Shaykh Abdur Rahman Bawa’s Lecture at UMMA Centre

Advice for Parents of Hifz Students: Prospective, Present, and Past

By Nawal Academy Memorizing the entire Qur’an is a dream many Muslim parents today have for their children. And indeed, this is a goal nobler than many if not all others. However, after children have memorized a number of surahs and perhaps even a juzor two of the Qur’an, there is a question that plagues many parents:how do […]

Can Supplications to the Divine Change One’s Destiny?

    By Mawlana Hamzah Wald Maqbul Having taught basic `aqidah courses several times over, through phone, internet, and the time honored medium of person to person contact, I can tell you that one of the trickiest subjects to tackle is always that of qadr, or divine predestination: are we in control of our own lives, […]

The Absence of Revivalists Outside Islam

    By Shaykh Abu ‘l-Hasan ‘Ali al-Nadwi We find extremely few persons who have revived and renovated other religions. The absence of such teachers for hundreds or rather thousands of years in other religions is striking enough. There has hardly been any renovator who could pull down the innovations and deviations which had found […]

Du’as Made by the Haji for Others – What is the Authenticity of this?

    By Mufti Abdullah Nana Assalamu Alaykum It is an extremely bold statement for a person to claim that a Hadith on a particular subject does not exist.  For a person to substantiate such a claim, he/she must be able to verify that such a narration is not found in any of the 100,000 […]

Essential Principles of Islamic Clothing and Adornment

  By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Umm Adam Truly the greatest thing for which humans have need after food and drink is clothing, with which man conceals his nakedness, protects himself from the heat and cold, and adorns himself for social settings. Given that Islam is a faith that incorporates injunctions inclusive of […]

Physical Descriptions of the Four Imams – Collected from Imam Dhahabi’s Siyar A’lam an-Nubala

    Abu Hanifah an-Nu’man bin Thabit: Abu Yusuf said: “Abu Hanifah was well-formed, was from the best of people in appearance, the most eloquent of them in speech, the sweetest in tone, and the clearest of them in expressing what he felt.” Hamad bin Abi Hanifah said: “My father was very handsome, dark, had […]

Muharram: Between Fact and Fiction

  By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar Hijri calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Quran says, “The number of months according to Allah is twelve (mentioned) in the Book of Allah on the day He created the heavens […]

Ruh & Nafs – The View of Qadi Thana’ullah Panipati (ra)

  By Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (ra) و إذ قال ربك للملائكة اني خالق بشراً من صلصال من حما مسنون. فإذا سويته و نفخت فيه من روحي فقعوا له ساجدين And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to create a human being from a sound-giving clay made of decayed mud. […]

Entertainment and Sports in Light of the Prophetic Tradition

  Courtesy of Mukumbura By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Translated by Zameelur Rahman Zuhayr ibn Harb narrated to me: ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Mahdi narrated to us: from Sufyan: from ‘Alqamah ibn Marthad: from Sulayman ibn Buraydah: from his father: that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “He who played backgammon is […]