‘Acquire the Character Traits of God’

I was asked about the oft-quoted statement, ‘Acquire the character traits of God’ which is very frequently quoted as a hadith of God’s Messenger (pbuh), especially in Sufi works. The hadith masters are all in agreement that this is not a hadith and cannot be found in the hadith literature, nor traced to any source.Continue reading “‘Acquire the Character Traits of God’”

Is ‘Mada’in Salih’ the Location of Prophet Salih’s People?

The area of al-Hijr in modern-day Saudi Arabia is now known as ‘Mada’in Salih’ (The Cities of the Prophet Salih) as Muslims have long believed that the dwellings carved into the mountains there were left by the Thamud, the people of Prophet Salih. However, the Thamud were not the only civilisation that built houses inContinue reading “Is ‘Mada’in Salih’ the Location of Prophet Salih’s People?”

Are Actions Presented to God on Mondays and Thursdays?

Most Muslims today think that our actions are presented to God on Mondays and Thursdays, and that this is why it is good to fast on these days. However, this belief is based on an incorrect version of an authentic hadith which is differently worded. Tirmidhī narrated this hadith, and it is through him thatContinue reading “Are Actions Presented to God on Mondays and Thursdays?”

The Wisdom in the Friday Suras

Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to recite in the Fajr Prayer of Friday [surat al-Sajda] and [surat al-Insan].” (Sahih Bukhari & Muslim) Al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi wrote in his book Ilal al-Shari’ah (The Wisdom Behind the Teachings of the Shariah),Continue reading “The Wisdom in the Friday Suras”

The Secret of the Salat Ibrahimiyya

Note: an abridged and more polished version of this article can be found here. However, this long version contains referencing, more complete quotations, and more detailed discussions of the evidence. In particular, this article contains discussions of the varying narrations of the Salat Ibrahimiyya from a hadith science point of view, explaining why the wordingContinue reading “The Secret of the Salat Ibrahimiyya”

The Meaning of Salawat

Many explanations have been offered for the word ṣalāwāt, such as to exalt, to praise, to bestow mercy on, to bless, to forgive. Through an investigation of several verses of the Qurʾān, and drawing upon the ḥadīth and the insight of several great imams culled from an array of rare and precious sources, a clearerContinue reading “The Meaning of Salawat”

The Meaning of “I am from Husayn”

On the authority of Ya’a ibn Murra (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and his family and grant them peace) said: Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. Allah loves him who loves Husayn. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-Bukhari (in al-Adab al-Mufrad), Ibn Hanbal, IbnContinue reading “The Meaning of “I am from Husayn””

Breaking the Fast and the Maghrib Prayer

The Imam of the Land of Hijra, Imam Malik ibn Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated in the Muwatta: [Section on Hurrying to Break the Fast] The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “People will continue to be all right as long as they hurry to breakContinue reading “Breaking the Fast and the Maghrib Prayer”