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 […]

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’ […]

The Creed of Imam Shafi’i

عقيدة الإمام الشافعي رضي الله تعالى عنه آمنت بالله وبما جاء من عند الله على وفق مراد الله آمنت برسول الله وبما جاء من عند رسول الله على وفق مراد رسول الله اللهم إني أؤمن بما تعلم أنه الحق عندك وأبرأ إليك مما تعلم أنه الباطل عندك فخذ مني مجملا ولا تطالبني بالتفصيل     […]

“I am from Husayn”

On the authority of Ya’a ibn Murra (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and his family and grant them peace) said: Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. Allah loves him who loves Husayn. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Bukhari (in al-Adab al-Mufrad), Ahmad ibn Hanbal, […]


The Imam of the Azhar Mosque, Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (d. 1979), may Allah be pleased with him and please him, wrote: “Among the favours of Allah – most high- upon me is that I was once sitting in the Noble Rawda between the Maghrib and Isha prayers, my eyes closed, invoking blessings upon the Prophet,  […]

Reply to the Greeting

Al-Attaf ibn Khalid was a contemporary and colleague of Imam Malik (may Allah be pleased with them both), described by al-Dhahabi as a trustworthy shaykh. He related a story that happened to his maternal aunt, who would be the daughter of al-Salt ibn Makhrama ibn Nawfal, one of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah […]

The Deeper Meanings

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Every verse (of the Qur’an) has an outward and an inward (meaning).” It was said to him: “Oh Messenger of Allah, we experience during your recitation a pleasure that we do not experience when anyone else recites.” He said: “That is because […]