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New Book: The Prophetic Constitution of Madinah

The English translation of the Arabic book 'Saheefa-tul Madinah' by Professor Muhammad al-Massar i is now available to download for free from:  The Prophetic Constitution of Madinah This much needed detailed Ijtihad expounds the topic and dispels various commonly held assumptions and myths about the constitution of the first Islamic State established by the Prophet Muhammad  ﷺ. The following is from its Contents page:  Contents Chapter One: The Origin of the Sahifah (Document)  Section: The circumstances surrounding the writing of the Sahifah (document) of Al-Madinah  Imam Ibn Kathir (May Allah’s mercy be upon him) attempted to summarize some of this Section: Examples of the harm and abuse undertaken by the Jews and the polytheists and the acts of Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf  Section: The joining together as brothers “Al-Mu’akhaah) between the Muhajirin and the Ansar  Narrations revealing the strength of this “Mu’akhaah” (forming of brotherhood) and its depth, the like of which the his
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Authenticity of the hadith on obeying leaders with hearts of devils?

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📢 New Course From Dar Al 'Ilm – Treading the Divine Path

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Commentary of the Hadith Qudsi on Fasting

Sharing this useful post from Sheikh Shuayb Wani of Dar al Ilm : حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، عَنِ ابْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏   "‏ كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ، إِلاَّ الصَّوْمَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي، وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ، وَلَخَلُوفُ فَمِ الصَّائِمِ أَطْيَبُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ ‏" ‏‏. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "(Allah said), ' Every good deed of Adam's son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it. ' Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk."   [Sahih al-Bukhari] Imam al-Khatib al-Shirbini (d. 977) in his Sharh on Minhaj says that Ulama' have more than 50 opinions about the meaning of the Istithna: "except fasting; it is for Me". According to Imam al-Subki, the best opi

Hikmah Podcast: Ep.2 – Qur‘an: the foundation for Revival

Also available now on  Youtube ,  Google ,  Stitcher ,  Spotify  &  Apple Allah (swt) said in Surah an Nahl وَيَوْمَ نَبْعَثُ فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْهِم مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ ۖ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ شَهِيدًا عَلَىٰ هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ ۚ وَنَزَّلْنَا عَلَيْكَ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ تِبْيَـٰنًا لِّكُلِّ شَىْءٍ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً وَبُشْرَىٰ لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ ˹Consider, O Prophet,˺ the Day We will call against every faith-community a witness of their own. And We will call you to be a witness against these ˹people of yours˺. We have revealed to you the Book as an explanation of all things, a guide, a mercy, and good news for those who ˹fully˺ submit. And the address of Allah (swt) to those who did not learn and appreciate its content, He (swt) related them to Donkeys who bear and carry goods on their backs but do not take advantages and benefits from the burden that they bear. مَثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ حُمِّلُوا ٱلتَّوْرَىٰةَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَحْمِلُوهَا كَمَثَلِ ٱلْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ أَسْفَارًۢا ۚ بِئْسَ مَثَلُ ٱلْقَوْمِ

Imam Ghazali on the Scholars of Falsehood & the Hereafter

In the first section of his   Iḥyā’ ‘ulūm al-dīn,  entitled  Kitāb al-‘ilm   (The Book of Knowledge),   Imam Ghazali includes a chapter  On the Evils of Knowledge and on Determining the Distinguishing Features of the Scholars of the Hereafter  [ ‘Ulamā’ al-Ākhirah ]  and those of the Teachers of Falsehood  [ ‘Ulamā’ al-Sū’ ]. The following is excerpted from the English translation by Nabih Amin Faris (Islamic Book Service, New Delhi, 2002). Minor alterations have been made to the translation and words in square brackets have been added: ‘We have already enumerated the excellence of knowledge and of the scholars, while concerning the teachers of falsehood several important strictures have been mentioned. These strictures have shown that the teachers of falsehood are the most severely punished of all men on the Day of Resurrection. It is therefore very important to ascertain what distinguishes the scholars of this world from the scholars of the Hereafter. By the scholars of this world we