Ibn Abbas and the Satanic verses

The Satanic verses incident is one of the most controversial issues in the discussion of Islam today, especially between Christians and Muslims. Christians especially bring it up because it proves in their eyes that Muhammad could be influenced by Satan. Muslims however generally reject the incident as a fabrication by Islams enemies, citing the fact … Continue reading Ibn Abbas and the Satanic verses

Forced Marriages in Islam

There is a common myth—believed and promoted by Westernized Muslims—that Islam is unequivocally against forced marriages in all circumstances. Unfortunately, the Sharia is not based upon the opinions of random Muslim laymen. If we want to look at what the Sharia has to say about forced marriages, then we must look at what the fuqaha—and particularly the classical scholars—had to say about the topic

Al-Kalbi and the Satanic verses incident

The Satanic verses incident is one of the most controversial issues in the discussion of Islam today, especially between Christians and Muslims. Christians especially bring it up because it proves in their eyes that Muhammad could be influenced by Satan. Muslims however generally reject the incident as a fabrication by Islams enemies, citing the fact … Continue reading Al-Kalbi and the Satanic verses incident

The Maliki Madhab and the punishment for rape victims.

Most Islamic jurists believe that pregnancy cannot be used as evidence for adultery, even if a woman is free and unmarried. The reasoning is simple: a woman might become pregnant due to rape, or due to some other circumstance which does not incur the hudud. Without four male witnesses, most Islamic scholars preferred to be cautious. The Maliki school is highly unusual in this matter because they do consider pregnancy to be evidence of zina.

The Hanbali Madhab and pedophilia

In this post, I'll provide quotes from "Chapters on Marriage and Divorce", a compilation of "responses" that Ahmad bin Hanbal and his friend Ishaq bin Rahwayh gave to various fiqh questions that people asked them. The book is really three different compilations in one: the first from Abu Dawud, the famous Hadith scholar, the second from Abdullah, Ahmad's son, and the last from al-Kawsaj, one of Ahmad's students.

Abu Aliyah and the Satanic verses incident

The Satanic verses incident is one of the most controversial issues in the discussion of Islam today, especially between Christians and Muslims. Christians especially bring it up because it proves in their eyes that Muhammad could be influenced by Satan. Muslims however generally reject the incident as a fabrication by Islams enemies, citing the fact … Continue reading Abu Aliyah and the Satanic verses incident