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NEW TAFSIR BLOG: CONTEMPLATEQURAN

http://contemplatequran.wordpress.com/ Will they not then ponder the Quran or are there locks upon their hearts? [Muhammed:24] A new Tafsir found on this blog [CONTEMPLATEQURAN] will be primarily based on the classes of Ustadh Alomgir Ali. And will refer to others … Continue reading

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The reason why it is forbidden to eat meat without draining the blood

Praise be to Allaah.Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say (O Muhammad): I find not in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maytah (a … Continue reading

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A Christian is asking why alcohol is emphatically prohibited in Islam?

Praise be to Allaah.Firstly: we welcome you to our site as a seeker of truth, and we ask Allaah to make our answer clear and to show you, after you read it and think about it, the fairness, wisdom and … Continue reading

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The health and religious benefits of circumcision

Praise be to Allaah. The Muslim obeys the command of Allaah. This is the meaning of Islam, which is submission to Allaah and obedience to His command, whether the wisdom behind it is clear to him or not, because the … Continue reading

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Why is a man allowed to have more than one wife in Islam? i.e. why is polygamy allowed in Islam?

Definition of Polygamy 1. Polygamy means a system of marriage whereby one person has more than one spouse. Polygamy can be of two types. One is polygyny where a man marries more than one woman, and the other is polyandry, … Continue reading

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Thankfulness towards Allâh

“That is because Allâh will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own) souls” {Sûrah al-Anfal (8):53} This is one of the ways in which Allâh deals with His … Continue reading

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Attractive Hijabs & Shari’ah

Living in the west, the hijab has become a potent indicator of identity with many non-Muslims viewing it as a political statement. However, it is pertinent to note that the hijab is, first and foremost, an act of worship that … Continue reading

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The Four Principles of You (Alone) We Worship

Author: Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah From his book ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya The Four Principles (You (Alone) we worship) is built upon four principles which comprise conviction in what Allaah and His Messenger love and are pleased … Continue reading

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Prohibited types of Dhikr

Al-Qurtubi(rahimahullah) rejects prohibited forms of remembrance: The great Sufi and commentator of the Qur’an, al-Qurtubi, writes in his commentary to this verse: ”The true believers are such that when Allah is mentioned, their hearts tremble. And when His verses are … Continue reading

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The True Nature of Worldly Existence

Bismillah From (Purification of the Soul: Concept, Process, and Means by Jamal ad-Din Zarabozo) Realizing the True Nature of This Worldly Existence One of the greatest realizations that come from studing teh Quran as well as personal contemplation and reflection … Continue reading

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Contemplation

Bismillah (Taken from “Purification of the Soul : Concept, Process and Means” by Jamal ad-Din Zarabozo) Aamir ibn Abd Qais stated, “I heard more than one, two, or three of the Companions of the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) say, … Continue reading

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How to Benefit from the Quran

If you truly want to benefit from the Qur’an, your heart must be attentive and alert when reciting it or listening to it. Listen to it carefully with presence of mind, paying attention to it as if Allah Himself was … Continue reading

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Seeking Treatment for an Illness by Giving Charity

Seeking Treatment for an Illness by Giving Charity 1 – From Abu Umamah –Radi Allaahu anhu– who said: the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).’ [Collected in Saheeh al-Jamia’ No. 3358 … Continue reading

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Purification of the Soul notes from Imam Zaid Shakir’s lectures

Allah (SWT) creates your works, not you, so it’s foolish to be proud of them, be grateful. Remember Allah (SWT) is always watching. Associate with people who are higher spiritually than you, if you cannot find such people then read … Continue reading

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Deeds of the Hearts

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allâh and be dutiful to Him. Be always conscious of Him and be grateful to Him. Obey Allâh for you cannot live without His blessings and humble yourselves before Him for you cannot find a way out … Continue reading

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Dhikr gives Strength!

Seeking forgiveness is a means of strengthening the body I do body building to develop my physical strength, and my aim is jihad for the sake of Allaah. 1- Does praying for forgiveness give strength to the body? What are … Continue reading

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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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Good Treatment of Parents (Birr al-Wâlidayn)

Islamic Manners (4): Good Treatment of Parents (Birr al-Wâlidayn) by Abû Rumaysah Allâh, Exalted is He says, “Your Lord has decreed that you should worship none save Him, and that you should show kindness to your parents. Whether one or … Continue reading

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Jamaa’at al-Tableegh – pros and cons

Praise be to Allaah.   “Jamaa’at al-Tableegh” is one of the groups that are working for Islam. Their efforts in calling people to Allaah (da’wah) cannot be denied. But like many other groups they make some mistakes, and some points … Continue reading

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Boycotting the products of kuffaar who are hostile towards Islam

Is It generally permissible to do business with Jews, companies that may have Jewish owners or shareholders, companies that may have franchises in Israel, etc.? Recently many Muslims have been saying that it is haraam to have any business dealings … Continue reading

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What is meant by taking the kuffaar as friends? Ruling on mixing with the kuffaar

What is meant by taking the kuffaar as friends? Ruling on mixing with the kuffaar In the Quraan, it says that we can not take the Kuffaar as awliyaa, but what does that mean? I mean, to what degree? Can … Continue reading

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Greeting a kaafir first

Is it permissible for a Muslim to great a non-Muslim first?. Praise be to Allaah. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on greeting non-Muslims. He replied as follows: Greeting a non-Muslim first … Continue reading

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Doesn’t the hadeeth “Do not initiate the greeting with a Jew or Christian” put people off Islam?

In a hadeeth narrated by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), it says that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not initiate the greeting … Continue reading

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Being kind to kaafirs with the intention of da’wah

What is the ruling on mixing with kaafirs and dealing with them kindly, hoping that they will become Muslim?. Praise be to Allaah.Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Undoubtedly the Muslim is obliged to hate … Continue reading

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The enmity of the kuffaar towards the believers is ongoing

There are people who claim that the kuffaar love the Muslims, and that their intentions towards us are good. What is your opinion about what they say? Praise be to Allaah. The enmity of the kuffaar – the People of … Continue reading

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Farewell parties for kaafirs

Is it permissible for us to hold a party to bid farewell to a non-Muslim who was working with us?. Praise be to Allaah.Holding a farewell party for a kaafir is a kind of honouring and respecting him, and they … Continue reading

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Ruling on the call to unite all religions

What are Ruling on the call to unite all religions Praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon the one after whom there will be no more Prophets, and upon his family and companions and whoever follows … Continue reading

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Whoever does not believe that the kaafirs are kaafirs is himself a kaafir

Is it true that anyone who does not accept that kuffaar are kuffaar is a kaafir himself, even if he prays, believes in the Qur’aan, and the Prophet Muhammad ( )? If so, what is the proof for this? Can … Continue reading

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Principles and guidelines for Muslims’ relations with non-Muslims

We want to know in detail how Muslims regard non-Muslims, and how they should deal with them according to Islamic sharee’ah? Praise be to Allaah. 1-     Islam is the religion of mercy and justice. 2-     Muslims are commanded to call … Continue reading

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The 7 Levels of Hadeeth

There are seven levels of Hadeeth A Hadeeth that was collected by both al Bukhaaree and Muslim. A Hadeeth that was collected by al Bukhaaree but not by Muslim. A Hadeeth that was collected by Muslim but not by al … Continue reading

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Seeking Elevation and High Handedness

Allaah, the Sublime said; “That home of the Hereafter (i.e. Paradise), We shall assign to those who desire not high-handedness or mischief in the land. And the good end is for the Muttaqûn (pious)” [Al-Qasas 28:83] Seeking elevation can occur … Continue reading

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A Precious Gem: You are my Protector in this Life and in the Hereafter

Allah says that Yusuf (Joseph, peace be upon him) said, which means, “You are my Wali (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your … Continue reading

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“Eight things”

A Scholar once asked his student: You have accompanied me for a long period of time, so what have you learnt? … He replied : “Eight things” The first: I looked at the creation and found that every person has … Continue reading

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Regarding Fabricated Hadeeths

Al-Imaam Muhammad bin ‘Alee Ash-Shawkaanee (d. 1250 Hijri) said: With the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Giver of Mercy All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists. I seek His help. May prayers of … Continue reading

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Got a Problem?

Five Reasons why Allah (swt) uses problems. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how Allah wants to use problems for good … 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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One Hundred Weak or Fabricated Traditions

One Hundred Weak or Fabricated Traditions (attributed to the Prophet) famous among Khatibs and Speakers   Compiled by Shaykh Ihsan Al-‘Utaibi (May Allah preserve him)     1 – ((Whosoever Worship/Prayer does not prohibit him from the excessive and the … Continue reading

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‘O Muslims Avoid Oppression amongst Yourselves – especially towards your spouse

“Avoid oppression, because oppression will result in deep darkness on the Day of Ressurection.” [Recorded by Muslim and others] The two spouses should be fair and just in dealing with each other. They should avoid oppressing one another in any … Continue reading

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Parable of Spending in Allah’s Cause

(261. The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is that of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. … Continue reading

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What is the ruling on reading the Bible?

Question: What is the ruling on reading the Bible? Answer: The Divine Books revealed before the Qur’an now include many distortions, alterations, and omissions, as Allah says in the Qur’an. Therefore, it is not permissible for Muslims to read any … Continue reading

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Why Muslims Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Some people that celebrate Valentine’s Day say, “Verily Islam encourages people to be loving and peaceful. And Valentine’s Day is a day when Muslims can spread love and peace among themselves.” So why is it prohibited to participate in this … Continue reading

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Salat-ul-Tawbah (Prayer of Repentance)

Question: When I was a young man, I committed some sins. Alhamdu lillah [All praise is due to Allah], for having guided me to make Tawbah (repentance to Allah). However, I still have doubts about whether Allah has accepted my … Continue reading

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A Precious Gem

If we look closely at the words of the Quran, we will find a Sovereign, to whom belongs all Dominion and all praise and thanks are due to him, all affairs are in his grasp, and he is the source … Continue reading

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What is the reason why torture of the grave is made one of the matters of the unseen?

Is the torment of the grave one of the matters of the unseen or of the seen world? What is the reason why it is made one of the matters of the unseen?. Praise be to Allaah. Shaykh Muhammad ibn … Continue reading

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The Prophet Adam and Human Evolution

Haitham Al-Haddad‏ Praise be to Allah, the supreme Creator, Fashioner of mankind, Sustainer of the universe. All is His divine will, and his command is executed immediately. May peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, who came from the noble Adam, … Continue reading

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The Terrible Consequences of not Praying Salah

Bismillah. Today, insha’Allah we’re going to touch on a slightly different angle on the concept of salah. Now, you know that salah is fard–the 5x daily prayers–and that the reward of doing so is great, and the sin of doing … 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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Admiring oneself after doing a good deed

Sometimes a person finds himself filled with self-admiration or showing off after doing a good deed or act of worship, and he is scared that this will cancel out what he has done. What do you advise? Praise be to … Continue reading

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Speaking Privately with Allah

Speaking Privately with Allah by Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Al Uthaymeen The Prayer: is a link between the servant and his Lord. The Prophet (saws) said: “Indeed, when one of you prays, he speaks privately with his Lord.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaaree] … Continue reading

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“The More Humble You Are Before Allah…”

From the words of Ibn Taymiyyah:”.. .And the worshipper – the more humble, needy, and subdued he is before Allah – the closer he will be to Him, and the dearer he will be to Him, and the greater in … Continue reading

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The Flavor of the Heart

Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim, rahimahullah said: If you would like to draw a conclusion of what is contained in someone’s heart then use as a proof the movements of his tongue, for surely, he will show you what is contained in his heart … Continue reading

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The Levels Of The People in the Hereafter

So these are the levels of the people, and their ranks in the Abode of the Hereafter, as mentioned by Ibnul Qayyim rahimullah, and they are eighteen in number. The highest level is that of the Messengers, may Allah extol … Continue reading

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Hardship Isn’t the Point

Ibn Taymiyyah: Hardship Isn’t the Point “…And it should be known that Allah’s Pleasure and Love are not dependent on you torturing yourself and going through hardship, such that something is better simply on account of how hard it is. … Continue reading

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“…As if you weren’t meant to expire and be forgotten?”

This is a beautiful admonishment I came across yesterday. It is from Imam Ibn al-Jawzi (rahimahullah). Please take this reminder to heart, act upon it and share with those that you love for them what you love for yourself (admonishment, … Continue reading

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Do not say: They are Dead

By Imaam Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shanqeetee An explanation of the aayah pertaining to the mujaahideen who die as martyrs. As for the life that Allaah affirmed in the Qur‘aan for the martyrs, and the life that has been affirmed for the … Continue reading

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In times of calamity

In times of calamity, people divide into four levels Q: What is the ruling on one who becomes discontented when he is afflicted by calamity?   A: In times of calamity, people divide into four different levels: The First Level: … Continue reading

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‘Madh-hab or No Madh-Hab – Part 2’

Written by Br. Abuz-Zubair The Opinion of the Majority: The Layman Has No Madhab, This is the opinion of the majority of the Malikis, Shafi’is and Hanbalis, according to Ibn Taymiyah. It is also widely reported in Shafi’i sources, that Abu … Continue reading

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Madh-hab or No Madh-hab?!

Wise words by shaykh Yusuf al-Ghafees1 He said in his explanation of shaykhul-Islaam’s statement from al-Aqeedah al-Waasitiyyah: …And this is why they are called ahlul-Kitaab was-Sunnah and ahlul-Jama’ah because the Jama’ah is united body which is the opposite of division … Continue reading

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27 Reasons to Attend Prayers In Congregation

27 Reasons to Attend Prayers In Congregation By Ibn Hajar Asqalani This is based upon the narration of congregational prayers being 27 times more rewardable. 1. Responding to the Mu’adhdhin (the caller to prayer) with the intention to pray in … Continue reading

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Distinguishing Sunnah from Arab Custom

Questioner: May Allaah bless you, what is the criterion according to the Islamic legislation for distinguishing between the Sunnah which is considered custom and the Sunnah which is considered worship? Sheikh Albani:The criterion requires a level of knowledge as relates … Continue reading

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Combining two prayers before travelling

Praise be to Allaah. It is permissible for the person who is not travelling to combine two prayers if it will be too difficult for him to perform the second prayer on time. Permission to join prayers is broader than … Continue reading

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No Intellectual Copyright

One of the questions quite often asked of us, is regarding the copyright of Islamic materials. Point 1- No Intellectual Copyright First and foremost we wish to point out that there is no such thing as intellectual copyright in Islam … Continue reading

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The Ant

The Ant by “Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah” Also, ponder over the frail ant – the intelligence and dynamics it was granted in gathering, storing, preserving and repelling harms/disease from its provision. You will indeed see signs and lessons in … Continue reading

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“Is every mushrik a kaafir, but not every kaafir is a mushrik?”

Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) answers: “This is the current understanding in people’s minds, except few of them. I will explain that with an example: a man bears witness that none has the right to be worshiped but Allaah and that Muhammad … Continue reading

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How do you Want to be recorded as Today?

وعن أبِي الدَّردَاءِ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ: “مَنْ صَلَّى الضُّحَى رَكْعَتَيْنِ لَمْ يُكْتَبْ مِنَ الغَافِلِينَ وَمَنْ صَلَّى أَرْبَعاً كُتِبَ مِنَ العَابِدِينَ وَمَنْ صَلَّى سِتّاً كُفِىَ ذَلِكَ اليَوْمَ وَمَنْ صَلَّى ثَمَانِياً كَتَبَهُ اللهُ مِنَ القَانِتِينَ وَمَنْ صَلَّى … Continue reading

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How to Respect Your Elders

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “O Allah, teach us manners! O Allah, teach us manners! One person is sitting next to his father, one leg on the other, sitting with his feet facing his father! Why? By Allah, one … Continue reading

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Zeal Alone Is Not Enough

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “By Allah, one of the youth came to me, and he would always visit me. He loved me, and he was Jordanian. He took Shukri Mustafa as a leader, and became fascinated by his … Continue reading

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His Love for the People of Knowledge

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “…I admit that the gratitude is for Allah firstly and lastly. However, Shaykh Nasir ad-Din al-Albani had a great effect on my thinking, in my beliefs, in clarifying my beliefs, in my extracting the … Continue reading

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A Glimpse at an-Nawawi

From the Words of ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam… “…It is known that he is from the most knowledgeable of scholars in the history of Islam. I mean, if you were to take the ten most notable scholars of the Muslims throughout history, … Continue reading

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Weak Ahadeeth in Adab al-Mufrad

When Imam Al-Bukhari compiled Sahih al-Bukhari his intention was primarily to compile and gather a summarized authentic primer for the students of knowledge and scholars. Thus every connected hadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari meets the most rigorous conditions of authenticity. As … Continue reading

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Chatting after ‘Isha’ Salat

Abu Barzah (Radhi Allaahu Anhu) said that ‘The Muhammad (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) used to hate sleeping before [performing] ‘Isha’ Salat and chatting after it’.(1) Abdullah Ibn Mas‘ud (Radhi Allaahu Anhu) narrated that the Muhammad (Sallalaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: … Continue reading

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Envy devours good deeds

Envy devours good deeds just as a fire devours fuel Hasad is of varying degrees: 1 – When a person wants the blessing to be taken away from his Muslim brother, even if it does not come to him; rather … Continue reading

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Fearing that Wealth is your only Reward

‘Abd Al-Rahmân b. ‘Awf – Allâh be pleased with him – was once brought some food, and he had been fasting. He said: Mus‘ab b. ‘Umayr was killed, and he was better than me and he was buried with a … Continue reading

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Hating Anything that the Messenger came with

Those who hate anything that the Prophet came with are also disbelievers even if they act upon them. The Qurâan says: “That is because they hate that which Allah sent down, so He has made their deeds fruitless.” (Soorah 47:9) … Continue reading

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al Baghdaadee

Knowing the Scholars: Abu ‘Ubayd al Qaasim ibn Salaam al Baghdaadee Full name: Abu ‘Ubayd al Qaasim ibn Salaam al Baghdaadee An Imaam in language, Fiqh, Hadeeth, Qira-aat and History. He was born in Hiraat, his father was a European … Continue reading

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And so are the Days

{And so are the days (good and not so good), that We give to men by turns, that Allah may Know those who believe} Ibn Abee Haatim’s comments: Muhammad ibnul ‘Abbaas narrated to us that Muhammad ibn Ishaaq said: {And … Continue reading

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Characteristics of the Hypocrites prayer

The Shaykh may Allah preserve him says: ” There are six characteristics that Allah the Glorified and Most High and the Messenger sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam mention about the Hypocrites prayer: 1. Firstly:  He/She doesn’t stand for the prayer except that … Continue reading

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Don’t be like Heraclius

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas: Abu Sufyan bin Harb informed me that Heraclius had sent a messenger to him while he had been accompanying a caravan from Quraish. They were merchants doing business in Sham (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan), at … Continue reading

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Keep only a few friends

Sufyaan Ath-Thawri: A True Mountain of Knowledge & the Leader of Believers in Hadeeth Sufyaan ath-Thawri (may Allah have mercy on him) said that one foolishly compromised one’s religion when one kept too many friends. Having too many acquain…tances diverts … Continue reading

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Abu Darda on Dunyaa

I chose to share with you some wisdoms from Abu-d-Dardaa’, radhiallaahu `anhu, for two simple reasons: One is that he was a wise admonisher and ascetic known for his extensive knowledge and devotion, and the other is that we live … Continue reading

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Giving Salaam

Giving Salaam to One Person (As-Salaamu Alayk) – Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen was asked about the description of Salaam. He (may Allah have mercy upon him)answered by saying,” Say As-salaamu Alayk if you are greeting one person and As-Salaamu- Alaykum … Continue reading

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A Simple Way to Stay out of Hell- InshaAllah

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- « مَنْ سَأَلَ اللَّهَ الْجَنَّةَ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ قَالَتِ الْجَنَّةُ اللَّهُمَّ أَدْخِلْهُ الْجَنَّةَ. وَمَنِ اسْتَجَارَ مِنَ النَّارِ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ قَالَتِ النَّارُ اللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْهُ مِنَ النَّارِ Anas ibn Malik (may … Continue reading

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Knowledge and Hydrocephalus

“…Allah’s way of building the human soul is to develop it gradually, just like a building. You build a building floor by floor, placing one brick over the other, etc. until the human soul is fully built. The human soul … Continue reading

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Fatima’s Letter

Fatima’s Letter At approximately 12:25pm on Saturday, resistance fighters waged an unprecedented assault on the Abu Ghraib prison camp south of Baghdad. The assault was sparked by a letter from a female prisoner named Fatima that fueled some Muslim fighters … Continue reading

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Judgement of an Invididual

The Salaf Would Make A Judgement of an Invididual By His Companionship Aboo Hurayrah ( رضي الله عنه ), who said, “The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “A person is upon the Deen of his friend. So … Continue reading

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The problem of forgetting Qur’aan‏

Praise be to Allaah. Undoubtedly forgetfulness is something that is natural in man, and man is only called insaan because of his forgetfulness (nasiy). Usually this varies from one person to another, according to the differences in the strength of … Continue reading

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