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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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Are the Qur’an and Music the Same?


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

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

If you ride the NY subway long enough, you’re going to see some “interesting” people.  One night as I rode the 1 train from 191st  in Manhattan towards my daily destination in the Bronx, my eyes couldn’t help but fall on a young “typical adolescent”- swagged out with the sideways fitted, baggy pants, oversized jacket, Converse sneakers, and “Beats by Dre” headphone- as he took the seat across from me.

He wasn’t Darth Vader, the guy singing to the next destination, or some other crazy guy trolling the subways, but he sparked a reflection in me that I write about today.

The music from his headphones was blasting loud enough that I could faintly make out the lyrics.  As he bobbed his head back and forth and was repeating the lines along with the words, with the occasional hand gestures to and fro, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the young kids they show on CNN in the madrasah’s across the world- rocking back and forth repeating the lines of Qur’an they memorize.

And as strange as it sounds, the question that popped in my head was: Are the Qur’an and music the same?

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