The Sunnah Response to Rain

When referring to rain, Allah Ta'ala has mentioned a dual purpose. In one verse, He says: "And he is the One who sends the winds ahead of his mercy" i.e, rain (Surah Furqan, verse: 48) In another verse, Allah Ta’ala says: “When they (the nation of Aad) saw a…

Imam Abu Hatim Razi (رحمه الله), One who memorized 300 000 Hadith!

Imam Abu Hatim, Muhammad ibn Idris Ar-Razi (رحمه الله) was born in Ray (Tehran –Iran) in the year 195 A.H. and he passed away in the year 277 A.H. Lengthy Sojourn He first set out in search of knowledge at the age of 18. He states in this regard: " The first…

Blessed Fruits

Allah Ta'ala has repeatedly made reference to the gift of fruit in the Holy Quran. In one verse Allah Ta’ala says: “Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and we produce therewith fruits of various colours.” (Surah Fatir: verse: 77)  …

Academic Theft!

In the spirit of sharing knowledge, many people at some time or the other end up forwarding an email, re-sharing a post or re-tweeting what they received from others whilst omitting the initial source of that valuable piece of knowledge. This is ethically…

A Few Lessons on Adab (Respect)

It is a famous statement of the ‘Ulama: Those who succeeded did so through their adab (respect) and those who failed did so because of the lack of respect” (Adabul ikhtilaf fi masailil ‘lmi wad din, pg. 192) قال الإمام الزرنوجي رحمه الله ما وصل من وصل إلا…

Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, Not S.A.W.!

There is certain etiquette that applies when we take the names of our predecessors. These are Great leaders in Din, and they deserve a certain amount of respect. Many have the habit of merely sufficing on abbreviations like: “r.a.” or “a.s.” Even worse is the…

Imam Al-Rawwasi (rahimahullah); the result of Respect

Imam ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil Karim Al-Rawwasi (rahimahullah) was born in the year 428 A.H, in Dihistan and he passed away in 503 A.H.   What they said about him Imam Abu Ja’far al-Hamazhani (rahimahullah) says: “I never saw in those countries anyone like him,…

The progressive slide; Then and Now

It’s a common fact; the further we progress in time from the era of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), the more we degenerate on a universal basis. The scary part is the speed with which we are currently deteriorating!   Emphasis on the inner self…

Status of the Hadith: “My Companions are like the Stars”

The following Hadith is often quoted when discussing the topic of the rank of the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum). أصحابي كالنجوم بأيهم اقتديتم اهتديتم “My Companions are like the stars, whichever of them you follow you will be rightly guided” Although there…

7 Steps to Becoming Debt-Free

Many people, at some point in their lives end up in financial debt. Nobody likes it, but it just happens. Taking loans is perfectly permissible in Islam, as long as it doesn’t entail riba (usury) and it isn’t for a purpose that is against Islam. Hereunder are…

Imam ibn Jarir Al-Tabari (رحمه الله); One who led his entire life like Ramadan!

During the month of Ramadan, we worship Allah Ta'ala by abstaining from acts that are usually Halal. i.e. Food, drink and permissible relations with one's spouse. The following is a glimpse into the life of a Scholar who emulated Ramadhan his entire life.…

How to Clean The Heart

The sin of malice and discord is serious. Even on auspicious occasions despite Allah's abundant mercy, we always find one particular class of people that are deprived; those who harbour ill-feelings in their hearts towards others. In addition to this, some…

Du’a when Ramadan arrives

Sayyiduna ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) use to teach the Sahabah (radiyallahu'anhum) the following du’a when the blessed month of Ramadan would arrive: اَللّٰهُمَّ سَلّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضانَ وَسَلّمْ…

Tahiyyatul Masjid; Our Weak Point!

Imagine a visitor that enters your home, takes a seat, occupies himself with his personal affairs, fulfills his need and then leaves without even greeting you..? The consequences of such a visit are obvious! Moreover, what if such behavior is repeated daily…

Is Adab (respect) really so important?

Passing on etiquette as insignificant generally leads to the abandoning of deeds that are Sunnah, which leads to the discarding of a wajib (compulsory) act and so on. Imam ‘Abdullah Ibn Mubarak (rahimahullah) said: “If I leave out a single etiquette of Islam,…

At The Approach of Rajab and Sha’ban

With the sighting of the crescent of Rajab, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would anticipate and begin preparations for the month of Ramadan. This is two months in advance! People "live to see" various accomplishments in their lives, but a Believer…

Sell not Your Religion!

Among the most compelling contemporary challenges, are the alarmingly increasing temptations to compromise on one’s basic beliefs. When a person loses focus of what is important in his/her life, then to sell off the most valuable asset becomes easy. In so…

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)…

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…

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…

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…