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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 …

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Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, Not S.A.W.!

There is certain etiquette that applies when we take the names of our predecessors. These are Great leaders in Din, and they deserve a certain amount of respect. Many have the habit of merely sufficing on abbreviations like: “r.a.” or “a.s.” Even worse is the use of the “s.a.w.” acronym! The Greatest human on earth deserves more respect than that. To suffice on an abbreviation instead of the entire “sallallahu …

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Imam Al-Rawwasi (رحمه الله); the result of Respect

Imam ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil Karim Al-Rawwasi (rahimahullah) was born in the year 428 A.H, in Dihistan and he passed away in 503 A.H. What they said about him Imam Abu Ja’far al-Hamazhani (رحمه الله) says: “I never saw in those countries anyone like him, instead not in the entire world! He was a mobile book. He travelled the world in search of the knowledge of Hadith. I met him in Makkah and I saw the ‘Ulama praising and speaking good about …

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The progressive slide; Then and Now

It’s a common fact; the further we progress in time from the era of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), the more we degenerate on a universal basis. The scary part is the speed with which we are currently deteriorating!   Emphasis on the inner self Islam has always emphasised on the internal self rather than the mere appearance of an action. By offering a sacrifice during ‘Eidul Ad-ha no meat or blood …

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Status of the Hadith: “My Companions are like the Stars”

The following Hadith is often quoted when discussing the topic of the rank of the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum). أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم “My Companions are like the stars, whichever of them you follow you will be rightly guided” Although there exists numerous verses of the Quran as well as Hadiths on this matter, the following is a research into the authenticity of the narration in question.   Original sources Hafiz …

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7 Steps to Becoming Debt-Free

Many people, at some point in their lives end up in financial debt. Nobody likes it, but it just happens. Taking loans is perfectly permissible in Islam, as long as it doesn’t entail riba (usury) and it isn’t for a purpose that is against Islam. Hereunder are seven ways to remove the noose of debt from our necks. Du’as for the Fulfillment of Debts Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) says: “Rasulullah (sallallahu …

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What We Need to Know about the 6 Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal. The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states: “Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has fasted the entire year” Commentary The Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting in Ramadan we are …

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Imam ibn Jarir Al-Tabari (رحمه الله); One who led his entire life like Ramadhan!

During the month of Ramadhan, we worship Allah Ta’ala by abstaining from acts that are usually Halaal. i.e, Food, drink and permissible relations with one’s spouse. The following is a glimpse into the life of a Scholar who emulated Ramadhan his entire life. Imam Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Jarir Al-Tabari (رحمه الله) was born in the year 224 A.H. in Tabaristan and he passed away in the year 310 A.H. …

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How to Clean The Heart

The sin of malice and discord is serious. Even on auspicious occasions despite Allah’s abundant mercy, we always find one particular class of people that are deprived; those who harbour ill-feelings in their hearts towards others. In addition to this, some narrations state that such people’s salah is not accepted by Allah. (At-Targhib, vol.3 pgs.455-462) Hereunder are a few prescriptions (from the Hadith and advice of seniors) to remove ill-feelings from …

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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 …

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