Making the most of the days of Ramadan and 'Eidul Fitr - Audio

وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

'And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.' (Surah Nahl, verse: 18)

Allah Ta'ala grants us many favors in many different forms and among these favors is the month of Ramadan.

Listen to the talk delivered by my beloved father, Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) on this topic.

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Lesson 14 - Love for the symbols of Islam

Lesson 14 - Love for the symbols of Islam

Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quran:

ومن يعظم شعائر الله فإنها من تقوى القلوب

'And whoever honours the symbols of Allah, it is certainly out of the piety of the heart.'

(Surah Haj: verse 32)

Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) had a deep and sincere love for all the symbols of Islam. Whether it was the Masajid, the Quran Sharif, the Madaris, books of Deeni knowledge, the Huffaz, ‘Ulama, those engaged in the effort of da’wah and tabligh, Hazrath Moulana maintained respect and adab for all of them.

He never touched any academic book of Islamic knowledge without wudu. When it came to the adab and respect of the Quran Sharif, he would never allow Quran recital to be played in the background while people were engaged in conversation, trade, etc. He would say: ‘Either remain silent and listen to the Quran Sharif or switch it off.’

Whenever he heard someone reciting the Quran Sharif beautifully; or an inspiring lecturer delivering a discourse on Din, his sincere admiration for them would be visible on his face, and he would even speak about it to his close associates.

When he visited new cities, he had a passion to see and admire the Masajid. Whenever he passed by any Masjid, he would recite Durud Sharif. On his travels abroad, when his hosts would offer to take him on a tour of the famous landmarks, monuments, etc. he would refuse and say: ‘Show me a Masjid or a Madrasah. I’m more comfortable there.’

Hazrat (rahimahullah) would go out of his way to visit senior ‘Ulama and Huffaz locally and on his travels.
His admiration and love for the brothers of tabligh was unparalleled. He even appreciated elderly Muslims. He often kissed the elderly folk on their foreheads out of respect for them. Wherever he went in the world, he always kept himself connected with the above people and places.

When he visited a grave, then as a mark of respect, he would remove his sandals and stand on them.

Similarly, his attachment to the Haramayn Shareef was unique. Whenever he went for Haj or ‘Umrah, his habit was to sit in ‘ibadah in the Haram from before Fajr till Ishraq and from Asr till after Esha.
He disliked and avoided arguing with the residents of the Haramayn.

He would check if the toilets and beds in the hotel room were positioned such that the feet faced the qiblah, in which case he would either ask for it to be changed or sleep on the opposite side of the bed, so that his head faced the qiblah instead of his feet. His respect for the qiblah extended to even when he placed his sandals on a shoe rack in any Masjid. He ensured that they did not face the qiblah.
Hazrat Moulana (rahimahullah) never read salah on a Musalla that had a sketch of the Ka’bah or a Masjid on it. He considered having these sketches disrespectful since they were being placed on the floor.

The Adhan is also termed a unique symbol of Islam.

Hazrat Moulana Haroon (rahimahullah) was extremely particular about respecting the Adhan and muadhins. He would remain silent during the Adhan. He would reply to it loudly and recite the du’a after Adhan loudly too, as a reminder to others.

Hazrat (rahimahullah), being an Imam for over forty years, was extremely particular about maintaining the sanctity of the Masjid. He was firm in cautioning people who violated the sanctity of the Masjid, be it in the form of them raising their voices, their cellphones ringing, or even their dressing inside the Masjid. He disliked it when someone entered the Masjid without a hat/topi, and on many occasions, he offered such people one of his own hats.

Just as Hazrat (rahimahullah) loved and respected Mubarak places, he also loved and respected Mubarak times. He would ensure to maximise his benefit from blessed occasions by remaining fully engaged in ‘ibadah and especially du’a. These times extended to Fridays after ‘Asr, the 15th night of Sha’ban, throughout Ramadan and specifically the last moments of Ramadan, followed by the night of Eid. It was practically impossible to talk to him on these occasions, (rahimahullah).

It is extremely sad to note the extent of disregard for most of the above in our societies currently.

May Allah Ta’ala bless the soul of Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb (rahimahullah) and grant us the ability to uphold the sanctity of Islam in all forms.

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The month of Sha'ban - Audio

Due to Sha'ban occurring between two well known months; Rajab & Ramadan, its significance is not fully understood by all.

Listen to a lecture I delivered on the month of Sha'ban here.


Qurbani/Udhiyah, with your own hands

Its a trend nowadays for people to have their Qurbani/Udhiyah animal slaughtered by others, at some far off farm, or even abroad. Whilst there may be justifiable reason for some, one should consider the following:

Sayyiduna Buraydah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that ‘Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would not go for the ‘Eidul Fitr Salah without eating something. On the day of ‘Eidul Adha, he would not eat anything until he returned [from the ‘Eid Salah].’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 542, Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 1426, Sahih Ibn Hibban, Hadith: 2812, Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1 pg.294)


Although this narration merely states that on the day of ‘Eidul Adha, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would not eat until after the Salah, the same Hadith appears with the following addition in Sunanud Daraqutni (Hadith: 1715) with the following words:

‘… On the day of ‘Eidul Adha, he would not eat anything until he returned [from the ‘Eid Salah], and eat from his animal of sacrifice.


Hafiz Ibnul Qattan (rahimahullah) has declared it as authentic (sahih)

(Bayanul Wahmi wal Iham, Hadith: 2531. Also see: Nasbur Rayah, Hadith: 2796 and Talkhisul Habir, vol.2 pg.84)


This version specifically mentions eating from the Qurbani animal.

Mention of eating from the liver of the Qurbani animal appears in a weak version of the same narration in As-Sunanul Kubra of Bayhaqi, vol.3 pg.283.


Despite its weakness, it can be used to understand which part of the animal was referred to in the above authentic narrations. Although one is at liberty to eat from any part of the animal.



1. In light of these narrations, the Fuqaha (Jurists) have ruled it preferable (mustahabb) to let the first thing one eats on 'Eidul Adha be from one's own animal of sacrifice.

Those who assign their animals to be slaughtered by some far off farmer or abroad, and do not slaughter their animals themselves, or under their personal supervision, or locally, are actually deprived of this recommended deed…

2. Further, the rewards for personally slaughtering the animal are also lost to such people.

3. Such people don’t fully experience the spirit of Qurbani/Udhiyah as well.

4. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

’When Dhul Hijjah begins and a person intends to make Udhiyah (slaughter on 'Eid day), then he should not remove hair nor clip his nails [until his animal is slaughtered].’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5090)

How would such a person practice on the above Hadith, when he doesn’t know on which day his animal is being slaughtered?

Strive for the ideal

As followers of Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), we should always be striving for the ideal Sunnah.

Experience shows that once a person begins to compromise on matters that seem trivial, it generally leads to the omission of other major practices.

May Allah Ta’ala remove the obstacles from those who are genuinely forced by circumstances to delegate their slaughter to others. Amin.

Fortunate indeed are those who get tawfiq to do it locally and personally.


Tafsir of verse 6 of Surah Safat - Audio

إِنَّا زَيَّنَّا السَّمَاءَ الدُّنْيَا بِزِينَةٍ الْكَوَاكِبِ

'Indeed We have adorned the sky of the world (the first sky) with the decoration of the stars.' (Surah Safat, verse: 6)

Here is a Tafsir (exegesis) of the above verse, that I delivered in a talk.

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10 Points about the Day of 'Arafah

The day of 'Arafah is the most important day for a Haji. Whilst only a select few of the Ummah are chosen by Allah Ta'ala to physically be on the plains of 'Arafat on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, there are several virtues and deeds mentioned regarding the day of 'Arafah which apply to those afar as well. Hereunder are ten of them.


The Virtue of the Day     

1. The day of 'Arafah is one of the best days of the year,

Sayyidna Anas (radiyallahu 'anhu) says:

"The day of 'Arafah equals 10 000 days in virtue"!

(At-Targhib, vol. 2 pg.200 and Lataiful Ma'arif, pg.460)


2. "On the day of 'Arafah, Allah frees even those who are not physically in 'Arafah. Therefore the next day is 'Eid for all"

(Ibn Rajab -rahimahullah- in Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.482)


3. The Day of 'Arafah has also been labelled as "Yawmul Eid" by Sayyiduna 'Umar (radiyallahu 'anhu) as it's the day in which Allah Ta'ala announced the perfection of Islam.

(Sahih Bukhari)


Deeds for this Day

4. DO on the Day of 'Arafah:

1. Fast [recommended for those not physically in 'Arafah]

2. Recite kalimah shahadah a lot

3. Excessive du'a

4. Sadaqah


5. DON'T:

1. Persist on Sin (i.e, make tawbah -repent- from all sins)

2. Be arrogant

These 2 types of people are deprived on this blessed day.

(Ibn Rajab -rahimahullah- in Lataiful Ma'arif, pg.494)


6. Dhikr on the Day of 'Arafah

Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) would recite the following abundantly on the day of 'Arafah:

La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul mulku walahul hamdu biyadihil khayru wahuwa 'ala kulli shayin qadir

(Musnad Ahmad; see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.252)

كان أكثر دعاء النبي عليه السلام يوم عرفة:
«لاإلٰه إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد بيده الخير وهو على كل شئ قدير»
(أحمد والترمذي)


7. Sayyiduna 'Ali's (radiyallahu 'anhu) du'a on the Day of 'Arafah

Allahumma a'tiq raqabati minanar wa awsi'li minar rizqil halal, wasrif 'anni fasaqatil jinni wal ins

Translation: O Allah! Free me from the fire, increase my lawful sustenance, and keep away the transgressive Jin and humans from me.

(Ibn Abi Dunya, see Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.494)

دعاء سيدنا علي رضي الله عنه يوم عرفة:
اللهم أعتق رقبتي من النار، وأَوسِعْ لِيْ مِنَ الرّزقِ الحلال، وَاصْرِفْ عني فَسَقة الجن والإنس
(ابن أبي الدنيا)

8. "Fasting on the day of Arafah will expiate the sins of the past and future year."

(Sahih Muslim)

Note: This is recommended for the non-Hajis.


9. Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

"He who protects his ears, eyes and tongue on this day (Day of 'Arafah) will be forgiven"

(Musnad Ahmad with a reliable chain, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.251)


Shaytan’s Humiliation

10. The day of 'Arafah is the day when Shaytan is most humiliated (due to Allah's extensive forgiveness)

(Muwatta Imam Malik, Musnad Ahmad and Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3013)



All of the above will have real significance to us if we implement it and not just share it.

May Allah Ta'ala grant us all the tawfiq (ability) to practice on all the above and may He bless us with repeated opportunities of physically being on the plains of 'Arafat.


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Lesson 13 - The Power of Du'a

Lesson 13 - The Power of Du'a

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Make du’a to Allah with conviction of acceptance.’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3479)


When asking from Allah Ta’ala, one should always envisage Allah’s unlimited treasures and power.

Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) had a distinguished level of conviction in the power of du’a.

When he had any type of need, he would resort to du’a in earnest and he would ultimately see the results.

Those who spent time with him would also witness this.


Hazrat (rahimahullah) had conviction that every issue can be solved through du’a.

He would fondly remember the level of conviction in du’a that his senior Ustad; Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) had, and he would quote examples of ‘Allamah Binnory in this regard.


When the odds were stacked against someone, Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb (rahimahullah) would say: 'Now you should have more yaqin in Allah's power (Qudrat).'

Hazrat would habitually recite the following words during times of urgency:

ياسُبُّوحُ ياقُدُّوسُ ياغَفُورُ ياوَدُودُ

Ya Subbuhu Ya Quddusu Ya Ghafuru Ya Wadudu

[This is a prescription of Hazrat Haji Imdadullah -rahimahullah-]


For the sick he would prescribe the du’a of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ’anhu):

اللّٰهُمَّ ياحَليمُ ياكَريمُ اِشْفِ.

Allahumma Ya Halimu Ya Karimu ishfi

[followed by the name of the sick person]

He would encourage its abundant recital with conviction of cure.


Hazrat (rahimahullah) was known for his lengthy du’as, especially on blessed occasions.

He would admiringly cite examples of the pious elders who would spend hours in du’a.

Hazrat (rahimahullah) valued du’as to the extent that it would pain him if he missed out on the opportunity for du’a at some blessed occasion.

As an inspiration to himself and others, he would also share incidents of how he witnessed speedy acceptance of du’as made by himself or others whom he knew personally.

On one occasion, Hazrat (rahimahullah) visited a patient who was critically ill with organ failure. After a few weeks Hazrat enquired from the father about the condition of his son. To his amazement the father said that the son has made a complete recovery. The father said: ‘I made du’a and I told Allah: O Allah you are Most Capable and Powerful. You can make the impossible: possible.’

With the blessing of the du’a of the father, the son made a full recovery.

Hazrat (rahimahullah) would often quote these words very fondly to others who had dire needs, as an inspiration to them.


He would also encourage parents to make du’as for the success of their children. He would say: The [kind of] dua that the father and mother can make for a person, nobody else can.


In the latter part of his life when Hazrat took ill, many well-wishers would inform him that they constantly make du’a for his recovery. In fact, there were many who told him that they remember him every time they make du’a!

Hazrat (rahimahullah) would get extremely happy and become very appreciative of their kind gestures.

Such was Hazrat’s (rahimahullah) conviction in du’a that during the last hours of his life, he contacted many friends and associates to request their du’as. He sent messages via others to those whom he couldn’t contact directly, to ask for du’a on his behalf.

The reader is requested to kindly remember Hazrat Moulana (rahimahullah) in du’a whenever possible, as this is indeed something he would appreciate very much.

In fact, remembering a fellow Muslim, and more so a pious Muslim in du’a is a means of one’s own du’as being accepted.

May Allah Ta’ala bless Hazrat with complete maghfirat, mercy and the highest stages in the Akhirah.

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Reformation before alleviation

The current sad state of the Ummah of Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) is indeed unprecedented in recent history.

The Ummah is challenged on all fronts; from widespread oppression, to poverty and illness, to political scandals and instability. Coupled with broken relationships and pandemics etc.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs.

Whilst we believe that every difficulty is undoubtedly followed by ease, the current situation is such, that ease is not yet in sight.

My Honourable Teacher; the Grand Muhaddith of our era, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) frequently laments over the fact that despite these circumstances, there is still no awakening in the Ummah!

How would we then be eligible for Allah’s mercy?!

Shaykh (hafizahullah) advised that the following be included in our daily du’as:

اللّٰهُمَّ أَصْلِحْنا وَفَرِّجْ عَنَّا

Allahumma aslih na wa farrij ‘anna

O Allah! Reform us and relieve us.


The harms of interest (usury) - Audio

Interest (usury) is among the worst time of sins, yet most prevalent in our societies. One needs to understand the severity of this wrong even more in such circumstances.

Listen to the talk I delivered here

Lesson 12 - The Sunnah of Gifting

Lesson 12 - The Sunnah of Gifting

Offering gifts (hadiyyahs) to each other is a noble trait and well encouraged in Islam. People around the globe have the habit of gifting each other on special occasions.

In a famous Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Exchange gifts, and you will generate mutual love.’

(Al-Adabul Mufrad, Hadith: 594)


My Beloved Father; Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) would always endeavour to offer something to his hosts as well as his guests. Even when he met young children, he would gift them candy. During his latter years, he passionately liked to offer monetary gifts to Senior ‘Ulama. He would also encourage others to do the same. Among the reasons for this were:

  • He knows his needs better, and can use the money wherever needed.
  • If the ‘Alim was visiting, he might be restricted in what he can take in his luggage.
  • This endears the giver to the heart of that person.

He would say: ‘We need to teach this to the people.’


Repaying the Gift

Whilst the giver should always be sincere and offer his gift purely for thawab and the pleasure of Allah, without expecting anything in return, the Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) also teaches us to repay every gift.

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ’anhuma) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘You should repay everyone who does good to you. If you cannot afford to repay him [materially], then make du’a for him until you feel that you’ve repaid him.’

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1669)


Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) had this unique quality as well.

He would offer whatever gift he could afford to people who rendered service of any kind to him.

From those who drove him or attended to him when he was ill, to those who invited him to their homes. Even the Doctors & Specialists who willingly rendered their service, Hazrat (rahimahullah) would always try to gift them something in return. Most of his gifts were either ‘itr (perfume), Kitabs, or something edible or wearable.

In addition to this, Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb (rahimahullah) would also make sincere du’a for such people. He would remember them by name in his du’as on special occasions, like during ‘Umrah or on the plains of ‘Arafat. He would remind his family as well to make du’a for such people. This is the bare minimum that we could do for our benefactors, as explained by Our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) in the Hadith cited above.

This sincere appreciation that Hazrat (rahimahullah) had is what actually endeared him to the people even more.

Just as the Our Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: Exchange gifts and you will have mutual love…

May Allah Ta’ala bless the soul of Hazrat (rahimahullah) and reward him duly for the beautiful implementation and propagation of the Mubarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) that he rendered throughout his life.

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Become a key towards good - Audio

طوبى لعبد جعله الله مفتاحا للخير مغلاقا للشر

Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:

'Glad tidings for the one whom Allah uses as a key for [opening] good and a lock for evil.'

(Sunan Ibn Majah, hadith: 238)


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Your friend, your influence - Audio

وَيَوۡمَ يَعَضُّ الظَّالِمُ عَلٰى يَدَيۡهِ يَقُوۡلُ يٰلَيۡتَنِى اتَّخَذۡتُ مَعَ الرَّسُوۡلِ سَبِيۡلًا‏. يٰوَيۡلَتٰى لَيۡتَنِىۡ لَمۡ اَتَّخِذۡ فُلَانًا خَلِيۡلًا‏. لَقَدۡ اَضَلَّنِىۡ عَنِ الذِّكۡرِ بَعۡدَ اِذۡ جَآءَنِىۡ​ ؕ وَكَانَ الشَّيۡطٰنُ لِلۡاِنۡسَانِ خَذُوۡلًا‏.

'And the day when the wrong-doer will bite his hands, saying: If only I had stood by the Messenger! Woe is me! If only I had not taken such a one for a friend! He led me astray from the Admonition that had come to me. Satan proved to be a great betrayer of man.' (Surah Furqah, verses: 27-29)

This is a lecture that I delivered on the influence of companionship. Listen here


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Suggested Deeds for Success - Audio

Every man is searching for success. As Muslims, our perception of success is distinguished from that of others.

Our path to salvation lies in adopting the way of Islam, completely.

Throughout time, several 'Ulama have highlighted certain deeds that effect complete adoption of Din


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Earnings, the rights and wrongs - Audio

Allah Ta'ala is the Only Sustainer. He has allocated and provided the sustenance for the entire creation. This is what Allah Himself has taken as his responsibility.

Ours is to ensure that we seek this sustenance vial halal means.

Listen to a series of talks delivered by my beloved father, Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) on this topic:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

How to receive the du'as of the Angels

This article is from the many ones that were inspired by my Beloved Father (rahimahullah). He commenced the discussion on this particular one whilst I was at his side during a dialysis session. Such was his love for 'ilm, that he engaged in its discussions everywhere, and not just in a classroom or from a mimbar.

May Allah Ta'ala fill his grave with nur, and raise his ranks in Jannah.

Angels are the pure creation of Allah Ta’ala, who are dedicated to fulfil any task that Allah Ta'ala orders them with. When Allah Ta'ala announced to them His decision to create mankind, they claimed that mankind will engage in evil [rather than good].

وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَـئِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِى الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً, قَالُواْ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَآءَ، وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ, قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ

'And (remember) when your Rabb said to the angels: 'Certainly, I am going to place a vicegerent on Earth.'

They asked: 'Will You create there one who will spread disorder on the Earth and cause bloodsheds while we, along with Your praises, proclaim Your purity and sanctify Your name.’

Allah replied: ‘Certainly, I know what you do not know.’

(Surah Baqarah, Ayah: 30)


Allah Ta'ala frequently illustrates this to His angels in different ways.

The following Hadith is one such example:

Sayyiduna Mu'awiyah (radiyallahu 'anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu' alayhi wasallam) saw a gathering in the Masjid, and enquired: 'What has gathered you all here?' They replied; 'We are sitting engaged in the remembrance of Allah, and praising Him for guiding us to Islam and for His other favours.'

Nabi (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) enquired: 'By Allah! Is that the only reason for gathering?'

'By Allah! that is the only reason.' they replied.

Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said: 'Behold! I did not ask you all to take an oath, out of suspicion on you, but Jibril came to me and informed me that Allah 'Azza wa Jalla is boasting of you by the Angels.'

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 6797)


The reason for Allah boasting of this in the presence of the Angels, is to remind them of what they claimed [about man committing vice on earth], and to show to them what [virtue] mankind is now engage in.

Among the ways in which Allah Ta'ala proves this to the angels is by instructing them to make du’a for those among mankind who are engaged in good.

Allah Ta'ala says in the Quran:

الَّذِينَ يَحْمِلُونَ الْعَرْشَ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهُ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ

‘Those [Angels] who carry the throne and those around it exalt with praise of their Rabb and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], "Our Rabb, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Jahannam.’

(Surah Mumin, Ayah: 7)


Receive the du’a of the angels with the following deeds:

There are several deeds for which Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) had promised the doer will receive the du’a of the angels.

Among them are the following:

1. Teaching good to others

عن أبي أمامة الباهلي رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم أنه قال: إن الله وملائكته و أهل السماوات والأرضين حتى النملة في جحرها وحتى الحوت ليصلون على معلم الناس الخير. رواه الترمذي (٢٦٨٥) وقال حسن صحيح غريب كما في تحقة الأشراف (٤٩٠٧).

Sayyiduna Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily Allah Ta’ala sends His special mercy; and His angels along with all of the inhabitants of the heavens and earths -to such an extent even the ant in its hole and the fish- all make du’a for the one who teaches the people good things.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2685)


2. Making du’a for others

عن أبي الدرداء رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: ما من عبد يدعو لأخيه بظهر الغيب إلا قال الملك ولك بمثل. رواه مسلم (٢٧٣٣).

Sayyiduna Abu Darda (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Whenever a person (servant of Allah) makes du’a for his brother in his absence except that the angels make du’a saying: May you receive the same.”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2733)


3. Visiting a sick Muslim

عن علي رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: ما من مسلم يعود مسلما غدوة إلا صلى عليه سبعون ألف ملك حتى يمسى وإن عاده عشية إلا صلى عليه سبعون ألف ملك حتى يصبح وكان له خريف في الجنة. رواه الترمذي (٩٦٩) وقال حديث حسن غريب.

Sayyiduna 'Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “When a Muslim visits a sick Muslim at dawn, 70,000 angels make du’a for his forgiveness till dusk. If he visits him in the evening, 70,000 angels make du’a of forgiveness for him till the morning, and he will be granted a garden in Jannah.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 969)

  عن أم سلمة قالت: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا حضرتم المريض، أو الميت، فقولوا خيرا، فإن الملائكة يؤمنون على ما تقولون. رواه مسلم (2126)

Sayyidatuna Ummu Salamah (radiyallahu'anha) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said: "When you visit a sick person or the deceased, ensure to say good things, as the Angels say Amin to what you utter."

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 919)


4. Visiting a fellow Muslim

روي عن أبي رزين العقيلي رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم: يا أبا رزين! إن المسلم إذا زار أخاه المسلم شيّعه سبعون ألف ملك يصلون عليه و يقولون: اللهم كما وصله فيك فصله. الطبراني في الأوسط (٨٣٢٠) وقال الهيثمي: فيه عمرو بن الحصني وهو متروك، وذكره المنذري بصيغة التمريض (٣٧٩٢).

It has been mentioned in a narration reported by Sayyiduna Abu Razin Al-'Uqayli (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) called out to him and said: O Abu Razin! Verily when a Muslim sets out to visit his brother in Islam 70,000 angels accompany him making du’a saying: O Allah! Just as he has attempted to maintain ties for Your sake, You join ties with him.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8320)


5. Completing a recital (khatm) of the entire Quran

عن سعد بن أبي وقاص رضي الله عنه قال: إذا وافق ختم القرآن أول الليل صلت عليه الملائكة حتى يصبح وان وافق ختمه آخر الليل صلت عليه الملائكة حتى يمسي فربما بقي على أحدنا الشيء فيؤخره حتى يمسي أو يصبح. رواه الدارمي (٣٤٨٣) وقال: هذا حسن عن سعد و حسنه السيوطي في الإتقان (١/ ١٥٦) النوع الخامس و الثلاثون تحت مسألة أفضل أوقات قرائة القرآن قبيل فصل الاقتباس. موقوف في حكم المرفوع.

Sayyiduna Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has said: “When a person completes the Quran in the evening, the angels seek forgiveness for this person till the morning, and when he completes the Quran in the morning, the angels seek forgiveness for this person till the evening.”

(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 3483)


6. Reciting the following, in the morning and evening

عن معقل بن يسار رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: من قال حين يصبح ثلاث مرات أعوذ بالله السميع العليم من الشيطان الرجيم وقرأ ثلاث آيات من آخر سورة الحشر وكل الله به سبعين ألف ملك يصلون عليه حتى يمسي وإن مات في ذلك اليوم مات شهيدا ومن قالها حين يمسي كان بتلك المنزلة. رواه الترمذي (٢٩٢٢) وقال هذا حديث غريب لا نعرفه إلا من هذا الوجه.

Sayyiduna Ma’qil bin Yasar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) mentioned: “Whoever recites A’udhu billahis sami’il ‘alim minash shaytanir rajim three times along with the last three versus of Surah Hashr in the morning, Allah Ta’ala appoints 70,000 angels to make du’a for him (and his forgiveness) until the evening. And if he dies on that day, he would have died as a Martyr. Whoever recites it in the evening will hold the same status (until the morning).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2922)


7. Sleeping with wudu

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: طهّروا هذه الاجساد طهّركم الله فانه ليس من عبد يبيت طاهرا الا بات معه في شعاره ملك لا ينقلب ساعة من الليل إلا قال اللهم اغفر لعبدك فإنه بات طاهرا. رواه الطبراني قي الأوسط (٥٠٨٧) و قال الهيثمي إسناده حسن (١٠/ ١١٢٨) وانظر فتح الباري (٢/ ١٣٢).

Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Purify your bodies, Allah will purify you, for verily any person who sleeps in a condition of purity will indeed have an angel spending the night by his side and whenever he turns over at any moment during the night the angel says, ‘O Allah forgive your servant for verily he has spent the night in the state of purity.”

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 5087. Also see Fathul Bari, vol. 2 pg. 132)


8. Reciting the following du’a when going to the masjid

عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال:  ما خرج رجل من بيته إلى الصلاة ، فقال : اللهم إني أسألك بحق السائلين عليك ، وبحق ممشاي هذا ، فإني لم أخرج أشرا ولا بطرا ولا رياء ولا سمعة ، خرجت اتقاء سخطك، وابتغاء مرضاتك ، أسألك أن تنقذني من النار ، وأن تغفر لي ذنوبي ، إنه لا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت ، إلا وكل به سبعون ألف ملك يستغفرون له ، وأقبل الله عز وجل عليه بوجهه حتى يقضي صلاته. رواه ابن ماجه (٧٧٨) و ابن السني (٨٥) و حسّن إسناد ابن ماجه الدمياطي في المتجر الرابح (١٣٢٠) حيث قال: وإسناده حسن إن شاء الله.

Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Whenever a man leaves his home intending to perform Salah with congregation in the masjid, and he recites these words [cited below], Allah Ta’ala appoints 70,000 angels to seek forgiveness for him and Allah Azza wa Jalla directs his special mercy towards him until he completes his Salah:

“Allahumma inni as aluka bi haqqis sawilina alayka wa bi haqqi mamshaya hadtha fa inni lam akhruju asharan wa la bataran wa la riya an wa la sum’atan, kharajtu itqa a sakhattik wabtigha a mardhatika as aluka an tanqudha ni mina nar an tagfira li dhunubi innahu la yagfiru dhunuba illa anta”

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 778 and Ibnus Sunni, Hadith: 85)


9. While waiting for Salah

عن أبى هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: لا يزال العبد فى صلاة ما كان فى مصلاه ينتظر الصلاة وتقول الملائكة اللهم اغفر له اللهم ارحمه حتى ينصرف أو يحدث . قلت ما "يحدث"؟ قال يفسو أو يضرط. رواه مسلم (١٥٠٧).

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “A person will continuously receive the reward of being in Salah as long as he remains in his place of prayer waiting for the Salah and the angels will continue making du’a for forgiveness and mercy on his behalf until he leaves or he makes “hadath”. When Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) asked Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) what is meant by “hadath” he (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) responded: “Passing wind.”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1507)


10. Remaining in the spot of Salah with wudu, after Salah

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: الملائكة تصلي على أحدكم ما دام في مصلاه الذي صلى فيه ما لم يحدث اللهم أغفر له اللهم أرحمه قال مالك لا أرى قوله ما لم يحدث إلا الإحداث الذي ينقض الوضوء. رواه مالك (٤٤١) وانظر الترغيب و الترهيب (٦٢٦).

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “The angels continuously make du’a for one of you as long as he remains in the masjid where he performed his Salah until he makes “hadath” saying: “O Allah! Forgive him. O Allah! Have mercy on him.” Malik (rahimahullah) said: I believe “hadath” can only be referring to those things which break a person’s wudu.

(Muwatta Imam Malik, Hadith: 441, also see At-Targhib Wat Tarhib, Hadith: 626)


11. Standing in the right saff (row) for Salah

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إن الله وملائكته يصلون على ميامن الصفوف. رواه أبو داود (٦٧٦) وابن ماجه (١٠٠٥) و قال المنذري (٦٩٧): رواه أبو داود وابن ماجه بإسناد حسن.

Sayyidatuna 'Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said that: Verily Allah sends His special mercy and the angels seek forgiveness for those who stand on the right side of the saff.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 676 and Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1005)


12. Standing in the front saffs (rows) for Salah

عن أبي أمامة الباهلي رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: إن الله وملائكته يصلون على الصف الأول، قالوا: يا رسول الله وعلى الثاني؟ قال: إن الله وملائكته يصلون على الصف الأول، قالوا: يا رسول الله وعلى الثاني؟ قال: إن الله وملائكته يصلون على الصف الأول، قالوا: يا رسول الله وعلى الثاني؟ قال وعلى الثاني. رواه أحمد (٢٢٢٦٣) والطبراني (٧٧٢٧) وقال الهيثمي (٢/ ٩١) رواه أحمد والطبراني في الكبير ورجال أحمد موثقون و الرواية الثانية صحيحة.

Sayyiduna Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (radiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Indeed Allah sends His special mercy and His angels seek forgiveness for those who pray in the first saff”. The Sahabah asked: “What about the second saff?” Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) replied: “Indeed Allah sends His special mercy and His angels seek forgiveness for those who pray in the first saff”. The Sahabah again asked: “What about the second saff?” Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) again replied: “Indeed Allah sends His special mercy and His angels seek forgiveness for those who pray in the first saff.” The Sahabah again asked: “What about the second saff?” Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) then said: “And also for the second saff.”

(Musnad Ahmad, Hadith: 22263 and Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 7727)


13. Partaking of Sehri

عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم أنه قال: إن الله وملائكته يصلون على المتسحرين. رواه ابن حبان (١٥٣).

Sayyiduna Ibn 'Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily Allah Ta’ala sends His mercy; and His angels all make du’a for those who partake of Sehri.”

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 153)


عن أبي سعيد الخضري رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: السحور أكله بركة فلا تدعوه ولو أن يجرع أحدكم جرعة من ماء فإن الله عز و جل وملائكته يصلون على المتسحرين. رواه أحمد (٣/ ١٢) و (٣/ ٤٣) و قال المنذري: إسناده قوي (١٥٨٣).

Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) has said: “The Sehri meal is full of barakah. Hence, do not omit the Sehri; even if one is able to have a sip of water at the time of Sehri, one should do so, for certainly Allah Ta’ala sends His special mercy upon those who have Sehri and the angels make special du’a for them.”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 12 & vol. 3 pg. 43)


14. During the Fast of Ramadan

 عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أعطيت أمتي خمس خصال في رمضان، لم تعطها أمة قبلهم: خلوف فم الصائم أطيب عند الله من ريح المسك، وتستغفر لهم الملائكة حتى يفطروا ... رواه أحمد 2/ 292، والبيهقي في الشعب (3330)، وروى البيهقي (3331) نحوه عن جابر أيضا، وإسنادهما ضعيفان لكنهما يتعاضدان، وانظر الترغيب 2/ 92

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah and Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu'anhuma) reported from Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) -as part of a lengthy narration- that: "...The angels seek forgiveness throughout the day for the one who fasts in Ramadan."

(Musnad Ahmad, vol.2 pg.292 & Shu'abul Iman, Hadith: 3330-3331)


15. When someone eats in the presence of a fasting person

عن أم عمارة بنت كعب رضي الله عنها أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم دخل عليها فقدمت إليه طعاما فقال كلي فقالت إني صائمة فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إن الصائم تصلي عليه الملائكة إذا أكل عنده حتى يفرغوا وربما قال حتى يشبعوا. رواه الترمذي (٧٨٥) وقال: هذا حديث حسن صحيح.

Sayyidatuna Ummu ‘Umarah (radiyallahu 'anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) visited her so she presented him some food. Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) then told her to eat (as well with him) to which she replied: “I am fasting”. (Upon hearing this) Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily the angels make du’a for the one who is fasting as long as food is eaten in front of him”.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 785)


16. After making salam, but not receiving a reply

وعن ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: السلام اسم من أسماء الله تعالى وضعه في الأرض فأفشوه بينكم، فإن الرجل المسلم إذا مر بقوم فسلم عليهم فردوا عليه، كان له عليهم فضل درجة بتذكيره إياهم، فإن لم يردوا عليه رد عليه من هو خير منهم وأطيب. رواه البزار (١٧٧١) والطبراني (١٠٣٩١) وقال الهيثمي (٨٢٩) : رواه البزار بإسنادين والطبراني بأسانيد وأحدهما رجاله رجال الصحيح عند البزار والطبراني وقال المنذري (٣٩٩١) : وأحد إسنادي البزار جيد قويّ.

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “As-Salam is one of the names of Allah Ta’ala that has been placed on Earth. So, spread it amongst yourselves! For indeed when a Muslim passes by a group of people and greets them (first) with Salam and they reply to him, he will supersede their rank by virtue of merely reminding them of the Salam. If they do not reply to him, then those (angels) who are better and more purer will have replied!”

(Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 1771 and Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 10391)


17. Giving Charity

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: ما من يوم يصبح العباد فيه إلا ملكان ينزلان فيقول أحدهما: اللهم أعط منفقا خلفا ويقول الآخر: اللهم أعط ممسكا تلفا. رواه البخاري (١٤٤٢) ومسلم (١٠١٠).

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: “Not a single day goes past when people wake up except that two angels descend; one of them (making du’a) saying: O Allah! Grant the one who spends (in avenues of good) a replacement/replenishment! Whilst the other one (curses) saying: O Allah! Send forth destruction for the one who misses (excessively).

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1442 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1010)


18. When Feeding Guests

عن عائشة أم المؤمنين ، عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : إن الملائكة لا تزال تصلي على أحدكم ما دامت مائدته موضوعة. رواه إسحاق بن راهويه في مسنده (1025)، وغيره، وإسناده ضعيف جدا، وانظر مجمع الزوائد 5/ 24، وفيض القدير (2129)

Sayyidah 'Aishah (radiyallahu'anha) reports that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: "The Angels continue to make du'a for forgiveness for a person for as long as his table cloth is placed open for [his guests]."

(Musnad Is-haq ibn Rahuyah, Hadith: 1025, see Majma'uz Zawaid, vol.5 pg.24 & Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 2129)


19. After sneezing and not receiving a reply, for saying: Alhamdulillah

عن إبراهيم رحمه الله قال: إذا عطس و هو وحده فليقل: الحمد لله رب العالمين، ثم ليقل: يرحمنا الله و إياكم، فإنه يشمّته من سمعه من خلق الله. رواه ابن أبي شيبة (٢٦٥١٧) و قال شيخنا الناقد محمد عوّامة حفظه الله: رجاله ثقات.

The famous Tabi'i; Ibrahim (rahimahullah) has said: “When a person sneezes whilst he is alone then he should say:

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil 'Aalamin, yarhamunAllahu wa iyyakum

for indeed those creations (including the angels) of Allah Ta’ala who heard him will reply to his sneeze (making du’a for him).

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 26517)


20. Engaging in Dhikr of Allah

جاء رجل إلى أبي أمامة رضي الله عنه ، فقال : يا أبا أمامة ، إني رأيت في منامي أن الملائكة تصلي عليك كلما دخلت ، وكلما خرجت ، وكلما قمت ، وكلما جلست . قال أبو أمامة : اللهم غفرا دعونا عنكم وأنتم لو شئتم صلت عليكم الملائكة ، ثم قرأ : {يا أيها الذين آمنوا اذكروا الله ذكرا كثيرا وسبحوه بكرة وأصيلا هو الذي يصلي عليكم وملائكته ليخرجكم من الظلمات إلى النور وكان بالمؤمنين رحيما}.
.رواه الحاكم في المستدرك 2/ 418 وقال صحيح على شرط مسلم

A man saw Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu'anhu) in his dream with the Angels making du'a for him all the time; when he entered or exited a place, and when he was standing or sitting. When he mentioned this to Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu'anhu) he replied: "... If you wish you could also acheive the same." He then recited the follwoing verse to prove this:

"O You who believe! Remember Allah abundantly, and glorify Him morning and evening. He sends his special mercies upon you, and His Angels pray for your forgiveness, so that he may remove you from darknesses to light. He is ever merciful towards the belivers."

(Surah: Ahzab Verse: 41)

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol.2 pg.418)


21. When verbally reciting Salutations upon Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam)

 .عن عامر بن ربيعة رضي الله عنه، قال: سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يخطب يقول: من صلى علي صلاة لم تزل الملائكة تصلي عليه ما صلى علي، فليقل عبد من ذلك أو ليكثر
(.رواه ابن ماجه (907)، وأحمد 3/ 445 ، وقال المنذري 2/ 500: هذا الحديث حسن في المتابعات، وانظر تعليق شيخنا على المصنف لابن أبي شبة (8788))

Sayyiduna 'Amir ibn Rabi'ah (radiyallahu 'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: "The Angels will make du'a for forgiveness for as long as a person recites salutations upon me..."

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 907 & Musnad Ahmad, vol.3 pg.445. Also see Targhib, vol.2 pg. 500 & footnotes of Shaykh 'Awwamah (hafizahullah) on Musanaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 8788)


22. When writing the salutations upon Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) 

عن جعفر بن محمد الصادق رحمه الله قال: من صلى على رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في كتاب صلت عليه الملائكة غدوة و رواحا ما دام اسم رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في ذلك الكتاب.

ذكره ابن الجوزي في جلاء الأفهام (ص ٥٦) و السخاوي في القول البديع (ص ٤٨٤) و انظر التدريب (٤/ ٣٧٠، ٣٧٤-٣٧٢).

Ja’far ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq (rahimahullah) has said: “Whoever writes salutations upon Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) in a book, the angels will continue to make du’a for him as long as the Name of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) is in that book.

(Al-Qawlul Badi’, pg. 484 and Jila-ul Afham, pg. 56. Also see At-Tadrib, vol.4 pgs 370 and 372-374)


How to respond in times of crisis - Audio

Allah Ta'ala sent every man into this Dunya so that he can leave this Dunya, we all came to go. Allah Ta'ala tests us through different conditions in life, prosperity, as well as adversity.

How we respond in these conditions is crucial.

Here is a talk I delivered on this topic.

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Lesson 11 - Bringing joy to a Muslim

Lesson 11 - Bringing joy to a Muslim

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Whoever does for his brother what pleases him, solely to bring him joy, Allah will bring joy to him on the day of Qiyamah.’

(Al-Mu’jamus saghir, Hadith: 1178)


Other narrations have labelled this deed as: ‘The most virtuous of deeds’ and ‘A sure means of forgiveness.’

(Tabarani; Targhib, Hadith: 3878/9)


Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) was always cognisant of this deed.

Hazrat (rahimahullah) had a tactful way of cheering up whoever he met, the rich, the poor, friends and family or strangers, he was able to put a smile on everyone’s face, including young children, thus leaving people with a lasting impression/fond memory.

He would think of unique ways in which to make a person smile.

  • When greeting, especially the poor or indigenous brothers, he would meet them with a smile, with his arms wide open and hug them warmly, and thereafter admire their smile. He took a lot of satisfaction from this noble deed.
  • When visiting the sick, he would use warm and encouraging words. He would also promise the person that he will take his name and make du’a for him. This would bring added joy to the sick patient.
  • When giving charity, he would encourage his associates to give more than is expected, to add to the joy of the poor.
  • When buying from vendors on the street, he would encourage to pay more than the asking price.

He always encouraged giving out candy to children and he would say: ‘This sweet speaks all languages.’ i.e. it cheers up children all over the globe, whatever their language.

Hazrat (rahimahullah) was a very well travelled person. On his travels he met people from all countries. Hazrat (rahimahullah) made a concerted effort to learn the greeting of various languages and had memorised the greeting of more than 30 languages!

He would say: ‘When you -as a foreigner- greet someone in his own language, he gets more happy.

Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb (rahimahullah) actually considered bringing joy to a Muslim as an act of ‘ibadah. That is why he went to such lengths to implement it. He would often quote the above mentioned Hadiths on such occasions, as a reminder of the huge rewards for this unique deed.

May Allah Ta’ala bless us with this noble trait too, as it is a sign of pure sincerity. May Allah Ta’ala fill Hazrat Moulana’s (rahimahullah) grave with mercy and nur and raise his stages in Jannah. Amin.

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Virtues of neighbourhood watching

There are numerous Hadiths that expound on the virtues of protecting/guarding the Muslims and their property.

Hereunder are a select few:

  1. Sayyiduna Sahl ibn Sa’d as-Sa’idi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘Keeping watch/Guarding the Muslims in the path of Allah is better than the world and whatever is upon it.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2892)


  1. Sayyiduna Salman al-Farisi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say:

‘Guarding the Muslims for a day and a night is better than fasting for a month and spending the nights in prayer. If he passes away [while guarding, the reward of] the deeds he used to carry out will continue, his sustenance will continue [in Jannah] and he will be protected from the punishment of the grave.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1913)


  1. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘Two eyes will never be touched by Jahannam; an eye which weeps out of the fear of Allah Ta’ala and an eye which spends the night guarding in the Cause of Allah.’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1639. Declared sound by Imam Tirmidhi)


  1. Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was asked about the reward of guarding the Muslims. He replied:

‘Whoever keeps watch of the security of the Muslims for a night, will receive the reward of all those who offer Salah and fast.’

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8055)

‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain authentic (jayyid).

(Targhib, vol.2 pg.245. Also Majma’uz Zawaid, 5/289 & Al Ajwibatul Mardiyyah, 1/124)


May Allah Ta’ala bless all those who practiced on the above during the recent unrest, protect them and their families and accept their efforts. Amin


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'Ibadah during the month of Dhul Hijjah - Audio

Dhul Hijjah is one of the four sacred months of the Hijri calendar. Actions during this month are more meritorious, especially the first ten days of this month.

Here is a talk delivered by my beloved father, Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) on this topic.

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Honour through the mubarak Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam)

Allah Ta'ala most definitely honours those involved in learning and imparting Deeni knowledge in this world and the Hereafter. This can be easily understood from the Quran Majid and Mubarak Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). However, Allah Ta'ala many a time, as a motivation, inspiration and lesson for the entire mankind, manifests these honours via dreams, among other ways.

An example of this is found in the great 'Alim and Muhaddith, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah). Moulana (rahimahullah) had immense love for the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). This can be gauged from the fact that Moulana (rahimahullah) taught Bukhari Sharif in Madrasah Taleemuddeen for an amazing 25 years.

Any individual who sat in these lessons perceived the love for Allah Ta'ala, Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and our pious predecessors (rahimahumullah) gushing forth from the heart of Moulana (rahimahullah).

He would explain the chapters of Bukhari Sharif and the intelligence of Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) with immense love and respect. This special link with Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) brought about such an honour, the similitude of which was experienced by Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) himself.

Below are two dreams seen regarding Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) and Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) respectively.


Glad Tidings for Moulana Haroon ibn Isma'il Abasoomar (rahimahullah)

An 'Alim -who is the student of Hazrat- relates:

“I had a dream on the night our beloved Ustad, Hazrat Moulana Haroon sahib (rahimahullah) passed away.

On the night that Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar sahib (rahimahullah) passed away, I saw a very beautiful handsome person, full of nur, wearing green clothes. Thereafter I heard a voice saying that this is our beloved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). I was filled with awe and respect. I asked, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam)! What has brought you over here? Is there any khidmah that I can do for you?” Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) answered, “I have come to fetch a very special person” and turned towards that person. I then saw a person standing there. It was Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar sahib (rahimahullah) wearing a white kurta and a topi. Around that time my wife woke me up and gave me the message that Hazrat Moulana Haroon sahib (rahimahullah) passed away.”


The same Glad Tidings for Imam Muhammad ibn Isma'il Bukhari (rahimahullah)

'Abdul Wahid bin Adam (rahimahullah) says,

“I saw a dream wherein I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) together with a group of his Sahabah (radiyallahu 'anhum) waiting at a place. I made Salam to him (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and he (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) replied to the Salam. I asked, “O Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam)! What is the reason for your waiting here?” Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) answered, “I am waiting for Muhammad ibn Isma'il (rahimahullah).” After a few days I received news of the demise of Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah). After deliberation, I found that he passed away at the time I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) in the dream.

(Hudas Sari, pg. 663)


One can understand the special connection that these two great luminaries of their times had with Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam). The aspect of a person being with the one he loves in the Hereafter is also evident from the above. On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) mentioned to a Sahabi (radiyallahu 'anhu),

أَنْتَ مَعَ مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ

 “You will be with who you love.”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 161)

We should take lesson from the above and introspect as to who do we really have love for. Undoubtedly we will be with those whmo we love in the Hereafter.

May Allah Ta'ala grant us true love for Allah, His Rasul (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam), the Ambiya ('alayhimus salam), the Sahabah (radiyallahu 'anhum), the Fuqaha, Muhadithun, Mashaikh and Awliya (rahimahumullah). Amin


يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيْبِكَ خَيْرِ الْخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ


-Adapted from an article published by: Madrasah Anwaarul Abrar - 6 April 2021

A brief summary of Shaykh 'Awwamah's biography

The following is a summary of the biography of My Honourable Teacher; Al-'Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah (hafizahullah). The original book was written in Arabic by Shaykhs son, my dear friend and colleague; Dr Muhyuddin, titled: صفحات مضيئة من حياة سيدي الوالد العلامة محمد عوامة and published by Darul Hadith Research Centre, Durban, South Africa.

At that time, I requested one of my student, who was in the forth year of the 'Alim course, to pen selected aspects from the book. After editing it, I considered it very worthy of sharing for broader benefit. He has also added some of his own impressions in the ensuing paragraphs.

May Allah Ta'ala accept his efforts, and continue to bless him.

:فوائد مختارة من الكتاب المبارك

صفحات  مضيئة من حياة سيدي الوالد العلامة محمد عوامة

بقلم ابنه: الدكتور محيي الدين عوامة

Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah (hafizahullah) is considered to be the grand Muhaddith of our era.

His full name is أبوالفضل، محمد بن محمد بن عبد القادر بن عمر بن علي عوامة النعيمي الحسيني. His lineage links back to Sayyiduna Husayn (radiyallahu ‘anhu).  He was born in Aleppo, Syria in an environment of knowledge and piety. From a very young age he had an extreme desire for knowledge, attending the lessons conducted by Shaykh Muhammad Salqini (rahimahullah). Later in his life he became one of the most profound students of Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin and Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahumallah). His son, Dr Muhyuddin, seeing it to be a right of the ummah, wrote a book specifically about the life of his father titled صفحات مضيأة من حياة سيدي الوالد العلامة محمد عوامة. His life and habits are a real encouragement and inspiration for students who are also treading the same path. There are many lessons that one can learn from just reading his biography. Each chapter in this book explains a different part of his life, from his youth through adulthood, and it specifically emphasises the things that helped him become the person we know him to be today. I have attempted to produce a short summary of some parts of the book, highlighting the points that can benefit all; whether we are students, teachers, or even parents.


His Upbringing and Love for Knowledge

It was the blessing of Allah that he was raised in a religious environment. Being brought up in a proper religious environment is very important for all children because of the immense impact it can have on someone. Good environment and company can be the determining factor of a child growing up to be a good person or a bad person.  Part of the reason why Shaykh was able to become who he was, was because of the good environment he had in his youth. From the very young age of 10 years old, he was in the company of righteous scholars and attended the different gatherings that were being conducted specifically by Shaykh Muhammad Salqini (rahimahullah). Shaykh Muhammad Salqini (rahimahullah) was his first teacher. Due to his sincerity and his pure heart, anything which Shaykh Muhammad Salqini (rahimahullah) did served as a source of tarbiyat for this young child. Shaykh’s son says that he would teach his children the same lessons that he learnt from Shaykh Muhammad Salqini (rahimahullah) at that young age. He even raised his own children with those same teachings. How was he still able to remember what his teachers taught him at that young age? This is only because of the sincerity and love with which they taught him with. This is the effect of words that are spoken with sincerity-- they become engraved into the hearts of the listener. Years can go by but those words will always remain in one’s heart. But if those words had been spoken to show off, without any regard, then forget it being remembered for years and years thereafter—it would have been forgotten even before the listener stands up from his place.


The Reasons for His Excellence

This chapter discusses the different factors that helped Shaykh climb to the heights that he has reached. Comprising of his family support, personal traits that he was blessed with, friends he had, and the teachers who guided him on this journey, each factor had a profound effect on his excellence. There is no doubt that when Allah Ta’ala wants to use someone for Himself and His Din and sees the desire and sincerity of someone, then He takes it upon Himself to put everything into place for that individual so that he may reach his full potential. This was the case of Shaykh ‘Awwamah. Allah Ta’ala Himself divinely arranged his life for him. May Allah Ta’ala also make us from His chosen and sincere slaves and also accept us to be leaders of the Din, Amin.


  • Family Support:

Shaykh ‘Awwamah was fortunate to have parents that understood the value of knowledge. Seeing his love for knowledge, they did whatever they could to help him. They freed his time so that he could devote it to pursuing knowledge. They did not make him do any extra work like the rest of his brothers, thereby eliminating any distractions that could hamper his progress. This is very important for any student of knowledge that he removes all obstacles that can get in the way of his studying and that he makes sure that 100% of his attention is on what he is learning. Shaykh writes in one of his books that: things get in the way of carrying out duties as a student should be considered to be a tripwire in him attaining his goals and success. Shaykh’s mother saw that things were getting difficult on Shaykh’s father and she thought that he would need someone to help him, but instead of going to her son, she herself learned how to sew for a living. She used this to help the family meet its expenses. Allah Ta’ala never wastes the deeds of His servants. Allah showed her the fruits of her sacrifice and effort in this dunya by prolonging her life enough to see what a great leader her son had become. The effort of his parents had a great part in making him who he is. If a parent wants to see their child attain success in this life and the next, then they must be willing to make sacrifices and do whatever is necessary to ensure that their child reaches success.


  • Learning Directly from Teachers and Taking Small Steps:

The method which Shaykh adopted in his studies was تلقي and  تدرج which is basically going to teachers and not self-studying while learning everything thoroughly from start to finish. His son; Dr Muhyuddin mentions that on many occasions he heard his father emphasizing the importance of this way of study, whilst warning that abandoning this method is the means of being deprived of the reality of ‘ilm. Self-studying results in the individual misleading others. Dr Muhyuddin provided an example of this which he physically witnessed. He was in a gathering with his father and Shaykh Ahmad Al-Qallash (rahimahullah) and there was a mention of the statement of a certain scholar. But when it was being said there was a nahw mistake, so both of them said at the same time that this is because he didn’t learn Ajrumiyah (a nahw book). This is the outcome of someone who did not take those required steps.

It is incumbent that one goes to a proper teacher for knowledge, as one does not have the ability to just open books and understand them. Ego and pride should not hinder a person in his pursuit for knowledge.


  • His Amazing Memory:

There were many natural abilities which Allah Ta’ala granted Shaykh ‘Awwamah. Amongst these great bounties is his memory. His son writes that his father has a habit of mentioning stories of our previous scholars in his majalis but when mentioning them he does it so accurately, it’s as if he’s reading it directly from a book. Such is the extent of his memory. Mentioning stories and incidents of the past is something that has a very strong effect the hearts. Reading and relaying these stories should become our habit, so that we can constantly benefit from the stories of our pious predecessors.

Imam Junaid (rahimahullah) said:

الحكايات جند من جنود الله، يثبت به قلوب أوليائه

‘Stories are an army from the armies of Allah which He uses to strengthen the hearts of His friends.’

His son writes that so many times Shaykh would say, “This is what I read when I was still a student.” He was very particular about his two teachers Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajudeen and Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudah (rahimahullah) when it comes to mentioning them and what they said. He was able to recall minute details from them. He would often say to his son

أنا أحفظ ألفاظ مشايخي

‘Memorize the words of my teachers.’

Once, when he was a student, he was taking exams on the subject of tafsir and mufasirun. When he was giving the answers he added all the dates of demise of the mufasirun. His examiner couldn’t believe it and began searching him for any pieces of paper that he could have hidden. Seeing this, his classmate went to the examiner and said that he’s known to be able to do that. After hearing this remark, the teacher became very happy with him and encouraged him even more. Although memory is something that Allah blesses His servants with, one should avoid those things that are known to cause weak memory, the greatest cause of which is abundant sinning.


  • His Love for Reading

Allah Ta’ala had gifted Shaykh with intense love to read. From a very young age he read, finishing books after books. He has the habit of taking note of any interesting point and noting it on the inside cover page of the book making it easy fo future reference. His son; Dr Muhyuddin says that it’s very rare that you’ll see any of his books that doesn’t have anything written inside the cover, and his books range in the thousands. This habit is essential for every student.

Shaykh says about his books:

هي أغلى عندي من روحي

‘It’s more valuable than my own soul.’

لا أبيعها بملك الدنيا

‘I won’t sell it for the whole world.’


His love for reading was also recognized by his teachers so they would guide him to those books which would be of benefit to him. This really helped him to get a solid base in his studies.


  • Reading with Understanding:

Along with his love for reading, Shaykh understood and pondered over the meaning of what he read. This gave him a deeper understanding and also resulted in him remembering it. Many a times people finish books after books, but if you asked them what he learned, they wouldn’t be able to tell you anything. This is the outcome of lack of focus and not carefully following what the author is saying. If Shaykh came across something that was unclear, he would go to back to his teachers for help or for an explanation. (This is known as مراجعة). Just to show the importance of this, Shaykh mentions an incident from when he was a student. He read that the ‘Ulama of Samarqand banished Imam Bukhari from Samarqand because of his so called view that when a boy and girl drink from the same cow’s milk they can’t marry one another because they become foster siblings! So the next day he went to Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) to clarify this. Upon asking him, he replied:

لا تصدق كل ما تقرأ

‘Don’t believe everything that you read.’


Shaykh Awwamah says about this incident:

فكانت لي درسا عظيما و منهجا قويا قويما لا يقدر قدره

‘This was a great lesson for me and straight path who’s value cannot be perceived.’

It is very important to go back to your teachers with any questions or for clarification of something unclear. It can open up insights that you weren’t even looking for, just like Shaykh experienced with his teacher. He went for a question and came back with a very valuable principle that everyone should keep in mind, especially students of deen.


  • Hunger for more:

Another trait that really helped Shaykh was that he always wanted more. He had an unyielding drive for knowledge and as the years passed, his drive only grew more and more. Because of his thirst for knowledge, his son says that Shaykh is surprised if there is a time a student passes by and he is not reading. His son also says that his father would always tell us the statement of Imam Abu Yusuf (rahimahullah):

العلم شيء لا يعطيك بعضه حتي تعطيه كلك، و أنت إذا أعطيته كلك من إعطائه البعض علي غرر

‘Knowledge is such a thing that will not give you part of it unless you give your all and even then it’s not certain that it’ll give you some of it.’

He was always scared that we become distanced from ‘ilm for something of the dunya and he would say to us:

لو تسفون التراب سفا لا تتركوا طلب العلم

“Even if you are sinking in sand don’t stop studying.”

This was his condition only because he truly understood the lofty status of ‘ilm-- that nothing could be equivalent to it.


  • His Value for Time:

His son writes, “I’ve been with my father in his travels and when he was at home and when he was healthy and sick but I don’t remember any time going by without him having a book in his hand or a pen and paper or him being involved in an ‘ilmi discussion and if the time or place wasn’t suitable for these then he would have a tasbih in his hand making istighfar and durud.” This should also be the condition of students of Din that they spend their time in two things تعلم and ذكر. He also writes that there is a statement that his father lives by:

الوقت كالسيف، إن لم تقطعه قطعك

“Time is like a sword, if you don’t cut it, it will cut you.”

Therefore, he was always the first to make the move and cut it [by putting time to good use], instead of time making its move and cutting him by just passing by [wastefully]. Once Shaykh and his son visited South Africa. There is a very famous park there where you can drive through and see many different animals [The Kruger National Park]. People come from all around the world just to visit this park. Everyone insisted that Shaykh visit this site. Out of respect for them and their request he went along but he said to his son

أنا ما لي و لهذه الأشياء

“I have no concern for these things.”

He always kept ‘ilm at the forefront of his priorities and nothing else. So Mufti Ridha ul Haq (hafizahullah), a very senior mufti of South Africa accompanied him on this trip. Instead of looking at all the animals, during the entire journey Shaykh and Mufti Ridha ul Haq were having discussions on Hadith, Fiqh, and other ‘ilmi matters. The entire time he spent was with ‘ilm.

Time was extremely precious to Shaykh, he even wrote on the door of his office:

نعتذر، العمر هو الوقت

‘We excuse ourselves, time is life.’

May Allah Ta'ala also grant us the true value of time and allow us to understand the true status of ‘ilm, Amin.


  • Supervision of His Teachers:

Allah Ta’ala had blessed Shaykh with teachers who acted like fathers to him. Understanding his capabilities and his desire, they watched over him and benefited him wherever they could. A teacher can only truly benefit his student when he sees that he is interested. That’s why it’s very important for students to show their teachers that they really do wish to learn and show their interest so that their teacher can open up to them. Shaykh’s teachers saw that he is someone who is dedicated and desirous so he benefited from them where other students did not.

Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin and Shaykh Salqini (rahimahumallah) had the biggest share in this regard during Shaykh’s early stages of studies. Shaykh’s connection grew immensely with these two teachers. Shaykh would accompany Shaykh Salqini (rahimahullah) when he was in his local area and when he would be in the Madrasah he would stay very close to Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah). He would stay so much in his company that he would even walk with Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) every day from the Madrasah to his house. During this short time span, Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) would teach him and give him short advices. This is another point to remember: The benefit that one can get just by staying in the company of his teachers and mashaykh is more than what he can get from a book. One should always try and stay in the company of his teachers when he sees the time is right. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a conversation, just through sitting with them the student will gain a lot of benefit.


  • His Friends:

Your friends will determine who you will be. Our teachers and mashaykh can be working hard, very hard to build us and reform us, but if we don’t have good friends and company then all that effort will go to waste. That is why a poet said:

متى يبلغ البنيان يوما تمامه اذا كنت تبنيه و غيرك يهدم

‘When will a building reach its heights when you’re building it and someone else is destroying it?’

Allah Ta’ala had granted Shaykh excellent friends and companions. They were able to help one another grow and they were able to take benefit from one another. It is very important that we choose our friends very carefully. Shaykh's closest friend during his student days was Dr. ‘Abdus Sattar Abu Ghuddah [who sadly passed away in 2020, rahimahullah]. They’re described to be one soul in two bodies.


  • Ghurfatus Sayyafiyyah:

As-Sayyafiyyah was the name of a very small Masjid that was right next Madrasah Sha'baniyyah. It had a musallah and six rooms that were given to the students to use. One room was given to Shaykh and Shaykh ‘Abdus Sattar. It is very essential for any student that he has a place that’s free from distractions solely so that he can focus on his studies there.


  • Library:

Something else that really helped Shaykh was the library that was available for him to use. Having many books at a student’s disposal is very essential for his progress. They will be able to read and discover new books to benefit from. The students need to build that love of going to the library and take out time to go and discover new books. Many of us are blessed to have them available to us, we just have to take the steps to walk in there! Shaykh had a strong connection with a book in that library called نصب الراية  which was very rare, at that time. Later someone came and bought that very book. This made Shaykh extremely sad. The news of this reached Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah), so he sent him a copy of the book that belonged to Imam Kawthari (rahimahullah). Allah Ta’ala gave him even better than what he had.


  • Encouragement of His Teachers:

Shaykh’s teachers had the habit of advising and encouraging their students. When a student is encouraged by his teacher, it inspires him to put even more effort in, and allows him to reach ranks that he could have never thought was possible. Shaykh was also blessed in this aspect, that throughout his studies and even afterwards, he was always getting encouragement from his teachers and mashaykh. Shaykh was once conducting his Tafsir lesson and he came to the verse:

{و لعلكم تهتدون   كما أرسلنا فيكم رسولا}

He searched a lot for the clear meaning of the letter ك but didn’t find anything besides what was mentioned by the general mufasirun. He saw suitable that the ك could be understood to be كاف مبادرة. When he presented this understanding to his teacher Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) who was a master in this field, his teacher approved of it and was very pleased with it. The next day he sent Shaykh 100 Syrian lira.


  • His Love for His Teachers:

Having love for one’s teachers makes one successful. The one who doesn’t have love for his teachers will never go far. Shaykh had a lot of love for his teachers, especially Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin and Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudah (rahimahumallah). He stayed in the company of Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) for 50 years and Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) for 40 years. The long length of time he spent with his teachers is a testament to his love for them. As for us, we suffice on just a couple of years in our teacher’s company. Shaykh’s son, Dr Muhyuddin says, “I remember when it was the time of hajj, my father had delivered a lecture. All those listening were taken aback.” Someone from the audience said:

هذا الروح روح الشيخ عبد الله تتكلم

“This soul is the soul of Shaykh ‘Abdullah speaking.”

This person didn’t even know that Shaykh ‘Awwamah was actually amongst his very close students. He was later informed that he is one of the closest students to Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah). Then he said:

الآن عرفت السر

“Now I know the secret.”

This is the outcome of someone loving another, especially when it comes to the love of teachers and mashaykh. This love leads you to become an exact copy of them. You start speaking the same, walking the same, liking the same things, and more. That is why it is so important to have sincere love for our teachers if we really want to benefit from them.


  • Service for His Teachers:

Shaykh had completely devoted himself to his two teachers. As discussed earlier, Shaykh 'Awwamah had spent fifty years with Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) and forty years with Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah). He was therefore able to take a tremendous amount of benefit from them during these years. He was learning, teaching, helping in publishing, researching, editing, and many other duties under their guidance. Allah Ta’ala first granted him the opportunity to be with Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) and he had served him in two ways. The first being in Madrasah Sha'baniyyah, and the second was in publshing his books. Shaykh had completely dedicated himself to Madrasah Sha'baniyah. He would go in the morning to teach and return home at zuhur. Then he would go at ‘Asr for the mutala'ah of the students and then go back at ‘Isha. He spent more time in the Madrasah than he would in his own home. Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) was mentioning to Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) about the overwhelming work of the Madrasah and said

 ما لي مساعد إلا الشيخ محمد

“Shaykh Muhammad is my only assistant.”


He also said

يا ليت لي عشرا مثل الشيخ محمد

“If only I had 10 like Shaykh Muhammad.”


And another time he said to one of the teachers

لو كان عندي شخص آخر مثل الشيخ محمد ،لكفيت جميع الأساتذة

“If I had another person like Shaykh Muhammad then I’ll be sufficed from all the teachers.”

Through his sincere khidmat, he was able to earn the reliance of his teacher. Many of us have the habit of asking for du’as of our teachers. Even better than that is to earn his du’as. Shaykh was such that he earned the du’as of his Shaykh. We should keep in mind that we need to serve our teachers with true sincerity, out of sincere love for our them. If we focus more on our sincerity towards our teachers, automatically we’ll get their du’as and those du’as will be coming straight from their hearts inshaAllah. Shaykh’s son writes that they went to get ijazat in Hadith by Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah), he said to them:

“I gave ijazat to your father so he can give ijazat on my behalf, so take from him.”

The second way in which Shaykh 'Awwamah was of service to Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) was by assisting with his books; by helping in editing, finding references of the original source, etc. Shaykh was able to gain a good grip in the field of publishing through this service for his teacher. Once Shaykh presented the revised edition of the book سيدنا محمد رسول الله صلي الله عليه و سلم but Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin’s (rahimahullah) name was on the top of the cover. So Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) became very angry that his name is above Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) name and commanded that his name be put under. From these small things, Shaykh was able to learn a lot and swiftly progress in this field.

In a very similar way, he spent time with Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah). Shaykh was such that he would pay attention and memorize everything that his two teachers did - from their statements to even the way they expressed themselves. It is important for students to take lesson from this and spend as much time with their teachers as possible. Even if we can’t stay with them for 40 or 50 years, we should make effort to stay in their company as much as possible. Even if it just by staying in contact with them -if we can’t physically stay in their company-, and keeping them up to date with what we are doing, it will be enough. Keeping in touch with our teachers is also like staying in their company.

Shaykh's fondly remembers the days of being with his teachers and doing their khidmat with these words:

كنا كأنا علي سرر متقابلين ، أيام لا تشبهها إلا أيام الجنة

“It was as if we were on couches that were facing each other, on days that resemble no other besides Jannah!”

 May Allah Ta'ala also grant us the tawfiq to treasure our teachers and may He grant us extreme love for them. Amin.


  • Lecturing and Teaching:

Shaykh began giving lectures in Aleppo at the age of 18. Starting at such a young age also helped him to reach excellence. He did this all the way until he was 40. His habit from a young age was that he would only mention ahadith that were either صحيح or حسن and wouldn’t mention those which were ضعيف. Everyone was so confident in him that they knew whatever he says will be something that’s acceptable. At the age of 22, he began teaching under the supervision of Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah). He became known for his wide range of research and his hard work. His lessons were not only for students of knowledge, but also for the general people as well. Since he began from a young age he was able to get a lot of practice and be of benefit to many people.

Whenever we do engage in such service of Din, it should be under the guidance of our teachers.


  • Migration to Madinah Munawwarah:

Alongside all of this, Allah Ta’ala blessed Shaykh to migrate to Madinah Munawwarah and reside there. Where he was free from all the strings of the dunya and spent his time in reading, authoring, and research.


Tarbiyah In His Life

The amount one learns from staying with those of ‘ilm and mashayikh is more than what he acquires from books. Being with them and learning from them helps to set our priorities in life straight. It reaffirms our principles and the way one should conduct one's self. It is transformative for both our inner mindset, and our outer actions. Hearing directly from them is much better than just reading about the different stories and incidents. Shaykh is the way we see him today because of the time he spent with those of nobility. The path that he walks on was laid out by them. This is what is known as tarbiyah. His tarbiyah began from the start of his studies. In his early days, he was taught adab. Adab is having proper etiquettes, and this includes respect for teachers, parents, books, knowledge and everything that Allah Ta’ala has blessed us with.

His son mentions an example of when Shaykh (hafizahullah) was young. Once, someone mentioned a senior regarding whom people had differing views. So Shaykh also began criticizing him. Although his criticism may have been correct, Shaykh's father (rahimahullah) became very angry with him and he feared that this will become a habit in his grandson. So he reprimanded him:

يا ولدي و الله لو رأيت قطة تخرج من بيت شيخ لاحترمته

“Oh my child if I saw a cat come from the house of a Shaykh, I would have respect for it.”

Hearing these words from his father woke him up and he understood what he was doing was incorrect. In this manner, he learned how to respect seniors.


Another example is of Shaykh's teacher; Shaykh ‘Abdur Rahman Zaynul Abidin (rahimahullah). He was teaching a nahw book by Imam Ibn Hisham (rahimahullah). During the lesson he said to his students who had so much respect for him

“By Allah if Ibn Hisham were to enter right now seeing me teaching his book he would beat me with his shoe and would say to me I never wrote this book for those like you to teach it.”

He taught his students to be humble in front of our scholars and even to the books that they wrote. Just because of these few words, respect and humility grew in their hearts for our aimmah.

Another instance is when Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah Abu Ghudah (rahimahullah) was shown a text from Imam 'Azizi's commentary on Jami'us Saghir, and he wasn’t able to make sense of the text. He read it all ways possible carefully looking at all the dhamirs but couldn’t figure it out. Despite his stance in knowledge he said

“This is what the author says but we are not worthy to understand it.”

Instead of pointing fingers at the author, Shaykh 'Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) pointed his finger at himself. Despite his stature, Shaykh 'Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) said this, which baffled Shaykh 'Awwamah [at that time]. This was a very tactful answer by the teacher to a young student, so as not to interfere with his confidence in the author.

Shaykh's teachers were filled with humility, and he would often hear them as colleagues say about each other:

“He is better than me.”

Staying with his teachers also taught him that just knowledge by itself is not sufficient, as it should be coupled with ‘ibadah. He heard Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin (rahimahullah) advising his student to wake up at least 2 hours before Fajr. If he advised his student to wake up at least 2 hours before Fajr, then imagine what time he himself must be waking up.

He also learned to be one of high ambition. He called Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) on the phone and as they were speaking he could hear from his voice that he is sick. He tried to excuse himself and asked if he could call another time when he feels better. Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah (rahimahullah) said

قل، قل، كانوا يستشفون ب: حدّثنا و أخبرنا

‘Say what you need to say, our scholars were such that they would seek for cure in Hadith lessons [and discussions of knowledge].’

In other words, they would consider engagement in 'ilm as a form of cure for ailments.

Not only was Shaykh a person who learnt from books, but also someone who learnt from the tarbiyah of his teachers. The above are just a few such examples.

These lessons can only be attained by staying in their company.


Tarbiyah within his Family Structure

Naturally people act differently with their family than they would with others. Shaykh’s son opens up to us on how their tarbiyah was made by their father. There were some things that stood out more than others, which all had laudable effects on his sons.

An outstanding aspect of Shaykh's tarbiyah of his children was that he always advised his children, but never forced them. From the beginning, he tried to build love for knowledge in their hearts and after they attained that love, they were able to choose the path that they wanted. They were never pressured into it. Many people, from the beginning, just get forced into doing things thereby becoming worse than they already were, because they themselves did not choose to do so out of their own will.

Another outstanding feature was Shaykh's (hafizahullah) value of time. He never wanted that any time go without any benefit. This was clearly seen on how he organized his children’s time. His son writes that it was summer break and they were visiting their hometown in Syria, but his father did not want that a whole month passes without anyone accomplishing anything. So he contacted a local scholar and requested that he continue their hifz. Every day they would go to him between ‘Asr and Maghrib memorizing and revising. Even during their holiday they were involved in something beneficial.

Shaykh also impressed the quality of adam upon his children. They learned more from the way he conducted himself, more than anything else. His son; Dr Muhyuddin writes that when we would see our father interact with his teachers, we would realise that adab is absolutely essential. Their father would constantly remind them of the statement of the scholars,

ما فاز من فاز إلا بالأدب و ما سقط من سقط إلا بسوء الأدب

“Those who were successful were only successful because of adab and those who were unsuccessful were only because of bad adab.”

Shaykh displayed this beautifully throughout his whole life. Our actions are the best form of advice. That’s how Shaykh (hafizahullah) taught his children.


My Thoughts

There is so much one can learn by reading the life of Shaykh 'Awwamah (hafizahullah). This is the barakah that Allah Ta’ala puts into the books of our pious elders. I’ve heard so many times about how a person’s life took a complete U-turn because of a book that they read or because of a biography that they read. Alhamdulilah, by reading about his life, I was able to get an enormous amount of benefit. There is so much more written about his life that can be benefitted from by students and teachers alike. I focused only on selected parts of the book where I felt the most benefit could be attained.

From all of the above, two things affected me the most:

1. Shaykh's (rahimahullah) love for knowledge which led to time management.

2. His love for his teachers which led him to good etiquettes. Whilst reading the book, the concept of having adab echoed throughout my head. It seems that out of everything, the love and adab that he had, played the most vital role in his life and his success. His own words are a proof for this,

“If I had any action which I could store by Allah then it’s my sincerity towards these two teachers”.

[i.e, Shaykh 'Abdullah Sirajuddin and Shaykh 'Abdul Fattah (rahimahumallah)]

He was so convinced that if there was nothing he had, he at least had sincere love for his teachers. As an outcome of this love and respect, he would stand up from his spot even when talking to his teachers on the phone. Forget them being in front of him, but even when they were miles away and he merely heard their voice coming from a phone, he had this immense respect. This was enough to break my ego and give rise to the question, "Am I really showing any adab to my teachers? If someone like Shaykh could go to this extent, then what am I doing?"

It’s very terrifying to realize how we actually act. The respect that we show is little to none. Our scholars were very straightforward and said, “Those who were successful were only successful because of adab and those who were unsuccessful were only so because of bad adab”. This adab was not only while he was a student. It continued even when he graduated and became a great Scholar. This also illustrates to us that: no matter who you become, your teachers will always be your teachers.

The way he used his time was another thing that really amazed me. He would never leave his books no matter what. After reading the story of his travels to Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, etc. I made the intention that wherever I go, I will bring a book with me. I was also amazed to learn that after he would be done reading he would take out his tasbih and busy himself with that. Truly the nur of knowledge is something that will save us from disobedience. As long as we sincerely involve ourselves with knowledge, it will definitely come to our aid in the world by preventing us from sin, and in the hereafter.

Lastly, Shaykh is literally a living version of his own book معالم الإرشادية . It is as if he just looked into himself and began writing. For sincere, serious students, to read this book of Shaykh’s is absolutely essential.


I would like to end this brief summary of a valuable book with the general advice that Shaykh 'Awwamah (hafizahullah) usually offers to the students:

وصية الشيخ لطلبة العلم الشريف

  • Look at knowledge to be a means and not an objective. The objective is to practice on it. So hasten in practicing on it.
  • Don’t make knowledge your tool to attain something from the Dunya.
  • Constantly busy yourself with it without slacking, for the ummah is in great need of authentic, well-versed scholars.
  • This ‘ilm is Din so be steadfast in what you write and say.
  • Recite the following three du’as:
  1. The du’a of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) after Fajr:

اللهم إني أسألك علماً نافعاً و رزقاً طيباً و عملاً متقبّلاً


  1. The du’a of Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) which he would recite in the third rak’ah of Maghrib before ruku’ [we could recite it immediately after the fard]:

ربّنا لا تزغ قلوبنا بعد إذ هديتنا و هب لنا من لدنك رحمة إنك أنت الوهّاب


  1. The du’a of 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) in his sujud:

اللهم لك سجد سوادي و بك آمن فؤادي اللهم ارزقني علماً ينفعني و عملاً يرفعني

-End of the summary.

May Allah Ta'ala bless My Honourable Teacher; Al-'Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah (hafizahullah) - and all our seniors and teachers- with many more years of good quality of life, with 'afiyah, and may He Ta'ala allow us to benefit from Shaykh's oceans of knowledge. Having spent a little time in his company, I can safely say: his every action, statement and movement is worthy of being penned and shared. Very few are those who are of this calibre.


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