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18th Annual Conference – Contemporary Fiqh Issues Related to Technology

Registration Opens: April 15th, 2022
Registration Deadline: July 31st, 2022, or registration maximum capacity reached

Topics for the Upcoming Conference on
Contemporary Fiqh Issues Related to Technology

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Topic One: Current Issues of Technology—General Principles, Rulings and Manners

  1. The Shareeah ruling concerning participating in social media, Tik Tok, Instagram and the like, that spread matters that are in violation of the Shareeah, taking into consideration the differences between these apps and their resultant effects on the Shareeah ruling.
  2. The ruling concerning subscribing to websites, social media and apps or visiting websites that contain forbidden pictures or sounds, such as music, exposing the private parts, distasteful or polytheistic views—of which virtually no social media today is free. 
  3. The ruling concerning playing computer games that contain some objectionable aspects, such as computer graphics of women who are practically nude or very improperly dressed, foul language, witnessing or doing acts of disbelief, such as offering sacrifices, or extreme violence and killing, which in some cases the participants may even be targeting Muslims. What is the guiding principle on this topic, keeping in mind the amount of time and wealth that young Muslims put into such games?
  4. What is the Shareeah ruling concerning artificial intelligence, robots, and virtual worlds? As is known, the technology of artificial intelligence and robots is new and contains risks. It is built upon experiments and trials which may expose wealth and lives to risk. What is the ruling concerning participating in, advising or researching such experiments and trials? What and upon whom would be the Shareeah liability and responsibility for actions done by robots and programmed machinery when it comes to injury, automobile accidents, and the like?
  5. What is the ruling of the “existence” that takes place in virtual reality wherein a person could take part in fornication, touching the opposite sex, drinking alcohol, and the like, while actually feeling like they have experienced that act?
  6. What are the manners that must be abided by while using social media?

Topic Two: Current Issues of Technology Related to the Acts of Worship

  1. What are the rulings concerning electronic copies of the Quran with respect to reading them, being in a state of purity while touching or reciting them, using them as an aid in the obligatory or voluntary prayers, or taking them into the bathrooms?
  2. What is the ruling concerning listening via earbuds [or the like] to a real-time translation of the Friday Speech or the Qunoot supplications during the prayer [such as the Witr Prayer]? What is the ruling of during the Taraweeh Prayer projecting onto a screen a translation of the verses to allow those who do not know Arabic to read them during the prayer?
  3. What is the ruling of using a hologram to perform the ritual acts of worship?
  4. What is the ruling of relying on the apps that are found on phones to determine the direction of the Qiblah?
  5. What is the ruling of paying one’s zakat or giving charity or donations via a credit card? And what is the ruling for the Islamic institution of accepting such payments via a credit card?
  6. What is the ruling of seeing the new moon by the use of binoculars or telescopes?
  7. What is the ruling concerning a person taking a selfie or pictures of others during acts of worship, such as the Eid Prayer, Hajj, Umrah, during circumambulating the Kaabah, and then posting them to social media?
  8. What is the ruling of making the circumambulation of the Kaabah (Tawaaf) and the Saee by electric car while one has the ability to walk?
  9. What is the ruling concerning transporting a corpse to another country by using the quickest means of transport?
  10. What is the ruling concerning eating the “meat” that is manufactured in the labs from chemicals and raw materials?

Topic Three: Current Issues of Technology Related to Financial Transaction

  1. The general fiqhi and ethical parameters related to fintech and using the internet for financial translations. 
  2. What is the ruling of buying and selling over the internet? What is the ruling of buying via auction, such as ebay? What is the ruling of buying gold or silver via the modern means of communications, including paying by a credit card?
  3. What is the ruling of concluding a loan, agency, or warranty contract via the modern means of communication?
  4. What is the ruling of dealing in e-currency? What is the ruling for cryptomining or investing in this field? What is the ruling of dealing in NFTs (non-fungible tokens)?
  5. What is the ruling concerning designing a website for a company or institution that deals in forbidden transactions or products, such as banks, restaurants and like? What are the parameters in this realm?
  6. What is the ruling of putting a picture of a woman not wearing hijab on one’s website in order to promote a product? What if the website belongs to another company and these pictures are not of nudity or sexual acts but simply of women not wearing hijab? What if the merchandise is related to household wear and the like and the pictures are of women wearing those items in order to present and promote the products? What are the parameters for these types of acts?
  7. What is the ruling of investing in an ATM and then placing it in a mosque?

Topic Four: Current Issues of Technology Related to Dawah and Education

  1. Is it permissible to rely on fatwaas that are distributed on the internet and will this fulfill one’s obligation? What are the principles related to learning the Quran and fiqh from applications that are based on artificial intelligence or in receiving responses from such apps?
  2. Is it permissible to draw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the Companions and the Prophet’s biography via a virtual world or other means of computer output, given that the attributes given to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) match those described in the texts? What about the Companions or the biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) being produced via virtual reality?
  3. What is the ruling concerning watching films in which pictures or likeness of the Prophets and their stories are displayed, regardless of whether it be in cartoon form for children or real persons?
  4. What is the ruling of putting a copyright on Shareeah or Dawah educational material? Is it permissible to distribute without prior permission copyrighted audios, videos, or writings if it is done without the goal of profiting? Is it permissible to benefit on a personal level from such copyrighted material, without distributing it to others?
  5. Sometimes one finds some material on the internet that is beneficial. Is it permissible to show that material to students or in a Dawah program even if that material may contain music or women not wearing hijab? 
  6. What is the ruling concerning women participating in education and religious programs that are recorded, disseminated, and watched by both men and women?

Topic Five: Current Social Issues Related to Contemporary Means of Communication

  1. What is the ruling of executing a marriage contract, performing a divorce or khula, or witnessing via the modern means of communication?
  2. Do the rulings of khalwah (private seclusion) apply to social media?
  3. What is the ruling concerning a woman posting her picture while wearing hijab in order to introduce herself on social media?
  4. What are the Shareeah parameters related to posting caricatures in the form of humans on Snapchat and other media? What about emojis and personal caricatures that portray the person, regardless of whether it be a male or female?
  5. What is the ruling concerning spouses exchanging pictures in which their private parts are shown, regardless of whether it be live and not recorded or in recorded format? Is it permissible for a woman to use the camera on the phone or computer to communicate with her close relatives (mahram) or other women while she is not wearing hijab? 
  6. Is it permissible for a man or woman to give a “like” for a member of the opposite sex that they are not related to? Is there any problem in sending emojis or are there any restrictions that one should be aware of? 
  7. Is it permissible for a woman to “friend” a non-related male in the virtual world and follow him on social media? Similarly, would that be permissible for a man with respect to a woman he is not related to?
  8. What is the ruling of hacking somebody’s e-mails and then disseminating their content? Would it make any different if the hacking was done for security reasons?
  9. What is the ruling of watching recorded material that exposes somebody’s scandal and then spreading it through social media?
  10. Is it permissible for a husband or father to look at the phone of his wife or children or look into their emails or social media accounts without their consent?

Post-Conference Workshops

Date: Monday, September 12th, 2021 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Building an Effective Online Presence

Description:

As we move post COVID, having an online presence remains an essential tool for imams. The aim of the workshop is to help you — the imam — reach a larger and broader segment of your community by building an effective online presence. This workshop provides an overview of the complete video production process. You learn everything you need to produce effective, professional-looking, yet affordable videos to deliver your message with impact. 

Skills and insights include:

  • Pre-production
    • Optimal setups for lectures, sermons, interviews, and events
    • How to use lighting effectively
    • How to choose the best and most affordable equipment for your audio and video production
  • Post-production: Editing your video using free/open software
  • Livestreaming your lectures and khutbahs
    • The best and most affordable equipment
    • Available platforms, with insights into pros and cons of each

Description:

Mohamed Al-Darsani, Wafed Ahdali

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Starting a Pre-Marriage Education Program

Description:

One of the most important and sensitive roles of an imam is that of marriage counselor. And studies show that pre-marital counseling increases the likelihood of strong, successful marriages that last. So, the aim of this workshop is to empower you – the imam – to support strong marriages more effectively by teaching you how to design and provide a marriage preparation program for your community.

The Pre-Marriage Education workshop covers the following topics:

  • How to support singles and couples through the marriage process
  • Resources to explore couple compatibility
  • Relationship red flags (problematic behaviors and patterns)
  • Critical topics to ensure marital success
  • Marriage preparation resources for imams

Presenters:

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Fees & Guidelines

Main Conference (September 9-12, 2022)

*Includes:

  • Shared Room Accommodations (2 per room) (Friday & Saturday nights only)
  • Meals starting Friday night until Sunday noon (6 meals). Unregistered dependents are not included. $60 meals’ vouchers can be purchased separately per dependent.
Registration Completed and paid by Imams Student of Knowledge
Early Birds April 15th - May 31st $125 $175
Regular June 1st - July 31st $200 $250
Late August 1st - August 15th $300 $350
Very Late After August 15th $400 $450
  • Fees will be assessed based on payment date, not registration date.

  • Registration after deadline of August 16th will be allowed on case by case with valid excuse and within strict time window.  

  • Unpaid registrations will be discarded after July 31st and new late registration will be required for attendance (space permitting).

Post-Conference workshop (September 12th, 2022)

Monday post-conference workshops: $175 for Imams and Students of Knowledge. Includes:

  • Shared room accommodation on Sunday night (September 11th) only.
  • Meals starting Sunday night until Monday noon.
  • Workshop material

Guidelines

  • Participants must reserve hotel rooms as needed. No rooms will be automatically reserved, including complementary rooms.

  • Rooms reservation must be completed and submitted by August 15th, 2022

  • Extra charges apply for extra stay or private room

  • AMJA guarantees accommodation ONLY for those who registered and paid before deadline.

  • AMJA can accommodate roommate requests only if requested partner consents, and both attendees are arriving and departing on same days. Roommate request will be available for reservations before August 15th. Requested roommate must have been registered and paid before the deadline.   

  • No children under 16 years of age are allowed in conference halls.  No accommodations for childcare will be provided.