In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate


The facts about hijab and Islamic Law

By: Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, translation by Zameelur Rahman Source: Writings on the topic of the veiling and unveiling of women have proliferated in our time. The best that I have seen on this subject is a treatise by my late father Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ (Allah have mercy on him) which he called Tafsil al-Khitab fi Tafsir Ayat al-Hijab, which is a section from his Ahkam al-Qur’an (3:393-483), in which he examined the verses and hadiths cited on the subject and exhausted the positions of the fuqaha (jurists) and the statements of the exegetes regarding the limits of hijab and its description. The sum of what he concluded after an extensive study is that the...

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Indonesia’s “Sharia province” praised by rights groups for maternity laws

By: Source: BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesia’s Aceh province, which has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws, won rare praise from rights activists Thursday (Sept 29) for introducing the country’s most generous maternity leave policy. The decision to give female civil servants six months’ maternity leave, double the typical amount elsewhere in the country, is an unusual move in a province routinely criticised for breaching women’s rights. However it has sparked a row with the central government in Jakarta, which says it runs counter to national law that stipulates three months maternity leave. Andreas...

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Between valid difference of opinion and heresy

By: Shaykh Dr. Shadee Elmasry Source: IlmGate A valid opinion in Islam is an explanation of a piece of evidence (a verse or hadith) that does not contradict another piece of evidence (it must also adhere to the language). A simple example regards the `idda, or waiting period, of a woman after divorce. “Three qurū’” can be understood as three menstrual cycles (therefore two months) or three periods of purity (therefore three months). Both match the language and neither contradicts any other piece of evidence, so here we have a valid difference of opinion. All of the differences in fiqh between the fourmadhhabs are of this nature. An invalid opinion is an explanation of a piece of evidence...

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