#‎MuḥammadanFridays‬: “I am at Imām Shāfi’ī’s.“ -— Prophet (ﷺ)

When I was in Egypt a few years ago I came to learn that it was an old custom for the Shayūkh of the Azhar to visit Imām Shāfi‘ī on Fridays. Thus I was advised that Fridays was the best day to visit Imām Shāfi‘ī preferably after Friday prayers. His final resting place is in Cairo in a place known as al-Qarafa al-Sughra (the Small Cemetery).

The great Shaykh Șāliḥ al-Ja’farī in one of his powerful Friday lessons expanded why this was a custom amongst the learned ʿUlamāʾ of the Azhar.

Shaykh ʿAlī al-Ṣaʿīdī al-ʿAdawī a teacher of the great Mālikī Shaykh Aḥmad Dardīr once said to him, “They say that you see the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) frequently. When you see him, ask him about my state.” So he did, he saw the Prophet (ﷺ) saying to him, “He is a righteous man, but he has some coldness toward me.”

When Shaykh al-Ṣaʿīdī heard this he was beset with grief and cried heavily. His student al-Dardīr asked him: “What makes you cry?” He replied, “The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) is blaming me for my shortcoming when it comes to visiting him. I am now old, and cannot bear the difficulties of travel. If you see him again, tell him that.” So al-Dardīr saw the Prophet (ﷺ) again and told him (ﷺ) as he had been instructed. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Tell him (Shaykh al-Ṣaʿīdī) that I am at Imām Shāfi‘ī every Friday, from after ʿAṣr till Fajr. Let him come to me there.” So Shaykh al-Ṣaʿīdī went to the scholars of the Azhar and told this to them, and it became their custom to visit Imām al-Shāfi‘ī every Friday, one group after another, from ʿAṣr until Fajr. This was in that radiant age, when scholars were real scholars, and students were real students.

May Allāh be pleased with them all.

And may He shower blessings, peace and mercy on the Prophet (ﷺ).

Ṣall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam.

Further Reading: 

Seeing the Prophet (ﷺ) in a dream

Mausoleum of Imām al-Shāfi‘ī

theconsciousmuslim asked:

Salam. I just heard Naseems mother passed away, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. I was thinking maybe we could do something via tumblr. Maybe ask people to read a juz or recite something. I don't know. You know him, if we can do something let me know and I'll try my best to help. Ma'Salaam.

Wa salaam, that would be lovely. If we could get together and do something via Tumblr to show him and his family support in any way, that would be greatly appreciated by him I’m sure. I don’t really know what though >.<

There are five stages in the growth of love: first is to think someone pleasant, that is, someone thinks of someone else as being nice or is charmed by their character. This is part of making friends. Then there is admiration; that is the desire to be near the person that one admires. Then there is close friendship when you miss the other one terribly when they are absent. Then there is amorous affection when you are completely obsessed with the loved one. In the special vocabulary of love this is called ‘ishq, “the slavery of love”. Finally, there is passion, when one can no longer sleep, eat or think. This can make you ill to the point of delirium or even death. Beyond this, there is absolutely no place where love ends.
—  Ibn Ḥazm, Morals and Right Conduct in the Healing of Souls.
Your true friend is he who is always with you, and he who harms himself in order to help you, and he who, when calamities of the time break you, scatters his cloak in order to save you.
—  Imām Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib 
If you are really sincere in your advice, you address it in privacy. If it’s private, it’s easier to achieve the truth. But when you are in a large group, the ego takes over. And then there’s the chance that it’s not sincere, it’s for achieving the upper hand.
—  Shaykh Ḥamza Yūsuf translating Imām al-Ghazālī’s Kitāb al-‘Ilm.
Verily a seed grows in soft ground and does not grow on stone, in the same way that wisdom thrives in the heart of the humble and does not thrive in the heart of the proud and haughty, because God has made humbleness the instrument of the intellect.
—  Imām Mūsa ibn Ja‘far al-Kādhim

Ramaḍān Karīm to you, and your loved ones. May it be a means of nearness to Allāh, and His Beloved Messenger Muḥammad (ﷺ)

May it be a month of forgiving, of healing, of changing, of reflecting, of helping, of improving, of reviving, of remembering.

As our stomachs become empty, may our hearts become full. 

Āmīn. Fātiha. 

Do remember me in your duʿāʾs :)