Tag Archives: Salafism

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September, 2016

  • 10 September

    Intricacies in Hadith grading

    The purpose of this discussion is to illustrate that the conclusion of a particular Muhaddith is not necessarily final. Neither can it be enforced on others in the event of there being other legitimate opinions on that issue.   The system of grading Hadith is إجتهادى (Ijtihadi); open to difference of opinion. The procedure of classifying the merit of the narrators and the authenticity of the Hadiths is one which …

May, 2014

  • 10 May

    A contemporary english commentary on ‘Aqidah Tahawiyyah

    The issue of ‘Aqidah has become a contemporary challenge for many muslims world-wide. Many followers of the Ahlus Sunnah have become confused due to their exposure to ‘unapproved’ commentaries on the brief yet marvellous book of Imam Tahawi (rahimahullah) My friend and colleague, Shaykh Fahim Hoosen (may Allah protect him) has done an excellent job in his recent work; a brief english translation and commentary of Al- ‘Aqida Al-Tahawiyya. A …

February, 2014

  • 13 February

    33 Reasons to study under a Tutor

    Knowledge is attractive and it’s something everybody needs. However, when the correct procedure is not followed, the desired results are lost. The trend of self-study that has become ever so popular in the current times actually contributes to the destruction of pure knowledge. The boom of the internet and its search engines have also contributed to this trend. What follows is an in-depth look at the “Need for a Tutor” …

January, 2014

  • 25 January

    Who Knows Better?

    Some contemporaries, who degrade the Fiqh of the four Imams and their followers, actually do so because they view legitimate “difference of opinion” as evil. This is the reason for which they keep harping on the fact that we need to follow the Quran and Sunnah and not any of the Schools of Fiqh. This is an analysis of their claim. My Honourable Teacher, Al-Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect …

October, 2013

  • 22 October

    A Few Lessons on Adab (Respect)

    It is a famous statement of the ‘Ulama: Those who succeeded did so through their adab (respect) and those who failed did so because of the lack of respect” (Adabul ikhtilaf fi masailil ‘lmi wad din, pg.192) قال الإمام الزرنوجي رحمه الله ما وصل من وصل إلا بالحرمة، وما سقط من سقط إلا بترك الحرمة (Ta’limul Muta’allim of Imam Zarnuji (rahimahullah), pg.46, ibid)   Here are a few examples of …

July, 2013

  • 10 July

    Tarawih; 20 rak’ats. No less!

    The following article was written by myself and edited plus published by www.deoband.org a few years ago. May Allah Ta’ala use to guide us all. Amin. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. In recent times there has been a growth in the number of lay people who, influenced by a certain ideology, claim that the tarawih consists of only eight rak’ahs rather than the established …

February, 2013

  • 14 February

    Hanafi, Shafi’i or “Muhammadi”?

    We are often faced with the question: “Why do you follow Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik or Imam Shafi’i etc (rahimahumullah)? Aren’t we supposed to follow Sayyiduna Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? A unique perspective  My Respected Teacher, Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him and keep him in good health, and may Allah continue to allow us to benefit from Shaykh) writes: “It is crucial for every Muslim to …

  • 6 February

    Who are The Blind Followers?

    This is a book by my dear brother and friend, Shaykh Abu Usamah (may Allah continue to bless him) It covers several major unfounded doubts in the minds of many concerning the issues of following a madh-hab (school of thought). The book is in question and answer format which makes it easier to comprehend. A lot of the discussions have been adapted from “Atharul Hadith” of my esteemed Shaykh Muhammad …

December, 2012

  • 17 December

    Don’t get Lost in the Debate…!

    Sometimes we get so lost in the discussion we tend to overlook other basic etiquette that is required when engaging in debate. We are often overcome with emotion and  lose focus of the fact that the person we differ with is still a muslim, or at times even an álim. My Honorable Teacher, Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad Áwwamah (may Allah protect him) aptly draws our attention to the approach we ought …

  • 15 December

    Fasting on ‘Aashura Saturday

    Imams Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have reported from Sayyidatuna Samma (radiyallahu’anha) that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) said: “Don’t fast on Saturdays unless it’s an obligatory fast” i.e, like Ramadan. (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2413, Sunan Tirmidhi, hadith: 744 and others) This Hadith has been quoted by some contemporaries to discourage people from fasting on the 10th of Muharram, or even the 9th or 11th of Muharram, if any of these dates …