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Mufti Menk Lecture in Doha, Qatar at Masjid al Ikhwaan on 21 Nov 2014.


السّلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Mufti Ismail Menk (db) delivered a lecture on the importance of Quran and the importance of following the sunnah and also a bit on inheritance laws including anecdotes from his personal life.

Notes from his speech would be added later insha-Allah.

The lecture is in English. Download it here: Click Here

This lecture was delivered at Masjid al Ikhwaan in Al Waab area, Doha, Qatar on 21 Nov 2014.

وعليكم السلام و رحمة الله و بركاته


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My Fair Lady.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullah wa barakath,

The title of the post is inspired from an erstwhile (1913) English play and later Hollywood movie (1938) of the same name but believe me, after having read the story which I’m sharing with you today, I couldn’t come up with a better title than this, rest assured, the only similarity is in the titles and nothing else. 

Set in the Arab lands, the story talks about love post marriage, the narrator is Hadrath Sharih (rh) wherein he relates to Hadrath Sho’bi (rh) an account of his marriage to one Zainab (rh) of the Banu Tamim clan, I could only get one reference but if I get more, I’ll update the post insha-Allah.

“A happy man marries the woman he loves, a happier man loves the woman he marries” ~ Susan Douglas

The story begins:

Hadrath Sho’bi (rh) says, “Sharih once met me and said, “O’ Sho’bi, marry the women of the Banu Tamim, I have found them to be very intelligent.” Sho’bi asked, “What sign of intelligence did you see in them?”

Sharih explained thus:  Continue reading


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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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