Qaddumi's Hanbali Primer

Al-Qaddumi’s Elementary Primer in Hanbali Fiqh

    AlQaddūmī’s primer is summarized from the foundational Ḥanbalī text known as Dalīl al-Ṭālib of al-ʿAllāma Marʿi  Ibn Yusuf al-Karmi al-Ḥanbali (d.1033h). This text, written in the form of questions and answers, details the topics of Ṭahāra, Ṣalāt, Ṣawm, Ẓakāt, and Ḥajj. Its simple approach allows a beginner to grasp the fundamental issues of […]


A Primer in Jumu’ah

This is a primer about the Friday prayer I wrote back in 2007 for a few Masajid to use in khateeb training. Simple and basic, it addresses the following questions: 1- Who can lead Jumu’ah? 2- What must he do? 3- When is Jumu’ah performed? 4- Where is it performed? 5- Why is Jumu’ah 6- […]


Passing of Ken Morgan

Kenneth W. Morgan, who taught at Colgate from 1946-1974, recently passed away. Featured in picture to the left, he is the gentleman on the far right of the photo. Ken Morgan was known for many things, most notably the founding of Chapel House at Colgate, and the “Fund for the Study of the Great Religions”. […]


Review – Towards a Fiqh for Minorities

Towards a Fiqh for Minorities by Taha Jabir Al-Alwani My rating: 3 of 5 stars A short read, the author is a bit incoherent as to how a fiqh of minorities is to be achieved. With almost total disregard for traditional “appeal to authority” approach, he throws the baby out with the bath water in […]

Mustafa Zarka – A list of his works:

Mustafa Zarka, one of the most prolific scholars of the last century, was a rarity amongst intellectuals. Not only had he mastered the Hanafi school of jurisprudence, reached the level of tackling higher legal debate outside of his specific school, but had also studied western law to the extent that he could see the need […]

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Paperback) Review Twenty years after it topped the bestseller charts, Douglas R. Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is still something of a marvel. Besides being a profound and entertaining meditation on human thought and creativity, this book looks at the surprising points of contact between the music of Bach, the artwork of […]

Visigothic Spain 409 – 711 (A History of Spain) (Paperback)

Review “Readers interested in more detailed accounts of Spanish history will … find this book very accessible.” British Bulletin of Publications “There is much to admire and enjoy in this volume … highly readable and impressively researched work.” History This history of Spain in the period between the end of Roman rule and the time […]