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Valuable Steps

There are many rewarding deeds whose merits are inflated based on the occasion in which they are carried out. One such deed is: Walking for the salah of Jumu’ah. Sayyiduna Aws Ibn Aws (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihiwasallam) said: Whoever (does the following on a Friday): 1. Takes a thorough bath, 2. Goes very early to the Masjid, 3. Goes walking, not riding, 4. Sits close to the imam …

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Imam Ibn ‘Asakir (rahimahullah); The Greatest of his era..

Imam Hafiz  Abul Qasim ‘Ali ibn Hasan ibn ‘Asakir (رحمه الله) was born in Damascus in the year 499 Hijri and passed away in the year 571 Hijri in Damascus also. He is known for his extensive travel in the search of knowledge. His renown work: Tareekh Dimashq which is a Biography of all the ‘Ulama who ever lived or came to Damascus is a collection in 80 volumes!! What they …

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Hanafi, Shafi’i or “Muhammadi”?

We are often faced with the question: “Why do you follow Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik or Imam Shafi’i etc (rahimahumullah)? Aren’t we supposed to follow Sayyiduna Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? A unique perspective  My Respected Teacher, Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (may Allah protect him and keep him in good health, and may Allah continue to allow us to benefit from Shaykh) writes: “It is crucial for every Muslim to …

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Who are The Blind Followers?

This is a book by my dear brother and friend, Shaykh Abu Usamah (may Allah continue to bless him) It covers several major unfounded doubts in the minds of many concerning the issues of following a madh-hab (school of thought). The book is in question and answer format which makes it easier to comprehend. A lot of the discussions have been adapted from “Atharul Hadith” of my esteemed Shaykh Muhammad …

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Clarification on Early Hadith Compilation

Imam Ibn Shihab Zuhri (rahimahullah) – Demise 125-  features quite prominently in the discussion of Hadith compilation. It is commonly stated that he was the first to compile the Noble Traditions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, this is not entirely correct as it pushes the date of hadith compilation much further and opens the door for hadith rejectors to object. Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah’s research My Honourable teacher, Al-Muhaddith Shaykh …

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Rabi’ul Awwal has arrived, again…

Allah Ta’ala declares, “There certainly is an example in Allah’s Messenger for he who fears Allah and the last day and remembers Allah abundantly” (Surah Al-Ahzab, verse: 21) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “He who holds firm to my Sunnah when corruption is rampant in my Ummah will attain the reward of a hundred martyrs.” (Al-Bayhaqi fi-Zuhd; “hasan” –sound- according to Hafiz ibn Hajar; see: Hidayatur Ruwat, Hadith: 174) Sayyiduna …

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Shaykh Áwwamah’s advice for Students

My Honourable teacher, Al-Muhaddith Shaykh Muhammad Áwwamah (may Allah protect him) delivered an address several years ago in which he briefly poured out his sincere counsel for students of knowledge. I took his permission to reproduce it in English. These are advices of a giant in the field of research, one who has spend over 50 years benefiting the ummah with his priceless gems. Recently, He wrote a 500 page …

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