Al-Itqān: Meccan and Medinan Chapters

Originally posted on the Light of the Furqān blog. In a previous post I introduced “Al-Itqān fī ‘Ulūm al-Qurān” by al-Suyūṭī. I have recently been reading through some chapters of the book and have found many interesting discussions. What follows is a summary of al-Suyūṭī’s discussion on Meccan and Medinan chapters. Importance of Knowing the Read more about Al-Itqān: Meccan and Medinan Chapters[…]

“Al-Raḥmān” in the Quran

Originally posted on the Light of the Furqan Blog الرحمن على العرش استوى The All-beneficent, settled on the Throne1 I was recently writing an article about the word “al-raḥmān”, particularly focusing on its philological background amongst other discussions. While doing so, I came across a verse that was the source of some interesting philological discussions. Read more about “Al-Raḥmān” in the Quran[…]

Taqlīd of the Most-Learned – Sayyid ‘Alam al-Hoda | Lesson 3

Click for previous lesson. We are discussing the necessity of following the most-learned juristconsult. Sayyid Kho’ī says that a verdict of a jurist is from the same category of a solitary report and the narrations that permit taqlīd imply ta’yīn, not takhyīr. However, we said in fact they imply takhyīr, and the itlāq of these narrations Read more about Taqlīd of the Most-Learned – Sayyid ‘Alam al-Hoda | Lesson 3[…]

Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 16

Click for previous lesson. A lot of questions have been asked due to some of the points I have been making in these lectures. One good question that was asked is, if reality has no role to play with respect to reward and punishment, then how do we explain those traditions that say if a Read more about Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 16[…]

Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 14

Click for previous lesson. We were discussing verse [49:13] and said that the criterion for nobility towards Allah (swt) is Taqwa. In other words, with respect to reward and punishment, and with respect to heaven and hell, the criterion is Taqwa. We said that Taqwa needs to be based in evidence, in which case even Read more about Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 14[…]

Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 13

Click for previous lesson. We are  trying to determine whether the Qur’ānic position on women reconciles with the perspective that we see in the narrations – such as her being deficient in intellect, evil, and so on. We are not saying all the narrations say this, but many of them do. One of the evidence Read more about Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 13[…]

Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 12

We were discussing the verse [4:11] for the male, what is equal to the share of two females – and we said there are numerous questions we can ask about this verse. The first question was why does the Qur’ān mention the share of the male in this manner and we responded to it. The Read more about Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 12[…]

Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 10

Click for previous lesson. In the last lesson we spoke about our methodology for researching this subject. We said our sources can be books, the scholars and their words, or they can be the practices of the Muslims. Of course, a scholar and a mujtahid has every right to express their opinion in terms of Read more about Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 10[…]

Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 9

Click for previous lesson. We are discussing Islam’s view on the position of women. This is not a question that can be asked about any topic per say, because Islam – or what is claimed to be Islam – has the ability to be implemented in every time and place, alongside it being the last Read more about Woman’s Jurisprudence (Fiqh al-Mar’ah) – Sayyid Kamāl al-Ḥaydari | Lesson 9[…]