Become the best in action and deed - Audio

Allah Ta'ala sent every living thing in this world to leave this world. Nothing and nobody came to remain. We are in this transitory abode. This is the system of Allah Ta'ala.

Many people spent their time in this world pondering about the purpose of their existence.

In the opening verses of Surah Mulk and in the verses of Surah Kahf, Allah Ta'ala explains that He created us to test who is best in action.

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The Sunnah of exchanging gifts

Among the many Sunnats of our Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) that pertain to our social life is the beautiful Sunnah of exchanging gifts.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Offer gifts to each other, for this creates affection and removes the anger of the hearts.’

(Muwatta Imam Malik, see Al-Tamhid, vol. 15 pg. 85-91 and Takhrijul Ihya, Hadith: 1453)


Sayyidah 'Aaishah (radiyallahu 'anha) states:

'Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) use to accept gifts and would give something in return.'

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2585)


This is more appreciated when one comprehends the state of poverty of Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam). Despite his dire conditions, he (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) would ensure to replace the gift offered to him.


Repay, at all costs!

In one Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) instructs us with the following:

'Repay him who does good to you. If you cannot afford to, then [at least] make du'a for him till you feel that you have sufficiently repaid him.'

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1669 with an authentic chain. See Ma'alim Irshadiyyah, pg.325)


Let us inculcate this noble Sunnah and thereby increase our mutual bond with fellow Muslims/relatives.


Accept responsibility when it’s your's!

It has become a common trend nowadays for people to pass on information with the following disclaimer:

‘Retweets are not necessarily endorsements’


‘The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily that of the editor.’


Whilst this may be a legal shield in this world, in no way does it absolve one in the court of Allah!

We are indeed responsible for whatever we say, write, pass on or share. One who is sharing information actually assumes the position of a muballigh (preacher). Every preacher is duty bound to verify the information he shares and to ensure he isn’t a carter of falsehood.

My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) writes:
..الأصل في عزو الأقوال: توثيقها، لا البراءة من عهدتها ومسؤوليتها العلمية
The actual purpose of citing a quote is its acceptability, and not to absolve one of its academic responsibility.
(Footnotes on Tadribur Rawi, vol.4 pg.213)

The gem of the last century, Shaykh ‘Abdul Hay Laknawi (rahimahullah) writes:

‘If the view is baseless, it is not permissible to quote it, but for the motive of pointing out its flaw... is not permissible to remain silent whilst quoting it, which gives the impression of it being correct.’

(Tadhkiratur Rashid, pg.74)


Let’s ask ourselves the following questions:

• If we do not endorse what we are propagating, then why are we spreading it?!

• Why do we want for others what we do not want for ourselves?!

• What is the purpose of publicising such information?


Whatever the answer to the above, we are still responsible in Allah’s court. Many of us seem to be unaware of this.


As Received

Some of us have the habit of adding the following disclaimer at the end of text messages:

‘As received’.

This may be a legitimate form of precaution, but one should still weigh up the information before passing it on.

If it seems legitimate, but one is not completely sure, then one may add this note when sharing it.


All of the ‘disclaimers’ discussed in this article are a result of the ill habit of passing/sharing whatever we receive or discover, without verification.

One who passes everything he receives, without verification is considered a liar in the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).

كفى بالمرء كذبا أن يحدث بكل ما سمع



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 authentic Hadiths of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) ever gathered. Through the blessings (barakah) of reciting these noble Hadiths, Allah Ta'ala removes adversity. This is a well tried and tested practice and is based on centuries of experience.


The Muhaddithun in the past and present would recite the entire Bukhari for alleviating – among other things-:

General calamity,

Fear and terror,



Personal needs etc.


Ten Quotations

1. The famed commentator of Sahih Bukhari; Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalani (rahimahullah) writes:

'Among the many other virtues of Sahih Bukhari, is what the senior Imam Ibn Abi Jamrah (rahimahullah) has mentioned:

'Some pious people mentioned to me that whenever Sahih Bukhari was recited in times of suffering, it was removed. The ship that has a copy of Sahih Bukhari on board, doesn't sink. The reason for this is that Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) was one whose du'as were readily accepted by Allah Ta'ala (mustajabud da'wah) and he made special du'a for those who recited his book.'

(Hadyus Sari, pg.16, also see Tadribur Rawi, vol.1 pg.316)


2. 'Allamah Tajud Din As-Subki (rahimahullah) writes:

‘As is quite famous, there are many experiences of Sahih Bukhari being a means of alleviating problems and fulfilling needs. Quoting these incidents would take a long while.

(Tabaqatush Shafi’iyyah, vol.2 pg.234)


3. The famous comentator of Quran (mufassir) Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) states:

'Reciting Sahih Bukhari is effective in seeking rain.'

(Irshadus Sari, vol.1 pg.42, Fathul Ilah, vol.1 pg.75, Mirqatul Mafatih, vol.1 pg.58 & Al-Kanzul Mutawari, vol.1 pg.174)


4. ‘Allamah Sakhawi (rahimahullah) mentioned that during the calamity in Homs (Syria), in the year 680 A.H. the entire Sahih Bukhari was recited. After this the fear of attack from the enemy vanished. Alhamdulillah.

(Al-Wajhus Sabih, pg.21)


5. The Popular commentator of Riyadus Salihin; Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn ‘Allan (rahimahullah) writes:

‘When Zabid (a place in Yemen) was surrounded by the enemy [in the tenth century A.H.] they were gripped with fear, Imam Ibnud Dayba’ (rahimahullah) instructed that Sahih Bukhari be divided into parts, and its recital be completed. Before the next morning, the enemy departed and their condition was eased.’

(Al-Wajhus Sabih, pg.22)


6. Ibn ‘Allan (rahimahullah) writes further, that in his era too [the eleventh century A.H.] the inhabitants of Basrah recited Sahih Bukhari to avert danger, and Allah Ta’ala eased their adversity.

(Al-Wajhus Sabih, pg.22)


7. Shah Al-Muhaddith ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Dehlawi (rahimahullah) writes:

‘Reciting [the entire] Sahih Bukhari is very effective during times of hardship, fear of attack, during illness or drought and other calamities as is widely experienced.

(Bustanul Muhaddithin, pg. 155)


8. Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandehlawi (rahimahullah) writes:

‘Shah ‘Abdul Haq Dehlawi (rahimahullah) writes in Ash’athul Lam’at, that many ‘Ulama and Mashayikh have recited Sahih Bukhari for the successful fulfillment of needs, removal of difficulty, repelling calamity, and curing the ill. They found it to be extremely effective. This is something that has become extremely widespread and well known to the Muhaddithun.

(Muqaddimah Lami’ud Darari; see Al-Kanzul Mutawari, vol.1 pg.174-175)


9. Hazrat Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandehlawi (rahimahullah) writes further: Shaykh Muhaddith Sayyid Jamaluddin (rahimahullah) states that his teacher, Shaykh Sayyid Asiluddin said; ‘I have recited Sahih Bukhari about one hundred and twenty times for my personal needs and those of others. At every attempt, my motives were fulfilled.'

(Muqaddimah Lami’ud Darari; see Al-Kanzul Mutawari, vol.1 pg.175, Mirqat, vol.1 pg.58-59)


10. Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Fadlur Rahman A’zami (hafizahullah) has a section in his introduction to Sahih Bukhari entitled:

Reciting Sahih Bukhari is effective in repelling calamity.

He thereafter cites the above two quotes.

(Hadiyyatud Darari, pg.75)


Recent practices of our seniors

1. In Darul 'Uloom Deoband, when a senior teacher was ill [or during dire need] this practice would be implemented.

This was even done when Hazrat Mufti Mahmudul Hasan Gangohi saheb (rahimahullah) fell severely ill.

Several 'Ulama who have studied or visited there have attested to this common practice of the senior Scholars of Deoband.


2. The ‘Ulama of Saharanpur also utilised this practice from time to time, as credible sources have stated.


3. Moulana Zafar Ahmad ‘Uthmani (rahimahullah) would resort to reciting Bukhari Shareef when he would take ill, as a means of attaining shifa (cure).

(Ma’alim Irshadiyyah, pg.204)


4. ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) would -in his madrasah in Karachi- also resort to this at times of need. He would gather suitable reciters and make them complete a swift recital of Sahih Bukhari followed by earnest du’a.

My Honourable Father (hafizahullah), also took part in one such recital with Shaykh, Moulana Binnory (rahimahullah).


5. Hazrat Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahimahullah) also engaged in this practice.

See one example in the book: Hazrat Shaykhul Hadith and I, pg.30.


6. In the recent past, the reliable ‘Ulama of Madinah Munawwarah would also gather during times of difficulty to complete a recital of Sahih Bukhari with the motive of easing hardships.

There were several individuals who would arrange such gatherings in Madinah, one of them being by the pious Shaykh, Zakariyya Al-Bukhari (rahimahullah) - an outstanding and unique Wali of Allah Ta’ala. My teacher, Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) would attend this particular one.


7. Similarly, 'Ulama in other parts of the world also engage in this from time to time.

These are our predecessors and our precedents...


Let’s revive this!

In keeping with this, those ‘Ulama who are capable of engaging in a complete recital of Sahih Bukhari are implored to please do so for the general plight of the Ummah, and every other severe need.

This can be achieved in a few short hours wherein able reciters gather and each of them simultaneously recite a part individually.

Once the recital is complete, a du’a can be made.

Kindly remember the writer, his parents & family, teachers, students and well-wishers in that du’a too.

May Allah Ta’ala restore peace on earth soon, very soon.

وما ذلك على الله بعزيز


Note: In such a gathering there is no harm in the general masses being present at the end, for the blessings (barakah), as there is no formal ijazah that is given to the attendees.

My Respected Father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (hafizahullah) -in light of the current global plight of the Ummah- has began to passionately emphasis this and encourages 'Ulama who are capable enough to take up this initiative and revive this method of attracting Allah Ta'ala's mercy upon the Ummah at large.

Also see here.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Shaykh Binnory’s (rahimahullah) dislike for fame

Hazrat Shaykh, Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) had an intense dislike for fame.

He closed every door and avenue that could lead to fame to the extent that the madrasah in Karachi never even held a graduation ceremony (Jalsah).

During the issue of the Khatm Nubuwwat and the Qadiyanis (the Qadiyanis do not accept Nabi -sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam- as the final Messenger) Moulana (rahimahullah) gave a full 100 days of sacrifice [to combat this evil sect].

Here too, Moulana (rahimahullah) had the same fervour of sacrificing only for Allah Ta'ala and not doing anything for show.

(Khususi Number, pg. 451)


Dr Abdur Razzaq Iskandar (hafizahullah) writes:

Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah) laid the foundation for Madrasah Islamia (in Karachi) himself [i.e, He was the founder] and it is due to him that the institute reached this level. However, out of humility, Hazrat Binnory (rahimahullah) disliked having the title of Principal next to his name.

(Jamale Yusuf, pg.143-144)


May Allah Ta’ala bless us all with these sublime qualities. Amin.

Get the reply and du'as of the Angels

In Islam, we are constantly taught to focus on our duty, irrespective of whether the next party does their part or not.

We are answerable for our own deeds, not that of others.

Likewise, we are rewarded for doing our duty, even if others fail.

In keeping with this teaching, we find that if one says Salam to his fellow Muslim and does not receive a reply, Allah Ta'ala instructs the Angels to actually reply to him.

Similarly, when one sneezes and says Alhamdulillah. If nobody replies to him, here too the Angels and other creations reply to him.


A Beautiful Hadith on Salam

  • 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 and Tabarani, with a reliable chain. See Targhib, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.8 pg.29 and Fadlul Mun’im, vol.2 pg.459 and Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 4846 for authentication)

Let’s take advantage of this beautiful benefit of saying Salam first, and also be assured that in the event of the person not replying, its the Angels of Allah who will reply to our greeting insha Allah.


The Angel’s reply to our sneeze

  • The following is recorded from Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) with a reliable chain:

‘When one sneezes, [even if he is alone] he should still say: Alhamdulillahi Rabbil 'Alamin.

When he does so, the Angels reply to him saying: Yarhamukallah.’

(May Allah have mercy on you)


  • The renowned Tabi’i, Ibrahim Nakha’i (rahimahullah) said:

‘Therefore, after saying Alhamdulillah... one who is alone [or one who does not receive a reply from those present] should say:

Yarhamunallahu wa iyyakum.’

(May Allah Ta'ala have mercy on you and I)

As a reply to the Angels and other creation.

Refer: Al-Adabul Mufrad of Imam Bukhari, Hadith: 946, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 26517 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 6221)


May Allah Ta'ala grant us the tawfiq (ability) to practice on the above.

The Virtues of visiting the sick

Every community has people who fall ill.

In Islam, we are encouraged to visit such people and not to neglect them.

The extent of the importance of this can be gauged from the five authentic Hadiths below:

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

“Whomsoever visits a sick person or visits his brother for the sake of Allah Ta'ala, a caller calls out, ‘You have done good, your footsteps are blessed and you have prepared an abode in Jannah”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2008, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1443 and Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 2961 with slight variation in the words)

Imam Tirmidhi has graded the Hadith sound (hasan).


  • Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu 'anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

“When a Muslim visits a sick Muslim at dawn, seventy thousand angels make du’a of forgiveness for him till dusk. If he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand Angels make du’a of forgiveness for him till the morning, and he will be granted a garden in Jannah”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 969, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3091. Declared authentic by Imam Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 2958, Imam Hakim and ‘Allamah Dhahabi, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 341/2  and pg. 349)


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

‘Whoever makes a proper wudu, and sets out to visit his sick Muslim brother with the expectation of reward, will be distanced seventy years [journey] away from Jahannam.’

This Hadith is recorded by Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) with a slightly weak chain, which may be tolerated in Hadiths that discuss virtues of deeds, like this one.

It is further supported by a good chain in Tabarani.

This Hadith can therefore be quoted and may even be declared as sound (hasan). 

Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has not commented on it in Hidayatur Ruwat.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3090, Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 9437, Targhib, Hadith: 5091, Hidayatur Ruwat, Hadith: 1497, Fathul Ilah, Hadith: 1552 and Mirqat, Hadith: 1552)


  • Sayyiduna Jabir and Sayyiduna Ka’b (radiyallahu 'anhuma) report that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

When one sets out to visit the sick, he enters into Allah’s mercy. When he sits beside the sick person, he is totally immersed in mercy.

(Muwatta Imam Malik, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 304 and pg. 460 and Sahih Ibn Hibban)

Also see Targhib, Hadith: 5096, 5097 and Majma’uz zawaid, vol.2 pg.297.


  • One who visits the sick will find Allah Ta'ala. Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Allah Ta'ala will say to man [on the day of Qiyamah]: O my slave, I was sick and you refused to visit me.

Man will exclaim: O Allah, how could that be possible whereas You are the Lord of the Worlds?

Allah Ta'ala will reply: A certain slave of mine was sick, had you visited him, you would have found Me by him.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 6501)


Lets take advantage of these great rewards, by habitually visiting the ill.

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This article [like countless others] was inspired by my Beloved Father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah); who would cherish visiting the sick, while always reminding himself and his companions of the above rewards. May Allah Ta’ala shower his choicest mercies on my Beloved Father’s (rahimahullah) soul. Amin  


Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah)'s staunchness (steadfastness) on the truth

Shaykh Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) was never lenient in religious matters. Shaykh (rahimahullah) never shied away from saying the harsh truth whenever the necessity arose. Moulana's dignity, sincerity, academic stature, saintly and fearless demeanour made it clear to the leaders that no one can buy him over or make him say or do anything that he is not happy about.

On the occasion when President Jamal 'Abdun Nasir asked to take a group photo with different 'Ulama, Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah) was probably the only one who did not accede to his request. Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah) went up to him, held his hand and said in firm words: Allah Ta'ala blessed you with a strong and brave heart. Use it to serve Islam!

(Jamale Yusuf, pgs.159-161)

The global plight of the Ummah, reasons and solutions - Audio

The threat of Islamaphobia has reached such a stage globally, that a Muslim's dignity, honour, wealth, blood and life is viewed as worthless.

Wherever there are Muslims, unfortunately there is suffering.

This is indeed painful.

Our Nabi (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) has forewarned the ummah of the causes for their downfall.

Being aware of these causes, enables reformation.

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How to secure ourselves in the holiday - Audio

The festive/holiday season sees an increase in temptation and fitnah, a time when people lose themselves, in many different ways.


In a narration in Sunan Tirmidhi, a Sahabi asked Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) what is salvation?

In response, Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) provided the formula for salvation.

عَنْ عُقْبَةَ بْنِ عَامِرٍ قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَا النَّجَاةُ قَالَ أَمْسِكْ عَلَيْكَ لِسَانَكَ وَلْيَسَعْكَ بَيْتُكَ وَابْكِ عَلَى خَطِيئَتِكَ

Sayyiduna 'Uqbah ibn 'Amir (radiyallahu'anu) said: I asked Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) what is [the formula for] salvation?

Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) replied:

  1. Control your tongue
  2. Remain in your home
  3. Cry over your sins

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The sublime Sunnah of Forgiveness - Audio

Allah Ta'ala mentions in the Quran:

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا

Certainly for you in Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) is an excellent example; for one whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.

(Surah Ahzab, verse: 21)


One great Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) is his sublime akhlaq [character] and his compassion and forgiveness to those who wronged him.

Here is a talk delivered by my beloved father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) on the aspect of the sublime Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam).

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Stay committed on Islam and avoid resembling other groups - Audio

Allah Ta’ala has completed and perfected the Din of Islam. It will stand up to the test of time and all environments.

The Din of Islam is replete with guidelines for each environment and situation.

Islam means to submit to the divine order of Allah Ta'ala, wether it is our social life or monetary dealings, our holidays or holy days, our spending and earnings etc. We are required to follow the example and teachings of Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) in the manner that Allah Ta'ala commands us.

By being ignorant of the teachings of Islam, we waver and do what people are doing around us, thereby  resembling the ways of others.

Here is a talk delivered by my beloved father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) on the topic of not resembling non Muslims, while remaining steadfast on all aspects of Islam.

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Rectified motives and reformed children

The Honourable Hadith expert of our times, Al-Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him) often states that the residents of Madinah Munawwarah regularly make the following du’a:

اللّٰهُمَّ أَصْلِحِ النِّيَّةَ والذُّرِّيَّةَ

Allahumma aslihin niyyah wadh dhurriyyah



O Allah, rectify my intentions and reform my progeny.

This brief yet profound du’a is much needed in the world today.

Ponder: One who is bereft of the above two bounties will suffer in both Worlds!


Intentions and the Selfie Age

Unfortunately we live in an era where almost nothing is done without an ulterior motive. It’s an era wherein everything is ’selfied’, be it with a picture or even in text.

Without the correct motive, no deed is accepted by Allah Ta'ala, even if that deed be as noble as it gets. We should still be focused on our intentions, instead of broadcasting our achievements!


A Rare Breed

The need for ‘reformed’ offspring is understood by one and all. Especially in an age where such a blessing is of a rare kind. Fortunate are those who have already achieved this. While many of us still only yearn for that blessing.

Let’s include this du’a in our daily supplications, in addition to the physical effort that is needed to achieve the above.

Keeping the company of the pious is very effective in achieving these two bounties.

Insha Allah we will see great results. May Allah Ta'ala‬‎ accept all our efforts and du’as. Amin


Leaving for the masjid in the state of wudu

There are several incentives for one who does wudu at his residence before leaving for the masjid.


Hereunder are two of those benefits:


1. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu 'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

When one performs wudu at home and leaves for the masjid solely to offer salah [in congregation], for every step taken towards the masjid [in this state of wudu] one sin is forgiven, one reward accrued and one stage is elevated in the Hereafter.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 647 and Sahih Muslim 1504)


2. Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu 'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

One who performs wudu at home then proceeds to the masjid for fard salah secures the reward of a Haji in the state of ihram.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 559)


Doing wudu at home before proceeding to the masjid is a recommended practice. Besides the above, it holds other spiritual benefits as well.

Let’s try and inculcate this noble practice in our daily routine.


The efforts of the ‘Ulama against the baseless attacks on Hadith

‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) writes:

‘The deviant groups of the past made baseless objections against the noble Hadith to which the likes of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), Imam Shaf'i (rahimahullah), Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and others have given dumbfounding answers. In every era those same objections are presented in a new disguise. The orientalists started their attack from the same front. They had a systematic venture in which they filled the same old poison in new capsules and tried to put it down the throats of the latter generation. At times they claimed that the Hadith was only compiled 200 years after Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) and questioned how could it be reliable? Sometimes they objected against the narrators of the Hadith and at other times they presented logical arguments. By doing so they created doubts in Salah, the times of prayer, zakah, fasting, hajj, qurbani and all the tenants of Din. They made the laws of Shari’ah their targets. They opened the doors of incorrect interpretations on matters like the Angels, Jinn, Satan, the soul [Ruh] etc. In this manner they tried to shake the foundations of Islam. However, the prophetic announcement had already been made:

“This Knowledge will be transmitted by every just successor who will negate the distortions of the deviated, the plagiarism of the people on falsehood and the false interpretations of the ignoramuses”

(refer: Tadribur Rawi, vol. 4 pg. 19 and Atharul Hadith, pg. 7)

Alhamdulillah in every era Allah Ta'ala created such men who cleared the Sunnah from the dirt of the deviant. From the time of Imam Shaf'i (rahimahullah) right until Ibn Wazir Yamani (rahimahullah) and Jalaluddin Suyuti (rahimahullah) and from them until now there’s ample material available, not only in Arabic and Urdu but in English and other languages as well.

In the past 50 years scholars have added numerous invaluable books on this topic to the libraries. An extensive list of the books authored by the previous scholars is given in my book 'Awariful Minan Muqaddimah Ma'arifus Sunan'.’

(Adapted from: Basair wa 'ibar Vol. 1 Pg. 130-131)

Remain steadfast as you have been commanded - Audio

The companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) noticed some grey strands of hair on the beard of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam), and told him that you seem to be getting old very quickly. Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) replied that Surah Hud has made me old.


Sayyiduna 'Abdullah ibn Abbas (radiyallahu 'anhuma) says in my opinion it was this specific verse of Surah Hud, verse 112:

...فَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَا أُمِرْتَ وَمَنْ تَابَ مَعَكَ وَلَا تَطْغَوْا

Remain steadfast as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have repented with you, and do not transgress.


Here is a talk delivered by my beloved father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) on the topic of remaining steadfast in all aspects of Islam.


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Hadith guidelines on tooth-picking

Islam lays unparalleled emphasis on oral hygiene. In addition to using the miswak at salah times, the miswak is recommended on several other occasions too. See here.


The Sunnah of Picking the Teeth

Another form of oral hygiene in Islam is the encouragement to pick the teeth after meals.


Sayyiduna Abu Ayyub (radiyallahu'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said:

'How good is [the practice of] those in my ummah, who wash between the fingers and toes in wudu, [i.e, by doing khilal] and those who pick their teeth.'

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 97 and Musnad Ahmad, vol.5 pg.416)



In the above and other Hadiths, we are taught to pick the teeth after meals.

In addition to causing decay, leaving food unpicked from the teeth also creates an odour which offends others.

(See: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 3672)


The teeth are usually picked:

a) with the tongue,

b) with a finger,

c) with an object like the toothpick/dental floss/waterpik etc.

However, we are advised to not swallow the food particles that are picked with the fingers, toothpicks or other foreign objects.

This is not binding [i.e, not haram], but is indeed advisable. See the Hadith below:

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

‘…Whoever eats and removes the [left over] food from between his teeth with his finger [or any foreign object, like a toothpick] should spit it out. What he removes [from the teeth] with his tongue, he may swallow. Whoever abides by this does well, and who does not, will not be sinful.’

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 36, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 337 and Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 689 and 2132)

Imams Hakim and Dhahabi (rahimahumallah) have declared this Hadith authentic (sahih).

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 137. Also see: Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al-Ihsan, Hadith: 1410)


One reason for spitting what is removed with a foreign object is due to the possibility of it having blood on it. [The consumption of blood is unlawful].

(Badhlul Majhud, vol.1 pg.23)


The above should be done with the intention of following the noble teachings of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam).

Every sunnah is filled with immense barakah and benefits.

Let's abide by this, and add to the number of sunnats that we practice upon.

Ten deeds for protection and blessings in a home/business premises

At times we have the opportunity of purchasing a new home or business, we become eager to start it off on the right foot. We therefore resort to various forms of dhikr, recitation of Quran and du'a for barakah.

In the Hadith references at hand, I have not come across any specific deeds or du'as specifically for when moving into a new premises.

However, the following can be practiced upon based on the broader purport of the narrations cited below.

These may be done in any home/business/premises, be it new or old.


Deeds to remove demons and other bad effects


Recite Surah Baqarah

- Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said:

'...Recite Surah Al Baqarah, for [reciting it and practising on it] is a blessing and abandoning it will be a cause of grief and regret, and those involved in witchcraft cannot confront it.'

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1871)


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

'...Indeed Shaytan flees from that home in which Surah Baqarah is recited.'

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1821)

People generally like to have their homes secure from the effects of black magic, evil Jinn etc.

Therefore many have the habit of reciting Surah Baqarah in their new homes/businesses, as it keeps away the Jinn as well as black magic.


The last two verses of Surah Baqarah

Sayyiduna Nu’man ibn Bashir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said;

'...If these two verses are recited for three nights in a home, no Shaytan shall come near it.'

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib). Some editions of Sunan Tirmidhi have the words ‘gharib‘ only.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2882)

Imam Ibn Hibban, Imam Hakim and ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahumullah) have declared the Hadith authentic (sahih).

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 782 [the last portion of the Hadith], Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 562 and vol. 2 pg. 260)


Practising on this will insha Allah protect the new/or current premises from the Shaytan/evil Jinn.


The ten verses of Surah Baqarah

Sayyiduna 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (radiyallahu'anhu) said:

‘If these ten verses are recited in a home, no Shaytan shall enter it till the morning.’

(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 3382 and Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8673. ‘Allamah Suyuti has declared one chain of Darimi as authentic (sahih) refer: Da’il Falah, Hadith: 84)

See here for more about these ten verses.


Call out the Adhan

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

'When the muadhin calls the adhan, Shaytan flees hurriedly away.'

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 610 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 856)

The narrator of this Hadith; Abu Salih As-Samman (rahimahullah) states that when one hears [scary/eerie] sounds [and fears the presence of evil Jinns] one should call out the adhan, since it has the effect of chasing away the Shaytan.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 856)


Based on this, people have the habit of calling out the adhan in a new home before moving in, so as to chase away the evil Jinn therefrom.


Deeds for Barakah (blessings) in the home

In addition to the above, to acquire barakah in the home, one may practice any of the following, for their general good effect (without considering them as actual sunnahs).

As stated at the beginning, these deeds are for any home/premises, be it new or old.


Say the Salam when entering

Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) told Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu'anhu) - as part of a lengthy narration-:

O my son! Whenever you enter your house, say salam. This will be a source of Barakah- blessing- for you and your family.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2698)

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has graded this Hadith as sound (hasan)

Read the entire collated version of this Hadith here


Recite Quran

The Quran in general is a great source of blessing. Undoubtedly, one who seeks barakah (blessing) should indeed recite the Quran and keep it respectfully in the place wherein barakah is being sought.


Nafl Salah

Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Thabit (radiyallahu'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) said:

'Offer your [nafl/optional] Salah in your homes, for the best Salah -besides the Fard- is the one offered at home.'

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 731)

'Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has explains three reasons for this:

1. It is a source of Barakah.

2. It chases away the Shaytan/evil Jinn.

3. It is closer to sincerity.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 731)

Therefore those who make this a habit, will -insha Allah- notice increase in the blessings of that home.

In fact, Hafiz Ibn Hajar has explained that it is recommended to make salah the first thing done in any new property, as a means of being grateful to Allah's bounty and to acquire Barakah.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 917)


Keep Dates in the home

Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘A house which has dates will never suffer hunger.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 5304)


Invite friends and family for a meal

It is recorded that the senior Tabi'i; Sayyiduna 'Urwah ibn Zubayr (rahimahullah) had invited the people of Madinah to his new home that he built in 'wadil 'aqiq'. The narration states that those who attended made du'as for barakah as well.

(Siyar A'lamin Nubala, vol.4 pg.428)

Many Muslims have this habit too. This is so that the property can be blessed with their presence, du'as and the barakah of feeding people -which is extremely rewarding.


The Kitab Shifa

An elderly and very Respectable 'Alim; Shaykh Muhammad Nimr Al-Khatib (rahimahullah) [who was at the age of 110 when I met him] mentioned that it was a common habit when he was growing up for people to keep the kitab of Imam Qadi 'Iyadh (rahimahullah): Shifa in their homes, businesses etc. for attaining barakah.

This kitab is one of the most comprehensive books that discuss the life and lifestyle of Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam). It has enjoyed universal acceptance throughout the centuries.

The Shaykh (rahimahullah) hailed from Palestine. He later resided in Madinah Munawwarah for many years till his demise. May Allah Ta'ala fill his grave with mercy and blessings. He had real love for students of Islamic knowledge. A love that I have rarely seen.

These ten deeds are some of which one may practice for protection as well as blessings in the home.

In addition to the above, every sunnah of our Beloved (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) has immense barakah and protection in it. We should always endeavour to inculcate as much of the sunnah as possible in our live.



And Allah Ta'ala Knows best.


Muharram & a Muslim's mindset - Audio

The passing of time, the days, the weeks, the months and the years are all reminders for us that our time in this dunya is running out.

A man's life span is like a block of ice in the hot sun outside.

With the passing of each second that ice is melting away. Similarly, with the passing of each second, man's life is melting away.

The beginning of the Islamic new year should serve as a reminder to us of this fact.

This lecture, aims to rectify our mindset about the time Allah Ta'ala has afforded us in this world.

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Muharram: Contemporary Q&A in light of Prophetic Tradition

In this brief booklet, some important matters related to the blessed month of Muharram, and specifically the tenth of this month (ʿAashura) have been gathered. These articles are a collection which I have taken from my blog, as well as the website.

May Allah Taʿala accept it and make it a means of guidance for all. Amin.

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Iman; the Greatest Binding force - Audio

Iman is the greatest binding force on the surface of the earth.

The Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum), with their different backgrounds would all sit together in the majlis of Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam).

This Ummah suppose to be one Ummah. The believers should be a support for the next. We should feel the pain of each other.

Here is a talk delivered by my beloved father, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah), on the topic of brotherhood in Islam, and assisting those in need.

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