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Q&A: Dealing with Muslim owned Public Limited Companies?

The following are Q&A from the time of Sheikh Abdul Qadeem Zalloom (raheemullah): Question: Are we allowed do deal with share companies (PLCs) owned by Muslims? Answer:  Having dealings with share companies belonging to Muslims is void (batil) because they cannot be contracted in Islam i.e. they do not exist as a necessary party in the contract of sale and purchase… in order to have offer and acceptance with the other side with whom the deal is made. Question: As Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is a Muslim owned share company, are we allowed to buy from them and if not why not? Answer:  Share companies (PLCs) are invalid in Islam. This is because they are not contracted and they are not considered to be an existing party in a contract between the Muslims. Therefore, it is not allowed to have dealings, in terms of sale and purchase etc. with share companies whose owners are Muslims, because they have not been contracted between them for they are invalid in I

Contentment: The status only perspective can bring

Contentment: The status only perspective can bring This piece seeks to explore how the human mind works when it comes to the perception of wealth and luxuries. Many people exert much effort and spend much time dreaming of a bigger house, or a nicer car, or a newer phone, or a faster computer and so on. But the problem is that for the human mind it doesn’t matter what you get, because in the end your brain will grow accustomed to it and it will be as plain in your eyes as any wrinkly old shirt in your closet. The problem is that everything we have today is actually  a step up from something else . A big house is a step up from a small apartment, and a small apartment is a step up from homelessness. An iPhone 8 is a step up from a old Nokia flip phone, and an old Nokia flip phone is a step up from only having a landline. A new Land Rover is a step up from an old Corolla, and an old Corolla is a step up from having to ride a horse across hundreds of kilometres to get to wher

Hadith Classifications

This is an extract from the book Al-Waadih Fee Usool ul-Fiqh by Muhammad Hussein Abdullah available to purchase from  Maktaba Islamia . There are three categories of hadith in respect to their  As-Sihhah  (soundness) and  Ad-Da’f  (weakness). These are Saheeh, Hasan and Da’eef. In respect to the Sanad (chain) there are also three categories. These are Al-Mutawaatir, Al-Mash’hoor and Khabar Al-Aahaad. Al-Hadeeth As-Saheeh (Sound) This is the Hadeeth in which its Isnaad (chain) connects the transmission of the ‘Adl Ad-Daabit from the ‘Adl Ad-Daabit until its end and is not Shaadh or Mu’allal. Al-‘Adl (the just):  As-Sudooq At-Taqi (The honest person who fears Allah and obeys Him). Ad-Daabit (the precise):  Known for his astuteness and not being careless or inattentive. Until its end:  The Sanad (chain) connects to the Messenger ﷺ. Not Shaadh (irregular) or without Shudhoodh (irregularity):  That it does not go against the Thiqqah (a trustworthy narrator) stronger than

Follow-up answers on Bitcoin - Abu Khaled al-Hejazi

Assalamualaikum, Some follow up questions regarding the bitcoin Q&A My question on majhool is- what do you mean the source of Bitcoins in unknown. Do you mean that the mining is done by unknown entities or that the actual founders of Bitcoin (i.e. Satoshi) was anonymous? Answer To reiterate what we said in the QnA previously as well, cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are ‘assets’ issued by an unknown (majhool) source which have no real value and no real backing and Majhool here is related to the subject of the issuing the currency. The shari view towards the issuance of currency is that It should be issued by a centralized authority which undertakes the responsibility of issuing the currency (dirhams and dinars) i.e it is a known body and not unknown (majhool). This is one of the major problems with cyptocurrencies such as bitcoin. So Majhool is not linked to Satoshi or one particular miner, rather it is linked to the whole mining community which is an unknown entity

Q&A: The Islamic Ruling on Bitcoin

Question  by:  SchukranJaan Bismillah Ar-Rahaman Ar-Rahim, Dear honourable Sheikh. We hope this finds you in the best health. We greet you with the warmest and noblest of all greetings: Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu. A brother and I were talking about the Hukm regarding the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Ripple etc.) We both read the ijtihad by Ustadh Abu Khaled al-Hejazi but we weren’t quite content with what the sheikh had deduced. We have some problems with how the sheikh analyzed the reality of cryptocurrencies and the comment section under the article too is filled with brothers disagreeing and discussing about how  tahqeeq al-manaat was not completely correct. We would like to know the Hukm regarding selling and buying of cryptocurrencies. Could you bring light into this subject, because it still doesn’t seem clear for us. Wajazaakumullah khairan May Allah strengthen us all on his path and let us be

Hanafi Fuqaha on Seeking Assistance of the Disbelievers in War

Imam Muhammad (d. 189), the companion of Abu Hanifa (d. 150) – Allah’s mercy be on them both – the main transmitter of his madhhab and a mujtahid in his own right, said: ولا بأس بأن يستعين المسلمون بأهل الشرك على أهل الشرك إذا كان حكم الإسلام هو الظاهر عليهم. “It is alright for the Muslims to seek the help of polytheists when fighting against (other) polytheists  if the rule of Islam is dominant over them .” (al-Siyar al-Kabir السيار الكبير , 4:191, emphasis added) This is the authoritative statement on the matter in the Hanafi madhhab. Imam Muhammad clarifies the hukm of what is designated in fiqh as the issue of seeking assistance in war from the disbelievers. He notes that assistance can be sought when Islamic rule is dominant. The implication of this condition is operative. That is, when Islamic rule is not dominant, seeking assistance is not allowed. In other words, seeking assistance is strictly conditional. If, and only if, the rule of Islam is dominant, it is allowed for t