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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.


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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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There’s something about 40 – The 40 days of Paulo Coelho.


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The alchemWhile I was checking my inbox this morning, I received an email from Goodreads inviting everyone who had read Paulo Coelho’s bestseller, ‘The Alchemist’ to ask him any questions if any for a discussion group event to be held on April 2nd 2013, as you may know, this is the Goodreads version of another social network’s similarly titled but much more famous discussion group where they invite celebrities et al for a tête-à-tête with readers across the world, now the book itself is something I had read a long way back, and one of those books I had read cover to cover, though I had a few questions I could ask Coelho, I still wanted to refresh my memory regarding the book itself, so off I went to Wikipedia’s page for ‘The Alchemist’. 

Of the many things I read, one thing caught my attention, the ‘The Alchemist’ itself was not Coelho’s first publication but his sixth and all of his previous books were failures, while this too appeared that it was going to tread the same path as the Alchemist’s first publisher, a local publishing house in Brazil, after having had very reasonable success with the book told Coelho in no uncertain terms that, that it was never going to sell, and that “he could make more money in the stock exchange”.

What Coelho did next is inspiring to all those Muslims wanting to bounce back and or reinvent, rediscover themselves. Continue reading


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Some candid pics of Miftah al Ulum (Jalalabaad) – Home of the Saints, Maulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb & Maulana Safeeullah Khan Saheb.


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By the grace of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala I have had the opportunity to meet many top Ulamah and true Mashaiikh of our time and continue to do so, yet, whenever I used to meet these true servants of God, I didn’t feel anything new, any out of body experience as they say…when people would praise a man to the skies, one naturally tends to expect some high voltage stuff to happen whenever you meet them.

No such things happened.

That’s until I met Maulana Sa’ad Kandhlevi (damath baraka tuhum) and Maulana Safeeullah Khan Saheb (may Allah have mercy on him). Continue reading


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A Few Good Men.


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Many events in the history of Muslims indicate that the Muslim scholars changed the course of history by their influence and guidance of the ruling classes of Islam. Lets look at some of the incidents.

1. Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik and Imam Hazrat Raja Bin Haiwah.

During the Umayyads, Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik (may Allah have mercy on him) wanted to make his son, the heir apparent, but, Imam Hazrat Raja Bin Haiwah (may Allah have mercy on him) advised him to appoint Hazrath Umar Bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah have mercy on him) (the God fearing nephew and son in law of Sulaiman Bin Abdul Malik) as his successor. Sulaiman agreed to his proposal. Continue reading


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Regretful Lessons From Travels to Palestine and Burma in the 60s.


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After narrating a splendid parable of the representatives of the embassies of this world, Hadhrat continued: Continue reading


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O Princess My Princess – The Great Words of Wisdom and Piety of Her Royal Highness, Princess Gulbadan Begum – The Imperial Princess of the Mughal Empire.


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Assalaamu alai kumm wa rahmatullaahi wa barakath,

Few months ago when when after finishing reading a chapter from the book The Decisive Moments in the History of Islam, I closed the book only to see various book titles from the same publisher on the back cover, among them one book caught my eye, Humayun Nama and it was mainly because of the curious name of its author, Gulbadan Begam (Also spelled as Gulbadan Begum). Continue reading


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The Dead Need Support…Not Those Who Are Alive – A Conversation between Maulana Umar Palanpuri and a Christian priest in South Africa.


Assalaamu alai kumm wa rahmatullaahi wa barakath,

Paraphrasing an anecdote from the life of a great scholar of the past century connected with the work of  the Prophets, Maulana Umar Palanpuri (may Allah be pleased with him). This incident was related to us by Maulana Zain ul Aabideen (damath baraka tuhum) of Shah Waliullah Madrasah, India. Continue reading