Definitions of the Principles of Fiqh (Islamic Law)

By Shaykh Zahir Mahmood
Fard and Wājib
While the majority of jurists regard fard and wājib as synonymous, the Hanafis draw a clear distinction between the two. Ishāq ibn Ibrahim al-Shāshi, in defining the two, states, “Linguistically …

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An Amazing Dream: Meeting Between Shaykh Fazlur Rahmān Azmi and Shaykh Zuhayr ibn Nāsir
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By Mufti Atiqur Rahman Azmi

Translated by Muhammad Abdul Khaliq Yusuf

Shaykh Zuhayr ibn Nāsir al-Nāsir resides in Madīna Munawwara. He is a Ḥanafī and is inclined to taṣawwuf. Some of Shaykh al-Ḥadīth’s students went to Madīna Munawwara to further their studies in ḥadīth with him and other scholars there. Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Fazlur Rahman Azmi was introduced to Shaykh Zuhayr through his students and when he learnt that Shaykh al-Ḥadīth was visiting Madīna Munawwara during ḥajj, he quickly made arrangements to meet him. Upon meeting, they were both delighted and talked for a while. Some of Shaykh Zuhayr’s students read the Risālat al-Awāʾil and received authorisation (ijāzah) in ḥadīth from Shaykh al-Ḥadīth. When this was done then Shaykh Zuhayr himself [requested] authorisation. Shaykh al-Ḥadīth responded to Shaykh Zuhayr by suggesting that an exchange of ijāzahs would be more appropriate [1]. This is an indication of his humility and the respect he had for the shaykh. Read the full story »

That Which is Obligatory Upon Every Muslim to Learn That Which is Obligatory Upon Every Muslim to Learn

By Imam Ibn al-Jawzi al-Hanbali
Translation by Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks
Muhammad bin. Abī Mansūr reported to me from…[1], that Anas bin. Mālik (رضي الله عنه) said that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Seeking knowledge is …

Imām Abū Ja’far al-Tahāwi: His Life & Works Imām Abū Ja’far al-Tahāwi: His Life & Works

By A.K.M Ayyub Ali, M.A, Ph.D
Abu Ja’far Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Salamah al‑Azdi, al‑Hajri, al‑Tahawi, was born at Tahā, a village in upper Egypt. His forefathers came from the Yemen to Egypt and settled there …

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

Research on the Hadith of Ramadan …

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

Shaykh 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 …

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 …