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A Glimpse Into the Science of Hadith: Why Every Muslim Should Know The Basics


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Allah (swt) states in regards to the Prophet Muhammad (saw):

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And indeed, you are of a great moral character. ” (Surah Qalam Chapter 68 v. 4)

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One of the most dangerous internal challenges we in the Muslim community face is the rise of “intellectuals” in the Muslim community who claim following the Qur’an by itself alone will enable anyone to have a significant relationship with Allah (swt).

On the surface, this may sound very reasonable to most Muslims, as the Qur’an is the word of Allah and should be enough to understand our religion.  But when Allah (swt) orders us to establish prayer, how do we perform it?  There are no instructions in the Qur’an that explicitly state how one is supposed to perform the prayer, what positions to take, what to say, etc.

These are detailed and explained when we study the life of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), his teachings and sayings.

The Qur’an is a living document – as Allah (swt) has chosen the Prophet (saw) to be an example of great moral character for the companions of his time, he should also remain an example to us to this day.

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You may not be a Scholar, but your Words still Matter


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times

On the authority of Tamim ad-Dari who reported that the Prophet (saw) said:

“Ad-Deen (The Religion) is Naseehah (sincerity, well wishing).”  Upon this we said: “For whom?” He (saw) replied: “For Allah, His Book, His Messenger and for the leaders and the general Muslims.” (Sahih Muslim Book 1 Number 0098)

Among all of the wonderful Islamic personalities we have today, to name a few, Zakir Naik, Yasir Qadhi, Nouman Ali Khan, Siraj Wahhaj, Suhaib Webb, the countless others who teach them in institutions like Madinah and Azhar, and the rising number of young “super” students of knowledge, it’s easy to sit back and say: “How can I possibly compare?”  As an “average” Muslim, what can my contribution possibly be compared to the men and women of the present who carry the legacies of the great scholars of the past?

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A Failed Projects Lesson


 In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

There is honor in keeping one’s word, in completing projects, and in fulfilling goals.  But there is no shame in starting a project and not being able to finish, in attempting to do good but not being able to complete it, in shooting for the moon but ending up as a star.

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The Burden Of The Pen


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Allah says in Surah As-Saff, Chapter 61 verse 2-3:

“O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” (61:2)

“Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.” (61:3)

The pen, what has been written with it and continues to be written with it, has a fascinating legacy worthy of reflection.  Allah Himself swore by the pen in Surah Al-Qalam (Note: Click for tafsir), and that alone gives it importance.   The pen is what writes the deeds that we have done, are doing, and will do.  It records what we say, hear, and witness.  And this writing of the Angels for us will continue until we pass.

A common saying goes: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”  It is true that that the pen can stop battles, as in the Treaty of Hudaibiyah- the victory of peace at the time of the Prophet (saw).  But it is also true that the pen is what starts battles.  Through their words, writers of the past encouraged revolution by motivating the oppressed to rise against and topple oppressive regimes.

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A 5 month spiritual workout plan for Ramadan 2012


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Introduction

USMLE Step 1: every medical student’s nightmare.  If you go to an off-shore school, Step 1 basically determines if someone can become a physician stateside.  For this reason, many of my classmates started to study as soon as they landed on the island (“Gunners”).  Others started 1 year in advance (Still Gunners).   And even the worst procrastinators started at least 8 weeks in advance.

We go through great lengths to prepare for important tests and occasions, especially if they involve things that determine our future.  If you had to take one test that would single handedly determine how you spend the rest of your life, you would probably start preparing months in advance.  Similarly, if you have a job interview, personal statement for college, or a big game, you take time to prepare well in advance- because it would be a serious loss if you didn’t do well.

Ramadan 2012 is about 5 months away.  For us, that’s a long time, but for the Companions, they would already be “behind” in their preparation, since it has been narrated that they used to prepare for Ramadan 6 months in advance! Continue reading A 5 month spiritual workout plan for Ramadan 2012

My intention


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

The first hadith from Imam An-Nawawi’s (rah) “40 Hadith”, from Bukhari and Muslim:

On the authority of Ameer ul-Mu’mineen (the Commander of the Faithful), Abu Hafs `Umar ibn al-Khattaab (ra), who said: “I heard the Prophet (saw) say”:

“Actions are but by intentions, and every man shall have only that which he intended.  Thus, he whose migration was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that which he migrated.”

I travel a lot.  For someone like me, who takes advantage of his mother’s cooking and his father’s work ethic, it’s a depressing feeling.  But it’s probably one of the natural consequences when a person makes the decision to pursue education far from home, like I did.  School alone has taken me to Riverside, St. Maarten, New York City, and now Bakersfield.

Another consequence of traveling is that you meet a lot of people and you see a lot of things along the way.  A person living alone away from home is forced to make important decisions as he enters crossroads in his life- which types of people he wants to be associated with, what kinds of activities take up his time, and especially what kind of food he eats, since his mom doesn’t cook for him anymore ;). Continue reading My intention