Contemporary Wrongs

What to do with ‘Hearsay’?

The other side of the story A woman once brought a claim against another woman before Qadi Shurayh (rahimahullah). After some time, she began to cry bitterly. Those who were present were convinced that the woman was wronged. Qadi Shurayh replied: “Indeed even the brothers of Yusuf (‘alayhis salam) cried by their father.” i.e, Despite their sobbing, they were still guilty. (Kitabul Adhkiya, pg.63) Moral Therefore, no matter how convincing …

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The recent ‘Maqra-ah’/Hadith Majlis trend

Attending a few gatherings of completion of Hadith books (like the khatm Bukhari) for the purpose of barakah etc is applaudable and encouraged. However, the recent trend of arranging public ‘maqra-ahs’ (also called Hadith Majlis; swift Hadith recitals) of Hadith books, like Sahih Bukhari etc. are indeed beneficial for the scholars, but harmful for the layman who doesn’t have a sound grounding in the basic subjects of the Islamic sciences. Such recitals should be …

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33 Reasons to study under a Tutor

Knowledge is attractive and it’s something everybody needs. However, when the correct procedure is not followed, the desired results are lost. The trend of self-study that has become ever so popular in the current times actually contributes to the destruction of pure knowledge. The boom of the internet and its search engines have also contributed to this trend. What follows is an in-depth look at the “Need for a Tutor” …

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Who Knows Better?

Some contemporaries, who degrade the Fiqh of the four Imams and their followers, actually do so because they view legitimate “difference of opinion” as evil. This is the reason for which they keep harping on the fact that we need to follow the Quran and Sunnah and not any of the Schools of Fiqh. This is an analysis of their claim. My Honourable Teacher, Al-Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect …

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Academic Theft!

In the spirit of sharing knowledge, many people at some time or the other end up forwarding an email, re-sharing a post or re-tweeting what they received from others whilst omitting the initial source of that valuable piece of knowledge. This is ethically incorrect and can be termed as a form of disloyalty and treachery! When we share knowledge, its best to state the source, so that the quotation carries …

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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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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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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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