Double Down

The other day, I was watching the news. A reporter had caught the president in a lie; after stating in an interview he would not be cutting state aid, a video surfaced where the president said the exact opposite. In the face of embarrassment, the spin doctors got to work…

Names

“He who desires to see a martyr walking on the ground, let him look at Talha bin ‘Ubaidullâh.” [Mishkat 2/566; Ibn Hisham 2/86] Growing up, I was told stories about the greatness of this companion, Talha ibn Ubaid Allah. His wealth, generosity, chivalry and courage are just some of the things which stand out from…

Practical Steps for Learning Fiqh

By Abu Aliyah – taken from: http://thehumblei.com/2012/10/17/practical-steps-for-learning-fiqh/ According to Imam al-Nawawi (d.676H/1277CE), there are two opinions whether a lay person is obligated to follow one school of law (madhhab) or not. He stipulates: ‘What the proof necessitates is that a layman is not required to adhere to a specific madhhab.Instead, he seeks a fatwa from whomsoever he chooses…

The means of reliance

“Yusuf (as) ran to the door when he knew it was locked. When it seemed worthless to do so, he sought whatever means he could and relied on Allah to save him” Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh This is the story of Prophet Yusuf (as) when he was being seduced by Zulekha, the wife of his owner.  It…

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…

“O Allaah! You are `Afuww…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه وأتباعه بإحسان إلى يوم الدين، أما بعد: Tirmidhee and others report: عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ، رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا , قَالَتْ : قُلْتُ : إنْ عَلِمْتُ أَيُّ لَيْلَةٍ لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ مَا أَقُولُ فِيهَا ؟ قَالَ : قُولِي : اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ…

Castaway

O my soul, come, cast away from fantasy, O my soul, come, cast away from fantasy, Dive into this sea of love if you would see With your heart’s eyes wonders known in prophecy. ♦ Lovers follow Love alone as their imam, Drunk within but outwardly serene and calm, Love is older than all else…