In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Oct19

The facts about hijab and Islamic Law

By: Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, translation by Zameelur Rahman Source: Deoband.org 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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Sep30

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

By: straitstimes.com Source: straitstimes.com 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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Aug12

A word on dogs and the Sharia

By: Mufti Musa Furber Source: Musa’s Muftic Musings I would like to provide a very brief summary of the basic rulings related to the purity of dogs, keeping dogs, and keeping dogs inside the house. There is disagreement concerning the purity of dogs and their saliva. Numerous ḥadīths2 mention that if a dog licks from one’s bowl, its contents need to be thrown out and the bowl must be washed seven times with water – using soil in one of the washings. Scholars differ in their understanding of these ḥadīths and other evidence related to this issue, leading to disagreement over whether dogs or their saliva are pure, and whether things touched by dogs need to be cleaned in a particular...

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