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The Pedagogical Power of the Mawlid, Pt II

The mawlid in the eyes of a scholar like al-Azafi served a more fundamental purpose. It was a powerful pedagogical tool that sowed a pious love for the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, in the hearts of people, an interest in his life and teachings, and a deep connection to his person.

Combined Wedding Feasts

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked if it is permissible to hold two wedding feasts on the same day. May I get the details on whether there is anything such as combined wedding feasts in Islam? Is it recommended? For example, the elder brother and younger brother will get married in the same year but on […]

The Pedagogical Power of the Mawlid, Pt I

In this first part of a two-part article, Ustadh Salman Younas discusses the Festivals of Islam, and the mawlid in particular, as a joyous expression of the greatest blessing from Allah. Discussions on the mawlid and its permissibility often occur in a context where the focus is primarily directed towards determining the strict legal merits […]

Yearning for History

Indeed, whenever, we celebrate by commemorating the birth of the Prophet, blessing and peace be upon him, or the Hijra (his flight from Makkah to Madinah), or the Isra and Mi’raj (the Night Journey and Ascension), or the month of Sha’ban, then we invite people to connect with their minds, hearts and emotions to the realities and the events that fill the vast spaces of these moments.

How Long Should One Wait to Get Married After a Death in the Family?

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan Question: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu, Is there any ruling on how long to wait before having a celebration (such as getting married) after a death in the family? Answer: Wa alaykum asalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu Marriage with the correct intention is a noble act of worship. May Allah […]

Should I Return a Christmas Gift?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, I have recieved at work, as a christmas gift, a 10£ gift voucher. Can I accept it? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. There is no harm in accepting such a gift as it is merely […]

Creating Ramadan Traditions

When I reflect on my childhood memories of celebrating the blessed month of Ramadan while growing up in Southern California in the 1980’s, different images flash through my mind… Ammi playing the Holy Qur’an on the house intercom system at sahoor time. Scrambled eggs and shaami kabaabs frying before the sun came up. Abbu sitting in the upstairs hallway […]

Attending Christmas Festivities of One’s Non-Muslim Family

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible for a convert to attend his family’s Christmas celebrations? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, It would be permissible to attend such an event, since it would be from keeping ties with ones family. One can attend the social gatherings, but should discretely abstain from actively taking part […]

Muslims Having Christmas Trees

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible for muslims to have a Christmas tree in their house? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, The Christmas tree is amongst things that would be a unique distinguishing characteristic of other religions or traditions and therefore it should be avoided. [Ibn Abidin, Nashr al-Urf; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; […]

Giving & Recieving Christmas Gifts

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Is it permissible to receive Christmas-presents from one’s non-muslim family members, neighbors co-workers and the like? What about giving them? Answer: Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, There is nothing wrong with accepting such presents, as they are not religious acts in themselves, but social customs. Keeping family ties, being good to […]