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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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:
- MARRIAGE AS AN INSTITUTION IN ISLAM
- ON WHY MUSLIMS MARRY
- ON THE ISSUE OF WHO MUSLIMS CAN MARRY
- ON THE AGE OF MARRIAGE
- POLYGAMY IN ISLAM
- THE VALIDITY OF MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND WALIMA
- MARRIAGE RESPONSIBILITIES
(PDF: Issue 7 – Marriage in Islam)
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)
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.
Majlistt notes some concerns that arise around the issue of the performance of Hajj by persons from Trinidad and Tobago. As well, there are lingering concerns regarding the Day of Arafat and the performance of Qurbani. These concerns in part relate to theological issues, and in part speak to the behaviours by some persons related to Hajj as service providers, as pilgrims and as members of the Muslim community.