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What is Shariah

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I just want to know what the rules of Shariah are; I know what Shariah is but I don't know the rules.

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What is Shariah

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah and His Messenger (saws) have decreed laws for every aspect of a believers life: social laws, family laws, cultural laws, criminal laws, inheritance laws, etc. These laws of Islam are what is known as Shariah.


Because the laws of Shariah pertain to every single aspect of life, there are literally hundreds of thousands of laws in Shariah, and it would be rather impossible to list all the laws of Shariah in one article; it would require volumes of books, and even then it would not suffice! Simply because, Islam is a complete and perfect Way of Life approved by the Creator.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your Brother in Islam,


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