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Question You consider photography and pictures to be allowed as long as they were not being worshipped. I agreed with your opinion but after reading the following Hadith I have become confused. Are they authentic or not or perhaps I have not understood their true implication. A detailed account for the basis of your opinion would be … Read more »

Question I was recently reading Surah 33: 72 in the Qur’an and was a bit confused. Is the Surah stating that humans chose “al-amanah” (which I am translating as reason….) but that it was a mistake? Is the Surah implying that one should not use one’s reason? Could you clarify? Answer First of all, We would like you to consider a … Read more »

Question I was looking in the Hadith literature to find in what connotation did the Prophet (pbuh) and companions used the term Sunnah. I found that the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) and Muhadittin scholars have used Sunnah to include all the minor actions, details of the Prophet (pbuh).This means that term Sunnah as found … Read more »

Question You always refer to a “close examination” of the narrative “ascribed to the Prophet (PBUH)” in light of Qur’an, logic and historical facts. I respect your opinion about the ways of examination fully except one thing. I don’t think we can understand everything “ascribed to the Prophet” with logic. There are many Ahadith narrated … Read more »

Question Could you please explain the meaning of ‘Obey Prophet’ which we are commanded repeatedly in the Quran? I understand ‘Obey Allah’ to mean to follow all the commandments of God as He mentioned in the Quran. Does the commandment of ‘Obey Prophet’ applies only to the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) and not to … Read more »

Question What is Ijtihad, Qayas, and Ijma. What is the difference between them. When are they applied? Why Qayas is not accepted by legal experts? Answer For an explanation of Ijtihad, please refer to one of my earlier responses. Qiyas (lit: drawing an analogy) is, in fact, a kind of Ijtehad. Qiyas implies trying to draw a directive for a situation, which is not expressly … Read more »

Question I do not have any faith in fatwas because to me it is an opinion of one person and Islam does not supports the will of one person, Hazrat Zaid when was made governor and Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) asked him how he will make his decisions then he replied that by Qur’an if not … Read more »

Question My question is regarding the status of Kalaam, or theological rhetoric, i.e. rational arguments for the ‘proof’ of the existence of God. Some scholars are of the opinion that it is ‘heretical’, while the Classical interpretation has accepted it. What is your opinion?   Reply The Muslim scholastics grew under the influence of the … Read more »

Question What is the significance of meeqat? I understand this is the point from which one has to proceed in ihraam in order to perform umrah or hajj. What is the wisdom behind meeqat. Thank you for your help Regards Answer Meeqat sets the boundaries of the Haram from all directions approaching Mekkah. Upon crossing the Meeqat a person should … Read more »

Question What is the significance of meeqat? I understand this is the point from which one has to proceed in ihraam in order to perform umrah or hajj. What is the wisdom behind meeqat. Thank you for your help Regards Answer Meeqat sets the boundaries of the Haram from all directions approaching Mekkah. Upon crossing the Meeqat a person should … Read more »

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