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Ladies, join us today and next week Sunday for a pre-Ramadan lecture series.
Title: ‘THE GREATER IN REWARD AMONG THE FASTING PEOPLE’
Plus discussions on rulings concerning fasting
Time: 5 – 7.30 pm
Location: Revival into Islamic Heritage Society, behind Qurtoba Co-op.
Please share with women in your lives.
Barakah Allahu feekum
Teaching the Learner, the Methodology of Learning is a book written by Burhan ad-Deen az-Zarnooji. Like Ibn Jama’ah, Burhan ad-Deen az-Zarnooji was from the 6th Century. He was from a place called Zarnooj in Turkistan. This book is his only work that has been discovered.
You can find the Arabic PDF version of this book here
All praise be to Allaah Who favored the Children of Adam with knowledge and action over the rest of the world. And may peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad, the master of the Arabs and non-Arabs, and upon his family and companions from whom knowledge and wisdom spring.
And what follows:
I have observed that many seekers of knowledge in our time work hard towards knowledge but do not attain it (i.e. they are deprived from its benefits and fruits, which are gained by acting upon it and spreading it). This is because they mistake its path and abandon its conditions, and whomsoever mistakes the path will be misled and fail to reach his objective, be it little or great. Therefore, I desired to elucidate the methodology of learning according to what I have seen in books or heard from my learned and wise teachers.
Shaikh Hasan Bukhaari commented on this book, saying
- The fruits and benefits of knowledge are not a certificate which you get or a test which you pass. Rather, it is acting upon what you learn and teaching it to others.
- Whoever does not enter from the right gate to knowledge will not reach his goal. Knowledge has one way of entry and that is by taking care of its manners. If you lack manners, you will not reach your goal.
Chapter 1 – The Nature of Knowledge and Understanding and its Merits Read the rest of this entry
Allaah is the One that sustains and guarantees provision for all of creation. He provides for the believer and disbeliever; the enemy and the friend. He drives the means of earning to the weak who have no means. He is Ar-Razzaq who gives provision after provision; sustenance followed by sustenance. His providing has not ceased ever since He created the creation. His provision is of two kinds:
1) General Provision
This is for all of creation and it is the provision and nourishment of the body.
2) Special Provision
This is particular to the believers and it is the nourishment of the hearts with faith and knowledge. It is also inclusive of lawful earnings which aid the Religion of a person.
Continuation: The Impact of these Names on our Belief – Taken from Fiqh Al-Asmaa by Shaikh Abdul-Razzaq Al-Badr
#1 – Allaah reminds His servants in many verses in the Qur’an that He alone is their Provider / Sustainer who guarantees their food and Rizq. This word “Rizq” has been mentioned in two contexts in the Qur’an: Read the rest of this entry
An important result of studying Allaah’s Names and Attributes is to be pleased with Allaah. Allaah grants us many favors and blessings, but some people do not realize Allaah’s favors. Instead, they may see Allaah’s favors as afflictions (نقمة). Why? Because they look at the blessings of Allaah superficially. They deal with Allaah’s favors with ingratitude. Hence, Allaah may remove that blessing from them, whether it’s a religious or worldly favor.
A person who is pleased with Allaah will receive two things:
a) Allaah will be pleased with him, and if Allaah is pleased with him, his life will be a good life.
b) He will have a tranquil soul.
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Advice no. 13 – الثبات و التثبت
Firmness and Verification
Adorn yourself with firmness and verification, especially when facing calamities and serious situations; and from it, patience and firmness in receiving (knowledge) and spending one’s hours in seeking knowledge from the Scholars. For indeed, whoever stays firm will sprout.
Compiled by Umm Umamah Al-Athariyah
3) The Student of Knowledge should refrain from excessive talking and laughing in the assemblies of knowledge
These assemblies are encircled by angels who are taking the names of those who are attending. Those angels mention the names to Allaah, and Allaah mentions their names to those who are present with Him in the Highest Dwellings. Therefore, the student of knowledge should sit in a dignified and tranquil manner, as was the behavior of our righteous predecessors.
Usamah ibn Shareeq رضي الله عنه narrated: “We sat with the Prophet ﷺ as if there were birds perched on our heads. None of us would speak. [While we were in that state] a group of people came and said, ‘Who are the most beloved servants to Allaah?’ He ﷺ said, ‘Those who are best in conduct.‘”[Saheeh At-Targheeb and graded Saheeh by Al-Albaani]
Muhammad ibn al-Hasan, the companion of Imam Abu Hanifa, once entered the assembly of Imam Maalik. He said: “I entered the assembly of Imam Maalik and I saw his students sitting in front of him as if there were birds perched on their heads. I said, “As-Salaam Alaikum.” None of them replied except Imam Maalik. I said, “What is the matter with you, are you in prayer?” They stared at me with the sides of their eyes and did not talk.”This is how they venerated and honored these gatherings of knowledge. Read the rest of this entry
Ibn Al-Qayyim رحمه الله said that the good manners of a person indicate his success and happiness, and his impoliteness indicates his wretchedness and ruin. There is nothing like good manners in attaining the good of this world and the Hereafter, and there is nothing like bad manners in causing deprivation of the good in this world and the Hereafter. [Madaarij As-Salikeen 2/391]
The Scholars of the past and present emphasized the matter of manners in their books and assemblies. This is because the gatherings of knowledge are where the student of knowledge begins to learn.
The Salaf used to respect and venerate the gatherings of knowledge because they knew its status with Allaah. There are many narrations from the Prophet ﷺ which emphasize the importance of the gatherings of knowledge. For example, he ﷺ said:
مَا جَلَسَ قَوْمٌ مَجْلِسًا, يَذْكُرُونَ اَللَّهَ إِلَّا حَفَّتْ بِهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ, وَغَشِيَتْهُمُ الرَّحْمَةُ, وَذَكَرَهُمُ اللَّهُ فِيمَنْ عِنْدَهُ
“People will not sit in an assembly in which they remember Allaah without the angels surrounding them, mercy covering them, and Allaah mentioning them among those who are with Him.” [Muslim] Read the rest of this entry