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  بيان مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بأمريكا حول أول أيام شهر رمضان المبارك 1438 هـ 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 الجمعة الموافق 26 من شهر مايو من عام 2017 م هو المتمم لشهر شعبان، وأن السبت الموافق 27 من شهر مايو 2017 أول أيام شهر رمضان المبارك، نسأل الله أن يعيده على علينا وعلى الأمة كلها بالخير واليمن والتوفيق والرفعة إن شاء الله.   ووجه ذلك هو عدم ثبوت رؤية الهلال هذه الليلة حتى لحظة هذا الإعلان في أي بلد من البلاد، فيكون غدا هو المتمم لعدة شعبان، إلا إذا أثبت ترائي الهلال خلاف ذلك فيتم التنبيه عليه في حينه، ولم نشأ أن ننتظر إلى مغيب الشمس في الساحل  الغربي كما هو معتاد رفعا للحرج عن إخواننا في الساحل الشرقي، وبناء للأمور على...
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Déclation d'AMJA à propos de l'attentat terroriste perpétré à Québec [Nous débutons] par [la mention] du nom de Dieu (Allah), Celui qui est plein de miséricorde, Celui qui fait infiniment Miséricorde.  Toute louange revient à Dieu. Que les prières et les salutations de Dieu soient sur le Messager de Dieu, sur sa famille, ses compagnons et ceux qui le suivent.  C’est avec la plus profonde des tristesses et des afflictions que l’Assemblée des juristes musulmans en Amérique (AMJA) a reçu la nouvelle de ce crime haineux qui a fauché la vie de plusieurs fidèles en prière et qui en a blessé plusieurs autres, dans un lieu de culte à Québec, au Canada. Nous sollicitons l’assistance divine, Celui dont la gloire est exaltée, par l’évocation de ses Noms parfaits et de Ses attributs transcendants d’accorder Sa miséricorde infinie aux défunts, de magnifier la récompense des familles qui sont éprouvés par ce...
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بيان مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بأمريكا حول الهجوم الإرهابيفي كيبيك/كندا   بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه فببالغ الحُزن والأسى، تلقى مجمع فقهاء الشريعة بأمريكا نبأ الاعتداء الآثم الذي أودى بحياة ثلّةٍ من الرّكّع السجود في بيتٍ من بيوت الله في كبك بكندا وأوقع عدداً من الجرحى . نسأل الله سبحانه بأسمائه الحسنى وصفاته العلى أن يتغمّد الموتى بواسع رحمته، وأن يُعظّم أجر ذويهم ويرزقهم الصبر والاحتساب، وأن يشفي الجرحى ويجمع لهم بين الأجر والعافية  وإزاء هذا الحادث الجلل، يودّ المجمع أن يُذكّر بعددٍ من الحقائق:  أولاها: أن الشرائع السماوية والقوانين الوضعية متّفقةٌ على أنّ دور العبادة - أياً كانت ديانة مرتاديها-  ليست مكاناً للإرهاب والقتل، وأنّ من دخلها كان آمناً، وأنّ قتل الأبرياء العُزّل - داخل دور العبادة وخارجها- جريمةٌ نكراء، تستوجب الملاحقة القضائية، وتوقيع أقصى العوبات الجنائية، فضلا عما ينتظر أصحابها من عقوبات يوم القيامة.ثانيها: أن كندا كانت ولا تزال مضرب المثل في التعدّدية العرقية والدينيّة، وفي التّسامح والاحترام المتبادل بين أطياف الشعب الكنديّ ومكوناته من مختلف...
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AMJA Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Quebec   In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy All praise be to Allah, and may His peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family, his companions, and those who follow him. With extreme grief and sorrow, the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) received news of this heinous attack which claimed the lives of numerous worshipers, and injured numerous others, in one of the houses of God in Quebec, Canada. We ask Allah, the Glorified, by His beautiful names and sublime attributes, to envelop those killed in His wide mercy, to magnify the reward of their loved ones, to infuse them with patience and the anticipation of their reward, and to heal those injured and combine for them both the relief and the reward. In light of this major tragedy, the Assembly...
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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 1438H. In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy All praise be to Allah, and may His finest peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and companions, and all those near to him. AMJA sends its warmest regards and greetings to the American Muslims, and the entire ummah in every part of the world, with the approaching month of Ramadan. Alongside that, AMJA announces the following: Tomorrow, Friday (May 26th 2017) will be the final day of Sha'ban, and Saturday (May 27th 2017) will be the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan. We ask Allah to make it for us and the entire ummah a means of goodness, blessings, grace and elevation. This is based on no moon-sighting being confirmed tonight in any country until the very moment of this...
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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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