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Go, For You Are Free

By | Reminders, Tafsir | 3 Comments

  Allah jalla wa ‘alā says: ثُمَّ كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْمَرْحَمَةِ “And then to be one of those who believe, and urge one another to patience and urge one another to mercy.” (90:17) Allah ‘azza wa jall in this verse combines the enjoining of one another…

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Walk Before You Talk

By | Uncategorized | One Comment

I just love this story about the great Muhaddith and Imām, Hāfidh Abu Bisṭām Shu‘bah b. al-Hajjāj. Imām al-Dhahabi relates in his Siyar that al-Asma‘ī said: “We were once with Shu‘bah whilst he was was narrating hadīth when he heard the sound of pens writing (on wooden slates). “Is it raining?”…

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The Theme of Surah al-Fatihah

By | Tafsir | 2 Comments

Sūrah al-Fātihah is described as the ‘Mother of the Qur’an’ and the ‘Seven oft-repeated verses’. It is recited in every unit of every prayer. It is one of the chapters of the Qur’an we memorised as children and one of the chapters that we will teach to our children. But…

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Keep Or Release, But In A Good Way

By | Fiqh, Relationships, Reminders | 2 Comments

Allah jalla wa ‘alā says: الطَّلاَقُ مَرَّتَانِ فَإِمْسَاكٌ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ تَسْرِيحٌ بِإِحْسَانٍ “Divorce can happen twice, and [each time] wives either be kept on in an acceptable manner or released in a good way.” (2:229) Allah jalla jalālahu also says: وَإِذَا طَلَّقْتُمُ النَّسَاء فَبَلَغْنَ أَجَلَهُنَّ فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ سَرِّحُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ…

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The Hijab vs The Beard

By | Fiqh, Reminders | 5 Comments

It’s very difficult not to get irritated by those men who try to equate the challenge of wearing hijab with their own “challenge” of keeping a beard. The fear being of course that men might belittle the believing women and look down upon them, and conflate the difficulty of what women face with what…

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Beautifying Yourself For Prayer

By | Fiqh, Tafsir | No Comments

Allah jalla wa ‘alā says: يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُواْ زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ “Children of Adam, beautify yourself in your place of worship.” (7:31) This is part of the 31st verse of Sūrat’l-A‘rāf, and in it there have been mentioned three words which are “names” that are meant to be…

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