On Objections to Some Methods of Dhikr

By Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi
Translated by Ismaeel Nakhuda[1]
Question:
To my sayyid, my mawla (may Allah increase your piety),
Al-Salam ‘alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh,
Your dear letter arrived on 15 Dhu ‘l-Hijjah. I am …

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Preferred and Disapproved Colors for Clothing
Photo Kamani Clothing

Photo Kamani Clothing

By Mufti Khalid Saifullah Rahmani

Translated by Shaykh Yusuf Badat

The Islamic law does not limit its followers in wearing a specific colour. Islam respects the preferences and temperaments of humans. Hence, Islamic jurists (fuqahā) state, “There is no objection in any colour of clothing” (al-Durr al-Mukhtār).

The Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم Preference: White and Black

It is known from narrations that white was liked by the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما narrates the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Wear white clothing and shroud your deceased in it” (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawūd). Read the full story »

What is the Origin of the “Manzil”? What is the Origin of the “Manzil”?

By Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi
Question:
(Shaykh), I had a question about Manzil, what is its origin and its purpose?
Answer:
The Manzil is popular in [the Indian Subcontinent] and read as a wazifa and hirz for protection.
The Kandehlwi family would …

Number of Rows in the Janāzah Prayers Number of Rows in the Janāzah Prayers

By Mufti Raḍā’ ul-Ḥaqq
Question:
Is it Mustaḥab (preferable) to consider an odd number of Ṣaffs (rows) in the Janāzah prayers? Can a Ṣaff be left incomplete taking this into consideration?
Answer:
The virtue of Janāzah Ṣalāh being performed …

Salāt al-Hājah: Its Authenticity and Method of Performance Salāt al-Hājah: Its Authenticity and Method of Performance

By Mawlana Zameelur Rahman
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuh
Salāt al-Hājah (“Salāh of Need”) refers to performing two or more rak‘ats of optional salāh with the …

Women’s Mosque? Women’s Empowerment? Women’s Mosque? Women’s Empowerment?

By Khalid Baig
Posted: 11 Rabi al-Thani 1436, 1 February 2015
The Women’s Mosque of America has started operations in Los Angeles. It is not a mosque per se, but the name of a non-profit organization. It began …

Reading: The Lost Legacy of Muslims Reading: The Lost Legacy of Muslims

Books – Windows of the Mind
“Books are to the mind what windows are to a home!” Imagine living in a home with no windows. How dark, how stale, how dreary! Windows bring light to a …

An Introduction to Hadhrat Mawlāna Ahmad ‘Ali, the Hadith Scholar of Sahāranpūr An Introduction to Hadhrat Mawlāna Ahmad ‘Ali, the Hadith Scholar of Sahāranpūr

By Hafiz Abu Unaysah Muhammad Habib
Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali ibn Lutf Allah al-Hanafi al-Maturidi al-Saharanpuri was among the special students of the great hadith scholar of Delhi, Shah Muhammad Ishaq ibn Muhammad Afdal al-Dehlawi al-Muhajir al-Makki, who …

Services of the Indian ʿUlamā to Bukhāri Studies: A Timely Contribution Services of the Indian ʿUlamā to Bukhāri Studies: A Timely Contribution

By Mawlana Dr. Khalīl al-Rahmān Sajjād Nu’māni [1]
ABSTRACT [2]: The Indian Subcontinent has been an important center of Hadith sciences in the Muslim world throughout history. This article focuses on two Indian Hadith scholars who made tremendous …

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

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, …