Contemporary Wrongs

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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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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It’s our offspring at stake!!!

Upbringing our children in current times is truly challenging. If nothing is done soon, one cannot imagine how worse it could get. There’s nothing more sad than “losing” your child. Tips by Khalifah ‘Umar ibn’Abdil ‘Aziz I feel that Khalifah ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil ‘Aziz’s (rahimahullah) advice below is very apt and pertinent. :وكتب عمر بن عبد العزيز إلى مؤدب ولده  خذهم بالجفاء فهو أمنع لاقدامهم ، وترك الصبحة فان عادتها تكسب …

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Why is the udhiyah/qurbani of one sheep not sufficient for the obligation of an entire family?

In the recent past, there has been an article circulating electronically which has spread confusion regarding the Hanafi position on the slaughter of one animal per eligible person during Eidul Adha. This brief article seeks to clarify the matter and to remove the confusion from the minds of the Hanafi followers. There are three parts to this response: Explanation of the Hanafi view on this topic. Quoting the proofs for …

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Religion is no Joke!

As a rule, in every Muslim’s life, his religion must always be preferred over entertainment. Or else very little of Islam will remain. Adherence and reverence for one’s creed must reign supreme. This is not to say, Islam doesn’t allow recreation, or light heartedness. The sirah of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) has many examples of his jovial side. These are well documented and are known to many.   Crucial …

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The Power of the Pen

Ever since man existed, so too did his pen exist. With the passage of time, the only thing that changed was the form and mechanism of this pen. The fact that this tool of knowledge has stood the test of time is proof of its power. One should never underestimate the impact of the written word. Even in an era like ours, where there are so many innovative ways of …

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When to discharge the Sadaqatul Fitr

There are several Hadiths that encourage discharging the sadaqatul fitr before the Eid salah. Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has included the following chapter in his famous book; Sahih Bukhari: ‘The chapter of [discharging] the sadaqah before Eid.’ Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) quoted the following Hadith under this chapter: Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) instructed that the sadaqatul fitr (fitrah) be given [to the poor] before …

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Do not just believe everything you read!

‘Don’t believe everything you read’ – These were the words of wisdom of the great Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah), the senior Teacher of my Honourable Shaykh, Al-Muhaddith Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him). He offered this advice to Shaykh ‘Awwamah in his early days of study, after he approached his Teacher to clarify a dodgy incident about Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) which he had just read the night before.

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