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Friday Khutbah (Sermons) : The Four Imams Warned Against Fanatical Taqleed (Blind Following)

Friday Khutbah (Sermons) : The Four Imams Warned Against Fanatical Taqleed (Blind Following) – by Moosaa Richardson In this Friday sermon, Moosaa Richardson reminds us of the Quranic obligation of following the Messenger of Allaah (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) and making him the judge in all disputes between us. He then shows how the four widely-followed imams of Islam all forbade their students and followers from fanatical taqleed (blind following) in opposition to clear evidence from the Messenger (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace). Recorded at al-Masjid al-Awwal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) on 1438.02.18. Read more ...

On “Authoritative Ignorance”: Blind Following and Blind Fitnah – Umm Zakiyyah

THE evening dinner started as usual with casual, lighthearted banter among us sisters who were present. In one comical exchange, a sister shared with us how terribly dry her feet were, so much so that they cracked often. “Sometimes I’m praying,” she said between chuckles, “and I have to keep leaving Salaat to make wudhoo because of my feet!” I creased my forehead. “But why would you make wudhoo because of your feet?” “Because sometimes the cracks bleed.” Oh… “Um…” I said. “You don’t have to make wudhoo because of that. ‘Umar Ibn Khattab kept praying even after he was stabbed, and he was bleeding a lot.” “Well, Read more ...

The Grief of a Mother, and the Love of a Son

Ibn Hubayrah, the governor of Iraq tried to force Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) to accept the role of Qadi (Judge). When the Imam refused, he was struck with a hundred and ten lashes. He was beaten so severely that his head was swollen and breathing became difficult for him. He remained strong throughout his torture but when he found out that, his mother was grieved by what had happened to him, his eyes overflowed with tears. When he was freed, he said: ‘The grief of my mother was more difficult on me than the beating.’ [Fada'il Abu Hanifah] Read more ...

Imam Abu Hanifah and the Atheist

Long ago in the city of Baghdad, there was a Muslim empire. On one side of the River Tigris were the royal palaces and on the other side was the city. The Muslims were gathered in the Royal Palace when an atheist approached them. He said to them, ‘I don’t believe in God, there cannot be a God, you cannot hear Him or see Him, you’re wasting your time! Bring me your best debator and I will debate this issue with him.’ The best debator at the time was Imam Abu Hanifah Rahimullah. A messenger from amongst the Muslims was sent over the River Tigris to the city, where Abu Hanifah Rahimullah was, in order to tell him about the atheist who was awaiting Read more ...

The Insight of Imam Abu Hanifah (RA)

Is he a Muslim? A man once came to the learning-circle of Imam Abu Hanifah (may God have mercy on his soul) and asked the great Imam whether or not his neighbor was a Muslim. He asked the Imam that if his neighbor died, if he had to wash his body, bury him, and pray the janazah prayer over him. Imam Abu Hanifah asked him, “Why do you think that he is not a Muslim?” The man replied, “My neighbor says the following seven things, and because of this, I do not know whether or not he is still a Muslim. The first thing is that he says he has no iman (faith) in the signs of Allah that he sees. The second is that he says that he does not fear Allah. The Read more ...

A story of Selflessness

This is a story of Imam Abu Hanifah(R.A.). It was one afternoon. At this latter period of Imam Abu Hanifah(R.A.) life; with age his body had become somewhat heavy, causing him some difficulty in moving around. Also, his house was situated on high ground, with a fair number of steps to climb to reach the entrance. This particular afternoon Imam Abu Hanifah(R.A.) had just climbed up the steps and entered his house, and had just sat down with the intention of lying down to rest, when somebody called out to him from the bottom of the steps: I wish to ask you some question. Please come down. Imam Abu Hanifah(R.A.) came down and asked, What is the question Read more ...