Posts Tagged ‘Knowledge’

Never Stop Learning… For Yourself

Lessons in Islamic Work: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X One of the key aspects of working for Islam is that you are calling to God, subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He). That requires knowledge of Islam and a serious relationship with the Qur’an, sunnah (traditions […]

`Ilm Al-Sulûk, Science and `Itikaf

By Taymullah Abdur-Rahman `Ilm al-sulûk is the method of putting knowledge into action so that theory comes to life. It is the lifeblood of sincerity. The word salaka means “to walk or go,” as Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He), mentions in Surah Taha: “And He has made earth spread out for you and […]

At the Door of Greatness—The Fruits of Sitting with a Teacher

Once a student sat with a teacher to read a text. As he opened the book, the teacher turned to him and said, “Have you ever asked yourself why the scholars use the word bāb (door) to title what you call chapters in English?” The student responded, “Yes, but I did not give it a […]

The All Knowing, the Most Wise

Names of Allah Series:  Part I |Part II | Part III| Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII |Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII | Part XXIX | Part XXX | Part XXXI| Part XXXII | Part XXXIII | […]

Is Ignorance Bliss?

By Maira Mukhtar “No, stop! I don’t need to know,” interrupted a friend not wanting to discuss religion. “I’m not ready to practise just yet and Allah is too kind to punish anyone for things they are unaware of.” Her simplistic view made me wonder whether or not I was putting myself under unnecessary burden […]

“Not educated… No expert…”

By Nabil Ahmed Part I | Part II In our last article we reminded ourselves of how little in reality we know—and how an obsessiveness of thinking that we’re “right” is not a characteristic of a humble Believing Mind. In this second article, we explore how we can reach the intellectual humility that we crave. […]

Three Steps of Knowledge

Two Hundred Word Tidbits: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V The great scholar Sufyan ath-Thawri (may God be pleased with him) is reported to have said,  “Knowledge is three hand-spans: the first breeds arrogance, the second breeds humility, and in the third, you realize you know nothing.” When one first embarks on religious […]

True Knowledge

By Chad Earl Last week I finished the last of my nine written exams to enter Al-Azhar. I had been preparing for these exams for months, but as the time drew near I realized that I hadn’t put as much time into preparing for them as I should have, and felt a serious race against […]

Heirs of the Prophets

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said, “Knowledge is to be carried in every generation by the upright and just. They repel from it the distortions of the over-zealous, the forgeries of the fabricators, and the misinterpretations of the ignorant.” There are many relevant points to be taken from this hadith (record of the […]

A Question About Islamic Schools of Thought

Question: “O you, who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.” (Qur’an 4:59) “And do not […]

11 Anchors for the Beginner

Shaykh ‘Ali Rajab al-Salihi’ al-Azhari’s Approach Towards Building a Student Shaykh ‘Ali was from the great scholars of al-Azhar. He wrote that 11 sciences (‘Uloom) should be mastered by anyone who truly wanted to start on a path towards becoming from the people of knowledge and da’wah (the call to Islam). This curriculum is still taught in […]

Reflections of an Aspiring Student of Knowledge

by Alaa Suliman “One of the ways to acquire proper akhlaq (character) and adab (manners) is to seek knowledge,” our teacher told us. “To seek knowledge with a scholar who has studied with someone.” Last night, our teacher shared that advice before we started our weekly fiqh (Islamic law) class. He then shared a story with us. “My […]

Blind in Broad Daylight

Free men: imprisoned, exiled, or dead – an accurate description of the Libyan situation during the 1980’s and 1990’s. In the mid-2000’s Gaddafi’s regime started changing faces, trying to improve its international relations, but that did not change the brutal reality of the police state in Libya. Thousands of men were killed in Gaddafi’s prisons, […]

A Beautiful Mind

Taking our Intentions to the Next Level and Beyond Most of us are familiar with the ever so famous hadith that actions are taken to account by their intentions (maybe it’s about time we memorized it eh? – hint hint, wink wink, yes YOU!) Most of us struggle with our intentions day in and day […]

Knowledge Without Limits

Imam Suhaib Webb in Sweden | April 2010 Part One Part Two

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The Salah Series Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part […]

Blessings of Seeking Knowledge

by Kanika Aggarwal “Knowledge is power.” How many times in our lives have we heard this phrase? How many times have our parents, teachers, elders stated this same thing over and over again? This quote by Sir Francis Bacon emphasizes that when you have knowledge, you have authority. It alludes to the fact that there […]