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‘Allamah Binnory; a Muhaddith and Mufti

Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) was a great Muhaddith of his time. He was a master in the field of Hadith, a research scholar and a critic. Together with the knowledge of Hadith, he also acquired a vast knowledge and deep understanding in fiqh. His proficiency in fiqh was deep-rooted and profound. Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah) achieved such an honour and distinction that he was from the most illustrious students of …

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Verify before you amplify

Any discussion on the spreading of Hadith cannot be left void of the warning against passing on unauthentic narrations. This is due to the grave warnings about fabricated Hadiths. There are approximately 200 Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) that have reported these warnings. (Fathul Bari, Hadith: 110 and Tadribur Rawi, vol. 5 pg. 207)   The Message of Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) In fact, Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has done the same in his …

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Do not substitute the Sunnah for the way of others!

The Sunnah is the best and most complete way for any human to lead his life in this world. Unfortunately day by day, we find the Muslim ummah shifting further away from the blessed Sunnah of our Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). This will bring nothing but further disaster. The following is an abstract from an article that Muhaddithul ‘Asr, ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al Binnory (rahimahullah) wrote on this topic: ‘Powerful nations …

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Information Indigestion

The enthusiasm to share whatever beneficial knowledge we come across sometimes results in the oversight of flooding peoples timelines, inboxes, or ears. This leads to ‘information indigestion’. Do not be too frequent to the extent that the audience or recipients are burdened. This is an established principle of knowledge. Despite the high level of the eagerness that the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) had to learn from Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), he too would …

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How to acquire the habit of practice

An extremely beneficial method of inculcating the habit of practicing upon knowledge is to accompany people who do so themselves. One advantage of formerly acquiring knowledge from a suitable teacher is that together with knowledge one is also able to visualise how the teacher applies it in his life.   Ibn Sirin (rahimahullah) said: “They –the senior Tabi’un- would study how to practice (‘amal) just as they would study knowledge …

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Knowledge is for practice

There currently seems to be a widespread notion that: knowledge is for propagation, instead of practise. Therefore as soon as we come across a useful piece of information we immediately think of forwarding it instead of first planning to implement it in our lives! Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: “No person’s feet will be allowed to move on the day of Qiyamah until he answers the following questions: How he …

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Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah’s view regarding Darul ‘Ulum Deoband

The view of the great scholar, researcher and Muhaddith, my esteemed teacher, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah – Al-Halabi al-Madani regarding Darul ‘Ulum Deoband   The following is an extract from the speech that he delivered at the institute: “I have reliance upon, trust and love Darul ‘Ulum Deoband and its past and present scholars. I ask Allah, the Great, from His great bounty to favour it, its administrators and all similar places …

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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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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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