Islamic Law, Homosexuality and the ‘Pulse’ Massacre

A Recently we met ‘Ikrima the Liar’ in the incident of the Governor of Punjab and his killer. I spoke about the Islamic verdict on non-Muslims insulting the Prophet PBUH in a Muslim land. I demonstrated the opinion of Abu Hanifa (i.e that such people are not to be killed) from both the early and later authoritative…

Ikrima as ”Imam” of Modern Hanafis

I can see that people are spreading the opinion of non-qualified people about the reliability of Ikrima according to Abu Hanifa and Hanafis. In order to ‘prove’ this falsehood they are using the following ”proofs”; 1. Abu Hanifa said that he took from several ‘great’ scholars one of which is Ikrima 2. Abu Hanifa narrated…

Issues related to the Prayer

Last year I had to release an article to explain the Hanafi position concerning the issue of praying Maghrib, Isha and Fajr when there is no time of Isha (a situation occurring at certain climes due to the absence of true night – for example, in the UK during a couple of months of the summer season, it remains light through the entire night, meaning there is no…

Rejecting Maturidi for Bukhari

After releasing our article about the famous Sunni theologian Imam Abu Mansur Al Maturidi’s rejection of a story about the Prophet Moses being made to run around naked by God to prove he had a ‘perfect body’, which is narrated by Bukhari and others, I was gratified to receive a lot of support from readers…

The Truth About The Study Quran: Part 1: The ‘Quransploitation Industry’

Written by  Shaykh Atabek Shukurov and Sulaiman Ahmed The recent controversy over the release of ‘The Study Quran’ by Sayed Hossein Nasr and his team has really shown Muslims at their worst – both in their academic incompetence and in their readiness to anathematise and declare Nasr and others heretics and unbelievers based on the…

Islamic Blasphemy Laws and the Strange Case of Mumtaz Qadiri – Part 1

Shaykh Atabek Shukurov & Sulaiman Ahmed I often look at the online fatwas and talks of Islamic ‘scholars’ and wonder if perhaps they are deliberately trying to arm Islamophobes or to further garner harassment and vilification for Muslims with their bizarre pronouncements. What makes me really sad is that they never couch these as their…

رسالة إلى الشيخ تقي العثماني في حكم المورتكيج

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم إلى سماحة الشيخ محمد تقي العثماني حفظه الله السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته أولا وقبل كل شيء أود أن أشكركم على اهتمامكم بخدمة الدين وخدمة طلبة العلم خاصة والمسلمين عامة بتأسيس المدارس والمساجد ونشر العلم أما بعد , فإنه مما لا شك فيه أن العالم بشكل عام يمر بمراحل اقتصادية صعبة…

Permissibility of Mortgages – An Open Letter to Sheikh Taqi Uthmani

    In the name of God, most Merciful and most Compassionate For the Attention of: His Honour Sheikh Muhammad Taqi al-Uthmani (may God preserve him). Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.   First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your services to Muslims generally and to students of knowledge specifically by…

Prayer and Fasting When the Time for Isha Does Not Occur

One of my students recently issued a Fatwa (legal verdict), that it was permissible to begin your fast at Sunrise and fast until sunset. He also explained that a person can pray their Maghrib, Isha and Fajr at any time within this timescale. This has caused controversy amongst many supposedly learned scholars, some of whom…