Manners

For the sake of our beloveds…

Sometimes we make certain choices in life based merely on the fact that ‘if my father/mother/child/wife/beloved was alive, he/she would do the same’ or we do it “for old time’s sake”. This stems from the love that we possess for each other. When one loves someone dearly, then that love extends to everything that is connected to the beloved, especially in their absence. A mother will cherish the clothes of her …

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Our duty towards fellow Muslims

A series of talks by My Beloved Father; Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (may Allah protect him) on the of rights of fellow Muslims. How we can safeguard and protect the rights of the next and in doing so break down the artificial barriers (race, colour, nationality, location etc.) that prevents us from seeing the next person as our brother / sister. Part one Part two Part three

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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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Etiquettes of the Masjid

The illustrious Tabi’i; Sa’id ibnul Musayyab (rahimahullah) said: One who is seated in the Masjid, is actually seated in the company of Allah Ta’ala. (Tafsir Qurtubi, vol.6 pg.560) The renowned Mufassir (commentator of Quran) Imam Abu ‘Abdillah Al-Qurtubi (rahimahullah) has listed the following etiquettes of the Masjid:   DO’S in Masjid: 1.1. Upon entering the Masjid, one should greet the people with Salam. (This only applies when those present are not …

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Like Father…

My previous post provided a glimpse of Khalifah ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil ‘Azeez’s method of training his children. Now I would like to share the result of this nurturing. The Historians mention that he had fifteen children, three of which were daughters. Each of them grew up to be obedient and pious. The most accomplished of them was: ‘Abdul Malik (rahimahullah) ‘Umar (rahimahullah) says: “My son ‘Abdul Malik is most cherished …

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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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