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Life Lessons – Nobility | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

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Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni Dr. Hamad Alshittwy taught me so much knowledge but he also instilled noble principles and a code of honor in me that I have been trying to live by since then. One time I asked him, “Shaykhana, you use to be very critical of so-and-so (well known Shuyūkh), but now I see you say positive ... Read More »

Life Lessons – Is Fir’awn a Believer or Not? | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni


Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni “Son, on the Day of Judgment, Allāh will not ask you about Fir'awn, whether HE was believer or not, so do not worry about that individual.” I had just asked him about a contemporary figure whose opinions we young, aspiring students of knowledge had been debating over, and I was eager to prove his ... Read More »

Life Lessons – I Had a Dream! | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni


Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni I used to look for him in Mecca every Ramadan to pray taraweeh beside him. Praying next to him would give my prayer a completely different taste, making it an unforgettable experience. I could hear the shaykh's soft voice in sujood, “O Allāh grant me Your Forgiveness and Mercy.” Many times, I'd spot the ... Read More »

Life Lessons – A Mother’s Letter | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

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I traveled to Riyadh to meet Shaykh Ibn Baz, carrying with me a copy of an invitation to a concert in our city Dammam in Saudi Arabia. To tell you the truth, I was not sure if my visit would make any difference; these types of concerts were supported by some powerful people in that region. I had only met Shaykh Ibn Baz a few times up until that point and I didn’t even think he knew me as I was only a freshman in college. So here I was, an unknown freshman, entering the office of the Mufti of Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Life Lessons – VHS | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni


Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni Having breakfast with Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen is not something that can easily be forgotten. I knew it was a special honor that I was among those who attended such a gathering. A breakfast was arranged between the Shaykh and the students of Gulf high schools who had made the trip out west to perform ... Read More »

Yahya Ibrahim | Life Lessons from Sūrat ṬāHā: “Shepherding – The Way of the Prophets”


The Qurʾān is not a storybook of wondrous tales and ancient fables, isolated from the realities and complexities of real life. Each verse, in fact, each letter is miraculously precise in meaning, succinct in message and pure in sound.   Those of you who follow me on Twitter  will already be familiar with my short points of insight into Sūrat ṬāHā (#TafseerTaHa).  The life lessons that ... Read More »

Life Lessons – The Hand I Never Kissed | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

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Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni I read so many of his books before I met him.  I immersed myself in his words, written and spoken, assisted by tens of books and dozens of cassettes, for hundreds of hours.  I told my parents that I was traveling to see him in Jordan but they prevented me from going, and I ... Read More »

Life Lessons – ‘Ilm is Far More than Just Words | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni


Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni We were walking back to my teacher's Riyadh home from the masjid after the Isha prayer when all of the sudden an old car stopped near us. A Pakistani worker got out to greet my teacher, Sh. Hamad Al-Shaetwy. The Shaykh was surprised to see him. “Where you have been?” exclaimed the Shaykh, “I've been looking ... Read More »

Life Lessons – The Answer is Tomorrow | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni


Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni For many years of my youth, I used to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in Mecca. My favorite sitting spot was on the first floor in the Ottoman construction area between Al-Rukn Al-Yamani and the Hijr, and it was there that I would largely remain during the days and nights I was in ... Read More »

Life Lessons – Back to the Basics | Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

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Follow Shaykh Waleed on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShaykhWaleedBasyouni As a young adult, one of the blessings that Allāh bestowed upon me was being able to grow up in the city of Riyadh at a time when it held some of the greatest scholars in the world. Being able to be in the company of Shaykh Bin Baaz was an experience that provided ... Read More »

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