issues Related to Women Outside the Lands of Islam The Muslim Woman & Certain Marital Practices[1] Dr Muhammad Muwaffaq al-Ghalayeni AMJA Member, VP of Board of Trustees of Mishkâh University   In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy Introduction All praise is due to Allah who completed the religion and perfected His bounty, and may salutations and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad who left us on clear guidance, and none departs from it without being destroyed. So much continues to be said about Islam and its stance on women, sometimes due to curiosity, but usually seeking to demonize Islam by casting endless accusations in the face of its callers and those sincerely seeking the path to God. Thus we find increasing numbers of questions arising – despite the ocean of answers – about a man’s leadership and its...
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10th Annual AMJA Conference – Kuwait Contemporary Issues Related to Women Outside the Lands of Islam Women and Education[1] Dr Waleed ibn Idrees al-Maneesi AMJA Fatwa Committee Member, President of North American Imam Federation   All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His help, and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our inner-selves and the awful consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah guides, none can lead astray, and whomever He leaves astray, there is none that can guide him. I testify that none is worthy of worship except Allah, alone with any partners, and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. Introduction Muslim men and women alike have a pressing need for education, and this is indicated by the plethora of noble verses and hadith(s) that illustrate the virtue of knowledge and its people. However, the education of women in particular –...
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In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent Most Merciful, The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America strongly condemns the criminal terrorist attacks that took place in Paris, leaving behind hundreds of casualties and injuries. This crime, condemnable Islamically and humanitarianly, reminds us of the evil of violence and terrorism. It should also bring to our attention the following principles: The sanctity of human life. Violating that sanctity is of the worst crimes that necessitate firm legal action and punishment for the perpetrators, in addition to their punishment in the hereafter. The ideologies that approve of these crimes are offensive to the essence of the Divine revelations and human covenants. They are not only a threat to the lives of people, but they are also a threat to the religion or political cause they falsely claim to defend. The world-wide phenomenon of terrorism is complex, whether it is state sponsored or...
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سم الله الرحمن الرحيم يعلن مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بأمريكا ببالغ الغضب والأسى إدانته للتفجيرات الإرهابية التي وقعت في العاصمة الفرنسية، وخلفت وراءها مئات من الضحايا من القتلى ومن المصابين، وإنه إذ يؤكد على إدانتها إسلاميا وإنسانيا ليؤكد على جملة من المبادئ التي تعد من ثوابته وكبرى يقينياته   ·         أن الأصل في النفوس البشرية العصمة، وأن الاعتداء عليها من أبشع الجرائم التي تستوجب الملاحقة القضائية، وتوقيع أقصى العوبات الجنائية، فضلا عما ينتظر أصحابها من عقوبات يوم القيامة. ·         أن الفلسفات التي تسوغ مثل هذه الجرائم تصادم جوهر الشرائع السماوية والمواثيق الأرضية، فهي عدوان على الدين والدنيا معا، وإن توارت خلف قناع زائف من دعاوى الشرعية الدينية أو السياسية . ·         أن قضايا الإرهاب حول العالم متشابكة، سواء أكان إرهاب الدول أم إرهاب التنظيمات أم إرهاب الأفراد، لا يمكن التعامل مع بعضها بمعزل عن بقيتها، ولكي ننجح في القضاء على الإرهاب ينبغي التعامل مع تجلياته المختلفة بتوازن، وعدل وموضوعية، بعيدا عن تدخل الأهواء السياسية أو الدينية ·         أن...
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    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم     In the Name of Allah, All Praise is due to Allah, and peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah and his family and companions:  Many questions have been raised this year about the beginning date of the month of Muharram. Based on that there has been disagreement as to the exact date of the 10th of Muharram, the day of Aashoora which is recommended to fast. The reason for this confusion is that the Egyptian Fatwa Council announced that according to a moon sighting, Wednesday, October 14th was the first of Muharram, and the 10th of the month would be on Friday the 23rd. While Saudi Arabia announced that the moon was not sighted on Wednesday, therefore Thursday was the first of the month and Aashoora would be this Saturday the 24th.   This kind of disagreement is always a possibility due to...
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AMJA Statement about ISIS In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy All praise is due to Allah, and may His salutations and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family, companions, and those loyal to him. AMJA, represented by its Permanent Fatwa Committee, has been closely following the bloody events in the Muslim lands, especially in Syria and Iraq. It has become particularly concerned with the growth of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the influence that this group has had on some of the passionately religious youth, and how some (or more accurately, a few) of them have begun to slip into adopting its ideology. This has made it incumbent upon the assembly to clarify to the people at large, and to the Muslim youth of America and the West, a number of realities and Islamic rulings in order...
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Executive director Ad   The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) is seeking an individual with vision, energy, and skills to lead and sustain a dynamic non-profit organization.   AMJA is a tax exempt organization comprising of a group of Muslim scholars, seeking to manifest and clarify the rulings of Shar'iah concerning issues affecting Muslims in US. AMJA headquarters is Sacramento, California. More info can be found on website www.amjaonline.org   The Executive Director position leads AMJA professional staff and is responsible for the leadership and administration of the organization including advocacy and outreach, publications, fatwa services, and financial and administrative services.   Qualifications: Proven ability and education in management, preferably in non-profit Excellent goal planning, budgeting, and management skills. Demonstrated success in fundraising, marketing, and public relations Excellent oral and written communication skills in Arabic and English.   Job Description:   I.       Staff management a.       Supervise all AMJA staff...
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  One of the mistakes that I see many people intentionally and unintentionally make is when they compare the conditions of Muslims who live as minorities in the west to the Muslim minority in china, Philippines and the early Muslims who went to places like Malaysia and Indonesia. And the reason why I think this comparison is false is mostly because back then when the Muslims went to china they did not send their kids to public schools to raise them on their behalf, and they lived together in certain villages and neighborhoods. And these two factors make for a major difference between the two groups. The dilemma that we are living in is that Islamic schools are not always available, and if they are, they are not affordable for all Muslims, and if they are, many of them are simply unsatisfactory (certainly not all of them). Now, I will try...
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