Posts Tagged ‘Qur’an and Sunnah’

American Customs: What is Permissible?

Originally posted in October 2009. America was indeed built as a melting pot of different cultures. That being said, throughout our history there have become some universally accepted cultural practices. There is a famous and often misunderstood hadith (narration) which I would like to discuss as it has been understood by various scholars. This hadith is […]

Spotting People of the Qur’an

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX This article has been edited from its original publication in 2009. We pray for the ease and success of the Egyptian people and all those seeking freedom and justice throughout the world. My parents were visiting me in Egypt. We flagged […]

A Successful Marriage: The Missing Link

“And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between you; verily, in that are signs for people who reflect.” (Qur’an, 30:21) We’ve all read this verse on countless marriage announcements. But how many have […]

Guidance Through al-Fatiha

by Jinan Bastaki 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 […]

Hidden Secrets of the Qur’an

by Imam Abu Ḥamid al-Ghazali |Translated and Abridged by Huda Shaka` Excerpts from Kitāb al-Arba`īn fī Usūl al-Dīn (The Book of Forty Principles of the Religion) The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is no intercessor of higher status with Allah on the Day of Judgment than the Qur’an—neither a prophet nor a king nor [any] other.” […]

Review of The Qur’an – a New Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

Translation is no easy task, especially when dealing with the words of Allah, the All-Mighty. Many attempts have been made to translate the Qur’an’s meaning into English, starting with Alexander Ross and George Sale in the 16th and 17th centuries.1 Some endeavors, especially 19th and 20th century ones (i.e. by Rodwell, Bell and Dawood) have done […]

Just Say It!

Last month, while in transit for a few hours in London, my wife and I decided to sit by the windows of a hallway that connects the sides of the airport terminal. The hallway was a nice, cool area and a big open space for our little daughter to run herself ragged before getting on […]

Sweetness of Faith

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 […]

Toiling…and the Light at the End of the Tunnel

It’s amazing what motherhood teaches you. Three weeks ago today, I took my turn in one of the greatest struggles a woman endures. It was an experience that would forever change my life. Three weeks ago, I gave birth. The pain of childbirth is certainly called labor for a reason. But in that struggle, and […]

A Question on Sunnah and Custom

Answered by Dr. Abdullāh bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb Question: I have a question regarding certain habits of the Prophet (ﷺ), such as applying antimony to his eyes, lengthening his hair or eating tharīd (porridge). Are these customs of the Prophet (ﷺ) which he enjoyed, or are they acts of worship […]

Ways to be Near the Prophet ﷺ

He came during a time of darkness and spread, by the will of Allah, light upon the land. Now, more than 1400 years later, we hardly have any knowledge of him ﷺ. We have lost our chance to be with the Prophet ﷺ physically in this dunya, so let us not lose our chance in […]

Mending the Fabric of Brotherhood

The Fatal Mistake It was one of the most intense moments of his life. Those around him had likely never striven so hard and moved so fast. As the battle waned and the fighters retreated up the hill a sense of relief and calmness overtook them: they had made it out alive. Allah `azza wa jal […]

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 […]

Surah al-Fatiha – The Site Map of the Qur’an

Imam Tahir ibn ‘Ashur is one of the scholars that I consider my sheikh. I have never met him, but I live with his books, sleep with his writing and turn to his works almost daily. His explanation of the Qur’an is a true gem, and one written in the modern era. Below is an […]

The Ailment and Its Cure by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya

by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya | Translated by Osman Umarji Part 1 | Part 2 This chapter will discuss du`a’ specifically, its usage, things that weaken its effects, and the proper way to make du`a’ to Allah. The first chapter can be found by clicking Part I above. Factors that Prohibit the Acceptance of Du`a’ (invocation of […]

Know Your Hadith: Conclusion

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI After starting with some basic definitions, discussing why Sunnah is a source of legislation, summarizing the teaching methodology of our beloved Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), looking into the […]

Know Your Hadith: Part V

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Hadith during the time of the Companions and their followers (may Allah be please with them) This section of the book has amazing stories which were my motivation behind starting this whole series of posts.  […]

The Ailment and Its Cure

by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya | Translated by Osman Umarji Part 1 | Part 2 All of us know that the Quran is a book of guidance for mankind. We know that the Quran tells us who our creator is, what our purpose in life is, who the Prophets were, and what will occur on the Day […]

Lighthouse for the Seeker: Advice for the Contemporary Student from Dr.`Ali Gom’a

The contemporary student in the West is faced with a number of challenges that assail him like cold dark waves from multiple directions. Since he is new to his craft, he struggles as the waves mercilessly beat and pound his small boat as he struggles for shore. The lighthouse for such difficulties is the senior […]

Know Your Hadith: Part IV

By Huda Shaka` Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI How did the Hadith spread during the lifetime of the Prophet (s)? As mentioned in previous posts, the early Muslims studied Hadith along with the Qur’an in their study circles at Dar al-Arqam. Soon after […]