Four Levels for Loving Goodness

Loving good character because of a worldly benefit it brings Loving good character because of the promise of reward/punishment in the next life Loving good character for its inherent goodness Loving good character for Allah’s pleasure alone. Taken from a lesson by Habib Ali al-Jifri

I Dreamt of Something Wondrous

On the authority of Abd al-Rahman ibn Samura (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) came to us one day and said: I have seen (in my dream) last night something wondrous: I saw a man from my ummah crawling on the al-Sirat Bridge. Then […]

“I will come to you!”

This is the story of Shaykh Abdallah Abdo (d. 2014) and how he came to attend the lessons of Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (d. 1979), may Allah the Most-Merciful shower their graves with light and blessings, and rewared them eternally. The Upbringing Shaykh Abdallah was born in Egypt to a family of Prophetic lineage. When his […]

A Heart Full of Faith

Shaykh Salih was still a new student in the Azhar. Though he was only around twenty years old, he already had a wife and two children that he had to leave back home in Sudan for the sake of acquiring sacred knowledge. The great cosmopolitan city of Cairo was very different in the 1930’s than […]

The Heart of the Matter

Imam al-Bayhaqi narrated through his chains to Imam al-Shafi’i (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said, If people contemplate this Sura (i.e. Surat al-Asr), it would suffice them.   Imam Abu Dawud wrote that a person needs only the following four hadith for his religion: الأعمال بالنيات Actions are judged only by intentions […]

The Reality of Taqwa

The noble shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ——————————————— Taqwa is to make Allah, most high, a protection between yourself and everything other than Himself. It is not as has been said, to make something a protection for you between yourself and between Himself, for that would be a veil […]

Why Did Imam Bukhari Leave the ‘Hadith of Instruments’ Hanging?

بسم الله وبحمده والصلاة والسلام على خير خلقه سيدنا محمد وآله Introduction Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari (may Allah be pleased with him) strove to restrict his famous collection to the most authentic hadith traditions, and though we know it as ‘Sahih al-Bukhari,’ its title is actually much longer than that, and begins with ‘al-Jami’ […]