Islamic Law

Religious Studies versus Islamic Theology/Law – Religion For Breakfast

If you are unfamiliar with the “Religion for Breakfast” YouTube channel, please give it a look and subscribe. It’s one of my favorite channels. Andrew Mark Henry does a wonderful job of making complex topics on religion accessible. In the video below, he touches on the general difference between religious studies & theology. You can …

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What Effect does Sin Have On Faith? Suicide in Islamic Thought part 3

Introduction and Recap In previous entries, we covered the primacy of God’s oneness as a core tenant of Islamic belief inculcates in a believer self-accountability. Our acts, therefore, are not without repercussions. We will be judged for our actions, especially those that we perpetrate against others and ourselves, but also those we perpetrate against God. …

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Can a donation made without intention, that turned out to be Zakat eligible, count toward Zakat?

My friend Chris Blauvelt over at Launchgood asks a great question on twitter: ” If you made a donation without intending zakat, but later learned it was zakat eligible, can it count toward zakat? @FarazRabbani @hwmaqbul @joewbradford. Guessing Hanafis/Shafis split like do you have wudu if you accidentally fall in a pool without intention.” Taking …

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Question: Can we buy and sell gift cards for more or less than face value?

A questioner writes asking: “What is the Islamic legal characterization (fiqhi takyeef) of a gift card? Do the rulings (Ahkam) of currency exchange apply to a gift card? Ex: Can i sell 100 dollar gift card for 90? Would that be impermissible because of inequality?” This is a great question. To understand the answer, we …

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Two Men Enter: Arbitration, Reconciliation, and What Can Be Kept Out of Court

In this article we explore two forms of dispute resolution, arbitration and reconciliation, under Islamic law. This is a follow up to two previous articles where we discussed defamation as a case brought to court, as well as how Islamic courts operate. There will be two more followups to this article, inshallah that you can read …

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A note on Cryptrocurrencies and How Islamic Law Creates Rulings

On this page you’ll find the following: Video from the Association of Muslim Accountants and Lawyers, Durban SA My article: “A note on Bitcoin and the epistemological foundations of Islamic law” AMAL workshop on Cryptocurrency , Bitcoin and Islamic Perspective -Bitcoin and How Islamic Law Creates Rulings | Shaykh Joe Bradford The Article:  There seems …

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I Drink Your Milkshake: A Note on Charging for Religious acts

In this Article: – Categorizing Acts related to Religious Practice – Demanding a Wage vs. Receiving Compensation – Where are modern “Islamic Institutes” positioned in this debate? – I Drink Your Milkshake In a previous article, I cover the question “Is it OK for an Imam to have a salary?” Here I’d like to follow …

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