Fiqh of Transactions



In a statement soundly attributed to the Umayyad Caliph Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz and attributed by Imam Suyooti to the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon Him), it is stated "The differences of the Muslim Ummah is a mercy"

From the time of the companions and the Salaf, there have been varying approaches in dealing with the Quran and Hadith. We find companions themselves disagreeing with each other but at all times remaining respectful. We take note of the statement of Imam Yunus al-Safadi regarding the great Imam Shafi',

"I have not seen anyone wiser than Al-Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him. I debated him one day over an issue, and then we separated. He later met me and took my hand, then he said, “O Abu Musa, can we not continue to be brothers, even if we disagree on an issue?”

For students new to the domain of Islamic Law, the plethora of available opinions for one question can be mind-numbingly confusing. It is very easy to fall into conflict when seeing actions in prayer one deems as strange, for example, when travelling to Hajj and seeing the full diversity of Islam on view.

Another problem prevalent within this realm nowadays is the blatant abuse of the merciful diversity of Islam by "scholars" who use and abuse rulings based on their whims. On the other hand, many jurists slam the door shut on any opinion that is not their own.

How do we understand the abundance of opinions available to us without falling into abuse or conflict?

What is the balanced approach?

Instructor Profile

Sheikh Sulayman van Ael is the founder of The Ark Institute, an educational institution based in London. After becoming Muslim at the age of 18, he travelled the world to seek knowledge and gained ijazah (teaching licenses) in various disciplines from scholars from Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Jordan (where he received ijazah from the Grand Mufti of Amman to give religious verdicts). He graduated from Rotterdam University with a BA in Theology and MSc in Islamic Counselling. He lectures extensively and has appeared on CNN and Al Jazeera. His multi-award-winning Belgian national television documentary, My Jihad, was translated into 12 languages. As a scholar who resonates with young and old alike, Sheikh Sulayman is a powerful, dynamic and credible voice for the emerging formation of a confident, faithful identity of Islam in Europe.
His primary Fiqh training is in the Hanbali-Salafi school under Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen and Shaykh Ibrahim Jibreen and in the Hanafi school under Dr Salah Abul-Hajj, Dr Faraz Khan and Dr Sohail Hanif. He also studied Shafi' Fiqh with Dr Fadl Abbas.


Event Date 05-Jan-2020 8:00
Event End Date 30-Nov-2020 9:00
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Location Castlefield - High Wycombe
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