Tafseer

Using Isra’iliyaat (Judeo-Christian Material) to Explain the Quran

Definition of Isra’iliyaat Any reports that Muslim scholars take from the Jews and Christians. Purpose of doing tafseer of the Quran through such reports To benefit from their reports in clarifying some of the reported words in the Quranic stories or whatever is related to it. It is correct to consider the isra’iliyaat as a source from among the sources of tafseer, because the pious predecessors from the companions, the followers, and their followers from among the early generations used them based on certain principles. Four ways a mufassir can benefit from isra’iliyaat Guidance over a possible meaning for a verse…

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Family

Story of Prophet Adam (pbuh) for Kids Aged 3-5 (Free Download)

My daughter’s around that age now (3.5 years) where we can start introducing religious conepts. There is nothing good out there for 3-4 year olds to introduce religion to them. Most good stuff is geared towards 7+ years. So I decided to do my own book for her age using Google Slides. I’ve read enough non-religious books to her for her level to understand how to write one for myself. I know what vocabulary and sentence structures she recognizes. I’m starting with the Story of Adam to introduce Allah as the Creator of everything and connect it to the story…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Contemporary Issues

The Muslim Response to Why Evil Exists Despite a Merciful and All-Powerful God

This is an issue, often referred to as ‘The Problem of Evil’, that I have been thinking about over the past year or so. A number of responses have been written on the topic by Muslims and it is definetly worth a read. Before I share links to those responses, I have the following important points to make on the subject based on my own research: God never promised a perfect world. He never said that this world will not contain injustice, problems, etc. In fact, he explicitly says the opposite. We are told from the very beginning of Adam’s…

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Family

Post Surgery Reflections: God, Family, and Good Friends

On Friday, April 17, 2020, one week before Ramadan, I was doing my Arabic class via zoom and began to feel short of breath followed by pain on my left side. At first, I thought maybe I pulled a muscle or something, but it started to become more and more intense and I knew immediately this was something more serious. I ran to my wife and informed her of what was happening so she drove me to Urgent Care. They did an X-ray and discovered that part of my left lung had collapsed and that I needed to get to…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

Hanbali Fiqh: Rulings Related to Ramadan

I had the privilege of studying the Book of Prayer and the Book of Fasting from the Hanbali text Akhsar al-Mukhtasarat with Sh. Yusuf bin Sadiq al-Hanbali. I am providing my notes from those sessions with the Shaykh. Ramadan is only a few weeks away so it is best to let ourselves be prepared as much as possible. Since it is a Hanabli text, the rulings only reflect the Hanbali position on the issues mentioned, therefore, you may come across different rulings in different schools. I have a separate post where I discuss the reasons behind why Muslim scholars differ…

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Hadith

Ibn Mulaqqin’s Tadhkirah: Brief Notes on Hadith Terminology

This is a translation and brief notes on the text completed by Br. Abu Hasan in 1988. It is one of the first books taught to students interested in the sciences of ĥadīth. For those who can understand Arabic, there is a good explanation of it by Sh. Abdullah al-Bukhari that can be found here. Imām Ibn Mulaqqin (723-804 AH) is a famous ĥadīth master and Shafi’ jurist. This is a list of terms used in ĥadīth sciences, which he summarised from his two-volume work on ĥadīth principles named: Al-Muqniý fī Úlūm al-Ĥadīth. Many terms are left unexplained or described…

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Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence)

Introduction to Hanbali Usool: Explanatory Notes on Ibn ‘Uthyameen’s al-Usool min ‘ilm al-Usool

These are my complete notes on the book as taught to us by Ust. Ahmad Zayn al-‘Abidin in Arabic. Sh. Ibn ‘Uthyameen’s work is a very useful book to get an introduction to Hanbali usool. There are not enough good books in the English language on Hanbali fiqh and usool and this is my modest attempt to introduce the usool of the school to English speakers. Please note that I did not write down every single thing that Ust. Ahmad mentioned but only that which I personally found beneficial and felt was sufficient for the explanation of the text. Sh.…

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