allah is the leader

what’s so frustrating is how the entire world is silent right now. especially these fucking celebrities and the media who all speak up when there’s a tragedy in America or Paris etc. but are MUTE right now on everything going on in Aleppo. Why are people turning a blind eye? this is a genocide. a crime against ALL of humanity. is it because it’s muslims being killed that no one wants to speak up? and at the same time its so mind-blowing how none of the other muslim leaders in the world seem to be doing anything to help their brothers and sisters in Aleppo. the world is silent while innocent people are being killed. 

                        The Last Will of Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS)

Imam Ali’s (AS) last will to his sons Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Hussain (AS) after the attempt on his life by a stab from Ibn Muljam:

My advice to you is to be conscious of Allah and steadfast in your religion. Do not yearn for the world, and do not be seduced by it. Do not resent anything you have missed in it. Proclaim the truth; work for the next world. Oppose the oppressor and support the oppressed.

I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: “Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting.”

Fear Allah in matters concerning orphans. Attend to their nutrition and do not forget their interests in the middle of yours.

Fear Allah in your relations with your neighbors. Your Prophet often recommended them to you, so much so that we thought he would give them a share in inheritance.

Remain attached to the Quran. Nobody should surpass you in being intent on it, or more sincere in implementing it.

Fear Allah in relation to your prayers. It is the pillar of your religion.

Fear Allah in relation to His House; do not abandon it as long as you live. It you should do that you would abandon your dignity.

Persist in jihad in the cause of Allah, with your money, your souls, and your tongue.

Maintain communication and exchange of opinion among yourselves. Beware of disunity and enmity. Do not desist from promoting good deeds and cautioning against bad ones. Should you do that,the worst among you would be your leaders, and you will call upon Allah without response.

Oh! Children of Abdul Mattaleb! Do not shed the blood of Muslims under the banner: The Imam has been assassinated! Only the assassin should be condemned to death.

If I die of this stab of his, kill him with one similar stroke. Do not mutilate him! I have heard the Prophet, peace be upon him, say:
“Mutilate not even a rabid dog.”
Source: Najul Balagha

In the 40th year of Hijri, in the small hours of the morning of 19th Ramadan, Imam Ali (AS) was struck with a poisoned sword by the Kharijite Ibn Maljam while offering his prayers in the Masjid of Kufa.

He died on the 21st day of Ramadan 40 A.H. and buried in Najaf-ul-Ashraf. He was born in the House of Allah, the Kaaba, and martryed in the House of Allah, Masjid-e-Kufa. The Lion of Allah, the most brave and gentle Muslim after the Prophet (PBUH&HF) himself, began his glorious life with devotion to Allah and His Messenger, and ended it in the service of Islam.

“And do not speak of those who are slain in the the Way of Allah as dead; nay, they are alive, but you perceive not.” (Quran 2:154)

40 days after Ashura (20th safar)

Imam Sajjad(a.s.) was about 22 or 23 years old when the sad event of Karbala occured. Since Allah(swt) mentions in his holy Book that this world cannot survive for a moment if there is no Masoom “Imam” present at all times, Allah(swt) arranged it such that Imam Sajjad(a.s.) became severly ill during that battle and could not participate as a warrior. He asked the permission to fight in the battle but Imam Hussain(a.s.) told him that he had been assigned a different type of “Jihad” that was to start after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain(a.s.) - namely leading the women and children of the household of Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) into the bazars and courts of Kufa and Damascus. Imam Sajjad(a.s.) was made a prisoner of war together with the whole family of the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf). It was at this time that he was given the responsibility of Imamate and his was one of the most difficult times when any Imam was given this responsibility. Truly speaking, for him, it would have been very easy to die on the battle field as a martyr than to be taken as prisoner of war and see all the insult and humiliations thrown on him and on the womenfolk of the house of the Prophet. However, he did what Allah wished him to do.

After the martyrdom of Imam Hussain(a.s.), the survival of Islam depended on Imam Zainul Abideen(a.s.), and that also at a tender age of 22. He had a very hard job of letting the world know the mission of Imam Hussain(a.s.) and exposing the evil intentions of Yazid and the Bani Umayyah.
The army of Yazid treated him very badly by putting him in heavy chains. As a prisoner of war, he was made to travel on the open back of a camel in burning sunshine from Kerbala to Kufa and then from Kufa to Shaam (Damascus) - a distance of about 750 kilometres. Sometimes, he would be made to walk on the burning sands of the desert. This was not all. Women and children of the family of the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh&hf), too, were hand-cuffed and treated like they were slaves. The daughters of Imam Ali(a.s.) and Bibi Fatima(s.a.) were treated worse than criminals, their Hijabs were taken away from them. 

In the courts of Ibn-e-Ziyad and Yazid, Imam Sajjad(a.s.) gave lion-hearted lectures and presented the true Islam to the listeners and introduced himself and his accompanying members as the descendents of the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) and the leaders appointed by Allah(swt). His lectures had such an impact on the listeners that despite several attempts to kill him inside the court of both Yazid and Ibn-e-Ziyad could not materialize. Bibi Zainab(s.a.) and other women of the household of Prophet Mohammad(pbuh&hf) became the frontline protectors and were backed by the people in the court of Yazid who had still left some shame in them.

The effect of the speech was so powerful that everybody in the Mosque began to weep and to blame Yazid. Yazid was afraid that if the Imam continued his speech, there would be a revolution and revolt. At the same time Yazid could not stop the Imam and get him down from the Mimber. He therefore ordered a “Muazzin” to give Azan, knowing that this would automatically cut the Imam’s speech. But he underestimated the Imam’s bravery and intelligence. The Imam stopped his speech but did not get down from the Mimber. When the Muazzin said “ Allahu Akber” the Imam testified Allah’s greatness. When the Muazzin said, “Ash hadu anna Muhammaddan Rasulullah”, the Imam stopped the Muazzin from going any further. He then turned to Yezid and asked him.

“Tell me o Yazid, was Muhammad(pbuh&hf) your grandfather or mine? If you say he was your grandfather it will be an open lie and if you say he was my grandfather then why have you killed his son and imprisoned his family? Why have you killed my father and brought his women and children to this city as prisoners?” Yazid had no reply to give.

Yazid had to free the Imam(a.s.) out of fear of his own rulership, therefore, Imam(a.s.) was still not completely safe from his evil designs even upon reaching back to Madina. Once in Madina, Imam(a.s.) gathered the people and told them the horrifying stories of Karbala and informed them that his father Imam Hussain(a.s.) and his companions were martyred and his family members were made prisoners and were taken from one city to another and branded as traitors.
…. One of the most heart breaking stories I remember every Muharam & Safar is the story of imam al Sajjad (as) when he returned to Karbala. He had to bury the corpses of his father, his brothers (including his baby brother Ali al Asghar), his uncle, his cousins, his friends and his father’s friends… all on his own. As he was gathering the body parts of his beloved father imam Al Hussain (as), he saw a finger was cut off from him. This was done so they could steal his father’s ring! How inhuman and barbaric could one be? 

I remember our Imam (as) lying next to the headless body of his beloved father… hugging him and crying out to him. I remember his pain and his sorrow…
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.
I also want to add: our imam unfortunately doesn’t have a shrine… but one can always dream of one 



01. Associating anything with ALLAH
02. Murder
03. Practicing magic
04. Not Praying
05. Not paying Zakat
06. Not fasting on a Day of Ramadan without excuse
07. Not performing Hajj, while being able to do so
08. Disrespect to parents
09. Abandoning relatives
10. Fornication and Adultery
11. Homosexuality (sodomy)
12. Interest (Riba)
13. Wrongfully consuming the property of an orphan
14. Lying about Allah and His Messenger(pbuh)
15. Running away from the battlefield
16. A leader deceiving his people and being unjust to them
17. Pride and arrogance
18. Bearing false witness
19. Drinking Khamr (wine)
20. Gambling
21. Slandering chaste women
22. Stealing from the spoils of war
23. Stealing
24. Highway Robbery
25. Taking false oath
26. Oppression
27. Illegal gain
28. Consuming wealth acquired
29. Committing suicide
30. Frequent lying
31. Judging unjustly
32. Giving and Accepting bribes
33. Woman imitating man and man imitating woman
34. Being cuckold
35. Marrying a divorced woman in order to make her lawful for the husband
36. Not protecting oneself from urine
37. Showing-off
38. Learning knowledge of the religion for the sake of this world and concealing that knowledge
39. Betrayal of trust
40. Recounting favors
41. Denying Allah’s Decree
42. Listening to people’s private conversations / eavesdropping
43. Carrying tales
44. Cursing
45. Breaking contracts
46. Believing in fortune-tellers and astrologers
47. A woman’s bad conduct towards her husband
48. Making statues and pictures
49. Lamenting, wailing, tearing the clothing, and doing other things of this sort when an affliction befalls
50. Treating others unjustly
51. Overbearing conduct toward the wife, the servant, the weak, and animals
52. Offending one’s neighbor
53. Offending and abusing Muslims
54. Offending people and having
an arrogant attitude toward them
55. Trailing one’s garment in pride
56. Men wearing silk and gold
57. A slave running away from his master
58. Slaughtering an animal which has been dedicated to anyone other
than ALLAH
59. To knowingly ascribe one’s paternity to a father other than one’s own
60. Arguing and disputing violently
61. Withholding excess water
62. Giving short weight or measure
63. Feeling insecure from ALLAH’s Plan
64. Offending ALLAH’s righteous friends
65. Not praying in congregation but praying alone without an excuse
66. Persistently missing Friday Prayers without any excuse
67. Usurping the rights of the heir through bequests
68. Deceiving and plotting evil
69. Spying for the enemy of the Muslims
70. Cursing or insulting any of the Companions of ALLAH’s
Messenger (S.A.W)(pbuh)

May Allah guide us and keep away all Muslims from the above mentioned Sins…

ISLAM 101: Basic Islamic Terms

Assalaamu Ayakum wa Rahmetullah,

This is a long post as a reference. Every way of life has its own vocabulary. This enables people to communicate about detailed topics using only a few key words. It is important that Muslims learn the vocabulary of Islam so that we all know what we’re talking about. This unites us as Muslims and brings us closer to a sense of belonging to the same community.

Abdul:This means “Servant of.” Many Muslims like to change their names from non-Muslim names to Muslim names. A favorite choice is Abdul. But who is the person a servant of? You must always have something after “Abdul.” The place to look is in the 99 Names of Allah. Allah has many names, such as Wadud (the Loving), Malik (the King), Rahman (The Merciful), Hakim (the Wise.) Just add one of those after Abdul and you become “The Servant of _______”. (For example: Abdul Khaliq: The Servant of the Creator.) etc…

Adab: Manners and ettiquette.

Adhan: (Athzan) The call to prayer.

Ahl al Kitab: This means the “People of the Book.” Allah uses this term in the Qur'an to refer to the Jews, Christians and any other people who received revelation from an authentic Prophet in the past. Because the Ahl al Kitab lost their revelations and twisted the teachings they had, Allah sent one last Messenger to the world, the Prophet Muhammad. He brought the Qur'an from Allah. The Ahl al Kitab are called to believe in Allah’s last message. To repeat: their own message has been lost or changed so much that there is very little of Allah’s truth left in it. The Bible is not the word of Allah. It is a book made up of people’s writings that was put together by Europeans in the year 325 at Nicea. That’s 300 years after the time of Prophet Jesus (‘Esa).

Akhee: My brother.

Akhirah: The next life or the life after death.

Akhlaq: Your character and behavior or the way you conduct yourself.

Alhumdu lillah: All Praise is for Allah.

‘Alim: A scholar or a learned man. The plural is ‘Ulema.

Allah: The name for God in the Arabic language. (Literally: THE GOD). Muslims prefer to say “Allah” no matter what language they speak because in Arabic it is a stand-alone word. In other words, you can’t make it masculine or feminine, plural or whatever. In English you can change “God” to Gods, Goddesses, Demi-God, etc… There is no way to do that in Arabic to the name, Allah.

Islam teaches that Allah is not a male or a female, nor is He black or white. He is not even a human like us. We cannot percieve what god is because our brains are only limited to percieve matter and time and anything beyond this is not percievable at all.
We only use the term “He” when we refer to Him because their is no “it” in Arabic and it seems disrespectful to call Allah an “it” in English. Allah sometimes refers to Himself as “We” or “Us” but don’t be mislead because the reason he says this is because he is the most high and worthy of the highest respect. In many languages, (including English) a single being can call himself a “We” if he wants to so that it emphasizes his power. Allah is everywhere and nowhere. He is never tired and He never needs a “rest.” He is Loving and the upholder of justice and He is the Source of Creation.

Allahu Akbar: “Allah is the Greatest.” This is the universal catch-all phrase of Muslims. When a Muslim shouts, “Takbeer” (Who’s the Greatest!) everyone replies with “Allah Akbar!”

Amir: This means a leader. The Prophet said every group of Muslims must make a leader among them, even if they were only three in number. An Amir is not a dictator and can’t just order people around, however. He must also be elected by the consent of the majority. Because Allah said believers consult each other in their affairs (shura), the Amir must listen to the opinions of the Muslim group and take them seriously. If an Amir begins to clearly go against Islamic teachings, then the Muslims must elect a new one.

Angels: In Arabic they are called the Mala-ika. They are created from light energy. Their only purpose is to serve Allah. They are behind the forces of nature. Some Angels are given the job of watching humans and noting their good and bad deeds for the day of judgment where we will be judged according to what we did in this life and our good and bad deeds will be weighed and whichever is heavier will mean either heaven or hell. Angels can take on physical form, sort of like a hologram, and can appear as humans or whatever.Again we can’t percieve what they look like because our brains cannot think beyond what is on this earth and which is visible to the human eye.Angels are all good and never disobey Allah. They are not male or female. Christianity teaches that some angels went bad and that’s where Satan and the devils came from. Islam teaches that this is not true. Angels are also not people running around in white robes with halos over their head.

Ansar: The helpers. The basic reference is to the new Muslims of Medina who helped the Prophet and the Meccan Muslims after they fled Mecca.

Arabic: A language which originated in the Middle East, specifically in the Arabian peninsula. It is the language Allah chose to reveal His last revelation to the world in.

Arkan al Islami: This means the Pillars of Islam. There are five main practices or “pillars” in the life of a Muslim.

Assalamu 'alaykum: “Peace be upon you.” This is the universal Muslim greeting. The Prophet said that Muslims must use this greeting when they meet. There are also verses in the Qur'an about it. If a person approaches a group, the person should say it first. A younger person should greet an older person first. The reply is “Wa alaykum assalam.” “And upon you be peace.”

Ayah: A verse of the Qur'an. The word literally means a “sign.” The plural is Ayat.

Barzakh: The time in between our death and the day we are raised up for judgment. Our souls will be in “storage"or Barzakh. The word literally means, “Partition” or “Dividing Line.” The stage after our death leading on till the day of judgement.

Bid'a: This means “Innovation” or “Unauthorized Changes.” The Prophet forbade people from making any changes to the teachings or practices of Islam. He said such things and people would go to the Hell fire.So it is essential that we all keep away from deviant sects and the innovators of Islam who mask themselves as being on the straight path but are certainly not.Always stick the the Qur'an and Strong Hadith from the opinion of the majority of scholars.

Da'wah: This means calling or inviting people (to Islam). If you’re talking to someone about Islam you’re doing Da'wah. A Da'i is the person who does Da'wah.

Deen: Way of Life. Islam is not a religion, it’s a complete way of life.

Dhikr (Thzikr): This means to remember Allah. When you repeat words or sentences over and over so you can meditate on Allah and his greatness in the vast universe he has creaated and this earth which he has made just for us as a test ground but we will all return to him.Meditate about all these things whilest praising the lord and cleanse your mind, you are doing or making dhikr. Common dhikr phrases are: “La ilaha illa Allah” (There is no god but Allah.) “Subahanullah wa Bihumdeehee”(Glory to Allah and His is the Praise.) “Alhamdolillah” (all praise be to allah). “Allahu akbar” (allah is the greatest). Saying that last one 100 times gets all your sins forgiven according to the Blessed Prophet. There are many more. Many Muslims like to get those prayer beads to help them keep count but the Prophet said you get more reward if you do it on your fingers alone.

Du'a: This means to call on Allah. Its supplication when one supplicates to the lord. Whenever you ask Allah for something, whether out loud or inside, you are calling on Him. You can make du'a in any words, in any language and Allah has promised to respond, although in a way we might not expect. Many Muslims like to learn some of the du'as that the Prophet said, but you can use your own words to talk to your Maker.

Dunya: This world. “Hayatud Dunya”: “The life of this world.”

'Eid: (Or: 'Id.) The Muslim holiday. There are two Eid’s. One at the end of fasting in Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr. The other after the Hajj is over is called Eid ul Adh ha.

Fard: Something you must do in Islam.An act which is obligatory on us to complete or fulfill. Something that is required by Allah for us to do.

Fatwa: A scholar’s opinion or judgment on an issue related to Islam. It is not binding on a Muslim if there is doubt about it or it can be shown to be faulty. Only a recognized scholar, or 'Alim can issue Fatwas and other scholars must investigate the veracity of their basis.

Fiqh: The science of understanding the Shari'ah. In the past small groups of people with similar opinions about the Shari'ah joined together and formed intellectual clubs called a Math-hab. Today there are five big groupings of these Madh-habs. Shaf’, Hanbali, Maliki, Jafari and Hanafi. Not all Muslims accept the Jafari school as valid due to technical reasons. A Muslim can follow the ideas of any one of them or none of them at all. After all, we have the Qur'an, the sayings of the Prophet, the sayings of his companions and our brains. Don’t be afraid to use them.

Ghusl: A full shower. A Ghusl is required after any sexual discharge or activity before prayers can be offered again. A Ghusl is highly recommended on Fridays before going to Jum'ah prayers.

Hadith: A saying or report by or about the Blessed Prophet. The most reliable collections of Hadith are named after the scholars who collected them in the early days of Islam and checked on them for accuracy. They are: Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, An Nisa'i, Ibn Majah. There are some good books that take Hadiths from the main six and group them by topic. Those good resource books are as follows: “Riyadh as Saliheen”“Mishkat ul Masabih” and “Al Muwatta.”

Hafiz: (Hafithz) A memorizer or guardian of the entire Qur'an.A person who’s memorised the whole Qur'an by heart.

Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca that one is required to do once in a life time if one can afford it.

Halal: Allowed for a Muslim.

Haram: Forbidden for a Muslim.

Hijab: The scarf a woman wears over her head. Some Muslims who like to compromise their beliefs say it’s not required in Islam and they are very wrong and have no knowledge of their Islam. It is obligatory on women to cover as is said to us by our lord for a women to protect her chastity and keep her respect because a women who shows off her beauty and bodily definitions is certainly not respected in the eyes of a man rather looked at in a sexual way. So Islam has the utmost honour and respect for women and given them such a high position in society compared with the west which is quite the opposite. The face-veil (niqab) is entirely upto the individual and it depends on the level of faith of the sister whether she wants to wear it or not although a lot of scholars do say it should be worn because Allah also told the women in the Prophet’s family in the Qur'an to wear the veil and if he told them to wear it then it should also be worn by all Muslim women but other scholars say it is preferrable but not compulsory.

Hijra: To migrate. This term refers firstly to the great migration of the Muslims in the year 622 from the hostile city of Mecca, which was controlled by idol-worshippers, to the safer city of Madinah (then called Yathrib) where Islam could exist freely. The Islamic calendar begins with the Hijra as the first year.

'Ibadah: This term is often translated as “worship” but it is not a correct translation. The word worship in English just means praying and bowing, like worshipping in a church. But the term 'Ibadah literally means “service” and it comes from the root word, “to serve.” When we say that Islam considers all life to be 'Ibadah, we mean that our whole life should be lived in the service of Allah. We are here to serve Allah. In Islam, any good deed, action or thought, even just holding a steady job or smiling at someone is considered doing 'Ibadah for Allah.

Iftar: The meal you eat after sunset in Ramadan. Suhoor is the light breakfast before first light in the morning during Ramadan.

Imam: Literally: leader. Although most Muslims take this term in the sense of a leader of the prayers, it does apply to the group leader outside of prayer as well. An Imam must be elected by the Muslims or at least accepted by them if he is appointed from outside. If the community rejects him, then he cannot be the Imam.

Eman: (Eemaan) Belief or faith. The root word of Eman is Amuna. It implies three meanings: 1) to believe, 2) to confirm that belief in your heart, and 3) to feel safe. Eman is what makes a person a Muslim. Often spelled “Iman”.

Ihsaan: Usually translated as “goodness”. The Prophet (p) defined it as knowing that Allah is watching you even though you don’t see Him.

Injeel: The Gospel of Prophet 'Esa (Jesus). The New Testament of the Bible is not the Gospel of Jesus. The New Testament was written by a lot of different authors well after Jesus went up to the heavens, and it contains stories about Prophet 'Esa, but it is not 'Esa’s message. The present New Testament was assembled three hundred years after the time of Prophet 'Esa by a group of white men on a Greek Island who voted on what their “holy” book should contain. Most of the votes were hotly debated! The Roman emperor who ordered them to do it then told all Christians to accept this new compilation of writings. All other Christian writings were ordered to be destroyed. The New Testament contains four books called Gospels: (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Hundreds more “Gospels” from other authors were burned. A few such as the Gospel of Barnabas and Thomas have survived. The Gospel of Jesus was never written down and is lost.

Insha'llah: If Allah wills something to happen only then will it happen.

Iqamah: The second call to prayer just before the actual prayer begins.

Islam: To surrender to Allah and find peace.To submit oneself TOTALLY to the lord.

Jahannam: Hell.

Jam'a: Together, in a group.

Jannah: Paradise, Heaven. It literally means “the Garden.”

Jibra'il: The angel that brought Allah’s revelation to the Prophet. Allah is so powerful and majestic that it is beneath him to reveal Himself to humans. We are like an ant next to a star in comparison to Allah. He sends the angels to do these small jobs, though He doesn’t need them. In English his name is Gabriel.

Jinn: These are another type of creature Allah created. They are invisible to us but they can see us. They were made from fire elements and thus are pure energy. They are not like ghosts or weird monsters. They can influence your thoughts, encourage you to do wrong, and whisper fears into your mind. They can be good or bad. The good jinn leave us alone. The bad ones, who are also called Shayateen, or Devils, want to destroy you. Astrologers and fortune tellers get their “predictions” and “readings"from them. Jinn spy on the Angels and learn secrets about the future, then they whisper it into the minds of the fortune tellers. Jinn live, die and have families like us but they exist on another plane altogether. The Prophets could control the Jinn but none of us ordinary people can. Although we believe Jinn can possess a human body, Islam teaches that it’s not very common. Don’t believe every “Jinn story” Muslim immigrants will tell you about their aunt or second cousin’s brother. Most of it will be superstitious stories that are culturally based.

Jumu'ah: The Friday Prayer in which all Muslims gather to hear a sermon called a Khutba. It’s time is in place of the Zuhr Salah, usually somewhere between 12 pm and 2 pm. It is mandatory on all men to attend. It is optional for women. The Prophet said if you miss three Jumu'ahs in a row then hypocrisy will start to enter your heart.

Kafir: This means a person who covers up the truth. Usually we say the easier English word “unbeliever.” The plural is Kuffar. (Unbelievers.) The noun (unbelief) is Kufr.

Khalifah: This word means Steward, Manager or Care-taker. Allah made humans to be the Khalifah of the earth. In other words, we were given the earth as a trust to take care of. We shouldn’t ruin it or pollute it. The head of the Muslim Ummah is also called a Khalifah because he is to take care of the Muslim community. Muslims are supposed to elect a Khalifah, but there hasn’t been a world-wide Khalifah for a long time.

Khatib: The person who gives the Khutbah, or Friday sermon. The preacher during Friday services.

Kitabullah: The Book of Allah. (The Qur'an.) The word Kitab means book.

Mahr: The money (or whatever else) that the man has to give to a woman in order to marry her. It is called the marriage-gift and a woman can ask for whatever she wants. If it is money, it can be deferred and paid gradually over time. The husband can never take it away for any reason.

Malik ul Mawt: The Angel of Death.

Masjid: Literally means, “the place of bowing.” This is the name for a Muslim prayer hall or commonly known as Mosque.

Madh-hab: This means, “School of Thought.” In Islam we have the Qur'an, the example of the Prophet and the sayings and guidance of the Prophet’s companions. Through the centuries, various Muslim scholars have tried to make those teachings easier for Muslims to live by through organizing them, talking about them and trying to use those tools to find answers to questions where those first three sources are quiet.

Of course different opinions developed between different scholars and some people chose to follow one scholar or the other. Those differences in ideas about how to follow Islamic rules are called “Schools of Thought.” There are 4 main schools today. Some people say you have to “follow” one of those schools to be a Muslim, but this is not true. You have to follow Islamic teachings but you don’t have to put some label on yourself. Each of the four schools is named after the scholar who founded or inspired it.

The four are: Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, Shaf'i. The books and writings of the schools are a good source of information about the particulars of Islam, but our real label is, “I am a Muslim, and only a Muslim.” The Hanafi and Shaf'i schools are considered the easiest school and the Hanbali is considered the hardest in terms of social and personal rules.But they are all right in their own way and it is recommended to follow one in order to safe guard ones self from following ones own desires although it is not obligitory it is recommeneded.

Mecca: (Also spelled Makkah). A city in Arabia founded thousands of years ago by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). At that time it was called “Becca.” Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was born there in the year 570.

Medina: (Also spelled Madinah). A city about 200 miles north of Mecca. The Prophet established the Islamic community there. He passed away there and is buried there.

Mu'adhan: The person who does the call for prayer.

Mujahid: A person who does Jihad or holy war.

Mu'min: A person with Iman(faith). A true believer.

Mus-haf: The Arabic text of the Qur'an. “Brother, hand me a Mus-haf.” (Qur'an with the Arabic in it).

Mushrik: A person who commits Shirk (making partners with Allah). Usually an idol-worshipper. A Hindu would be considered a Mushrik because they bow down to many idols and statues.

Muslim: A person who surrendered to Allah and is working at finding peace.

Nabi: This term means Prophet.

Nafs: This is often translated as “soul” but it really means “the self,” i.e. “You and only you.”

Naar: The fire (of Hell).

Nikkah: The Islamic wedding ceremony.

Qadr: This term is often translated as “Destiny” or “Pre-destination.” This is not entirely accurate. It means literally “to measure.” The religious idea behind it is that Allah measured everything in the universe. The length of your life is “measured,” as is your fortune and your life’s circumstances. Because of the knowledge of Allah, He knows if you will be a believer or a kafir but He doesn’t make you be either one of those.

Qadiani: Another name for the sectarian deviant Ahmadiyya movement and they are not Muslims but call themselves Muslims.

Qiblah: The direction of Prayer. All Muslims make their prayers, or salat, facing Mecca. Allah commanded us to do this in the Qur'an as a show of unity and to remember Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who built the first shrine there in that place so many thousands of years ago. Prophet Adam is said to have built an even older shrine many thousands of years before that in that very place.

Qur'an: This is the name of the Book Allah revealed to the Prophet Muhammad from the years 610-632. Allah revealed it in stages, one section at a time, as the Muslims were ready to follow it. It has 114 chapters called surahs. It was revealed in the Arabic language and has never been lost, changed or edited, like the Bible or Buddhist books have.

We have lots of translations of the Qur'an into English, but a translation can never be as good as the original words and their full meaning. All Muslims try to learn Arabic so they can read the Qur'an. Be advised, there are two different types of Arabic. The first is the language of the Qur'an, in other words, whatever vocabulary words are used in the Qur'an. The second type of Arabic is everyday Arabic, in other words, things that would help you talk about a sports game, a vacation or a day at the office. Many Muslims get bogged down by studying the second type of Arabic. You should work towards the first type if your main goal is to understand the Qur'an.

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims are required to fast from before sunrise to sunset every day of this month. There are many details concerning this so consult the section on beliefs and practices.

Rasul: This term means Messenger.

Ruh: Your spirit or soul. Allah gave it to you on loan and thus you had better not sin and dirty it up.

Sadaqah: Charity.

Sahaba: A companion of the Prophet.

Sahabiyat: The female companions of the Prophet.

Sajda: Bowing on the floor in prayer; prostration.

Salafi: This is the name of a group of Muslims who took stance of Abdul Wahaab who was a reformer. Their name is derived from the Salaf, (ancestors) which is a reference to the Sahaba and the generation immediately after them. They tend not to follow a madhab.

Salat: (or Salah) This means prayer, the prayer in which you stand, bow and prostrate. The literal meaning of the word is: to make a connection with.

Shahadah: The Declaration of Faith. By believing in and declaring the following phrase, a person becomes a Muslim: “Ash hadu an la ilaha illallah, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadar rasulullah.” “I declare that there is no god but Allah, and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” There are other ways to say this formula but this is the most common one. When a person accepts Islam, all his or her past sins are forgiven and his or her record is wiped clean and they start again from that moment as if they were just born.

Shaykh: Literally: Chief or Boss. It is the title that Muslims sometimes give to their scholars. It is not required in Islam but many people like to use this term.

Shari'ah: It is usually translated as Islamic Law. It means the path of Islam.

Shirk: This is the greatest and most terrible sin. It is the one sin that can keep your soul out of Paradise and doom you to Hellfire. It means making partners with Allah. If a person says that there are many gods, or says that Allah is divided up into different people (such as the Trinity teaching of Christianity) then they are committing Shirk. Allah said it is the one sin He won’t forgive if you die while doing it. The Blessed Prophet Muhammad once mentioned also that a person who likes to feel greatness in their heart was also committing a kind of Shirk. This is because all greatness is for Allah and we should always try to be humble. The Prophet also said, “La Yad khulu al Jannah min kana fee qal beehee mith qalu habbatin min kibr.” “They won’t enter Paradise, the one who has even a little bit of the love of greatness in their heart.”

Shaytan: (or Shaytan) It means Satan. (The literal meaning is to separate from.) Islam teaches that a Jinn named Iblis didn’t want to bow when Allah commanded a bunch of angels to bow down to Adam in respect of his knowledge. Iblis thought he was better than both humans and angels. Allah banished him to earth and let him have extended life until the Day of Judgment. That is because Iblis challenged Allah and said if he had time he would corrupt all human beings. Iblis’s name literally means “Frustrated.” He is also known as the Shaytan, or Satan.

Siyam (or Saum) Fasting.

Subhanullah: “Glory to Allah.” This phrase is said whenever we’re happy or when we see something wonderful or hear about something wonderful.We as Muslims should say it as often as we can becasue of its GREAT rewards.

Sufi: This is the name for a group of another sect of Muslims who want to be super-spiritually oriented. Sufis tend to try and be as close to the Sunnah as possible and they like to do group dhikr and chanting. While most Sufis are okay Islamically, there are a few groups that go way out and are close to being outside of Islam. Most Sufis you will encounter are of the okay kind. They are distinguished by their traditional Islamic dress and turbans. The word Sufi comes from the term for wool cloth, which was a material early Sufis liked to wear to emphasize how they didn’t want to be captured by the love of fineries in this world.

Sufis organize themselves into “orders” or groups, called Tariqas. These groups are headed by a leader called a Shaykh who is considered the most spiritual man with the most Taqwa among them. Some famous Sufi Tariqas that operate all over the world are the Naqshabandis and Qadiriyya. The most famous Sufi Muslim scholars that ever lived are Jalaluddin Rumi, Muhammad al Ghazali and Abdul Qadir Jilani.

Suhoof: “Scrolls.” This is the name of the revelation given to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) about 4,000 years ago. It was lost.

Sunnah: The example or “way” of the Prophet. How he lived his life and what his practices were.

Sunni: This is the name of the largest sect or group of Muslims. This group amounts to about 85-90% of all Muslims world-wide. Sunni’s believe in the mission of the Prophet as he taught it and try very hard to adhere to the Prophet’s example with no changes. This doesn’t mean that Sunni’s are somehow the only 'true’ Muslims, however, because the Prophet never taught that we should even label ourselves Sunni’s or Shi'as.

Sunni Islam is just closer to real Islam because it is the way of the Prophet and his companions aswell as the righteous predecessors. The best thing for a Muslim to do is to drop all the labels and just say, “I’m a Muslim."But there are many Muslims in the world who get emotional about wanting to call themselves some kind of label besides the basic, "I’m a Muslim.” Have patience with them and do what is right. The term Sunni comes from the title, “Ahl as-Sunnah wal Jam'a” which means, “People of the Example (of the Prophet) and the Main Group (of First Muslims).”

Surah: It is a chapter of the Qur'an. The word literally means “a step up in progression” or a “fence.”

Tafseer: Commentary or explanation of the Qur'an. Many Qur'an translations will have footnotes on the bottom of the page to help you understand the meaning of an ayah. That would be called Tafseer.

Taqwa: This term means many things at once. The first meaning is that you are always aware that Allah is watching you. This brings you to the second meaning and that is that you will try to be good always. Do you see how the two things wrapped together can be so beautiful? When a Muslim has Taqwa, we say they are “Aware of Allah” “Conscious of Allah” and striving to be righteous.The main meaning is the fear of allah, because if we fear him then we will not go astray.Allah loves those most who fear him the most.

Tauhid: Sometimes it’s spelled Tawhid. It means the Oneness of Allah. Allah has no partners, He is not divided up into parts and He is not in need of anyone to help Him in anything whatsoever.

Taurah: The revelation given to Prophet Musa (Moses). The first five books of the old testament in the Bible are said to be the “Torah” of Moses, but no serious Bible scholar, whether Jewish or Christian believes that anymore. Musa’s message was lost long ago. Just take a look, everything about Prophet Moses in the Bible is written in third person: “And Moses said this,” and “Moses went there,” Someone else wrote those things, certainly not Moses!

Ukhtee: Means “My sister.”

Wahy: This word means revelation or inspiration. When Allah was revealing His messages to the Prophet, we would say the Prophet was receiving “Wahy.” The Blessed Prophet once said that after him, all Wahy from Allah was finished except for one thing: dreams that can come true.

Wudu: Washing for prayer.

Yowm ul Qiyamah: The Day of Judgment. (Literally: Day of rising.)Because that is the day all creation from the begining till the end will rise on the plains of arafat and be judged on their life and actions.

Zabur: The revelation given to Prophet Dawud (David). The Psalms in the Bible are not the pure Zabur. Christian scholars admit that at least half of the verses in Psalms were written by temple priests, government workers, etc, in ancient Israel. And no one knows which half are from Prophet Dawud and how many have been lost or altered.

Zakah: This is often translated as “Charity” or “Poor-due” but the literal meaning of the word is actually, “Purifying."Zakah is the third pillar of Islam. It involves giving 2.5% of your yearly wealth, after expenses, for the benefit of the poor and the needy. The "purifying” part comes in by learning not to be greedy. If you give some of your money for the sake of Allah to the poor, you make your heart less prone to greed.

Also check this out please:

If you want to study a persons life…study the way Umar ibn khattab R.A use to live. He was a man with power and wisdom…use to feel for his ummah…he was the first person to establish child benefits and he lead the world towards equality…a real inspiration…a legend….a true slave of Allah swt and a leader to the people. He helped the oppressed, the poor, women, children, elderly and poor…a man that had a hard exterior but the softest interior…all us men can learn from him how to be a real man….a true inspiration….a motivator and sustainer of peace…this is a man of his word and shaitan use to run a mile when he saw him because his heart consisted of pure goodness…research his life brings tears to my eyes…this is Umar Ibn Khattab R.A

Seek knowledge.
Seeking it purely for Allah (ﷻ)’s sake is fearing Him;
Pursuing it is worshipping Him;
discussing it is remembering Him;
searching for it is Jihad;
imparting it to others is charity
and spending it for the benefit of the family is affinity.
All this is because knowledge is the borderline between the lawful and the unlawful;
the light to the inroads to heaven;
the friend in isolation;
the companion in travel,
the person to discuss with in solitude,
the guide in happiness and sorrow;
bringer of peace to the enemy,
and an ornament to the intimate friend.
With the power of knowledge Allah raises a people and makes them leaders of virtues.
Their footsteps and deeds are imitated and people conclude with their opinions.
The angels show anxiousness in their friendship and spread their wings for them.
Every animate and inanimate prays for their salvation;
the fish and creatures in the sea,
the animals and beasts on the land,
all ask for repentance for the learned.
This is so because knowledge is equivalent to praying through the night.
Knowledge brings one closer to his relative and verses him with the facts of the lawful and the unlawful.
Knowledge remains the leader while actions remain the followers.
It inspires the fortunate and deprives the wicked.

It is easy to throw the blame - for what is happening to Muslims all around the world - on others (Arab leaders or whoever.) But we forget that the main reason of Muslims weakness, is Muslims themselves..

Allah almighty says: {Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].} Quran [30:41]

Once again: { so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done}

Sheikh Ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said: “If the Muslims are weak and their enemies have gained an upper hand against them, then this is a result of their sins whether it is by their neglectfulness in establishing obligatory matters both inwardly (having the correct belief) and/or outwardly (like prayer, fasting, zakah, etc).
(Majmoo’ 11/645)

Sirya, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, Gaza.. All are our responsibility, the responsibility of each single one of us, the consequence of what we have done, our sins, our mistakes, our unawareness…

So when you have learned that it is your fault, Then know that you have to correct it..and know that saying “Our Hearts Are with You Gaza/Sirya/iraq..” isn’t enough, your tears aren’t enough, even only Dua isn’t enough..

You want to know why? Then Read:

{ Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.} Quran [13:11]

So take the responsibility, and

  1. purify your Nafs
  2. soften your heart
  3. repent to Allah (from your sins)
  4. correct you Salat
  5. correct your Hijab
  6. Stick to the Qur'an and Sunnah
  7. leave Bid'aa (innovation)
  8. beautify your manners
  9. increase your knowledge (of Islam)
  10. preserve your tongue / ears / eyes /heart

>> CHANGE youself !

The greatest opportunity is still there: **RAMDHAN**

Muslims all around the world need YOU.. don’t disappoint them.

=== UPDATE ===

We received many questions concerning our article about Gaza, so here is the answer insh’Allah

Bismi Allahi alrrahmani alrraheem

Brothers and sisters May Allah bless you wherever you are, If we ponder upon the Ayat of Quran I’ve included in the article, we will find the answer to your questions,

Let us read again:
 {Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].} Quran [30:41]

Another Ayah:

{And whatever strikes you of disaster - it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much.}[42:30]

Did Allah Almighty say it’s because of your leaders/rulers/governments or anything else? No! He said:  {by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned} {for what your hands have earned}

Allah is telling us that corruption and disasters who strikes the Ummah, are nothing but the fair consequence of what we have done:our sins, our misdeeds, and disobedience.
The fair consequence of filling our hearts with love of the dunya, its lust and desires. instead of filling them with Tawheed and the love of Allah his messenger his commands and all what Allah love.
The fair consequence of turning away from Quran and Sunnah, and committing Bid’ah..

{{And your Lord is not ever unjust to [His] servants.}} Quran[41:46]

So if we want Allah to relieve us from these disasters (Ummah weakness, overcoming us by our enemies…)  we should work to eliminate the reason that made us deserve it to strikes us!

And after we learned that the reason is Us and OUR misdeeds, then we should repent from them and {return [to righteousness].} correct belief, obedience etc.. so that Allah change our condition.

{ Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.} Quran [13:11]
Until we change OURSELVES… nothing but OURSELVES.

So the more we change ourselves, leave sins, repent from misdeeds (from all of them, beginning by the greatest one and ending by the smallest one) return to righteousness and piety in all its forms, the more we get close to Nasr (triumph)

Anonymous said:

[Are you serious? Not wearing my hijab properly means the slaughter of my PEOPLE?]

Isn’t “not wearing hijab properly” a sin? then yes it does mean it, every sin we make is a step away from Nasr (triumph) and every good deed is a step toward Nasr (triumph). That’s what Allah told us, (re-read the verses if you want) and also what out Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (May Allah exalt His mention and grant him safety)  told us:

On the authority of Thawbaan (radiyallaahu-anahu) that the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:

The nations will soon call one another against you, just as people call one another to eat from a qas-a (i.e. a large plate of food).

They asked: ‘’O Messenger of Allaah, is it because we will be few in number at that time?

He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) replied: No, you will be many in number at that time, but you will be Ghuthaa –(i.e. like the froth scum on the water). And Allaah will remove from the hearts of the enemies the fear they had for you and will place wahn in your hearts.

They said: What is Wahn O Messenger of Allaah?

He said: Love of the worldly life and having hatred for death.’’

[Reported by Ahmad 21897 and Abu Daawood 4297. [Declared authentic by Imaam Albaanee in As-saheehah number: 8183]

Once again we are told that the reason is us.

Remember the story of Uhud, defeat has befallen upon Muslims because of the disobedience of only some of them! {And Allah did indeed fulfil His Promise to you when you were killing them (your enemy) with His Permission; until (the moment) you lost your courage and fell to disputing about the order, and disobeyed}[3:152]

How do you think we can defeat our enemies while we didn’t defeat our desires and lusts?!
We want triumph upon enemies? let us first triumph upon Shaytan !

We want to be ruled by the law of Allah? let us first rule our Nafs (ourselves) by it !

But unfortunately we always prefer to follow our Hawa (own desire) rather than to follow the command of Allah - except those upon which my Lord has mercy -  and would choose the easiest way to deal with the current condition of the Ummah: putting the blame on other than ourselves, and complaining about being unable to help our brothers and sisters, so that we won’t have to carry the burden of feeling responsibility of what happens to Muslims all around the world. While in fact, we are able to do much for them, but we don’t want to! 

Triumph and defeat depends on what everyone of us does, but we don’t want to believe it!

So accept the fact or don’t, The One really responsible is Me, You and Every One of Us!

Mahr of Fatimah

Ali said:

“I married Fatimah (may Allah be pleased with her) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, let me go ahead with the marriage.’ He said: ‘Give her something - mahr -.’

I said: ‘I do not have anything.’ He said: ‘Where is your Hutami shield?’ I said, ‘I have it with me.’

He said, ‘Give it to her.’”

{ Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i, 3160.}

This was the mahr of Fatimah, the daughter of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the leader of the women of Paradise.

Mention what you will of the greatness of Allāh, but Allāh is greater than anything you say. And mention what you will of the Fire, but it is more severe than anything you say. And mention what you will of Paradise, but it is better than anything you say.
—  Alī ibn Abī Tālib (may Allāh be pleased with him) [Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-‘Ilm article 853]
A Message Regarding The Birmingham Old Qurʾān Finding

Important message from Sheikh Ayman Suwayd regarding recent finding of old Copy of The Quran in Birmingham University


Assalamu Alaikum Wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
Respected brothers and sisters; the news has spread that parts of a very old copy of The Quran has been found in Birmingham University. They are saying that through Carbon checks they have found that it goes back to the Prophetic period approximately and that its very old and its an amazing news.

I want to just highlight the difference between the western academic studies method and our Islamic studies system. The western study process depends on oldness / age alone. They will suffice by saying it has been found that it returns to a certain period in time. Nothing besides this concerns them.

As for us Muslims alhamudlillah - if for example a part of the Quran was found and the Carbon checks proved that it is very old and ages back to the Prophetic time; in our study curriculum to ascertain this we have two fundamental questions.
The first question is who wrote it? Because we dont take our deen (religious studies) from nobodies nor do we take our deen from unknowns. Because it could be that the writer was uneducated or that he was an enemy or that the writer wrote it from his memory and the memory can forget.

The second crucial question is; where did the writer write it from, ie where did he copy it from? Because The Quran isnt written from the head, rather it is written from a copy before it.
We know that the first time the glorious Quran was written it was in front of the Prophet (peace be upon him) on what was available in that era. Thereafter during the time of Our leader Abu bakr As siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) when he summoned Hadrat Zayd Bin Thabit to compile the Quran and write it; He (Zayd bin Thabit) collected all of those pieces which were written in the presence of The prophet (peace be upon him) and copied them onto what became knows as the Bakriyyah As Siddiqiyyah Pamphlets.
Later on During the time of Uthman Bin Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) when he wanted to make more copies of The Quran; again it was Zayd Bin Thabit who lead the project and Uthman said to Hafsa bint Umar (may Allah be pleased with her) send us the pamphlets so that we can copy them. Hence The Quran is copied from a copy before it and isn’t written from memory.

Therefore when a copy of the Quran reaches us like this truncated the way they found in Sana University or Birminghim University or any other place in the world; it doesnt shake us. I know that some orientalists have taken advantage of this to try and shake the beliefs of the Muslims in their holy book. They said a copy has been found which ages back to the first century etc and it is different from what the Muslims have today and this could review the status of the principles of Islam. None of what they said holds any value.

Our system is based on who wrote and from where. This is how we verify. We ask who wrote it so that we can be sure that he was righteous, protecting of his deen and upheld its rules. We ask from where did he copy so that we can be certain that it was copied from a reliable copy and not from the top his head or from an unreliable copy.

I wanted to draw your attention to this so that if the news reaches you on back of pamphlets or copies of Quran which are old and go back to prophetic times according examinations: if it agrees and matches what we already have as the Quran then we say welcome. However if it differs from what we have then the realiable is the Quran we have.
Again Alhamdulillah. All praises are due to the lord of all the worlds.

Translated by Kazi Ashiqur Rahman.

Message sent by Hazrat Moulana Shabbeer Saloojee Sahib دامت بركاته - Muhtamim of Darul Uloom Zakariyya

onlyprayer  asked:

Why arent arab leaders doing anything?whats wrong with them?

I don’t know. I don’t know why arab leaders don’t do anything. I don’t know why Islamic organisations don’t do anything.Palestine is the only true islamic country. It shows that real jihad still exists. It shows that true Islam and Muslims still exist and besides terrible difficult life they still repeat ,,Alhamdulillah’’.I want to see all of these Muslim leaders when after death Allah asks them why they didn’t do anything when their brothers and sisters were killed. 

Will you ever leave the door or even the gate at your house open?

Not in a million years, right?

Reasons for family safety and because there had been so many crime cases within the neighbourhood, and that is totally fine, we do understand such situations like that.

That is why this story I am sharing is quite amazing to the fact that there was no harm that came in his house even though it was left open for years.

His name may not sound familiar as other prominent sahabah, but his character will stand out just like how the other prominent sahabah.

Actually, this man, Al Waleed Ibn ‘Uqbah is the half brother of 'Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu through his mother.

If you know 'Amr Ibn Al'As Radiyallahu Anhu then you wouldn’t miss out about Al Waleed for the trustworthiness that Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu gave to them were on equal stature. 

Ibn 'Uqbah was both employed by the Caliphate of both Abu Bakr and 'Umar who always chose and thoroughly studied the qualifications of their governors. 

Indeed, with the keen study and choices that both the caliphs did pave way to the rapid and large scale spread of Islam.

Some of his tasks included:

• He was entrusted with secrets in exchange of correspondence between the caliph [Abu Bakr] and his commander Khalid Ibn Al Waleed during the battle of Al Madhar against the Persians in 12 AH.

• He was sent with reinforcements with to his commander 'Iyad Ibn Ghanam Al Fihri.

• He was sent to the tribe of Qada'ah to collect Zakat in 13 AH.

• He became the governor of the tribe of Taghlib and the Arabs of Al Jazeerah in 15 AH during the reign of 'Umar.

• He became the governor of Kufah during the reign of 'Uthman.

These are just brief samples of the tasks he was given, and I would like to highlight his governance during the time of 'Uthman Ibn Affan as the governor of Kufah.

It was said that for years there was no gate at his house, meaning people would come to see him and deliver their problems hoping solutions from him, this was how approachable Ibn Uqbah was to the people of Kufah.

During the period of his governorship in Kufah, his armies would march to eastern horizons, conquering the land, as was testified in his absence by one of the greatest of Muslim judges that history has ever known in terms of his knowledge, virtue and fairness, the great Tabi'i Imam Al-Sha'bi.

He also said: “If only you had seen Al Waleed and his campaigns and his governorship, for he would go out on campaign and reach such and such place, and he never fell short or was accused of falling short by anyone until he was dismissed from his post.”

Also 'Uthman said: “I did not appoint Al Waleed because he is my brother, rather I appointed him because he is the son of Umm Hakeem Al Bayda, the paternal aunt of the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and the twin sister of his father.”

Verily, Al Waleed was such one of the most beloved of people to the people and one of the kindest of them. 

Ma sha Allah there is so much to learn from this man, even though he was given such great task he never hindered people from coming to him and asking him about their concerns and problems, as we see he had his house without a gate emphasizing that he can be approach at anytime.

Indeed, he was a governor of the people for the people 24/7. Ma sha Allah. This attribute of Ibn Uqbah should remind the leaders of Muslim countries about their true description of work, that the people are their main concern not themselves, that it is the people that they work for and not the people working for them.

Such are the likes of great men that even at the period where he reigned as governor of Kufah that danger was laid infront of him as there were people who tried to do wrong with him still it didn’t stop him from being very approachable to people.

It is just a reminder that when you have such position you should be more approachable, not that when you gained such political position then you enclose yourself with all the body guards and men of the city.

This is a man who walks freely because he has not wronged people, only those who know by themselves that they did wrong would guard themselves in fear that someone might attack them. 

May this story about Al Waleed Ibn 'Uqbah remind us all about humility and selfless service to our brothers and sisters in deen. Amin


Stories were taken from:

• Siyar A'lam an Nubala’,3/21
• Fasl Al Khitab fi Mawaqif Al Ashab, Al Gharsi, p. 78
• Tareekh At Tabari, 4/168
• Tareekh At Tabari, 5/28,29
• At Tamheed wa'l Bayan, p. 40
• Tareekh At Tabari, 5/251
• Fasl Al Khitab fi Mawafiq Al Ashab, p. 79

Sufyan At-Thawri, said :

Do not hate anyone who obeys Allah. Be merciful to the common people and their leaders. Do not sever family ties and keep good relations with those who cut you off. Keep good relations with them even if they cut you off. Overlook those who wrong you and you will be a companion to the prophets and the martyrs.”

Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 84 •

“Seek knowledge of Islam , because seeking it for the sake of Allah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge Allah will be known and worshipped. With the knowledge Allah will elevate people and make them leaders and imams, who will in turn guide other people.”

Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya vol.10, p.39