The Hadith on Teaching Children to Pray

‘Verifying the Authenticity of the Hadith ‘…And Hit the Ten-Year-Old Over It,’ by Shaykh Akram Nadwi (translated and annotated by Samer Dajani) There are two hadiths that mention this (hitting): Abū Dāwūd said in the Chapter on Prayer: Section: When is a Boy ordered to Pray?: Muḥammad ibn ʿĪsa – meaning: Ibn al-Ṭabbāʿ – narratedContinue reading “The Hadith on Teaching Children to Pray”

The Guidance He Left Us

One day God’s Messenger ﷺ stood up and gave a speech to his Ummah, reminding them of what he will be leaving behind once he returns to the Highest Companion ﷻ. He ﷺ spoke of leaving behind two ‘weighty things’ (thaqalayn), but the way he described them varies in different narrations. Unfortunately, it has becomeContinue reading “The Guidance He Left Us”

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?”

The Sunna Fasts

Praise be to God, we have just finished fasting Ramadan, and we wish to carry the good that we have done with us for the rest of the year. The most immediate way that people do this is to fast six days from the month of Shawwāl, but there are also those who will attemptContinue reading “The Sunna Fasts”

God’s Great Name

There are a lot of conflicting narrations on God’s great – or greatest – name, which, if it is invoked in supplication, God answers the supplication of those who have asked. However many of the hadith are weak, leading to much confusion on the subject. Many scholars denied that God has a ‘Greatest Name,’ statingContinue reading “God’s Great Name”

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”


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