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The differences between zakat, sadaqah and lillah

30th June 2017

Classically lillah and sadaqah are synonymous whilst zakat is one of its types. Around our parts, lillah is deemed as unrestricted funds, sadaqah as partially restricted funds which can be used for public works (رفاه عام) according to some while zakat is fully restricted funds which must be only given to specified categories. Some do not make any distinction between sadaqah wajibah and zakat in terms of recipients. Allah knows best.

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The price of wheat in Newham, London – Ramadan, 1438 AH (2017 CE)

21st June 2017

This report outlines the price of wheat in Newham (London) during Ramadan, 1438 (July, 2017) and the subsequent recommendation for the rate of sadaqat al-fitr and fidya. The recommended price for sadaqat al-fitr and fidya in Newham is £2.90. It should not be lower than £2.25. This is based on the retail price for 2.32 kilogams of wheat.

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Muslims in marginal seats – Election 2015

29th May 2017

The general election has been called in the UK for 8 June 2017. Conservatives are looking to increase their thin majority and labour is attempting to gain power. The focus is on the 120 marginal seats where the current MP holds a less than 10% majority. In 55 of these seats, Muslims have the numbers to overturn the majority – 24 are held by the Conservatives and 29 by Labour. Muslim citizens have sway – they should use it for good and voice their concerns. See the list and download the data file.

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Transliterating Arabic

28th May 2017

There is no right or wrong method for transliteration rather only the most efficient. The ALA-LC is best suited for human reading and ISO 233 is suited for machine reading. The optimal criteria is that which is easily convertible to the Arabic script and fast to read accurately. If reading is more important than conversion, a phonetic system may be more suitable such as ACA. This is also more suitable for web search, especially when browsing informal writing.

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Notes on the Turkish language

19th February 2016

The late Mufti Shamim Baggia (may Allah Almighty have mercy upon him) advised me to learn Turkish as he said that there is significant knowledge stored in the language. I presume he was advising about Ottoman Turkish which was in use before the collapse of the khilafat rather than Modern Turkish which is prevalent nowadays.

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How to prepare for a lesson (Mutala)

11th January 2016

If you want to understand a subject well and gain depth, you must prepare before going to lesson – this is called mutala. The following is a suggested approach to preparing for a text covered in a lesson.

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Ml. Saharanpuri on Shami and Badai’

28th December 2015

To get a grip of fiqh, read Allm. Ibn Abidin Shami’s Radd al-Muhtar (Shami) and Allm. Kasani’s Badai’ wa al-Sanai’ comprehensively. The first is full of derivative edicts while the latter has a lot of rule with which one can extend the edicts.

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The different temperaments of the pious

25th December 2015

Hadrat Amir Shah Khan Sahib relates that one man invited Shah Wali Allah Sahib (Muhaddith) Dihlawi, Mawlana Fakhr al-Din Sahib and Mirza Mazhar Jani Jana for food. He sat all three of them down and left. The man returned after midday. He placed one paisa (shilling) in each of their hand and said, Hadrat, I

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Hadith Musalsal bil Awwaliyat

18th December 2015

الحمد لله رب  العالمين. و الصلاة و السلام علي سيدنا و مولانا محمد خاتم النبيين، و علي اله و أصحابه أجمعين، و علي كل من تبعهم بإحسان إلي يوم الدين. أما بعد: قال النبي صلي الله عليه و سلم:  الراحمون يرحمهم الرحمن – تبارك و تعالي –ارحموا من في الأرض يرحمكم من في السماء. رواه

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The class rules of Mufti Muzaffar Husayn

4th August 2015

There are general etiquettes and then there are etiquettes particular to teachers. The following are some classroom rules stated by Mufti Muzaffar Husayn who was the hadith teacher and former principal of Mazahirul Uloom in India. Wait for the lesson to start inside the class; do not loiter outside. Attend class and consistently so. Do not leave the classroom unnecessarily. Focus! Do not doodle, text or distract others during lesson. Do not do anything which is unrelated to the current lesson during lesson time such as grooming or reading a novel. Come prepared; do not leave your books at home

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How the ulama wrote so much

1st January 2015

I always wondered how the ulama of the past got so much done despite having shorter life spans and limited resources. The answer lies in a hadith. The prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The best actions are those that are less but consistent”. Mufti Shafi Usmani Majalis Hakim al-Ummat. (1396). Mufti Shafi

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Calculating the travel distance for Londoners

30th November 2014

It is clear in principle and in accordance to fiqh that a city is determined customarily based on the distance where the populace is settled irrespective of the size [of the population] and the wide distance they are spread; all of it is considered one city. A settlement which is customarily considered outside the city will be deemed a separate locality even if it is contiguous.

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The Battle of Uhad: A Rough Overview

14th May 2014

This is a quick mockup of the Battle of Uhad. Read the instruction of how to create a stop motion demonstration.

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How to record digital streaming audio

10th April 2014

Lots of people are preoccupied at the time of the lecture and there is no guarantee that somebody will be recording it or if it will be made accessible. So the question arises, can I record the live stream and then listen to it later? 

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Atlas electronic dictionaries (Hardware)

15th December 2013

Stand-alone electronic dictionaries provides output which is superior translations than those available online through machine translation.

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1435

8th November 2013

This is an administrative calender for converting the Hijri calender to the Gregorian and vice versa for the year 1435 AH. Within it the notable dates are mapped to the Solar calender tentatively as well the outline of the seasons of the Hijiri month.

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Schools in London (July, 2013)

21st September 2013

Review of the provision of Islamic schools in London, their capacity, where they are, and how much they charge. There are 69 schools. The current capacity accommodates for 3% percent of the Muslim population (aged 5-19). The distribution correlates closely with the Muslim population. On average the schools charge between £2900, £2700 and £2400 for primaries, secondaries and sixth-form respectively.

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Fieldnote on “Riding the wave (Note #85)”

6th August 2013

“Riding the wave after Ramadan” was first published in ijtima.org | Note #85. It was taken and edited from a speech delivered by Shaykh al-Hadith Mufti Umar Faruq Lawharwi (May Allah almighty raise him in ranks) on the 24 Ramadan 1434 in Madina Masjid (Clapton, London) after Asr. There is underlying lesson here also which addresses the issue of “Does Iman increase and decrease?”

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Guidance on choosing A-Levels

27th May 2013

[This is an extract from a letter written in response to a request of a relative (who is also a madrasah student) for guidance on choosing A-Level subjects (a pre-university qualification studied at college in the UK). The landscape has changed somewhat since the letter was written but the principle is still relevant.] University degrees

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Makeshift Reporting Software (Word)

16th May 2013

Here is a low tech, low cost solution to generating school reports which can be insightful and informative rather than a mundane task done purely as a bureaucratic endeavour.

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HMC eateries in London (2007-2013)

5th May 2013

A report on the eateries certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

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Comparing to the bride and groom

13th April 2013

Notes comparing the articles ‘To the groom’ and ‘To the bride’. A look at the similarities and differences between the husband and wife.

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Curriculum vitae – Alim

22nd February 2013

More and more today, the Ulama are required to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) to establish their credentials. In some cases it has become a legal requirement. I was requested to provide an outline of the Alim course. So I thought it may be beneficial to present a breakdown accompanied with the rationale. Additionally, I created an editable template of a CV which the reader may change at their own leisure for reuse.

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1434

6th January 2013

This is an administrative calender for converting the Hijri calender to the Gregorian and vice versa for the year 1434 AH. Within it the notable dates are mapped to the Solar calendar tentatively as well the outline of the seasons of the Hijiri month.

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London – Muslim Population 2011

1st January 2013

12.4% of London (4.8% of the population) are Muslims. This represents 37.4% of the Muslims in England and Wales. The majority (81%) of the Muslims in London live north of the River Thames with the outer regions of the city growing at fast a pace.

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A teacher’s wish

27th December 2012

Ponder on the objective of your study of the Din. Your success is not determined by how much you know but rather how much you practice. The increase of knowledge is praiseworthy only if your actions increases accordingly. The success of those under one’s remit is the success of those that are in charge.

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Newham – Local Election 2010

25th December 2012

A review of the voting patterns of Newham with a particular focus on voting on religious lines in addition to a survey of Muslim representation within the borough.

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Mufti Shafi Usmani’s day

30th April 2012

The timetable of Muft Shafi Usmani revolved around salah. After every salah there was a concrete action followed by a task that was flexible.

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Fieldnote on ijtima – Issue 101

16th November 2011

A brief background on the the first edition of ijtima (issue 101). The main theme of the edition is sincerity. The message is, “Dear students, the first lesson [is to] create weight in your actions”.

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