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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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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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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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Such Was My Mother – Maulana Umar Palanpuri.


As salaamu alai kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

The following is an anecdote from the life and times of Maulana Umar Palanpuri (may Allah SWT have mercy on him) is which he talks of his mother.

As we entered early childhood, we saw our mother praying prayers, making supplications and weeping vigorously while invoking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala’s favor. In those days our mother taught us the meaning and exegesis of Surah Kahf (The Cave) of the Glorious Quran, which still sticks to our minds. I remember her detailing the history of that wicked ruler in the Koranic Surah Al-Buruj (The Towers) who had ordered the believers to be driven unto a ditch of fire.   Continue reading


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Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Miyan Nadwi on the Arabs.


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As salaamu alai kum wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

The following anecdote is from the life and times of Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Miyan Nadwi (may Allah have mercy on him) when he was in Abu Dhabi, U. A. E in 1977-78. This was related to me from an elderly man present in his majlis (speech) in that time, so I’m paraphrasing his words. The audience were mainly Desi expatsIts a small part from the whole lecture of 20 minutes.   Continue reading


There’s something about 40 – The 40 days of Pythagoras, Greek Mathematician, Philosopher, Scientist & Mystic.


As salaamu alai kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

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Samos, Greece.

The image on your left is of the Greek island, Samos. The place where one of the most famous mathematicians of the past, Pythagoras is believed to have been born in 570 B. C., very little in known about the man himself except that he traveled a lot, visiting places such as Egypt in his search for knowledge and God knows what else, what we do know is that he dabbled in various sciences and is remembered throughout history as a mathematician, scientist, philosopher and…even a mystic, whoever he really was, I only remember him from the math class back when I was in school, where we were taught the Pythagoras theorem. I recall, it was pretty easy.

But was it knowledge that made his famous? Not at all as you’ll see. The following is a marvelous anecdote about him I came across a few years ago is an eye opener.

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