Scholar’s Hive

Four deeds for increasing the memory

The following was written by My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) for the benefit of students of knowledge and all others who need it. Shaykh writes: The four deeds below are effective in increasing one’s memory and protection from forgetfulness: 1. Pray two rak’ats of nafl salah; in the first rak’ah after Surah Fatihah, recite فَفَهَّمْنَاهَا سُلَيْمَانَ ۚ وَكُلًّا آتَيْنَا حُكْمًا وَعِلْمًا ۚ وَسَخَّرْنَا مَعَ دَاوُودَ الْجِبَالَ …

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The amazing value of supporting Islamic knowledge

The value of supporting Sincere Scholars and sponsoring Islamic Knowledge Knowledge is the heart beat of Islam. Its like the blood that flows through the veins of a human body; when that stops, the body dies. Preservation of the ‘Ulama is imperative to preserving Dinul Islam in its pure form. The Institutions of knowledge are the fountainheads. Every Muslim household should be connected to an institution of Islamic knowledge (madrasah/Darul Uloom …

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Naming and Praising your Teacher

In the writings and lessons of the scholars of the past, one finds abundant citations from their respective teachers. They would not hold back in: Naming their source and teachers, in addition to: Praising them duly.  In fact, they would name their source even if it was someone junior to them. There are a host of books written on the topic of: رواية الأكابر عن الأصاغر Those seniors who reported …

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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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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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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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