Akhlaaq (Manners), Family, Translations

Five Positive Habits Which Build Happy Families

Happy families are built on a set of pillars. The most important of these pillars include: love, understanding, and mutual respect among everyone. These pillars manifest based on how everyone in the house, big and small, interact with each other and commit to them. Happy families distinguish themselves with certain positive habits which bring their hearts together and leave no room for disagreements and bickering. Following are some of the most important of these habits which every family seeking happiness should implement: Eating Meals Together Although family members are usually busy in their lives with work, school, university and other scheduling conflicts, it…

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Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Translations

Was ‘Tahneek’ Specific to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?

[Translator’s Note: Tahneek is the practice of rubbing a piece of softened date on the roof of the mouth of a newborn. It is a noble practice from Islam with which the newborn is greeted upon entering into the first moments of this life, before any other type of food enters his/her stomach.] Aisha reported that newborn infants used to be brought to Allah’s Messenger (pbuh). He would bless them and rub their palates with dates [tahneek] (Bukhari and Muslim). In general, the people of knowledge recommend doing tahneek after a child is given birth. Imam Nawawi even narrated a consensus over it.…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Family, Translations

Raising Righteous Children – Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

Source: Tuhfah Al-Mawdud by Ibn Qayyim – P. 158-161 and P. 168-171 Allah Says in the Qur’an [meaning of which is], “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones” [Qur’an 66:6]. Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Teach them [the religion] and teach them good manners.” Al-Hasan said, “Command them to obey Allah and teach them goodness.” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) is reported to have said, “Command your children to pray when they reach the age of seven. Spank them [1] for [not offering] it when they are ten…

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Translations

Brief Meanings of Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, and La ilaaha illa Allah

Certain often repeated words of praise for Allah in Arabic are usually translated in a very boring way. The translation comes off as dull and even confusing at times. However, in Arabic the meaning is very profound but is lost through such translations. Below, I’ve attempted to show the true meaning of four such words in addition to their usual boring translations just to show you the difference. The following four are also known as tasbeeh, tahmeed, takbir, and tahleel in the Arabic language. Subhan Allah (سبحان الله): Meaning Allah is perfect in an absolute sense without any defects or imperfections of any kind. Usually translated…

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Tafseer, Translations

Surah Al-Jinn: A Brief Explanation

Say, [O Muhammad], “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an. Say, O Messenger, Allah has revealed to me that a group among the jinn listened to my recitation of the Qur’an. Afterwards, they said to their people: We have certainly heard a recitation which is marvelous in its eloquence, rhetoric, wisdom, rulings, and reports. It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone. It calls towards to truth and guidance, hence, we have…

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Advice - Naseeha
Akhlaaq (Manners), Hadith, Translations

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

Hadith Text The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The religion is naseehah (sincere advice).” 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 (sincere advice) 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…

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Man Siting in Salah
Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Translations

Ruling on Sitting Briefly Before Getting up after the First or Third Rak’ah in the Salah – Shaykh Al-‘Uthyameen

Translator’s Note: This is known in Arabic as Jalsat ul Al-Istiraahah (The Sitting of Rest) There are three opinions on this issue among the scholars: First: It is definitely recommended. Second: It is not recommended at all. Third: It is dependent on the condition of the person.  If he finds it difficult to stand immediately after [the second prostration], then he should sit.   However, if he does not find it difficult, then he should not sit.  The author of Al-Mughni said, “This opinion combines the two [opposite] opinions and is the middle position between them.”  And the author mentioned in…

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