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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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Yesterday, Muslims were waiting for Ramadan, however, today they are saying goodbye to it, as if this month were moments long. And as this month passed quickly, life does, and so people die and move to the hereafter. The end of Ramadan reminds us with the closeness of death. The end of Ramadan reminds us with the saying of the prophet SAAW, “Live in this world like a stranger or a bye-passer”. Ibn Omar used to say, “If you wake up, don’t wait for the evening, and if you reach the evening, don’t wait for the morning. Take advantage of your good health and your life”. The end of Ramadan reminds us with the saying of Nooh SAAW, who lived more than thousand years. When death came to him, he was asked about life, he said, “My example with life is just like a person enters a house that has two...
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Is it Permissibility to set a Time Limit on the Ruler’s Term The norm concerning the social contract of the ruler as envisioned by the jurists throughout the centuries is that it was of a permanent nature. The ruler would not leave his position unless he had some physical shortcoming or was no longer considered righteous. However, the question arises as to whether it is permissible to set a term limit for the Imam (ruler) or president at the outset, after which time the nation would again be allowed to choose its leader. Such term limits could definitely protect the nation from having to forcibly remove the ruler and from resorting to violence. The position of the Imam or leader is that of a social contract and, as such, it adheres to the principles of contracts. There are two parties to this contract: the ruler and the nation. The ruler must...
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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 rituals and being inflexible and harsh. As for being inflexible, Islam does...
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The Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA) has received a few questions about the Abyssinians sect (also known as Al-Ahbaash or the Ethiopian sect), after their emergence and raising temptation of sedition in some American cities, and in answer to that question, and after researching and investigating, AMJA states the following: This sect of the Abyssinians is attributed to Abdullah Al-Harrari Al-Habashi, from Harrar in Abyssinia or Ethiopia, and he was born to a tribe that its roots go back to Arab origins. He stirred in Ethiopia – before his exodus – what is called the sedition of Kalb lands, where he plotted along with the then ruling regime there (in 1940) against the Islamic Associations for Memorizing the Holy Quran, which resulted in sentencing on its president for 23 years in prison. After that, he migrated to Lebanon and settled there where he formed a group of disciples and...
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With the days of Eid-ul-fitr approaching, the usual commotion around the beginning of the Eid and the end of Ramadan is apparent. The same disagreement about the Shawal moon sighting and declaring the end of Ramadan is prevalent across the Muslim communities in North America. AMJA would like first to extend its warm congratulation for Eid-ul-fitr to the Muslim Ummah, all over the world and especially in the US and Canada. AMJA also strongly emphasizes the importance of unity amongst ourselves, and encourages the Muslims to rise above their disagreements. To be united is always better than to be divided, if our unity is based on our obedience to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). AMJA would like to draw all of our attentions towards the basic fact of the matter, which is that the issue of moon sighting as a whole is among the debatable issues from a jurisprudential (Fiqh) point of...
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  • Ghous Ahmed Yasin
    Ghous Ahmed Yasin says #
    President ISNF, 745 Hiem Rd, M...
    Your reasoning about the starts of the month of Ramadan or Shawwal is interesting but the agreements of scholars goes back to 196