Weathering the Storm of Misfortune

All misfortune that engulfs man is caused by his actions. Allah Ta’ala says: “All calamities that afflict you are caused by your own doings.” (Surah Shura, Verse: 30) In Surah Nisa, Allah Ta’ala says: “Because of the wrongs of the Jews, We deprived them of…

The Latecomer should join the Imam without Delay

Latecomers for the congregational Salah often wait for the Imam to rise for the next rak'ah before joining the Salah. In the following Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu'alayhi wasallam) explains the correct procedure for latecomers. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi…

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…

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

What We Need to Know about the Six Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal. The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states: “Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has…

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:…

Changing the route from the ‘Eid Salah

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu'anhu) reports that when it was the day of 'Eid, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would attend and return from the 'Eid salah using different routes. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 943)   Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) –the famous…

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…

No Sahabi (radiyallahu’anhum) ever forged a Hadith!

There have always been enemies of Islam throughout time, who attacked the credibility of the Sahabah (radiyallahu'anhum) from various angles. Those who attack the Sahabah (radiyallahu'anhum) are actually targeting Islam, but they hide their vendetta against…

The recent ‘Maqra-ah’/Hadith Majlis trend

Attending a few gatherings of completion of Hadith books (like the khatm Bukhari) for the purpose of barakah etc is applaudable and encouraged. However, the recent trend of arranging public 'maqra-ahs' (also called Hadith Majlis; swift Hadith recitals) of…

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)  …

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…

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…

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)…

Clarification on Early Hadith Compilation

Imam Ibn Shihab Zuhriy (rahimahullah) -Demise 125 A.H.-  features quite prominently in the discussion of the Hadith compilation. It is commonly stated that he was the first to compile the Noble Traditions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). However,…

Mustahabb (rewardable) fasts of the Year

Besides the fard (obligatory) fast of Ramadan, there are various Nafl (optional) fasts that Nabi (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) kept throughout the year. We too can make an intention of following in His foot steps this year Insha Allah. The Sahabah…

Additional Spending on ‘Aashura Day

There are several legitimate practices in Islam that have been wrongfully deemed as incorrect. In an era of religious melt-down, we cannot afford such incorrect assertions One such practice is: Spending on one's family on the day of 'Aashura (The 10th of…

Deeds that equal the reward of Hajj

This article, among countless others, was inspired by my Beloved Father (rahimahullah). My Allah Ta'ala fill his grave with mercy. Hajj without a Visa! Since Hajj is among the most virtuous deeds in Islam, and not everyone can afford it (especially on a…

To the Seekers of the noble Hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam

The following are couplets that were composed by Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Duraid (rahimahullah) in praise of Hadith Students. My Respected Teacher, Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Fadhlur Rahman A'zamiy (may Allah protect him) generally reads it to the students of the…