A Reader on Ritual Purity, Urine Leakage and Misgivings

‘Verily this religion is ease, and none make this religion difficult except that it overwhelms them.’ [Bukhari]

Drops of urine during prayer: simply misgivings?
Key Principles Relating to Certainty, Doubt, and Baseless Misgivings (waswasa)
Checking Clothing for Drops of Urine
Praying in Clothes Affected by Urine Dripping Problem
Urine Leakage, Chronic Gas, and Misgivings
How Do I Pray When Liquid Constantly Leaks from My Private Parts?
Excused Liquid Filth and Ignoring Baseless Doubts About Purity
How to deal with drops of urine in the restroom?
What Should I Do About Left Over Drops Of Urine?
Waiting for Urine to Stop and Wudu
How to Avoid Waswasa of Dripping Urine After Using the Restroom
Drops of urine: when is it a chronic excuse?
When Do I Make Wudu When I Have a Chronic Excuse?
The Fiqh of Chronic Excuses and Ablution
How Can I Maintain Purity and Pray When I Have a Weak Bladder that Constantly Leaks?
How to Maintain Purity for Prayer With a Non-Excused Urine Dripping Problem

A Reader on the Problem of Evil, Suffering, Destiny, and Allah’s Mercy

“Do not despair of Allah’s mercy.”[Qur’an, 39.53]

The Problem of Evil and Suffering
The Problem of Evil and a Summarized Islamic Response

and Divine Wisdom
Why Do Good People Suffer While Bad People Get Away With Crimes?
Belief in Destiny, It’s Good and Evil
Destiny and Human Responsibility in Islam
Can Supplication Change Destiny?

Divine Decree, Contentment, and Lessons From the Prophet’s Life
Allah’s Mercy
The Reality of Allah’s Mercy and the Divine Wisdom Behind Suffering
Understanding Allah’s Attributes: Love & Mercy
Seeking Allah’s Mercy by Being Merciful
Qur’anic Reflections: Keys to Allah’s Love and Mercy (Qur’an 3.29-31)

A Reader on Sincerity, Intention, and the Purpose of Spiritual Routines

“Actions are lifeless forms whose souls are the secret of sincerity in them.”

Sidi Ibn Ata’illah (Allah have mercy upon him)

Sincerity & Intention
Intention: Validity And Sincerity
Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions
Should I Remove the Hijab Because I Am a Bad Example for Others?
Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into Perspective
The Difference Between an Oath and an Intention
Prophetic Sunna of Making One’s Actions Firm – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Intention & Closeness to Allah
IslamCast Daily Hadith – 1 Intentions and Closeness to Allah
Seeking Allah in All One’s Actions – Magnifying, Multiplying, and Recording Intentions in Islam 
Thankfulness to Allah – Reality, Aspects, & Expression of True Gratitude – Faraz Rabbani
Intentions & Acts of Worship
The Prayer for Drinking Coffee – The Power of Purpose and High Intentions
Is It Valid to Combine Multiple Intentions in One Prayer?
The Intentions for Seeking Knowledge – Imam Abdullah al-Haddad
The Intentions of Marriage – Shaykh Ali bin Abu Bakr al-Sakran
Intention for Sending Blessings upon the Prophet
Drinking Wine With Good Intention?
Intention, Sincerity & the Heart
How Can I Increase My Iman and My Sincerity By Doing Things For the Sake of Allah?
Contentment, Reliance on Allah, and Pure Intention – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Imam Nawawi On Fighting The Ego (Nafs)
A Reminder for Teachers: The Need for Sincerity, and the Dangers of Seeking Prestige and the Praise of Others – Imam Dhahabi
The Purpose of Spiritual Routines
The Aim, Purpose, and Consequence of Consistent Spiritual Routines
Ramadan Reminders 26: Elements of Success: [3] Good Habits – Routines – Consistency – Gradualness
Related Courses
Principles of Islamic Spirituality
Seeking Allah: Imam Muhasibi’s Treatise of the Seekers of Guidance Explained
Purification of the Heart & Praiseworthy Character (from Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion)
Further Reading
Sea Without Shore: A Manual of the Sufi Path – Shaykh Nuh Keller – Now Available – SunnaBooks
Imam al-Haddad’s Advice to the Spiritual Wayfarer – Muwasala
Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s Commentary on the Hadith of Gibril
On Reflection (fikr) – Imam al-Haddad (Book of Assistance)

A Reader on Eid al-Adha

The Ten Days of Dhu’l Hijja

The Ten Days of Dhu’l Hijja: Merits & Striving in Spiritual Works

The Complete Fiqh of Eid al-Adha

The Fiqh of Eid al-Fitr & Eid al-Adha

Does a Wife Have to Purchase Her Own Animal for Eid Slaughtering?

Can Qurbani (Udhiya) Be Done In a Different Country?

Can One Person Slaughter a Sacrificial Animal on the Behalf of Others on Eid in the Maliki School?

Is There a Difference of Opinion on Whether Slaughtering (Qurbani/Udhiya) is Necessary, and How Does One Deal With Years of Makeups?

Does One Have to do Udhiya/Qurbani for One’s Young Children?

Do I have to give 1/3 of the Sacrificial (Udhiya) Meat away in Charity?

What Do I Do if I Missed Slaughtering (Qurbani/Udhiya)?

Eid Prayer

Eid Prayer At A Masjid & Behind A Shafi`i


Fasting During the First Nine Days of Dhu’l Hijja

General Matters

Is Hugging on Eid an Innovation (Bid`a)?

Is It a Bid’a (Reprehensible Innovation) to Say “Jumu’a Mubarak” (Blessed Friday) to Other Muslims?

A Hajj Reader

Revised 20th September, 2013

Dhul Hijja, the month of Hajj, is fast approaching. Hundreds and thousands of blessed Muslims are packing their bags, checking their travel documents and flocking to airports around the world, to make the journey to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

This brief document is a resource for those travelling for Hajj this year, or any year. It provides links to questions that have been answered by SeekersGuidance scholars, blog posts written about the pilgrimage, and relevant information pertaining to Hajj.

Videos and Blog Posts:
Video: Preparing for Hajj – Habib Faisal-Alkaff – Radical Middle Way

Hajj Handbook – Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar …

Video: Hajj Reflections – Radical Middle Way …

The Hajj Collection – Shaykh Abdal Hakim …

Ten Good Manners for Hajj by Imam al-Ghazali …

The Gifts of Hajj – Radical Middle Way – Blog

Imam al-Haddad’s Counsels on Hajj and `Umrah – Muwasala

Video: Fast the 9th (‘Arafa) and Live for Another Year – Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf

On the Path to a Sacred Journey: The Courtesies (Adab) of Hajj – Nur Sacred Sciences

From Our Answers Page:
Removing Hair and Wearing Scents: Expiations for Accidental Violations of Ihram during Hajj

Does Allah Forgive Marital Infidelity When You Make Hajj?

Missing the Farewell Tawaf Due to Menstruation

Calculating Zakat and Going on Hajj with a Student Loan

Is It Valid to Make Hajj or Umrah Before One’s Parents?

Seeking Forgiveness from Others Before Hajj

Hajj Tamattu`: Does an Invalid Umra Affect the Hajj?

What is the Wisdom Behind Doing Certain Hajj and Umrah Rituals 7 Times?

Reciting Sura al-Baraqara for Protection and Cutting One’s Hair for Hajj and Umrah

What Are the Rulings of Performing Tawaf, Sa’y, and Prayer While Carrying a Baby With Dirty Diapers (Nappies)?

Question on Hajj Violations

Going On Hajj While in Debt

Can a Man Perform Hajj on Behalf of a Non-Mahram Woman?

Is Foreplay a Violation On Hajj?

Wearing Stitched Clothing in Ihram: What Kind of Expiation is Due?

Should I Delay Hajj to Help Fund a Sibling’s Wedding?

Doubts About Having Committed a Contravention at Hajj

Chronic Excuse: Can I Combine Prayers with a Single Ablution?

What is the Minimum Amount of Hair that Must Be Cut to Exit the State of Ihram After Hajj or Umrah?

The Day of `Arafah: The 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah and the Takbirs of Eid

Removing Hair and Wearing Scents: Expiations for Accidental Violations of Ihram during Hajj

Appointing Someone to Perform Hajj on Someone’s Behalf

Can I Wear Stitched Footgear, Belts, or a Backpack While in Ihram?

Can Women Wear Ornaments While Performing Umrah?

How Long Must One Stay at Arafat During Hajj?

The Tawafs of Hajj

Recommended Viewing:

Imam Tahir’s DVD / CD set on Hajj

A Ramadan Reader – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc Blog


A Ramadan Reader

Please find below a collected of assorted articles and talks from Sheikh Abdal Hakim about the blessed month we find ourselves in. Whilst extensive, this is by no means exhaustive and so if you have any suggestions for additions to the list please get in contact!
Talks and Lectures

Preparing for Ramadan – How to prepare ones body, mind and soul for Ramadan, this most welcome of guests.

‘Abdal Hakim Murad – Ramadan’ – A talk given in the last few days of Sha’ban, again about approaching Ramadan with ihsan.

Benefits of Fasting – A talk in the run up to Ramadan about the manifold benefits of fasting.

Restraint in an age of excess – This khutba outlines some of the tribulations afflicting the modern world that fasting – insha-Allah – can help lift.
‘Fasting is Mine’ – A lecture exploring the hadith qudsi in which Allah says ‘Fasting is Mine’.
Charity – A khutba that discusses one of the very beneficial acts one can perform whilst fasting during this month.
‘On Ramadan’ – Delivered Aylesbury Mosque, UK November 1999
Eid-ul-Fitr – An Eid-ul-Fitr khutba given long ago, a treat to savour at the end of the month!

A Fairtrade Ramadan – From the Radical Middle Way

Ramadan in Turkey – A brilliant snapshot of the vibrant Ramadan experience in Istanbul

The Ramadan Travelogue 2010 – Last year the Sheikh treated us to a daily Ramadan Travelogue, some of them covering his thoughts whilst travelling in Turkey. Sparkling, rich and always relevant, we hope for more entries this year. Please return to the site regularly for more updates on this.

Thought for the Day transcripts
A collection of textual offerings from Aunty Beeb, some directly relevant, others tangentially so (audio here)
15 October 2004 – Retro-Ramadan
1 September 2008 – Annual Muslim Challenge Ramadan Day 1: Attack the Convolvuli
16 September 2009 – The Da Vinci Code and the Night of Power
23 September 2009 – The Hospitality of Eid
12 January 2004 – Lust: a double edged sword
27 July 2007 – The Fundamentals of Fat

The image above is taken from inside Sultanahmet Mosque (the ‘Blue Mosque’), Istanbul. Taken by the CKETC team.

The Ramadan Reader: A Guide to Fasting, Prayer, Qur’an, and Spirituality in the Month of Ramadan

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful



A Complete Guide To Fasting (Hanafi)

A Complete Guide To Fasting (Shafii)

Breaking One’s Fast Due to Weakness

Does Watching Pornography While Fasting Break One’s Fast

Worship in Ramadan For a Menstruating Woman

Overview of the Fidya Payment

Applying Medicine to Teeth While Fasting

Types of I’tikaf

Can I Pray 8 Rakats for Tarawih
When is Laylat al-Qadr





Works of the Heart

See also:
A Ramadan Reader – Cambridge Khutbahs etc

A Reader on Women’s Prayer


What are the Differences Between the Prayer of a Man and a Woman in the Hanafi School?

Women’s Prostration & Validity of the Prayer

What is the Proper Method for Women to Bow and Prostrate in the Prayer?

How Should a Woman Sit and Prostrate in Prayer?

Women’s Prayer: Praying in Congregation, Reciting Aloud, and Calling the Adhan and Iqama

An Explanation of the Hanafi School’s Position on Women’s Congregational Prayer

What Is Proper Prayer Attire for Women?

Is the Prayer Valid if the Followers Can’t See the Imam?

Proper Prayer Attire for Women: What is the Proof?

A Reader on the Virtues of Prayer

The Virtues of Prayer

Riyad al-Salihin: On the Virtues of Prayer

The Virtues of Witr at the End of the Night

The Virtues of Lengthy Standing in Prayer

The Virtues of Praying Between Maghrib and Isha Prayers

The Virtues of Prayer at Night

The Virtues of the Voluntary Prayer at Home

The Virtues of Standing in Prayer in the Month of Ramadan

The Virtues of Four Rakats Before `Asr

The Virtues of the Sunnah of Fajr

The Virtues of the Friday Prayer

The Virtues of the Five Daily Prayers

The Virtues of Duha’ Prayer

The Virtues of Tahmeed After Ruku

The Virtue of Saying Amin

The Virtue of Praying in the First Row

The Virtues of Prostrating to Allah Alone

The Excellence of Rising at Night to Pray – from Imam Nawawi’s Gardens of the Righteous (Riyad al-Salihin)

Tahajjud Prayer: Description & Merits

Worship & Prayer on Laylat al-Qadr

Prayer in Congregation and at the Masjid

Key Steps to Increasing One’s Prayer in Congregation

Prophetic Guidance on the excellence of walking to the mosque

Praying in Congregation

The Increase In Reward Related To Praying In The Masjid al-Haram & The Prophet’s Mosque

The Masjid and Its Etiquettes – Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar

A Reader on Halal Meat


Eating the Meat of the People of the Book

Can We Eat Meat Slaughtered by Jews and Christians?

Can We Eat Machine Slaughtered Meat?

Meat Handled, Processed, Packed and Transported by Non-Muslims

What Animals Are Halal and Haram to Eat in the Hanafi School?

Cutting Off the Animal’s Head Directly After Being Slaughtered

A Guide for Consuming Various Meats, Foods, Alcohol, Animal By-Product Ingredients, and Cosmetics

Being A Vegetarian