“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 […]

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, […]

Balance

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,  […]