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

Permissibility of Tawassul & Waseelah

Q: With regards to asking the dead or the absent to supplicate to Allah on our behalf, what is the understanding of the Ulama about this issue?

A: Tawassul and Waseelah literally means to make a request or supplicate through a means. It is permissible for one to request Allah Ta’ala to accept his du’aa through the medium of some deeds or the rank of certain individuals as this may be closer to acceptance.

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Filed under: 2. Fiqh, Zikr & Du'a

Weekly Islamosphere #1

Insha’Allah from now on I’ll try to present to you weekly (every Jum’ah) the latest interesting stuff found on other good Blogs run by Muslim brethren. Most will probably link to blogs from my Blogroll, since I visit these almost daily.

First off all I want to link you to 2 great joint efforts by Muslims around the world: MuslimMatters.org & Ijtema.net. Sometimes they express or feature views contradicting to what I’ve been taught by our elders, but most of the time they come up with great stuff.

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Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid, 5. Tasawwuf, Akhlaq & Adaab

From Evil to Good

A murid writes to Faqihul Ummat Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Gangohi Sahab (Rahmatullah Alayhi) in a letter the following:

Please show me the way of refraining from all sins. I also wish to know how one should develop the enthusiasm for performing Ibaadat, rid oneself from all evils and be inclined to do good.”

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Filed under: 3. Ibaadah, 5. Tasawwuf, Qur'an

Hakeemul-Ummat on Najaat (Salvation)

Hakeemul-Ummat Hadrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah Alayhi):

“While it is quite correct that Najaat (salvation) in Aakhirah pivots on correctness of Beliefs (Aqaa`id), it is erroneous to entertain the idea that only correctness of Aqaa`id is sufficient for total and immediate Najaat in the Aakhirah. Correctness of Belief is a requisite for ultimate Najaat. Similarly, some people labor under the notion that only Muhabbat (love) for Rasoolullah (SAW) is sufficient for Najaat, and that as a result of the proclamation of such love the questioning in the grave and the reckoning in the Aakhirah will be waived. Such a belief is utterly baseless.

The only way of Najaat is the one way mentioned by the Qur`aan:

“Follow the Path of those who turn towards Me (Allah).”

This refers primarily to the Sahaabah, then to the Ulama-e-Haqq and the Auliyaa-e-Kiraam. There is no other way of attaining Najaat.”

[Source: Kitaabul Iman, Mujlisul-Ulama of South Africa]

Filed under: Qur'an

The Types of Kufr and Kaafirs

The purpose of this post is not to make Takfir, but I’m posting this for educational reasons and to highlight how important it is to correct one’s beliefs. By the way two words our eternally blessed Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) always tried to avoid “Talaq” (divorce) and “Kafir” (infidel). That’s why in the Indo-Pak Sub Continent Ulema prefer to refer to Non Muslims as “Ghair”.

There are four kinds of كفر (kufr), viz., Kufr Jahl, Kufr Juhood, Kufr Shakk and Kufr Ta’weel.

There are seven types of كافر (kaafirs): Munaafiq, Murtad, Kitaabi, Mushrik, Dahriyyah, Muattil and Zindeeq. (A zindeeq is also known by the names baatini and mulhid.)

The one guilty of any of these types of kufr is described as a kafir in the Shari’ah.

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Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid

Ta’limul Islam

islamicbookstore-com_1947_253267754.jpgAfter presenting you Ta’limul Haq I want to bring you nearer the popular book of basics of Islam widely read, used, and circulated in India and Pakistan as a basic primer for the essentials of the faith of Islam – “Ta’limul Islam” (Lessons of Islam). Originally this book was written in Urdu by the grand Mufti of the Sub Continent Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Kifayatullah Sahab (Rahmatullah Alayhi).

It says on the back cover of the English translation,

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Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid, 2. Fiqh, Books

Ta’limul Haq

taleemulhaq-01.jpgTa’leemul Haq (Teachings of Islam) is a basic Hanafi textbook on the laws of taharah, salat, janazah, haj, etc, used widely throughout the Islamic schools of England and South Africa.

The Grand Mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband Hadhrat Mahmood Sahab (Rahmatullah Alayhi) wrote about this book,

“Glory be to Allah and Salutations on the Holy Prophet Mohammed, (S.A.W.) Masha-Allah this publication called ‘Talimul Haq’ has been written on a very good pattern. In it, the basic beliefs, practices, character and devotional aspects (of a Muslim’s life) have been explained.

If children read, understand and practice accordingly then Insha-Allah their lives can be moulded according to the Sunnah and they will be safe from ignorance and being led astray.

May Allah reward the writer and accept his service and grant as many people as possible the ability to have benefit from the publication.”

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Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid, 2. Fiqh, Books, Salaah

Visiting His Parents’ Grave

It’s well known that Jannah lies under the feet of the mother and that the father’s Du’a for his children goes directly to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. But even after they have passed away one’s parents can become a source of great merit and virtues. It has been related in a Hadith that,

“Whoever will visit his parents grave every Friday will be granted Maghfirat and he will be recorded as an obedient son of his parents.”

Filed under: Huqooq-ul-Ibad

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