Chapter on the Supplication for the One Invited and the Guest to the Hosts when finished eating’

From Imam an-Nawwawi’s al-Adhkar: Question: Chapter on the Supplication for the One Invited and the Guest to the Hosts when finished eating Answer : اللهم بارك لهم فيما رزقتهم ، واغفر لهم وارحمهم Allahumma baarik lahum fima razaqtahum wagfir lahum warhamhum ‘Oh Allah, bless them in what You provided for them and forgive them and bestow mercy upon […]

Leaving Food on one’s plate

Answered  by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is it sunnah not to finish all the food on your plate, and to leave some food for next time? I ask because someone told me this is a very good thing to do, and someone else said this is illogical. Please clarify this, insha’Allah. Answer : The sunna […]

Throwing Away Food

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Kindly could you elaborate on the issue of throwing away food? For example, if one has cooked food that is edible in itself but distasteful, what should one do about it? Can one throw it away? What about bread crums and crums of biscuits? Can one throw them in the garden i.e […]

Knowledge Versus Ignorance

Answered by Aftab Ahmad Malik (excerpt from “The State We Are In”) If many non-Muslims suffer from ignorance about Islam, some Muslims are also ignorant about their own tradition. Expressed as an ideology anchored in opposition to the West, and determined to wage a universal jihad, these Muslims reduce Islam to a violent anti-intellectual force. […]

‘True’ Dreams Are 1/46 of Prophecy

Answered by : Shaykh Gibril Haddad Question:’True’ dreams 1/46 of prophecy Answer: Muslims use two value-laden Arabic words for “dream”, ru’ya and hulm, respectively “vision” and “fantasm” — both of which are mentioned in the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah — which differ widely in application and significance, the first one being good and the […]

Sunnahs of Eating

Answered by  Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: This question is regarding your mention of the sunnah of eating, implying being seated on the floor, eating with one’s hands, etc. How do the scholars determine which of these practices are considered rewardable sunnah, as opposed to happenstances related to the Holy Prophet’s time and place, peace be […]

The Reality and Importance of Intention

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: The Reality and Importance of Intention Answer: Ibn Raslan (Allah have mercy on him), author of al-Zubad, a blessed thousand-line poem in Shafi`i fiqh explained some important principles by saying, 1. So correct intentions before actions, And make them at the beginning of actions. 2. Then, if you sustain […]