Introduction to The Principles of Tafsir By Ibn Taymiyyah

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Ibn Taymiyyah / Shaykh Salih Al-Uthaymin
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 207 | Size: 5 MB

The Quran is the greatest miracle for mankind, yet how many of us truly understand its beautiful message and the sciences that surround it?

This book is one of the many written on this topic. In it, the renowned author Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah outlines the principles employed by the scholars in understanding the verses of the Qur’an.

What makes this book unique is the fact that it is combined with Shaykh Ibn Uthayman’s detailed explanation of the original text.

So, the reader benefits from both the original work and the detailed explanation of the work, all in an easy to follow, smooth, accessible format. Continue reading

An Introduction To Qur’anic And Classical Arabic

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W.M Thackston
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 177 | Size: 8 MB

An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic is an elementary-level grammar of standard classical Arabic, the literary norm of the Arabic language that has not changed appreciably in fourteen hundred years. An indispensable tool for all who are interested in Islamic religion, science, and literature, the language presented in this book will enable the learner to study firsthand the primary sources of Islamic civilization and the classics of the Islamic Near East. The grammar is presented clearly and in a logical progression amply illustrated by examples, most of which, along with the readings, have been taken directly from the text of the Koran and the body of hadith (the reports of Muhammad’s Peace be upon him sayings) and supplemented with extracts from other classical sources. Continue reading

An Introduction To The Science Of Hadith By Ibn Al-Salah

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Ibn al-Salah al-Shahrazuri
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 315 | Size: 20 MB

An Introduction to the Science of Hadith By Ibn Al-Salah al-Shahrazuri. After the Qur’an itself, the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad form the most important foundation of Islamic thought. The hadith were accounts — usually brief — of the words and actions of the Prophet. As such, they were subjected to intense scrutiny by generations of Muslim scholars. Better know as the Muqaddima, Ibn al-Salah (1181-1245) composed this work while serving as the head of the Dar al-Hadith al-Ashrafiya in Damascus, one of the most prestigious institutions for the study of hadith in the Islamic world. Here he provides a complete overview of the science devoted to the study of the words and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, and also a guide to the terminology and techniques of the scholars of hadith as it summarizes most of the previous work on the subject and forms the basis of almost all later activity in the field. The book enjoyed immense popularity and influenced most subsequent writing on the subject. Continue reading

Ulum Al-Qur’an: (An Introduction To The Science Of The Qur’an)

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By Navaid Aziz

Part 1 : An introduction
Part 2 : The Basmallah and How the Quran was Preserved
Part 3 : Revelation and that which is related to
Part 4 : Compilation of the Quran Continue reading

Ulum Al-Hadith: (An Introduction To The Science Of The Hadith)

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Navaid Aziz

Navaid Aziz was born in Canada. After completing his studies there, he was accepted into the Islamic University of Madinah. After having obtained a diploma in the arabic language, he is currently pursuing a bachelors in Sharee’ah. He has studied under many great scholars including, and more specifically with: Saaleh As-Sindee, Ahmad Rashid Ar-Ruhaily, Saalih al-‘Aqeel, and Ahmad Al-Ghunaymaan. Continue reading

An Introduction To The Science Of Hadith

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Dr. Suhaib Hasan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 42 | Size: 1 MB

The Muslims are agreed that the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (S) is the second of the two revealed fundamental sources of Islam, after the Glorious Qur’an. The authentic Sunnah is contained within the vast body of Hadith literature.

A hadith (pl. ahadith) is composed of two parts: the matn (text) and the isnad (chain of reporters). A text may seem to be logical and reasonable but it needs an authentic isnad with reliable reporters to be acceptable; ‘Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak (d. 181 AH), one of the illustrious teachers of Imam al-Bukhari, said:

“The isnad is part of the religion: had it not been for the isnad, whoever wished to would have said whatever he liked.”

During the lifetime of the Prophet (S) and after his death, his Companions (Sahabah) used to refer to him directly, when quoting his saying. The Successors (Tabi’un) followed suit; some of them used to quote the Prophet (S) through the Companions while others would omit the intermediate authority – such a hadith was .later known as mursal. It was found that the missing link between the Successor and the Prophet (S) might be one person, i.e. a Companion, or two people, the extra person being an older Successor who heard the hadith from the Companion. This is an example of how the need for the verification of each isnad arose. Imam Malik (d. 179) said, “The first one to utilize the isnad was Ibn Shihab al Zuhri” (d. 124). The other more important reason was the deliberate fabrication of ahadith by various sects which appeared amongst the Muslims, in order to support their views (see later, under discussion of maudu’ ahadith). Ibn Sirin (d. 110), a Successor, said, “They would not ask about the isnad: But when the fitnah (trouble, turmoil, esp. civil war) happened, they said: Name to us your men. So the narrations of the Ahl al¬Sunnah (Adherents to the Sunnah) would be accepted, while those of the Ahl al-Bid ‘ah (Adherents to Innovation) would not be accepted. ” Continue reading

Islamic Studies (Book1)

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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 252 | Size: 3.5 MB

A valuable and inspiring text for teenagers and/or new Muslims, Islamic Studies Book I, offers an preliminary study of the main topics needed to build a solid foundation of Islamic knowledge. Including an introduction to Tawheed (Islamic monotheism), as well as the sciences of tafseer (explanation of the Qur’an), hadeeth (teachings of the Prophet, peace be upon him) and fiqh (Islamic Law), the author explains the most essential information in a simple and logical manner, while giving real-life examples to engage the reader.

Topping off each Unit with thought-provoking comprehension questions that force the reader to reflect upon and rethink what he has learned make this series of books the most essential, practical resource for the new student of Islam.

Hediyah AI-Amin, Columnist, The Peninsula, Doha, Qatar

“An excellently written series of educationally sound texts by which to systematically learn the foundations of Islam. They are specifically designed for new Muslims and educational institutions.”

– Amjad Khan, Production Editor, The Weekly’ Gulf Times, Doha, Qatar About the Author: DR. ABU AMEENAH BILAL PHILlPS was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a BA from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979 and a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985 at the University of Riyadh, College of Education. In 1994 he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales.

From 1994 to 2001, Dr. Bilal founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. In the year 2001, Dr. Bilal established the Islamic Online University, the first accredited Islamic university on the Internet. He was a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University, head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Preston University-Ajman, UAE, and a lecturer at Qatar Guest Center, Doha, Qatar. More information may be found about him and his activities at http://www.bilalphilips.com. Continue reading

An Introduction To The Companions

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Murtaza Khan

Allah chose Muhammad, peace be upon him, above all creation to convey His message, and He chose the people who were around His messenger to defend and spread the Deen, The companions were described by the Prophet as being the best of generations, thus it is a must for every Muslim to follow and emulate their ways. Abu Hasnayn explains the importance and virtues of the companions of the Prophet. These series of Khutbas (sermons) provide the listener with a great introduction to the lives of the four rightly guided khulafa: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, may Allah be pleased with them all. The lectures give an insight into the lives of these great men who led the Muslims of their time to victory by Allah’s permission. What lessons can we derive from their lives? Listen and be amazed by their simplicity, sincerity and service to Islam. Continue reading

My First Steps In Islam

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AbdulRahman Bin Abdulkarim Al-Sheha
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 103 | Size: 1.5 MB

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, and may Allah exalt the mention of His Prophet, and render him and his household safe and secure from all derogatory things.

I sincerely congratulate you for the guidance Allah has granted and favored you with. I ask Allah that He keeps us and all Muslims firm upon this great religion until we meet Him, without changing anything from it and not being put through trials.

Indeed a true Muslim feels great joy when someone accepts Islam, for he wishes well for others and wants them to live as he does himself: a life of comfort and delight with spiritual joy and mental stability. This can only result from implementing the teachings of Islam. Allah (SWT) says:

(Whoever does good whether male or female and he is a believer, We will most certainly make him live a happy life, and We will most certainly give them their reward for the best of what they did.) (16:97)

This is because Allah (SWT) clarified the condition of those who do not believe in Allah and what He revealed. Allah (SWT) says:

(And whoever turns away from My Reminder, verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection. He will say, ‘O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while [before] I had sight.’ He [Allah] will say, ‘Like this Our Aayaat [proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.] came to you, but you disregarded them, and so this Day, you will be neglected.) (20:124-126)

A true Muslim wishes that they live happily forever in the Hereafter, whose delights are never-ending. Allah (SWT) says:

(Verily those who believe and do righteous deeds shall have the Gardens of Firdaws (the highest level in Heaven) for their entertainment. * Therein they shall dwell [forever]. No desire will they have for removal there from.) (18:107-108)

The end is inevitable: either eternal happiness or eternal remorse. Whoever dies upon disbelief – and refuge is sought in Allah – he will enter Hellfire for eternity. Allah (SWT) says:

(Verily those who disbelieve from the people of the Book and the polytheists will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures.)
(98:6) Continue reading