at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

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

What means ‘Alam?

Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (damat barkatuhum) explains in a lecture I recently listened to,

“What’s the meaning of ‘Alam in the Arabic language? The word ‘Alam in the Arabic language is the name of something, which becomes the means for knowledge of another thing. Out of ‘Ilm comes the word ‘Alam into existence.

Now, ‘Alam is the name of something through which you find out about another thing – gaining it’s knowledge. So, the world has been given the name ‘Alam, because if someone’s gazes are correct and thoughts are correct then everything of this world grants you the knowledge of Allah’s Rahmat and Qudrat-e-Qabila.

Is ‘ayna ke khane me sab hi yaadain tereh
Is ‘ayna ke khane me tu jab tak rahaygah

Every atom in this universe is reminding one of Allah Jalla Jalaluhu. It offers a heinous imprint of Allah Tabarak wa Ta’ala’s Qudrat-e-Kamila and His Hikmat-e-Baliga. The human is unthankful and neglectful, that he passes all these things and sees them with his eyes, but pays no attention.”


Filed under: Malfoozat, Zikr & Du'a

9 Responses

  1. darvish says:

    How true, brother, an excellent reminder.

    Ya Haqq!

  2. Umar says:

    Mufti Taqi Usmani says in ‘Taqleed Ki Share’e Haisiyyat’:
    “For a muqallid, his imam’s fatwa is sufficient. He has no need of looking into Quraan and Sunnah for daleel (evidence). Having said that, if there occurs an issue whereby the muqallid finds a hadith which goes against the ruling and opinion of his imam, its necessary for him to have faith that he has not understood the hadith. If he leaves the ruling of his imam and takes the hadith of the messenger then he will go astray.”

    True Life: Above Mufti Taqi Usmani (damat barkatuhum) has been extremely misquoted. For further details please read the comment of brother Abdul Rahiim Halim. Jazak’Allah khair.

    Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan says in ‘Guide to Sound Creed’:

    “One of the acts of polytheism is to obey scholars and rulers in permitting the unlawful and prohibiting the lawful. Allah, the Almighty, says:

    ‘They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.’ (Quran: At-Tawbah: 31)

    `Adi Ibn Hatim (may Allah be pleased with him) has narrated:
    “I heard the Prophet (PBUH) reciting (the Qur’anic verse which means,) ‘They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah…’ (Quran: At-Tawbah: 31) So, I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! We did not worship them.’ He (the Prophet ) said, ‘Did they not prohibit what Allah made lawful, so you view it as prohibited, and, (similarly), they make lawful what Allah prohibited, so you view it as lawful?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ Thereupon, he said, ‘This is your worship of them.’’

  3. Abdul Rahiim Halim says:

    Asalamu alaykum WR WB

    Brother ‘Umar should be clarified that you either deliberately misquoted Mufti Taqi, mistranslated or took directly from someone who did either of the two. Here is the actual passage that was misrepresented.

    ‘Umar has taken from the second paragraph on the right hand page and paraphrased but still used inverted commas (“”) to make it seem like this is what was said verbatim.

    Misrepresentation begins with the ommission that this is under the heading “The taqleed of the lay person”.

    Direct ommission of which muqallid i.e. “Muqallid on this level” not ‘Umar’s simple version “For a Muqallid”.

    Direct additional inclusion not in actual print i.e. “He has no need of looking into Quraan and Sunnah for daleel (evidence)” does not exist in that paragraph.

    Direct misquoting of actual caution by Mufti Taqi (DB) is not to “get caught up in discussions of proofs to see which Imam’s view is stronger.”

    Direct ommission of reason i.e. “…he is not academically capable of making judgements of that kind”.

    Direct ommission of actual advice i.e. “He should assume that he has not understood the meaning or context of the Hadith appropriately or, he should have no doubt that his Imam has a stronger proof than the Hadith in question, which he may not be aware of.” ‘Umar version “its necessary for him to have faith that he has not understood the hadith.”

    Conclusion, no quote (of any kind) from brother ‘Umar should be accepted until verified. I would go as far as to say even his Qur’an Ayat translations. They should all be verified.

    Brother ‘Umar, why is it important to have the full detail (besides the fact that you have directly lied by misquoting Mufti Sahib with your own words) because there is a need to clarify that someone can understand the meaning of all the words of a Hadith but not necessarily the context. An easy example of the need of contextual understanding is how you have missed the context of this passage which you have mutilated; that it is for “The taqleed of the lay person”. Mufti Taqi (DB) has further explained separately the Taqleed of an “expert scholar”, “a scholar who is a Mujtahid in his school” and that of an “absolute Mujtahid”. Consider the context.

    Other advice that was deliberately ommitted, is the the further advice that there must exist another daleel other than the particular hadith that a lay person might come across to explain a school’s position.

    Lastly, a challenge for you. Find a ruling within any of the Madhahib (the strongest opinion in the madhab, quote directly from the source and provide the source reference, of course) which you think that if followed, amounts to what you have called “polytheism” by virtue of your selective quoting. Bring your query to, and if you are not provided with a daleel then post it on When you are provided with the daleel, you should accept that either you are a shaykhul hadith, faqih and Mujtahid mutalq or that you should follow in the ways of the real salaf saliheen of the past and make taqleed.

    There was no relevance to the topic other than it is from Mufti Taqi. Your attack amounts to public ghiba and therefore you should be made aware that the taubah required is to return mUfti’s rights to him (via direct apology) and make the apology publicly as your attack was made public. Short of this your taubah is not complete Na’udhu biLLAH.

    JazakALLAH wasalams.

    ps excellent explanation of the word ‘Alam.

  4. True Life says:

    Asalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah

    Jazak’Allah khairan for the clearification and preventing of the readers to be misguided. Unfortunately I’m not always able to do the job, so it’s Allah’s blessing that people like you help me out.

    May Allah protect us all from causing fitnah – it’s a very bad thing.

    Was Salam

  5. abdulquddus says:

    Jazakallahu khair for that, every deviant sect uses that method of misquoting. Ahle Qur’an also does the same thing with the books of Hadith like Bukhari and Tirmidhi and reject them.

  6. Abdul Rahiim Halim says:

    Wa iyaakum.

    I was looking through other posts you put up brother True Life, and i saw ‘Umar up to his old stuff there as well. Letting you know that where i see him, i will link back to here to show the daeef status of any of his claims as per usool of Hadith. A proven liar is a weak narrator/fabricator.


  7. sayed alam says:


  8. naz911 says:

    Sir Abdul Rahiim Halim, i wanted to ask you why is it wrong to name a baby boy “allam”? many muslims have told me to change my brothers name,his name is allam, can you tell me if Islam says something about this name or a reason not to name a boy allam?

  9. sister in need says:

    Asalam o Alikum
    my muslims brother and sisters i need an urgent financial help ..i will return it back soon INSHA ALLAH , but now i am in extremely in need thats why i ask again and again may be allah wants some one to help me please contact

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