The Cave of Ashab al-Kahf: Where and When?

By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani
The location of the cave of the Ashab al-Kahf has been an issue of much conflict amongst the Ulama and researchers. Where is the cave situated in which Ashab al-Kahf slept …

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Dhul-Kifl: A Prophet or a Saint?

doorwayBy Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani

“And (remember) Isma’il and Idris and Dhul-Kifl. Each one of them was of those who observed patience. And We admitted them to Our mercy. Surely, they were of the righteous.” (Qur’an, 21:85-86)

Was Sayyiduna Dhul-Kifl a Prophet or a Saint

Three persons are mentioned in the above two verses. Out of these three, there is no doubt about the prophethood of Sayyiduna Isma’il `alayhi al-salam and Sayyiduna Idris `alayhi al-salam as they are mentioned in the Qur’an as such several times. Ibn Kathir is of the opinion that the mention of the name of Sayyiduna Dhul-Kifl along with the other two prophets in the above verse shows that he too was a prophet. However, some other versions do not include him in the category of prophets. They say that he was a saint or a pious person. Read the full story »

Advice for Parents of Hifz Students: Prospective, Present, and Past Advice for Parents of Hifz Students: Prospective, Present, and Past

By Nawal Academy
Memorizing the entire Qur’an is a dream many Muslim parents today have for their children. And indeed, this is a goal nobler than many if not all others. However, after children have memorized …

The Basis of Mawlana Thanawi’s “Remedies from the Holy Qur’an” The Basis of Mawlana Thanawi’s “Remedies from the Holy Qur’an”

By Zameelur Rahman
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuh.
In A‘māl e Qur’ān of Hazrat Mawlānā Ashraf ‘Alī Thānawī, he extracts remedies and solutions from the Holy …

Some Protocols of Fatwa in Light of Classical Scholarship Some Protocols of Fatwa in Light of Classical Scholarship

By Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks
Ibn Ābidīn (1252 AH), a high standing Hanafi faqīh famously known for his marginal commentary on Radd Al-Mukhtār, wrote a versification know as Rasm Al-Mufti (Protocols of Giving Fatwa) which outlines the …

Differences in Women’s Prayer Differences in Women’s Prayer

By Mufti Abdullah Nana
Question:
In the Hanafi madhhab, what is the best way for a woman to pray? Some say just like the Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam but then others say he advised wives to pray differently.
If …

Performing Tashahhud Using Sighat al-Khitab (the 2nd Person) Performing Tashahhud Using Sighat al-Khitab (the 2nd Person)

By Imam Rashid Ahmad Gangohi

Translated by Tameem Ahmadi
Question
As-salamu ‘alaykum:
Can the ‘ulama comment on the issue as to why we read al-salamu ‘alayka ayyuhannabiy (peace be upon you, O Prophet) in tashahhud and not al-salamu ‘alannabiy …

Du’as Made by the Haji for Others – What is the Authenticity of this? Du’as Made by the Haji for Others – What is the Authenticity of this?

By Mufti Abdullah Nana
Assalamu Alaykum
It is an extremely bold statement for a person to claim that a Hadith on a particular subject does not exist.  For a person to substantiate such a claim, he/she must …

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

By ‘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 …

Reflections on Hijrah and the Muslim Calendar Reflections on Hijrah and the Muslim Calendar

By Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia
The Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (upon him blessings and peace) over a span of twenty-three years. The Prophet recited each verse according to its pre-ordained order in the …

Ensuring a Strong Bond – Seeking Forgiveness Ensuring a Strong Bond – Seeking Forgiveness

By Mawlana Khalid Abdul Sattar
One of the first steps on the path to Allah Most High is to ensure that we seek forgiveness from those wrong actions we have committed in the past. Each time …

The Status of Salah The Status of Salah

By Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
It should be remembered that in Salah, one communicates with one’s Lord, therefore, one should consider how one offers his/her Salah. Allah ta’ala has commanded us to establish the Salah. Establishment …