Scholar’s Hive

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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Information Indigestion

The enthusiasm to share whatever beneficial knowledge we come across sometimes results in the oversight of flooding peoples timelines, inboxes, or ears. This leads to ‘information indigestion’. Do not be too frequent to the extent that the audience or recipients are burdened. This is an established principle of knowledge. Despite the high level of the eagerness that the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) had to learn from Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), he too would …

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How to acquire the habit of practice

An extremely beneficial method of inculcating the habit of practicing upon knowledge is to accompany people who do so themselves. One advantage of formerly acquiring knowledge from a suitable teacher is that together with knowledge one is also able to visualise how the teacher applies it in his life.   Ibn Sirin (rahimahullah) said: “They –the senior Tabi’un- would study how to practice (‘amal) just as they would study knowledge …

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Knowledge is for practice

There currently seems to be a widespread notion that: knowledge is for propagation, instead of practise. Therefore as soon as we come across a useful piece of information we immediately think of forwarding it instead of first planning to implement it in our lives! Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: “No person’s feet will be allowed to move on the day of Qiyamah until he answers the following questions: How he …

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The different types of shahids (martyrs)

The ‘Ulama have cited three types of Shahids: 1. One who is considered a Shahid in this world as well as in the Hereafter. This is one who dies in combat against the enemies of Islam. A Shahid in this world is one on whom the rules of a Shahid apply, like not being given ghusl (a bath) after his demise. A Shahid in the Hereafter is one who will …

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Shaykh ‘Awwamah’s plea for preparing high calibre leaders of knowledge

While discussing the state of Islamic knowledge in the world currently, My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) mentioned a very important issue which I will paraphrase in the following paragraphs. These are the concerns of a veteran in the field of knowledge.  The weight of these concerns should be gauged from the fact that Shaykh (hafizahullah) has spent over half a century in the field of Islamic …

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Audio series on Atharul Hadith by Shaykh ‘Awwamah

The book; Atharul Hadith… was written by My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) many years ago, to stem the onslaught of the salafi mindset. This book has proven to be very effective in rectifying one’s outlook (manhaj) in the academic discussions of Hadith. The book enjoys universal acclaim and has been re-published many times. It has also been translated into other languages. Recently, Shaykh (hafizahullah) recorded several verbal …

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Recent, Priceless advices of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah)

Recently some of my students (11 of them) had visited My Honourable Teacher, Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) in Istanbul. Shaykh -as is his noble habit- was extremely generous with his time and priceless advices. Hereunder is their account, in brief after a few minor edits. الحمد لله رب العالمين، و الصلاة و السلام على رسوله الكريم، أما بعد By the Tawfiq of Allah, a group of students from …

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