Friday, September 30, 2005

The Quran and Me

Etiquette with the Quran

Reviewed by: Ismail Ray

This is a translation of a text by one of the great scholars of the Islamic tradition, Imam al-Nawawi, whose other famous works include ‘Riyadh al-Salihin’ (Gardens of the Righteous) and the ‘al-Arbain’ (Forty Hadith) collection. This particular text deals with the manners of dealing with the most important book to Muslims, the Quran, and as such must be given its due if one wishes to seriously study and benefit from the Book of Allah.

The book begins in true traditional style with a certificate of authorisation or ijaza from the translator’s teacher, including the chain of transmission back to Imam al-Nawawi himself. Following this is a foreword by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller, and an introduction by translator Musa Furber. The last two sections of the introduction include a valuable biography of Imam al-Nawawi, and a translation of Imam al-Nawawi’s own introduction to the text.

The title may lead one to believe that the book would address issues such as the necessity of ritual purity when handling the Quran and the merits of reciting certain chapters and verses. In fact, it contains not only this, but a wealth of additional information. For example, chapter titles include ‘Honoring the Folk of the Quran’ which deals with the respect that is due to the memorisers and scholars of the Quran; ‘The Etiquette of Recitation’ which addresses topics as diverse as reciting the Quran in a group to the verses of prostration; and ‘Writing the Quran and Respecting the Mushaf’ which covers the history behind the compilation of the Quran as well as the rulings on how the Quran should be handled by non-Muslims. More significant to modern times perhaps is a chapter entitled ‘The Etiquette of All People with the Quran’, the reference to people who use verses from the Quran to support their opinions without the prerequisite qualifications.

Apart from the manners pertaining to dealing with the Quran, knowledge that without a doubt is beneficial to all Muslims, there are a fair amount of legal rulings present in the book specific to the Shafi’i school of thought. Of course, this is not surprising since Imam al-Nawawi was definitely one of the foremost figures of that school. Having said that, the opinions of the other three Sunni schools are often quoted and as Musa Furber correctly states in his introduction:

“While individual rulings are important to Shafi’is, there are still vital lessons for us all. Imam al-Nawawi does not promote his madhhab, the Shafi’i school, at the expense of others.”

The book is tremendously well written, and in usual Starlatch Press fashion, it is well presented and the quality is befitting of such an important text. The text itself is superbly referenced for those who wish to study the proofs and origins of the rulings. In addition, the appendix contains a valuable set of brief biographies of all the luminaries mentioned throughout the book. Surely this is an invaluable addition to the increasing number of classical texts that are available in English, and credit is due to Musa Furber for an excellent choice. Some readers may not find the fiqh particularly useful, however it is by no means a significant proportion of the book and should not deter anyone from reading and benefiting from it. Highly recommended.

Taken from Deenport Deenport
Book available at Wardah Books

A seeker is not a seeker until he is able to find in the Quran everything that he desires- Sidi Abu Madyan

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Jewels for Ramadhan

Assalamu alaikum wr. wb.

Greetings To All again,

Al-Fath founder and teacher, Shaykh Ibrahim recently gave an informative and in-depth talk on the virtues of Ramadhan recently at the centre last Monday, Sept 22nd. The shaykh brought up many important points, but underlying the whole lecture were two main aspects he felt we needed to be aware of:

1. Fasting as a means of acquiring taqwa
2. The revelation of the Quran, and emphasis on reading and completing it during this month of fasting.

Taken From Al-Fathhu's Students Blog

Defending the Transgressed By Censuring the Reckless Against the Killing of Civilians

A Fatwa According to the Madhhab of Imam Shafi'e by the Oxford-based Malaysian jurist, Shaykh Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti

This fatwa was written in response to the strife and troubles afflicting the Community of Muslims, and humanity at large, in our age, day in and day out. Stress and confusion have been created by Muslims who, intentionally or not, have misinterpreted the legal discussions on warfare in Islamic Law. They set them outside their proper contexts and abuse them, turning them into justifications for their hate-inspired crimes.

Book available at Wardah Books

Do your part.Tell your friends -Ahmad

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Deeper Meaning Behind the Pillars of Islam

"Next we draw attention to what required of the murid when, at the very beginning of the prayer, he desires to enter to Allah. It is neccessary for him to raise his hand as he pronounces Allahu Akhbar, for this is when he is standing with Allah; and what he needs now , by the raising of his hands, is to reach Allah, and that he should not conceal his belonging to the Path, nor, once he has entered into it, should he be neglectful of it. He should raise his hand as an expression of his bearing witness to having turned his face towards Allah,until he comes to know Him, both in particular and in the universal sense; and thus to show that he is not ashamed of belonging to those of the Path of Allah, and that he is not cut off from his Lord. Then, in the beginning of his order, he should set out with everything of which he is capable, and therefore the Order for him is to announce this publicly by saying "ALLAHU AKBAR," as he enters into the state of holiness. This is his affirmation in words, and at the same time, he is ordered to raise his hands so that action becomes manifestation of his affirmation; and this, both words and action are brought together."

Taken from "The Deeper Meaning Behind the Pillars of Islam" by Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal ar-Rifai as-Shadili.

Every chapeter, every sentence has treasures in it. A must read for every one. May Allah bless him and forgive us.-Ahmad

Book available at Wardah Books

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad in Singapore

Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad will be giving two talks in Singapore, in conjunction with the re-opening of Masjid Abdul Aleem Siddique at Telok Kurau after it was closed for restoration works.

Talk 1: The Attributes of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)
Time: Friday, 30th September 2005, 8.30 pm
Venue: Masjid Abdul Aleem Siddique, 90 Lorong K Telok Kurau

Talk 2: Ramadhan — A Divine Gift
Time: Saturday, 1 October 2005, 8.30 pm
Venue: Masjid Alkaff Kampung Melayu, 200 Bedok Reservoir Road

Taken from Reading Sanctuary

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Pick Of The Month

This book is a development of Gray’s thoughts about Al Qaeda and modernity that he voiced in a previous book ‘Straw Dogs : Thoughts on humans and other animals’ in which he analyses and critiques aspects of liberal humanism. It is a book that covers a wide range of topics and will be particularly interesting for those who have an interest in current affairs, but seek a deeper understanding of the recent political events.

His central premise is that ‘Modernity’ as we in the west like to conceptualise it (being a uniform, global good in which ‘our’ values are realised) is in fact a delusion. He further suggests that the idea that there is a single way of being modern is rooted in Enlightenment ideals, even though there are differing manifestations of this as alternatively exemplified by Karl Marx and Francis Fukuyama.

But what does Al Qaeda have to do with modernity? Gray asserts that Al Qaeda and Modernity are inextricably linked. Gray makes the case for a relationship between these two seemingly unlikely bedfellows with the following: “…the belief that a new world can be hastened by spectacular acts of destruction is nowhere found in medieval times. Al Qaeda’s closest precursors are the revolutionary anarchists of late nineteenth-century Europe.” [1] He points out that there are differences between Al Qaeda
and European revolutionary anarchism in that the latter targeted public officials as opposed to civilians.

Taken from DeenPort

Book available at Wardah Books

A must read - Ahmad

Sunday, September 18, 2005

What Kind Of World Do You Live In?

Whatever world you live in, there is no denying that the deluge of information and opinion has ushered in a strange relativism. Information can be obtained from the ether and the only criteria to decide on its usefulness is expediency, not veracity. Opinions, be they from trained jurists or from the ubiquitous man-in-the-street, now seem to be equally valid.

The Islamica team is really doing a very good job may Allah Bless them-Ahmad

Taken from Reading Sanctuary

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Talks In Singapore

Some important talks held in Singapore. By Ustaz Mohd Ibrahim.
Please visit the link below to see details

Al-Fathhu's Blog

Saturday, September 10, 2005

What Kind Of World Do You Live In?

Click on the link below to see a 30-second video commercial by the world's leading Islamic magazine, ISLAMICA.

By the way, Issue No. 14 will arrive within a week or so.

Subscribe now so that you do not miss any issues. (Note: Wardah Books handles ISLAMICA subscription for Singapore residents only)

Taken from Reading Sanctuary

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Jihad Lecture Series

"Jihad: The Struggle for Peace

No word has been so abused as the word ‘Jihad’. Jihad
has been misunderstood by the media and more
worryingly by Muslims themselves. Sadly, the gross
distortion of the concept of Jihad has led to the
senseless killing of innocent human beings. With the
rise of Global Terrorism, there is an urgent need for
Muslim Scholars to stand up and to bring to light the
correct understanding of Jihad in the Islamic

This series of talks has been developed to explain the
reality of Jihad; thus opening the door towards peace."

Taken From Al-Fathhu's Blog

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Singapore's Intellectual and Spiritual Heritage

Remember our heritage, inspire our young

Taken from Reading Sanctuary
Also seeBiographies of Singapore’s Past Ulama

If there is no past, there won't be a future- Ahmad

Monday, September 05, 2005

Conference Of The Books

Terror paralyses the senses and numbs the intellect. The reflexes of the body cringe and the intellect races to understand. Like disease, terror is a state of chaos. Like health, peace is vibrant order.

Taken from Reading Sanctuary

A much needed work, a must read-Ahmad

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Daily Routine

Hakeemul Ummat Hazrat Moulana Shah Ashraf Ali Thanvi ra used to repeatedly emphasize that one must complete his daily ma’moolat (wird) regularly. In case of a genuine excuse this may be even without wudhu’ (ablution) or while doing the daily chores . This is because that being absent after fixing a ma’mool (wird) causes loss of barakah (Divinely blessings) excessively.

Taken from Ashrafiya

Books By Moulana Shah Ashraf Ali Thanvi Wardah Books

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Below is a must bookmark web page- Ahmad

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