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Are We Missing The Point?

Islamic work can be very draining, with a plethora of ideas and concepts coming up...
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28 Feb 0

Are We Missing The Point?

Islamic work can be very draining, with a plethora of ideas and concepts coming up each day it can be confusing and easy to get dragged into a line of thinking which shapes your entire view of faith and religious practice.
28 Feb 0

With Love & Honour

Today I realised how little time I have been giving to this blog, when one of my most respected students showed me how they searched for my blog and then set about checking it each day for new articles I was left sat in silence. Therefore out of respect for them I decided to write a little piece upon the relationship between a student and teacher. With Love & Honour Anas, Ḥudhayfa and Kaʿb ibn Mālik Raḍiallāhu ʿAnhum all stated that the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallallāhu ʿAlayhi wa Sallam) said, “Whoever seeks knowledge so that he can contest fools, vie with the scholars, or attract attention toward himself, occupies his seat in the Fire.” (at-Tirmidhī, Ibn Mājah & al-Bazzār)
28 Feb 0

Tahiyyat al-Masjid

I was recently asked regarding the prayer upon entering the Masjid and felt it may benefit others who have questions upon the same topic. The two rak'ah prayer upon entering the Masjid is know as Tahiyyat al-Masjid (Welcoming the Masjid) it is to be prayed as soon as one enters the masjid or as soon as they are able to (I.e. if they need to make wudhu first). The prayer carries the ruling of Nafl and so one is not sinful if they leave it.
28 Feb 0

Religion is easy

عَنْ أَبيْ عَبْدِ اللهِ جَابِرِ بنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ الأَنْصَارِيِّ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَجُلاً سَأَلَ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ - أَرَأَيتَ إِذا صَلَّيتُ الـمَكْتُوبَاتِ، وَصُمْتُ رَمَضانَ، وَأَحلَلتُ الحَلاَلَ، وَحَرَّمْتُ الحَرَامَ، وَلَمْ أَزِدْ عَلى ذَلِكَ شَيئاً أَدخُلُ الجَنَّةَ ؟ قَالَ - نَعَمْ. رواه مُسلِمٌ. وَمَعْنَى حَرَّمْتُ الحَرَامَ: اجْتَـنَبتُه، وَمَعنَى أَحْلَلتُ الحَلاَلَ: فَعَلتُه مُعْتَقِداً حِلَّه On the authority of Abu Abdillah Jabir bin Abdillah Radiyallahu 'anhuma, that a man asked The Messenger of Allah Salallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam, "do you think that if I do the compulsory salah (ritual prayer), fast during ramadan, take I permit that which is lawful and forbid that which is Haram and do not increase beyond that, will I enter paradise? So he said, Yes. (Muslim)
20 Jan 0

Wherever you may be

عَنْ أَبِيْ ذَرٍّ جُنْدُبِ بنِ جُنَادَةَ وَ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ مُعَاذِ بِنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا عَنْ رَسُولِ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ: (اتَّقِ اللهَ حَيْثُمَا كُنْتَ، وَأَتْبِعِ السَّيِّئَةَ الحَسَنَةَ تَمْحُهَا، وَخَالِقِ النَّاسَ بِخُلُقٍ حَسَنٍ) رواه التِّرمِذِي وقاَل: حديثٌ حسنٌ. وفي بَعضِ النُّسَخ: حسنٌ صَحيحٌ On the authority of Abu Dhar Jundub bin Junadah and Abu Abd al-Rahman Muadh bin Jabal Radi Allahu 'anhuma, that The Prophet Sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam said, Be aware of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up an bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it out, and behave with people in the best of character. (al-Tirmidhi, hasan)
02 Jan 0

Coherence of the Qurʾān

by Mohammad Akram Nadwi (This paper was prepared to supplement a day course taught by the author and is not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of the subject) In relation to the Qurʾān, coherence can be understood in three different senses or aspects: consistency, interconnection (munāsabah) and thematic unity (niẓām). I will discuss here all these three different aspects of the coherence of the Qurʾān. Consistency The coherence of the Qurʾān for the earlier generations meant that the Qurʾān is consistent. The Qurʾān itself says: “Do they not consider the Qurʾān? Had it been from other than God, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy” (4:82).
01 Jan 0

Cryogenic Heritage by James West

I was given this by my University tutor, its a brief essay on the role and scope of heritage. I found it to be a great read with some quite ironic and interesting twists, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it as well. Cryogenic Heritage by James West _What is Heritage? Heritage is what the present chooses to make of the past.
01 Jan 0

Maintaining Iman

Living away from home is difficult for any person, and is even more difficult for Muslims who come from close families, the constant feeling of emptiness and loneliness are the most difficult to deal with and can take an entire academic year to adapt too. This feeling is made worse often by faithful people being suurrounded by thos who have no desire or ambition to worship God. The sweet taste of bowing and prostrating for prayer in congregation cannot be under-estimated, for this reason it is important that one realise that they do not have to deal with the social and spiritual problems alone.
01 Jan 0

Passion Is Our Achilles Heel

Sometimes we are very passionate about something, to a point that our passion becomes defining for us. We live and breath our passion and desire it so much that we even engross others into it as well. Today I realised a small portion of what Allah intended when He said to the Prophet (Salallahu 'Alayhi wa Sallam), فَلَا تَذْهَبْ نَفْسُكَ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسَرَاتٍ "Let not your life go to waste sorrowing over them" (Surat al-Fatir, 8) There are times when we have to remember that not everyone shares the same passion to the same degree.
01 Jan 0

The Empty Space

Throughout human history we have continued to try and fill a space, however this particular space could not be filled with objects because it's space is not physical. So we then tried to fill the space with occupations, but the space was not free time, so we pondered and contemplated and thought we could fill this space with enjoyment, yet the space was not sadness,