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  1. Islamic blogs and links

    السلام علیکم Just wanted to share that fatwaa.com (website of Mufti Ismail Moosa HA) has become alive again.
  2. The Book of Assistance

    السلام علیکم ورحمة الله وبركاته Shaykh Kamaluddin Sahab DB has delivered lectures on some of the chapters from the Book of Assistance here on Islamic Spirituality
  3. Al-Burhan Convocation - Mufti Taqi Usmani

    Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) recently addressed a graduation ceremony of ‘professionals’ who completed a year long course in basic Islamic knowledge. He mentioned some amazing and thought-provoking points, especially pertinent for students of Islamic sciences (tullab al-ilm). In summary, he stated that Muslims who have only studied secular sciences and undergone that system, sometimes, feel that knowledge is restricted to the West. They look up to others for enlightenment but are unaware of the diamonds found within their own faith and heritage. Allah has blessed us with such a faith and such luminaries of faith that we find a great legacy of knowledge in every aspect of life. He mentioned that whilst he was a judge at the Shari’a appellate bench (of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) for 17 years, he would often discuss and scrutinise legal issues alongside his colleagues there - all high level judges who had spent their entire lives in advocacy and law. Often, he was blessed to grasp legal concepts quicker than his colleagues, upon which some of them remarked that it was due to his LLB degree in which he attained 2nd position. He would respond by telling them that it is not due to his law degree; rather because he studied ‘Al-Hidaya’ (the famous Hanafi fiqh masterpiece)! He said that he only studied for a month prior to his exams for the LLB degree. The reason why he was able to grasp aspects of law easily was because of his connection with Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) and its principles (usul al-fiqh). When he would compare the two, what is termed in legal quarters as ‘interpretation of institutes’ appeared like children’s games and play before usul al-fiqh! Sadly, the majority of us are unware of this amazing legacy left behind by our scholars. He also mentioned this in his recently published Arabic work titled ‘Fiqh al-Buyu’ (compiled to address the rules of trade and commerce in light of the 4 Schools and with a comparative study of laws of various counties). He states therein that if you study any major law book you will not find it’s author presenting a case study of ‘probable’ and ‘prospective’ situations; rather they merely provide commentary on legal verdicts given by various courts. In comparison, when you look at the works of our jurists (fuqaha), one is left gobsmacked with how they comprehensively provide solutions to all types of ‘supposed’ scenarios! A classic example of this is Imam Sarakhsi’s ‘Al-Mabsut’ in 30 volumes, the majority of which he dictated to his student whilst being under house arrest at the bottom of a well! He also wrote Sharh Siyar al-Saghir and Al-Usul. Allah Most high blessed our Scholars with deep insight in every field and science - even in worldly/secular sciences. He remarked that one of his teachers Mufti Rashid Ahmad Ludhyanwi (Allah have mercy on him) was an expert in mathematics. He taught a book titled ‘Khulasat al-Hisab’ which exemplifies the depth of knowledge of our predecessors in mathematics. His teacher would teach them maths and calculation practically; for example he used classical methods and taught them how to calculate and measure the distance between the Earth and moon. The method was simple yet accurate, using tools designed in olden times. This same teacher of his (Shaykh Mufti Rashid Ahmad Ludhyanwi) held a position regarding the Qibla being at certain degrees... A pilot once came to him and disagreed with his teacher regarding the degrees, upon which his teacher remarked that the pilot was incorrect. The pilot said, “Shaykh! how can you disagree with me; I fly planes at the said degrees every day!” His teacher responded that you could never fly your plane at the degree you are mentioning, and thereafter explained the matter to him which left the pilot astonished that a Madrasa teacher had more insight than him - and he acknowledged his mistake. This teacher of his did not study mathematics and geometry at a university; rather he obtained this understanding from studying the works of classical Muslims scholars. As such, our scholars have left us with a legacy that is a means of guidance in every aspect of life, but we are sadly unaware of what we have within us. May Allah grant us the tawfiq to truly appreciate and recognise the treasures hidden within our heritage, Ameen. ~ Muftī Muhammad Ibn Adam al-kawthari The lecture by Muftī Muhammad Taqī Usmanī hafizahullāh can be accessed from here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=qrUbbH1kW8k
  4. Motivation to learn Arabic

    There are various learning resources available online. Please refer to this section and see if they are offering Arabic course inshaAllah. http://www.islamicteachings.org/forum/category/169-online-learning-resources/
  5. Motivation to learn Arabic

    Why learn Arabic? Allah (SWT) emphatically states in the Qur’aan: إِنَّآ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ قُرۡءَٲنًا عَرَبِيًّ۬ا لَّعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ [12:2] We have sent it down, as an Arabic Qur'aan, so that you may understand. Allah (SWT) in his infinite wisdom has categorically linked His word (i.e. the Qur’aan) with the Arabic language; therefore, the two are interlinked until the day of judgement and declared inseparable. Shaykh Allamah Shabbir Ahmed Uthmani (RA) writes in his Tafseer, "The Arabic language, which is the most eloquent, versatile, regulated and magnificent of all languages, was chosen for the revelation of the Quran. Because the Messenger (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was an Arab, it logically follows that its first audience will be Arabs. Then, by means of the Arabs this light spread all around. The words "so you may understand,” indicate the reason for revealing the Quran in Arabic i.e. that you, who are the nation of the Messenger, should first taste its knowledge and thereafter make others do the same. So it happened.” Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulana) Mohammed Zakariyya Kandhalwi (RA) wrote a treatise on the virtues and superiority of the Arabic language entitled, “Fazail-e-Arabi (Virtues of the Arabic Languages)” and mentions many narrations on the subject of the virtues of learning the Arabic language which all students are requested to obtain and study. Some of the narrations about the Arabic language are as follows: Sayyidina Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (RA) said: Learn Arabic for it strengthens the mind and enhances chivalry . In [Shu'abul-Eman'] Sayyidina Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (RA) also wrote to Abu Musa al-Ash'ari : Learn the Sunnah (Prophet's Tradition) and Arabic. Learn to parse the Qur'an for it is written in Arabic . [Musannaf" of Ibn Abi Shaibah] In another version, he said: learn Arabic for it is part and parcel of your Religion . It is also narrated in the aforementioned 'Musannaf' that Ubayy Ibn Ka'b said: Learn Arabic as you learn (memorize) the Qur'an . Source
  6. Haraam Fantasizing

    Question If I fantasize about being married to someone I have never seen am I sinning Answer In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. Allah says: وَلَا تَقۡرَبُواْ ٱلزِّنَىٰٓ‌ۖ إِنَّهُ ۥ كَانَ فَـٰحِشَةً۬ وَسَآءَ سَبِيلاً۬ Translation: And come not near unto adultery. Lo! It is immodest and an evil way. [Surah Al-Isra/ Verse 32] Allama Qurtubi [Rahimahullah] writes in Tafseer Qurtubi: قَالَ الْعُلَمَاءُ: قَوْلُهُ تَعَالَى (وَلا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنى) أَبْلَغُ مِنْ أَنْ يَقُولَ: وَلَا تَزْنُوا، فَإِنَّ معناه لا تدنوا من الزنى Translation: Ulama have said that Almighty Allah used the word do not even go near zina [fornication] as it is more eloquent than saying the word do not commit zina, as the meaning of (وَلا تَقْرَبُوا is: Do not even go near zina [Tafseer Qurtubi 10/253 Darul Kutubul-Misriyyah] يَقُولُ تَعَالَى ناهيا عباده عن الزنا وعن مقاربته ومخالطة أسبابه ودواعيه وَلا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنى إِنَّهُ كانَ فاحِشَةً Translation: Almighty Allah is prohibiting his slaves from zina, going close to zina and getting involved in the means that may lead one to zina with the verse وَلا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنى إِنَّهُ كانَ فاحِشَةً [Tafseer Ibn Kathir 5/66 Darul-Kutubul-Ilmiyyah][ii] It is clear from the above verse that zina and anything that leads to zina is prohibited and it is immoral. Fantasizing about women leads one to the zina of the mind and heart. That in turn leads to one committing immoral acts. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa-Sallam said:[iii] الْعَيْنَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ، وَاللِّسَانُ يَزْنِي، وَالْيَدَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ، وَالرِّجْلَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ، وَيُحَقِّقُ ذلك الفرج أو يكذبه Translation: Eyes commit zina, the tongue commits zina, hands commit zina, legs commit zina and the private parts will either commit [the actual act of] zina or abstain. [Sahih-Ibn-Hibbān 10/267 Musisatul-Risalah] The zina of the eyes is to look at haraam with lust that leads to zina, the zina of the tongue is talking of something that leads to zina, zina of hands is touching something that leads to zina and the zina of legs is to walk towards something that leads to zina[iv] Therefore, it is haraam for one to fantasize about woman.[v] It is a sin and it is detrimental to ones spirituality. And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best Ridwaan Ibn Khalid Esmail [Kasak] Student Darul Iftaa Katete, Zambia Checked and Approved by, Mufti Ebrahim Desai. تفسير القرطبي (10/ 253) قَالَ الْعُلَمَاءُ: قَوْلُهُ تَعَالَى (وَلا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنى) أَبْلَغُ مِنْ أَنْ يَقُولَ: وَلَا تَزْنُوا، فَإِنَّ معناه لا تدنوا من الزنى الناشر: دار الكتب المصرية - القاهرة [ii] تفسير ابن كثير ط العلمية (5/ 66) يَقُولُ تَعَالَى ناهيا عباده عن الزنا وعن مقاربته ومخالطة أسبابه ودواعيه وَلا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنى إِنَّهُ كانَ فاحِشَةً الناشر: دار الكتب العلمية، [iii] صحيح ابن حبان - محققا (10/ 267) أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو خَلِيفَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا الْقَعْنَبِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، عَنِ الْعَلَاءِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: "الْعَيْنَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ، وَاللِّسَانُ يَزْنِي، وَالْيَدَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ، وَالرِّجْلَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ، وَيُحَقِّقُ ذلك الفرج أو يكذبه" إسناده صحيح على شرط مسلم. وأخرجه أحمد 2/411، والطحاوي في "مشكل الآثار" 3/298، والبغوي 76 من طرق عن العلاء بن عبد الرحمن، بهذا الإسناد. قال البغوي: هذا حديث صحيح. الناشر: مؤسسة الرسالة، بيروت المبسوط للسرخسي (9/ 38) الشَّرْعَ سَمَّى الْفِعْلَ فِيمَا دُونَ الْفَرْجِ زِنًى قَالَ «الْعَيْنَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا النَّظَرُ وَالْيَدَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا الْبَطْشُ وَالرِّجْلَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا الْمَشْيُ وَالْفَرْجُ يُصَدِّقُ ذَلِكَ كُلَّهُ أَوْ يُكَذِّبُ» الناشر: دار المعرفة – بيروت بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (7/ 49) اسْمَ الزِّنَا يَقَعُ عَلَى أَنْوَاعٍ لَا تُوجِبُ الْحَدَّ، قَالَ - عَلَيْهِ الصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ -: " الْعَيْنَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَالْيَدَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَالرِّجْلَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَالْفَرْجُ يُصَدِّقُ ذَلِكَ كُلَّهُ أَوْ يُكَذِّبُهُ [iv] المبسوط للسرخسي (9/ 38) قَالَ «الْعَيْنَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا النَّظَرُ وَالْيَدَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا الْبَطْشُ وَالرِّجْلَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا الْمَشْيُ وَالْفَرْجُ يُصَدِّقُ ذَلِكَ كُلَّهُ أَوْ يُكَذِّبُ» وَالْحَدُّ لَا يَجِبُ إلَّا بِالْجِمَاعِ فِي الْفَرْجِ، أَ الناشر: دار المعرفة – بيروت بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (5/ 122) «الْعَيْنَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ» وَلَيْسَ زِنَا الْعَيْنَيْنِ إلَّا النَّظَرَ عَنْ شَهْوَةٍ وَلِأَنَّ النَّظَرَ عَنْ شَهْوَةٍ سَبَبُ الْوُقُوعِ فِي الْحَرَامِ فَيَكُونُ حَرَامًا الناشر: دار الكتب العلمية [v] المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني (5/ 331) «العينان تزنيان وزناهما النظر» ، والزنا حرام بجميع أنواعه، الناشر: دار الكتب العلمية، بيروت - لبنان Source: Askimam
  7. Islamic Parenting

    Consider the following advice narrated by Faqeehul Ummah Mufti Mahmood Saheb Gangohi Rahimahullah of Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb Rahimahullah, "Nowadays parents should behave towards their children as children. Father should act as a son; not with the awe and fear of yesteryear. He should deal with love, tenderness and affection…. ‘Son it is time for the meals.... son it is time for bed, etc. These are all request; as if one brother is talking to another; for the era of dictating and commanding are over." (Ashraf’s Blessings, Page 369) Excerpted from Askimam
  8. My Arabic Learning Thread

    Vowels and Consonants The prominent view amongst the Grammarians is that the Arabic Alphabet has 28 letters [1], and they are all consonants. There are 3 short vowels which are separate from the Alphabet (they are the markings on the letters), and vowels are needed to pronounce words. So a vowel in Arabic is called a حَرَكَة (haraka), and the plural "vowels" is called حَرَكَات (harakāt). In the English, the vowels are 5 (A, E, I, O, U), whereas in Arabic the vowels are 3: 1. Ḍammah (ضَمَّة) which looks like this _ ُ _ and that little Dammah is written above the consonants (i.e. Letters of the Arabic Language), which is pronounced as 'o' or 'u' in English, for e.g. بُ = Bu. 2. Fatḥa (فَتْحَة) which looks like this _ٓ _ and that little Fatha is also written above the consonants, which is pronounced as 'a' in English. 3. Kasrah (كَسْرَة) which looks like this _ِ _ and that little Kasrah is beneath those underscores, which is written under the consonants, and it's pronounced as 'e' or 'i' in English. We also have something called "Sukūn" (سُكُون) which is an absence of a vowel _ْ _ that circle above is how it's written. So for e.g. The word "Fun", there is a vowel on the letter "F" (by saying Fa), but there is no vowel on the letter "N" (say Fun - you stop at the N, it's just nnn). So likewise in Arabic, the word سُكُون - The س & ك both have a Dammah ("u" sound), the و is not voweled (it's simply prolonging the Dammah on the ك to get an extended "uu" sound), and the end letter ن has no vowel on it either, it's just "nnn", there's a Sukūn on the نْ, so this letter is Sākin. Finally, in English when you have a word that has 2 syllables where the first syllable ends in the same consonant that the second syllable begins in, what they do in English is write the letter twice. For e.g. The word "Funny" or the word "Pretty", so Funny has two N's and Pretty has two T's. Whereas in Arabic, we would not write the letter twice, we would write it once but with a particular symbol on top of it which is called تَشْدِيد (Tashdīd) or شَدَّة (Shaddah) and it looks like this _ّ _ that little "w" looking symbol written on the top of a consonant. And what "Shaddah" means is pronounce the letter twice, so look at the word "Shaddah" itself for instance: شَدَّة This is pronounced Shad-dah, so there are two D's (as written in English), but when it's written in Arabic, it only has one D (د). ________ [1] Benefit: The expert grammarian known as Seebawayh (رحمه الله) said that the Arabic Alphabet consists of 29 letters, and he added the letter "Hamza" which is written like this أ - This was also the view adopted by a group of Imāms of Nahw such as Abū 'Amr al-Dānī (رحمه الله), but we are sticking to the Mash'hūr (dominant view) amongst the Scholars of Nahw والله أعلم Taken from Telegram Channel @Arabic_Studies
  9. شام میں بدترین مظالم اور امت مسلمہ پر سکوت مرگ مفتی سید عدنان کاکاخیل
  10. Consensus of 700 Auliya

    CONSENSUS OF 700 ‎AULIYA HADHRAT Fareeduddeen Attaar (rahmatullah alayh) said: “I had asked 700 Mashaaikh four questions. All of them gave the same response: (1)“ Who is the most intelligent person?” They said: “He who abandons sin.” (2) “Who is the wisest?” They said: “He who does not become proud over anything.” (3) “Who is the wealthiest?” They said: “He who is the most contented.” (4) “Who is the poorest?” They said: “He who abandons contentment.”
  11. 3 Faraidh of Ghusl plus more A small detail into the obligatory actions of ghusl. Normally we give three faraidh of ghusl. But fuqaha add some more to explain the issue further. These help relieve many questions. www.ilmhub.com
  12. Bit Of Light Relief!

    A good example of "Tawriyah" @HumorousMuslim
  13. On Knowledge

    شكوت الى وكيع سوء حفظي ‫فارشدني عن ترك المعاصي واخبرني بان العلم نور ونور الله لا يعطى العاص The great Imam ash-Shafee (RA) he went to his teacher Sayyidina Waki (RA) complaining about the weakness of his memory. Sayyidina Waki (RA) told him, ‘Abandon transgression and sins, for knowledge is a light and the light of Allah is not bestowed upon a rebel.’ Copied from Here
  14. Tips to wake up for Fajr Salah

    3 Things To Do If You Miss Fajr