Publications

Once papers are finalised by the Shariah Council, they are released and circulated for public information.

List of Final Position Papers available: Click on the title to access the web content, or click on the link underneath each topic to access / download the PDF version.


Use of Stunning the Processing of Chickens

The Shariah Council of the Majlis ul Ulamaa (Majlistt) is aware of the uncertainty in the national community regarding acceptance of the practice by some chicken processing facilities to use water-bath stunning before the chicken is slaughtered. 

(PDF: Issue 1 – Use of Stunning 2016)

The Sighting of the New Moon and the Changes in the Islamic (Hijri) Calendar

The Majlistt recognises the Hijri calendar which operates within lunar cycles as the basis for signalling Islamic months and related significant events in the annual Islamic year.

(PDF: Issue 2 – Moon Sighting)

The Use of Mechanical Slaughtering in the Processing of Chickens

Mechanical slaughtering or machine slaughtering is a process whereby people are able to slaughter larger numbers of chickens and other permissible animals, and at the same time, fulfilling the Theological requirements necessary for rendering the meat halaal.

(PDF: Issue 3 – Mechanical Slaughtering)

Insulting Islam and the Muslim Response

We note that a number of publications in the past which were designed to insult Islam in general, Almighty Allah (swt), the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pboh), the Holy Qur’an, the laws of Islam and the Muslim Practices and Beliefs in general. Some of these were published in various print and digital media throughout the world – particularly in European countries.

(PDF: Issue 4 Insulting Islam)

Gay, Lesbian and Bi Sexuality and Islam

Majlistt recognises that there has been a lot of attention in the media and in society as it relates to Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Trans-sexual (GLBT) issues. There has been a lot said on what the Islamic position is, with some of what is said being misinterpretations of Islam, others addressing only parts of the issue and yet others being completely inaccurate. Majlistt sees the need to articulate the Islamic position on the issue.

(PDF: Issue 5 – Gay Lesbian and Bi-Sexual Persons – The Islamic Position and Muslim Response)

Islam, ISIS and the Paris Attacks

The Majlis ul Ulamaa (Council of Scholars) of Trinidad and Tobago notes the attacks perpetrated on Friday November 13th, 2015, in Paris that have since dominated the headlines of major media reports, as well as social media discussions, internationally.

(PDF: Issue 6 – Paris Attacks)

Marriage in Islam

With recent legislative changes to the various acts and ordinances pertaining specifically to the age of marriage in Trinidad and Tobago, and in part to the acceptable age of marriage in Islam, Majlistt has been approached by persons and institutions to clarify the Islamic position as it relates to Marriage. This paper covers the issues of:

  1. MARRIAGE AS AN INSTITUTION IN ISLAM
  2. ON WHY MUSLIMS MARRY
  3. ON THE ISSUE OF WHO MUSLIMS CAN MARRY
  4. ON THE AGE OF MARRIAGE
  5. POLYGAMY IN ISLAM
  6. THE VALIDITY OF MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND WALIMA
  7. MARRIAGE RESPONSIBILITIES
  8. DIVORCE
(PDF: Issue 7 – Marriage in Islam)

Death Penalty

Praises are for Allah the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe; the Most Compassionate and Most Merciful; the One Who appointed man as His Vicegerent here on earth. And peace and salutations on our Beloved Messenger, the Last of the divinely appointed Messengers; the physical manifestation of Compassion; and the Chief Intercessor on the Day of Judgment.

(PDF: Issue 8 – Death Penalty)

Maktab Programme

Majlis ul Ulamaa recognizes the post-industrial era that underscores the importance of knowledge in the development of individuals and society. It also notes the emergence of ubiquitous technology-based media and channels of communication that present a platform for increasingly global access to information, interaction and influence.

(PDF: Issue 9 – Maktab Programme Outline)


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