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Is Adab (respect) really so important?

Passing on etiquette as insignificant generally leads to the abandoning of deeds that are sunnah, which leads to the discarding of a wajib (compulsory) act and so on. Imam ‘Abdullah Ibn Mubarak (rahimahullah) said: “If I leave out a single etiquette of Islam, I fear that Allah I will deprive me of all that He has bestowed me with.” (Kitabu-Tahajjud of Al-Ishbili (rahimahullah) pg. 132.) The society we live in …

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At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People “live to see” various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer “lives for” and yearns to witness sacred days like these.   Rajab Du’a Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would recite the following supplication …

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Sell not Your Religion!

Among the most compelling contemporary challenges, are the alarmingly increasing temptations to compromise on one’s basic beliefs. When a person loses focus of what is important in his/her life, then to sell off the most valuable asset becomes easy. In so doing, he/she is the biggest loser. In a Hadith of Sahih Muslim, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) warned the ummah of a time when people would put their worldly aspirations ahead …

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Valuable Steps

There are many rewarding deeds whose merits are inflated based on the occasion in which they are carried out. One such deed is: Walking for the salah of Jumu’ah. Sayyiduna Aws Ibn Aws (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihiwasallam) said: Whoever (does the following on a Friday): 1. Takes a thorough bath, 2. Goes very early to the Masjid, 3. Goes walking, not riding, 4. Sits close to the imam …

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Imam Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah); The Greatest of his era..

Imam Hafiz  Abul Qasim ‘Ali ibn Hasan ibn ‘Asakir (رحمه الله) was born in Damascus in the year 499 Hijri and passed away in the year 571 Hijri in Damascus also. He is known for his extensive travel in the search of knowledge. His renown work: Tareekh Dimashq which is a Biography of all the ‘Ulama who ever lived or came to Damascus is a collection in 80 volumes!! What they …

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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 …

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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 …

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