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When All Doors are Closed: A Ramadan Du`a’ with Translation

By Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Shatri | Translated by Shazia Ahmad In the tradition we began a few years ago with translating Sh. Jebril’s famous Ramadan du`a’ (supplication), we present the audio recording of a beautiful du`a’ by Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Shatri for this year, with accompanying translation. May Allah accept our supplications, fasts and prayers in […]

A Gift for the 27th Night: Ramadan Du`a’ with English Translation

Originally Posted on August 26th, 2011 By Shaykh Muhammad Jebril | Translated by Shazia Ahmad Many of us spend a good portion of our Ramadan nights with our hands raised in du`a’ (supplication), listening to the heart-felt words of our imam or shaykh calling on Allah in the witr prayer.  For those of us who […]

Returning to Allah

Excerpts from Tareeq al-Hijratein wa Bab as-Sa`adatein by Imam ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah Abridged and translated1 by Huda Shaka and Naiyerah Kolkailah Inaba, turning to and returning to Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), is a concept often repeated and enjoined in the Qur’an.  The Exalted says, “And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit […]

Change of Heart

Excerpts from Al-Ikhlas By Dr. `Umar Sulayman Al-Ashqar (may Allah have mercy on him) | Translated by Naiyerah Kolkailah The Difficulty of Attaining Sincerity Having true sincerity is one of the most difficult things to achieve, and it is not only the common people who experience this; many scholars and righteous people struggle with it […]

The Need for Allah

By Imam ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah | Translated and abridged by Huda Shaka Excerpts from Tareeq al-Hijratayn wa Bab as-Sa`adatayn “O mankind, you are those in need of Allah, while Allah is the Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy One.” (Qur’an 35:15) In this verse, the Exalted One shows that the slaves’ need for Him is intrinsic to the slaves—just as being […]

Make This Ramadan Count!

by Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali | Translated and Edited by Shafiur Rahman O the one who has wasted his life in disobedience, O the one who has neglected his month, nay his entire time, and has wasted it. O the one whose provisions are procrastination and neglect, what wretched provisions! O the one who has […]

More than Days: The History of Islamic Months

by Imam al-Qarafi | Translated by Suhaib Webb The names of the Islamic months are rooted in certain events that took place in them. Ramadan is named after Ramda; Ramda are stones heated by the sun during summer. Shawal is derived from the lifting (Ar. shayl) of a camel’s tail to ward off flies (because […]

Shah Walliullah al-Dehlawi’s Approach to Reform

By Abu al-Hassan al-Nadwi | Translated by Suhaib Webb Imam al-Dahlawi undertook efforts towards revival and reform by focusing on the following: During his age, the majority of Muslims had major shortcomings in understanding how to have faith in God (Ar. tauhid). It was clouded by numerous ignorant ideas, corrupted philosophies, and un-Islamic customs, so […]

Showing Kindness to All Creatures: Lessons From an Azhari Scholar & a Cat

Commentary and Translation by Shazia Ahmad The historic Masjid al-Azhar (Azhar Mosque) in Cairo offers a number of classes and lectures to the public in the rooms that surround its famous courtyard.  Along with the usual human attendees, it is also common to see cats seeking to enter through the mosque’s open doors and make […]

Introduction to the Status of Dhikr

Excerpts from Madarij as-Salikeen by Ibn al-Qayyim Abridged by Ahmed Mustafa Qasim at-Tahtawi | Translated by Huda Shaka Every limb of the human body has the capacity to engage in a brief act of worship. The remembrance of God (dhikr) is the worship of the heart and tongue, except it is not as transient.  They [the […]

Ten Principles for Those Seeking the Path of Allah

by Imam Ghazali | Translated and Abridged by Webb Translators Principle 1: Have a sincere, unwavering intention.  Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “each person will be rewarded for what he intended” (Muslim). This calls for determination in the heart to continuously act or to abstain from something only for God’s sake. A sign of having sincere […]

The Reality of Faith and Its Branches

by Sheikh Mahmoud Abdul Rahman Abdul Monim1 | Translated by Osman Umarji The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) said, “Faith has approximately seventy branches (or sixty some in another narration). The highest branch is [living] the statement ‘There is no god except for Allah’; the lowest branch is removing anything harmful from the […]

Towards an Arabic Hermeneutics

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari The Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an: Part I | Part II | Part III After looking at examples distributed in various parts of the world, we can summarize the key points of this movement’s discourse while noting that its members […]

Feminist Interpreters of the Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an: Part I | Part II | Part III Riffat Hassan Riffat Hassan was born in the 1940s to a Shi‘ite family in Pakistan; her grandfather was a poet and playwright and the family was known for […]

The Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari Part I | Part II | Part III This series, presented in three parts, is abridged from a paper entitled “The Movement for Feminist Interpretation of the Qur’an and Religion and its Threat to the Arabic Language and Tradition” by Shaykh Ḥasan Maḥmūd […]

The Moral Dilemma of Islamic Workers

Answered by Mohammad Mahmoud Mansour1 | Translated, Abridged, and Modified by WebbTranslators Question: I am seeking your advice about an important matter in my life. I was involved in da`wah (inviting others to Islam) for many years (by giving lectures, leading study groups, etc.), and I was simultaneously trying to improve and better myself. However, […]

Is Protesting Permissible?

Answered by S’ad ‘Atiyah al-Azhari (Scholar from al-Azhar) | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: What is the ruling for participating in protests, and if they are permissible, what is the proof? Answer: Protests are a means by which the Muslim community makes its voice heard regarding a specific issue, to those in authority so they can […]

The Role of Taṣawwuf in Complementing the Study of Fiqh

Translated and adapted by Jamaal Diwan from Saʿīd Ḥawwā’s Tarbiyatunā al-Rūḥiyya.. Books of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) usually begin with the chapter of purification (al-ṭahāra), but rarely do they dwell upon its inner aspects and spiritual dimensions. They then move on to prayer, its prerequisites, its pillars, its required actions, its recommended actions, its manners, its […]

The Du’a’ of Umar ibn AbdelAziz

by Imam Ash-Shawkani1 | Translated by Jinan Bastaki The just caliph Umar ibn AbdelAziz, may Allah have mercy on him, used to say, “O You whose Mercy encompasses everything, I am a thing so let Your mercy encompass me – O Most Merciful of those who show mercy!” I prefer: “O You who has written mercy […]

Taqlīd, and Following a Madhhab

By Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi1 | Translated, with slight modifications, by Muslema Purmul Between Absolutism and Negligence Linguistic definition: Arabic linguists say that taqlīd is derived from the root word qalāda, which is a necklace that is fastened around the neck. From it comes the taqlīd of a road; it is as though the follower fastens the […]