Islamic Sources and References

A very brief list to guide your way around reliable Islamic resources on the internet.

Books:

1. Nmusba Ahle-Sunnah Library (English, Urdu pdfs),

2. Islamic Books Library (English, Urdu pdfs),

3. Al Qamar Publications (English pdfs)

Websites for Aqeedah (Creed) and Hadith:

1. Darul Tahqiq (hadith, aqeedah, masail),

2. Deoband.org (aqeedah, spirituality),

3. Hadith Answers (hadith),

4. Hadith Guidance (hadith)

Fatawa/Islamic Rulings:

1. Ask Imam,

2. Ask Our Imam,

3. Darul Iftaa,

4. Darul Fiqh,

5. Al-Balagh

Online Learning and short courses:

1. Zaynab Academy,

2. Tazkiyah Academy,

3. Zamzam Academy

Forum:

1. Ahlus Sunnah  

Islamic spirituality/Tazkiyah:

1. Sacred Learning,

2.Islamic Spirituality 

وقد سئل عمر عن قوم يشتهون المعصية ولا يعملون بها، فقال: “أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ امْتَحَنَ اللَّهُ قُلُوبَهُمْ لِلتَّقْوَى لَهُمْ مَغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ” ـ

Umar [ibn al-Khattab] was asked about those who strongly desire to commit a sin but refrain from it. Umar said: “Those are the ones whose hearts Allah has tested for al-taqwaa (consciousness of Allah), for them is forgiveness and a tremendous reward.” [Quran 49:13]
وقد سئل الإمام الشافعي: أيهما أولى للمؤمن: أن يبتلى أو يُمكَّن؟ فقال: وهل يكون تمكين إلا بعد ابتلاء؟ إن الله ابتلى يوسف عليه السلام ثم مكن له.“ ـ

Imam al-Shafi`ee was asked: "What’s better for the believer, to be tested, or to be given power (to do good)?” He said: “And how can one be given power for good without first being tested? Allah tested Yusuf, peace be upon him, then He gave him power.”
ذكر الله باللسان حسن، وأفضل منه أنه يذكر الله العبد عند المعصية فيسمك عنها.ـ

Remembrance of Allah with the tongue is a good thing, and what is better is the remembrance of Allah when one is about to commit a sin, and this preventing him from committing it.
الحياة في ظلال القرآن نعمة. نعمة لا يعرفها إلاّ من ذاقها. نعمة ترفع العمر وتباركه وتزكيه.

Life in the shade of the Quran is a blessing. A blessing that no one knows other than the one who has tasted it. A blessing that elevates one’s life, makes it whole, and purifies it.

This is the first line of Sayyid Qutb’s introduction to his commentary of the Quran, In the Shade of the Quran. It is one of the most famous lines written in the 20th century.
أسرق الناس: الذي يسرق صلاته، لا يتم ركوعها ولا سجودها، وأبخل الناس: من بخل بالسلام.

The most thieving among people: Those who steal their salah, not finishing its ruku`s and sujoods properly, and the most miserly of people: those who do not reply to a salam.
إذا صلّى أحدكم للناس فليخفف، فإن فيهم السقيم، والضعيف والكبير، وإذا صلّى أحدكم لنفسه فليطوِّل ما شاء.

If one of you leads salah (formal prayer), then let him make it easy on them (by making it quick), for there are among them those who are ill, weak, or old. And if one of you prays alone, then let him make it as lengthy as he wishes.
كان أحب الدين إليه ما داوم عليه صاحبه

The most beloved good deeds to him [to the Prophet ﷺ] were the ones that the person performed continuously [without giving them up].
ما عبد العابدون بشيء أفضل من ترك ما نهاهم الله عنه. ـ

Worshipers never performed an act of worship better than staying away from that which Allah forbade them.
If you see an unbeliever, say, “I don’t know, maybe he will become a Muslim, and his life will be sealed with the best of deeds, and for his Islam he will emerge free of sin, as a strand of hair is gently removed from dough. As for me, Allâh could cause me to go astray, so that I become of the unbelievers, and my life could be sealed with the worst of deeds. So tomorrow this person might be of the Ones Drawn Nigh [to Allâh], and I of the distant ones!“

لما كانت هذه الأعضاء هي أكثر الأعضاء مباشرة للمعاصي كان وسخ الذنوب ألصق بها وأعلق من غيرها ، فشرع أحكم الحاكمين الوضوء عليها ليتضمن نظافتها وطهارتها من الأوساخ الحسية وأوساخ الذنوب والمعاصي.



Since these organs [the face and limbs] are in the most direct contact with wrong-doings, the stains of sins are most attached to them compared to other parts of the body, and therefore the Judge of judges [Allah SWT] required that wudu’ consist of washing these parts, to ensure their cleanliness and purity from physical stains and the stains of sins and wrong-doings.
Female excision, forced marriages, honour crimes, for instance, are not Islamic even though certain scholars may have attempted to provide religious justification for them. This critical work is a long way from being completed, and awareness must be raised among Muslims and their fellow citizens about those confusions that lead to the original message being betrayed.
والإيمان هو الذي يحرك الإنسان ويوجهه ويولّد فيه طاقات هائلة، لم تكن لتظهر بدونه، بل هو ينشئه خلقًا جديدًا ويولّد فيه طاقات هائلة، لم تكن لتظهر بدونه، بل هو ينشئه خلقًا جديدًا، بروح جديدة، وعقل جديد، وعزم جديد، وفلسفة جديدة. كما رأينا ذلك في سحرة فرعون حين آمنوا برب موسى وهارون، وتحدّوا جبروت فرعون، وقالوا له في شموخ واستعلاء: “فَاقْضِ مَا أَنْتَ قَاضٍ إِنَّمَا تَقْضِي هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا”. ـ

al-Iman (faith) is that which puts man into motion; it directs him and creates in him tremendous powers that wouldn’t manifest without it. It rebuilds him into a new creation, with a new spirit, a new mind, a new resolve, and a new philosophy in life. We saw this in the story of the magicians of the Pharaoh when they believed in the Lord of Moses and Aaron, challenged the tyranny of the Pharaoh, and with all the confidence in the world they said to him: “Then decide (regarding us) whatever you want to decide, your decision can only affect this worldly life.” (Quran 20:72)

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لا تعجل يا بني، فإن الله ذمّ الخمر في القرآن مرتين، وحرَّمها في الثالثة، وإني أخاف أن أحمل الحق على الناس جملة، فيدعوه جملة، ويكون من ذا فتنة.

Umar bin Abdul Aziz, grandson of Umar ibn al-Khattab and the fifth well-guided Muslim leader after the Prophet ﷺ, said to his son who was urging him to carry out all of Islam’s rulings forcefully on the Muslims of their time: “Do not hurry, my son, for Allah spoke negatively of alcohol twice, and then it prohibited it the third time, and I am afraid that if I force the truth upon people all at the same time, they will turn away from all of it, and from this a great age of strife could come about.”
حتى التعبديات المحضة في الشرع لها مقاصدها، ولهذا علل القرآن العبادات ذاتها، فالصلاة {تَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ} والزكاة {تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِمْ بِهَا} والصيام {لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ} والحج {لِيَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ}

Even acts of pure worship in the shar` (Allah’s law) have [deep] purposes, and for this reason the Quran mentions the reasons behind these acts, for example the salah “restrains from shameful and unjust deeds” [Quran 29:45] and the zakah “to cleanse them and purify them thereby” [Quran 9:103] and siyam [fasting] “to acquire fear and mindfulness of God” [Quran 2:183] and the haj [pilgrimage to Makkah] “so that they might experience much that shall be of benefit to them, and that they might extol the name of God” [Quran 22:28]