Monthly Archives: January 2006

The Appearance of Humble Reverence (khushu’)

Hakimul Ummah Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi (Allah be pleased with him) stated in his Malfuzat:

It was said that humble reverence and cheer appear when one walks with his head gazed down; When he speaks regarding general matters [worldly or otherwise] he is not harsh; When he is angry or displeased [lit: blood-pumping] he does not go beyond the limits entailed. He does not care about getting revenge so on and so on.

Blessings on the Prophet, his family, and his companions.



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“The Way to Purify the Self (nafs) Through the Books of Tasawwuf”: Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi

Hakimul Ummah Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi in his Malfuzat (vol 23, Pg: 149) states:

It was said that acting upon the books of Tasawwuf, in any of those aspects related to the purification of the self, is permissible under the condition that there be no mistakes in understanding/comprehending within conditioned limits [i.e. of the Shari’ah]. However, the possibility of these mistakes occuring is frequent and therefore one should not act upon them without the guidance of a clear-sighted [i.e. in his understanding] Shaykh (teacher/guide)…

Blessings on the Prophet, his family and his companions.

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Various Renditions of the Burda: Imam Busiri (Allah have mercy on him)


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Did Imam Abu Hanifa Object to Tawassul?

Simple answer: No.

Shaykh Gibril Haddad’s Reply

Also, Allamah Ibn ‘Abidin stated in his Radd Al Muhtar:

قوله لأنه لا حق للخلق على الخالق ) قد يقال إنه لا حق لهم وجوبا على الله تعالى ، لكن الله سبحانه وتعالى جعل لهم حقا
من فضله أو يراد بالحق الحرمة والعظمة

(And his saying that there is no right of the creation on the Creator) He said that there is no right on Allah that He is compelled (wujuban) to fulfill. But Allah alloted to them rights from His grace or willingness with the right of sanctity and greatness.

Allamah Ibn ‘Abidin does discuss the permissibility of such wording though – which is not limited to merely the Prophet’s (Allah bless them all) – when discussing the hadith:

اللهم إني أسألك بحق السائلين عليك ، وبحق ممشاي إليك ، فإني لم أخرج أشرا ولا بطرا

“Oh Allah! I ask you by the right of those who ask you…”

Ibn ‘Abidins explanation was briefly mentioned in Sidi Gibrils reply.

Arabic readers can see Ibn ‘Abidins discussion here:

Rad Al Muhtar: Tawassul

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“Recommended Books in Hanafi Fiqh”

Recommended Books in Hanafi Fiqh

Essential for any student of knowledge.

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Review of Shaykh Muhammad Afifi’s Fatwa on “Targeting Civilians”: H.A. Hellyer

Review by H.A. Hellyer

The original fatwa by Shaykh Afifi can be read here:

Defending the Trangressed by Censuring the Reckless Against the Killing of Civilians


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The Fiqh of Sending Peace and Blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace)

A detailed explanation:

Fiqh of sending peace and blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace)

Excellent read

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