The Creed Of Imam Of Hadith Bukhari

Salafi Publications
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 42 | Size: 1 MB

Before you, O reader, may Allaah guide you to His pleasure, is a compilation of the Creed and Methodology of the great Imaam and Scholar of the Prophetic Traditions and the Religion, Al-Bukhaaree, may Allaah have Mercy upon him. Imaam Al-Bukhaaree is the author of the famous work of Hadeeth (Prophetic Tradition) known as ‘Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree’. This work is considered by the scholars of Orthodox Islaam to be the most authentic book after the Qur’aan. When Imaam Al-Bukhaaree speaks, the Ummah pays attention, since he is from the most knowledgeable of the people of the earth regarding the way of the Messenger Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alayhi wassallam). Imaam Al-Bukhaaree states that he spent over forty-six years travelling around the various Islaamic lands, benefiting from the scholars of his time. He met over a thousand scholars, and took knowledge from and imparted knowledge to them. So after he mentions many of the places he visited and the names of the scholars he met, he states, “And we are content with the naming of these people so that this discourse may be brief and concise and is not lengthened. And I never sa w a single one amongst them differ with respect to the following matters..”. Imaam Al-Bukhaaree then proceeds to state and explain the matters of Faith and Methodology of the Salaf (Righteous Predecessors) of this Muslim nation.

This book is a translation of that treatise narrated from Imaam Al-Bukhaaree contained in the encyclopedia of the ‘Aqeedah known as “Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah” (Explanation Of The Fundamentals Of The Creed Of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah) of Imaam Al-Laalikaa’ee (Died 418 AH). So this book, O Muslim, is a translation of some of the points of the Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah. The text is as relevant today as it was over one thousand years ago, if not more so, since confusion regarding matters of Manhaj and ‘Aqeedah (Methodology and Creed) has increased. So know that success lies in sticking to the way of the Salaf as Imaam Maalik Bin Anas (Died 179 AH) said, “The latter part of this Ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earliest part”. So compare the speech of Imaam Al-Bukhaaree contained in this treatise to the speech of the callers to Islaam today, and you will see who in reality is in accordance to Islaam as it was understood by the earliest generations. Continue reading

Advice For The Seeker Of Knowledge

Shaykh Sultan Al Utaybi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 12 | Size: 1 MB

Part of a series of writings advising the Talib ul Ilm (student of knowledge). These are words, and Wasaya (wills, advices), which I wrote as a reminder and sincere advice for you, in order to fulfill and discharge my responsibility; and I ask Allah (Glorified and Majestic is He) to make my message reach you while you are in the most wholesome blessing, relief, and health. Continue reading

Alliance And Disavowal In Surah Mumthahinah

Wasim Fathullah
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 51 | Size: 1 MB

The issue of alliance and disavowal (wala’ and bara’) is probably the most important one of our times when it comes to faith, considering all of its branches, rulings, and implications. And since the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah are our helpers and sources of guidance, it is incumbent upon us to return to them in order to understand such a great concept. I reflected over this great chapter, and I found that it contained the meaning, methodology, and style that fulfill the need of every Muslim today in fully understanding this mighty principle of faith. So, depending on Allah, and I decided to reflect over and analyze some of its verses to try and extract the major and minor details regarding the issue of wala’ and bara’ therein, especially since it is from the Qur’an that was revealed in Madinah, which is mainly concerned with application of the concepts of the Qur’an revealed in Makkah. The hardest thing I came across in the course of this short journey was moving from one verse to the next, since each verse in this chapter takes the one who reads them – let alone reflects on them – and imprisons him such that he cannot break free. This begins with the divine call at its start, on to the story of the father of the Prophets (may peace be upon him and our Prophet), stopping at its amazing, miraculous, and nurturing methodology of clarifying the most important aspects of social and global interaction, and then returning to the task of structuring the Islamic society in a unique style that has never been witnessed in history.’ Continue reading

How To Approach And Understand The Qur’an

Jamaal al din M. Zarabozo
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 26 | Size: 1.5 MB

How To Approach And Understand The Qur’an: Since many Muslims desire to read the Quran as often as they can, it becomes of vital importance to know what conditions might exist for the reciting or touching of the Quran. This book explains if and when there are times or occasions in which a Muslim is not allowed to recite or touch the Quran due to being in a state of “impurity”.

The Quran must play a central role in the life of every Muslim. Muslims should turn to the Quran and read it on a daily basis, if possible. Since many Muslims desire to read the Quran as often as they can, it becomes of vital importance to know what conditions might exist for the reciting or touching of the Qur’an. That is, are there some times or occasions in which a Muslim is not allowed to recite or touch the Quran due to being in a state of “impurity”?

This question is obviously of extreme importance for Muslim sisters. They are the ones who will be most affected by the answer to this question since they have long periods of “impurity” (menstruation and post partum bleeding). If it can be shown that they are not allowed to touch the Quran during such states, they must not do so as an act of obedience to Allah. However, if such is not found to be true, then they may be prevented from the important act of reading the Quran because of a misunderstanding or wrong fiqh conclusion.

Unfortunately, although this is a very important question, many different opinions abound on this question. Each opinion, obviously, has some evidence for it. Therefore, in order to make an intelligent conclusion concerning this question, all of the different evidences must be dealt with and weighed. Only after that process may one make a conclusion on this matter. An attempt shall be made here to cover all of the major different opinions on this question as well as discuss which seems to be the weightiest.

Actually, two questions need to be answered and each shall be dealt with separately. These two questions are the following:

(1) What are the requirements of tahara (being in a state of ritual purity), if any, for reciting the Quran?

(This is in reference to simply reciting the Quran, for example, from memory, without actually touching a physical copy of the Quran.) Must one be free of both major and minor impurities or is freedom from major impurities alone sufficient?

(2) What are the requirements of tahara, if any, for touching the Quran?

Again, must one be free of both major and minor impurities or is freedom from major impurities sufficient? [1] (check the footnotes) Note that this article is only concerned with the “requirement” of being in a state of purity. It is not concerned with the recommendation or behavior of reading the Quran [2]. Scholars such as Imam Malik used to always like to be in a state of purity even while teaching the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him). In fact, that is mentioned as one of the recommended acts for teaching hadith. This is not because such is a requirement for teaching hadith. This was, however, to show respect to the subject being taught. Similarly, as was discussed in the earlier referred to article, being in a state of purity while reading the Quran will affect one’s frame of mind and outlook. It will, Allah willing, help the person benefit more from the Quran. Again, that is a separate question from what is being discussed here. Continue reading