Follower Reciting Al-Fatiha in the Shafi’i School

    Answered by Answered by Shaykh Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti   Question : Tahqiq Qira’at al-Fatiha min Tabyin Aqwal al-Qadima   Bis-millah wa-l-hamdulillah dhi-l-qadim ‘ani l-jadid wa-hadana bi-nurihi l-‘amim ila sirat al-mustaqim wa-nusalli wa-nusallim ‘ala rasulihi l-karim wa ba’d. Answer : This article is written in answer to the following questions, for which purpose […]

Niyyah and Fasting

Answered by Shaykh  Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti Question : Taghyir al-Niyya from Fasting I was fasting and I passed through a restaurant and as a result of looking at the succulent and luscious (yum-yum) food on offer, it resulted in me having an unstoppable craving for the food itself and I felt then that I couldn’t […]

Burnt Out on: Socks and Beards

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti ‘ Question : Burnt Out’-an: Socks and Beards   Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, al-hamdulillah wa-l-salat wa-l-salam ‘ala Rasulillah. In reply to the following two questions, the following is my answer: “I wanted to ask you two quick questions. 1. Some modern scholars such as Taqi Othmani and Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wakil […]

Can Muslim woman teach mixed class

Answered by  Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti Question : Our Unsung Ustadhat and their teaching a ‘mixed’ class bismillahi r-rahmani r-rahim nahmaduka ya Allah wa nashkuruka ya Allah bi-khayri mata’i d-dunya al-mar’ah as-salihah wa nusalli wa sallama salatan wa salaman da’iman ila d-dari l-akhirah wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa man tabi’ahum ila yawmi l-qiyamah! Rabbi […]

On the Risala and the Appendices of al-Umm

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti Question : On the Risala and the Appendices of al-Umm My question is regrading the 9 books that are usually added to al-Umm. Are they considered to be of the Imam’s new school or old school. Also, what effect did they have in the scholarly circles? And lastly, who […]

Lobsters and “Sea” Crabs in Shafi’i School

Answered by Shaykh  Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti Question : Lobsters and “Sea” Crabs Answer: There are some Shafi`is going around saying that it is not permissible to eat lobsters and crabs. Their reasoning seems to be that (a) Arabic sartan [vocalized: saratan] is crab or lobster, or that (b) these types of crustaceans are considered barmawi […]

Kissing the Thumbs, etc. during Adhan?

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti Question : Kissing the Thumbs, etc. during Adhan? I would like to know whether kissing the thumbs and putting them on your eyes on hearing the Prophet Muhammad (blessing and peace of Allah be upon him and his family) in the azan has any basis according to Shafi mazhab? […]

Discounted’ Debt Transfer

  Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti   Question :Discounted’ Debt Transfer (Hawala al-Dayn) Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, al-hamdulillah wa-l-salat wa-l-salam ‘ala Rasulillah, wa-ba’d.   Answer : This is the essence of the issue: Can a debt (mature or future) be sold. If so can it be sold at a price lower or higher than its […]

al-Maqal al-Ma’thur fi al-Qawl al-Mashhur

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti Question : al-Maqal al-Ma’thur fi al-Qawl al-Mashhur I have some basic question on terminology: what are the definitions of al-qawl al-mash-hur and al-qawl al-mu`tamad, both technically and practically? (I know the meanings of these terms in Arabic.) For example, I know that, practically, al-qawl al-mu`tamad on an issue is […]