Physical Descriptions of the Four Imams

By Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Ahmad al-Dhahabi [1]
Abu Hanifah an-Nu’man bin Thabit:
Abu Yusuf said: “Abu Hanifah was well-formed, was from the best of people in appearance, the most eloquent of them in speech, the …

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

balconyBy Mawlana 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 »

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

By Mawlana Nabeel Valli
Edited by IlmGate
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 …

Hajj Prep: Educating Oneself Before Embarking Hajj Prep: Educating Oneself Before Embarking

By Abu Asim Badrul Islam
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
With regard to educating oneself of the significance, virtues, laws and method of hajj, hajj-goers are generally of three categories:
(1) Those who are absolutely indifferent and do not …

Jamʾ Bayn ‘l-Ṣalātayn: Combining Two Prayers According to the Hanafi School Jamʾ Bayn ‘l-Ṣalātayn: Combining Two Prayers According to the Hanafi School

By Imām Abū Jaʾfar al-Ṭaḥāwī
Translated by Abu Humayd
Preface by Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed
Praise be to Allah that is due from all grateful believers, a fullness of praise for all his favours: a praise …

When Does a Masbūq Stand to Complete the Missed Rakāts? When Does a Masbūq Stand to Complete the Missed Rakāts?

By Mawlana Muhammad ibn Suleman Chothia
In collaboration with Mufti Muhammad Mahdi
Question:
If a person missed a rak’ah or rak’āts of fard salāh, should a person stand up to complete his salāh after the first or …

“The Pride of Kashmir” – Book Review of Anwar Shah Kashmiri’s Biography “The Pride of Kashmir” – Book Review of Anwar Shah Kashmiri’s Biography

Reviewed by Dr. Javid Iqbal
Edited by IlmGate
Book: The Pride of Kashmir
Author: Professor Nazir A Qadiri
Release Date: December 2015
There is a dearth of literature available on one of the most profound scholars Kashmir has …

The Rulings of Sadaqat al-Fitr The Rulings of Sadaqat al-Fitr

By Mufti Faraz ibn Adam
The great Hanafi faqih (jurist) Imam Ibn al-Humam mentions: “Sadaqat al-Fitr is compulsory upon every free Muslim.” (Sharh Fath al-Qadir, 2:285)
The Evidence
All the scholars base their opinion on the following ahadith:
‘Abd Allah Ibn …

Ramadan – IlmGate Posts on General Ramadan Topics Ramadan – IlmGate Posts on General Ramadan Topics

By IlmGate Team
Please view below for a list of general Ramadan articles:

The Status of the Tarāwīh Supplication (Tasbīh)

The Meaning of Ramadan

10 Tips for Ramadan

The Ramadān of Mawlānā Rashīd Ahmad al-Gangohi

Environs of Devotional Worship in Ramadan

Environs of Devotional Worship in Ramadan Environs of Devotional Worship in Ramadan

By Dr. Ismail Memon Madani
Translated by Asim Ahmad
The month of Ramadan held a very special place in the life of my shaikh, Shaikh Zakariyyā [Kandhlawi]. Throughout the year he taught, researched, guided students along the …

Expressions of Servitude Expressions of Servitude

By Mufti Rasheed Ahmad Fareedi
Edited by Faraz Abdul Moid
Qari Muhammad Tayyib Qasmi said that his father, Hadrat Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad, had mentioned that he had seen many pious people. However, there were three among them whom …

Gathering in the Masjids on Auspicious Nights (A Hanafi Viewpoint) Gathering in the Masjids on Auspicious Nights (A Hanafi Viewpoint)

By Mufti Rashid Ahmad al-Ludhyanwi
Translated by Mufti A.H Elias and edited by Bilal Ali

Question:
What is the esteemed opinion of the respected scholars on the now customary gathering of people in the masjids on the nights …