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No real advancement for the Muslims without a Return to their Religion

Saudi King Abdul Azeez (rahimahullaah) said: "O Muslims! It is obligatory that we hold onto the Rope of Allaah (i.e. the Qur'aan), follow the Sunnah of Allaah's Messenger Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam), follow the guidance of the Messenger, act on Allaah's orders and keep away from what Allaah has forbidden. Indeed, every speech that is not followed by action is false. There can be no rectification for the Muslims except through their unity upon singling out their Lord in [His Lordship, Names and Attributes and worshipping Him alone and associate none to Him as a partner in Worship]. [And in the event of] every differing that leads to splitting Read more ...
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The Advice of ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Concerning the Incumbency of the Sunnah and Following the Salaf

The Advice of 'Umar ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz concerning the incumbency of the Sunnah and following the Salaf An enlightening reminder about the obligation of following the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam), and the obligation to interpret the Sunnah with the interpretation of the Salaf al-salih. Then know that there cannot ever be any innovation, except that a proof against it has already passed, and there is a warning in it. From Shihaab Ibn Khiraash [1] who said: 'Umar Ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz (d.101H) – rahimahullah- wrote to a man, "May peace be upon you, to proceed: So verily I advise you to fear Allah, and to make His Command the Read more ...
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Do not sully your scrolls after Hajj! Advice from Sk Uthaymeen

Do not sully your scrolls after Hajj! Advice from Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-Uthaymeen: Returning to sins after performing the obligatory Hajj is a major setback; because the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said: "Whoever performs the obligatory Hajj and does not commit obscenity or sin, he will return - meaning from his sins - like the day his mother gave birth to him." [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 1521] And he (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said: "The accepted Hajj has no reward except for paradise." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Thus if he purifies and cleans his scrolls with his Hajj then it is foolish to blacken the scroll with his evil actions Read more ...

Interpersonal Skills: Convince him of his error so he may accept advice

Some people tend to engage others uselessly by offering excessive unsolicited advice and remarks, which may be solely based on their personal liking. For instance, after attending a wedding party that you and your wife had planned and organised, an invitee complains to you, “Dear brother, the wedding party was not very appropriate. You tired yourself in vain. I was under the impression that the party would be of a higher standard.” “How so?” you ask, civilly. He says, “Dear brother, most of the meat was fried. I personally prefer boiled meat. The salad was sour due to too much lemon, not exactly to my taste. The sweets were all decorated with Read more ...

Interpersonal Skills: Keeping a Secret

A famous old saying goes, "Any secret that passes beyond two is bound to spread." Someone was asked, "Who are 'the two' being referred to here?" He pointed to his two lips and said, "These two!" During the last few years of my life, I do not recall whispering into someone's ear a secret, entrusting him therewith, except that that I made him swear an oath that my secret will remain in a bottomless well! Nor do I recall any of them saying to me explicitly, "Dear friend, please forgive me for I am no longer able to keep your secret." In fact, whenever you inform someone of your secret, he will place his hand on his chest and say, "By Allah! If they put the Read more ...

Interpersonal Skills: How the Prophet dealt with Adversaries

The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) would always be just with the disbelievers and even be ready to sacrifice his life in order to call them to Islam and rectify their affairs. He would bear their evils with patience and try to overlook their harms. Why would he not do so when Allah has said: “We have sent you as a mercy…” To whom? To the believers only? No; rather, “To the world.” Think about the Jews who would insult him and instigate trouble, whilst he would continue to be gentle with them. ‘A’ishah – may Allah be pleased with her – said, “The Jews once passed by the Prophet’s house and said: ‘as-Saam ‘alaykum’ Read more ...

Hold the stick from the middle

“You are beautiful. Your house is in order. I don’t deny that the children are tiring you out. However, if only you could look after their clothes more.” “Thank you very much for deciding to teach as a career. Allah has gifted you with a flair for teaching.Your students love you very much. However, I wish that you would not turn up late for work in the morning.” This is how a righteous person behaves with the people. He mentions the good points first and then brings his attention to the faults, in order to be balanced in his approach. When you criticise, try to mention where the person is right before mentioning where he is wrong. Always Read more ...

Tips and Advice for Productive Hajj

"And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj)." [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:27] Hajj is the Journey of a Lifetime. Yet we see so many people, brothers and sisters,  confused, angry, frustrated or just simply ignorant. So here are some points of  sincere advice for all of my brothers and sisters going for Hajj this year to  help you make it an unforgettable journey! "That they may witness things that are of benefit to them...." [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:28] Before You Travel Photocopy of all your official documents. Make Read more ...

Back to the Basics – Some Prophetic Advice on Raising Children

What we find in Islam is truly a complete way of life. It covers everything, from religious rituals to spiritual advancement and from to marrying to child-raising.  However we often tend to neglect these guidelines by referring to the changing of the times, the excess amount of fitnah that our children are constantly surrounded by and some go to the extent of claiming these guidelines are old fashioned. We rather turn to modern day child-raising advisors, books and theories, than to the very thing that should define us as people, i.e. the deen (faith). The tools for bringing up children are all there (in the Quran, the Sunnah, and the examples of our Read more ...