Fiqh of Activism

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” The 40 hadith on the Fiqh of Activism”

Activism, civic engagement, and “getting out of our bubble” is increasingly discussed in the inner and outer circles of the American Muslim community.
This is a natural consequence of more than a decade of Islamophobia (since 9/11) and particularly after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States based on a clear anti-Muslim, anti-Immigration campaign.It goes without saying that Muslims should seek guidance from the Quranic principles and prophetic tradition, and ensure that our activism supports our bigger picture of being vicegerents on earth, not as a reaction to a very specific political situation.This discussion is not only relevant to a Muslim audience, since the teachings of prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him provide universal principles for all activists, community members, and agents of change.

Why do you need this course?

This course is of particular interest to the following audiences

  • MSA (Muslim Student Association) groups
  • An outreach committee in a masjid
  • An activist or a researcher who is interested in theories of social change and mobilizing people as taught by Islam
  • ANY man or woman who want to make this world a better place, with limited resources, peaceful methods, and universally agreed-on wisdom.


What to Expect

  • Interactive discussion on activism in the light of Islamic teachings
  • Deep dive into the fundamental theories of social change
  • Case studies on common challenges facing any student or community groups
  • A PDF booklet containing the 40 Hadith

Course Contents

  • The importance and virtues of Activism
  • The spirituality and sincerity of an activist
  • Priorities of Muslim activists
  • The objectives and scopes of activism
  • The role of the media
  • Controversial questions and issues


Sample Hadith from the 40 On Activism Collection:

“Stick to the community, because it is easier for a wolf to attack the sheep who distant themselves from others” [narrated by Al-Hakim]
When Allah’s Messenger ﷺ  arrived at Medina, he found the Jews observing the fast on the day of ‘Ashura’ (10th of Muharram). The Prophet (ﷺ) asked them about it and they replied, “This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said to his followers: “We Muslims ought to follow Moses more than them, so fast on this day.” [narrated by Abi Dawud]
“The example of the man who observes the limits prescribed by Allah and that of the man who transgresses them is like the people who get on board a ship after casting lots. Some of them are in its lower deck and some of them in its upper (deck). Those who are in its lower (deck), when they require water, go to the occupants of the upper deck, and say to them : ‘If we make a hole in the bottom of the ship, we shall not harm you.’ If they (the occupants of the upper deck) leave them to carry out their design they all will be drowned. But if they do not let them go ahead (with their plan), all of them will remain safe”. [Bukhari]

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