Author Archives: Mufti Sufyan Ibn Yakub Khapi

  • Conducting a Nikāh via a Video call

    Question I did my nikah 4/ 5months back via a video call on my iPhone. Me and my wife were at our apartment and we used my iPhone and on the other side of the video call were my two male friends who were acting as witnesses. My friends were Muslims too. We did ijab …

  • Prophetic Educational Practice

    Introduction The following essay aims to analyse the prophetic educational practice in Islam by examining different verses from the Qur’ān and Ĥadîth. Although the Qur’ānic verses are not direct words of the Prophet ﷺ, however, they are a primary source of revelation revealed to the Prophet ﷺ, who disseminated them to his nation and therefore …

  • Jews and Muslims

    One of my esteemed teachers once stated that the closest religion to Islam in this day and age is Judaism. This statement has been at the back of my mind for a long time, probing me to research its accuracy. Finally, I got the chance to do a bit of research in this regard and …

  • QUESTION: Not sure if I’m a musafir? I live in England and that is my permanent home…Going Bangladesh for 4 weeks , however traveling on plane. Stopping in Dubai for 6 hours. Then to Bangladesh. So how will I know what salah/namaz to pray on board? How many rakats? And method, standing or sitting?   …

  • Introduction In the following essay, al-Ghazâlî’s theory of dharûrîyyât (essentials), ĥâjîyyât (needs) and taĥsînîyyât (embellishments) will be discussed. Firstly, these terms will be explained in detail, focusing on what al-Ghazâlî meant by these terms and how al-Ghazâlî saw the usage of these terms in jurisprudence. Secondly, practical examples will be cited of classical issues where …

  • Humans

    Many a times, I used to hear Mowlânâ Aĥmad Bahâwalpûrî mention in his sermons:   “Humans are not the best of creation because Allah has made them…Allah has made everything and not just humans. Humans are only the best of creation if they follow the path of their Lord and don’t break any of His …

  • What should we read in the month of Ramadhân?

    By Abû l-Ĥasan al-Ťâlib   Our respected teacher, Molânâ Dr Ábdur Razzâq Iskandar[1], often advises the graduates at the end of an academic year that “at various relevant times, read the related chapters from the books of Ĥadîth and books of Fiqh. In this way, your knowledge will remain fresh.”   The month of Ramadhân …

  • Introduction Istiĥsân is an essential part of Islamic jurisprudence and undeniably of many other areas of human knowledge.[1] It is clear from various proofs that the companions were not literalists in the strict sense that they would seek an authority from the Qur’ân and Sunnah for every verdict they issued. Rather, their rulings were based …

  • Shah Waliullah Dehlawi

      Introduction The following essay will assess the intellectual and social contribution of Shâh Waliullâh Dehlawî. The assessment will be made in the following manner. Firstly, there will be a brief biography of Shâh Waliullâh. Secondly, the socio-political context of his time will be described. Thirdly, there will be mention of his contributions against that …

  • QUESTION: Is it permissible to keep the name of a Masjid according to the ninety names of Allâh like Masjid Rahmân?   ANSWER: In the name of Allâh, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,   Allâh, the Almighty mentions in the Qur’ân:   “And the Masâjid are for Allah.” (72:18)   Hence, it is permissible to name …


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