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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Quote … Unquote … no. 10

Consider His wisdom, exalted is He, in that He made the servant’s kings, emirs and rulers of the genus of their deeds. Rather, it is as if their deeds appeared in the images of their rulers and kings. So if they were upright, their kings were upright, If they were just, they were just to them, and if they strayed, their kings and rulers would stray. If slyness and deceit appeared among them, their rulers would be like that. If they hindered Allah’s rights before them and were stingy with them, their kings and rulers would hinder what they had with them of the right and be stingy with them with regards to them. And in their business, if they took what they did not deserve from those they deemed weak, the kings would take what they did not deserve from them and taxes and duties would be imposed on them; whatever they extracted from the weak, the kings would extract it from them by force. Thus, their deeds appeared in the images if their deeds. And it is not from the divine wisdom that He entrusts the immoral evil [people] except to whoever is of their genus. So when the forefront was the best and most reverent of the generations, their rulers were like that. Then when they became white-haired, the rulers became white-haired for them. Thus, Allah’s wisdom refuses to entrust us, in the likes of these times, to the likes of Mu’awiyah and ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil-‘Aziz, let alone the likes of Abi Bakr and Umar. Rather, our rulers are according to our worth, the rulers of those before us are according to their worth. Each of the two matters is wisdom’s reason and requisite.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Miftâh Dâr as-Sa’âdah, vol. 2, pgs. 177-178.

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NY Times: Why Shariah?

One of the brothers forwarded a link to an article on the Sharî’ah written by a non-Muslim author and Harvard Law School professor of law named Noah Feldman. I’ve read a little more than half of it at the time of writing this post, and thus far, I’ve found it pretty good and well written. Needless to say, I don’t agree with everything it mentions, and of course, not all of it is Islamically sound, but I thought it interesting nonetheless. Anyhow, enough of my babbling … on to the article:

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Counsels from Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azîz ar-Râjihî

Counsels: Prepared by Khâlid bin ‘Abdillah ar-Râshid, answered by the esteemed Shaikh ‘Abdul-‘Azîz bin ‘Abdir-Rahman ar-Râjihî

Question: Esteemed shaikh, some of the Islamic states have implementation of the conventional laws, although they have the prayer established. It has a [conventional] law pertaining to it [that] is applied, meaning like the adulterer, the [conventional] law pertaining to it is is applied. Is this not from disbelief, even if they established the prayer?

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Islamic Supremacism?

Brother Sameer Parker and I have been engaged in a discussion with some of Spencer’s supporters over on his blog (you can read its entirety here). Sameer’s posted one of his responses to commentor “awake” as a separate blog entry for his readership to see. You can read his response here; may Allah reward and bless him for his efforts. From the response:

Let me address this ‘Islamic supremist ideology’ thing. Awake I assume that you are a Christian and that you believe that your religion is ’superior’ to other religions and that only Christians will go to Heaven? I will say that that is a reasonable stance since I – as a Muslim – hold the same about Islam, but I will not call you a ‘Christian Supremist’. I may disagree with your stance, but I CAN see why you would hold that position. If you did not believe your religion to be superior, then why be in it?

Do I believe that Islam is the only correct religion? Yes!

Do I believe that believing in Islam is a requirement to enter Heaven? Yes

Does that make me agree with terrorism? Of course not, so why are we mixing the issues? People assume now that a Muslim who believes his/her religion is the only truth sympathizes with terror.

Read on … On ‘Islamic Supremacism’ and Sharia (the article has been removed from the site).

Quote … Unquote … no. 7

Whoever disbelieved in stoning [as a legislated punishment] has certainly disbelieved in the Qur’an without considering. And that is Allah’s statement, exalted is He, «O People of the Book, Our messenger has come to you, clarifying for you much of what you used to hide of the Book, while he excuses much» (5:15). From what they hid was the [law concerning] stoning [as a punishment].

‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbâs, cousin of Prophet Muhammad
Silsilah al-Âthâr asSahîhah by Abū ‘Abdillah ad-Dânî Âl Zahawî, pg. 242

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Legal Retribution (al-Qisâs) in Islam

My buddy Kamil Ahmad, currently a student at the Islamic University of Madinah, has posted up a nice article regarding legal retribution in Islam on his blog. Here’s a small quote from the article:

This past week a number of executions were carried out here in Madeenah, the City of the Prophet (SAW). I had the opportunity of witnessing a number of them. On Wednesday, the 2nd of May 2007, corresponding to the 15th of Rabee’ II 1428 A.H. at 10:00 AM four individuals were beheaded by sword for the crime of murder before my own eyes.

The issue of Al-Hudood, or the legislated punishments of Allah that we find in our Sharee’ah, has always been something accepted by Muslims throughout the centuries. It is only in recent times that this issue has become an area of debate amongst Muslims.

For those interested in reading the whole thing, you can read it here.