Trials And Tribulations: Wisdom And Benefits

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Al-Imam al-‘Izz bin ‘Abdus-Salam
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 68 | Size: 1 MB

A wonderful treatise on the reality and causes of trials and tribulations, their reasons, their benefits, there results and the correct understanding and approach towards them.

People often see, and hear of, the believers being afflicted with adversity and tribulations, and conversely they often see, and hear of, the disbelievers attaining leadership and wealth in this world. This leads them to believe that well-being in this world is only reserved for the disbelievers and only a fraction of it is given to the believers; and also to believe that nobility and might is for the disbelievers in this world and for the believers in the Hereafter.

About The Author:

‘Izz ud-din ibn Abdul Salam was’ born in Damascus in 577/8 A.H. He had the honor of being a student of several eminent scholars of those days such as Fakhr ud-din ibn ‘Asakir, Saif ud-din Amedi and Hafiz Abu Mohammad al-Qasim. According to certain annalists, he started education quite late but he soon acquired such a proficiency in the then sciences that his contemporaries have paid glowing tributes to his deep learning and brilliance of mind, Ibn Daqiq al-cId calls him Sultan ul-Ulema (king of scholars) in some of his works. When Izz ud-din migrated to Egypt in 639 A. H., Hafiz Abdul Azim al-Munziri, the writer of al-Targhib wat-Tarhib, suspended giving legal-opinions.

When he was asked the reason for it, he said : “It does not behoove any jurist to give legal-opinion where Izz ud-din happens to be present.” Another scholar Sheikh Jamal ud-din ibn al-Hajib was of the opinion that in Fiqah (jurisprudence) Izz ud-din excelled even al-Ghazali.

Al-Zahabi writes in his book entitled al-Ebar:”In his knowledge of Fiqah, devotion to religion and awe of God he had attained that degree of perfection which makes one capable of Ijtihad i. e. of interpreting the revealed law of God and of deducing new laws from it.” ‘Izz ud-din occupied the chair of professor for a fairly long period in the Madrasa Zawiyah Ghazaliyah of Damascus along with holding the offices of Khatib and Imam in the principal mosque of the city called the Ummayyad Mosque. Sheikh Shahab ud-din Abu Shama relates that ‘Izz ud-din vehemently opposed the innovations and later-day accretions like Salat-al-Raghayeb and the special prayers of mid-Shaban which had become so popular in his time that several scholars of note thought it prudent to keep silence about these.

Al-Malik al-Kamil insisted on ‘Izz ud-din for accepting the office of Qadi in Damascus which he accepted reluctantly after imposing a number of conditions. During the same period al-Malik al-Kamil appointed him as his envoy to the court of the then Abbasid Caliph. 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

Words Of Wisdom From Behind Bars

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By Babar Ahmed
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 37 | Size: 1 MB

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds and peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the last Prophet Muhammed salallahu alaihi wasalam.

This is a compilation of works by brother Babar Ahmed – may Allaah hasten his release. His work is presented as it is without much modification. I have inserted some headings where the author has not provided any.

I pray that this compilation will be of benefit to those of us who expect to be imprisoned someday for the sake of Allaah.

May Allaah hasten His Victory to the Muslims. Ameen.

Table Of Contents:

Introduction
Babar Ahmad
December 2003 Arrest
Complaint Against the Police
August 2004 Arrest
The Charges Against Ahmad
The Conspiracy

Part 1 Breaking a Prison Cell
Part 2 The chosen one
Part 3 Firaasah (Intuition)
Part 4 Prisoners of Freedom

Every Man is a Prisoner
The Meaning of True Freedom

Part 5 The Straight Path
Part 6 Worth Thinking
The Dark Cloud
The Broken Foot
Power and Greatness/ The Taste of Dignity and Honour
Strangers

Part 7 The Sale of a Soul
Part 8 Words of Pain
Part 9 Desires and Calamities
Part 10 Blessings and Trials
Part 11 The Lost Camel
Part 12 The Horse of Salah
Part 13 The Diamond of Iman
Part 14 The Horse and the Well
Part 15 Seize the Moment Continue reading

Congregational Prayer

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Dr. Saalih ibn Ghaanim al-Sadlaan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 287 | Size: 14 MB

The Congregational Prayer is one of the most important outward manifestations of Islam. Prayer is of extreme importance to the well-being of a persons religion. But prayer in Islam is more than just an individual spiritual experience. It is mean to be performed in a congregation – the foundation of a Muslim society as a whole.

In this work, Dr al-Sadlaan has done an excellent job of discussing the most important fiqh topics related to the Congregational Prayer. The following topics are covered in this work, the wisdom behind Congregational Prayer, the place for performing Congregational Prayer and the virtues of attending the mosque, the legal status of the Congregational Prayer, repeating a paryer in congregation, performing sallat al-taraweeh of Ramadhaan in congregation, women performing Congregational Prayer and many other topics.

This book is essential reading for all Muslim leaders and Imaams. Continue reading

Du’a The Weapon Of The Believer: A Treatise On The Status And Etiquette Of Du’a In Islam

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Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 240 | Size: 13.5 MB

In this work, the author elaborates on the status, importance, and etiquette of du’a or prayer and supplications in Islam. In the most comprehensive work yet written in English on this topic, the author discusses, amongst other matters:

* The excellence and benefits of the dua
* The types of dua
* The pre-conditions that are needed in order for a dua to be accepted
* The recommended etiquette of performing dua
* The timings and situations in which the dua is more likely to be answered
* The various factors that aid or prevent a dua from being accepted
* The relationship of dua with the Divine Decree (qadr)
* The wisdom behind a delayed response

This is a highly informative and essential book for every Muslim household.

About the Author

Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas, but completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences.

Of his published works are: Riyaa: Hidden Shirk; An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an; Asmaa bint Abee Bakr (booklet); Safiyyah bint Abd al-Muttalib (booklet); and other works. Continue reading

[Jami Ul Uloom Wa’l Hikam] A Collection Of Knowledge And Wisdom

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Ibn Rajab al Hanbali
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 644 | Size: 28 MB

The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom is the translation by Abdassamd Clarke of the masterwork of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali. It is a comprehensive collection of sciences and wisdom in commentary of fifty hadith (Including the ‘Forty’ of Imam An Nawwawi) from the concise comprehensive speech (Jawami’ al-Kalim) of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

The author adds another eight hadith to the famous ‘Forty’ Hadith of Imam an-Nawawi and gives a much more elaborate commentary on their chains of transmission, on the rulings that they entail and on the spiritual dimensions of the hadith, their explanations with respect to the verses of the Qur’an and other hadith, and what the great pious predecessors of Islam have said about them. Every hadith is considered by the ‘ulama (scholars) essential for knowledge of the deen. The topics range from the most exacting treatments of the affairs of the shari’ah (Islamic Law) to luminous expositions of the spiritual sciences of Islam.

Best known as Ibn Rajab, his full name and titles are: al-Imam al-Hafiz Abu al-Faraj Zayn al-Din `Abd al-Rahman ibn Ahmad ibn Abd al-Rahman (known as Rajab) ibn al-Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Abi al-Barakat Mas`ud al-Baghdadi al-Dimashqi al-Hanbali (736-795 AH). Rajab was the nickname of his grandfather Abd al-Rahman, perhaps because he was born in that month.

Born in Baghdad, Ibn Rajab learned much from his father, who himself was a great scholar, then studied in Egypt and Damascus where he settled down until he died. Among his eminent teachers were: Abu al-Fath Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Maydumi, Muhammad ibn Isma`il al-Khabbaz, Ibrahim ibn Dawud al-`Attar, Abu al-Haram al-Qalanisi, and Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah.

He was a colleague of the famous hadith expert al-Hafiz Abu al-Fadl al-`Iraqi. He devoted himself to the subject until he became an expert in all the sciences related to hadith. He then taught hadith, and fiqh according to Hanbali school, in the Jami` Bani Umayyah and other seats of learning in Damascus. Among his famous students include scholars like Abul-Fadl Ahmad ibn Nasr ibn Ahmad, the mufti of Egypt (d. 844 AH), Abu al-`Abbaas Ahmad ibn Abi Bakr ibn `Ali al-Hanbali (d. 844 AH), Dawud ibn Sulayman al-Mawsili [d. 844 AH]

He was a leading scholar of the Hanbali school. His work al-Qawa`id al-kubra fi al-furu` is clear evidence of his expertise in fiqh, demonstrating an extreme, even exhaustive knowledge of the intricacies of detailed fiqh issues.

He was known for piety, righteousness. His sermons were considered most effective, full of blessing and beneficial. People of all schools were unanimous as to his quality, and the hearts of the people were full of love for him. He did not get involved in any worldly business, nor visited people of material positions.

He wrote: a detailed 20-volume scholarly commentary on the Sunan of al-Trimidhi; a commentary on part of Sahih of al-Bukhari; Dhayl (Supplement) to Tabaqat al-hanabilah; al-Lata`if fi waza`if al-ayyam, Bayan fadl Ilm al-salaf ala al-khalaf.

Among his best known and most referred works is Jami` al-ulum wa al-hikam, the commentary on al-Arba`un (the forty hadiths) of al-Nawawi. He added ten hadiths to the original 40 and commented in detail on all of these fifty hadiths. This commentary discusses all aspects of the hadiths, the chain of narrations, the narrators, and the text.

Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani said of him: “He was a great expert in the sciences of hadith – the historical accounts of narrators, the chains of narration, and meaning of the text.”

(Based on: Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani, al-Durar al-kaminah, ii. 428, Inba al-ghumr, i. 460; Ibn al-`Imad, Shadharat al-dhahab, vi. 239; `Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani, Fihris al-faharis, ii. 636-7). Continue reading

Islam And Love

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Abdullah Nasih ‘Ulwan
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 145 | Size: 8.5 MB

This book represents a concise review of Islam’s viewpoint toward love. It explains the following questions that  Muslims often ask: What is love?, Does Islam acknowledge this phenomenon called love?, What is the wisdom behind  this phenomenon?, What are the various classifications of love? Which type of love is the most sacred in Islam?  What is the Islamic stance toward Uzri or chaste love and flirting? These questions will be answered in detail in  the pages of the book, without any confusion or ambiguity.

Note:

The translator made a mistake on page 124 when he said ‘A muslim who follows the way of adultery and  fornication is not a Muslim whether he fasts and prays’, however this should read ‘if he believes these actions to  be halal then he is not a Muslim’. Continue reading

The Wisdom Behind The Islamic Laws Regarding Women

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Abdur-Rahman Abdul-Khaliq
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 40 | Size: 1.5 MB

The Wisdom behind the Islamic Laws Regarding Women: A treatise presented for the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China.

For Whom Am I Writing this Essay?

My brothers and sisters everywhere! With this essay, I am not singling out the adherents of Islam—to which I ascribe—but rather I am writing this essay to every man and woman throughout the whole world. I ask Allah that He facilitates that this essay reaches every ear, falls under the sight of every eye, and is understood by every heart. By Allah, I have written this essay sincerely. I do not seek from anyone reward or praise. I only seek to convey to all my brethren in humanity, irrespective of their races or religions, an aspect of the great message that Muhammad the son of ‘Abdullah, Allah’s final messenger to all the peoples of the earth, was sent with.

Specifically, I have chosen to explain the wisdom behind those laws that Allah has legislated regarding women. As contingent upon these laws, an individual’s bliss on earth is gained and his humanity is achieved. Moreover, these Islamic regulations pertaining to women have been singled out for attack by the enemies of humanity, who seek to follow their desires and who are short-sighted. Rather, they have put an end to a person’s
bliss on earth and exchanged that with misery and a wretched life. They have attacked these Divine regulations, so that they may turn humanity away from Allah’s true religion, His straight path, and bliss in this world and the next – toward which the final Messenger of all Divine messages came to give glad tidings and to invite all humanity to receive.

Muhammad the son of ‘Abdullah is Allah’s Prophet and the Final Messenger Sent by Allah to the Inhabitants of Earth.

You should know that the Messenger, Muhammad the son of ‘Abdullah (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) is Allah’s Messenger in reality and truth. The evidences that show his veracity are abundant. None but an infidel, who out of arrogance alone, could deny these signs. Continue reading