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Completing the Quran in two rak’ahs of Salah

Moulana Qari Muhammad Rafiq, explaining an incident of Shaykh Binnory’s (rahimahullah) deep love of the Quran Sharif, writes: Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah), expressing his shukr (gratitude) to Allah Ta’ala, says: “One day a Qari, who was my friend, came to meet me. This was in the last few days of Ramadan. He used to read Quran very beautifully. I said to him: “Instead of wasting time, let us read nafl Salah.” …

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Reciting & listening to the Quran in Ramadan

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that: ‘Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was the most generous of all the people, and he would peak in generosity during Ramadan when Jibril (‘alayhis salam) use to meet him. Jibril (‘alayhis salam) would meet him every night in Ramadan to revise the Quran. [During those days] Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was even more generous than the fair winds.’ (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6) Commentary …

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‘Allamah Binnory’s (rahimahullah) Ramadan

One of ‘Allamah Binnory’s students writes: In the Mubarak month of Ramadan Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) used to become the embodiment of worship. He would keep fast with a lot of fervor and would pass a major portion of the night in Salah and recitation of Quran. Despite pain in the knees he would listen to five juz in Tarawih Salah. When he was in the Haramayn Sharifayn, he …

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Tarawih; 20 Rak’ahs and no less!

Tarawih Salah is Sunnah Muakkadah (an emphasised Sunnah). One who discards it deliberately and repeatedly becomes sinful. Tarawih in Ramadan was established by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) himself. Thereafter, it was Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) who had unified the Ummah upon the performance of twenty Rak’ahs of Tarawih behind an Imam. His decision was met with unanimous approval of all the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) and Tabi’un of that era. From …

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‘Allamah Binnory’s Weeping and Crying

Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) was the proof of the true meaning of the verse: وَإِذَا سَمِعُوا مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ تَرَىٰ أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ الدَّمْعِ مِمَّا عَرَفُوا مِنَ الْحَقِّ ‘When they hear what has been revealed to the Rasul (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), you see their eyes flow with tears because they recognize the truth.’ (Surah 5, Verse 83)   When Moulana would listen to Quran his eyes would start …

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Naming and Praising your Teacher

In the writings and lessons of the scholars of the past, one finds abundant citations from their respective teachers. They would not hold back in: Naming their source and teachers, in addition to: Praising them duly.  In fact, they would name their source even if it was someone junior to them. There are a host of books written on the topic of: رواية الأكابر عن الأصاغر Those seniors who reported …

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A passage from a manuscript of Sunan Tirmidhi dated 558 A.H

The following is a passage I recently came across in a manuscript of Sunan Tirmidhi. This manuscript dates back to the year 558 A.H. In this passage, the student of Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) relates from Imam Tirmidhi himself some interesting information about one of Imam Tirmidhi’s favourite teachers; Imam Hannad ibn Sariy, who was also the teacher of all the other authors of the six famous Hadith books (the sihah …

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Not everything is suited for everyone

In addition to possessing knowledge, wisdom and diplomacy is important. The same tone will not be used for all. Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) used various methodologies to impart knowledge; at times he would ignore the person to whom he wanted to pass the message, on other occasions he would give extra attention to the one he wanted to draw closer to him. Sometimes he would address the culprit directly, and at …

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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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