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Aug 11, 2012

The Islām of The Prisoner of Rome

Living in a time where fitnah is widespread, we need to be directed with great leadership and light. Reminders of narrations such as these from amongst the stories of the Ṣaḥābah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhum) who were nourished directly from the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) gives us such guidance to follow of pure īmān and being firmly rooted. Our brother Abū ʿUways (raḥimahullāh) gives us the story of the Prisoner of Rome, ʿAbdullāh Ibn Hudhafah (raḍī Allāhu ʿanhu) being tested in a time of fitnah, sticking firm to his religion and not compromising it for any of the worldy affairs.

Aug 9, 2012

Attaining Happiness – Using Time Wisely

In al-Baghawaee’s great book, Sharh al-Sunnah, he reports that Imām al-Ḥasan al-Bʿasrī said: I met many a noble scholar, and all of them were more stingy concerning their time than they were concerning their money. In this lecture, Shaykh ‘ʿAbdullāh al-Bukhārī stresses the importance of preserving one’s time, and he warns against indulging in it futilely. He shares various verses and narrations that speak of the value of time and how worshiping Allāh and performing righteous actions is connected to it, all reminding the Muslim audience that time is especially crucial to the one who clin…

Aug 6, 2012

The Behaviour of the Messenger (ﷺ) in the Last Ten Nights of Ramaḍān

On the Authority of ʿĀʾishah, may Allāh be pleased with her, who said: “When the last ten nights would enter, Allāh’s Messenger (ﷺ) would stay up throughout the night, awaken his family, become intense (in worship) and tighten his miʾzār (lower garment).” (Agreed upon) What is intended here is: The last ten nights of Ramaḍān. miʾzār is: the Izaar. Meaning: to withdraw from women. And it is said that the intended meaning is: Girding himself up for worship. It is said: “I tightened my miʾzār for this matter.” Meaning: I girded myself and secluded myself for it. Explanation: The author (al-Naw…

Jul 25, 2012

An Introduction to Islām

The noble scholar and former muftī of Saudi Arabia, Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Ibn ʿAbdullāh Ibn Bāz speaks on a recorded cassette that was distributed in the West to propagate understanding of the basics of Islām. In this lecture the Imām ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Ibn ʿAbdullāh Ibn Bāz (raḥimahullāh) starts by mentioning that the religion of all the Messengers was Islām and how they were all sent to convey the same message ‘Tawḥīd’ (Monotheism). The Shaykh then continues to explain the definition of Islām, Tawḥīd, and how all the Messengers forbade and warned their people from associating partners with A…

Jul 24, 2012

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting

From the set of Islamic Courses aimed at educating the Muslims about core aspects of their religion, conducted June 30th-July 24th, 2008 at TROID, Toronto, Canada. Mūsá Richardson was an American Post-Graduate Student from Umm al-Qurá University in Makkah, Saudi al-ʿArabīa. His works are available in-print with TROID Publications and online at Course List: MR23.1 The Book of Fasting (Sunan Abī Dāwūd) and Majmūʿ al-Fatāwī of Ibn Bāz (chapters of fasting: Fiqh Course Introduction, How Fasting Became Obligatory) MR23.2 When a Month is 29 Days, the Day of Shak (Doubt), the rew…

Jul 3, 2012

The Crime of Speaking About Allāh Without Knowledge

Allāh the Most High said in the Qurʾān: قُلْ إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ رَبِّيَ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَالْإِثْمَ وَالْبَغْيَ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَأَنْ تُشْرِكُوا بِاللَّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ سُلْطَانًا وَأَنْ تَقُولُوا عَلَى اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ The meaning of which is: Say: “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawahish (great evil sins and every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allāh for which He has given no authorit…

Jun 11, 2012

The Character of the Messenger ﷺ

From the Mercy of Allāh is that He sent to us a messenger, as He says in Sūrah al-Anbiyāʾ, “and We have not sent you except as a mercy for the ‘Ālamin.” The Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was a person of great character and virtue. Allāh says in Sūrah al-Qalam, “And Verily, you are on an exalted (standard of character).” From the lectures entitled “Seerah Course 2010 – Summer Courses”.

Jun 8, 2012

Giving Charity (in Silver) Equal to the Weight of a Newborn’s Hair

What seems correct is that it was a Sunnah she learned from the Messenger – may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace – to give the weight of the newborn’s (shaven) hair in silver. Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar Bāzmūl[Q]: I asked: Our shaykh!  It has been reported that Fāṭimah – may Allāh be pleased with her – used to give charity (in silver) equal to the weight of her newborn’s hair after shaving it on the seventh day.  Is that a Sunnah she got from the Prophet – may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace – or was it her own preferred way of giving (optional) charity? May…

Jun 7, 2012

The Evils of Plotting and Disunity

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا ۚ وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنتُمْ عَلَىٰ شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُم مِّنْهَا ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ ‎﴿١٠٣﴾‏ And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allāh (i.e. this Qurʾān), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allāh’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became b…