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Can I Publish Verses and Hadiths on Instagram?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

I run an Instagram account on which I only upload Quranic Ayat and Sahih Hadith with the hope of them serving as reminders to the users on Instagram. I only post the English translation and I never comment. However, I try to make the post aesthetically pleasing. I usually use flowers.

Is it permissible?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

This is permissible and you will get the reward for both (a) spreading the word of God and His Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) and (b) those who read and benefit from these verses.

As the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) stated, “Convey from me even if it is a single verse.” [al-Bukhari]

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

Uniting the Ummah in Love – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Allah has told us in the Holy Qur’an that love is a condition of faith, so why, asks Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said, do human beings find it so difficult to agree on what Allah and His Messenger love and why do we struggle so much to love one another?

“Allah Guides to His Light Whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur)
Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem
Allah Most High is not worshipped more than by loving Him. Allah Most High warned us in the Qur’an in Sura al-Tawba (24):

If your parents, your children, your brothers or sisters, your wives or husbands, your tribe, the money that you have earned, the business that you are worried that you might lose, and the most beautiful home you are comfortably living in are dearer or more beloved to you than Allah Most High, His Messenger and in striving in His path, then wait until Allah’s command comes. Allah does not guide the corrupt and misguided ones.

In this verse, Allah Most High is speaking about the love for Him and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) to be the loftiest and greatest of things that we can achieve.  Not only this, but the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) said in a Hadith:  “You will never enter the Garden until you believe, and you will never believe until you love each other.  Shall I tell you something that if you were to do it it would make you love each other?  Spread peace (greet one another)”
So if loving each other is a condition of faith, so what about loving Allah Most High and the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace)!  And loving Allah Most High and the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) is loving what they love!
In a Hadith narrated by our master Abdullah ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:  “Love Allah Most High for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon you. Love me out of love of Allah Most High, and love my family out of love of me”  (Tirmidhi 3789, Bukhari  “Tarikh al-Kabir”, Hakim).

Don’t be Divided in Your Love

It is very unfortunate that we as Muslims are divided in our love of what Allah Most High and the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) love.  In saying this we mean we are divided upon our love of the family of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) and the Companions (Allah be well pleased with them). We love the family of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) because Allah Most High wanted us to love them, as Allah Most High said in Sura al-Shura‘a (23):  “Say [Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)], I wanted nothing from you in return for me guiding and teaching you other than for you to love my family.”
The Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not say to obey his family, look after his family or respect his family, but he said to love his family!  This is a sign of faith.
Allah Most High said in Sura al-Tawba (100), speaking about the companions of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace):  “And the first forerunners [in the faith] are the Emigrants (al-Muhajirin) and the Helpers (al-Ansar) and those who followed them in good conduct – Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great attainment.”

Love of the Companions

We love our master Abu Bakr (Allah be please with him), our master Omar (Allah be pleased with him), our master Aisha (Allah be please with her) and all the Companions because our master Ali (peace be upon him) loved them, our master Husayn ibn Ali (peace be upon him) loved them, our master Hasan ibn Ali (peace be upon him) loved them, our master Mohammed al Baqir (peace be upon him) loved them, and our master Jafar al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) loved them; but most of all, Allah Most High and the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) loved them!
So the love of Ahl al-Bayt and the Companions should unite the Ummah, and we know that this issue is not new as even Imam Shafi‘i (Allah have mercy upon him) struggled with it in his time; when he expressed his love for Ahl al-Bayt or the Companions, people would accuse and associate him with the one group or the other:
If we were to speak about Ali (peace be upon him) and his virtues and our preference, people would accuse us of being the enemy of the Companions of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), and they would be wrong in accusing us of such; and if we were to speak about Abu Bakr (Allah be pleased with him) and his virtues, people would accuse us of being the enemy of Ahl al-Bayt.  I live between these two accusations, and even so, I will love them both until I am buried in this world!

The Balance

The balance we need to establish is based in our trust in the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), as Allah Most High said in Sura al-Najm:  He does not speak out of his own desire..”, as the words of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) are wahy and the actions of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) are wahy.
We love whom Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) has loved, and we beg Allah Most High to unite the Ummah of Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), to forgive our sins, to guide us and to fill our hearts with His love, the love of Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), love for the Qur’an, love of the Ahl al-Bayt, love of the Emigrants, love of the Helpers, love of the people of Bayt al-Ridwan, and the love of the Righteous.
Allahumma salli alaa Sayyidina Muhammad wa alaa Ahli Sayyidina Muhammad, fi kulli lamhatin wa nafasin ‘adada maa wa see-a-hu ‘il-muLlah.
O Allah send blessings, equal to the extent of Your Knowledge, upon our master Muhammad and upon the family of our master Muhammad, in their every moment and every breath.

 

Shaykh Faid SaidShaykh Faid Mohammed Said is a jewel in the crown of traditional Islamic scholarship in the United Kingdom and we at SeekersHub are ever grateful for his friendship, guidance and support. He was born in Asmara, Eritrea, where he studied the holy Qur’an and its sciences, Arabic grammar and fiqh under the guidance of the Grand Judge of the Islamic Court in Asmara, Shaykh Abdul Kader Hamid and also under the Grand Mufti of Eritrea. He later went to study at Madinah University, from which he graduated with a first class honours degree. In Madinah, his teachers included Shaykh Atia Salem, Shaykh Mohamed Ayub (ex-imam of the Prophet’s Mosque, peace be upon him), Professor AbdulRaheem, Professor Yaqub Turkestani, Shaykh Dr Awad Sahli, Dr Aa’edh Al Harthy and many other great scholars. Shaykh Faid has ijaza in a number of disciplines including hadith, and a British higher education teaching qualification. He is currently the scholar in residence and head of education at Harrow Central Mosque, United Kingdom.
Read his articles on the SeekersHub blog.

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The Unconditional Rejoicing of the Believer, by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

One of the most important Prophetic traditions of our religion is to always rejoice. A believer isn’t happy because nice things happen, because this life and all that happens in it, is fleeting. We rejoice because of our connection to Allah, the Everlasting. Listen on in this brief reminder from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

"Charity extinguishes sin, just as water extinguishes fire."

Isn’t it time to put out your sins?

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said, “Charity extinguishes sin, just as water extinguishes fire.”
Watch this short video below as Ustadh Amjad Tarsin explains this beneficial hadith:

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Visit the Sick (30 Deeds, 30 Days), by Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Visit the Sick, by Shaykh Walead Mosaad

30 Days, 30 Deeds
Sacred Acts to Transform the Heart

Every night, our scholars in residence explore one simple deed that could have far reaching spiritual impact on our lives – and the lives of others. Every day we’ll make the intention to put that teaching into practice. Whether it’s forgiving someone who’s wronged us or putting service to others at the top of our list of priorities, these powerful lessons will remind us of the great gift the Prophet ﷺ‎  gave us: the best of character.

Daily at 8:10 pm EST. Attend in person at SeekersHub Toronto or watch live.

 

Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

Charity: A simple deed to invite Allah into your life

Invite His Magnanimity into Your Life with Your Charity

Shaykh Muhammad Mendes, who was recently scholar in residence at SeekersHub Toronto during our #YourRamadanHub program, reminds us of this Hadith Qudsi, on charity. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) said,

“Allah has said, ‘Spend (on charity) O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”

Watch the brief video below to find out how you can invite Allah’s generosity into your life.

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Your regular, consistent donation helps SeekersHub to operate sustainably, and allows us to expand our reach to millions–if not billions–of people around the world.

Radical Mercy: Even For The Man Who Murdered 99, by Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes

Radical Mercy: Even For The Man Who Murdered 99, by Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes

Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan
Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation

Every night our Ramadan scholars will explore one of the three key spiritual goals of Ramadan. Each talk will conclude with a dynamic conversation as we explore mercy, forgiveness and salvation deeply and see how we can attain these divine gifts practically. These talks will enliven and inspire us as we begin our nightly ‘isha and tarawih prayers.

Daily at 10:00 pm EST. Attend in person at SeekersHub Toronto or watch live. 

Let’s #GiveLight to Millions More

We envision a world in which no one is cut off from the beauty, mercy and light of the Prophetic ﷺ example. A world where the dark ideology of a few is dwarfed by radiant example of the many who follow the way of the Prophet ﷺ. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. This Ramadan, we need you to help us #GiveLight to millions more. Here’s how.

Take a Closer Look at The Prophet’s Heart

The Prophet’s Heart: The Beauty of His Relationship with Allah and Creation

shama'il prophetic heart Starting on March 14 in Toronto, and available globally from March 16, Study Circle students have the unique opportunity to learn key qualities of the Prophet’s heart. Attendees will learn from his relationship with Allah Most High, and from his relationship with Allah Most High’s creation—through stories from authentic—but less common—narrations from the works of Prophetic description (shama’il).
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will be sharing descriptions of the Prophet’s heart, through vivid stories. Insha’Allah this Study Circle will encourage us to acquire the virtues of the heart beloved to Allah—both in our turning to Him and in our relationship with His creation.

What is a Study Circle?

Study Circles are free online community-focused study groups. A course is taught simultaneously as a live class at a community center–like SeekersHub Toronto–and then broadcast to centers across the world.
The Prophet ﷺ described circles of knowledge and remembrance as gardens of Paradise.
Why not a start one in your community?

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Beneficial Knowledge and Intentions, a khutbah by Habib Hussein Al Saggaf

Making the intention to gain beneficial knowledge through daily readings of the Qur’an and hadith collections is the key message in this Friday Sermon given by Habib Hussein Al Saggaf. He goes on to encourage us to make sincere intention to do good deeds because Allah rewards us for good intentions even if were unable to carry it out later due to unforeseen circumstances.

Habib Hussein Al Saggaf

Seeking Beneficial KnowledgeHabib Hussein Al Saggaf is a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1971. His father raised him on the love of seeking knowledge, love of the spiritual scholars, love of the righteous and saints of Allah. He memorized the Holy Qur’an before reaching his teenage years. He spent much time in the company of the people of knowledge, religious scholars and the righteous. It was with these kind of people that he was raised, nurtured, and protected under the guidance of Al Habib Al Imam ‘Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad As-Saqqaf, from whom he was given the ijazah (permission to carry on the knowledge attained). He was also given special attention by and received ijazah from Habib al-Imam Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha Al Haddad, through whom more than 500,000 individuals came into Islam. He was also given ijazah from Al Habib Al ‘Alamah Yahya bin Ahmad Al ‘Aydrus, Al Habib Omar bin Zain  ‘Aydid, Al Habib Abu Bakr bin ‘Ali al-Mash-hur and the respected Habib Omar bin Muhammad bin Salem bin Hafith, who gave him permission to teach and call people to Allah. Habib Hussein then went on to study at Al-Azhar University in Egypt in 1992 for six years in the faculty of Shari’ah, Islamic Law, from where he graduated with a degree in Islamic Shari’ah. After his graduation he traveled to the city of Tarim in the Hadramawt valley of Yemen, which is known as the city of scholars and saints. There he became a student of Habib Omar bin Hafith, and studied in Dar Al Mustafa Institute in various Islamic sciences.

Resources on Beneficial Knowledge and Intentions:

Cover photo by Maica Pineda.

 

Can This Hadith Be Used as an Evidence for the Duty to Grow One’s Beard?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu’alaykum

I wanted to find out about the hadith regarding the companion with a beard made up of only one hair. Every time the prophet (peace be upon him) saw him he would smile.

Is this hadith correct and can it be used as evidence for growing the beard?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

I did not come across the tradition (hadith) you mention.

However, there is a tradition in Bazzar’s Musnad, the outward purport of which is that Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas said, “I witnessed Badr with the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) and I only had one hair; then Allah Most High increased me in my beard thereafter.”

Bazzar comments that what he meant by one hair was one daughter, and his increasing in “beard” was an increase in the number of children. And Ibn Hajar notes in his Majma` al-Zawa’id that its narrators are the narrators of the Sahih.

This would appear to simply be an allegorical usage (kinaya) of the word as it was seemingly understood by others in the context of his life. Perhaps he stated this point by using the beard because it is from a man’s beautification (zina), as are his children, or that it is from manliness (rujula) and children are a manifestation of this.

Please also see: Praying Behind an Improperly Dressed, Beardless Imam and: Burnt Out on: Socks and Beards

And Allah alone knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani