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Another way of respecting an ‘Alim

Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him) mentioned the following incident:   I once visited Mufti Mahmudul Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) while he was in Madinah Munawwarah. It was after ‘Asr Salah. As the time for Maghrib drew near, an attendant (khadim) enquired from Mufti saheb if he wanted to make wudu and prepare for salah. Mufti Mahmud saheb (rahimahullah) replied: ‘How can I sit in the company of this ‘Alim …

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Ramadan; a divine opportunity for our reformation

‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al Binnory (rahimahullah) writes: ‘From the beginning of time, Allah Ta’ala selected the month of Ramadan as the season for abundant blessings and divine light (tajalliyat). Whenever Allah Ta’ala sent any gift from the sky for the reformation of humanity, Allah selected the month of Ramadan. The famous books and scriptures of the previous Ambiya were also revealed in this month culminating with the revelation of the …

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10 Sunnats of Eating and Drinking

We eat and drink several times a day. By implementing the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) we can gain maximum reward for these mundane activities.  10 Sunnats of Eating To wash both the hands before and after meals. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Hadith: 3755) To sit on the floor (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5386) To sit in one of the following three postures; In the Tashahud position (like in Salah) (Fathul …

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Dispel disunity and hatred in the Ummah

Allah gives many opportunities and occasions for a person to be forgiven. But amidst many thousands and millions that Allah forgives, there is one category of people who are always deprived from this mercy. These are people who harbor enmity, malice and rancor  in their hearts for their fellow Muslim brothers/sisters. Here are some guidelines from Quran and Hadith that will help us dispel and remove this sickness of hatred, …

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The Injunction of Salah

Salah is a unique ibadah that Allah Ta’ala has ordained, all the other forms of ibadah came down via the medium of Jibril (‘alayhis salam). As for salah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was given this great miracle during the journey of Mi’raj. This goes to show the greatness of salah. Repetition is the best form of emphasis. The most repeated command in the Quran is of establishing salah, Further more we …

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The Significance of the 15th of Sha’ban

The 15th of Sha’ban, which is commonly referred to as “Laylatul Bara-ah” (refer: Tafsir Razi and Ruhul ma’ani, Surah 44. Ayah: 3) is one of the significant nights in the Islamic calendar. Ibnul Haj (rahimahullah) states: “The salaf (pious predecessors) would sanctify this night and prepare themselves for it in advance” (Al-Madkhal, vol.1 pg.299) Some people, due to being ill-informed actually refute the auspiciousness of this occasion. The following paragraphs serve …

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The Power of the Pen

Ever since man existed, so too did his pen exist. With the passage of time, the only thing that changed was the form and mechanism of this pen. The fact that this tool of knowledge has stood the test of time is proof of its power. One should never underestimate the impact of the written word. Even in an era like ours, where there are so many innovative ways of …

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