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Physical Descriptions of the Four Imams

Physical Descriptions of the Four Imams

By Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Ahmad al-Dhahabi [1] Abu Hanifah an-Nu’man bin Thabit: Abu Yusuf said: “Abu Hanifah was well-formed, was from the best of people in appearance, the most eloquent of them in speech, the sweetest in tone, and the clearest of them in expressing what he felt.” Hamad bin Abi Hanifah said: […]

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The Beard between the Salaf & Khalaf

The Beard between the Salaf & Khalaf

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Definition: The Arabic word for beard is lihyah. It derives from lahy (jaw) and lahyan (the two jaws). Thus, a beard is defined as the hair that grows on the cheeks and jaws- [Al-Qamus ul-Muhit by al-Fayruzabadi, and Lisan ul-Arab by Ibn Manzur]. It includes the hair that grows on the temples, […]

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The Method of Salaah in the Light of Authentic Ahadith

The Method of Salaah in the Light of Authentic Ahadith

Aspects of the Salaat with evidences used by the Hanafi Madhhab [Sifatus Salaah: The Method of Salaah in the Light of Authentic Ahadith] Shaikh Muhammad Ilyas Faisal, Madina al-Munawwara  With thanks from the providers  CONTENTS Introduction Why Follow and Imam? Difference of Opinion Follow One Imam Only Authenticity of Hadith The Purpose of this Book About […]

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What is the Origin of the “Manzil”?

What is the Origin of the “Manzil”?

By Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi Edited by IlmGate Question: (Shaykh), I had a question about Manzil, what is its origin and its purpose? Answer: The Manzil is popular in [the Indian Subcontinent] and read as a wazifa and hirz for protection. The Kandhlawi family would give a lot of importance to it and it was a custom of […]

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The Month of Safar

The Month of Safar

“Safar” is the second month in the Islamic calendar. It is one of “Al-Ashhur-al-hurum” the four sanctified months in which battle was prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). However, no specific mode of worship or other special rules are set by the Shari’ah to observe this month. Some people believe […]

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Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

This sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah Year 632 A.C (10 A.H.) in the ‘Uranah valley of  Mount Arafat’ in Makkah. After praising and thanking Allah the Prophet (saws) said: “O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year I shall ever be […]

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Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

Importance of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

Why do they matter? Even for those not performing the pilgrimage, Hajj, the first ten days of this month are considered very sacred and a time for increased reflection, seeking Allah’s forgiveness, doing good and various other forms of worship. Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) has said about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah: There […]

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Qurbani (Udhiya) Spirit/Virtue/Dua'a

Qurbani (Udhiya) Spirit/Virtue/Dua’a

The Spirit of Qurbani (Udhiya) Virtue of Qurbani (Udhiya) On whom is Qurbani (Udhiya) Wajib (Obligatory) ? The Physical Qurbani (Udhiya) Time of Qurbani (Udhiya) The Qurbani (Udhiya) Anmial Animals with Defects Miscellaneous Masaail Method of Slaughtering an Animal Dua’a (Before, During & After Slaughtering) The Meat of the Sacrificed Animal The Skin of the […]

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Sufism (Naqshbandiya, Qadriya, Chishtiya, Suharwardiya)

Sufism (Naqshbandiya, Qadriya, Chishtiya, Suharwardiya)

Silsilsa-e-Naqshbandiya ‘One of the Four Great Spiritual Orders’ Introduction The Naqshbandiya Tariqah is named after Hadrat Baha al-Din Naqshband (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) (d. 791/1389)and  is a tariqah that is widely active throughout the world today. It is described as the ‘Mother of all Tariqah’s’ by Shaykh Ahmad al-Faruqi al-Sirhindi (Rehmatullahi alaih) and it also has a very […]

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Righteous Deeds with the Same Reward as Hajj & Umrah

Righteous Deeds with the Same Reward as Hajj & Umrah

From Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, who said:  “The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said:  ‘Whoever prays the morning prayer in congregation then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two units of prayer has the reward like that of Hajj and `Umrah.’”  He said, “Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi […]

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