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A Brief Commentary on La Hawla wa La Quwwata illa Billah

A Brief Commentary on La Hawla wa La Quwwata illa Billah By Abu Unays   لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ   Lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh is abbreviated as hawqalah. Abbreviations are produced by taking a few letters from the original phrase to form a single word. Other abbreviations of Islāmic phrases include basmalah (bismillāhir-Rahmānir-Rahīm) and hamdalah (alhamdullillāhi Rabbil-‘ālamīn).   The Arabic word hawl is commonly translated as power. However, the Arabic root for hawl denotes meanings of movement and change. The word quwwah, on the other hand, is more in line with power as it denotes meanings of strength.  …
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Imagined Communities

Imagined Communities By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   The Prophet of Allāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said whilst interlacing his fingers, “Verily, the believer to another believer is like a structure, parts of it reinforce the other.” [Bukhārī]   Points of benefit    I. Imagery is ample in religious scripture. Vivid and descriptive language appeal to the human senses, deepening our understanding of a text. It serves to create a mental image/experience of ideas.    II. Imagined pictures of the world’s people influence how we group and relate to them. Our identities are partly constituted in terms of perceiving ourselves as belonging to…
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The Virtue of Consistency

The Virtue of Consistency By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   The Prophet of Allāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was asked about the most beloved good deed to Allāh, to which he replied:    أَدْوَمُهُ وَإِنْ قَلَّ “That which is most regular and constant even if it is little in amount.” [Muslim]   Points of benefit   I. Consistency adds value. It elevates a deed even if it is small. The scholars would say, “A consistent deed—even if it is small—is better than a huge deed that is inconsistent.”   II. Consistency perpetuates reward. If an actor is prevented from completing a…
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O Allah! You are As-Salam

O Allah! You are As-Salam... By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   The Prophet of Allāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam would say at the end of every prayer:   اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ، وَمِنْكَ السَّلَامُ، تَبَارَكْتَ يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ “O Allāh! You are As-Salām and from you is as-salām. Most Blessed are You, O Owner of Majesty and Honour.” [Ibn Mājah]   O Allāh! You are As-Salām As-Salām is one of Allāh’s Names. The word salām linguistically comes from a root which means freedom or safety from any number of things. Accordingly, As-Salām as a Name of Allāh denotes One who…
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Four words to outweigh your words

Four words to outweigh your words​ By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم     Muslim reports that on the authority of Juwayriyah that the Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam left her (house) one morning after having prayed Fajr whilst she was (sitting) in her place of prayer, then he returned after the forenoon had come and she was still sitting there. He asked, “Are you still in the same state as when I left you?” She replied, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “After I left you, I said four words three times, which if they were weighed against what you have…
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Purpose and Goals of 'Ibadah – Part 2

Purpose and Goals of Ibadah – Part 2 by Shaykh Abu Ubaid   بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   Goals of 'ibādah in the dunyā (Earthly) life   We mentioned in a previous post that 'purpose' was coined for the 'result or outcome' of the quantity and quality of the 'reward(s).' Purpose is associated with the ākhirah (Hereafter), beginning from the moment of death.   Goals, on the other hand, are for this life. Subsequently, any khayr (good) intention for this life is labelled a 'goal.' Ultimately, for the true mu'min, there is another objective—the Ākhirah Intention. Thus, the 'goal' serves as means to…
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Purpose and Goals of 'Ibadah – Part 1

Purpose and Goals of Ibadah – Part 1  by Shaykh Abu Ubaid   بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   There are several ‘purposes’ to 'ibādah (worship). Most of them can predominately be located in the personal 'ibādāt (pl. of 'ibādah). Those 'ibādāt are either foundational, obligatory or recommended.   I am using the word ‘purpose’ intending the ‘result or outcome’ of the quantity and quality of the 'reward(s).'   Listed below are over 50 purposes for 'ibādah:   1. You—a unique, individual entity within His innumerable and vast creation—bonding with Allāh 'Azza wa Jalla. He Jalla Jalāluhu mentioning You alone, whilst You…
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The Mindset of the Sahabah: We Hear and We Obey

The Mindset of the Sahabah: We Hear and We Obey | Mindset 1 By Shaykh Abu Ubaid   In this extensive article, Ustadh Abu Ubaid details the comprehensive mindset the Sahabah possessed owing to this profound principle. Click here to read the full article.
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Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge   The ‘ibādah of Seeking Knowledge is like any other ‘ibādah. Just as salāh and jihād are deeds of worship which have rules and regulations governing and beautifying them, so too, does Seeking Knowledge.    These rules and regulations are deduced from the fitrah, sound intellect and the agreed upon principles and foundations of the sharī‘ah. These rules and regulations are overall referred to as ādāb.    Ādāb consists of pre requisites, obligations, recommendations, dislikes, prohibitions and nullifications.   Click here to read the full article.
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Ramadan: The Month of the Allah's Friends

Ramadan – The Month of the Awliya’ (Allah’s Friends) By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   The Prophet of Allāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam narrates from Allāh, “Whoever displays animosity towards My walī (friend), I declare war on him. My slave does not draw nearer to Me with anything more beloved to Me than the farā’id (obligatory deeds) that I have imposed upon him. And My slave continues to draw close to Me with the nawāfil (voluntary deeds) until such that I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which…
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O Allah! You are 'Afuww…

O Allah! You are ‘Afuww By Abu Unays   بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   ‘Āishah asked the Messenger of Allāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam what should be said in the Night of Qadr, to which he replied,   اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي “O Allāh! Verily, You are One who Pardons, and You love to pardon, so pardon me!”   O Allāh! Verily, You are One who Pardons (‘Afuww) Al-‘Afuww is a Name of Allāh. It is often translated to mean the one who pardons or forgives.   ‘Afuww comes from ‘afw, which means to leave or abandon a…
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Spread the Salam – A Bond between the Believers

“Spread the Salam” – A Bond between the Believers By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   The Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “You will not enter paradise until you believe. And you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I guide you to a matter, if you were to do that, you would love one another?  Spread the salām amongst yourselves.” [Muslim]   All civilizations share in this common moral act of greeting one another at the point of contact. It is a way of acknowledging presence and extending courtesy. Islām, in recognition of this norm, legislated the…
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Subhan Allah – A brief study of its meanings

Subhan Allah ― A brief study of its meanings By Abu Unays بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   The term tasbīh usually refers to the phrase: Subhān Allāh. It is a phrase which Allāh has approved for Himself, and has inspired His angels to say, and guided the most excellent of His creation to declare.   Subhān Allāh is commonly translated as ‘Glory be to Allāh.’ This translation falls short in conveying a fuller meaning of the tasbīh.    The tasbīh is composed of two words: Subhāna and Allāh.   Linguistically, the word subhāna comes from the word sabh, which means distance, remoteness. Accordingly,…
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Allahu Akbar – A brief study of its meanings

Allahu Akbar ― A brief study of its meanings By Abu Unays   بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   Allāhu akbar is often translated as ‘Allāh is the greatest.’ This translation may not be entirely accurate. Perhaps a more accurate translation is ‘Allāh is greater.’   The takbīr (Allāhu akbar) is composed of two words: (The Sanctified Name) Allāh and akbar.   Ism tafdīl The word akbar is an ism tafdīl.   Ism tafdīl as a concept exists in the English language. In English, adjectives (a word that describes a noun) can be structured to be either comparative or superlative.    Comparatives…

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