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Beneficial deeds for Isal Thawab

When faced with the tragedy of the death of any near or dear one, we are encouraged to engage in isal thawab; i.e, to dedicate the reward for nafl (optional) deeds to the deceased. Hereunder is a list of some suggested deeds for Isal thawab, that have been mentioned in the Hadith. This is not an exclusive list, but indeed a recommended one. Reciting the Quran Sayyiduna Ma’qil ibn Yasar …

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Don’t ever give up your Iman, whatever the temptation! (audio)

This is a lecture I delivered on the importance of holding onto Iman, and resisting temptation, incorporating the deeper meaning of the famous Hadith: بدأ الإسلام غريبا، وسيعود غريبا كما بدأ. فطوبى للغرباء. ‘Islam commenced as odd/strange, and will it return to that state of strangness. Glad tidings for the strangers/those who seem as the odd ones out.’ i.e, because of holding onto authentic Islamic practices… Download here

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The three stages of Hypocrisy

Muhaddithul ‘Asr; ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al-Binnory (rahinahullah) writes: ‘In the terminology of Islam, atheism and hypocrisy have the same meaning. The contradiction of speech and action is called hypocrisy and it has three stages: The belief of the heart is correct but actions claim to be contrary. This is hypocrisy in actions. There is no belief at all in the words of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) but verbal …

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The different types of shahids (martyrs)

The ‘Ulama have cited three types of Shahids: 1. One who is considered a Shahid in this world as well as in the Hereafter. This is one who dies in combat against the enemies of Islam. A Shahid in this world is one on whom the rules of a Shahid apply, like not being given ghusl (a bath) after his demise. A Shahid in the Hereafter is one who will …

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Shaykh ‘Awwamah’s plea for preparing high calibre leaders of knowledge

While discussing the state of Islamic knowledge in the world currently, My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) mentioned a very important issue which I will paraphrase in the following paragraphs. These are the concerns of a veteran in the field of knowledge.  The weight of these concerns should be gauged from the fact that Shaykh (hafizahullah) has spent over half a century in the field of Islamic …

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