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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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Preparation for Ramadan

This book is an english translation of a discourse delivered by the Honourable Mufti of India, Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri (may Allah protect him and allow us all to benefit from him) An ideal read as a prelude to Ramadan. The translator has kindly given consent to share this valuable work. May Allah Ta’ala reward him and may He allow us all to benefit. Ameen. View and download here  

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Tahiyyatul Masjid; Our Weak Point!

Imagine a visitor that enters your home, takes a seat, occupies himself with his personal affairs, fulfills his need and then leaves without even greeting you..? The consequences of such a visit are obvious! Moreover, what if such behavior is repeated daily or even weekly?!! Ironically, it is we ourselves that are the perpetrators of such behaviour and we don’t even realise it! Visiting Allah One who visits the Masjid is …

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Istikharah in the Light of the Sunnah

This book, by my dear friend Shaykh Abu Usamah clarifies many complications people have in understanding the reality of Istikharah. When it was first published, it proved extremely beneficial to every reader, even the learned ones. This is the third edition. It’s a book I feel closely attached to and with whose every detail I agree. May Allah continue to use it as a means of spreading pure authentic knowledge. …

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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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