Guarding The Tongue

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Abu Zakaria Al-Nawawi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 36 | Size: 1 MB

Before you is a chapter from the great book “Al-Adhkaar” of the Imam and great scholar of the seventh century, Abu Zakariyyah Yahya ibn Sharaf an-Nawawi. The chapter is entitled “Hifdh-ul-Lisaan” or “Guarding the Tongue.” The original source, “Al-Adhkaar,” is one of the prize works of Imam an-Nawawi in which he compiles and discusses the texts related to what is recommended and forbidden from speech, focusing on al-adhkaar (words of remembrance) and al-ad’iyah (supplications). In the last part of the book, as he explains, Imam an-Nawawi devotes a chapter to what is forbidden and disliked from speech, such as backbiting, gossiping, and slander. So he brings the evidences from the Qur’aan and Sunnah on the obligation of guarding the tongue from evil speech. This great work was checked and verified by Shaikh Saleem ibn ‘Eed al-Hilaali and printed in two volumes. In his verification, Shaikh Saleem provides a grading for each hadeeth as well as a discussion about the reason for the hadeeth’s authenticity or weakness. Due to a desire to make the e-book a source of easy reading and benefit, the verification of hadeeths have been limited to just the grade that Shaikh Saleem al-Hilaali has provided and the references of the hadeeth sources they can be found in, while abridging his discussions of certain hadeeths in some places. Continue reading

General Introduction To Islam

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Sheikh Ali Al-Tantawi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 334 | Size: 2 MB

Sheikh Ali Al-Tantawi was born in Damascus, Syria in 1909. He is well-known all over the Muslim world – a recognized authority on Islamic sciences, and widely read in the modern culture. He is the author of over forty books. The present book is one of the best introductions to Islam. It has gone into more than twenty-five Arabic editions, and translated into several languages, such as English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Bosnian etc. Describing the book, Sue Lake, from B.BC. in London, has said: “The anecdotal examples that Sheikh Tantawi gave clarified complicated concepts about Islam, particularly about the psychology of human beings, our weakness, our relationship with the cosmos, and therefore the need to follow the sharia in order to develop our inner faith and dependence on God, and therefore evolve in the best possible way during our short time on earth”. Continue reading

Dealing With Worries And Stress

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Shaykh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 26 | Size: 1 MB

It is the nature of this life that people will suffer from worries and stress, because this world is the place of disease, hardship and suffering. It is also the nature of this life that people have to put with suffering and hardship for various reasons. So people feel regret for what has happened in the past, anxious about that may happen in the future, and worried about what is going on in the present. The things that cross our mind and make us feel distressed are things in the past that have caused grief, things in the future that we are worried about, and things in the present which concern us. People react differently to stress and worries, depending on how many things are concerning them, whether the worry is continuous or not, and on whether they have faith in their hearts or are rebellious and sinful. We may describe people’s hearts as being of two types: either the heart is the throne of Allaah, filled with light, life, happiness, joy and all the treasures of goodness; or it is the throne of Shaytaan, wherein is distress, darkness, death, grief, worry and anxiety. Continue reading

Weakness Of Faith

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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 40 | Size: 1 MB

The phenomenon of weak faith has become very widespread among Muslims, and many people complain about the hardness of their hearts. So often we hear the words, “I feel hardness in my heart,” “I do not find any joy in worship,” “I feel that my faith has hit rock bottom,” “Reading Qur’aan does not move me,” “I fall into sin so easily.” The effects of this affliction can be seen in many people, and this problem is the cause of every disaster and adversity. The issue of people’s hearts is an important and sensitive issue. The heart is called qalb in Arabic because it changes so quickly and frequently (taqallub – alteration, variation, ups and downs). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The heart (qalb) takes its name from its constant changes (taqallub). The likeness of the heart is that of a feather at the root of a tree, being turned over and over by the wind.” (Reported by Ahmad, 4/408; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2364). According to another report: “The likeness of the heart is that of a feather in an empty plot of land, being blown over and over by the wind.” (Reported by Ibn Abi ‘Aasim in Kitaab al-Sunnah. No. 227. Its isnaad is saheeh, see Zilaal al-Jannah fi Takhreej al – Sunnah by al-Albaani, 1/102). Continue reading