Perfect Mercy – The Prophet as a Friend

Perfect Mercy Program by SeekersGuidance

The Prophet as a Friend

During the first twelve days of Rabi Al Awwal, SeekersGuidance put together a 12-day live program beaming with scholars and artists from around the world. They united to celebrate and commemorate our beloved Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Each day was dedicated to exploring the legacy the Prophet left during his lifetime in the many roles he embodied. 

On day two, we explored the Prophet as a friend. Speakers included Imam Dawud Wahlid and Shaykh Muhammad Carr.

We were reminded by Shaykh Muhammad Carr from South Africa that we should choose our friends wisely, as they leave an imprint on our hearts. At the same time, we should strive to be interdependent, meaning to lean on each other, as Allah has created us to be dependent on one another. How can we have friends that will benefit in this world and the Hereafter? Did the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) have a khalil? Watch the video to learn more: 

 

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The Blessings of Sending Salawat upon our Beloved Muhammad

Friday Reminder with Imam Yama Niazi 

The Blessings of Sending Salawat upon our Beloved (peace and blessings be upon him)

If sending just one prayer of peace and blessings upon Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) grants us ten in return from Allah himself, what is our excuse for not filling our time with sending abundantly more?
In this week’s Friday reflection, Imam Yama Niazi, shares the many blessings and benefits of sending Salutations upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).


 

The Best of Actions for the Best of Days

One of the great scholars remarked, “the best of actions – for the best of days.” This is to send salutations and blessings on our master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

It is a duty upon us to recognize that Friday is not like any other day, but it is of the best of days, so we should strive to treat it with importance. And of the great actions, we should be oft in reciting on this great day is salutations upon our beloved Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The Messenger of Allah, (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “So send many blessings upon me therein [i.e. Fridays], for indeed your blessings are presented to me.” (Abu Dawud)

“Verily Allah and all of his angels send their blessings upon the prophet Muhammad. Oh you who believe, send your blessings and peace upon him.” (Qur’an, 33:56)

 

The Happiness of the Prophet 

There has come to us a tradition in which the prophet Muhammad came upon the companions and their gathering. They observed him to be extremely happy and very lit up with a big smile. So they asked him, “Oh Rasul Allah, may Allah always keep you so happy, what makes you so happy today?” He said, “How could I not be so joyous and happy when Jibraeel has just left my company and informed me that not one of any of the Muslims of your community; they pray upon you one time except that Allah will send upon his blessings and his peace upon them ten times.”

 

What Amount of Salutations Should We Recite?

One of the great companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) by the name of Ubay ibn Ka’ab once asked the prophet, “Oh prophet of Allah, how much of my extra time should I pray upon you?” he said, “as you like.” He said, “how about if I commit to a fourth of my time?” He said, “that is good, but if you do more it’s even better for you.” He said, “how about half of my time?” He said, “that is good, but if you do more it’s even better for you.” He said, “how about three-fourths of my time?” He said, “that is good, but if you do more it’s even better for you.” So then he said, “how about if I devote all of my extra time to pray upon you?” The prophet said, “then if you do so, Allah will forgive all of your sins and take care of all of your worries.” and in another narration, “he will take care of all of your worldly matters and your otherworldly matters.”

All praise to Allah, what a gift and mercy to us all. These are opportunities from Allah Most High for us to draw closer to him! 

 

The Virtues of Sending Salutations 

The Prophet taught us that whoever prays upon him just once would have 10 good deeds allotted to them, 10 of their sins erased and 10 degrees raised in their degree with Allah Most High.

Furthermore, by praying upon him, we will be the closest to him on the Day of Judgment! The Prophet said in another hadith, “prayer upon me is light in the grave and light on the bridge (sirat).” The bridge (sirat) that everyone will have to cross over through the hellfire to get to paradise. It is at that point that the prayers that you sent upon him will come and benefit and rescue you.

 

The Action Plan

The recitation of salutations then has many folds of virtue. And all of it comes back in its benefit for ourselves. Every time we recite salutations upon him, we are rewarded, we are forgiven our sins, we are raised in closeness to Allah, our graves are filled with light and we get to be close to our beloved on that day where everyone else will be filled with worry.

Prayers upon the Prophet have an immense amount of good that we cannot enumerate in a short article. The scholars have written many works and volumes of works on the virtues and benefits and reasons for us to recite salutations upon him (peace and blessings be upon him).

The salutations can be recited in any format, whichever of them you may prefer.

But let us commit to starting on these blessed Fridays to take a certain amount of our time to give for the sake of Allah Most High, but ultimately, as an investment for our own good. Regardless of whether it is eighty salawat after the ‘Asr prayer that would erase from you 80 years of your bad deeds, or if it is a hundred or five hundred or a thousand or more. Do take advantage of this blessed day knowing that your prayers and your blessings will be conveyed to him (peace and blessings be upon him) and he will receive it.

 

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Breaking the Mould: A Transformative Exposition of the Prophet as a Husband

The Prophet as a Husband – Moving and Inspiring Reflections

As part of the Perfect Mercy program by SeekersGuidance, Dr. Bano Murtuja gave a moving and powerful description of the Prophet as a husband. His affection, his gentleness, and his ability to comfort his wives’ hearts is an inspiration to all. There are examples from his life that can be taken and applied – his defense of his wives, his joking with them, his conflict resolution and his poetry in addressing them.

As with other parts of his life, he maintained balance and fairness in his role as a husband. He loved his wives. And not just love as a feeling – he loved them. He expressed, acted and displayed his love. Dr. Bano’s heartfelt exploration will move you and prompt deep reflection on the meaning of being garments for one another. It breaks the paradigm for what it means to be a husband and brings forth the prophetic light.

Comments on this lecture by High-Performance Muslim Coach Tushar Imdad:

“I thought I knew the Sunnah of being a husband until I saw this short talk.
Seriously, the Indian subcontinent stereotype of the patriarchal, domineering leader is far from the Prophetic model.
Dr. Bano Murtuja’s 15 min exposition brought tears to my eyes and will to yours as you see the incredible way in which Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) inspired his wives, emotionally as well as religiously.
My skills as a husband instantly improved as I learned aspects of the beautiful Sunnah which were hidden from me by my upbringing and the dominant cultural understanding of what it means to be a Muslim husband.
Watch and grow.”

 

Perfect Mercy – The Prophet as a Husband

The Prophet’s Smile: The Special Supplication

The Prophet’s Smile Series Part Four: The Special Supplication

By Shaykh Amin Buxton

Every year in the blessed month of Rabi al-Awwal, we should put in effort towards connecting with our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).  In this series, we discuss the things that brought a smile to his blessed face and made him laugh. We pray that by applying these lessons, we can gain his pleasure. What can we learn from this special supplication our Beloved Prophet Muhammad made?

 

The Prophet’s Special Supplication 

Abd al-Rahman bin Abi Aqil al-Thaqafi narrates that he came to visit the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) with the delegation of the tribe of Thaqif.

He said: “When we entered into his presence there was no one that we hated more than him. We entered, greeted him, and pledged allegiance to him and when we left there was no one that we loved more than him.

I said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allah, did you not think of asking your Lord for a kingdom like the kingdom of Sulayman?’

The Prophet smiled and said: ‘Perhaps Allah has given your companion (meaning himself) something better than the kingdom of Sulayman. Whenever Allah sent a Prophet he gave him a (special) supplication. Some of them used it for something worldly and they were given what they asked for, and some used it to pray for the destruction of their peoples, and their peoples were duly destroyed.  Allah gave me this special supplication and I have kept it in reserve with Him to use as a means of  intercession for my nation on the Day of Judgement.’” (Narrated by al-Hakim)

The tribe of Thaqif were the noblemen of the city of Ta’if. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) came to call them to Allah, they rejected him in the most offensive manner. In spite of that rejection, the Prophet refused to command their destruction but rather hoped that they would be guided. If they were not guided, he hoped that their children and descendants would.

The Muslims later defeated Thaqif at the Battle of Hunayn and unsuccessfully laid siege to Ta’if. The tribe eventually sent a delegation to the Prophet to reluctantly announce their acceptance of Islam. The narrator admits that he hated the Prophet when he first met him but during the course of one sitting, that hatred was transformed into love. Instead of bearing a grudge against them, the Prophet welcomed them with open arms. We can only imagine the wise words and the beautiful character that the Prophet showed in order to win over their hearts.

The narrator began to get a glimpse of the Prophet’s status. He began to realize that in front of him was Allah’s Beloved and he could ask whatever he wanted from his Lord. He thought that the greatest thing someone could ask for was a vast kingdom, but the Prophet corrected that notion with a gentle smile. He showed that the greatest thing you can ask for is what benefits people the most in their hour of greatest need. This is one of many narrations which tell us about the intercession of the Prophet on the Day of Judgement.

His mercy surpassed the mercy of other Prophets and he will not be content until as many members of his nation as possible are in Paradise. May none of us be deprived of his intercession on that day.

A Deeper Understanding of the Prophet’s Life 

The Practical Application of His life (peace and blessings be upon him)

 

“Indeed, in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example for whoever has hope in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah often.” (33:21)

We are in the blessed month of Rabi Al Awwal. An opportunity has presented itself yet again to connect with Allah’s beloved (peace and blessing be upon him). A Deeper Understanding of the Prophet’s Life is a podcast series by one of SeekersGuidance internal scholars – Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat.

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat covers the science of “Fiqh al-Sirah,” which is the lessons from the noble life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) and their practical applications in our lives. 

Studying his life is one of the greatest ways of developing one’s love for him, which in turn, is a means of drawing closeness to God Almighty. To embody his excellent character, we must have deep understanding of it, we must have a desire to be like him and we must have a deep want to live him in our hearts.

Learning about the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) allows us to learn about the personality of the Prophet, how he responded to situations and how we should respond to situations. Knowing the Beloved of Allah allows us to embody the spirit of Islam and the spirit of his teachings (peace and blessing be upon him).

This podcast draws lessons and wisdom from the life of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) and explores the reason why being connected to him is a source of great pride for believers – both past and present.

Listen to the podcast now.

 

About the teacher:

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with erudite scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic with teachers such as Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr. Mansur Abu Zina, and others. He was also given licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabir and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul Rahim for Qur’anic studies. Since his return, he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

 

The Prophet’s Blessed Name: Muhammad

In this short video, Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed gives a brief insight into the blessed name Muhammad

 

Compilations of the Names of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) have been an art and tradition for centuries: Qaḍi Abu Bakr Ibn al-ʿArabi relates in his commentary on Kitab al-Shamaʾil, that some have claimed the Prophet has a thousand names. Ibn al-Faris includes over two thousand in his Tafsir Asma al-Rasul. Abu al-Ḥasan al-Subki states there are four thousand. Qasṭallani relates just over five hundred in al-Mawahib al-ladunniyya. Dalaail u’l Khayraat, composed by Imam Muhammad bin Sulayman al-Jazuli, glorifies the Prophet Muhammad with two hundred names. However, the name of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the only one used in the testification of our faith, is Muhammad. A name that can only be unique to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The only name to be used in khutbas to fulfill the criteria (according to majority of schools). That is his blessed name: Muhammad. 

Abu Talib (the Prophet’s uncle) wrote poetry about him in which he speaks of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him). In one poem he mentions that Allah Most High extracted his name (Muhammad) from His name (Allah Most High), because the one that possesses the grand throne is Mahmudun: The one that deserves praise. (And he said) my nephew is called Muhammad. (peace and blessings be upon him).

Ibn Imad mentions an interesting narration from the time of Sulayman (may Allah be pleased with him), that he controlled demons through the name Muhammad. He also mentions that the Ark of Nuh (may Allah be pleased with him) was guided through the name Muhammad.

After the Prophet’s death (peace and blessings be upon him) –  during the battle of Yarmouk – Khalid bin Walid and Ikrimi ibn Abi Jahl used “wa Muhammada!” as their battle cry when the battle was intense.

Furthermore, Prophet Adam (may Allah be pleased with him) will be known as Abu Muhammad. From all his progeny and successors, he will be honoured by being referred to as the father of the Best of Creation: Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

May Allah Most High bless, sanctify and grant peace to one named Muhammad – the Praised One (peace and blessings be upon him).

As Rabi Al-Awwal approaches, let us celebrate the birth of the beloved by knowing him better. By taking the opportunity to connect ours hearts to Allah’s beloved.

Other resources related to the Prophet’s names:

Names from the Dalail-al-Khayrat

Key Hadiths on the Names of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)

Why did the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) have many names? by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Recitation of the Names of the Prophet from the Dalail-al-Khayrat by Shaykh Idris Watts (author of Heavenly Guide to the Beacon of Pure Light)

 

The Prophet’s Smile – Special Rabi Al Awwal Series: Part One

The Prophet’s Smile

Part One by Shaykh Amin Buxton

 

Every year in the blessed month of Rabi al-Awwal, we should spend time learning about our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and grow closer to him.

In this series, the Prophet’s Smile, we visit the moments where the Prophet smiled and laughed. We also discuss how he was described when smiling and laughing. 

By studying his characteristics, we gain insight into what he talked and thought about, and ultimately, the undeniable beauty of his character.

By knowing more about him, we hope to increase our love and longing for him. We also hope to gain his love and pleasure, which cannot be separated from the love and pleasure of Allah Most High.

His Blessed Smile

If we go to the well known books of Shama’il, which bring together the description of the Prophet’s physical appearance as well as his noble character, we find several accounts of companions describing his smile. Sayyiduna al-Husayn asked his father, Sayyiduna Ali (peace be upon them both), to describe how the Messenger of Allah Most High interacted with his companions. He said: “He was always cheerful and smiling, gentle in character.”

The commentators say that this does not negate the fact that he is also described as being constantly in a state of sadness, out of concern for the well-being of his nation. Outwardly he was cheerful, but his inner state was one of sadness.

Sayyiduna Ali went on to say that the Prophet would laugh at the same things his companions would laugh at, and would marvel at the things which they marvelled at. He did this to make them feel comfortable and at ease.

One of the companions said that he had never seen anyone who smiled more than the Messenger of Allah Most High.

Another companion narrates that since he became Muslim, the Prophet would always smile at him when he met him.”

Several narrations tell us that “his laugh was his smile”or that “most of his laughter was smiling”, which is understood to mean that generally he would smile when amused and only rarely would he actually laugh out loud. The same applies to the Prophet Sulayman, peace be upon him, who smiles broadly in amusement at the words of the ant, as recounted in the following verse:

So [Sulayman] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” (Sura Naml, 27:19)

Like A Piece of the Moon

When he was happy, the Prophet’s face would light up as brightly as a piece of the moon. When he opened his mouth to laugh, his teeth would shine as brightly as lightning and were as brilliantly white as hailstones. Imam al-Lahaji says that this metaphor is appropriate because lightning strikes very quickly and the Prophet would not keep his mouth open for more than an instant. Also lightning is followed by rain, which is a manifestation of Allah’s mercy, and the Prophet’s laughter would invariably be followed by a kind word or a gift or some other manifestation of his mercy.

Imam al-Busiri perfectly sums all this up in the Burdah:

أكرم بخلق نبيّ زانه خلق

بالحسن مشتمل بالبشر متّسم

How noble is the form of a Prophet whose character further adorns him

So full of beauty is he, so full of cheer.

كأنّما اللّؤلؤ المكنون في صدف

من معدني منطق منه ومبتسم

It is as if precious pearls protected in their shells

Poured forth from the treasury of his speech and smile.

May we all experience the tranquility of being close to him (peace and blessings be upon him).

 

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah: The Parameters of Respecting Differences of Opinion in Islam

What does it mean to have a difference of opinion in Islam?

In Islam we have different opinions about things and those different opinions are based on the nature of Islamic law.
We also have rules that indicate to us how we can live together, what things we need to agree upon and not differ and what things are open to different interpretations.

Community and Continuity

Two of the most important aspects of religion as a dynamic, social and political reality is community and continuity.
Community means that we are able to create a community that brings people together and continuity means that we are connected to the past, the present and the future.
Historically, Islam has always had a world community. It spread all the way to the east and all the way to the west. Islam in China looked extremely Chinese and yet it was pure Islam and Islam in West Africa looked very African and it too was pure Islam.
We have a beautiful tradition that gives us meaning and goes back to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Therefore we must be able to live this religion by working together, respecting, loving and cooperating with each other.

Enjoining right and forbidding the wrong

One of the most important aspects of our religion is to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. When we study Islam we are taught how to do that so that it becomes constructive and positive not destructive and negative.
Many times we can see trouble in our communities when we try to enjoin right and forbid wrong because the thing we are insisting upon is our own opinion, custom and we think that everyone should do it.
We must understand and respect that there are different categories of Islamic Law

  1. واجب / فرض (farḍ/wājib) – compulsory, obligatory
  2. مستحب (mustaḥabb/mandūb) – recommended
  3. مباح (mubāḥ) – neutral, not involving God’s judgment
  4. مكروه (makrūh) – disliked, reprehensible
  5. حرام (ḥarām) – forbidden

In this lecture Dr Umar outlines for us how to build communities rooted in knowledge and wisdom and service. He explains that we are not people of argumentation or controversy, rather we are people who love and respect one another.

Dr. Umar Abd-Allah is an American Muslim who embraced Islam in 1970. He studied Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in 1978. He taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, Michigan, and King Abdul-Aziz (Jeddah). During his years abroad, he was able to study with a number of traditional Islamic scholars. He returned to the United States in 2000 to work with the Nawawi Foundation (Chicago), where he remained for more than a decade. He is currently working as an independent educator under the auspices of the Oasis Initiative (Chicago). He is engaged in research, writing, lecturing, teaching, and related activities in connection with various national and international forums in the United States, Canada, Europe, West Africa, and elsewhere with a focus on Islamic theology, spirituality, law and legal theory, and history

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Dua for Hope: What We Should Say When We Feel Despair

* Courtesy of Muwasala – Click here for the original post

Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) tells the following story to illustrate the necessity of placing one’s hopes in Allah alone. (The story is narrated by Imam Ibn Asakir in Tarikh Dimashq)

When Imam Hasan Bin Ali agreed to give the caliphate to Mu`awiyah, one of the conditions of the agreement was that Mu`awiyah would send Imam Hasan 100,000 Dinars every year for him to spend on his guests and upon the needy. Mu`awiyah duly sent this amount every year and this continued for some years, until one year the money did not come. As a result, Imam Hasan incurred many debts due to the large amounts that he would spend in charity. He thought about reminding Mu`awiyah of the agreement and he asked for paper and pen so that he could write a letter to him. Then he decided against writing the letter.

That night he saw his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah, in a dream and he explained his situation to him.

The Messenger of Allah asked him: “My son, did you ask for a pen and paper to write to a created being like you?”

“I thought about doing this. Then I stopped.”

“Do not do this.”

“What should I do then?”

“Say:

الَّلهُمَّ اقْذِفْ في قَلْبِي رَجَاءَكَ واقْطَعْ رَجَائِي عَمَّنْ سِواكَ حَتَّى لا أَرْجُو أَحَداً غَيْرَكَ

الَّلهُمَّ وما ضَعُفَتْ عَنْهُ قُوَّتي وقَصُرَ عَنْهُ عَمَلِي ولَمْ ْتَنْتَهِ إِلَيْهِ رَغْبَتِي ولَمْ تَبْلُغْهُ مَسْأَلَتي ولَمْ يَجْرِ عَلى لِساني مِمَّا آتَيْتَ أَحَداً مِنْ الأَوَّلِينَ والآخِرينَ مِنْ اليَقِينِ فَخُصَّنِي بِهِ يا رَبَّ العَالمَين

“O Allah, cast into my heart hope in You and cut off any hope I have in other than You so that I have hope in no-one but You!

O Allah, however weak I am, however much my actions are deficient, however far short my desire (for good) falls, and in spite of the fact that I have not asked you, and that my tongue has not pronounced such a request, I ask You for the certainty that You have given any one of Your slaves from the first to the last of them, so bless me with it, O Lord of the Worlds.”

Sayyiduna al-Hasan repeated this du`a, pleading with Allah, for a week. Mu`awiyah then sent him 500,000 Dinars and he was then able to repay his debts and spend freely on those in need.

He then saw the Messenger of Allah in a dream once again and he told him what had happened.

The Messenger of Allah said to him: “My son, this is what happens to those who put their hopes in the Creator and not in the creation.

Habib Umar said: “Look at how the Messenger of Allah completed the nurturing of his grandson from beyond the grave. Although he had left this life, he was still concerned with al-Hasan’s elevation to the highest stations of truthfulness (al-siddiqiyya al-kubra) and absolute certainty (haqq al-yaqin).

Ramadan Seminar Q&A Session – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

* Originally posted on May 8, 2018

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers questions on the fiqh of fasting, including the nullifiers of fasts, expiation for broken fasts, and the spiritual retreat.

Among the many questions and points Shakyh Faraz addresses, he mentions that if one breaks fast deliberately or by accident, the time of fasting is not over, and one is able to fast, then one refrains from everything a fasting person refrains from until fasting ends. This is a sign of contrition and remorse.

Hasten to Break Fast

The Shaykh also mentions that one should not delay breaking fast excessively out of a mistaken sense of piety or fervor. Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said:

قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَحَبُّ عِبَادِي إِلَيَّ أَعْجَلُهُمْ فِطْرًا

Allah Mighty and Majestic said: “The most beloved among my servants are those who hasten to break their fast.” (Tirmidhi)

Be Tactful and Considerate with Others

But one must also remember that when in a group of people who believe they are in the right to delay, one must be discreet about the matter and not make disagreement a point of contention or rancor. If you consider breaking it in such a situation do it tactfully.

These and many others points and rulings are covered in this session. And you should listen to it even if you know all the answers as there is no harm and abundant good in reviewing what one knows and strengthening one’s knowledge.

May Allah grant us eternal success in the blessed month of Ramadan and in all the months He has decreed for each and every one of us until we are brought before Him. Amin.


Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al Kallas, may Allah have mercy on him, as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersHub in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

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