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Putting the elders first

Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) while explaining the importance of etiquette with seniors, writes: ‘I was once with my friend at our Madrasah Sha’baniyyah in Aleppo (may Allah Ta’ala alleviate the sufferings of its people soon) when we saw two of our senior teachers. Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah) Shaykh Mufti Muhammad As’ad ‘Ibajy (rahimahullah) My friend proceeded to greet and shake the hand of Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah first. He …

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Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah)’s Tahajjud Salah

Dr Habibullah Mukhtar Shahid (rahimahullah) writes: Despite weakness, old age and severe knee pains, (Moulana Yusuf – rahimahullah) would exert himself so much that even the young used to envy him. Be it whilst on journey  or at home, during illness or when enjoying health, every day two hours before Fajr Moulana would present himself before Allah Ta’ala. This time would be spent wailing and crying for din and the …

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The gauge of virtue and vice

Kitabullah and Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) We have the Shari’ah, a code of laws and the Sunnah, the way of life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). This is the criteria of right and wrong, good and bad, virtue and vice. If an action conforms with the Shari’ah and Sunnah, it will be acceptable, if the action does not conform, it will be rejected. This was the general rule …

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Having Adab for Allah and everything connected to Him

Allah Ta’ala has inspired humans to adopt good qualities. Human beings can progress in the qualities that Allah Ta’ala has instilled in them. Among these qualities is adab; to have respect/manners/etiquettes. This is something of utmost importance although many of us regard it to be trivial. Here is a talk that I gave on the topic of Adab. Please note that the audio recording is cutoff towards the end. Download …

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Religion is no Joke!

As a rule, in every Muslim’s life, his religion must always be preferred over entertainment. Or else very little of Islam will remain. Adherence and reverence for one’s creed must reign supreme. This is not to say, Islam doesn’t allow recreation, or light heartedness. The sirah of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) has many examples of his jovial side. These are well documented and are known to many.   Crucial …

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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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