Issue 2 (2013)

Photos of the ulama

To take a picture of an animate object is Haram without qualification; be it a large picture or small, be it made by hand or new technology. Let alone the unqualified, the qualified are even becoming indulged in this disease.

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Rasm al-Mufti (verse 1-8): Introduction

The following is part (1) of a series on two commentaries of Allm. Ibn Abidin Shami's Uqud Rasm al-Mufti. The first commentary is an elaboration by Muhammad Saifur Rahman placed under summary. The second commentary is a translation of Allm. Ibn Abidin Shami's Sharh Uqud Rasm al-Mufti. This part gives an introduction and outlines the objective which is the presentation of a charter in poetic form that seeks to curtail rogue practices and instil regulation and consistency in edicts forwarded to the masses

Mastering Usul Fiqh

This review will highlight the path plotted by the Dars Nizami and the rationale therein for those wanting to master usul fiqh to understand the evidences presented and method of extraction used by the Ulama and especially the fuqaha.

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Have wudu whilst in lessons of hadith

In regards to the matter which are considered to act as means to acquiring this light, amongst them is the attendance in class with wudu as well as ensuring not to touch the book without wudu. From the outset this seems to be a minuscule and meager matter, however, in terms of outcome it has extreme impact.

Rasm al-Mufti (Verse 9a): Preponderance

This part (verse 9a) establishes the importance of abiding by the tarjih of the expert. The next part (verse 9b) will identify the expert and outline to the classes of fuqaha. The part thereafter (verse 10-16) will outline the classes of Masa'il.

The different facets of Alif Lam

Know that Alif Lam may be ghayr za’id in which case it will either function as a harf (see 2) or an ism (see 3). Alternatively, it may simply be zā’id (surplus); that also has its uses. The prefix, Alif Lam, is of four types (when functioning as a harf); Jinsi, Istighraqi, Ahd Zihni and Ahd Khariji. Allazi when function as an ism.

What is history? A critical review of E. H. Carr

E. H. Carr in 1961 delivered a series of six lectures at Cambridge University examining the question “What is history?” the title by which it was later published. The book discussed the nature of historiography in six sections; however, the content of these chapters can be simplified under three primary areas which embody Carr’s main arguments; (1) the influence of historians on history, (2) the nature of historical facts and (3) the subject matter of history. This review will analyse these three points by evaluating Carr’s methodology and assessing its place and implication on past, present and future academic historiography. It is being published here to give a snapshot of western historiography so that it may shed some light as to why they may disagree with elements of Islamic history.

Why does attitudes sometimes not predict behaviour

Why does attitude not always predict behaviour? This essay will explore the causes of attitude-behaviour inconsistency. It may be of use to the ulama and practitioners to determine strategies to increase the practices of Muslims. The simple suggested solution may be (1) inform (talim/cognition), (2) practice(ta’mil/behaviour) and (3) remind (tazkir/affect and suhbah/norm) to ensure consistent behavior.