Scholar’s Hive

Changing the route from the ‘Eid Salah

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that when it was the day of ‘Eid, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would attend and return from the ‘Eid salah using different routes. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 943)   Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) –the famous commentator of Sahih Bukhari- has written twenty reasons as to why Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would have done so: So that either both pathways, or the Angels, inhabitants, and creatures along both …

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Who should/could attend the Bukhari graduation gatherings?

It’s a common practice in many parts of the world whereby reliable ‘Ulama that complete their lessons of Sahih Bukhari invite the public to share in the blessings of the final lesson. Some individuals incorrectly object to this practice. The following is an explanation of the validity and merit if such a practice. May Allah Ta’ala increase such gatherings throughout the globe. Amin   Attending gatherings wherein the Hadith of …

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Reciting Hadiths of Sahih Bukhari to repel calamity

It is a famous statement among the Muhaddithun: ‘When reciting Hadith, Allah Ta’ala’s special mercies descend.’ (Tadribur Rawi, vol.4 pg.540)   During times of difficulty, fear and hardship, in addition to Quran recital and other forms of du’a etc, one practice of our pious predecessors; recent and ancient is to recite the entire Sahih Bukhari in order to draw Allah Ta’ala’s special mercy. Sahih Bukhari consists of among the most …

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Imam Baqy Ibn Makhlad (rahimahullah); A True Student

Imam Baqy ibn Makhlad al Andulusy (rahimahullah) was born in Spain and he passed away there as well. He was born in the year 201 A.H. and passed away in 276 A.H. At the age of 20 he traveled to Baghdad on foot for the sole purpose of meeting Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah) He relates: “When I drew near to Baghdad, I heard of the sanction on Imam Ahmad …

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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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Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah)’s Tahajjud Salah

Dr Habibullah Mukhtar Shahid (rahimahullah) writes: Despite weakness, old age and severe knee pains, (Moulana Yusuf – rahimahullah) would exert himself so much that even the young used to envy him. Be it whilst on journey  or at home, during illness or when enjoying health, every day two hours before Fajr Moulana would present himself before Allah Ta’ala. This time would be spent wailing and crying for din and the …

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The Significance of the 15th of Sha’ban

The 15th of Sha’ban, which is commonly referred to as “Laylatul Bara-ah” (refer: Tafsir Razi and Ruhul ma’ani, Surah 44. Ayah: 3) is one of the significant nights in the Islamic calendar. Ibnul Haj (rahimahullah) states: “The salaf (pious predecessors) would sanctify this night and prepare themselves for it in advance” (Al-Madkhal, vol.1 pg.299) Some people, due to being ill-informed actually refute the auspiciousness of this occasion. The following paragraphs serve …

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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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Intricacies in Hadith grading

The purpose of this discussion is to illustrate that the conclusion of a particular Muhaddith is not necessarily final. Neither can it be enforced on others in the event of there being other legitimate opinions on that issue.   The system of grading Hadith is إجتهادى (Ijtihadi); open to difference of opinion. The procedure of classifying the merit of the narrators and the authenticity of the Hadiths is one which …

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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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