The Art of Fatwa

April 18, 2006

I recently spent some time with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. I observed something that I have found to be true of all true 'ulama. Myself and Salman, whenever we would ask the Shaykh anything related to fiqh, would be treated to a stratified answer. Such was also the case when I met with Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf last year. In many situations, a simple haram/halal answer treads of insensitivity. Also, we cannot discount the fact that in regards to some issues, a haram/halal binary does not and cannot exist. It is entirely plausible that one thing may be allowed for one and prohibited for someone else; and this is inline with fiqhi maxims. Our time with Shaykh Faraz was memorable, inspirational and most of all, had a good effect on myself and Salman's spiritual states. Regrettably for Shaykh Faraz, he may have inadvertantly rekindled my once lost love for Deoband and its institutions. Also, anyone who meets Shaykh Faraz will realize that he has an excellent (and I mean excellent) sense of humour. He had me laughing on plenty of occasions (Salman of course, being the obedient and respectful student controlled himself and limited himself to a smile everytime). The vibe that I got from him was that of happiness. To me, he was the perfect example of a man who chose to do with his life what his heart truly desired. I think that anyone present in his company would agree that we saw someone who enjoyed waking up in the morning because he chose to pursue his dreams. In him, we can find an example worthy of following.

11 Responses to “The Art of Fatwa”

  1. jinnzaman Says:

    Man, the Deobandi ‘Ulema are amazing. I wonder if I can be the first Ashari Maliki Deobandi.

    (its a joke)

  2. nisa Says:

    So what’d you guys talk about? Give more details! Or not. What exactly is a Debandi school?

  3. dawood Says:

    Dude, you can’t write that and just leave it… you made us all hungry now! 😛

  4. Huwa Hu Says:

    Bandits? What?

  5. Harith Says:

    I heart deoband school

  6. Words cannot express the feeling of being the presence of your Shaykh or Master. In such a case it is best to remember the old Sufi tradition that advises us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves, “Are these words true?” If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate we ask; “Are they necessary?” At the third gate we ask; “Are they beneficial?” and at the fourth gate, we ask, “Are they kind?” If the answer to any of these is no, then what you are about to say should be left unsaid.

    Ya Haqq,


  7. h. ahmed Says:

    the skills of a great blogger, keeping his readers longing for more… 🙂

    lol inshallah i hope all is well with u bro! and im really glad that u and salman had a great time with shaykh faraz! Please do share more about ur experience!

  8. Yusuf Says:

    “Regrettably for Shaykh Faraz, he may have inadvertantly rekindled my once lost love for Deoband and its institutions. ”

    why regretabbly?

  9. thorntun Says:

    perfect site good information, very nice news and etc… tnx

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  11. Yasin Says:

    In my view using the word “Art” is innapropriate because there are no rules in art while fatwa has. Of course fatwa requires deep knowledge of fiqh and other requirements that may include deep insight in other persons situation.

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