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Is It Permitted to Wear Jordan Brand Shoes?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

Is it permitted to wear Jordan brand shoes? They have a silhouette of Michael Jordan.

Answer: assalamu alaykum

There is no problem with wearing Jordan brand shoes.

You should know that a silhouette does not fall within prohibited picture making as it is a mere outline of a human without any defined features.

Please see also: Are Drawings for Educational Purposes Permissible?

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

The Need to Know – A live event in Amman with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Need To Know: What A Concerned Muslim Needs to Learn, and How

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is currently in Jordan. On Monday, 15th August, he will be giving a brief talk and having an open question and answer session on seeking knowledge. The event will also be LIVE online.

Location: The Madarik Amman Centre (opposite Mokhtar Mall in the Hajj building on the 3rd floor)

Time: Monday at 5.30 pm (Amman time) Convert to your timezone

Five Reasons to Learn Arabic This Summer

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Five Reasons to Learn Arabic This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the time everyone in school and at work looks forward to: vacation. As this season approaches, many people look for creative ways to fill their vacation time with a sense of refreshment and broadened horizons. So why not learn a language? Learning a language opens up new worlds, and learning one while discovering a foreign country offers a deep-dive experience into another culture and way of life that may be completely different to your own.
If you do want to learn a language, Muslim scholars highly recommend pursuing Arabic. But of all the languages out there, why focus on Arabic? And why even study Arabic when there are so many other important things to learn, like the seerah or Imam al-Ghazali’s works on purifying the heart?
Below we have five reasons why taking the time to learn Arabic this summer is an experience you don’t want to miss out on:

Arabic is the master key to unlocking Islamic knowledge.

Scholars categorize Arabic as one of the ‘instrumental sciences’ (al-ulum al-aliyya), meaning that it is the tool that helps people have a sound understanding of the various fields of knowledge within Islam. Being the language in which Allah (swt) sent His final revelation, the scholars of this faith wrote down much of their knowledge in this language, and you cannot go very far in your study of tafsir, fiqh, and other sciences without at least a cursory understanding of Arabic. For those wanting to take their knowledge further, the lack of a deep study of Arabic would mean that their understanding of the Islamic sciences will not be on solid ground, their expression of that knowledge will not be sound, and their Islamic knowledge will ultimately not be truly trustworthy.

Arabic helps your relationship with the Quran grow and flourish.

Knowing proper Arabic helps you learn and maintain the sound recitation of the Quran, which is critical to your worship. Once you understand Arabic grammar, you will easily know why certain words are pronounced with specific endings and why other words are read in a specific order. A sound knowledge Arabic also takes your relationship with the Quran to the next level, as an advanced study of Arabic inevitably involves the study of eloquence in the Arabic language, known as balagha. The Quran is lauded as the most beautiful recitation in the world, and when read it leaves even non-Arabic speakers in awe. Studying the beauty of the Arabic language, however, helps you move beyond being awed to understanding why you’re being awed. Once you have an appreciation for the music of the Arabic language, the raw power and beauty of the Quran will unveil itself to you in ways you never imagined.

learn arabicA deep understanding of Arabic helps you understand the nuances of Islamic scholarship.

Arabic is the clearest of languages, but it is also the deepest of languages. Even those who already have a basic understanding of the language must continue their study to move beyond the basics. One problem that students of Islamic knowledge today face is a shallow exploration of the Arabic language, which results when students jump to studying other sciences as soon as they begin to function in Arabic. This is problematic, as sound understanding is not just to understand the basics of what is being said, but to understand it with its nuances; with the fullness of what is being expressed and indicated by the words being said. Islamic scholarship is often extremely nuanced, and you cannot grasp its nuances without a deep knowledge of the Arabic language.

Arabic helps you authentically transmit Islamic knowledge.

The transmission of Islamic knowledge is a weighty responsibility, and the scholars of the past were extremely careful that their knowledge of Arabic was sound enough to transmit what they learned from their teachers. Scholars used to say, for example, that one who did not have a solid understanding of Arabic grammar should stay away from transmitting hadith in order to not fall under the Prophet’s warning about those who attribute false speech to him in the hadith, “Whoever ascribes false speech to me, let them prepare their seat in Hellfire.” Shaykh Faraz explains that a lie is not necessarily deception or falsification, it is merely saying something that is untrue, which can happen when someone transmitting the Prophet’s words misunderstands something because he does not have a proper foundation in Arabic.

Studying Arabic with the correct intention and means can put you on the path to Paradise.

Although knowledge can be fascinating, it is a means to a higher goal, not an end in itself. Knowledge is found on the right path, but the purpose of that path is to draw near Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever properly pursues a trodden path, soundly seeking in it knowledge, Allah will facilitate for such a person a path to Paradise.” Correct knowledge taken from authentic teachers shows you the way to get to Allah and gives you the tools to get there. If you follow that knowledge with correct action, then you are – God willing – on a path that leads to the most beautiful and most desirable of ends.
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Convinced? Well, then we have a suggestion for you. Join the Madarik Summer Arabic Intensive, an eight-week immersive language program in the ancient and vibrant city of Amman, Jordan. Highly endorsed by SeekersHub founder Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, this program offers an in-depth exploration of the Arabic language that is difficult to find anywhere else.

For more information on studying Arabic this summer, click here to learn more about the Madarik Summer Arabic Intensive. We hope to see you there!

Help Us End Extremism and "Ugly Islam" – An appeal by Brother Anton

Assalamu alaykum,
The other day, Anton Kuratnik was monitoring our help desk and answering some of the questions we receive from students.
Then he came across a question that he never thought he’d never see.

“Because of the violence, chaos, and political instability [in much of the Muslim world], many Muslims are unable to find access to reliable, sound, moderate Islamic knowledge. Instead, there is an ugly, violent, and perverse version of Islam that is being spread all over the world. SeekersHub is in a position to address this.”
Many scholars have been affected by this instability and chaos, and are struggling to merely support themselves and their families — instead of being able to dedicate themselves to teach and spread the light of beautiful, balanced Prophetic teachings.
#SpreadLight this Ramadan: support capable, deserving scholars and enable them to spread beautiful and balanced Prophetic teachings to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.
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Death Shaykh Nuh Ali Salman al-Qudat, former Mufti of Jordan and distinguished scholar, on December 19, 2010

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In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful

 

Shaykh Nuh Ali Salman al-Qudat, former Mufti of Jordan, died on Sunday, December 19th, in Jordan. Shaykh Nuh al-Qudat was a distinguished Shafi`i jurist, internationally recognized mufti known for his keen insight, caution, piety, balanced understanding, and deep knowledge.

 

In the West, his knowledge was transmitted through Shaykh Nuh Keller, who studied Reliance of the Traveller under him–and he is quoted extensively in the work. (Allah have mercy upon him)

 

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Shaykh Nuh al-Qudat was born in 1358 AH (1939), in the Ajlun region in Northern Jordan, in a family known for knowledge & piety. His father, Shaykh Ali Salman, was a scholar who had studied and gained ijaza (scholarly permission) from some of the foremost scholars of Damascus, including Shaykh Ali Daqar. His son, Shaykh Nuh, followed his father’s footsteps and studied in Damascus from 1954 for seven years.

 

He combined study with leading traditional scholars with academic study. He gained an undergraduate degree from the University of Damascus in 1965, a Masters in Islamic Law (on “Making Up Acts of Worship”) from Al-Azhar in Cairo in 1980 where he studied with the likes of Shaykh Abd al-Ghani Abd al-Khaliq and attended the lessons of Shaykh al-Azhar Abd al-Halim Mahmoud in Islamic spirituality (tasawwuf); and a PhD from the Islamic University in Riyad, Saudi Arabia in 1986.

 

He served as a religious teacher in the Jordanian Army, and was appointed Mufti of the Armed Forces in 1972. He remained in this position until 1992, when we was appointed the Qadi al-Qudat (Chief Islamic Justice) of Jordan. He resigned from this position a year later, to focus on teaching circles of knowledge at his mosque, and at nearby universities.

 

In 1996, he was appointed the Jordanian ambassador to Iran, a position he held until 2001. Between 2004 and 2007, he served as the director of the Fatwa Council for the United Arab Emirates, and an advisor to the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.

 

In 2007, he returned to Jordan, and was appointed the Mufti of Jordan. [Ref: Biography of Shaykh Nuh Ali Salman al-Qudat in Arabic]

 

He was known to be a true faqih (jurist) and a scholar who acted on his knowledge (`alim `amil). Among his sayings was, “The fatwa of someone who doesn’t recite two juz’ of Qur’an is of no consequence.” When asked why that was the case, he explained that such a person hasn’t truly realized the first point of knowledge: “And the Next Life is surely better for you than this life.” [Qur’an, 93.4]

 

May Allah have mercy upon him, accept his works, and continue their benefit, and grant his family, students, and others steadfastness and the success to continue on his noble example, on the footsteps of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk).

 

His son, Shaykh Muhammad Nuh, is a respected Jordanian scholar, continuing his father’s way of balanced scholarship, Masha’ Allah.

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