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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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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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Fasting on ‘Aashura Saturday

Imams Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have reported from Sayyidatuna Samma (radiyallahu’anha) that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) said: “Don’t fast on Saturdays unless it’s an obligatory fast” i.e, like Ramadan. (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2413, Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 744 and others) This Hadith has been quoted by some contemporaries to discourage people from fasting on the 10th of Muharram, or even the 9th or 11th of Muharram, if any of these dates …

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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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