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Ramadan and the Benefits of Breaking the Two Desires

To the unacquainted, fasting for a month every year may seem like an odd and painful thing to do in the name of religion. Is there a rationale behind it? What are the benefits? The Rationale of Islamic Law Most scholars agree that much of Islamic law is based on a rationale which we can […]

There can only be one truth, right?

There can only be one truth, right? So when it comes to Islamic law this must also be the case. There may be different opinions but only one of them is correct and therefore my ‘shaykh’, ‘madhab’, ‘tariqa’, ‘group’ is usually right to the exclusion of others. This may be the type of logic that […]

Why We Plead “Guide Us To The Straight Path”

Muslims plead to be guided to the straight path at least seventeen times a day due to the obligation of reciting surat al-Fatiha (Qur’an 1) in salah (the 5 daily prayers). How many of us have reflected on the nature of this guidance and the path that we are supposed to be upon? ‘Guide us’ […]

In the Name of Allah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ In the Name of Allah As Muslims, we are frequently reciting the above phrase in our daily lives, usually when we are about do something virtuous, when we are praying, or while we are reading the Qur’an. It rolls off our tongues effortlessly, but how often have we paused to reflect on its […]

The Deen is Ease Pt 2

Notes from Bukhari: Part I | Part II How many times have you heard someone say practising Islam or being a ‘religious’ Muslim is difficult? Reflect on the following: Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih relates the following hadith (prophetic narration) in the chapter of On The Deen Being Ease. It is related from Abu Hurayrah […]

The Deen (Religion) is Ease

Notes from Bukhari: Part I | Part II How many times have you heard someone say practising Islam or being a ‘religious’ Muslim is difficult? Reflect on the following. Imam al-Bukhari in his Sahih relates the following hadith (record of the words of the Prophet ﷺ, peace be upon him) in the chapter On The […]

Loving the Messenger ﷺ (peace be upon him)

Notes from Bukhari Anas radi Allahu ‘anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said, “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.” (Bukhari) Several questions come to peoples’ minds when they come across this hadith (report of the words […]

“Be Rabbaani”

What does is it mean to be ‘rabbaani’ or godly? We find the concept of rabbaaniyya mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Ali-Imran: “It is not for a human [prophet] that Allah should give him the Scripture and authority and prophethood and then he would say to the people, ‘Be servants to me rather than Allah,’ but [instead, he would […]

The Motivational Psychology of Shari`ah

According to Motivational Interviewing – a short term counselling technique used in the treatment of addictive behaviours – the two most powerful yet basic causes for motivation to the human psyche are reward and punishment. Of course there are many complex theories of motivation which essentially further break these two basic motivators into various categories […]

Who is the Real Faqih [jurist]? Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d.751 A.H) rahimahu Allah

A blanket of heat enveloped in suffocating humidity, another summer’s night in Cairo. Restless and sleepless in the small hours of the night I decided to find something to read. Fumbling amidst the organised chaos of my library in progress, I picked none other than one of the enduring spiritual masterpieces of ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah […]