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Scholars using technology

Scholars using technology

Scholars using technology. This was the first time I have seen a scholar in Masjid al-Nabawi using a tablet to teach in the Masjid of the Prophet ﷺ.

I was sitting in a lesson of Shaykh Khalid al-Musleh (the son in law of Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen) in Masjid al-Nabawi and I was pleasantly surprised to see him using a tablet. As someone who loves technology, I was happy to see scholars utilising the latest technology. Although some of my professors in the Islamic University have started to use it this semester, I hadn’t seen it being used in Masjid al-Nabawi before. He was teaching from the book “Asbaab Hayatul Quloob” so it wasn’t a common book that many people own. A tablet or smartphone allows you to access pretty much any Islamic book in existence, the rare ones and even those that are no longer in print.

Related to this is the issue of what is the ruling on using tablets and smartphones? Islamic knowledge has a framework to deal with issues like this and any new ones which comes under “Fiqh al-Nawazil”. On a side point, this highlights why Usool al-Fiqh is so important as a science because it is through Usool that the new rulings are made, based on already established principles. An example of such a principle is “aml ahlul Madeenah” – the actions of the people of Madeenah as an evidence for a ruling. The scholars agree that the actions of the people of Madeenah if it is through naql, then it is a evidence. However in the madhab of Imam Malik, if there are two evidences which are equal, the practices of the people of Madeenah (through their ijtihaad) takes precedence. You learn something new everyday.