Question on Qasr and Watn Asli


I was born in a place which is 100 kms away from Hyderabad, then my family migrated to Hyderabad after my birth. The time I stayed at my birth location is not known to me.My family purchased a house in Hyderabad and we all shifted to Hyderababd. I have been there for about 24 yrs (approx). Now I am working in Trivandrum, Kerala which is about 1000 kms from Hyderabad.If I go to Hyderabad for less than 15 days, do I need to perform Qasar in Hyderabad ?

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The Obligation of Adhering to a Single Madhhab in all its Rulings

If the obligation of a non-mujtahid is only to follow, or make taqlid, of qualified mujtahids, why do scholars insist on the added obligation of restricting one’s taqlid to a single madhhab?

The paper linked below addresses this question, providing a detailed explanation for the necessity of adhering to a single madhhab in all its rulings.

The obligation and its legal basis are supported by statements and opinions from major early authorities across the recognised schools of jurisprudence. It is argued that this ruling is not only more sound in the present context, but is also supported by strong positions from within each of the four madhhabs, with some of the early scholars having quoted consensus.

Imam al-Bayhaqi: The Greatest Name of Allah

There is some controversy amongst the scholars of Sharī‘ah regarding the etymology of the name “Allāh.” Some scholars assert that the name “Allāh” is a derived noun, consisting of the definite particle al (the) and the noun, ilāh (god) – meaning, “The God” –, while other scholars argued that it is a non-derived proper name for the Creator of all things. Continue Reading

Imam Abu Hanifah’s Description of the Tarawih Prayer

‘Allāmah Qāsim ibn Qutlūbughā (802 – 879 H), the chief Hanafī jurist and muhaddith of his time, mentions in a treatise he wrote on Tarāwīh and Witr:

روى الحسن عن أبي حنيفة أنه قال: القيام في شهر رمضان سنة لا ينبغي تركها، وينبغي لأهل كل مسجد أن يصلوها في مسجدهم كل ليلة خمس ترويحات يؤمهم رجل يقرأ في كل ركعة عشر آيات أو نحوها يسلم من كل ركعتين وكلما يصلي ترويحة انتظر بين الترويحتين قدر الترويحة وينتظر بعد الخامسة قدر الترويحة ثم يوتر بهم فتصير عشرين ركعة سوى الوتر

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