Between Centrism and Balance in Islam

﷽   There are many social commentators among Muslims who have a notion about *fair and balance* and being “balanced” as rooted in being centrists or moderates. The pretext used for this is based on the fact that Allah has established the Muslim nation as a balanced nation as He says Himself in the Qur’an … Continue reading Between Centrism and Balance in Islam

The Madhahib Perspective on Diverging numbers of Tarawih Raka’at

  Hanbalis In “al-Insaf” by Imam al-Mardawi, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah is quoted as saying that there is flexibility with regards to the different opinions on how many raka'at tarawih prayer is, and that this is what Imam Ahmad said. As a side note, this should strengthen our understanding that there is no inkar, no … Continue reading The Madhahib Perspective on Diverging numbers of Tarawih Raka’at

Manhajification of Fiqh 5: What do We Mean by Manhajification

What is the “manhajification” of fiqh? This is a term I’ve personally have invented derived from the proper Arabic term “المنهج” al-manhaj, i.e. the way. Like all terms, there is the linguistic (lughawi) meaning as well as the technical (istilahi) meaning. The linguistic meaning of al-manhaj is “a way of doing or following something” or … Continue reading Manhajification of Fiqh 5: What do We Mean by Manhajification

Manhajification of Fiqh-Issue 1: The Jizya of the Mushrikin

Western salafism, that is, salafism AS UNDERSTOOD by English speakers in the western world whose only education of salafism is predicated on madkhali ideology, has a whole package of fallacious theories attached to the movement. This particular series will focus on one single yet monumental aspect of western salafi thought. That is the manhajification of … Continue reading Manhajification of Fiqh-Issue 1: The Jizya of the Mushrikin

Manhajification of Fiqh 4: How Solo Deduction of Law is Counterintuitive

After having witness the blunders of modern salafi attempts in fiqh, that being the approach to extract (make istinbat) of scriptural texts, I have long arrived at the opinion that anyone who wants to be a student of knowledge or even to approach knowledge has to learn the basic fiqh of a given madhab of … Continue reading Manhajification of Fiqh 4: How Solo Deduction of Law is Counterintuitive