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A Few Words about Azharul Fatawa

by Hadrat Allama Mufti Mohammed Naseem Ashraf Habibi

(Habibi Darul Ifta, Durban South Africa)


Azharul Fatawa is a collection of Hazrat Allama Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari's Fatawa. The first collection has been widely accepted and acclaimed, with the help of Almighty Allah. This has been prepared especially for the English-speaking Muslims who find the issues addressed here new and interesting in the context of their modern lifestyle. After reading the Mas'ala on the use of the loudspeaker in Namaaz, a Muslim remarked that this issue clarifies the position of the Shari'at when it interfaces with science.

Those Islamic issues which confront most modern-day Muslims living in Western countries, and which until recently were neither readily accepted, nor practiced by them, are now being addressed and presented by Taajush Shariah in a manner which appeals to their sense of logic. The positive outcome of these Fatawa has initiated a new wave of reverts to the true principles of Islam. Muslims involved in the propagation of Islam have found Allama Sahib's presentation of day-to-day issues extremely useful in Da'wah work. There is a great necessity to fill in the vacuum that exists in explaining the Masaa'il of Fiqh in a detailed yet understanding manner to the English-speaking Muslims living in Western countries.

Hazrat Sahib?s efforts in Azharul Fatawa attempts to fill this vacuum. Taajush Shariah's depth of knowledge in Fiqh combined with a unique command of the English language has established for him a position whereby people from Europe, America and Africa turn to him for directives and guidance on major current-day Islamic issues. As opposed to questions submitted to him by fax and post, the questions presented to him over the phone exceed in number. Hazrat Sahib, without hesitation, provides answers from a highly retentive memory in a style reminiscent of A'la Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu). It is a pity that the multitude of questions posed to him over the phone and the relative answers have not been recorded. May Allah Taala prolong the blessings of Hazrat Allama Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari's knowledge and spiritual guidance over us. Aameen.