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Islamic Law & Its rationale

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ISLAMIC LAW & ITS RATIONALE - Dr. Bilal Philips

Ramadan Made Easy

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An exclusive Ramadan Webinar followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Bilal Philips

Divorce by a non-Muslim Judge

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When relations between man and wife are strained, a woman may seek a legal judgment in her case from the courts of the country in which she lives. Fiqh councils have different opinions on this subject. 

Can a Wife Seek Divorce if her Husband is a Transgressor

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Seeking divorce from an errant husband is a recurrent case that Islam has different views on it. If he thinks his sins are lawful then the marriage is dissolved. If not, she must be more patient and guide him.

Can a Woman Initiate Divorce From Her Husband?

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In Islam, a woman has the right to terminate her marriage, so that she can divorce her husband if she wants. This is perfectly acceptable according to the majority of scholars, of both olden and contemporary times. 

Sham Divorce

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In some situations a man divorces his wife to get some benefits and then reinstate their marriage. There are 2 views; the first considers such divorce effective. The other sees that it depends on man’s intention.

Divorce by Islamic Centres

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Do Islamic centres have a judicial role?Is divorce ordered by an Islamic centre valid?

Apostasy and Marriage

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A Muslim woman can’t get married to an apostate but if apostasy takes place after marriage; some scholars consider this marriage dissolved. Others see that she can wait until her waiting period is over.

Marrying a Communist Woman

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If a Muslim man wants to marry a communist woman. Is it a lawful to do so? Communism is a creed of disbelief so it is unlawful for him to marry an unbeliever. This article explains the reason behind the prohibition. 

Marrying one’s Partner in Adultery

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Muslim scholars have different views when a man and a woman commit adultery and then wish to put their relationship on the right basis through marriage

Polygamy in Countries with Muslim Minorities

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Islam allows polygamy with a maximum of four wives, making it conditional on maintaining fairness between one’s wives.

Marriage with Islamic and Civil Contracts

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If a couple performs their marriage at an Islamic centre, they then could reconfirm it at the court. It is also recommended by scholars as a safeguard for both of them and to be recognized by national courts

Documenting a Civil Marriage in Non-Islamic Courts

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Documenting a civil marriage in non-Islamic courts is accepted in case it is to document and register the marriage contract in national courts. But, if it is to initiate marriage; there are different views on it

Performing Marriage at Islamic Centres

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If both parties are Muslims, or if the man is a Muslim and the woman belongs to a divine religion, they may have their marriage performed in an Islamic centre according to Islamic law

Marriage in a Church

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If a Muslim wants to marry a Christian woman who wishes to retain her faith and she takes him to her church where a priest will perform the marriage, Muslim scholars consider it as an invalid marriage.

Greeting Unbelievers

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There are different views on greeting unbelievers. Some consider it accepted to start by offering the greeting as a way to win their goodwill. Others only allow Muslims to reply the greeting and not to start it.

Giving Gifts to non-Muslims

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It is perfectly permissible to offer gifts to unbelievers who are at peace with Muslims. But the permissibility excludes giving them gifts at their religious feats as this would be an approval for their unbelief.

Accepting Gifts from Unbelievers

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    Taking a gift from an unbeliever; An unbeliever’s gift to a Muslim; A gift from a non-Muslim.

Marriage during a Period of Study

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Marriage is a contract that assumes a permanent relationship between the married couple. If the element of a specific duration is involved, it is rendered flawed. Although some scholars have other view on it.

Marriage Until Childbirth

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Temporary marriage is a mit[ah marriage which is invalid according to religious texts and the unanimous agreement of Sunni Muslims.

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