al islam

Sh. al-Islam b. Taymiyyah (rh) said,

❝I pondered over the most beneficial Du'a, at which point I realised that it is asking for Allah’s help in seeking His pleasure. Then I saw in Surat al-Fatihah:

“You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help (in fulfilling that worship).”❞

عَنْ أَبِي مَسْعُودٍ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ :“‏ مَنْ قَرَأَ بِالآيَتَيْنِ مِنْ آخِرِ سُورَةِ الْبَقَرَةِ فِي لَيْلَةٍ كَفَتَاهُ‏ "‏‏.‏ صحيح البخاري حديث ٥٠٠٩

Narrated Abu Mas`ud Al-Ansari: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ”If one recites the last two Verses of Surat-al-Baqara at night, it is sufficient for him (for that night).” Sahih al-Bukhari 5040
In-book reference : Book 66, Hadith 64
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 6, Book 61, Hadith 560

سلسلة الأذكار والأدعية // Athkar & Invocations Series | 13


Steve Bannon and US Islamophobia have become fodder for Al Qaeda terrorist propaganda

  • Steve Bannon is on the cover of Al Qaeda-affiliated newspaper al-Masra, ThinkProgress reported Wednesday.
  • The paper  features a photo of Bannon under a headline that reads “The war is with Islam as a religion." 
  • The story reportedly uses negative comments Bannon has made against Islam as evidence for America’s anti-Islamic leanings. 
  • ThinkProgress argues that Bannon’s face in the paper "shows how policies forged by his nationalist policies support the notion that the West and Islam are incompatible – a narrative pushed not only by the White House, but by groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS.”
  • Elisabeth Kendall, a senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic studies at Oxford University, told ThinkProgress that “America is clearly becoming a more prominent target." 
  • She said: "Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America — it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq and even Syria — but this has really refocused attention on America itself.” Read more (3/2/17 1:17 PM)

When you have a bad suspicion about a Muslim in your heart, you should increase your consideration toward him and make dua for him. This way you will infuriate Satan and will be able to drive him away. Because of this, Satan will be reluctant to put evil thoughts into your heart, afraid that you would increase your consideration towards your brother and will make dua for him again.

- Imam Al-Ghazali (may Allah have mercy on him)


The colorful lanterns of Khan El-Khalili by Zeinab Mohamed
Via Flickr:
The colorful lanterns of Khan El-Khalili as they sold in Bab El-Ghuri

"For the people of sins there are three great rivers..."

“For the people of sins there are three great rivers with which they purify themselves in this world and if these do not suffice in purifying them, then they are purified in the river of Hell-fire on the Day of Judgement:

I. A river of sincere repentance.

II. A river of good deeds that drowns the sins that surround it.

III. A river of great calamities (that befall the sinner) that expiate (his sins).

Therefore, when Allah intends good for His slave, He enters him into one of these three rivers, so he comes purified and cleansed on the Day of Judgement, not requiring the fourth purification.

And the fourth purification:

The river of Hell-fire on Yawm al-Qiyamah.

So swim in the river of repentance and doing good deeds and have patience in the river of calamities. And do not neglect these before a day comes when you will be drowned in the river of Hell-fire whose fuel is men and stones.”

Madaarij as-Saalikeen 1/312, Ibn al-Qayyim