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Q&A: Queries on Usul Al-Fiqh

Questions: Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu our honourable Sheikh, and warm greetings to you. May Allah (swt) aid you and bring goodness on your hands. The topic: queries regarding Usul-ul-Fiqh Firstly, I hope that I have not burdened you with these questions, especially as we acknowledge the magnitude of the burdens that you are carrying out, and the amount of responsibilities that you are undertaking. May Allah (swt) aid you, lead your steps on the straight path and give you and us the pleasure to witness the application of Allah’s law in the second Khilafah state (Caliphate). As for the questions, they are as follow: 1. I read in several researches that Usoolis have more than one method, such as the Mutakallimeen (scholastics), the method of the Jurists, the general comprehensive principles (istiqra’ kulli), and extraction of the branches from the usul… How can you explain these methods, and are close to any of them or do we have our own method in our usul.

Should there be “balance” in criticising Muslim rulers?

The devastation we witnessed in Aleppo in the last few months once again made it clear that the Muslim rulers willfully keep their distance from the Ummah and the responsibility of its protection. Yet we also saw those who would find no end of excuses to absolve these rulers of the inexcusable. It would seem arguments and proofs of any sort would not suffice, and therefore, there seems little hope in addressing them. After all, if the bloodshed in Aleppo can’t make someone at least question their misplaced loyalties, truly, what can? However, there is  another  kind of approach that some can take regarding Muslim rulers that is worth addressing. This approach seems to “allow for praise when the occasion calls for it”, and condemnation when they so deserve it. It takes a somewhat (supposedly) “balanced” approach towards the rulers, their actions and policies. At times like this, even such a “balanced” approach needs some scrutiny, because taking a “balanced” approach in a game that

Understanding that Rizq (Provision) is from Allah

As a rule of thumb, we naturally tend to worry about things that are in our possession. The two most prized possessions we tend to worry about (and we assume are ours) are our lives and wealth. But Allah reminds us in this Ayah that these things are not ours, for He has purchased it from us. “Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be the Paradise…. “ [TMQ Surah At-Tawbah: 111] There seems to be a general lack of understanding at times about the concept of  rizq , such that Muslims often confuse the circumstances by which we attain our  rizq  with the  actual cause  of  rizq . Some people have assured ourselves that Rizq , present and future, will come primarily from one’s own efforts. The more we struggle and strive, the more we will apparently accomplish and achieve. Sure, our belief system dictates that everything comes from Allah (ﷻ) – but do our attitudes expose the contrary? This has led us then

The Shariah rules of trade during Jummah Salah

Question: Assalamualaikum, Should I close my business when the azaan for jumma takes place. I have a non muslim salesman and I generally leave the shop in his supervision and go to the mosque. Or is it mandatory to close the shop and open after the salah? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam,  Allah (swt) says in surah Jummah – ayah 9: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلاَةِ مِنْ يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu'ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew. So trading i.e sale and purchase is not allowed after the call to Salah i.e azan for Friday salah.  However the scholars differed as to when exactly should people stop sale and purchase The hanafis said that the trading should stop at the first azan w