Sheikh Alomgir Ali

Ustdah Alomgir has a BA in Arabic & English language and has studied Arabic and Islamic studies in Cairo. He is currently pursuing a degree in Shariah at al Azhar University in Cairo. He has translated a number of books and holds weekly Tafseer classes in London and is a regular Khateeb in a number of mosques in London. He also taught Arabic and Islamic studies at the Tayyibun Institute in London and is currently an instructor for the Sabeel retreats and seminars.
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Juristic Principles Concerning the non-Mujtahid Part 4

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Many times a mufti will resort to using very specific terminology pertaining to rulings. Therefore, the layman is required to know the various types of rulings, their classifications and consequences for acting and not acting upon them. This is part 4 of a series of articles. Click here to read Part 3. This is a treatise written by Shaikh Sa'd al-Shithri, translated by Ustadh Alomgir Ali. Following the concessions of scholars (tatabbuʿ ar-rukhaṣ). The scholars unanimously agreed that it is not permissible for the layman to follow the concessions of the scholars whereby he would follow a concession whenever he

The Garden of Lovers: Ishq pt 2

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Ibn al-Jawzi stated regarding ‘ishq echoing many that came before him, ‘Ishq is the operation of an empty heart or un-preoccupied heart (qalb faarigh); it is madness; and it leads to anguish or death. Some claim that it is a mentally caused disease (marad waswasi) similar to melancholy.’ Dissatisfied with the comments of his predecessors on the subject, Ibn al-Jawzi attempts to formulate the true definition of ‘ishq. ‘‘Ishq’, he writes, is ‘the acute inclination of the soul towards a form (surah) which conforms to its nature (tab’). If the soul thinks intensely on this form, it imagines the possibility

The Garden of Lovers: Ishq

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Ibn al-Qayyim in his book Rawdatul Muhibbeen (The garden of Lovers) dedicates the first part of the book defining the word love (hubb) as well as all other words that have similar meanings. There were approximately 50 words in the Arabic language that carried the meaning of love albeit they differ from each other in various aspects. Amongst the names he discussed, was 'ishq. The following is a rough translation of what he mentioned alongside other comments on the definition by Ibn al-Jawzi in his book Dham al Hawaa (The Dispraise of Desires) as well as al-Fayruzabadi in Qaamoos al

He described water to be water

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Back when I was in university, I sat in a lecture where we discussed Arabic literature and in particular the poetry of western migrants such as Iliyya Abu Ma’adi. One of the poems was entitled "Life and Love". After reading the poem the lecturer asked us what we thought the main theme of the poem was about, to which a brother replied, 'Love!' Our lecturer was feeling in a light mood and quoted the famous Arab proverb, “And after much effort, he described water to be water" to which the students burst out in laughter. Funny although it was, the

Comprehension of the Religion

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Mu’awiyah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: I heard Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) saying, "If Allah wishes good for a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation will keep on following Allah's teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah's order is established." This noble hadith, rich in meaning and proper guidance, revolves around three distinct issues: the virtue of learning matters of the religion and attaining a substantial level of

Sheikh Alomgir Ali

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Lecturer in Islamic studies at the Tayyibun Institute.

Misconceptions of the principle: ‘the lesser of two evils’

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Throughout the last election campaign there were frequent discussions amongst Muslims regarding the permissibility of participating in the electoral process. This brief article does not intend to address that specific issue (dealt with by scholars elsewhere), but instead, debunk a current myth amongst many people that one of the principles that was used to justify the permissibility of voting (although not the main argument used which many people do not realise), “the lesser of two evils”, only pertains to matters of life and death and can only be applied in matters of coercion and necessity. Although this misconception is often

Juristic Principles Concerning the non-Mujtahid: Part 3

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   If a layman falls into a situation and wants to know the Islamic ruling regarding it by asking someone, he must be aware that not every individual is qualified to be asked such questions. Rather there are specific conditions which must be fulfilled in order to qualify to be asked. From amongst these conditions: He must have knowledge of the evidences of the shari’ah in general and in detail. He also must be capable of applying the principles of usul to the evidences. However, there still remains a pertinent question: how can a layman know whether the person he asks has

Juristic Principles Concerning the non-Mujtahid: Part 2

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   If a person purely intends by his action worldly gains, he will fall into one of two categories, either the action is a type of worship that can only be considered an act of worship like prayer for example. In this case the action will be invalid and will not be legally recognised. Or, the action could be considered to be an act of worship or other than that such as providing for one’s family, keeping family ties and leaving prohibited matters. In this case the action will be valid (saheeh) by which the obligation is fulfilled and the

Juristic Principles Concerning the non-Mujtahid

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   Muslims in the West are in need of learning these issues just like any other group of Muslims. However, their need is greater due to the scarcity of scholars that they have. This becomes especially apparent to the one who looks into their affairs and is aware of their uniqueness and the needs by living amongst non-Muslims and adhering to their systems. Thus the importance of this topic should now be apparent.