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Tarawih; 20 Rak’ahs and no less!

Tarawih Salah is Sunnah Muakkadah (an emphasised Sunnah). One who discards it deliberately and repeatedly becomes sinful. Tarawih in Ramadan was established by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) himself. Thereafter, it was Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) who had unified the Ummah upon the performance of twenty Rak’ahs of Tarawih behind an Imam. His decision was met with unanimous approval of all the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) and Tabi’un of that era. From …

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‘Allamah Binnory’s Weeping and Crying

Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) was the proof of the true meaning of the verse: وَإِذَا سَمِعُوا مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ تَرَىٰ أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ الدَّمْعِ مِمَّا عَرَفُوا مِنَ الْحَقِّ ‘When they hear what has been revealed to the Rasul (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), you see their eyes flow with tears because they recognize the truth.’ (Surah 5, Verse 83)   When Moulana would listen to Quran his eyes would start …

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A passage from a manuscript of Sunan Tirmidhi dated 558 A.H

The following is a passage I recently came across in a manuscript of Sunan Tirmidhi. This manuscript dates back to the year 558 A.H. In this passage, the student of Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) relates from Imam Tirmidhi himself some interesting information about one of Imam Tirmidhi’s favourite teachers; Imam Hannad ibn Sariy, who was also the teacher of all the other authors of the six famous Hadith books (the sihah …

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Not everything is suited for everyone

In addition to possessing knowledge, wisdom and diplomacy is important. The same tone will not be used for all. Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) used various methodologies to impart knowledge; at times he would ignore the person to whom he wanted to pass the message, on other occasions he would give extra attention to the one he wanted to draw closer to him. Sometimes he would address the culprit directly, and at …

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‘Allamah Binnory; a Muhaddith and Mufti

Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Binnory (rahimahullah) was a great Muhaddith of his time. He was a master in the field of Hadith, a research scholar and a critic. Together with the knowledge of Hadith, he also acquired a vast knowledge and deep understanding in fiqh. His proficiency in fiqh was deep-rooted and profound. Shaykh Binnory (rahimahullah) achieved such an honour and distinction that he was from the most illustrious students of …

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Verify before you amplify

Any discussion on the spreading of Hadith cannot be left void of the warning against passing on unauthentic narrations. This is due to the grave warnings about fabricated Hadiths. There are approximately 200 Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) that have reported these warnings. (Fathul Bari, Hadith: 110 and Tadribur Rawi, vol. 5 pg. 207)   The Message of Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) In fact, Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has done the same in his …

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Fasting on ‘Aashura Saturday

Imams Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have reported from Sayyidatuna Samma (radiyallahu’anha) that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) said: “Don’t fast on Saturdays unless it’s an obligatory fast” i.e, like Ramadan. (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2413, Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 744 and others) This Hadith has been quoted by some contemporaries to discourage people from fasting on the 10th of Muharram, or even the 9th or 11th of Muharram, if any of these dates …

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The Significance of the 15th of Sha’ban

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

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Do not substitute the Sunnah for the way of others!

The Sunnah is the best and most complete way for any human to lead his life in this world. Unfortunately day by day, we find the Muslim ummah shifting further away from the blessed Sunnah of our Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). This will bring nothing but further disaster. The following is an abstract from an article that Muhaddithul ‘Asr, ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Al Binnory (rahimahullah) wrote on this topic: ‘Powerful nations …

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