Author: Muhammad Sumali

Divine Acquittal

  Narrated ʿAʾīshah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhā):Whenever Allāh’s Apostle intended to go on a journey, he used to draw lots amongst his wives, and Allāh’s Apostle used to take with him the one on whom the lot fell. He drew lots amongst us during one of the Ghazwat which he fought. The lot fell on me and so I proceeded with Allāh’s Apostle after Allāh’s order of veiling (the women) had been revealed. I was carried (on the back of a camel) in my howdaj and carried down while still in it (when we came to a halt). So we went on until Allāh’s Apostle had finished from that Ghazwa...

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15 Points of Advice for Those Making ʿUmrah

    Note: the author mentions that this audio is not a step-by-step guide to ʿUmrah. There is one here entitled: A Simple Guide to ‘Umrah and Madīnah by Abū Khadījah 15 points of reflection and benefit: al-Ikhlās (sincerity) – ʿUmrah like any other act of worship is required to be done sincerely for Allāh alone There is no Ikhlās except by shunning ar-Riyaa’ (showing off), don’t boast and take pictures (‘umrah selfies) in the middle of the acts of ʿUmrah! Don’t potentially change your intention or invent stoppages in an act of worship! Stay away from tasweer (image making), especially...

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A Discussion on the Belief/Disbelief of the Jews and Christians

Allāh the Most High said in the Qurʾān:  فإن تنازعتم في شيء فردوه إلى الله والرسول إن كنتم تؤمنون بالله واليوم الآخر “(And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allāh and His Messenger (ﷺ), if you believe in Allāh and the Last Day.” In this day and age of ‘social acceptability,’ many Muslim student associations try to make Islām more plausible to non-Muslims through a strange and erroneous technique. They wish to bring the Muslims, Jews, and Christians under the umbrella of the ‘Abrahamic faiths,’ A ‘balanced,’ ‘respectful’,...

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Be Different from the Kuffār

During his summer visit in 1431H (2010), our beloved teacher, Abū al-ʿAbbās delivered an impactful khuṭbah on the Day of Jumuʿah. In this khuṭbah, he stressed the great importance of being different from the disbelievers. Our Lord, Allāh, subḥānahu wa taʿālá, has blessed the Muslims and raised them above all other nations. He has made us distinct from the disbelievers. Allāh says in Sūrah al-Munāfiqūn, the meaning of which is, “But honour, power, and glory (al-‘Izzah) belong to Allāh, and to His Messenger, and to the believers,” There is no honour nor glory with the disbelievers....

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Don’t Sway When You Pray

In some parts of the Muslim World, students in madaaris (schools) often learn to sway back and forth while reciting the Book of Allāh. This is taught to them by their teachers and classmates as a way to “help their memorization.” In some cases, people have transferred this action to other parts of their worship, like ṣalāh. Where did this action originate from? Did the Prophet ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi was salām or his companions sway and move like this in their worship? Is it from the Religion of Allāh? Mūsá Richardson discusses this issue.  

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Ashʿariyyah: The Tricky Question, ‘Your Qur’anic Recitation – Created or the Speech of Allāh?’

From the points discussed: The trickery of seeking one answer to the two-fold question , ‘When you recite the Qurʾān, is it your speech or the speech of Allāh?’ a means to confuse and trick the one questioned, since this situation requires explanation and has two issues: The speech (created action) of the recitor (the conveyor of the Qurʾān in this case) The Qurʾān being the speech of Allāh. This type of trickery is commonly employed by the Ashʾarī or Jahmee who wishs to confuse the unsuspecting Muslim. Their basis is rhetoric wheras Ahl al-Sunnah’s base is the Book,...

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