Dr. Jamal Badawi

On the Recent Killings in France

The Fiqh Council of North America expresses its condolences to the families...

Statement of the Fiqh Council of North America on the report of the attempted murder of a young Pakistani girl

The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) strongly condemns the reported attempted murder of a 14 year old Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, who is known as an advocate for female education. The FCNA is especially distressed to hear that such a brutal crime was committed, falsely, in the name of Islam. The text of the Qur’an is clear on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, young or old, male or female, irrespective of religious or non-religious affiliation. God states in the Qur’an:

Fasting [Siyam] in Islam


Siyam is the one of the main pillars of Islam. It is mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah.1 In the Qur’an we read: “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may remain conscious of Allah [or so that you may learn self- restraint]…” (2:183). Prophet Muhammad [P] said: “Islam is built on five pillars; to testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger; to perform [the five daily] prayers; to give in charity [Zakah]; to fast [during the month of Ramadan] and to make Pilgrimage if one is able to”. Based on the Qur’an and Sunnah, it has been the consensus of Muslims throughout history that rejection of the legitimacy [mandatory nature] of Siyam is tantamount to rejection of Islam as well.
Prophet Muhammad [P] said: “ Whoever breaks the fast of one day of Ramadan, without a valid excuse or (not due to) illness, fasting forever will not make up for it (i.e. the missed day) even if he /she did fast it”. To emphasize the blessings of the month of fasting, he also said, at the outset of Ramadan one year: “A great month, a blessed month, containing a night which is better than thousand months has approached you people. Allah has appointed the observance of fasting during it as an obligatory duty, and the passing of (a part of) its nights in prayer as a super-regatory [voluntary act of] worship. If any person draws near to Allah during it with some [non-mandatory] good act, he/she will [receive reward equivalent to the reward of] one who...

Is Apostasy a Capital Crime in Islam?


I. Introduction

In Islamic legal discourse, the term used to describe apostasy is Riddah...

Gender Equity in Islam

Gender Equity in Islam presents an overview of the status and rights of Muslim women...



In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah, the Creator, sustainer and cherisher of the universe and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Prophet Muhammad, upon all His prophets and messengers who preceded him and upon all who follow their righteous path until the Day of Judgment.


There are nearly 1.3 Billion Muslims worldwide; about one fifth of the total world population...


From the practically universal perspective of the nearly 1.6 billion Muslim people, the Qur’an is regarded as “the word of Allah; God” 1. The predominant views among Western writers are that the Qur’an is not a divinely revealed scripture. Some hold that view because they do not accept the notion of divine revelation and some do not believe in the existence of God altogether. Some writers who believe in God, Prophets and divinely revealed scriptures hold that the Qur’an does not fall in this category of sacred books.

Love: An Islamic Perspective

Love is one of the most central attributes of God. God is described in the Qur’an as “Wadood”, a superlative term for love which has been translated as “The Affectionate” or “One who is full of loving kindness”. In one verse [11:90], this divine attribute is connected with mercy and in the other [85:14], it is connected with forgiveness. This appears to show the inter-connectedness and interdependence of the attributes of love, mercy and forgiveness. Verses on these attributes appear in the Qur’an hundreds of times.

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