A Short Biography of Mawlānā Muhammad Mazhar Nanautwi

By Hafiz Abu Unaysah Muhammad Habib
Mawlana Muhammad Mazhar ibn Lutf ‘Ali ibn Muhammad Hasan al-Siddiqi al-Hanafi Nanautwi (1238-1302 /1823-1885)—the righteous imam, ‘arif (knower of Allah) and mujahid—was amongst the leading scholars of fiqh, hadith, …

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An Esteemed Qur’ānic Exegete: Shaykh Muhammad Ali al-Sābūnī

Shaykh Muhammad 'Ali al-SābūnīShaykh Muhammad ‘Alī al-Sābūnī was born in the city of Aleppo in Syria in 1930. His father was one of the senior scholars of Aleppo. He received much of his initial and formal education in Arabic, inheritance and sciences of religion from his father, Shaykh Jamīl. He memorized the Qur’ān in the primary schools and completed his higher secondary school while still young. Shaykh al- Sābūnī studied under some of the leading scholars of the city.

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Is it Proper to Refer to a Scholar as “Mawlānā” ? Is it Proper to Refer to a Scholar as “Mawlānā” ?

By Mufti Waseem Khan 
Question:
I heard that the word Mawlānā means master and that you cannot address anyone with that title as Mawlānā. Can you please clarify?
Answer:
The word Mawlānā is an Arabic word which is combined of two words namely …

Some Aspects Concerning the Jinn Some Aspects Concerning the Jinn

By Mawlana Qari Muhammad Tayyib al-Qasimi
Translated by Mohammad Javed Qasmi
Rights of Jinns
Jinns too live in this world having basic rights to food, shelter and security, which nobody can deny them. The way they live in …

An Introduction to the Three Types of Nafs An Introduction to the Three Types of Nafs

By Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed
A transcription of a portion of a CII talk from November 11, 2010.
Question:
Can you please explain the different types of nafs, nafs-e-ammara, nafs-e-lawwama and nafs-e-mutmainna.
Answer:
In the Qur’an-e-Kareem the word nafs is …

Prominent Students of Imam Mālik and the Transmission of Māliki Fiqh Prominent Students of Imam Mālik and the Transmission of Māliki Fiqh

By Muhammad Abu Zahrah
Translated by Aisha Bewley
Maliki fiqh was transmitted in two ways. One was by the books which Malik wrote and which are related from him and the soundness and strongest of those is …

Rewards for Good Family Interactions Rewards for Good Family Interactions

By Mufti Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf
Question:
I’m looking for hadith or Qur’anic verses indicating how men can gain reward from Allah through their relations with their spouses, children, etc. Can anyone give me some direction (names of …

When Something Lawful Becomes a Signature Feature of the Immoral When Something Lawful Becomes a Signature Feature of the Immoral

By Shaykh Musa Furber

Some Muslims attend activities which are closely linked to immoral people and include unlawful activities which the individual himself abstains from. A common justification for their attendance is that the Prophet صلى الله …

Following a Madhhab: A Simple Clarification of a Common Misconception Following a Madhhab: A Simple Clarification of a Common Misconception

By Mufti Muhammad Sajaad
Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911 AH) said: “The difference found in the four Schools of Islamic law (Hanafi, Shāfi’ī, Māliki and Hanbali) in this nation is a huge blessing and an …

Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari: Concerning the Western Influence that Led to the Removal of the Hijab in Muslim Lands Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari: Concerning the Western Influence that Led to the Removal of the Hijab in Muslim Lands

By Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks
Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari (1371 AH, Cairo), formerly the Deputy Grand Mufti of the Ottoman Empire, explained in his article on Hijab al-Mar’ah (Women’s Hijab, meaning to cover her body completely with loose …

Preferred and Disapproved Colors for Clothing Preferred and Disapproved Colors for 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 …

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 …