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21 Apr
I had a classmate in Medina from the Caucus. He told me that they used to keep a Quran buried underground in their basement. They'd take it out occasionally & their grandfather would teach them secretly. This happened for years until somebody told on them. 1/n
The communists kidnapped him in the night, then returned his belt to them 30 years later.
The whole time they continue to learn the deen in secret and maintain their identity as Muslims. 2/
Somehow we're acting like not being able to have a group iftar or go to the masjid is a struggle so exceptional and so difficult, that we need exceptional fatawa that defy even the most basic conditions for acceptable Ibadah. 3/
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8 Apr
Ibn Hajar in his biographical dictionary Lisan al-Mizan:
#IbnSina, Abu Ali, the chief, I don't know of him narrating anything of knowledge. Even if he did it wouldn't be permissible to narrate from him as he is a Faylasuf in approach, Misguided, may God not be pleased with him.
الحسين بن عبد الله بن سيناء أبو علي الرئيس * ما أعلمه روى شيئا من العلم (1218) ولو روى لما حلت الرواية عنه لأنه فلسفي النحلة ضال لا رضي الله عنه...
He quotes Ibn Sina saying:
My father was from those that answered the call of the Egyptians, and afterwards was one of the Ismailiyya...
وكان أبى ممن أجاب داعي المصريين وكان يعد من الإسماعيلية
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1 Mar
Imam al-Bukhari narrates in his book al-Adab al-Mufrad, as well as his Sahih, the following Hadith from Aisha.
In al-Adab al-Mufrad he uses the chapter heading:
"Chapter: What a man does in his house"
1/n
Al-Aswad said, "I asked 'A'isha, may Allah be pleased with her, 'What did the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, do when he was with his family?' She replied, 'He would do chores for his family, and when it was time for the prayer, he would go out.'"
2/n
There are a few benefits we can derive from this narration:
1- The permissibility of men asking women of knowledge questions.
2- The Sunnah being more than just devotions and outward appearances, but how you deal with family.
3/n
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2 Dec 19
Lots of times we as men as told "crying isn't manly." I's a stereotype taught to us as men from the time we are small. Not through words necessarily, but many times by the way we are allowed to express our emotions & how emotional interactions are modeled for us.
A Thread
Crying is a natural reaction to grief.
The Prophet cried when his son Ibrahim died. Someone said "You cry and you're God's messenger?!"
He said "The eyes shed tears, the heart grieves, yet we only say what pleases our Lord."
Crying is praiseworthy. It's a natural reaction to awe & inspiration.
"Those given knowledge before, when it is recited to them, fall prostrate saying Glory to Our Lord His promise indeed comes to pass. They fall prostrate, crying, & it increases their devotion." Quran 17:107-109
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23 Oct 19
The Islamic position on reparations centers itself on three core concepts:
1) the prohibition of selling a free person
2) the imprescriptible right to restitutionary damages for harm and injury
3) the invalidity of escheatment of these rights when living heirs exist.
One of the first instances of reparations being awarded is recorded by Ibn Rushd al-Jadd about an incident in Cordoba circa 5th century.
While I had been working on a paper on this issue for some time I've held off until I read @JonathanACBrown and Bernard K. Freamon's books.
In the simplest terms: kidnapping a person and selling them into slavery is forbidden. If that person cannot be returned to their family, then you owe blood-wit for their murder as well as the projected value of their work in supporting their family.
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23 Oct 19
Since I'm hemmed up in bed on some pain meds, here's a thread about anger.
A man came to the Prophet and said "Advise me."
He replied: "Don't get angry."
He repeated himself several times to which the Prophet answered "Don't get angry." Collected by al-Bukhari
Scholars mentioned this Hadith gathers the good of both this world and the next. How? Anger leads to dispute and a lack of kindness, which can lead to harming the one you're angry at. By stopping anger, your stop harm to yourself and others, preserving your faith & enchancing it
Most evil in this life can be avoided by simply learning to avoid anger. The pain that we experience both physically/emotionally results from the ill effects of anger. By controlling one's anger we lessen our pain. By lessening our pain we lessen the evil we bring into the world.
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14 Oct 19
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) says: "There's nothing more beneficial for your heart than treating people with kindness and loving good of them. The others you treat kindly will either be strangers whose love and respect you earn; 1/3
or friends whose friendship and love continues; or hateful enemies whose hate you extinguish with your kindness and whose evil you suffice yourself from. 2/3
Whoever interprets what others do in the best way and gives them the benefit of the doubt, his intentions will remain pure, his chest clear, and his heart safe; God will save him from evil and displeasure." 3/3
Madarij al-Salikin
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14 Jul 19
@um_Talhah Per verse 2:196 We can ascertain that there are three types of people with regards to Tamattu'
1- those that travel to Mecca from outside of the Miqat.
2- those that travel to Mecca from inside the Miqat.
3- those that live within Mecca and it's vicinity.
@um_Talhah Category 1: Whoever travels to makka from outside the Miqat for umra in the sacred months then remains there until Hajj is considered Mutamati' & must sacrifice. Why? Because they entered into Ihram, came out of it, & will enter into it again without passing the miqat.
@um_Talhah Category 2: The same ruling as category 1 applies according to the majority of scholars. If a person from this category were to leave Mecca more than the distance of travel (Qasr) they would not be considered Mutamati' and would return with a Ifrād Hajj.
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24 Jun 19
In every choice we forgo, there are potential opportunity costs. This means that each alternative future has its risks and benefits, and it is only irrationality that keeps us from acting in our best interests.
Choosing an alternative future is a bet against all other possible future versions of ourselves.
The wager: NPV
The risk: NFV
We bet based on what we beleive the world is, but also what we beleive it *could be*. The more accurate our belief, the more accurate our decision. Belief can only become more accurate by being more rational, objective, and compassionate towards ourselves.
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23 Jun 19
Your best decisions can give you your worst results.
Your worst decisions can give you your best results.
Refining your process is more important than both decisions and results.
I don't know is not a failure but a necessary step towards enlightenment.
A great decision is not one with a great outcome, but one that accurately represents our current state of knowledge.
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15 Jun 19
For those confused as to how Ahmadi/Qadiyanis are not considered Muslim, consider this:
"Ahmadis to Muslims are as Mormons to Christians."
Catholics, Orthodox, & Protestants reject Mormon claims of additional scriptures after the Gospel and NT; likewise All Muslims (Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam alike) reject claims of revelation after the Quran.
Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants reject the prophetic office of Joseph Smith and other Mormon leaders; likewise All Muslims (Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam alike) reject the prophetic office of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and his "khulafā".
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12 Jun 19
I started studying the Hanafi madhhab in the US. In the KSA I found Hanbali teachers & studied that school in depth with them. My bachelor's degree was awarded based on our study of a seminal Maliki work of comparative Fiqh. My masters thesis was based on the Shafi school.
Am I saying I know all 4 madhhabs back to front? No. But I am familiar enough w them to navigate their books & understand their usul. What I have studied the most is the Hanbali school, it's what I refer to primarily, and I consult peers and elders in other schools for clarity.
In applied fiqh I specialized in two areas:
1- Adjudication
2- Financial transactions
I shadowed judges, scribes, and attended court proceedings.
I sat under Shariah scholars, wrote research on deals/transactions, and drafted board resolutions for signing by those scholars.
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10 Jun 19
I said the other day about earrings for men is "making the rounds"
People are saying "as with anything in a slum you must provide proof"
Yes if you're going to declare something impermissible then you need to provide proof.
But you don't have to provide proof for everything which is permissible. That's not how anything like this works. Everything is permitted until proven otherwise.This is a well-known principle in the Sharia.
If you don't know this principal then you should probably go back and study more before delving into subjects like this.
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31 May 19
I figured I'd talk in this thread about why I started this campaign.
some of you've seen the articles that I've written before on the topic of suicide.
Not many people know that I was personally affected by suicide.
launchgood.com/suicide
Having started this research well before it ever happened I was still deeply hurt emotionally.
The emotional hurt stemmed from two things:
1- The loss of my father
2- The inability of those around me to show empathy.
My father was a very private man and lived by himself. I did not find out until much later that he struggled with illnesses and he simply did want want to continue into old age with them.
I will never be able to fully comprehend why he did what he did.
But that's not the point.
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28 May 19
Abu Talib al-Makki (died 386) categorized and lists the Major Sins enumerated in Islamic texts as seventeen (17) in number.
Four of the heart, four of the tongue, three of the stomach, two of the privates, two of the hands, two of the feet, and one of the entire body.
1/n
(إِن تَجۡتَنِبُوا۟ كَبَاۤىِٕرَ مَا تُنۡهَوۡنَ عَنۡهُ نُكَفِّرۡ عَنكُمۡ سَیِّـَٔاتِكُمۡ وَنُدۡخِلۡكُم مُّدۡخَلࣰا كَرِیمࣰا)
[Surat An-Nisa' 31]
Major sins are referred to in this verse: ""If you avoid the Major of what you've been forbidden we will expiate for you your sins..." 2/n
A condition of forgiveness for minor sins is avoidance of major sins. The following are those major sins which are recurrent in the reports, all of which are destructive to the one that commits them and expiatory to the one who avoids them.
3/n
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1 May 19
The problem with "Islamic thinkers":

- the moniker "thinker," "speaker," and other titles are devoid of meaning and quite frankly used to fence-sit and manipulate discourse.

How?
- When a person is neither scholar or a student, they position themselves to neither accept responsibility for their statements, substantiate their own positions, nor allow themselves to be externally critiqued and corrected.
- they'll use the info prepared by scholars and students to bolster their own claims when convenient but when they are challenged they can easily back away from them and switch to other positions substantiated my other people.
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30 Mar 19
Because I am inevitably asked every time I speak publicly or translate for others, I figure I'd talk a little about how I learned the Arabic language in this thread
I accepted Islam a month after my 15th birthday. I then attended Sunday school at ICNEF in Jacksonville FL. I started off in the 8yr old Halaqa, learning from this book. I want to sit there, I said pointing to the teen circle "When you can read better than these kids you can."
So in about 6 months I picked up reading and writing the Arabic language. Seeing this, the Imam at that time, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, started to teach me the basics of Arabic grammar. We went over nouns, pronouns, verbs and verb conjugation, etc.
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4 Mar 19
A very beautiful quote from AbdelWahhab Mutawi' on protecting your emotions from being drained. I'll translate it in the following thread.
If someone opposes you, wrongs you, and cuts off your love - not due to some mistake that you've made - then don't poison your own soul with hatred of them.
Don't busy yourself with Christian, disparaging, and criticizing their character and mentioning their deficiencies.
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1 Feb 19
Let's talk about all the improper ways women wear Hijab nowadays... A thread
So now that I have your attention, let's not talk about that at all :)

Let's talk about man-spreading
So some of us may have seen that ridiculous man-spreading video by BuzzFeed a while back, and the hilarious reply to it by h3h3
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29 Jan 19
Imam Ahmed instructed to ask about a woman's beauty before her deen, if she's attractive then ask about deen, and if this is good then marry. This is so if you don't pursue her, you've rejected her due to deen, not her beauty. (al-Mardawi, al-Insaf).
The idea here is that you are implementing several texts:
- the verse "marry women attractive to you..."
- the hadith about a good wife "when you look to her she pleases you."
- the hadith "find a woman of deen, you will be prosperous."
No one can blame you if you aren't please with a prospective spouse's deen, even if she is beautiful but the opposite is not true.
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14 Jan 19
Thoughts on the Hadith "This faith is ease; no one wrangles with it except it bucks him."
This Hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari from Abu Hurayra.
إن الدين يسر ولن يشادّ أحد إلا غلبه.
The metaphor here refers to a riding animal. Anyone familiar with training animals knows that when taming an animal to domesticate it or use it as a riding animal, the harsher you are with it, the more it will buck and you'll be forced to "wrangle" with it.
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