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The sublime Sunnah of Forgiveness

    Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Quran: لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا Certainly for you in Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is an excellent example; for one whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often. (Surah Ahzab, verse: 21)   One great Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is his sublime akhlaq …

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Stay committed on Islam and avoid resembling other groups

Allah Ta’ala has completed and perfected the Din of Islam. It will stand up to the test of time and all environments. The Din of Islam is replete with guidelines for each environment and situation. Islam means to submit to the divine order of Allah Ta’ala, wether it is our social life or monetary dealings, our holidays or holy days, our spending and earnings etc. We are required to follow …

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The purpose of our existence; to do ihsan (good)

إن الله يأمر بالعدل والإحسان وإيتاء ذي القربى وينهى عن الفحشاء والمنكر والبغي, يعظكم لعلكم تذكرون Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. (Surah An Nahl, verse: 90) The purpose of the cycle of life and death is to test who would do the best of deeds. Many verses exhort …

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Rectified motives and reformed children

The Honourable Hadith expert of our times, Al-Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him) often states that the residents of Madinah Munawwarah regularly make the following du’a: اللّٰهُمَّ أَصْلِحِ النِّيَّةَ والذُّرِّيَّةَ Allahumma aslihin niyyah wadh dhurriyyah   Translation O Allah, rectify my intentions and reform my progeny. This brief yet profound du’a is much needed in the world today. Ponder: One who is bereft of the above two bounties …

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Leaving for the masjid in the state of wudu

There are several incentives for one who does wudu at his residence before leaving for the masjid.   Hereunder are two of those benefits:   1. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: When one performs wudu at home and leaves for the masjid solely to offer salah [in congregation], for every step taken towards the masjid [in this state of wudu] one sin is …

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The efforts of the ‘Ulama against the baseless attacks on Hadith

‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) writes: ‘The deviant groups of the past made baseless objections against the noble Hadith to which the likes of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), Imam Shaf’i (rahimahullah), Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and others have given dumbfounding answers. In every era those same objections are presented in a new disguise. The orientalists started their attack from the same front. They had a systematic venture in which they filled …

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Remain steadfast as you have been commanded

The companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) noticed some grey strands of hair on the beard of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and told him that you seem to be getting old very quickly. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied that Surah Hud has made me old.   Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) says in my opinion it was this specific verse of Surah Hud, verse 112: …فَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَا أُمِرْتَ وَمَنْ …

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Hadith guidelines on tooth-picking

Islam lays unparalleled emphasis on oral hygiene. In addition to using the miswak at salah times, the miswak is recommended on several other occasions too. See here.   The Sunnah of Picking the Teeth Another form of oral hygiene in Islam is the encouragement to pick the teeth after meals.   Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘How good is [the practice of] those in my …

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Ten deeds for protection and blessings in a home/business premises

At times we have the opportunity of purchasing a new home or business, we become eager to start it off on the right foot. We therefore resort to various forms of dhikr, recitation of Quran and du’a for barakah. In the Hadith references at hand, I have not come across any specific deeds or du’as specifically for when moving into a new premises. However, the following can be practiced upon …

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Muharram & a Muslim’s mindset

The passing of time, the days, the weeks, the months and the years are all reminders for us that our time in this dunya is running out. A man’s life span is like a block of ice in the hot sun outside. With the passing of each second that ice is melting away. Similarly, with the passing of each second, man’s life is melting away. The beginning of the Islamic …

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