The Hadith on Innovations

Everyone has heard the following Hadith frequently recited from the pulpits of the mosques and at the beginning of speeches, “The best speech is the speech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad ﷺ and the worst matters are those which are newly introduced and every innovation is an error andContinue reading “The Hadith on Innovations”

New Book on Mercy and the Sharia

Now available for pre-order! You can save 30% off the price using the launch discount code NEW30 Back cover: This book is not about Sufism. It is about the nature of the Sharīʿa. In the first three centuries of Islam, many scholars believed that juristic differences were rooted in the Sharīʿa’s inherent flexibility. AsContinue reading “New Book on Mercy and the Sharia”

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): Regarding These Two Hadiths: These Reports Go Against What is More Authentic Than Them: These two reports go against what is authentic and well-established inContinue 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”

‘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”