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The Return to the Qur’an

October 27, 2008

After two hours of taraweeh, and up to four hours of tahajud, the Shaykh was bawling to Allah in his sujood, pleading with Allah to turn to him in repentance.

This Shaykh, hafidhahullah, would recite the Qur’an and he would have to stop reciting because he was weeping so much. He would recite verses of the hellfire and you felt that he was witnessing the hellfire, verses of Paradise and it was as if he was in Paradise, he would recite a duaa in the Qur’an and beg this duaa as if he was the very one, amongst thousands of people, making it for his own soul. And then, after losing his voice from hours of recitation and crying, he would go into sujood, and we could hear him over the microphone weeping, making tawbah to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Why was I not feeling the weight of the Qu’ran like he was? Why was I not feeling the weight of my shortcomings like he was? And who could possibly have more shortcomings between the two of us? Clearly, the most overwhelming feeling that I experienced, was that he, hafidhahullah, may Allah reward and preserve him, is one who knows, and I am one who does not know. And indeed Allah ‘Azza wa Jall says, “Those truly fear Allah, among His Servants, who have knowledge” (surah Fatir, 35:28). And he recited this verse over and over.

And so after Ramadan, I went to his masjid and Alhamdullilah I was blessed with being able to ask him, “Shaykh, I was here in Ramadan… When you recited the Qur’an, I felt that you really understood it…sometimes you would recite a verse over and over, sometimes you would cry and cry. And even if I understood the meaning of the verse, I would not cry like you would cry. And so I felt you don’t just know the meaning, but you KNOW the meaning. How can I be of those who know?”




February 24, 2008

“The Sheikh enters the room and shakes everyone’s hand. He abhors people standing for him, let’s no one kiss his hand and orders us to stay seated. He does not like the pop culture figure status, but prefers strong students who focus on their studies and bring knowledge and good discussion to the lessons. Once I found him walking in Masjid al-Azhar after teaching the sisters the famous explanation of Ibn Rajab on al-Nawawi’s forty hadith. I left my studies, greeted him and started to walk with him. “What are you doing?” “Sheikh I want to walk with you.” “NO! Get back to your studies! You don’t have time to waste! Studying is more important. Go Go! Get back to your lessons.”

Umar ibn Abdil Aziz rahimahullah

February 15, 2008

Umar ibn Abdil-‘Aziz(rahimahullah)said:Become a scholar if you are able. If you are not able, then be a student. If you can not,then show love for them. If you are unable to do that,then(at least)do not hate them.

Qiyam ulLayl- The Night Prayer

December 21, 2007

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

May the peace and blessings be on our beloved Prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him.

part 1: excerpts from:

Hudhaifa said: “I prayed with the Prophet one night. He started with AlBaqara, so I thought that he will make rukoo after that. Then he started AlNisaa and recited it. Then he started Aal-Imraan and recited it. He would recite slowly; when he came to an ayaa with Tasbeeh, he would make Tashbeeh. When he came to a request, he would request. When he came to a seeking of refuge, he would seek refuge…. ” [Narrated by Muslim]

“Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, inquiring: ‘Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?’” (Al-Bukhari)

llah said: “ Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding .” [Zumur 39:9]
In other words: Is the one whose character is this, similar to the one who sleeps at night and wastes himself? Can he be anything other than one who is knowledgeable about Allah’s rewards but ignorant of His punishments?

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever stands at night and recites ten ayaat is not recorded among the heedless. Whoever stands at night and recites one hundred ayaat is recorded among the pious. Whoever stands and recites one thousand ayaat is recorded among those who received a huge quantity of good deeds .” [Narrated by Abu Dawood and graded saheeh by AlAlbaani

It is upon you to perform night prayer, because it was the practice of the righteous people before you. It is a means of obtaining closeness to Allah the Exalted, it erases sins, it prevents wrondoings, and it drives away sicknesses from the body .” [Narrated by Ahmad, AlTirmidhi, and graded saheeh by AlAlbaani]

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “There is a room in Jannah where the exterior is seen from the interior, and the interior is seen from the exterior. Someone said: “Who is it for, Messenger of Allah?”
He said: “It is for the one whose speech is pleasant, he feeds others, and he spends the night standing while the people are asleep ” [Narrated by AlTabarani, AlHaakim, and graded saheeh by AlAlbaani]

part 2:

Abu Uthmaan AlHindi said: “I was the guest of Abu Huraira for seven [days]. He, his wife, and his servant would divide the night into three parts, praying one part and staying awake for another part”.

When Shaddad ibn Aws would go to bed, he would be like a grain in a frying pan. Then he would say: “Oh Allah, hell-fire does not stop me from sleeping”. Then he would stand to pray.

Taawus would strongly awaken his family, then he would make wudhu and face the qibla until morning. He would say “The sleep of the worshippers has caused them to completely stop remembering the hell-fire!”

Zum’a al-Aabid would pray long hours of the night. When dawn would approach, he would raise his voice and announce: “Oh riders of the beds, are you going to sleep and waste away the entire night? Will you not get up and leave the bed!” He would then hear crying from one place, a person making dua from another place, and someone making wudu from another place. When fajr time would come, he would say: “At the morning time, the people are thankful for the announcement”

The levels of the early Muslims with regards to Night Prayer

Imam Ibnul Jawzi said: You should know that the early Muslims were at one of seven levels with regards to night prayer:

  • Level one: These would stay up the entire night. Some of them would pray Fajr with the same wudu as Isha.
  • Level two: These would pray half of the night.
  • Level three: These would pray one-third of the night. The Prophet SAWS said: ” The most beloved salah to Allah The Exalted is the salah of Dawud. He would sleep half of the night, pray one-third, and sleep one-sixth“. [Agreed upon].
  • Level four: These would pray one-sixth of the night or one-fifth.
  • Level five: These would not specify an amount of the night. He would only pray until he became sleepy, and would then sleep. When he woke up, he would pray.
  • Level six: These would pray two or four rakah.
  • Level seven: These would stay awake between the two Isha times [the early time for Isha and the later, recommended time], and they would sweeten their mornings [with dua]. This way, they would join the night and morning. The Prophet SAWS said: ” Indeed in every night is a time wherein if the worshipper asks Allah for something good, He will give it. And this is in every night.” [Narrated by Muslim]

The factors that make Night Prayer easy

Imam Abu Hamid AlGhazali mentioned some external and internal factors that make Night Prayer easy.

External factors are four:

1: That the individual should not eat or drink too much. Then sleep will overpower him, and waking up will be difficult.
2: The person should not tire himself in the daytime with things of no benefit.
3: He should not avoid the mid-day nap because it helps with regards to waking up.
4: He should not make sins in the daytime because that will prevent him from night prayer.

Internal factors are four:
1: The heart should be free from these: malice towards the Muslims, bid’as, and excessive worldly interests.
2: The heart should have a lot of fear and not too much hope.
3: He should know the benefits of night prayer.
4: The best motivation: Love of Allah, and having strong eman that in his prayer every letter that he utters is freeing him from the punishment of his Lord.

The True Muslim

December 14, 2007

A true Muslim is the one who does not defame or abuse others; but the truly righteous becomes a refuge for humankind, their lives and their properties.

-The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as narrated by Abd’Allah bin Amr(may God be pleased with him)

advice for the student of knowledge

November 19, 2007
  1. admin Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 9:35 am Asalamu alaykum,


    I would stongly encourage students in the West to utilize their local scholars and teachers to the max then think about traveling. This was the way of the scholars before us. As per studies I would also encourage students to focus focus focus on Arabic and Qur’an. Then, after some mastery focus on one of the four schools and learn a simple book of fiqh. In addition, I would focus, after having strong Arabic on Mantic (logic) by studying the Sulam of al-Akhdari or the famous text of al-Zarkhashi [may Allah have mercy upon them both]. Although some might agree with the study of Mantiq, it is almost impossible to study the classic texts without it.
    Finally, I would hope that all of the great brothers and sisters who are studying can formulate some type of institute that would:

    1. Provide services for them
    2. Help them establish institutions in the West for teaching Islam

    As for Azhar then know that it is not easy and, again, I don’t want people to make to much out of it. It is very difficult from and organization point of few and there are some teachers who are not up to par. Thus, it is your call. I would not settle for anything lower then the first year of highschool in the Azhari system.


Read and Reap inshaAllah

September 27, 2007

From Fiqh us Sunnah:

Regarding the extra prayers of salatul dhur/zhur [the second obligatory prayer]

Volume 2, Page 8: Reports concerning six rak’at

‘Abdullah ibn Shaqiq said: “I asked ‘Aishah about the prayer of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and she said: ‘He would pray four rak’at before zuhr and two after it.”‘ This is related by Ahmad, Muslim, and others.

Umm Habibah bint Abu Sufyan reports that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays twelve rak’at during the day and night will have a house built for him in paradise: four rak’at before zuhr and two after it, two rak’at after maghrib, two rak’at after ‘isha, and two rak’at before fajr.” This is related by at-Tirmizhi who called it hasan sahih. Muslim reports it briefly.

Volume 2, Page 8a: Reports concerning eight rak’at Umm Habibah reports that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays four rak’at before zuhr and four after it, Allah will forbid that his flesh be in the fire.” This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmizhi who calls it sahih.

Working on Your Akhira

September 12, 2007

GEMS from the Rays of Faith Class with Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

Working on adding them…

When read about Jannah, should feel so honored as a mu’min. that ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala all this time has been preparing it for me. Makes me feel so special and dear to ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala. That’s why ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala called this religion a ‘trust.’ Only give this to the trustworthy. Do you give this to anyone? The moment you became believer, ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala gave you a trust— that means you’re a trustworthy person.

Aishah radi Allahu anha said- so lucky is the one who comes on the Day of Judgment and find in his/her record a lot of astaghforillah

“you’re such losers. I was trying to save you from the hellfire.” Allah will unseal the mouth of the person and he or she will say this to the body parts which just bore against his or her own self.

What can make your scale so heavy with good deeds?


2.Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam taught us heaviest thing is husnul khooloq- good manners. [tirmithi]

3.2 words so beloved to Allah and so heavy in scales on Day of Judgment- subhanAllahi wa bihamdeh, subhanAllahil atheem

4.Alhamdullilah it will fill up your scales on the day of Judgment

5.purity- wudu

6.Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam taught us: if you say after each salah SubhanAllah, wal Hamdullilah, wa Allahu akbar certain number of times, – and you will say the same thing when you go to bed and make it 34 times, Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam taught us that it will be so heavy on your scale on the Day of Judgment.

7.whoever will help his Muslim brother until he will take care of his need, the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam will be on day of judgment waiting and interceding until good scale heavier than side of bad deeds.

Riba- GEMs from conference call with Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef

July 31, 2007

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,

wa salatu wa salam ‘ala Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallama

Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef recently was on a conference call hosted by one of the AlMaghrib qabail (find out more:, discussing financial independence. Few gems from the call:


Anything Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has made haram is a path to poverty

Anything that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has made halaal is a path to wealth.


Either a person masters money, or is a slave to money

Do they have to PAY for it?

Can they do it…? Or no, it costs too much money.

–>They say they are giving you credit for $1000, instead of saying “putting you in debt for $1000.”

With regards to buying a house on riba (interest):

Yes it’s a necessity to have a roof over your head, but it’s not a necessity to OWN the roof.

When you die 3 years after those 30 years, and you die having paid 30 years of riba, what are you going to say in front of ALLAH subhanahu wa ta’ala?

And now you’re shading your children with this?

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala provide pure means and income for us all, and protect us from coming near thinking about using interest. Ameen.