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Hasan & Husayn: Principles Over Power

“These two sons of mine are the leaders of the youth in Paradise.”1 The Prophet ﷺ Much has been claimed and said regarding the marked departure in political stances between the two grandsons of the Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his family). Quietism versus activism, leads to juxtaposing political compromise […]

The Fast of Ashura

By Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi The fast of ‘Ashura was prescribed before the fasts of Ramadan. The Jews observed it and so did the people of Arabia before the dawn of Islam. It is related by Imam Bukhari on the authority of Ibn-i-Abbas that when the Prophet came to Madinah he found that the […]

Morning and Evening Duas

By: Shaikh ul Arab wal Ajam Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (ra) 1. Dedication All my writings and compilations of this humble servant are collections of the benefits and blessings of the companionship of our spiritual mentor: Muhiyyus Sunnah Hadrat Aqdas Maulânâ Shâh Abrâr-ul-Haqq Sâhib rahimahullâh, Hadrat Aqdas Maulânâ Shâh ‘Abdul Ghanî Sâhib […]

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 […]

Compulsory Acts of Salah

Takbeer-e-Tahreema. (To say, “Allahu Akbar”, translator) Qiyaam (To stand). Qiraat (To recite any verse or Surah of the Qur’aan-e-Kareem.) To make Ruku. To make two Sajdahs. To sit for the duration of At-tahiyat in the final sitting. (Qa’eda akherah) If any one of the above mentioned are left out, the Salaat will not take place. […]

Upbringing of children

Excellent advice of a Senior Sheikh, Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri (one of the leading contemporary Ulama) advises in one of his talks,  “Why is it that we don’t find books on child upbringing (tarbiyatul awlaad) among the earlier authors?   He says: “It’s because it was not taken as a subject then, a topic to write about. […]

Story of Isra / Miraj

Adopted from Mariful Qur’aan by Mufti Mohammed Shafi (RA) سُبۡحَـٰنَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَسۡرَىٰ بِعَبۡدِهِۦ لَيۡلاً۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ إِلَى ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡأَقۡصَا ٱلَّذِى بَـٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهُ ۥ لِنُرِيَهُ ۥ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِنَآ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلسَّمِيعُ ٱلۡبَصِيرُ Pure is He Who made his servant travel at night from al-Masjid al-Har am to al-Masjid al-Aqsa the environs of which We […]

The Month of Rajab

By Mufti Taqi Usmani Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ashhur-al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) . It is also a prelude to the month of […]

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: […]

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, […]