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What is Shariah?

What is Shariah? Islamic extremism and Islamophobia are two sides of the same coin. They are two ideologies that have the same misconceptions about Islam. They both define the Islamic “Shariah” as a “law” and an oppressive system of governance that is violent, discriminatory, degrading to women, and void of humanity. So, what is Shariah? How is it defined in mainstream Islamic scholarship? First, it is important to differentiate between the word “Shariah” and the word “Fiqh”. Shariah is an Arabic word for a high road. The Quran calls the Shariah a way of life set by God (Quran...

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Can women lead congregational prayers?

Can women lead congregational prayers? There is no dispute that women could lead other women in congregational prayers, Al-Shafi`i, Ibn Abu Shaibah and Abdul-Razzaq, among others, reported that Um Salamah, the Mother of the Believers, may Allah be pleased with her, led other women in prayers while standing among them in the same row. Muhammad Ibn Al-Husain also reported from Ibrahim An-Nakh`i that Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, used to lead women in prayer during the month of Ramadan standing among them in the same row. [1]Al-Hakim reported in his Mustadrak that the Mother of Believers `A’ishah...

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Are most women “dwellers of hell” as one hadith says?

Are most women “dwellers of hell” as one hadith says? There is a popular, negative and unfair misconception about women that has to be cleared. Jabir Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be please with him, reported, according to Bukhari: I attended Eid Prayer with the Messenger of Allah. He started with the prayer before the sermon, without an Adhan or an Iqamah. Then, he stood up, and while leaning on Bilal, commanded people to fear Allah and obey His commands. He started with the men and advised them, and then walked towards the women and advised them. He said: “Give...

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