Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Bid’ah: In Light of the Athar of Ibn Mas’ood

It is related in an athar in al-Daarimi [210] on the authority of ‘Amr ibn Salamah who said: We were sitting at the door of ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood before Fajr prayer, so that if he came out, we could walk with him to the Masjid,, then Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari came to us and said: Has Abu ‘Abd al-Rahmaan come out to you yet? We said: No. So he sat with us until he came out, and when he came out we all stood up. Abu Moosa said to him: O Abu ‘Abd al-Rahmaan, just now I saw something in the…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith, Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

The Fortunate Seventy Thousand Who Will Enter Paradise Without Accountability

From the hadith of Abu Hurayrah in the two authentic books, it is narrated that he said, “From my nation a group of seventy thousand [people will] enter paradise whose faces [will] illuminate [like the] illumination of the full moon.”  And in the hadith narrated in Bukhari on behalf of Ibn ‘Abbas, it is narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The people were displayed in front of me and I saw one prophet passing by with a large group of his followers, and another prophet passing by with only a small group of people, and another prophet…

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Allah
Aqeedah (Theology)

Allah’s Attributes: Literal or Metaphorical?

In the Qur’an, Allah (subhaanahoo wa ta’aala) Says (the meaning of which is) about Himself: There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing. (Qur’an 42:11) This verse has been a cause of much controversy in Muslim history as to the nature of its exact meaning.  The struggle to understand its exact meaning caused different groups to be formed within the ummah.  To be more particular, there are three main groups each of which understand this verse in a different manner. The first group is those who understood this verse in the context of human nature…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Hadith

Hadiths: False Tales or Authentic Narrations?

Hadiths have come under lots of scrutiny and criticism during our times and many doubts have been raised against its validity.  The orientalists in particular have raised a number of doubts about its true origin and whether they truly are the words of the Prophet of Islam (pbuh).  One of the most common criticisms of hadith used to establish the hadiths as just false tales, as they claim, is that it was not written down during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad.  They argue that hadiths were not written down until generations after the Prophet’s death, hence, they cannot be…

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The Qur'an
Aqeedah (Theology), Dawah/Non-Muslims

Qur’an: A Timeless Miracle. A Brief Look Into Its Miraculous Nature

The Arabic word for miracle is Mu’jizah.  It comes from the root word ‘a-j-z, which means to be incapable of or to be weak.  Technically, in Islam, it is defined as acts performed by prophets of a miraculous nature that humans are incapable of imitating.1  Allah sent through various prophets, throughout time, specific miracles in order to prove the truthfulness of their message.  Generally, people will not believe a random claim from an individual that he has been sent by the Creator to give them a message from Him, hence, Allah uses miracles as a way to prove to the…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Aqeedah (Theology), Translations

Athari Scholars’ Stance on Ibn Hajar and Imam Nawawi

Question: One of the Muslim scholars in Medina, where I live, said that Imam Ibn Hajar and Imam Nawawi were innovators.  He presented some evidence from Fath ul Baari to justify his view and gave an example on that with the Sharh of Imam Ibn Hajar for the purpose of (seeking) the face of Allah and His Mercy.  What do you think? Answer: The Ahlus us Sunnah wal Jama’ah are just in the matters of judgment on others.  They do not raise the people above what they deserve nor do they diminish their worth.  And it is part of justice…

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Aqeedah (Theology), Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Development)

True Meaning of Trust in Allah

Trust in Allah is one of the best ways a servant can worship his Creator.  It is an internal worship residing within the heart.  It is also one of the causes to attaining the love of Allah as Allah Says, “Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)” (Quran: 3:159).  And in many verses of the Quran, Allah constantly emphasizes to the believers that, “And in Allah let the believers put their trust” (Quran 5:11).  The level of trust in Allah varies from one person to another.  According to Ibn Al-Qayyim, trust in Allah in it’s complete form…

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