Advice - Naseeha
Akhlaaq (Manners), Hadith, Translations

Hadith: “The Religion is Sincerity.” – A Brief Explanation

Hadith Text The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The religion is naseehah (sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (ﷺ) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” (Bukhari and Muslim) Explanation: This is a great hadith. It gathers all of the affairs of the religion in one expression through the statement, “The religion is naseehah.” So the Prophet (peace be upon him) defined religion as naseehah (sincerity) just as he defined Hajj as ‘Arafah [in a separate hadith]. By doing so, the Prophet is elevating its importance and position in the religion. Naseehah is [so important that it…

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Public Speaking
Akhlaaq (Manners), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

How to Give a Khutbah – Public Speaking, How to, Etiquettes and Tips by Navaid Aziz

I have been giving khutbahs for years now, alhamdulillah, and found the following lecture extremely helpful and useful. Shaykh Navaid Aziz’s Brief Bio Shaykh Navaid Aziz has been described as being a gem in and of himself. Shaykh Navaid has a way of making each student feel special, as though he is talking to them one-on-one. Students have described his demeanor and manner of speaking to exude sincerity and care. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec Sh Navaid is a man of many cultures and flavors. He completed an Associate’s degree in Commerce and Social Sciences before heading to the illustrious Islamic…

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Husband doing chores is Islamic
Akhlaaq (Manners)

Helping Your Wife With Household Chores is a Neglected Sunnah

Helping your wife with household chores is a neglected sunnah. Any man that sees it beneath him or is too arrogant to help his wife around the house is acting against the sunnah and is guilty of chauvinistic behavior. In fact, majority of Muslim scholars are of the opinion that serving one’s husband is not compulsory on a wife including Imam Malik, al-Shafi’, and Abu Hanifa. In other words, they opine that a wife is under no obligation to cook, clean, wash, sew, etc. for her husband. Even the controversial popular Kuwaiti cleric Sh. Othman al-Khamis is very explicit about…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

The Impermissibility of Commanding the Good and Forbidding the Evil in Matters of Disagreement Among the Scholars

The rulings of commanding the right and forbidding the wrong only apply to matters that are agreed upon among scholars as being obligatory or unlawful. As for something that is differed upon, such as the issue under discussion, it is not permissible to condemn someone for doing it. It is, however, recommended for one to give sincere advice to such a person and to encourage him to adopt the more religiously precautionary position by extricating himself from the disagreement of the scholars. The great scholar, the Proof of Islam, Imam Ghazali said in the Ihya during his discussion of the…

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Dog in a Cage
Akhlaaq (Manners), Seerah (Prophet's Life)

Animal Rights in Islam: Examples of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) Mercy Towards Animals

Example 1 Following three narrations are all on the same topic. 1)  Ibn ‘Abbas reported Allah’s Messenger (s) having said: “Do not make anything having a soul as a target.” (Muslim) 2) Ibn ‘Umar happened to pass by some young men of the (tribe of) Quraish who had tied a bird (and made it a target) at which they had been shooting arrows.  Every arrow that they missed came into the possession of the owner of the bird.  No sooner did they see Ibn ‘Umar, they went away. Thereupon, Ibn ‘Umar said: “Who has done this? Allah has cursed him who…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Dawah/Non-Muslims, Seerah (Prophet's Life)

Examples of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) Mercy Towards Non-Muslims

Example 1 ‘Aisha narrated: That she asked the Prophet (s) , ‘Have you encountered a day harder than the day of the battle) of Uhud?” The Prophet (s) replied, “Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of ‘Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn `Abd-Yalail bin `Abd-Kulal and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me unexpectedly.…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Aqeedah (Theology)

The Difference Between Splitting And Differing in Religious Matters

Distinguishing between splitting (iftiraaq) and differing (ikhtilaaf) is an extremely important matter. It is essential that such an issue be referred back to the people of knowledge, since most people – especially some of the callers to Islam (du’aat) and some of the students of knowledge who have not fully matured in their understanding of the Religion – do not make a distinction between issues of differing and issues of splitting. Because of this, some of them apply the ruling of splitting to issues of differing; and this is a dreadful mistake! The root cause of this is ignorance of…

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