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Preface to What is the Sunnah and Hadith?

By Umer Sultan| Part 1: Preface to What is the Sunnah and Hadith?

One of the most common topic of discussion among Muslims now a days is about the Sunnah.  Most of us Muslims have heard this word ‘Sunnah‘ and in many discussions we might have heard brothers and sisters questioning, discussing and arguing the following:

If Hadith is the saying of Prophet Muhammad, is Sunnah the actions of the Prophet? What is the significance of either one?

What is Sunnah? What is the authority of Sunnah?

I don’t have to follow Sunnah, I can leave it. It is not like it is Fard (obligatory).

Is Sunnah below the Qur’an? Is Sunnah inferior than the Qur’an?

I don’t understand the difference between Sunnah and Hadith!

Is beard a Sunnah or Wajib (commanded)? I was told it is Sunnah, but others say it is Wajib?  What is the difference? Can both be true at the same time or not? I am confused.

The list, however, continues and I am not here to compile the list. Each of these issues will be addressed piece meal inshallah (God Willing) in the Continue reading

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“Muslim Youth Start Studying Early: Don’t be an ignorant shaykh” said Urwah ibn Al-Zaubayr

It is reported that Hisham bin ‘Urwah said, reporting from his father, ‘Urwah bin Al-Zubayr – Allah have mercy on him,

“He used to say to us when we were youths, ‘Why do you not Continue reading

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“Muslim Girl- The Plight of Sisters” by Awil Jama

Here is another poem by my friend Awil Jama. Many people liked his previous poem that I shared at my blog as a part of the Reviving the Muslim Youth series, which is here “Somali Boy.”

Much of what Awil Jama says here can be equally said about the plight of the Muslim Brother. However, I do hope that he would write another poem only on the Plight of the brothers, inshallah.

Muslim Girl-The Plight of Sisters

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Foreign Policy compiles sites and forums of Internet Radicals

Foreign Policy posted this interesting and alarming link at their website. There are few interesting things that I noticed.

On slide 15, it shows that these Radicals are also on Facebook with “200 fans.” Now if you compare this with other Islamic oriented pages on Facebook that are not that famous and are not affiliated with any famous organizations like Productive Muslim, Islamic Studies have many more fans than this. This is one example that it shows that it’s the small group but is highly organized.

Moreover, many of these people are working on their own by listening radical leaders on YouTube and Internet Forums, creating videos and posting on YouTube that are emotional and arouse people to do something against leadership (foreign and domestic!). The ignorance of Islam (limited or no understanding of Islam) combined with zealousy or political/financial situation of the person or his family all contributes to this radicalism.

Ulema (Muslim Religious Scholars) of Islam have always stood against Radicalism and Extremism. If you want to read a book on this subject (especially for Muslims) read “Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Continue reading

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Focusing on the Muslim Youth

The future of the Muslim Ummah needs to be guided and revived so that when they become the elders, they are equipped with the tools to lead. Some nice post coming soon inshallah…

I will be focusing on the Muslim youth this month inshallah. Some nice articles and post will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

Muslim youth is going through the identity crises. Besides identity crises there are going into extremes. Extremes of secularism where they are Muslim by name or by culture and are opposite to the teachings of Islam in every way or form (May Allah guide me and them)- and on the other side some of the youth are going into the other extreme and that is religious and political extremes where some youth due to the conflict of the predominant Anti-Islamic/Secular culture and the Islamic teachings that they notice they become reactionaries.

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Somali Boy- A Poem by Awil Jama

Below is the poem written by Brother Awil Jama (with his Note) regarding the condition of the Somali youth. Although Brother Jama wrote this intending for the Somali youth, I feel that this poem in general addresses the issues concerning all Muslim youth- Somali, Pakistani, Arab etc.

Leave your comments below about what do you think of this poem. Thank you.

Somali Boy- A Poem
By Awil Jama,

Walking on a land where the surfaces are bound with desires and obsessions.

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Humility in Knowledge and Arrogance in Ignorance

The following article is a great read on the crises of Knowledge among the Muslims of today compared to the Muslims of Salaf Saliheen.

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By Khalid Baig

Imam Malik bin Anas (b. 93 AH, d. 179 AH) was one of the greatest Islamic scholars of all times. Among his 1300 disciples were people from all walks of life; rulers, judges, historians, Sufis, poets, and scholars of Qur’an, Hadith, and Fiqh (Jurisprudence). The Khalifah attended his class as an ordinary student along with others.

In the best traditions of this Ummah Imam Malik considered his knowledge as a trust. When he knew something to be right or wrong, no intimidation could stop him from declaring so. It was his fatwa that divorce given under compulsion is invalid, that earned him the wrath of the ruler (as it implied that pledge of allegiance given under compulsion was also invalid). He was punished with lashes and at every strike he said,

“I am Malik bin Anas and I declare that divorce given under compulsion is invalid.”

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Taqwiyat-ul-Iman by Shah Ismail Shaheed: A Must Read Book for every Muslim

By Umer Sultan

Tawheed, which can be loosley translated as Monotheism or specifically as Islamic Monotheism is the concrete base of the Building of Islam. It is the first article of Faith in Islam, and it is this message that Allah sent the chain of Prophets from Adam to Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon all of them.

Today, associating partners with God has become a normal practise, a culture established by traditions. The very message that the Seal of the Prophethood, Muhammad ibn Abdullah was sent by God, seems to be lost in practise. A lot has been written on this after the era of Great Imams. For before that it was common sense, but now the common sense is Shirk- unfortunately. People are labeled with innovative or derogatory words to people who defend the first pillar of Islam- Tawheed.  Unfortunately, these accusers and label stampers are Muslims themselves.

Taqwiyat-ul-Iman (Strenghtening of the Faith) was written by one of the great scholars of Indian Subcontinent- Shah Ismail Shaheed.  Shah Ismail was a grandson of Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Ad-Dehlavi.  After Sheikh-ul-Islam Imam Ibn Taymiyya and Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, Shah Ismail’s Taqwiyat-ul-Iman is a MUST READ for every Muslim Lay men and women. After I read this book, I came to find out some faults in my own belief. Shirk that are so common because of the custom and tradition and lack of knowledge, one never gives a second thought about one’s own believes and practices.

Ignorance will not be an excuse in front of Allah, and understanding the basics of Islam is an obligation upon every Muslim- male or female, young or old. Tawheed is the base of the Shahadah– the first Pillar of Islam, and if that is lacking in a Muslim, then prayers and fasting, Zakah and Hajj is all useless.  Moreover, how can anyone claim to believe in something about which one has no knowledge about! This is a very serious issue, that is largely ignored!

In this book you will find evidences from the Holy Quran and Ahadith-e-Nabwi for every claim. Refusing to believe in Tawheed and by bogus labeling Shah Ismail Shaheed as a “Deobandi” “Wahabi” or “Salafi” is a grave injustice to Islam.

Taqwiyat-ul-Iman can be read online here in English. It can be bought online in USA here and in Europe or Britain here.

May Allah giver guidance to every one and show us Siratul Mustaqeen. Ameen.

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Opening the Doors of Ijtihad


We have heard all this before “Why our Ulema do not come together and use Ijtihad?,” however, recently a 3 day international seminar took place in the capital city Islamabad, Pakistan, organized by The Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University-Islamabad (IIUI) on “Islamic Legal Thought and Institutions in South Asia.

Scholars mainly attended from India and Pakistan with one scholar from United States. Scholars were from different school of thoughts and presented their research work and recommendations on contemporary Fiqh and the evolution of fiqh in South Asia.

Read the complete article on this subject at Hamara Pakistan 1947, where I was able to post the entire article.

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