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The Shaykh and the Ustadh Defined

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Guest post by Abdul Wahab Saleem (Facebook/Twitter) I received a question on my Facebook page recently about what the difference between a Shaykh and an Ustādh is. This is a question that I remember being confused about over a decade ago. I remember growing up as a child wondering, “Who is a Shaykh? What defines an `Ālim? Why do we ... Read More »

Some Knowledge is not Taken Except Like This

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“A muhaddith will never be complete until they narrate from who is above them, equal to them, and below them”. This statement is not simply words anymore that are memorized, or understood; the host scholar ingrained them in my heart and sealed them with images of parking lot races, reading mistakes unabashedly made in front of congregations, and the most beautiful humility. There is some knowledge that is not taken, except like this. Read More »

Islamic Political Thought: Sacred and the Secular

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A number of classical and contemporary scholars proposed divisions for the actions of the Prophet . Chief among them are Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziah, in several writings including 'Ilam al-Muwaiqqi'in, imām Ibn 'Ashur in his treatise on the Maqasid al Shari'ah, Shah Wali Allāh al-Dahlawi in his book “Hujjat Allāh al-Balighah,” however, the pioneer in this field was imām Shihab al-Din ... 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 »

MM Treasures: Shaykhs Need Advice Too

Shaykhs Need Advice Too

Sacred knowledge and following through with sincere action has always been an eternal, internal struggle of the learned. People at times forget that the Shaykh is an individual who struggles each and every day of their life to worship Allah competently and in fulfillment of the Divine Grace of sacred knowledge that they have been afforded by Ar-Rahman. Read More »

Dr Israr Ahmed Passes Away: Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon!

May Allah(swt) purify him of his sins, overlook his shortcomings, elevate his ranks and admit him into Jannat-ul-Firdaws! Ameen. Read More »

When Seeds are Plentiful: A Humble Scholar

In times when we may sometimes observe the evil effects of pride and arrogance affecting the Muslim communities around us, it can be uplifting to turn to a simple, yet powerful example of one teacher that did not let the high position he held in the hearts of many around him lead him to develop a sense of self-importance or conceit. Read More »

Muslim Scholars—West’s Natural Allies in Fighting Scourge of Terrorism

The best strategy for prevention is to dismantle terrorist ideologies using the same Quran and the same narrations of the prophet that are misunderstood by them. This is a task that can only be accomplished by established independent credible Muslim scholars. The war on terror therefore is as much a war on ignorance and misguidance, as much as it is a war against the terrorists themselves. Read More »

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