About My Articles

I write about topics that I am passionate about and that I find intellectually stimulating. My articles aim to address present needs that may be relevant to you and others. While I do write on topics related to money, such as personal finance and investing, I also cover other areas such as Islamic law and society.

My goal is to provide informative and engaging content that can benefit readers like yourself. I hope my articles can help you gain new insights and perspectives on a wide range of topics.

Cooking Rice, Not Engineering It: Al-Shatibi’s Guidance on relevance in Usul al-Fiqh Studies

Consider the process of teaching someone to cook rice. You wouldn’t initially throw them into a deep discussion about the variations among Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin, right? That would be like tossing them into a whirlpool of confusion. Instead, the initial focus should be on the essentials: how to proportion the rice and water, when to adjust the heat to a simmer, and the signs of perfectly cooked rice. The intricate understanding of temperature scales is a knowledge layer that can be added later once the basic practicalities are mastered.

Along these lines, Abu Ishaq al-Shatibi, in the fourth introduction of Al-Muwafaqat, stated:

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Is it Forbidden to Pay Riba? Or is it only forbidden to charge it?

Recently someone presented to me the opinion or the assumption that it’s not forbidden to pay interest, it’s only forbidden to take interest claiming that there’s nothing in the Quran. That would indicate that it’s forbidden to pay interest. I wanted to take a moment and address this issue because I think it’s something that all of you should be concerned about.

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Personal Finance: What is your net worth?

Wondering what your net worth is? So you’re wondering what your net worth is. Your net worth is essentially everything you own minus everything that you owe. So if you have $10,000 in savings and you owe $5,000 in credit card debt that in reality,

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NFTs: Non-Fungible Tokens – A Very Simple Explanation

Non-Fungible Tokens. NFTs give you something that can’t be copied. Not a picture itself (anyone can take a screenshot). Here we’re going to use art as an example, because its most common nowadays, but NFTs can be used for real estate, contracts, and a number

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When is staking your crypto allowed?

There are three situations in the market currently where they use the word “staking” but mean something different each time. You need to learn what’s being *done* instead of just relying on the words used. Situation #1: They take your crypto and pay you an interest

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What makes a crypto coin Shariah Compliant?

For those of you concerned with the Shariah compliance of the coins you are buying, Asking yourself these 5 questions will help guide your coin selection: #1 – It is a store of value. #2 – It is a medium of exchange. #3 – Transparency about recourse. #4 –

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Zakat on Assets – A Quick Review

Let’s talk Zakat on Assets: – 1st, assets you do not pay Zakat on. – 2nd, assets you do pay Zakat on. – 3rd, deductions and expenses that lower your Zakat liability.   A thread 🧵: 1st: There some types of assets that you will

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Book Excerpt – The Greatest Gifts

The following is an excerpt from a collection of short essays I’ve been writing over the last few years, each one encapsulates an event in my life that I’ve titled “The Greatest Gifts.” I’ve decided to release this one as realizations that lead me to

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