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Close the door of evil desires by closing your eyes

A young man came to a shaykh and said, “I am a young man with strong desires. I cannot help looking at people when I am in the bazaar(market). What do I do?” The shaykh handed him a cup of … Continue reading

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A story of an Arab Lady

An elderly Arab lady was sitting at the trunk of a tree, on the way to Haj. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) happened to pass that way. He was also heading for Baitullah, for Hajj, and to the Sacred tomb … Continue reading

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Imam Ahmad and Imam Ash Shafi’ee

Imam Ahmad used to mention the virtues of his sheikh, Imam Ash Shafi’ee to his wife. He would mention to her the extensive and superb knowledge of Imam Ash Shafi’ee as well as his taqwah (i.e. piety). Imam Ahmad invited … Continue reading

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Story of Rashed

This is a true story about a man named Rashed. He tells his story as follows… I was not more than thirty years old when my wife gave birth to my first child. I still remember that night. I had … Continue reading

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“Your Shaykh Abdul Azeez ibn Baaz?!!!”

Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Ihsaan ibn Muhammad al-‘Utaybee: “After having prayed in al-Haram al-Makkee, the Shaykh left the Haram wanting to go somewhere by car. So he stopped … Continue reading

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Ibn Hajar & The Jew

Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani (a chief of the court in Egypt) used to wear very nice  clothes.  Once he met a Jew wearing old /torn clothes.  The Jew stopped Al Asqalani and asked him: “Don’t you see the situation I … Continue reading

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Alî, the Armor and the Christian

During his Caliphate, ‘Alî b. Abî Tâlib – Allah be pleased with him – saw some armor of his with a Christian. He decided to take the matter up legally, so he took the dispute to Shurayh (the Judge). ‘Alî … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Scams of this World

It was a quiet morning at the hospital; I was a bit early on my first day of work so I walked around trying to find something beneficial to read. Hmm, the magazine stalls here were not quite like the … Continue reading

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Imam al-Shafi’i and the Old Man

Rabi’ ibn Sulayman (a companion of Imam al-Shafi’i) said: ‘We were with al-Shafi’i one day when an old man wearing garments of wool came to us with a walking-stick in his hand. Al-Shafi’i stood up, fixed his clothes and greeted … Continue reading

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Imam Al-Awza’i: ‘A Word of Truth to a Tyrant Ruler’

فَاللّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظاً وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ “… But Allah is the Best of Protectors and He is the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy.” [Yusuf: 64] When ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Ali al-’Abbasi  invaded Damascus, he killed 30,000 Muslims in just … Continue reading

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“..I came to complain to you about my wife, I am the most lowly and disliked of things to her.”

Al Hafidh al Mizzi states in Tahdeeb al Kamaal: 11/194: Yahya ibn Yayha an Naysaboori said: I was with Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah when a man approached him and said: “O Abu Muhammad, I came to complain to you about my … Continue reading

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if I propagated the second [type of knowledge], then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. killed)

Abu Huraira said; “…if I propagated the second [type of knowledge], then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. killed).” Narrated Abu Huraira: I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allah’s Apostle . I have propagated one of them … Continue reading

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Giving a coat to the poor during the winter is such a good deed!

3 – Caring for the poor Ibn Rajab said in ‘Lata’if al-Ma’arif’ (p. 281): “Taking care of the poor in the winter and protecting them from the cold is a great deed. Safwan bin Salim went out on a cold … Continue reading

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Some More Miracles Experienced By the Salaf

10 – Ahmad bin Fudayl narrated: “Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad went out for Jihad and took part in a battle in which the Muslims had surrounded a fortress on top of which a ‘ilj (Roman disbeliever) was standing who would not … Continue reading

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In Debating Non-Muslims

Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] Reference: Minhaaj as Sunnah: Vol 2 P. 58 …like the well known story of al Qaadee Abu Bakr ibn at Tayyib when he was sent to the Christian King in Constantinople. The Christians respected him … Continue reading

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How Fajr prayer Protected the Salaf!

Muslim (657) narrated that Jundub ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr is under the protection of Allaah, so do not fall short with regard to the rights … Continue reading

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“So I fabricated these Ahaadeeth for them…”

It was narrated to us on the authority of Mu-mal that he said: “A Shaykh narrated a Hadeeth to me on the virtues of the Qur-aan, chapter by chapter.” So I asked him: “Who narrated this Hadeeth to you?” He … Continue reading

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Washed Away 50 000 Ahadith!

The father of Abee Aasim said: I heard my son narrate from Abu Abdullah al-Kasa`i; I heard ibn Abee Aasim say: When the affair of al-Alawee occurred in Basrah all of my books were lost, so I re-wrote fifty thousand … Continue reading

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Imam Abu Yusuf’s last moments

Ibraaheem Ibn Jarraah says : “I came to visit Imam Abu Yusuf during his final illness. He was unconscious but he opened his eyes and looked at me. He then asked : “O Ibraaheem, is it better for a person … Continue reading

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Umar and the Eloquent Woman

‘Umar and the Eloquent Woman The Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, in a long hadith: “A believer should speak good or keep silent!” We all know this hadith, right? But how do we implement this hadith? What … Continue reading

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Was there not amongst you even a single merciful man?!

Was there not amongst you even a single merciful man?! (Written By Abu Esa Nimatullah) On the authority of ibn ‘Abbās that the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) dispatched a military unit. Upon gathering the booty they found a man … Continue reading

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“Wa Mu’tasima!”

“Wa Mu’tasima!” In Ibn Atheer’s famous history book Al Kaamil, he mentions the story in our history of a King called Al Mu’tasim, who was from the Banu Abbas. The event goes like this; A Muslim woman was captured by … Continue reading

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How Islam honours the black man to the highest level

As is mentioned in ‘Sahīh Muslim,’ [13]: Bilāl, ‘Ammār, and Suhayb came across Abū Sufyān on the day Makkah was conquered, and they said some insulting words to him. They said: “By Allāh, the swords of Allāh did not reach … Continue reading

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Gems from ‘Sifat us-Safwah’

The Characteristics of the Most Excellent source: IslamicNetwork Insha’-Allah, in this thread, we will be going through the book ‘Sifat us-Safwah’ (The Characteristics of the Most Excellent) – which is a priceless collection of biographies of the best personalities of … Continue reading

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Physical Descriptions of the Companions From ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala’

These are some physical descriptions of some of the major Companions, taken from the first four volumes of ‘Siyar A’lam an-Nubala’: 1 – Abu Bakr: “He was white-skinned, skinny, with thin cheeks. He had a wrinkly face, deepset eyes, a … Continue reading

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Some Miracles Experienced By the Salaf

The following narrations were collected by ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam in the second chapter of his book, ‘Ayat ar-Rahman fi Jihad al-Afghan’ (p. 82-94 of the second edition): 1 – Abu Bakr: ‘A’ishah narrated: “When he was on his deathbed, my father … Continue reading

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The World’s Bravest People

The history books speak to us of another land that carried upon it believers in Allah, the army of Alb Arsalaan. Coming home from one of their battles, As they made their way home to Khuraasan, a messenger rode up … Continue reading

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Humility and the dislike for being in the limelight

Concerning the Imaam of Hadeeth, the Shaykh – Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee (rahima-hullaah) Abu Laylaa al-Atharee narrated: In 1405 AH, during a journey to Saudi Arabia, we were travelling in the same car as the Shaykh and his wife, Umm al-Fadhl. … Continue reading

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“Today your state is better than that day.”

Ali radhiyAllaahu anhu said:”I went out one cold morning from my house and i was hungry,craving and the cold had much weakened me, so i took a cut skin which we had with us and wrapped it round me like … Continue reading

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Debate Between Al-Hajjaaj and Sa`eed bin Jubayr

By Shaykh `Aa’id Abdullah al-Qarnee Al Hajjaaj kept pursuing the noble scholar Sa`eed bin Jubayr for eight years or more until he eventually found him. Bin Jubayr was a scholar known for his scrupulous piety and a man of great … Continue reading

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‘O Abdullah, do not mention…”

“I was with ibn al-Mubarak and Mu’tamir ibn Sulayman in Tarasus and suddenly people were called to arms (for war). When the two armies (the muslim and the roman) took their positions, a roman fighter came forward and asked for … Continue reading

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The Faqeeh Thief !

Imam ibn al Jawzi narrated with his Isnaad to Ahmad bin alMu’addil al Basri who said: I was sitting in a gathering when a person came and said: I was heading to the woods where I own a garden. When … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Story of Abu Ghayth

Ibn Jarir at-Tabari: I was in Makkah during the season of Hajj and I saw a man from Khurasaan calling out to the people: “Oh pilgrims, oh people of Makkah – from those who are present and those far off, … Continue reading

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Some humorous tidbits from the Fatwas of Sheikh Muhammad Bin Saleh Al-Uthaymeen

Q – Sheikh, my question is: what is the ruling about a young lady who has not reached adulthood with regards to the following three situations: covering the face outside the house? And wearing pants in any form, situation, or … Continue reading

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“And was this showing off, O Sufyan?”

One year, while Sufyan Ath-Thawri was performing pilgrimage in the company of Shaiban Ar-Ra’i, a lion appeared before their traveling party on the road they were traveling upon. Sufyan said to Shaiban: “Look how this lion is blocking the way … Continue reading

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SUDDEN DEATH out of fear of Allah!

A righteous man said; “I once sat in the gathering of a preacher who spoke so well and with such eloquence that he moved everyone that was present into tears. Upon hearing the preacher mention the Hellfire and the punishment … Continue reading

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Thrown in the fire…

The Miracle of Ibrahim, for Abu Muslim. When Al-Aswad (False Prophet) gained a considerable following in Yemen, he sent for Abu Muslim Al-Khaulaanee رضي الله عنه. when Abu Muslim came before him, Al-Aswad haughtily asked, “Do you bear witness that … Continue reading

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Ja’far as-Saadiq taking Forgiveness to the Next Level

Taking Forgiveness to the Next Level One day, when Ja’far As-Sadiq wanted to perform ablution, he asked his slave to pour water on his hands from a jug. As the slave began to pour out the water, the jug fell … Continue reading

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Al-Miski (The One Who Exuded A Good Smell)

It is reported that Abu Bakr Al-Miski was once asked, “We always find a good odor emanating from you- why or how? He answered, “By Allah, for years now I have not used any perfume, but the reason for the … Continue reading

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“Those who disbelieve will wish that they were Muslims…”

Ibn Kathir narrated, on the authority of Ibn al-Jawzi: “There was an unfortunate man from the Mujahidin who were fighting in the lands of the Romans. So, when the Muslims were in one of their expeditions and surrounding a land … Continue reading

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Khawlah bint al Azwar – The Islamic Heroine

There is not an Arab city that does not have a school carrying the name of Khawala Bint Al Azwar, the extraordinary woman who was so contemporary of the early years of Islam. Most of what history tells us about … Continue reading

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I met Uwais Al-Qarni. I ignored him in the beginning of our meeting, but carried his shoes at the end!!

Our beloved brother Shaykh ibn ‘Abd Al-Ghani narrates the following story in the Arabic forum. He [May Allah Preserve him] writes: “The story of Uwais Al-Qarni was mentioned in Sahih Muslim as well as in other books. Now even though … Continue reading

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The Boy & the Cookie

  “…I knew him myself. I knew him, and I don’t say he was from the Children of Isra’il. No! He was from the sons of this land. I knew him personally. He would weep intensely. He would weep intensely, … Continue reading

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How to Dream of Prophet Muhammad (salAllah alaihi wasalam)

This is part of a speech by Shaikh Muhammad Hassan “By Allah the Prophet (sal Allah alaihi wasalam) does not come except those he loves. Listen up, there are those who go to visit the Prophet (saws), and there are … Continue reading

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Imam al-Awza’i: ‘A Word of Truth to a Tyrant Ruler’

فَاللّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظاً وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ “… But Allah is the Best of Protectors and He is the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy.” [Yusuf: 64] When ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Ali al-’Abbasi invaded Damascus, he killed 30,000 Muslims in just … Continue reading

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Abu Bakr an-Nabulsi: The Flayed Martyr

He was Abu Bakr Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Sahl bin Nasr ar-Ramli, the martyr commonly known as an-Nabulsi. He was a devout and pious worshipper who was not attached to the pleasures of this world. He always stood for the … Continue reading

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“But I have forgiven the one who lashed me…”

When Imam Ahmad was taken to al-Mu’tasim, the Caliph, to receive the torment, it was said to him: “Pray against the one oppressing you!” Imam Ahmad replied: “He is not patient (saabir), the one who prays against one oppressing him” … Continue reading

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The Fear of Fame: A Lost Characteristic

The scholars and the righteous of this Ummah always feared fame and becoming well-known amongst the people. They would dislike for their name to be mentioned much and you can see one of them fleeing from the people as if … Continue reading

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I want her to be…

Khalid bin Safwan saw a group in the mosque of Basrah, and he said, “What is this gathering?” He was told, “There is a woman who informs men about women who are available for marriage.” He went to her and … Continue reading

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The Fear of the Salaf that their Actions may not be Accepted

Know my brother & sister in faith, may Allaah enlighten your heart with guidance, that the great reward and the general goodness which Allaah has promised for His slaves can only be realised for the one who has done actions … Continue reading

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Weeping but not knowing why!

This is a funny (but sad) incident I read some time last year… It was included in a paragraph that spoke about understanding the Qur’an, need for tadabbur etc. Abu ‘Uthman al-Jahidh narrates: Yahya ibn Ja’far informed me of an … Continue reading

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‘… Until I came to this verse.’

Rabi’ ibn Sulayman (a companion of Imam al-Shafi’i) said: ‘We were with al-Shafi’i one day when an old man wearing garments of wool came to us with a walking-stick in his hand. Al-Shafi’i stood up, fixed his clothes and greeted … Continue reading

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The Patience of Urwah ibn al-Zubayr

Urwah ibn al-Zubayr came to visit the Khalîfah al-Walid ibn `Abdu’l-Malik. With him was his son Muhammad, who was one of the most handsome of men. The young man had dressed up for the occasion in fine clothes, and had … Continue reading

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Letter to a Muslim Student – Sayyed Hassan Al Banna

[Hassan al Banna was born in 1906 in Egypt into a family of scholars. In 1928, he formed Ikhwan al Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood organization). This movement for the revival of Islam soon spread across Egypt and the region. In … Continue reading

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“..I suffered from Eczema…”

True Story of a brother Since I was born I suffered from Exema [Eczema] on my hands and arms and now I am 22 years of age and still suffering from such disease. Alhamdulelah it goes for a while but … Continue reading

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“O people of the ship! Surely Abu Dawud purchased paradise from Allah for one dirham!”

Allamah ash-Shanawani said:   It is related with regard to Abu Dawud (as-Sijistani), the author of the Sunan [Abi Dawud], that he was on board of ship. He heard a person at shore sneezing and saying “Alhamdulillah.” [the praise is … Continue reading

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An extraordinary incident of brotherhood

On the day of the battle of Yarmuk, I went out to find my uncle on the battlefield, and I had with me a container of water. I said to myself that he had some life left in him, then … Continue reading

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Ibn al-Mubarak: “I borrowed a pen in Syria and I forgot to return it to its owner..”

Abu Hasan al-Basri Isa ibn Abdullah said: I heard al-Hasan ibn Arafah saying: [Abdullah] Ibn al-Mubarak said to me:  I borrowed a pen in Syria and I forgot to return it to its owner. When I came back to Marw … Continue reading

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The Fasting Thief

The book “Raudur Riyaheen” mentions a story of a thief narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Shibli. He says; “Once I was travelling to Syria along with a group of other travellers when on the way we were plundered by a … Continue reading

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The Story of Sara, the Australian Model

This a true story that happened with a caller to Islam from Egypt called Amr Khalid, he said three days ago I received an e mail from a young lady from Australia, and the e mail reads as follows: and … Continue reading

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Imaam Shafi’ee Visits Imaam Ahmad for a Meal

Imaam Shafi’ee Visits Imaam Ahmad – A Strange Incident With A Beautiful Explanation! The Personal Relationship Between a Scholar and His Student. Imam Ahmad used to mention the virtues of his sheikh, Imam Ash Shafi’ee to his wife. He would … Continue reading

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“Indeed your enemy [O Muhammad] is the one who is cut off!”

Glad Tidings: Signs of Defeat for those who Insult Allah’s Messenger. Ibn Taymiyah says “Many Muslims, trust worthy, people of expertise and Fiqh spoke many times about their experiences when they surrounded castles and cities in Sham and surrounded the … Continue reading

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“By Allah, if He were to cause the heavens to rain fire down upon me.. I would not increase except in praising and thanks to Him.”

One of the wise men of the past said: “I passed by a village in Egypt seeking to engage in Ribat (guarding the Muslim frontier against the disbelievers), when suddenly I passed by a man in sitting in the dark. … Continue reading

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“No! One at a time! One at a time!” [Funny]

  Shaikh Muhammad al-Arifi’ says; He (a poor man) went on making tawaaf around the Ka’aba saying “Oh Allah forgive us and tajaawaz anna (??)” And so the poor man was supplicating. [Eventually] He became very hot and had a … Continue reading

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“Are you pleased to marry this girl with the condition of giving your soul to Allah?”

This is the famous story of Umm Ibrahim and her son. This story was mentioned by scholars like Abu Jaafar al Luban. He narrates: ‘It is mentioned that one of the righteous women in Basra was Umm Ibrahim al Hashimeeyah. … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Salaf

The stories of the righteous predecessors who observed silence and were renowned for that are certainly many, but sufficient for us is al-Rabee’ ibn Kaytham – a scholar from the major Tabi’een (rahimahumullah). Ibrahim al-Taymi says, “A companion of his … Continue reading

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Good looks or knowledge?

Mohammad Alarifi  Saleh Alsadlan In question and answer program, a woman called Sheikh Abdullah Almutlaq and asked him a question. And after he gave her the answer, she asked him to pray to Allah that she is bless with Sheikh … Continue reading

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