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Contemporary Mosque Fiqh Issues related to Finances By Waleed al-Maneese The most beloved real estate to Allah are His houses, the mosques. In non-Muslim lands, mosques play an even greater role in the lives of Muslims. Mosques in the West face a myriad of new issues that require detailed research encompassing both an understanding of the Shareeah rulings as well as the realities faced by Muslims in the West. Issues related to the finances of the mosque are among the most pressing of those contemporary issues. Auctioning off Items Donated to the Mosque Often a mosque receives donated items, such as women’s jewelry, that the mosque itself cannot use and which many times can become a burden upon the mosque to try to safe-keep and store. It has been customary to auction off such items in the mosque, with people usually bidding more than the actual value of the item with...
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  10th Annual AMJA Conference – Kuwait Contemporary Issues Related to Women Outside the Lands of Islam A Woman’s Dress and Adornment Dr. Hatem al-Haj Member of the Resident Fatwa Committee of AMJA   In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Grantor of Mercy. All praise is due to Allah, and may salutations and peace be upon the seal of His Messengers and His most cherished slave, and upon his family and companions. The issue of a woman’s dress code and adornment has been the center of much controversy, where debates and even accusations frequently arise. The duty here is to handle this subject with sincerity and objectivity, while remaining keen to uphold the values our Sharia lays down for a Muslim society, such as dignity, chastity, and modesty. At the same time, we must avoid violating the Sharia itself via an overly strict reading of the Qur’an...
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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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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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