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Ismail Kamdar. aka Abu Muawiyah, is the Head Tutorial Assistant of the Islamic Online University, the author of "Having Fun the Halal Way: Entertainment in Islam" and the host of a regular Tafseer program on Radio Al-Ansaar. Ismail began his study of Islam at the age of thirteen with a seven year Alim course at a local Madrassa. He then studied under a variety of Shuyookh and institutes from around the world. His most notable teacher is Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, the founder of IOU. Ismail is currently in his final year of BAIS (Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies).

Ismail Kamdar I A Glimpse at the Life of Aishah Bint Abi Bakr

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Lecture by Ismail Kamdar | Transcribed by Zara T. [The following is the video and transcript of Ismail Kamdar's lecture "A Glimpse at the Life of Aishah Bint Abi Bakr."  The transcript includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity.] The lecture can be viewed here.   Asalamualaykum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu All praise is due to Allāh and may Allāh's peace and blessings be ... Read More »

Ismail Kamdar I Tolerance of Fiqh Issues

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Lecture by Ismail Kamdar | Transcribed by Zara T. [The following is the video and transcript of Ismail Kamdar's lecture "Tolerance in Fiqh Issues"  The transcript includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity.] The lecture can be viewed here.   Indeed all praise is due to Allāh , our Creator, our Nourisher, our Sustainer. And we ask Allāh to send His ... Read More »

The Fine Line in Having an Open Mind

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The Dilemma “You need to be open minded,” we are both told and tell others. This has become the common line to say to anyone who disagrees with our opinions. It is obvious that if someone doesn't share our own views then they must be narrow-minded, right? “Be careful of having an open mind, you don't know what you could ... Read More »

Humility in Knowledge – A Forgotten Sunnah

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Humility is a key characteristic of a believer, even more so for a student or teacher of knowledge. The companions and early scholars of Islam exhibited this throughout their lives, because they understood the Deen and importance of practicing what they preached. Read More »

Top Seven Time Management Tips

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I recently posted a series of Time Management tips on my Facebook page. I decided to put them together as one post here so everybody can benefit from them inshā’Allāh. So without any further introduction, here are seven time management tips that I try to live by and which make life very productive for me, Alḥamdulillāh. Read More »

Beautiful Ṣalāh

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He has had a very difficult day with a lot of questions echoing in his head, but he did not complain to anybody, as he knows there is only One who can assist him. The One who ordered him to seek assistance through prayer and patience, so here he is, seeking assistance through prayer, while many others sleep. Read More »

Reconstructing Our Understanding of the Sīrah

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The Battle of Badr took place in 2 AH and happened over a few days. What about the rest of year? What about life in Madīnah? We focus so much on the key events that we forget to explore angles to history like the Prophet's (peace be upon him) life as a father, husband, teacher, businessman and neighbor! These aspects of the Sīrah are also very important and so I propose that we strive to study other angles of the Sīrah in addition to the major events to gain a more holistic understanding of the greatest of men and his lifestyle. Read More »

Fiqh of Entertainment | Ismail Kamdar

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The topic I have chosen to discuss today is the issues related to entertainment in Islam. This topic is one that comes up with many of the young Muslims. They seem to have this understanding that having fun is not permitted for the believer, and this understanding is something which drives them away from practicing Islam as they begin to find Islam constraining and difficult upon themselves. What we will be looking at in this short video is some of the proofs as to what is the Islamic position towards entertainment which is ḥalāl, which is ḥarām, and what is recommended. Read More »

Shaykhy Crushes: Trials in the Lives of Men of Knowledge

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There is a trend among contemporary, practicing Muslims which I find rather disturbing, this trend is what I call a "Shaykhy Crush". I have noticed at many Islamic events, from classes to conferences, practicing Muslim women who follow the Deen in dress and Ibadah, developing crushes and falling in love with the speakers and teachers. This has led to many dangerous scenarios. It could be that studying Islam has been glamorized and students of knowledge are treated like celebrities or it could be that some Shuyookh unintentionally do things that attract women. Read More »

Tips for Students of Islam: Grasping Terminology

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Divide the notebook into sections according to the field of knowledge (Hadith, Tafsir, Aqeedah) and in that section record the names and definitions of all terminology you have studied in that field. How you write it will depend on you, just make sure it is easy to browse through, find what you are looking for, read and understand. Keep it with you whenever you are studying, and remember that terminology is not limited to the field you learned it in. Terms learned in Fiqh or Hadith will be needed in Tafseer and Seerah as well, that is why I recommend keeping one notebook for all your terminology, but divide it into sections so it does not get crammed and is easy to access. Read More »

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