The Night in Which the Qur’an Descended

{We sent it down during a blessed night. We are ever warning. In it every wise matter is determined} (44:3-4). The explanations of this verse give us two opinions: 1) That this night is the Night of Honor (Laylat al-Qadr), in which the Qur’an was revealed. Allah (most high) said: {We sent it down on […]

Your Adornment in Prayer

على  رأس هذا الكون نعلُ محمدٍ * علت فجميعُ الخلق تحت ظلاله لدى الطور موسى نودي اخلع وأحمدٌ * على القرب لم يؤمر بخلع نعاله To the top of this universe rose the sandals of Muhammad, And so all of creation are underneath their shade At Mount Sinai the call came to Moses: ‘Take them […]

Calling the Prophet ‘Sayyid’ in the Prayer

Q: What is the ruling on using the term of siyada (mastery/lordship) for the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in the prayer and outside of it? A: My master Ibn Ata’illah al-Sakandari (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “In the usage of the term of mastery there is a secret […]

Reciting Fatiha for the Dead: A Story

Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (may Allah be pleased with him and please him) said: I saw in the dream a scholar from the dead stretched out on his bed, and to his side was what looked like a male nurse in his white uniform. I said to him: It has reached me about you that you […]

Amputating an Otiose Finger

You asked, O brother, about cutting off the extra finger if cutting it is not difficult and will not cause hardship.  This is not objectionable. Put your trust in Allah and cut it off. – Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris, The Letters of Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris, p. 16 Note: This refers to polydactylism: to have […]

What is a Hawl or Mawlid?

The Hawl is called in the Shari’a: charity on behalf of the dead. In Egypt it is called a Mawlid. – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari, al-Ilham al-Nafi’, p. 95. The haul is also known as a hawliyya, a mawlid, and a mi’ad. It consists of (different types of) charities that are presented to the dead; they […]

The Meaning of Laylat al-Qadr

The meaning of  al-qadr is:  al-sharaf (honor) – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari   اللهم صلّ على النبي الصادق * سيدنا محمد خيرة الله من الخلائق * الرشيد المرشد * المقرّب للجنة ومن النار مبعد * الأول الخاتم * والخليفة الحاكم * الذي اخترت له قبل أن يختار * وسمّيته الحبيب المختار * الذي أخذت على أنبيائك […]