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Welcome to the IOK Journal, a publication brought together by IOK students, alumni, instructors and Chaplains to help broaden your horizons on topics ranging from self-help, and creative group activities and topics, to important fiqh rulings.

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The history and development of Uṣūl al-Fiqh and Fiqh in general passed through four primary eras.


“Do I have to pay zakāh on my 401 (k) plan?” The short answer is yes.


The purpose of this short article is simply to present the positions of the four schools of thought regarding this particular issue relating to zakāh.

SEMINARY – Most Recent

Seminary Articles
& Journals

Read about rulings, traditions, mannerisms and recommendations from our Seminary students and faculty

Dear Black Boy

A moving poem of concern for those whose lives were lost in recent events and the future of those who are witness to such events.

Thoughts on I Can’t Breathe

These events should stir something within our hearts and be channeled to working towards bringing about real change.

How to Spend Eid in Quarantine

Read the fiqh of how you and your family can make the most of Eid at home. Just like Ramadan this year, being at home…

Reflections on the life of Imām Al-Nawawi

In order to appreciate and apply the gems of knowledge left by Imām AL-Nawawi, we must take the time to learn his background and scholarship.

History and Development of Fiqh

The history and development of Uṣūl al-Fiqh and Fiqh in general passed through four primary eras.

Preservation and Compilation of the Qur’ān pt. 3: The Era of ‘Uthmān

During the Caliphate of ‘Uthman, Islam had spread far and wide, and the differences of recitation spread as well leading to a lot of confusion.

COUNSELING – Most Recent

Wellness and Self-Help

To begin healing, one must take the first step. Read practical advice from our counselor to help you start this journey.

Mental Health: When to Seek Help

Signs and symptoms of common mental health issues facing college students.

6 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Health

Strong mental health ensures you’re equipped to cope with stress, conflicts in relationships, and life’s various challenges.

HALT(S): A Self-Care Tool

A tool that can be used to develop self-awareness and attend to self-care.

CHAPLAINCY – Most Recent

Chaplain Corner

Read all about the campuses supported by our chaplains, special events and ideas pertinent to today’s college-going students, and why it’s important to foster a finer future by meeting students at their turf.

UCR, CSUSB, & CPP Fall Update 2019

UCI Fall Update 2019

CSULB Year-End Update 2019

CSUN & UCLA Year-End Update 2019

USC Year-End Update 2019

UCR & UCI Year-End Report 2019



Authored by Sh. Furhan Zubairi



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