The Night of Power

It is well known that no one knows for certain when Laylat Al-Qadr (the night of power) falls. The prophet ﷺ had once come to inform us about its precise timing, but when he saw two Muslims quarrelling, the knowledge was withheld from us. عَنْ عُبَادَةَ بْنِ الصَّامِتِ، قَالَ خَرَجَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم لِيُخْبِرَنَا بِلَيْلَةِ…

Sincerely Famous

Imam Shafi was one of the greatest scholars in human history. But what is most remarkable is the sincerity in which he pursued it all: “I wish that people could benefit from this knowledge without any of it being associated to me” (وددت أن الناس انتفعوا بهذا العلم وما نسب الي شيئ منه) [Ihya Uloom…

Excuses

We’ve all been there. We’re trying to motivate ourselves to get involved in the community (da’wah) but we’re confronted by endless barriers for why we shouldn’t. From self doubt to prioritisation issues, the list of reasons for why we stay away never seem to end. Many of these thoughts often run through my mind when trying to motivate…

Despair

God says in the Qur’an: إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ “Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves” [2:222] The form of the word ‘tawaabeen’ indicates the action is repeated over and over again, and repentance as an action infers that disobedience was performed before hand. So why does…

Pillars of Piety

Someone asked Hassan Al Basri: “What is the secret of your piety?” He replied, “I understood 4 things: I understood my rizq (provision) cannot be taken by anyone so my heart is content. I understood that no one can do my actions (worship) for me, so I started doing them myself. I understood Allah ﷻ…

Surprise!

Alhamdulillah, one of the sweetest moments in my life (no pun intended 😊) Yesterday, as I was working away in my room, my nephew (4 yrs old) comes in and offers me a chocolate egg. His mum had given him a bag of 8 and he was going round giving them out to the 6…

Sincerity’s test

Upon completing his masterpiece, he placed it in a bottle and threw it into the sea “Lord, if this was written purely for your sake, let the people benefit from it” Today it is one of the most studied books in Islamic History: Al-Ajrumiyah by Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Dau’d as-Sinhaji, known as Ibn Ajrum…