Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh / Sunday, February 21st, 2010

In the recent past, I have answered questions in english on various aspects of shariah. Some of these questions were posed by the readers of the monthly journal known as Albalagh International published in english by Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi. The questions and answers have been compiled and arranged under relevant chapters in the form of this book, by my learned brother, Mahomed Shoaib Omar. He has been meticulous in reproducing the answers in their original literary form (for fear of altering the meaning in any way) but, at the same time, the learned editor has written, for the benefit of the readers, explanatory footnotes which elucidate certain answers, for which I am grateful. In the introduction, the learned editor has briefly explained the meaning of a Fatwa, and the basic principles which should be followed by a person (suitably qualified) issuing a Fatwa, which I trust will prove useful as a guide.

I sincerely hope that this book, which encompasses the rulings of Shariah on important contemporary issues, especially in the field of economics, will be a source of easy reference and guidance for englishspeaking Muslims, in particular. Furthermore, I hope that this compilation will act as a catalyst for the raising of further issues with a view to their solution from the Islamic perspective. May Almighty Allah accept the noble efforts of my learned brother, Mahomed Shoaib Omar, and render the work beneficial-Amen

Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi.
April 1999

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