at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Hajj/Umrah’s Ahkam According To Your Madhab

Here are two lists. The first is about what should be avoided during the Ihram and the larger second one is about the things you are supposed to do during the Ihram. And just as the title already unveiled it’s according to all four Madhahib. But first I want to give you two very interesting links corncerning Hajj, Umrah and visiting Medinah.

>> Journey of a Lifetime: Fisabilillah.org put together a Hajj Pack consisting of over 120 printable pages. This guide covers many aspects corncering “Before Hajj”, “The Hajj”, “In Madinah”, “After Hajj” and it’s all illustrated with text and images.
>> HajUmrah.co.uk: A non-profit site geared to provide a local independent directory of Hajj and Umrah Tour Operators, Travel Tips, Hajj and Umrah Books, Hotels, Visa information, News, Weather and a wealth of outstanding resources dedicated to Hajj & Umrah.

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Filed under: 2. Fiqh, 3. Ibaadah, Seasonal

3 Methods Of Dhikr

“And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear without loudness in words in the mornings, and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful.” (Al-Ar’aaf 205)

Mufti Shaafi (r.a.) writes in the commentary of this verse that Allah Ta’ala has shown us three methods of Dhikr:

a) Dhikr Qalbi: The tongue doesn’t move but the heart and mind are involved in the remembrance of Allah

b) With the Dhikr of the heart, the tongue also engages in Dhikr but softly so that only the reciter hears. Both these meanings are incorporated in ‘And remember your Lord within yourself’.

c) Dhikr is made audibly but in a moderate tone. This method is taken from ‘without loudness’. Note: ‘without loudness’ negates Dhikr made in loud tones, not Dhikr in an audible manner.

Filed under: Qur'an, Zikr & Du'a

28th Annual Conference

At saturday I attended the 28th Annual Conference. The Islamische Gemeinde in Deutschland e.V. (Islamic Community in Germany) organized the event this year in my hometown under the title of “Muhammad (s.a.w.) – Rahmatulil Alameen”. Next to guests like Dr. Ayyub Axel Köhler, Ali Kizilkaya and Dr. Issam al-Attar, Amr Khaled and Shaikh Omar Abdul-Kafi were invited, too. Unfortunately, the latter couldn’t make it, but still the speech of Amr Khaled was definitely the highlight of the whole event. He was already receiving standing ovations before he had the chance to say a single word.

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Filed under: Audio, Qur'an

Most Influential Person in History

First read what Ahmed Deedat has to say on this issue:

“To every Muslim on this planet, irrespective of cultural, geographical and political differences, Muhummed (PBUH), is Allah’s greatest creation and was sent as a mercy for all mankind. A thousand million Muslims however, do not require any surveys, lists or research to arrive at this conclusion. It is a non-negotiable article of faith that Muhummed (PBUH) is the greatest.

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Filed under: Prophets

Send Blessings On The Prophet (s.a.w.)

“Undoubtedly Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet. O’ you who believe! Send upon Him Blessings and salute Him with all respect.” (33:56)

Allahumma Salli ‘alaa Muhammad-in wa ‘alaa aali Muhammad-in Kamaa Sallayta ‘alaa Ibrahima wa ‘alaa aali Ibrahima Innaka Hameedun Majeed. Allahumma Baarik ‘alaa Muhammad-in wa ‘alaa aali Muhammad-in Kamaa Baarakta ‘alaa Ibrahima wa ‘alaa aali Ibrahima Innaka Hameedun Majeed.
(O Allah! Shower blessings upon Sayyidina Muhammad and on the family of Sayyidina Muhammad as You showered blessings upon Sayyidina Ibrahim and on the family of Sayyidina Ibrahim. Surely, You are the Praiseworthy, Glorious. O Allah! Bestow favours upon Sayyidina Muhammad and on the family of Sayyidina Muhammad as You bestowed favours upon Sayyidina Ibrahim and on the family of Sayyidina Ibrahim. Surely, You are the Praiseworthy, Glorious.)

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Filed under: Zikr & Du'a

Difference Between Sahabah And You & Me (#1)

Of course the huge gap between the Sahabah (r.a.a.) and us someone like me and you will never be able to cross: They were pleased with Allah Ta’ala and Allah Ta’ala was pleased with them. But still this series is an attempt to enlighten some spots of this dark ravine, because the Messanger of Allah (s.a.w.) told us, that his Sahabi are like the stars and if you follow a single one of them you’ll be successful.

Let me ask you: Don’t we see the same sun, moon, sky, universe and stars which they saw? Don’t we walk on the same earth, that they walked on? Don’t we read and study the same Ahadeeth and Qur’an, which they read and studied? Don’t we make Hajj to the same sacred place, they made Hajj to? Don’t we worship the same Lord they worshipped? Everyone who claims a little intellect will have to answer all these questions in the affirmative. But what makes the difference then? Well, neither our Iman nor our Amaal can be compared to the Iman or Amaal of our pious predecessors.

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Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid, Sahabah, Sunnah & Hadith

Torah describing this Ummah

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (r.a.a.) once asked Hadhrat Ka’b (r.a.a.) to describe Rasulullah (s.a.w.) and his Ummah to him. Hadhrat Ka’b (r.a.a.) said, “I have found them (described as follows) in Allah Ta’ala’s book (the Torah): ‘Verily Ahmad (s.a.w.) and his Ummah shall praise Allah Ta’ala abundantly who will praise Allah Ta’ala (by saying “Al Hamdu Lillah”) during favourable and adverse conditions. They will exalt Allah Ta’ala (by saying “Allahu Akbar”) when ascending an incline and glorify Him (by saying “Subhan’Allah”) when descending from a raised place. Their call (the Adhan) shall resound in the skies and during their salaah they will communicate (with Allah Ta’ala) with humming (whispering) sounds like the sound of bees against a rock. They will form rows in their (congregational) salaah just as the angels form rows and will form rows in battle as they do in salaah. When they go to battle in the path of Allah Ta’ala (for Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure), the angels will be before them and behind them with powerful spears. When they present themselves for battle in Allah Ta’ala’s path, Allah Ta’ala shall shade (shelter) them just as a vulture shades her nest (while saying this, Hadhrat Ka’b (r.a.a.) demonstrated with his hand how a vulture protects her nest by spreadng her wings on it). They shall never flee from the battlefield.” [Abu Nu’aym in his Hilya Vol. 5 Pg. 386.]

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Filed under: 6. History & Biographies

The Great Challenge

“And if you are in doubt about what We have revealed (the Quran) to Our worshiper (Muhammad ), then produce a chapter like it, and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides God if you are truthful. And if you do not do it, and you can never do it, then fear the Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones. It has been prepared for disbelievers. And give good news (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good deeds, that for them are gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow….” (2:23-25)

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Filed under: Qur'an

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