27th Annual QSS Conference

I know it’s kind of short notice, but QSS of North America will be holding it’s 27th Annual Conference December 25th through 29th at QSSC here in Toronto.

This year, Shaikh Akram bin Muhammad Ziyâdah al-Athari from Jordan will be visiting us (for the 2nd time, if I’m not mistaken). I can’t recall how long he’ll be staying with us this trip, but he should be here at least a week, maybe more. He’ll be staying with us for three weeks and during the conference he’ll be going over the book ‘Amal al-Yawm wal-Lailah (trans. The Day’s & Night’s Deed) by Imam Ahmad bin Shu’aib an-Nasâ’î. Afterwards he’ll be visiting various mosques around the GTA.

For those of you wanting to attend in person, QSSC is located @ 1865B Lawrence Ave. East in Scarborough (as usual, please avoid parking in the plaza parking lot and try to find a spot on either the Laxford or Wexford side streets). For those who can’t but would like to benefit, as was the case with past conferences, I’m guessing the lectures will be broadcast live online via QSSC.org, and later uploaded to QSSC’s YouTube channel. For more details regarding the lecture schedule and other things, keep an eye on the QSSC site for updates.



ash-Shawkani on the Food of the People of the Book

His statement, «The food of those given the book is unbound for you» (5:5), “food” is the name for what is eaten and from it are the slaughtered animals. Most of the people of knowledge opined narrowing it down to the slaughtered animals. In this verse is an evidence for all the food of the People of the Book, without a difference between the meat and other than it, [being] lawful for Muslims, even if they did not mention Allah’s name upon their slaughtered animals and this verse being a restriction to the generality of His statement, «and do not eat from what Allah’s name was not mentioned upon» (6:121). The obvious [meaning] of this is that the slaughtered animals of the People of the Book is lawful, even if a Jew mentions the name of ‘Uzair (Ezra) upon his slaughtered animal and a Christian mentions the name of the Messiah (Jesus) upon his slaughtered animal; this was opined by Abud-Dardâ’, ‘Ubâdah bin asSâmit, Ibn ‘Abbâs, az-Zuhrî, Rabî’ah, ash-Sha’bî, and Mak·hūl. ‘Alî, ‘A’ishah, and Ibn ‘Umar said, “If you heard the kitâbî (i.e., the Jew or Christian) naming other than Allah, then do not eat,” and it is [also] the saying of Tâwus and al-Hasan, and they held to His statement, exalted is He, «and do not eat from what Allah’s name was not mentioned upon» (6:121). It is also indicated by His statement, «and what is offered [as sacrifice] to other than Allah» (16:115). Mâlik said, “It is surely detested, and not forbidden.” This difference is if we knew that the People of the Book mentioned the name of other than Allah upon their slaughtered animals. As for with the lack of knowledge, then atTabarî and Ibn Kathîr had related the concensus on its unbinding due to this verse, and due to what was mentioned in the Sunnah of his (i.e., the Prophet’s) eating the roast lamb that was given to him [as a gift] by the Jewish woman; it is also in the Sahîh, and likewise the bag of suet that some of the Companions took from Khaibar, and the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, knew of that; it is also in the Sahîh, and other than that.

The intent of the People of the Book here is the Jews and the Christians. As for the Magians, then the general collective opined that their slaughtered animals are not eaten, nor are their women married, because they are not the People of the Book according to the reknowned [view] with the people of knowledge. Abu Thawr differed in that and the jurists rebuked him for that, such that Ahmad bin Hanbal said, “Abu Thawr is like his name,” i.e., in this issue (Abu Thawr means father of the ox). It was as if he clung to what is narrated from the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, in mursal form, that he said, «Establish the tradition of the People of the Book with them,» and it is not established with this expression. On the assumption that it has an origin, then it has an addition [that] disproves what he (i.e,. Abu Thawr) said, and it is his statement, «not those who eat their slaughtered animals, nor those who marry their women.» A group from those who have no experience in the science of hadith from the exegetes and the jurists; the origin is not established, nor is the addition. Rather, what is established in the Sahîh is that the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, took the jizyah from the Magians of Hajar. As for the sons of Taghlib, then ‘Alî bin Abî Tâlib used to prohibit from their slaughtered animals because they were Arab and he used to say, “Surely, they do not hold to anything from Christianity other than the drinking of wine.” And likewise the rest of the Christianized Arabs like Tanūkh, Judhâm, Lakhm, ‘Âmilah, and whoever resembled them. Ibn Kathîr said it is the saying of several from the Predecessors and the successors. It was narrated from Sa’îd bin al-Musayyab and al-Hasan al-Basrî that they both did not see any harm in the slaughtered animals of the Christians of the sons of Taghlib. al-Qurtubî said the general collective of the [Muslim] nation said surely the slaughtered animal of every Christian is lawful, whether he was from the sons of Taghlib or from other than them. Likewise the Jew. He said there is no difference among the scholars that whatever is not in need of slaughtering like food (e.g., fruit), its eating is permissible.

Source: ash-Shawkânî, Muhammad bin ‘Alî bin Muhammad. Fat·h al-Qadîr al-Jâmi’ bain Fanay ar-Riwâyah wad-Dirâyah min ‘Ilm at-Tafsîr. Mansurah, Egypt: Dar al-Wafâ’. vol. 2, pg. 21-22.

Ma’rifah vs. Ilm

I’ve recently started reading Shaikh Mashhur Hasan Salmân’s explanation of Imam al-Juwainî’s Waraqât to satisfy an urge I’ve had to read something on the roots of Islamic jurisprudence, particularly of the Shâfi’î variety. Shaikh Mashhur’s explanation, which is fairly large being 797 pages cover to cover, is a bit daunting for me at the moment being that I haven’t really read anything truly Islamic academics oriented in quite some time (when I say I’ve started reading it, I literally mean just started–I’m on pg. 31).

In any case, I thought I’d take it with me to read while I waited while getting my car serviced; one of my tires got shredded while driving on the highway yesterday afternoon and needed replacing. While reading this morning, I came across this little tidbit that I thought I’d like to share with my small readership.

Shaikh Mashhur states,

Cognizance (ma’rifah) is perceiving something according to what it is. It is preceeded by ignorance, contrary to knowledge (ilm), for knowledge is not preceeded by ignorance. Thus, we do not say that Allah is cognizant (‘ârif). Rather, we say that Allah is knowledgeable (‘âlim).

Source: Âl Salmân, Abu Ubaidah Mashhur Hasan. at-Tahqîqât wat-Tanqîhât as-Salafiyyât ‘alâ Matn al-Waraqât ma’ at-Tanbihât ‘alal-Masâ’il al-Muhimmât. Abu Dhabi, UAE: Dar al-Imam Mâlik. pg. 30.

The Meaning of Man

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Hashi sent out a link to an episode of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. This episode’s discussion was focused on “the Meaning of Man” (YouTube video after the break). The blurb on TVO’s website read, “From head of the household to the butt of jokes, men have gone from the top of the world to underachieving drop outs. Is it finally time to feel sorry for the man?” As usual, with the short mailing list of close friends that he sent it to, we didn’t take Hashi’s request for thoughts and discussion seriously and poked fun at various things mentioned during the program. But for whatever reason, I remembered this video this morning and thought I’d post it up to my blog. Now, my intent is not to start some pity party for men, but with gender roles changing somewhat–or at least getting blurred–in Western society (in some Eastern societies the traditional roles as we know it are completely reversed), I thought this discussion would be good to post, as there were some points mentioned in the discussion that I found pretty interesting.

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Dr. Marranci: Why Pastor Jones believes in tautological Islam

In his latest post, Dr. Marranci’s got a different take on the whole Qur’an burning fiasco and looks at things from a different angle. Here’s a bit from the beginning of his post (as always link to the complete article at the bottom):

 I have no doubt that during the forthcoming “International Burn a Quran Day”, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the pages of many Qur’ans, probably in translation, will meet fire. Fanatics, such as Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, Florida, whom planned the event, will celebrate their quite pagan ritual of purification through fire of what they see as a demonic religion which is “causing billions of people to go to hell”.  They will be unaware that, in reality, they ‘share’ aspects of Islam with millions of others.  They, in a certain sense, are ‘crypto-Muslims’.

Burning a copy (presumably in translation) of the Qur’an may appear to some to be a courageously defiant act that is aimed to offend Muslims. Nonetheless, if it happens to be a person’s deep desire to watch copies of the Qur’an burn, there is no need to wait for the 9/11 anniversary book burning – just visit Singapore!  Yes, in this city of religious harmony and strict control over possible religiously heated controversy, Qur’ans are regularly burnt. The culprits? Muslims.

Read on … Why Pastor Jones (together with similarly minded people) believes in tautological Islam.

Shaikhs Abdul-Adhim Badawi & Mashhur Hasan Salman Coming To Toronto!

They just announced after Friday sermon that Shaikhs ‘Abdul-‘Adhîm bin Badawî and Mash·hūr Hasan Salmân, both students of Shaikh al-Albanî’s will be coming to visit Toronto; firsts for both shaikhs! I know it’s very short notice given the dates they’ll be speaking at QSSC, but please spread the word!

More details (as well as more updates added May 22, 2010) after the break.

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Family Law with Khalid al-Anbari (Updated)

QSS Canada has just announced an upcoming series of lectures to be given by Shaikh Khalid al-‘Anbari. The shaikh will be visiting the first weekend of May and from what I’ve heard will be staying here about a week or so. More details to follow after the break.

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