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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Sheikh Faraz Rabbani

Imam Subki’s Importance of knowledge

Taqi-deen As Subki (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him) gave the following advice to his son;

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O dear son don’t ignore the counsel that I give you may that you be guided

Learn the fiqh of Shafi (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him) and remain on the authentic tradition but most of all memorise the Quran

(Learn fiqh but do not ignore the primary sources)

Learn the foundational principles of sacred law

(This helps you understand how fiqh is derived)

Learn Arabic grammar, which draws one close to every correct understanding of the Quran

(To understand the Quran you need to understand grammar)

Undertake the sciences with determination and discernment, with an outlook that is easy going but determined. Illuminated

(One has a clear goal and seeking to understand)

Derive the hidden secrets of the knowledge and find its truest meaning

(What is the purpose of things that are disliked, ask questions, reflect)

Hold fast to the people of knowledge and don’t be hasty in rejecting things

(if you don’t understand ask)

Hold fast to you book at all times by seeking understanding

(A process of consolidating and building, testing and reviewing. The purpose of knowledge is action. Sacrifice that doesn’t have any benefit)

“a person who can’t benefit himself can’t benefit other people.”

(Teaching requires understanding not knowledge)

Follow the way in Malik, Abu Hanifa and Imam Ahmed (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him)

(the Path of people of the sunna, seeking beneficial knowledge and being sincere. By this seeking to serve the Umma of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

Seek with your knowledge the pleasure of your Lord alone and you attain guidance to the rightly guided

(The righteous person is the one who is righteous to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala and other people)

Leave idle wastefulness, leave things that have no benefit and leave foolish and ignorance.

Follow the way of the chosen one (Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him)) in every affair

Have reverent awe of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) do what he calls you to and flee from what he forbids

(Realise your slave hood. Renounce your pleasure for what your master holds dear.)

Don’t involve yourself with doubtful matters and be scrupulous

(This must be based on knowledge. Follow those of knowledge and avoid doubtful matters.)

Repentantly return to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

(Have patience and turn to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) in prayer)

Guard your tongue from that is repressible and refrain your hand from wrongdoing. Hasten to noble character and seek the pleasure of your Lord (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

Make the thing you uphold the garment of sound renunciation and make your garments of knowledge that you wear

(Not be attached to created things)

Fill your heart with the knowledge until you attain a most praiseworthy of stations

Hold fast to your spiritual path, that directs you to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

(All sorts of things will affect someone who seeks knowledge.)

Lift to the all-Merciful (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) all things that befalls you with sincere seek with abasement and patience

(Take the worldly means and turn to Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

Cut your heart away from being attached to the means

(Do not ascribe the good to yourself, its all from Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

The way of Junaid al Baghdadi (May Allah's Ta'ala mercy be with him), follow their way

If some words come to you that clearly have good against the Quran or sound hadith then stand firm on it but maintain your manners

(People can make mistakes and small mistakes should corrupt the great good)

The Flesh of the people of knowledge is poisonous

Guard your heart from disclosing things that people don’t understand

(Know what you can say to whom)

Knowledge with good manners and piety is the best of what someone adorns themselves with

This is my council that I give, be thankful for this. It is from a father beloved

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Habib Umar Ibn Hafiz


All praise is due to Allah

Some of the companions saw the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) happy they asked why? He said that no one says prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) expect that Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) sends blessing on that person ten times.

The question we need to ask ourselves this joy of his, does this have any connection with us?

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was happy for all of us

Whatever joy we feel about him, his (peace and blessings upon him) joy has forgone our own joy

We got our joy from the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) because Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) sent joy through his messenger (peace and blessings upon him)

We show our joy at the command of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) in the Quran “O Prophet inform about the blessings and mercy (that Allah has given) and this be joyous

A man called Rabi ibn Hatam (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) walked so humbly that people thought he was blind, Abdullah Ibn Masud (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) brought this man up, Ibn Masud’s maiden thought he was blind and when he came to Ibn Masud’s house she said “your blind friend has come.”

The more one immerses himself in the deen, the more joy they get.

We must carry the beauty of the sacred law with us

Purify your intentions and repent to Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala)

Feel the presence of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) with you all the time and realise that he can see what is in your heart and ask Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) that he will allow us to see the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) in our dreams and on the day of judgement

Habib Ali al Jifri


The Aws And Khazaraj fought for 40 years until Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) honoured them with Islam and they became one, Many of their best people died in these wars.

After they entered Islam the love of Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) and the Messenger (peace and blessings upon him) into their hearts

The Ansar gave whatever they could to their brothers who migrated from Mecca
This is what happens when love enters the hearts, their hearts had expanded

How many Muslims are there here in Luton 30,000? This is enough to convert the whole of Europe

Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) expanded their heart and then these people can take this to left of them and the right

A bus driver gave an Imam too much change to see if he would bring it back, the Imam thought about and looked at the driver saw he had a smile on his face and gave it back the driver said that Are you the new Imam of the mosque, he said yes I was meaning

I almost fainted when he told me this, I almost sold Islam for 20p

The Imam at the Masjid in Luton, Habib Umar was asked to lead the prayer and then the Imam told the people that Habib Umar would recite the Bismillah out aloud

When Habib Ahmed ibn Hassan Al Attas ( Sheikh Umar Ibn Hafiz’s sheikh )was in a Hanafi masjid and he lead the prayer as a Hanafi, He didn’t recite the Qanut in the Fajr prayer, which he was leading, (Habib Ahmed was a Shafi and so is Habib Umar).

A people should be able to tell who are the Muslims are by the way they walk, humble, by the way they clean their clothes.

They shouldn’t see a man who is constricted and narrow minded

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Muslim Youth

There are commercials that are aimed at 2 year old children

There is a cathode beam in the T.V. that beams out at you, while you are watching it

Children don’t like square shapes (square) they like round shapes (good)

People are watching T.V. that is so bad we have to listen to a laughter track to tell you when to laugh

The hearing, the sight and the heart is what we are responsible for
Hearing is circular and difficult to plug your ears, sight you can turn away

Its haram to watch the haram

We need to stop watching the T.V.

Its makru not to work on Friday in the Maliki mahdhab

Those who are extravagant are the brothers of demons

Actors are like prostitutes; they have sexual relations with people they don’t have any link to

The messages in these films are from the enemies of God

Crime pays in these movies, there is a film about the joy of stealing cars and the hero is a car thief

Our culture is bankrupt

There are images that are implanted in our inner eyes and we can’t get rid of them

Everyday we are closer to the end of time

Our first preparation is for our grave

Don’t go to extremes and don't make haram what is halal for you

The nature of time is that you are losing unless you are doing good works

12,000 crossed from tangier to Spain and they fought 100,000 Christians they fought on the 27th Ramadan and the Muslim routed them, there was only 12 Arabs the rest were Berbers.

Umma Haram the Aunt of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) in breastfeeding. He (peace and blessings upon him) woke from a sleep and was happy that he saw his Umma riding on the sea. She asked the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) to be amongst them, he prayed for her and then he fell asleep again and woke up and said he saw another group, he asked to be amongst them. He (peace and blessings upon him) said she was amongst the first group. She died (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with her), martyred when her horse fell on Cyprus when she in Navy. During the time of Uthman (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him)

800 years later Muhammed Al Fath was studying hadith The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said which city will open first Rome or Constantinople? He (peace and blessings upon him) said Constantinople.
When Al Fath heard this he set out to do this, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said what a blessed leader and what a blessed army.

Rome could open with Dawa.

Dawa is part of Jihad, in the books of Fiqh
Do something creative in your life.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Habib Ali Al Jifri

The Prophetic Mirror

The fires of passion in our hearts and idols in our hearts need to be removed

The lover of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) prayers with and inward meaning of the prayer as in the fast, whatever he does he does the action connected inside and outside

The lover of him (peace and blessings upon him) is called to something that his beloved doesn’t like, he finds it easy to leave it

We must leave what we want for he (peace and blessings upon him) wants, we must leave our desires

We must repay evil with good

This is why we are in tribulation today because we desire what he (peace and blessings upon him) does not

If we look around us, people are in dire need for the light of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) to enlighten this time

Why doesn’t the world see it today?
It is because his light (peace and blessings upon him) has to be embodied, you are the mirrors

This light has no problem with it, the problems is with the mirror (it needs to be cleaned)

This is what they see when they see the Muslims, a darkness

Let us look inward for our enemies then polish these mirrors of our souls

By Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala (x3) the world will come running to this light and the few will reject it and more will come to it

Read the books of Sira, Shamil and characteristics of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and when you finish one start another and keep reading these 3 kinds of books

Whole populations where changed by this.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Habib Ali Al Jifri

The Radical Middle Way Part three

Would the first Muslims who came here imagined a mosque such as this

They couldn't have imagined it

We are part of this country

Which country has the most Muslims? Indonesia has the most Muslims in the world. 275 million, 85% of the population 6 men came to Indonesia, they didn’t know the language of the people but they knew the language of the state (of the soul)

There was a man who caused the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and the Sahaba lots of problems. He asked the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) for refuge three times and every time the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) turned away, and then he (peace and blessings upon him) gave him security. Someone asked the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) why didn't you kill him, after the man had left. It was because the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) didn't have any deceit in him

If our principles are disguarded that is worse than bloodshed

The Battle of Uhud was lost due to love of the world but 5000 angels helped the Muslims on that day The result of this was the martyrdom of many Muslims. i.e. Hamza, Mu'ad

We were beaten this time and we were killed

It was because of one treacherous minister who ordered the dissolving of the army before the Mongols sacked Baghdad The Mongols could see the Muslims, order them to stay there until he would comeback with his sword and kill them.

This was how the Muslims had become degraded. A short time after the Mongols converted and they became the one who prostrate to the Lord of the worlds

The reason for this conversion was because the Muslims had something that they Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) had

Does it remain with us now?

Do we still have what they had? (We do but we have to change ourselves, its us who have to change.)

Have we left these characteristics that some people attribute to weakness

If we loose this, then we loose the ability to carry the Prophetic Message

If a quarter of them understood what his deen meant they would become a representative of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

We should take this to our neighbours and remove them from darkness

We cannot do this unless we look at the people with eyes of mercy

After we have finished today, don't cash out or hide, bring out the mercy and give them the answer to their problems Islam

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sheikh Abdulhakim Murad

The Radical Middle way Part two

Human beings can be the lowest of the low and they can be Adamic

In Allah's Subhanu wa Ta’ala wisdom, he created and his greatest creation is the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

Languages are sacred because they are his signs

Diversity is not a problem

The message is not limited to a parameter

Nobody can tell you how strong or weak a hadith is.

Fundamentals was a book that a Mormon wrote in 1912, he called for the return to the fundamentals, so they called him a fundamentalist

Western mentality likes to put things into context.

The media focuses on controversies

The Fiqh schools remain intact

The divine favour is the cause and effect of our success

The teaching of the Quran is simple; He (Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala) controls everything

You shouldn't believe events are the cause of loss, yet Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala is the cause of everything.

People who don't have faith, believe in cause and effect. (They don’t accept the fact that everything is exactly the way Allah (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) wanted it to be)

"Don't panic", is what’s written cover of the book, Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

Immense catastrophes can fall on us if we leave this circle

In a moment of trust Ibrahim (Upon him peace) left Sarah and Ismail in the desert, this trust lead to the gift of Zamzam and to the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)

Musa (Upon him peace) did not drown but Pharaoh did, when he met the river Nile (Musa (Upon him peace) had trust)

The hadith literature was never complied in one book like the Quran, this is part of Allah's (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) eternal wisdom

We must return to a peaceful patience state