Some Questions About Traditional Madrasahs


Contemporary Fatawa, Education, Fiqh

Q. I. I would like to learn about the traditional system of Muslims as it began, and as it exists today, in our subcontinent as well as other areas of the world.

(i).
What levels of education are denoted by words like maktab, madrassa, jamiah, dar-ul-uloom etc.?

(ii).
What language (s) is / are used as medium of instruction.

(iii).
What syllabi are being used? Is there a standard syllabus or a standard set of subjects used all over the Muslim world.

(iv).
Are students exposed to subjects like history, geography, mathematics, literature, economics, etc. at any stage?

(v).
What degrees are conferred on students who complete various levels of education?

(vi).
What is the significance and meaning of the following words: Farigh ul-tehseel, aalim, mufti, maulana, maulvi, Sheikh ul-hadith. (Irfan Ali Hyder, Karachi).

A.
(i) The word ‘Maktab’ is generally used for a small institute of religious education in which the children learn the recitation of the Holy Qur’an (which is called the nazirah education, or they memorize the text of the Holy Qur’an by heart. At the same time, some elementary Islamic principles are also taught in such institutes.

October 9, 2010

Marriage With Christian And Jewish Girls Or Boys


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. ” When it come to marrying a christian or a jewish girl or boy, the Muslims youths argue that the Holy Qur’an has allowed such a marriage. Since we are living in the midst of jews and Christians, we preeminently need to know the correct and precise Islamic position in this respect. please provide the guidance and oblige.”
(Dr. Zakaullah, New York)

A. The Holy Qur’an has never allowed the Muslim girls to marry a non-Muslim boy, no matter whether he is a Christian or a jew or a Hindu or a Parci. However, The Holy Qur’an has allowed a Muslim boy to marry a Christian or a jewish gril. But there are two important points which should always be kept in mind in this respect :

June 2, 2010

Duties Of The Spouses : Right Of The Wife


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. As a convert to Islam I greatly appreciate the Islamic literature such as your publication which helps me to advance in knowledge. I have three (3) questions which I would like you address for me. If you have addressed these questions in any of your past issues of Albalagh please let me know how I can obtain a copy Inshallah. If not would you please answer these questions for me or let me know if you intend to address these questions in any of your upcoming issues Insha-Allah.
(Khadijah al-Khudri, Orlando, U.S.A)

May 27, 2010