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The King And The Ring

June 29th, 2009 No comments

A powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him.

He said:’I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state.

‘I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.’

The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation, and finally they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king.

The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:

This, too, will pass.

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Hamza Yusuf – Intellectual Foundation of Islamic Civilization

June 27th, 2009 No comments

Incredible speech! Definitely a must!. … you can also download an ipod ready mp3 file below.


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Concerning the Excellent Qualities that are Peculiar to the Month of Ramadan

June 22nd, 2009 No comments

Concerning the Excellent Qualities that are Peculiar to the Month of Ramadan

Shaikh Abu Nasr [Muhammad ibn al-Banna’] has informed us, on good traditional authority, that Salman [al-Farisi] (may Allah be well pleased with him) once said:

“Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) delivered a sermon for our benefit on the last day of Sha’ban, and this is what he told us:

O people, a mighty month has cast its protective shade to screen you. A blessed month, a month in which there is a night that is better than a thousand months! Allah has made keeping the fast therein [siyama-hu] an obligatory religious duty [farida], and the observance of night vigil therein [qiyam laili-hi] a voluntary practice [tatawwu’]. If someone seeks to draw near [to the Lord] therein by setting just one example of good conduct, or performs just one religious obligation, that person will be exactly the same as someone who discharges seventy religious obligations during all the other months of the year.

It is the month of patient endurance [sabr], and the reward for patient endurance is the Garden of Paradise. It is the month of charitable sharing [musawa’], and it is the month in which the sustenance of the true believer [mu’min] is increased. So, if someone provides a break-fast meal for a person who is keeping the fast, this will result in forgiveness for his sins, and in his emancipation from the Fire of Hell. The benefactor will also be granted a reward equivalent to that earned by the recipient of his generosity, but without anything at all being deducted from the reward due to the latter.

“‘Not all of us can find what it takes to provide a break-fast meal for someone who is keeping the fast,’ said those who were listening to his sermon, but the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) went on to say:

Allah will grant this reward to anyone who gives some kind of break-fast nourishment to a person who is keeping the fast, even if it is merely a dried date, a drink of water, or a cup of diluted milk.

It is a month the beginning of which is a mercy, the middle of which is a forgiveness, and the last part of which is a deliverance from the Fire of Hell. So, if a slaveholder lightens the burden borne by his slave in this month, Allah will forgive him and grant him freedom from the Fire of Hell.

During the course of this month, you must therefore cultivate four practices, and repeat then frequently. Two of these are practices by which you will earn your Lord’s good pleasure, while the other two are practices that you simply cannot afford to do without. As for the two practices by which you will earn your Lord’s good pleasure, they are testifying that there is no god except Allah [shahada an la ilaha illa ‘llah] and begging Him for forgiveness. As for the two that you simply cannot afford to do without, they are imploring Allah to grant you the Garden of Paradise, and taking refuge with Him from the Fire of Hell.

Furthermore, if someone provides a satisfying break-fast meal, in the course of this month, for a person who is keeping the fast, Allah (Exalted is He) will give the benefactor a drink from my Basin [Hawd], after which he will never feel thirsty again.”

According to a traditional report transmitted by al-Kalbi, on the authority of Abu Nadra, it was Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be well pleased with him) who stated that Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

The gates of the Garden of Paradise and the gates of heaven will surely be flung open on the first night of the month of Ramadan, and they will not be closed again until the very last night thereof. Each time, without fail, that a male or female servant [of the Lord] performs the ritual prayer [yusalli] during any night of this month, Allah will credit him or her with seventeen hundred good deeds for every act of prostration [sajda]. For that servant, He will build in the Garden of Paradise a house, made from a single red ruby, that has seventy doors. Each of those doors will have two leaves of gold, beautifully adorned with knobs fashioned from red ruby.

If someone keeps the fast on the first day of the month of Ramadan, Allah will forgive him every sin until the last day of Ramadan, and his fasting will be an expiation until that same point in time. For every day on which he keeps the fast, he will be granted a palatial mansion in the Garden of Paradise, equipped with a thousand doors made of gold. From early in the morning, seventy thousand angels will beg forgiveness on his behalf, although they will stay out of sight behind the curtain. For every act of prostration he performs, by night or by day, he will be granted a tree in Garden of Paradise, a tree in the shade of which a rider can travel for one hundred years without every passing beyond it.

Shaikh Abu Nasr [Muhammad ibn al-Banna’] has informed me, on good traditional authority, that it was Abu Huraira (may Allah be well pleased with him) who first reported this next saying of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace):

When the first night of the month of Ramadan has arrived, Allah surveys His entire creation. If He takes notice of a particular servant of His, it means that He will never cause him to suffer torment, and a million have reason, every day, to thank Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) for their deliverance from the Fire of Hell.

Shaikh Abu Nasr [Muhammad ibn al-Banna’] has also informed me, on good traditional authority, that it was Abu Huraira (may Allah be well pleased with him) who first reported that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

As soon as Ramadan comes around, the gates of the Garden of Paradise are flung open, the gates of the Fire of Hell are shut and locked, and the devils [shayatin] are shackled and tied up tight.

According to another traditional report, this one transmitted on the authority of Nafi’ ibn Burda, Abu Mas’ud al-Ghifari (may Allah be well pleased with him) once heard these words being uttered by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace):

No servant [of the Lord], who keeps the fast for at least one day of Ramadan, can possibly fail to be married to a wife from among the brides of Paradise, those maidens with such lovely eyes [al-hur al-‘in]. The wedding will take place inside a pavilion made from a single hollowed pearl. This fits the description given by Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He):

Four maids, close-guarded in pavilions. (55:72)

Every woman amongst them will be dressed in seventy fine articles of clothing, no item being the same as any other. She will be given seventy kinds of perfume, none with the same fragrance as any other. She will also be given seventy thronelike raised couches, made from a red ruby studded with pearls. Upon each of these couches there will be seventy cushions, and over every cushion there will be a canopy. Every woman will have seventy thousand maidservants to attend to the needs of her husband. Each of these maidservants will carry a dish made of gold, containing some kind of cooked food, the last morsel of which will be found to have a delicious flavor that went unnoticed in the first bite. Her husband will be given special treats like this, as he reclines upon a couch made from red ruby. Such will be his reward for every day on which he has kept the fast of Ramadan, quite apart from what he may have earned by performing charitable deeds!

-Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, Sufficient Provision for the Seekers of the Path of Truth (Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq)

The architect’s last palace

June 19th, 2009 No comments


An excellent architect lovingly built many beautiful palaces for the Sultan. Eventually he was tired of his labor and went to the Potentate and asked if he could retire. The great king asked the architect to build him one last palace. He said, “Money is absolutely no objection. You have one year to build me the best palace possible.”

The architect started eagerly but he was exhausted and soon he started to do shoddy work. He cut a corner here and a corner there. After all, this was his last project and no one would notice. When it came to the materials he used cheaper materials since he could not be bothered to search for the best. After all, who would notice? Only he, was the one who could tell the difference. One by one the architect did less than his best. Eventually even though no one else could tell the difference the architect knew that this palace was no where near his best. However, he was still pleased that it was complete and at last he could retire.

The year had passed and the architect presented his substandard work to the Sultan. The Sultan inspected the palace and was well pleased. When the inspection was over, he turned to the architect and said, “You have done well. This is my retirement gift to you.”

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The soup

June 19th, 2009 No comments


A farmer came to town as a guest of the Mullah. The farmer brought a goose as a gift for the Mullah. That night Mullah Nasrudin’s wife cooked the goose and served it in a feast with many other delicacies to the Mullah and others with the farmer siting in the place of honor among the guests.

The farmer returned home the next day and a week later a stranger knocked on the Mullah’s door saying, “I am the friend of the guy who brought you the goose.” The Mullah welcomed him and asked his wife to cook a big meal and invited the stranger to dinner. Hardly a week had gone by when another stranger came claiming to be the friend of the friend of the guy who had brought the goose. Once again the stranger was fed a big meal and so was the next stranger who was the friend of the friend of the friend of the guy who had brought the goose.

By this time the Mullah and his wife had become pretty fed up of feeding all the countryside. Nasrudin’s wife told him that they had only one chicken left. Mullah said not to worry since he had a plan.

When the next friend of the friend of the friend of the friend of the guy who had brought the goose arrived the Mullah told his wife to boil some water and serve it in a soup bowl. The guest tasted the water and asked what kind of a soup was this. The Mullah replied, “Sir you have before you the soup of the soup of the soup of the soup of the goose that the friend of your friend of your friend of your friend brought.” No more stranger’s visited Mullah after that.

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Hizb AlFath – Imam Alhaddad

June 18th, 2009 5 comments

Hizb AlFathi – “The Litany of the Opening” is another dkhir compiled by Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi Alhaddad.
In the introduction to Al Wird Al Latif from the book “The Prophetic Invocations” it is mentioned that Hizb Al Fath is concerned with purifying the heart by removing the rust covering it, then acquiring virtues and practicing them to the full.

The PDF file below is in arabic text only. When I get the english translations it will be posted here too insha’allah.

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Ratib As Shahīr – Imam AlHaddad

June 18th, 2009 4 comments

Ratib Al-Haddad is a dhikr (remembrance of Allāh) to be recited every night after ‘Ishā salāh. It is a collection of sūrahs (chapters) and verses from the Holy Qur’ān Karīm as well as the kalimāt (declarations of Muslim belief), tasbīhāt (glorification of Allāh Subhānahū wa Ta‘ālā) and various du‘ā (supplications) which the Beloved Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafā Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa Sallam recommended in his Blessed Sayings or Hadīth Sharīf.

Imām ‘Abdallāh bin ‘Alawī al-Haddād, Rady Allāhu ‘Anhu (1044-1132 H), popularly known as Mawlānā al-Haddād, has rendered a great service to Muslims in compiling the most beloved of these supplications in one small kitāb (booklet) called Rātib al-Shahīr, popularly known after him as Rātib al-Haddād.

It consists of just the most basic supplications which take at most 15 minutes to recite.

Rataba in Arabic means to arrange in a regular sequence. Thus a Rātib is a sequential supplication to Allāh Subhānahū wa Ta‘ālā. So, Rātib al-Haddād consists of the most well-known supplications of Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, sequentially arranged by Mawlānā al-Haddād for regular voluntary recitation.

Shahīr in Arabic means famous. The Rātib of Mawlānā al-Haddād has become so famous that it is called Rātib al-Shahīr (The Famous Rātib).

Read the foreword from Shyakh Hamza Yusuf for the book Prophetic Invocation

English/Arabic Text for Ratib As Shahir

Habib Umar – Bradford – Madni Masjid, Trodden Path Retreat

June 14th, 2009 No comments

source:these notes were taken by sister sumaira uk. It is  originally a 4 part post which has been combined here. Jazak Allah Khairan to the sisters who made these notes available at HalaqaOnline.

Part 1

The book that Habib Umar went through is called ‘The Summary of the way to Allah’
It explains various parts of deen which are interconnected as the author who wrote the text had mastered various topics. The author is Habib Abdur-Rahman bin Abdullah bin Ahmed bin Al-Faqih Muhammad Ba’Alawi (taken from the front cover of the Arabic book).

Habib Umar mentioned how he had authored this book and sent it to scholars in Makkah at the age of just 31 years, they had sought ijaza from him but he refrained out of adab, eventually he gave his ijaza in the form of a poem. He had knowledge of many topics such as chemistry, physics, biology, geology and agriculture.

If we study the book properly what we gain is realisation Insha’Allah so we should attend with our hearts and direct ourselves towards Allah.

The book starts by ‘Bismillah’ and praising Him and His Messenger salalahu alaiyhi wasalam. The aim of the text follows this. Allah has made a symbol with ‘Bismillah’ – He has joined the 2 names of Ar-Rahman (The Compassionate i.e. He has great mercy) and Ar-Raheem (The Merciful i.e. He is constant and continuous in mercy), which shows His mercy outweighs His wrath. We should begin with Allah’s mercy, He has allowed us to begin all our affairs in His name and the believers should make it a habitual practice to mention Allah’s name before anything. Mentioning ‘bismillah’ in eating, drinking and whatever you do fends evil, and the good is blessed and increased. ‘Bismillah La illaha illahu’ (In the name of Allah, there is no God but Allah) – devils cannot partake in any of these actions by saying bismillah and it puts a veil between jinn and us and hides our nakedness from them. Everyone on earth does these actions such as eating and drinking in the name of their own desires but we do it by the name of Allah. Hence we should feel the greatness of this phrase and we should be avid to say His name.

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Muhammad- The Last Prophet (Full Movie)

June 14th, 2009 No comments
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Learn Tajweed with Yasir Qadhi

June 11th, 2009 No comments

Tajweed with Yasir Qadhi-The Noble Emissaries (As-Safara Al-Keram)

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