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Transactions & Worship

Six parts of the Talbiyah: taste its sweetness!

by Dr. Abdulazeez Abdulraheem Once you enter the state of Ihram for Hajj or Umrah, you start reciting the Talbiyah. Because you will recite it perhaps hundreds of times, it is extremely important and useful to know the beautiful dimensions of the Talbiyah. This way, every time you say it you will taste a different sweetness of talking to Allah [swt]. You will repeat it with love, passion and eagerness. Each statement of the Talbiyah has layers upon layers of…

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The Economic System of Islam

(part 1 of 2): The Sources of Islamic Economics Introduction As a complete way of life, Islam has provided guidelines and rules for every sphere of life and society. Naturally, a functioning economic system is vital for a healthy society, as the consumption of goods and services, and the facilitation of this by a common medium of exchange, play a major role in allowing people to realize their material and other goals in life. Islam has set some standards, based…

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Government Influence and the Judiciary

(part 1 of 2) The Independence of the Judiciary Islamic Law, through the sacred texts and through its basic principles, prohibits the governing officials from interfering with or influencing the decisions of the court in any way. Islamic Law, in its general principles and individual statutes, seeks to realize its primary objective of establishing justice on the foundation of monotheism. Monotheism is not just lip service. It is realized through actions that verify the profession of faith. These actions must…

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Crime and Punishment in Islam

(part 1 of 5): Introduction Security and stability are basic human needs, no less important than food and clothing. Without security and stability, a human being is not able to properly conduct his daily life, let alone come up with new ideas or contribute to the development of a high level of civilization. Man has been conscious of the need for security since the beginning of his life on Earth, and he has continuously expressed his awareness of this need…

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The shape and orbit of the earth (Part 1)

Question #10/1: “Is the earth round or flat?” Shaykh al-Albānī answers: “It is round,[1] and the issue of the earth being round or flat is not an affair related to actions nor faith, such that it is obligatory for the Muslim to know the Islamically legislated ruling about it if it is related to actions in order to worship Allāh by it like the rest of the acts of worship, or for him to believe in it in the depth…

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The istikhāra prayer

*Question: “What should the one making istikhāra[1] prayer say if he has two affairs on the same level and does not have an inclination toward either one, meaning 50-50?” Shaykh al-Albānī answers: “What I understand from your question is that he does not have an intention (to do something),[2] therefore there is no istikhāra prayer upon him.” *Question: “Is the istikhāra prayer legislated for one who is confused about doing something or is it legislated for one who has made…

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Combining prayers for the resident

Question #5: “Is it allowed for the resident to combine between two prayers without (the presence of) rain?” Shaykh al-Albānī answers: “Imām Muslim brought out in his Sahīh, the hadīth on the authority of Ibn ʽAbbās who said: ‘The Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) combined (prayers) in Madīnah between Dhuhr and ʽAsr, and between Maghrib and ʽIshā, without (being in a state of) traveling or (the presence of) rain.’ They said, ‘What did he intend by that O…

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The Wisdom behind the Postures and Phrases of Prayer

Prayer is the second pillar of Islam. “…so let the first thing to which you will invite them be the Oneness of God. If they learn that, tell them that God has enjoined on them, five prayers to be offered in one day and one night.”[1] After a person testifies to or affirms their belief in Allah and His messenger Mohammad the next important step is to pray. To pray in the way that has been prescribed for us by…

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Friday – The Best Day of the Week

Friday is a very important day for Muslims. It is more significant and more beneficial than any other day of the week. It is the day that Muslims gather together to pray in congregation. Directly before the prayer they listen to a lecture designed to empower them with valuable knowledge about God, and the religion of Islam. It is a blessed day that has been designated as such by God, Almighty; no other day of the week shares its virtues….

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Zakat – Obligatory Charity: Purifying Wealth

In the glossary of The Noble Quran[1] the term Zakat is defined as follows, “A certain fixed proportion of the wealth and of every property liable to Zakat of a Muslim to be paid yearly for the benefit of the poor in the Muslim community. The payment of Zakat is obligatory as it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is the major economic means for establishing social justice and leading the Muslim society to prosperity and security”….

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