WITH THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL FATWA ON THE SO-CALLED “ISLAMIC STATE” (FORMERLY “ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ & SYRIA”) Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessings be upon His final messenger Muhammad. Due to recent events in the Middle East and their impact on some people…Read more FATWA ON THE SO-CALLED “ISLAMIC STATE” (FORMERLY “ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ & SYRIA”)
By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims As Muslims, we shouldn't be afraid of Christmas or any other festival. Nowhere in the Holy Qur'an is wishing people a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or even a Happy Diwali declared haram (forbidden) - it's just not there, if you don't believe me, study your…Read more Is Christmas Haram?
By Sheikh Daoud Rosser-Owen Amir, AOBM The famous Tudor dramaturge, Christopher Marlowe, wrote circa 1592 to the Prologue of his play The Jew of Malta, “I count religion but a childish toy, And hold there is no sin but ignorance”. While I don’t agree with him about religion, nor the solitariness of the sin, I certainly…Read more Well-trodden Paths – a look at the Shari’ah
By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong Baby Names Recently, I’ve had the good fortune to be blessed with a new addition to my family, an adorable baby girl. As with all new parents, my wife and I were giving final consideration to what names we should choose. In this spirit I thought I’d have a browse through…Read more What’s in a Name?
By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong "Thus the meaning of sufi alludes to the meaning of siddiq or one who has reached complete Truthfulness, because the best of human beings after prophets are the siddiqin..." - Ibn Taymiyya, At-Tawassuf, Majmu’a Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya al-Kubra 11. Imam Ibn Taymiyya then went on to say: Some people criticized the…Read more Imam Ibn Taymiyyah al-Qadiriyyah as-Sufi?
By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong Hadith, narrations of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, can be useful supplementary material, which in some circumstances can help to clarify certain matters. However, a few things should be born in mind when referencing hadiths: 1). The only sacred scripture of Islam is the Holy Qur'an, all other texts…Read more Things to Consider when Referencing Hadith
By Mukul Devichand In London's historic "Inns of Court", barristers practise law in the shadow of the distinctive medieval Temple Church. But does English law really owe a debt to Muslim law? For some scholars, a historical connection to Islam is a "missing link" that explains why English common law is so different from classical…Read more Is English law related to Muslim law?
By Paul S Armstrong “If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or that which your right hands possess. That…Read more Up To Four? And Independent Modern Women
By Paul S Armstrong The ban on images is not a universal one and views on this vary a great deal due to context and interpretation. Islam shuns idolatry of any kind whether external or even more importantly, internal (e.g. pride, vanity). The ban on images derives from a line of reasoning that forbids anything…Read more Images in Islam