Friends

By Waqaar Butt One of the things I find most fascinating about the Arabic language is the use of synonyms to give similar meanings with a touch of nuance. For example, Qur’anic Arabic describes a ‘friend’ in ten (or more) different ways! Something which an English translation will never be able to reflect. I thought…

Mohammad Ali: In Life and Death

Oh Muhammad Ali, in life you served your Lord, and in death you serve your Lord. Our community is indebted to you. America has never needed a reminder more than now about the contributions, values and truth of Islam. In a time when the words Allahu Akbar have come to be associated with terror, today…

On Terminating a Mandub Act

An awesome article describing the differences between hanafis and shafis on terminating mandub (permitted) actions It shows that the difference of opinion isnt a black and white issue of “who is right/wrong”

Finding Truth

“Do not look for truth through people. Find the truth then find its people” لا تعرف الحق بالرجال. اعرف الحق تعرف أهله — Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) [via sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoobi: Commentary on Book of Knowledge; Ihya Uloom Al-deen by Imam Ghazali] .

He who seeks

He who seeks the signs of Beauty Shuns his self, then shuns his self. He for whom union’s the duty Shuns his self, then shuns his self. ♦ He who fasts from passing pleasures, At the Eid knows Love itself; He who hears of Beauty’s treasures, Shuns his self, then shuns his self. ♦ East…

Learning with Husna

I recently attended a Bayyinah course with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan. Aside from being incredibly inspiring, he mentioned a number of other courses they plan to do and his vision for Islam in the west. One such project was “Arabic with Husna”, a new curriculum he has set up to teach his own daughter Arabic which, in…