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  • Rational Proofs for God’s Existence: Ahl al-Sunnah vs. the Ash’aris
    Firstly, there is more than one rational argument of proving Gods existence, as detailed in the Quran. The Ash’ari problem is that they have restricted the correct rational method to just one argument, which fundamentally rests on proving the creat…
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  • Tafsir of the Qur’an with the Sunnah
    Allah says, {And We sent down to you the Reminder so that you may clarify to mankind what We have sent down to them} [16:44] and in doing so Allah declared the function of the Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in this verse. It was the duty…
    - , 29 Apr 11, 8:39am -
  • Tafsir of Qur’an by Qur’an
    Methods of Exegesis There are 6 methods for exegesis, 4 of which are usually mentioned: 1) Explanation of the Qur’an with the Qur’an itself. 2) Explanation of the Qur’an with the Sunnah. 3) Explanation of the Qur’an with the statements of the…
    - , 28 Nov 10, 6:08am -
  • The Ruling of Tafsir and Its Categories
    Allah revealed the Qur’an in order for us to ponder it: “A Book that We have sent down to you, blessed, so that they may ponder its verses.” [38:29] Allah also rebukes those who do not ponder it: “Do they not ponder the Qur’an, or are there…
    - , 8 Aug 10, 5:09pm -
  • Principles of Tafsir: Introduction and Background
    The field of Tafsir is devoted to explaining the meanings of the Qur’an. There are certain principles and concepts that assist the exegete (mufassir) in his task of explaining the Qur’an, understanding the different opinions of the exegetes, and…
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  • The Not-so-Average Joes
    Written for Umar. Abu Hurayrah. A’isha. Abu Bakr. These are among the giants of our Ummah (community). We’ve been hearing their names and stories since we were children and they still continue to inspire us.But there are oth…
    - , 4 Jun 13, 3:31am -
  • Prophetic Narrations You Probably Have Never Heard - Part II
    BismillahLast year, I shared a short compilation of Prophetic narrations that were unheard of in our English-speaking circles.Alhamdulillah (praise belongs to God), a few of our readers asked that I continue sharing these narrations. I’ve compile…
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  • Beautiful Muslim Women in History
    What comes to your mind when I say, “A beautiful Muslim woman”? Many of us may think of a woman in hijab (headscarf) or modest attire. Hijab is indeed beautiful, but by thinking Islamic beauty is only because of hijab, we are perpetuating the…
    - , 7 Apr 13, 10:22pm -
  • Luminosity: Lessons from the Full Moon
    In the summer of 2010, my friends and I went camping during a full-moon in the famous White Desert. As the sun began to set, we made camp and had dinner under the stars. It wasn’t until later in the night that we really saw the full-moon. For all…
    - , 7 Apr 13, 10:20pm -
  • Prophetic Narrations You Probably Have Never Heard
    BismillahAs I became more advanced in my Arabic studies, I immersed myself in reading hadith (prophetic narrations) in the language spoken by our Messenger ﷺ (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him). The more I read, the more I realized…
    - , 25 May 12, 5:36am -


Seekers Guidance

  • Key Hadiths on the Names of the Noble Prophet ﷺ
    For more on this topic, register for our free weekly class “Seekers Night Class: Studying the Life of the Prophet” with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani From the Chapter on the Names of our Master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) from Imam Tirmidhi…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • Eating Right: Eating Out – A Luxury or a Necessity? by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
    I’ve lately become fascinated with the world of professional cooking and decided to read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives (and characters) of those who work in America’s commercial kitchens. While B…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • The Demise of Habib Hamid bin Muhammad Hamid Ba’Alawi – Muwasala
    Original announcement via Facebook by Muwasala, reposted with thanks. Please follow them on Facebook for scholarly teachings of the blessed tradition of Hadramawt. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of al-Mansib, Habib Hamid bin Muh…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • Harms of Aloneness: The Prophet’s Firm Discouragement of Living or Travelling Alone
    The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade remaining alone: that a person sleep alone, or that they travel alone. [Ahmad, Musad, from Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him)] This prohibition is for discouragement–dislikedness (karaha), as…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Student Assembly: The Way of the Seeker – Student Notes by Sr. Haleema
    SeekersHub Global Student Assembly Term 1 2014:  “The Way of the Seeker” How to discern sound scholarship, choose a teacher and the role locality plays in this, Shaykha Zaynab Ansari: [How do we know if it’s sound scholarship?] We have the to…
    - 15 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 3:00pm -

The Deen Show

Tawheed First

  • The Reader vs. The Doer
    Understanding in the religion is not just mere knowledge, it is knowledge and action. And this is why the Salaf used to warn against much reading and having little understanding as Abdullah ibn Mas’ood radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: “What will…
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  • Contemplate the Outcome of Hawā (Desires)
    When a person anticipates what his Hawā is calling him to prior to attaining it, he should then reflect on his state after his satisfaction has passed, he should compare this between his satisfaction and his sin, for that is when he will know that…
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  • Shield Yourself
    Ibn al-Qayyim (may Alllaah have mercy upon him) said: Beware of enabling Shaytaan to establish himself in the very home of your thoughts and intentions, as he will corrupt them in such a manner that will make difficult its correction thereafter. He w…
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  • A Father’s Advice to His Son
    Ibn al-Jawzī authored the following as an advice to his son, Abu’l-Qasim Badr al-Dīn ‘Alī al-Nasikh.1  You should know, my son, may Allāh guide you to what is right, that man has been distinguished by intellect only so that he would act acc…
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  • A Bridge is Not a Home
    It was reported that (Prophet) Nuh lived in a house made of wool for nine hundred and fifty years. The Messenger salAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam never put a stone over another [his house was built of mud] and on Umar ibn al-Khattab’s radiAllāhu…
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  • My Ramadan Reflections: Day 1-5
    As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah Insha’Allah, to keep myself motivated and also benefit others, I’m going to post personal reflections from the Qur’an. This will be posted on a daily basis on Facebook (so one reflection a day over a Juz), and…
    - 57 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 11:35pm -
  • Not everything that flies, was born with wings.
    As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah Not everything that flies was born with wings. How captivating is the butterfly; the way it floats, flutters, dips, and then soars. But it was once a tiny creature unnoticed by the eyes of men; born with hundreds of…
    - 69 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 9:24am -
  • Reflections
    As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah Every time you allow yourself to sin, you are in fact allowing yourself to be humiliated, and you will become lowly to yourself before becoming lowly to the people. Stop. Promise to start honouring yourself (by doing…
    - 78 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 10:34pm -
  • “This is you.”
    As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah Excerpts translated from Imam Ahmad’s book, ‘Kitab al-Zuhd‘: Uthman ibn ‘Affan: “No-one does a deed except that Allah clothes him with that deed of his.” Abu Dharr: “Do you see the people? There is hard…
    - , 15 May 14, 9:26pm -
  • Sisters Achieve
    As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah I’m currently working with a close friend from Sisters Achieve, and have worked with her on many different things before masha’Allah, but her latest project is just wonderful tabarak’Allah. I really wanted to…
    - , 9 May 14, 7:00pm -

Fa firroo ila-llaah

  • Jump in
    Love is the water of life, jump into this water. Rumi
    - , 9 Feb 13, 6:27pm -
  • Balm
    This world is in deep trouble, from top to bottom. But it can be swiftly healed by the balm of love. Rumi
    - , 1 Feb 13, 4:59pm -
  • Do not look at him as a sinner
    “If one night you see someone committing a sin, tomorrow do not look at him as a sinner, he may have repented during the night and you did not know.” — Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiallahu anhu)
    - , 15 Jan 13, 11:51pm -
  • Sweetness
    Find the sweetness in your own heart. that you may find the sweetness in every Heart. ~ Rumi
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  • …Seek the face of Allah thereby
    “Let not the people come to know except of your happiness, and let them not see except your smile. If life becomes constricted upon you, then within the Qur’an is your orchard. If you feel curtailed and restricted, then to the heavens raise your…
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  • “Will You Keep a Secret?”
      Abu az-Zahiriyyah narrated: “I went to Tarsus, so I entered upon Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad after he had become blind. In his house, I saw a Mushaf (copy of the Qur`an) hanging from the wall, so I said  to  him: … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 3:36pm -
  • Six Ingredients to Remedy a loss/affliction.
    Six ingredients to remedy a loss/affliction. ” The first is to have a firm trust in Allah. The second is resigning oneself to the inescapable fact that everything that is decreed will happen and will follow its unalterable course. The … Continue…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 9:21pm -
  • The Secret to Having Supplications Answered
      “…And I often find that people supplicate with certain prayers and have their prayers answered, and they couple their supplication with their neediness and turning towards Allah, or a good deed they carried out that caused Allah to respond ……
    - 7 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 12:15am -
  • Exchanging Allahs Blessing…
    “From the greatest of sins which are hidden – and widely practiced – is that the servant is enjoying a blessing that Allah has blessed him with and chosen for him, then that servant becomes bored of it and seeks … Continue reading →
    - 13 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 9:00pm -
  • Powerful Words
    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When I say ‘Subhan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and … Continue reading →
    - 15 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 4:40pm -

Ilm Fruits

  • Pray as if This is your Last Prayer
    Pray as if this is your last prayer -- but what does it mean? It means, as one of the righteous people of the past said: pray as if Heaven is on your right, Hell is on your left, the siraat is under you, the angel of death is behind you, your sins ar…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 6:26pm -
  • The Lost Legacy
    Inspire and motivate yourself by reading the stories of how people in the past
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  • How to Pass Tests: Lessons from the Du’a of Prophet Ibrahim
    In Surah Baqarah, Allah declares that he will continuously test us, again and again, with trials of good and harm. How can we deal with these trials? Allah also declares that Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi salaam) aced and perfectly responded to his own sev…
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  • Understanding Culture vs. Religion
    Culture is mostly normal, every-day actions. Religion is divine, prescribed by Allah, or by rasulullah. Additionally, the basic ruling (haram or halal) is different for each of these. For Islam to accept culture, it must not contradict a muhkam verse…
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  • Respect: A Lesson from Al-Abbas
    Al-Abbas (the uncle of rasulullah) was asked, are you 'akbar' (lit. greater, but it means older) than rasulullah? His response teaches us some things about how we should respect rasulullah, as many other actions of many companions. We cannot reach th…
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The Companions of the Cave

  • Response to Doubts
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi, I noticed that doubts keep being raised and judgments keep getting delivered by someone who claims to be a student of knowledge, yet they don’t show the requisite fear…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 10:49pm -
  • Aṭ-Ṭaḥāwī’s Opinion on Transporting & Displaying Heads
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله As-Salāmu `Alaykum wa Raḥmatu Llahi, In what has become somewhat of a small series of articles on the subject, this latest and perhaps final entry is in order to present to readers a succinct and complet…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 10:16am -
  • When Students Don’t Adhere to Texts or Precedents
    The Ikhwani Awakening resident ‘student of knowledge’ – ‘Nazeelu Chinguetti’ states: “Secondly, some IS soldiers have beheaded other Mujahidin in Syria by hitting the throat and then cutting which is called Nahr in Arabic and it’s Haram…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:34am -
  • Beheadings in Islam- Proofs vs. Deceptions
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله As-Salāmu `Alaykum wa Raḥmatu Llahi, My discussion of current events is limited in scope to what our rich and well-preserved texts on Islamic law have to say about the legality of statements and actions…
    - 9 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 9:54am -
  • Samrā’ bint Naḥīk- Proof for Women in Leadership Roles?
    Translated from the Kuwaiti Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence 17/223: Al-Ḥisbah- The Legal Definition The majority of jurists defined it as enjoining good when its abandonment surfaces and preventing evil when its perpetration surfaces. Matters Related…
    - 48 days ago, 13 Jul 14, 9:13pm -


  • The shortcomings of others
    Ibn al-Qayyim – may Allaah have mercy on him – said:   “Glad tidings to the one who is too preoccupied with his own shortcomings to notice the shortcomings of others. And destruction is for the one who forgets his own shortcomings whilst occup…
    - 83 days ago, 8 Jun 14, 2:44pm -
      The Muslims in Burma should not be forgotten!   The persecution of Muslims in Burma has been described as an ethnic cleansing by international media. However in reality it is an attempt to eradicate the Rohingya Muslims in the area, and their onl…
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  • 50 points about the Importance of Salaah in Islaam.
    On the request of our Noble Shaikh 'Abdirazzaaq al-Badr asking us students to compile 50 points of benefit from the book Tadheem Qadr as-Salah by al-Imaam al-Marwazee (taught by the Shaikh here in Madeenah) showing the importance of Salaah in Islaam.…
    - , 8 Feb 14, 9:35am -
  • Some difficult questions
      Some difficult questions, can you answer them? These are some difficult questions we should ask ourselves in this life in order for us to prepare the correct answers in the next. Ponder upon this and forward it to friends and family. The Messenger…
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  • If God exists, why is there so much suffering in the world?
      A question that many non Muslims (and sometimes even Muslims tend to ask) is, if God is so merciful, why do we see so much evil and suffering in this world? In other words, how can a merciful let such bad things exists? Shaikh Muhammad bin Ibraahe…
    - , 26 Jan 14, 6:17am -

Sayings of the Salaf

  • Will You Not Fight? [Fitnah]
    The difference between striving in the Path of Allah and fitnah.More:Delving into Falsehood (I’ll take what’s good) Supplication or the Sword? [oppressive rulers] Isn’t this that time? Imam Ahmad on Rebelling against Rulers How the Salaf…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 9:52am -
  • The Comfortable Home
    The only time the true believer will be at rest is when he meets his Lord.More:Children of the Hereafter Three Laughs and Three Tears The Hunger of the Salaf and its Merits Hardship and prosperity, obedience and sin Worse than the End of the W…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Aug 14, 2:24pm -
  • Speech Therapy [Exhortation]
    An exhortation for yourself. Control your speech for it may be the thing you regret most on the Last Day.More:Knowledge transforms the student Beneficial Brotherhood and Love Abû Bakr to ‘Umar on his Deathbed Try to Meet Allah with This Sca…
    - 59 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:00pm -
  • Comprehensive Reliance
    Reliance and trust in Allah is what brings together the various aspects of faith.More:Beneficial Brotherhood and Love Ali on fear, hope, knowledge and patience Faith is not just in the heart [definition of Iman] Mar­riage and the Light of Fait…
    - 62 days ago, 29 Jun 14, 10:10pm -
  • Seeking Reputation
    Whoever seeks reputation through his deeds instead of being sincere to Allah, Allah will expose him and belittle him.More:The Best of then and Now Righteous Fear vs. Sinful Delusion Who to Love and Trust, Hate and Suspect [signs of sincerity] T…
    - 93 days ago, 29 May 14, 1:11pm -