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Sisters / أخوات

By Abu 'Aaminah

Ten Whispers for Women

On 13, Mar 2013 | In Articles, Sisters / أخوات | By Abu 'Aaminah

These words are forwarded to the granddaughters of Asmâ’, the daughter of Abu Bakr, in their state of purity, chastity, and honor. They are for those who are walking on the path of Aisha and Hafsa (the wives of the Prophet), and Sumayyah (the first martyr in Islam), to the pure, pious, and chaste.

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Timeless Words of Malcolm X / By Tarek Mehanna

This is a collection of quotations of Malcolm X, taken from a book called ‘By Any Means Necessary,’ with my occassional commentary below certain selections, if any. Each is timeless.

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Salaf / سلف
Tazkiyah / تزكية

By Abu 'Aaminah

“… If you try to make him slip, he will never slip.”

On 16, Jan 2013 | In Articles, Salaf / سلف, Tazkiyah / تزكية | By Abu 'Aaminah

Virtues of Makarim al-Akhlaq:-

Malik ibn Dinar: “The believer is noble and generous in all states. He does not like that his neighbour be harmed nor that any of his relatives be in poverty.”

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The Yusuf of this Ummah: Jareer ibn Abdullaah al-Bajali

Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Bajali (رضي الله عنه) was a handsome companion and had a beautiful face and this is why he was likened to Prophet Yoosuf (عليه السلام) by the great companion ’Umar ibn al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) who gave him the title of being the “Yusuf of this Ummah”.

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Ibn al-Hajj al-Fassi [737 A.H] – Celebrating Non-Muslim Holidays & Exchanging Gifts  

Written by Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks

I was asked concerning the rule of exchanging gifts during Christmas or participating in related activities. Below follows  a detailed discussion I translated by the erudite Maliki scholar Ibn Al-Hājj Al-Fāsi [737 A.H/ Cairo] who addressed this matter centuries before us in Cairo, Egypt where there was a presence of some Jewish and Christian communities. It shows that this matter was an issue of concern long before modern times. Ibn Al-Hājj makes the matter clear  first by explaining what the people were doing during his time, then addressing the rule by stating the position of the early Imams and foremost the book of Allah and the sunnah.

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By Abu 'Aaminah

Malcolm X on the Versatility of a Prayer Rug

On 19, Dec 2012 | In Articles | By Abu 'Aaminah

In the autobiography of Malcolm X, in chapter seventeen, he discussed some of his experiences when he travelled to Makkah to perform Hajj. The passage highlights certain roles and functions a prayer rug could have. Although prayer rugs possess no religious significance in and of themselves, there were some interesting parallels between the potential functions of a prayer rug and the functions of a masjid…two things primarily viewed and thought of as places of prayer.

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What the Shi’ah do on ‘Ashoora’ is bid’ah (innovation) and misguidance

On 25, Nov 2012 | In Articles, Innovation / بدعة, Refutations, Shariah / شريعة‎ | By Abu 'Aaminah

Praise be to Allaah.

What the Shi’ah do on ‘Ashoora’ of beating their chests, slapping their cheeks, striking their shoulders with chains and cutting their heads with swords to let the blood flow are all innovations that have no basis in Islam. These things are evils that were forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who did not prescribe for his ummah to do any of these things or anything similar to them to mark the death of a leader or the loss of a martyr, no matter what his status.

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Learn before attaining leadership – Umar b. al-Khattab

I know of a number of people who led a generation of practicing young men and women in the 90s, without having studied Sharia formally anywhere or with anyone properly. Due to this they failed to appreciate the nuances in the Islamic Law, and polarized the community with their rigid stance on views that were subject to scholarly difference at best, or utterly absurd at worse. They burnt many bridges, broke up families, turned relatives and best of friends against each other, for a decade or more.

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