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Publications: “Re-envisioning Islamic Scholarship”, new book by Jasser Auda

In collaboration between Claritas Publishing House in the UK and Maqasid Institute comes Re-envisioning Islamic Scholarship is a pioneering and timely contribution that deserves wide readership. Jasser Auda masterfully focalises the Quran and Sunnah in a work that integrates scholarship across time and disciplines to demonstrate the connectivity of human thought and action within a purposeful universe of infinite possibilities. Through a five-step holistic methodology, he urges scholars and practitioners in all fields of knowledge and endeavour to seek revelational guidance by performing continuous cycles of reflection on the revelation that reveal this connectivity. Here, the maqasid or objectives of revelational...

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Should Muslims in the North Fast 20 Hours a Day?

A Survey of Relevant Fatwas Summary This article surveys the different opinions regarding the maximum length of fasting for Muslims living in northern regions of the globe. My main concern is to ease the hardship that a sizeable population of Muslims may experience this year and in coming years as a result of fasting an exceptional number of hours. The point is to facilitate fasting during Ramadan and not to avoid fasting or to postpone it for another time or place. Many scholars have tried to answer the question of how long a Muslim should fast in the summer...

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Reclaiming The Mosque

Women could lead men in prayers only in family settings and household prayer areas. This was Dr. Jasser’s conclusion in this section of “Reclaiming the Mosque”. It is not true that women can not lead men in prayers under any circumstances, as many scholars claimed. He quoted a number of notable scholars who disagreed based on the Hadith of Um Waraka, such as Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Abu Dawud, Al-Hakim , Ibn Taymiyyah, Al-San’ani, etc. The contradictory narrations that scholars cited are non-authentic and / or copied from the Jewish scripts rather than uttered by the Prophet (s) himself. “Men’s...

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