In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

handshk
Jan16

Hand-shaking and propriety

By: Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) Source: yunuspatel.co.za In the business field, men and women are often found offering their hand for a handshake. It is formality and considered part of good business dealings and interaction. Many brothers enquire as to how to deal with such situations. As Muslims, we keep before us the Command of Allah Ta’ala: That it is Haraam (forbidden) for us to touch, let alone shake the hand of a strange woman (or vice versa). Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “It is better for an iron rod (nail) to be driven into the head of a man, than for him to touch a woman who is not permissible for him.”[1] Moreover, Allah...

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Dar-Hikma
Nov26

A ruling on copyright and intellectual property

By: Mufti Taqi Usmani Source: Albalagh.net The question of ‘copyright’ is related to a wider concept, generally known as the concept of ‘intellectual property’. In previous times, the concept of ownership was confined to only tangible objects. The theory of ‘intellectual property’ contemplates that whoever applies his mental labour to invent something is the owner of the fruits of his labour. If a person has invented a certain instrument, he does not own that instrument only, but he also owns the formula he has used for the first time to invent it. Therefore, nobody can use that formula without his permission. Similarly, if a person has written a book, he is the exclusive owner of the...

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books-lib
Oct02

The higher objectives of the Sharia

By: Mateen A. Khan (translator) Source: ilmgate.org Translators comment: Maqāsid al-Sharī‘ah refers to the set of objectives and goals which the Sharī‘ah strives to establish. For example, the preservation of faith, life, lineage, intellect and property are essential objectives of the Sharī‘ah as propagated by Imam al-Ghazālī. These objectives establish benefits (al-masālih) and remove harms (al-mafāsid) for the individual and community. However, we find that some misconstrue their place and derive rulings from the objectives while going against the primary textual evidences i.e. the Qur’an and Sunnah. For clarification, we turn towards a translated chapter from Usūl al-Iftā’[1] by Mufti...

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