Salawaat in Prayer

Imam Sha’rani writes: “Another example is the statement of Abu Hanifa and Malik that the Salawat upon the Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam) in the final Tashahud is a Sunnah (stressed recommendation), while al-Shafi’i and Ahmad (in one of his positions narrated from him) state that it is an obligation (Fard); so the first espouse…

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…

If my Lord asks me…

A man once came to Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him; “O Imam, what is your opinion on poetry?” He replied; “Which poetry is this?” to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets: إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني If my Lord asks me, “Have you (any) shyness in disobeying…

Homeless

I am dubious of the authenticity of this story, but I dont think the truth of it takes away from the meaning behind it. I think its telling that its gone viral, showing that most people can relate to the story from their own actions/experiences ——————————————- Imam Yahya Davis transformed himself into a homeless person and…

The Wisdom of Silence

An absolutely amazing story!! Wisdom like this is desperately needed in our age when Muslims are being accused left, right and centre! ————— While Imam Shafi’i was sitting with his students, a maid came to him and said : “O Imam ! how come you fornicate by night and then turn to a preacher by…

The Swords of Self-Discipline

Taken from Marc Manley: http://www.marcmanley.com/tag/aphorisms/ ———————————————– I have been taking the time to re-read al-Ghazzali’s Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-Din again (as I do from time to time) and always enjoy the anecdotes and aphorisms he sprinkles throughout his prose. One in particular is from Yahya bin Mu’adh al-Razi: جاهد نفسك بأسياف الرياضة – والرياضة على أربعة أوجه: القوت من…