Shari’ah. What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you hear that word? If you’re not Muslim, chances are it’s something negative; harsh punishments, oppressed women etc. Something old fashioned having no place in today’s world. If you’re a Muslim you will at the very least have some vague idea what the Shar’iah is and rather than negative thoughts filling your head, the word Shari’ah will engender feelings of pride and bring to mind positive images of justice and equality.

How can the same thing be understood so completely differently by different people? Who has the right idea, and what exactly is the Shar’iah? It is undoubtedly one of the hot topics of today yet is misunderstood by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The first misunderstanding to clear up is that the Shar’iah is not just one monolithic entity but is actually a complex body of Islamic Law comprising of different sciences (‘uloom) that have evolved over time based on the efforts and contributions of countless scholars (‘Ulema). Bitesize Islam aims to present the Shari’ah and these different ‘uloom using a simple and easy to follow approach. Commonly used terms will be defined and topics broken down logically in the hope that as this blog develops it will go some way in helping both Muslims and non-Muslims understand more about Islam, its aims and objectives and how it goes about achieving them.

About the Author
The knowledge presented on Bitesize Islam is based on studies which were completed during a recent sabbatical in Cairo over the 2007-2008 period and subsequent studies with scholars in the UK.

Note: I do not in any way claim to be a scholar or authority on Islamic Law, rather I am merely a student who feels the responsibility to share what I am learning with others in order increase understanding of God’s final revelation to mankind, Islam.

Anything beneficial on this blog is due to the inherent beauty of Islam and to my wonderful teachers foremost of which is Ustadh Majdi Ahmed Khalifa, whom I have been blessed with an opportunity to learn from. If there are any mistakes, please point them out as I too am just a student trying to find his way on the path to God.

Kind Regards
Faraz Mir

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  1. Salam,

    Mabruk akhi, keep up the hard work. It’s good to see that at least some of us are making good use of the things learnt in Masr.

    Bittawfiq inshaAllah.

  2. Salām,

    Great idea, keep up the good work.

    Wa bi’Llāh al-tawfīq.

  3. Barakallahu feekumaa. Please keep reading and as fellow students, if you have any suggestions on how to make this site better, please let me know…

  4. aslmalaikom.. hi bro… please visit me here:


  5. JazakAllahu khayran, a wonderful resource mashaa’Allah.
    It’d be great (that is if you’re still updating the blog), if you could please put up a search button so that your readers can search for keywords easily inshaa’Allah.

    Also, I’ve been searching for a long time for some good definitions for the following words and since it seems like you’ve done some study in this area… I’d really appreciate it if you could please help me out:
    – The difference between DawaabiT and Masaa-il and how to differentiate between the two so that it can be explained in a manner understandable to layman.

    In any case, barakAllahu feek.

    Wasalamu alaykum warahmatullah,
    -Umm S.

  6. tq so much 4 the information…. i appreciate it bcoz it help me a lot in doing my assingment…..

  7. Assalamo Alaikom Brothers..

    keep up your good work..

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