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The Inner Fiqh of Fasting

The proof of Islam [hujjatu-l islam] Al-Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali (may Allah be well pleased with him) has elucidated succinctly in his magnum opus, “ihyâ ‘ulûmu-d dîn” (Revival of the Islamic Sciences), the inner dimensions of fasting. The late “Sultan of translators” Sidi Mukhtar Holland (may Allah have mercy on him) translated the Imam’s sublime words in […]

The Outer Fiqh of Fasting

As the fast of Ramadan is a once-a-year religious obligation, it is highly recommended to refresh our memories with the outward rulings pertaining to this sacred act. In this regard, we present here the summary of the Fiqh or “jurisprudence” of Fasting according to the Hanafi and Shafi’i madhahib or “schools of jurisprudence”. Hanafi The Fiqh […]

Al-Ayyâm Al-Bîd – The White Days

The White Days [al-ayyâm al-bîd] or “the white ones” [al-bîd] is an abbreviated way of referring to “the days of the white nights” [ayyâm al-layâli-l bîd], which correspond to the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth of every lunar month. This term came into being as the said nights are brightly illuminated by the moon, which is […]

Sawm – Fast

As we go through life, it is easy to become pre-occupied with satisfying our material needs. Some religions institute retreats for a few chosen people who dedicate themselves fully to religious service and renounce the worldly struggle for survival. Islam takes a more moderate approach where once a year everybody takes a “retreat” together. By […]