Spending on One’s Family on the Day of ‘Āshūra

By Mawlana Mohammed Haroon Abasoomer
Question:
What is the virtue of spending on one’s family on the day of ‘Ashura and what is the authenticity of the hadith that encourages this sort of spending?
Answer:

The Messenger of Allah …

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A Historical Analysis of ‘Ashura and its Relation to the Jewish Calendar

balconyBy ‘Allamah  Abu ’l-Hasan ‘Ali al-Nadwi

The fast of ‘Ashura was prescribed before the fasts of Ramadan. The Jews observed it and so did the people of Arabia before the dawn of Islam.

It is related by Imam Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) that when the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) came to Madinah he found that the Jews observed the fast of ‘Ashura. He enquired about it from them and was told that it was the day on which God had delivered the Children of Israel from the enemy and Moses (upon him be peace) used to keep a fast on it as an expression of gratitude to the Almighty. The Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) thereupon, remarked that “Moses has a greater claim upon me than upon you,” and he fasted on that day and instructed his followers to do the same. Read the full story »

Understanding Sayyiduna ‘Ali’s Absence from the Campaigns of the First Three Khalifahs Understanding Sayyiduna ‘Ali’s Absence from the Campaigns of the First Three Khalifahs

By Shaykh Taha Karaan
Question: Why did Hadhrat Ali (Radhiallaahu Anhu) not participate in the wars during the ruling of the first 3 Caliphs? If Hadhrat Ali had no differences with the first three Khalifas, why …

Regarding Imam Abu Hanifah Studying Under Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq Regarding Imam Abu Hanifah Studying Under Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq

By Shaykh Taha Karaan
Regarding Imam Abu Hanifah’s allegedly having studied under Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq, please be informed as follows:
Imam Abu Hanifah was the pupil and intellectual successor of his mentor, Hammad ibn Abi Sulayman, …

Did ‘A’ishah (r) Advocate the Murder of ‘Uthman (r)? Did ‘A’ishah (r) Advocate the Murder of ‘Uthman (r)?

Answered by Shaykh Taha Karaan
Question:
Hadrat ‘A’ishah was a severe critic of Hadrat Uthman. How is it that following his murder, she chose to rebel against Imam Ali (as) on the premise that his killers should …

The Grading of Narrations that Encourage Visiting the Blessed Tomb of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم The Grading of Narrations that Encourage Visiting the Blessed Tomb of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم

By Mawlana Muhammad Abasoomar
Question #1:
 Are the following which are quoted to be hadith really hadith?
1. One who visits me after my death is as if he visited me during my life. 
2. One who visits my grave my …

The Hadith of the Sufis The Hadith of the Sufis

By Shaykh Muhammad Yunus Jawnpuri
Translated by Muhammad Habib
[Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Yunus Jaunpuri was asked why the scholars of hadith did not generally give credence to the hadiths reported by Sufis, despite their closeness to …

Takbīr al-Tashrīq in Detail Takbīr al-Tashrīq in Detail

By Mawlana Nabeel Valli
The Meaning of the Takbīrāt of Tashrīq
Takbīr means “to proclaim the greatness of Allāh.” [1]
Tashrīq literally means “to cut and dry strips of meat in the sun.”[2] It was the practice …

Performing Hajj with Unlawful Wealth Performing Hajj with Unlawful Wealth

By Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Question:
My family and I are planning to do Hajj this year, Insha’Allah – this has raised many issues. I recently left a job as an Assistant Manager in a cinema:
Point …

One of the Best Commentaries of ‘Aqida Tahawiyya One of the Best Commentaries of ‘Aqida Tahawiyya

By Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
Al-Qala’id Sharh al-‘Aqa’id
Abu ’l-Thana’ Mahmud ibn Abi ’l-‘Abbas Ahmad ibn Mas’ud al-Qunawi’s Commentary on ‘Aqida Tahawiyya
I recently had the opportunity to read Mas’ud ibn ‘Umar’s commentary (may Allah be …

The Laws of Fasting According to the Qur’an and Sunnah as Deduced by the Hanafi School The Laws of Fasting According to the Qur’an and Sunnah as Deduced by the Hanafi School

Abridged from al-Siyam wa Ahkamuhu by Shaykh Wahbi Sulayman Ghawji al-Albani
Translated by Suheil Laher
1.1 Order and encouragement to fast
O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those …

The Ramadan of Imam Rashid Ahmad al-Gangohi The Ramadan of Imam Rashid Ahmad al-Gangohi

By Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalawi
I have written in Aap Beeti Vol. 6 under the heading of spiritual exertion that while dictating the practices of Hadrat Rashid Ahmad Gangohi in Ramadan, I wanted to note it …