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The Blessed Days of Dhu ‘l-Hijjah: Its Virtues and Various Acts to Perform The Blessed Days of Dhu ‘l-Hijjah: Its Virtues and Various Acts to Perform

By Ustadha Bint Ahmad
Adapted from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s Lata’if al-Ma‘arif
With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah alone and blessings and peace be upon his beloved, Muhammad, his family, …

The Virtues of Fasting in the Summer The Virtues of Fasting in the Summer

By Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
An excerpt from Latā’if al-Ma’ārif
“…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the …

More Than A Headscarf: How Hijab Has Lost Its Soul More Than A Headscarf: How Hijab Has Lost Its Soul

By Shazia Ahmad
Hijab[1] is a frequently discussed topic in our community and a practice dissected and opined over from many different angles. While it is talked about frequently, in many of the most important ways …

The Benefits of Belief in Destiny (Taqdīr) and Trust (Tawakkul) The Benefits of Belief in Destiny (Taqdīr) and Trust (Tawakkul)

By Mawlānā Ashraf Ali Thānawi
Edited by IlmGate
The belief that everything which happened, is happening and will happen is according to the knowledge, will and command of Allah (SWT) is called Taqdīr. Belief in Taqdīr is compulsory.
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 …

The Indispensability of Abundant Dhikr and Murāqabah The Indispensability of Abundant Dhikr and Murāqabah

By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad
The first lesson in the esteemed Naqshbandi silsilah is Latīfat al-Qalb. Upon this, the seeker traveling the spiritual path (sālik) engages in the spiritual exercise of murāqabah, where he or she sets …

Attaining Fanā al-Qalb: Annihilation of the Heart Attaining Fanā al-Qalb: Annihilation of the Heart

By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad
“And that person who was dead, we gave him life and we granted him a light because of which he walks amongst people.” (Surat al-An’ām, verse 122)
A heedless person is like a …

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

By Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed [1]
Edited by Faraz Abdul Moid
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 used in two ways.

In the Company of Luminaries – Mawlānā Zakariyya in His Own Words In the Company of Luminaries – Mawlānā Zakariyya in His Own Words

By Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhlawi
Translated by Asim Ahmad
Edited by IlmGate
After hamd and salāt, this useless person (i.e. the author [1]) was born on the 11th of Ramadan, 1315 AH (February 3rd, 1898) at 11pm in …

On Objections to Some Methods of Dhikr 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 …