Category: General Etiquette

Insulting scholars and pursuing their defects are blameworthy

Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak, the master of the science of Hadith who died in 181 AH, was asked: Who are the best among people?

He said: Scholars.

It was asked: Who are the best among kings?

He said: The ascetics.

Somebody asked: Who are the low people[1]?

He said: Those who replace religion with the ...

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Appeasing Thoughts

Soothing broken souls (Nafs) and appeasing the thoughts of people in tribulation is one of the greatest causes of intimacy and love among Muslims. Read the book to discover the ethics of appeasing thoughts. ... more

Restraint

The strength of advancement must be directed to the things that are of benefit to the person in this life and the Hereafter. As for the strength of restraint, this must be used to abstain from what harms the person. The Muslim should naturally be disposed to advance in good and restrain from evil. This restraint is like a rein that holds the Muslim back from all evil. ... more

Being considerate of others’ feelings

The way of life that has been set forth in the Qur’aan and the authentic Prophetic Sunnah (traditions), is not limited to only creed, worship, actions of the limbs and the slave’s relationship with his Lord. It goes further than that, and tells us to be well-mannered with Allah’s creation, to be kind and charitable to them and to maintain a good relationship with them. And so we find that Islam calls to being friendly with others, and to treat them well. Read more to be more considerate of others’ Feelings. ... more

#10 Exchanging Gifts

The Sunnah of exchanging gifts


One of the sweetest Sunnahs is exchanging gifts, it plants love between people. The Messenger of Allah () said: «Exchange gifts as that will lead to increasing your love for one another» (Al-Baihaqi).


The Prophet () used to accept gifts even simple ...

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Sending blessings and peace upon the Prophets, and praying for Allah’s pleasure, mercy and safety for others

 

What is customary is for us to say “Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)” specifically for our Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him); is it permissible to offer this supplication with this wording for other Prophets? Who are the only ones for whom the following phrases are to be used: may Allah be pleased with him (radiya Allahu ‘anhu), may Allah have mercy on him (rahimahu Allah), may Allah keep him safe (sallamahu Allah)? Is it permissible to offer supplication for a great scholar who strove all his life to call people to Allah and His Messenger, such as Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz and other, similar contemporary scholars, when they die, by saying “may Allah be pleased with him” or “peace be upon him”?

Praise be to Allah. Firstly:Offering supplication by saying “Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)” is not only for our Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him); rather it may be said for all the Prophets (blessings and ... Continue Reading

The ideal way to send blessings upon the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)

I am one of those who send blessings upon the Prophet between 50 and 100 times a day, according to circumstances. I say: “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa aali Muhammad (O Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad).” There are some people who tell me that my sending blessings upon the Messenger of Allah is lacking. Can you tell us – may Allah reward you with good – what is the ideal way to send blessings upon the master of mankind, and is the way I am doing it really lacking?

Praise be to Allah.Sending blessings upon the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) is one of the greatest acts of worship encouraged in Islam, and it is one of the most beneficial supplications for a person in this world and the hereafter, and it is one of the requirements of loving, ... Continue Reading

Cover Your Body Not Just Your Hair

{And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty} ... more

The Five Secrets of a Productive Muslimah

Success is something that has been on my mind lately. One of the first questions that comes to mind is ‘what are the secrets to success?’ As Muslim women growing up in contemporary times, we all face challenges that make it hard to have that break-through to success. There are some important lessons I have learnt through observing many admirable leaders around me, particularly sisters who have excelled in their own roles as mothers, wives, professionals and even as all these plus more! ... more

Gender Relations in Islam

Sheikh Alomgir Ali

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Hysteria took over the media in recent weeks regarding the issue of gender segregation in public institutions in the UK. Such hysteria is not uncommon amongst the press these days as there seems to be a rise in sensationalist media reporting over issues which ...

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Treating Waswas

“And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytaan (Satan), then seek refuge with Allaah” [al-A’raaf 7:200] “The Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said: ‘The Shaytaan comes to some of you and says, “Who created such and such? Who created such and such?” – until he says, “Who created your Lord?” If that happens, then let him seek refuge with Allaah and stop thinking about that.’ ” [Al-Bukhaari (3276) and Muslim (134)] The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wassallam) said: “The Shaytaan said to the Lord of Glory: ‘By Your Glory O Lord, I will keep trying to misguide Your slaves so long as their souls are in their bodies.’ The Lord said, ‘By My Glory and Majesty, I will continue to forgive them so long as they ask My forgiveness.’” [Ahmad in al-Musnad]

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