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A House By The Canal In Arabia.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

This incident occured in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

In the holy month of Ramadan, a pious woman gathered her children every day before iftaar (the time for breaking the fast after sunset) and asked them to pray with her. Then she raised her hands and said: “O Allah! Provide us with our own house by the side of a flowing canal.” The children then all raised their hands and repeated the prayer.

The woman’s husband laughed at them and said: “Your wish for a house is understandable, but what do you mean by a canal flowing beside the house? How will this canal come to our desert area?” Continue reading


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Maulana Zubair Ul Hasan Saheb Passes Away.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

As many of you may already know, Maulana Zubair ul Hasan Kandhlavi has passed away today, may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala grant him Jannat ul Firdaus for his immense contribution towards the upliftment of the ummah. Aameen.

He Is Not Dead.
I cannot say, and I will not say..
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn,
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear,
In the love of there as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead—he is just away.

~ James Whitcomb Riley.

Maulana Sa’ad Kandhlavi (damath baraka tuhum) words on the passing away of Maulana Zubair ul Hasan Kandhlavi: Link and at another time, on similarities between one of the companion of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) Hadrath Miqdad (may Allah be pleased with him) and Maulana Zubair (may Allah have mercy on him).

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A Few Good Men – Part 2: Concise Biographies of Some Prominent Personalities of Da’wah and Tabligh.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

When the effort of Dawah & tabligh was revived nearly a century ago, and because it was an effort that was largely neglected until then, there were people who were doubtful of its legitimacy, of its method in the light of the shariah. Yet, as they say that the proof of the medicine is in the cure, it was only after the sacrifices bore fruit, did people across the strata of society come to embrace it.

That was then.

Strangely enough, even now we find that there are people who still are in relentless doubts and uncertainties with regards to the work, so, is there a solution? In an age where everyone claims to know the truth and professes it at the top of their voice, how does one know who is right and who is on shaky ground? Continue reading


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The Forgotten History of Madrasah Sawlatiyya (Islamic school) in Makkah Mukarramah.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

Maulana Rahmatullah Kayranvi (may Allah have mercy on him) (1818-1891) – the Indian origin scholar of the Islamic sciences including jurisprudence best known for his magnum opus Izhar ul Huq or The Truth Revealed! was a honorable warrior in the battle for freedom (also known as the Sepoy Mutiny or The 1857 Uprising) from the British occupied India which took place in 1857. The uprising failed due to various reasons, and Maulana Kayranvi who also happens to be a descendant of the third caliph of Muslims, Caliph Usman bin Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) migrated to Makkah Mukarrama via Mocha, Yemen (where he arrived aboard a ship from Bombay, India). He actually walked the distance of about 600 miles (970 kilometers) from Mocha, Yemen to Makkah which took him about 2 years !!

After having migrated to the sacred land, he intended to set up an Islamic seminary but scarcity of resources proved to be a real hurdle.

Then the help of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala descended. Continue reading


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Better Late Than Never – A Modern Muslim Woman Returns Home.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

The.Ijtema® usually does not feature such short articles, but the following story is so poignant, I had to share. Its remarkable how modern women with decades of worldly education and ‘worldly’ experience are still preferring to get duped at the expense of no less than the hereafter. What it really means is, worldly education, its (non existent) values are not enough and that protection is only upon practicing upon Deen, upon adopting Taqwa, that protection is only from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and none else. It should be noted that such cases which occur quite frequently are hardly reported in the media for fear of social embarrassment and ignominy.    

A Muslim women returns home, bitter and humbled but wise and knowing. Yet, better late than never.

The following article which appeared in the October (1st – 15th) edition of The Milli Gazette is presented ‘as-is’ with absolutely no changes whatsoever.  Continue reading


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Imam Sudais and The Curse of His Mother.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

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Here I’d like to present you a story which has great lessons for all of us. Its said of the present Imam of Haramain Shareefain, Hadrath Qari Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, an account of his life which I came to know from respectable sources that whenever the mother of Imam Sudais used to get angry, she would curse him like:  Continue reading


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27 Years of Separation: The Heartrending Story of Umm e Rabaya.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

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The Day is Done
(H. W. Longfellow)
THE DAY is done and the darkness, Falls from the wings of night,
As a feather is wafted downward, From an eagle in his flight.
I see the lights of the village, Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes over me, That my soul cannot resist.
A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only, As the mist resembles the rain.
Come read to me some poem, Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling, And banish the thoughts of day.

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For no less than 27 years for Umm e Rabaya, that day was not to come. For 27 years she lay in wait for her husband, Abu Abdur-Rehman Farokh who as a pious young man had left her pregnant with his child in the path of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, for close to three decades  years she lay in wait, or perhaps given up hope of ever seeing him again, alive.   Continue reading

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