Worried about your Sustenance?


By Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

Recently, I was approached by a concerned brother who had been facing some difficult times with regards his provision and sustenance. This is something that many of us face at some time in our lives. Naturally, when we are in this situation, we begin to panic and look for ways out. Some bear the situation remaining within the laws of Sharī‘ah and with patience make it through, whilst others fail in this test from Allāh ta‘ālā and take to prohibited means to try to solve their problems. Read more

“We follow only the Qur’an and Sunnah”

by Muhammad Haq (Haq)

Sitting in the mosque board meeting, as one issue after another was raised, I’ll confess it was difficult not to drift into my own thoughts. However, one issue was raised that caught my attention that was, perhaps not surprisingly, the issue of finance and fundraising: the mosque needed funds for refurbishing the ablution (wuḍu) area. Without much progress being made, I identified a possible source, although it was not problem-free. The source I suggested had a large proportion earned from unlawful sources; however, there was an opinion within Fiqh (jurisprudence), which allowed the utilisation of such funds for public good (maslaḥa).1 This objection was fairly raised by some, but as I started to explain how there was a scholarly opinion – “Forget the scholars!! We only follow the Qur’ān and Sunnah,” shouted a fellow member, Read more

The Correct Meaning of the Statement “When a Hadīth Is Authentic, It Is My Opinion”

By Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah
Translated by Muntasir Zaman

Before concluding the first cause of difference, it is necessary to discuss two doubts that dwell in the minds of many people:

The statement, “When a Hadīth is authentic, it is my opinion”
The authenticity of a Hadīth is sufficient to practice upon it
The first doubt is put forth as follows:

Imām al-Shāfī‘ī mentions, “When a Hadīth is authentic, it is my opinion.’ Hence, if we come across an authentic Hadith in Sahīh al-Bukhārī, for example, in a particular issue and we practice according to that Hadīth, then we have practiced upon an established Sunnah and according to a reliable school of jurisprudence. Moreover, it is incorrect to confine the madhhab of Imām al-Shafi‘ī to what is written in the works of his school of jurisprudence because, based on his own statement, any authentic Hadith will also form part of his madhhab.”

The answer is that the statement “When a Hadīth is authentic, it is my opinion” has been recorded from scholars besides Imām al-Shāfi‘ī. Rather, this is the mute expression of every Muslim who understands the meaning of the statement, “there is none worthy of worship besides Allāh, and Muhammad is His messenger.” Read more

Store being open at Jumuah time




One brother who has a food business is asking:
“Should he close his business during Jumuah or can he leave his wife or a non- muslim to sell the lunch time food – while he attends Jumuah?”
He attends Jumuah but will receive the income from the sales during the Jumuah period.
The issue is in the part of the ayah: وَذَرُواْ ٱلۡبَيۡعَ. One Mufti deems the income earned during Jumuah to be tainted.
What is the preferred opinion of the Hanafi madhhab?Is this the position even if he is the OWNER of the business?
Sorry to be-labour the point

Answer: Read more