Month: December, 2011

Book Release: The Companions are the Stars of Guidance by Sheikh Muhammad Akhtar Rida Khan al-Azhari

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Al-Salamu ‘alaykum,

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May prayers and salutations be upon the master of the two worlds, our liege lord Muhammad, and upon his pure family, noble Companions, and all who follow his exemplary way.

Our (Ihsanica Media) first publication, The Companions are the Stars of Guidance by Sheikh Muhammad Akhtar Rida Khan al-Azhari:

* Publisher’s foreword:
This treatise written by the scholar and sage, Sheikh Muhammad Akhtar Rida Khan, discusses the famous hadith ascribed to the Prophet -may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him: “My Companions are like the stars; whomever of them you follow you will be guided.” This hadith was declared weak by many scholars; however, the author explains that if a weak hadith gains fame and general acceptance it can be judged as authentic. Imam al-Suyuti said in Tadrib al-rawi:“Some of them have said that a hadith is judged authentic if it is met with general acceptance among the people, even if it does not possess an authentic chain.”

The tribulation of our time is that there are those who, in their misplaced zeal, claim that this hadith is forged. That is a baseless view first propagated by the literalist scholar Ibn Hazm, and followed by the late Sheikh Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani, the self-taught Salafi “revivalist.”

Sheikh Muhammad Akhtar Rida Khan does not seek to authenticate this hadith; his goal is to respond to the claims that it is forged [mawdu’] and prove that [1] it has a basis [2] that there are similar reports that are sound [3] the Gnostics and saints accepted the soundness of this hadith through their spiritual unveiling [kashf]. This treatise is also a brilliant defense of the Companions’ preeminence in jurisprudence and reflects the author’s mastery of the hadith sciences and legal theory.

– Dr. Najah ‘Awad Siyam
Muqattam Publishers, Cairo, Egypt

* Paraphrased and condensed from the original Arabic text. The work was first published by Muqattam Publishers in Cairo, Egypt.
Junayd Yasin [Ihsanica Media]



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This is the story that must be told

of an Iraqi baby, not very old.

Lying in her crib one star lit night

How could she know of those planes in flight?

She lay there quietly touching her nose,

Watching her mobile, wiggling her toes,

Oohing and cooing, so sweetly is she,

Talking to someone, who could it be?

An angel is standing with her in the room.

The baby is smiling, unaware of her doom.

The crib starts to shake and the mobile goes round.

And suddenly comes a most deafening sound.

The ceiling drops in, in a second or two …

On top of her crib so she ceases to coo …

No one knows how long she lie there

Who thought about it? doesn’t anyone care?

Is she alive? Is she dead? Is she in any pain?

Now that you mention it, who knows her name?

Her name is Amal. In English we say Hope.

Crushed between the rubble, her tiny fingers start to grope.

Where is my mommy? I love her so dear

Come, get me mommy! It’s dark in here!

I’m scared and I’m hungry and I can’t see my feet.

There’s blood in my mouth! Give me something to eat!

Where is my daddy? Where’s my big brother?

It hurts when I breath! Where is my mother?!

How long have I been here? Is this just a dream?

I open my mouth, but can’t even scream.

That angel appears once again to my side,

This time with a tear I plead Why have I died?

Am I alone in my sufferings? No, there are many others.

In our grief and our misery, we are sisters and brothers.

Who are we? I ask you … for what crime did we die?

They’re throwing a party! Doesn’t anyone cry?!

Is it True? Am I nothing?! How could it be?

Don’t they also have babies, just like me?

It is war they say, of which death is part.

How blind they’ve become, How hardened of heart.

Did someone say hero? To whom do they speak?

A victory claimed for killing the weak?!

Why are they happy? Why are they proud?

Don’t they know that I’m cold in my burial shroud?!

No war has been won; No ifs, buts, or maybes,

They’ve Only Killed Babies!!!!

Signed Me,

An Iraqi Baby

Blessed Madinah al-Munawwarah

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Ánas bin Malik rađiyAllāhu ánhu narrates that the Master of Creation śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam,

O Allah! Grant Madinah twice the blessings that You granted to Makkah. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith 1885)

Saád bin Malik and Abu Hurayra rađiyAllāhu ánhuma narrates that the beloved Messenger śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said,

On every street of Madinah, there are two Angels protecting it. Plague and Dajjāl cannot enter this city and whoever casts an evil on this city, Allah subĥānahū wa táālā will dissolve him just as salt dissolves in water. (Musnad Ahmad, Hadith 1615)

Ábdullah ibn Úmar rađiyAllāhu ánhu narrates that the beloved Messenger of Allah śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said,

On the day of Qiyama, I will intercede for the one who visits my resting place. (Shúab al-Īmān, Ĥadith 1453)

Ábdullah ibn Úmar rađiyAllāhu ánhu narrates that our Master and Saviour śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said,

Whoever visits my (blessed) resting place, my intercession will be wājib for him.[1]

The Master of Creation śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said,

What is between my house and my minbar is one of the gardens from the gardens of Jannah. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Ĥadīth 1195)

Imam Qādī Íyādh rađiyAllāhu ánhu beautifully states,

The blessed sand which had the honour of touching the blessed feet of the beloved Messenger of Allah śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam, certainly, we must respect that blessed sand…and kiss the walls of the city of the Beloved. (ash-Shifá, vol. 2, pp. 46)

[1] It is declared sound (sahih) by Ibn al-Sakan in al-Sunan al-Sihah and Ábd al-Haqq al-Ishbili in al-Aĥkam, followed by Shaykh al-Islam al-Taqī al-Subkī in Shifá al-Siqām in view of the totality of the chains. Other ĥadith scholars who considered it authentic are Ibn Ĥajar’s student the ĥadith master al-Sakhāwī, the ĥadith master of Madina al-Munawwara al-Samhūdī, and Shaykh al-Islam al-Haytami in al-Jawhar al-Munazzam.

Courtesy of Sunni Dawat e Islami

On Answering Fools

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These lines are attributed to Imām Shāfiýī :

yukhāţibunī as-safīhu bi kulli qubĥin

fa akrahu an akūnu lahu mujībā

yazīdu safāhatan wa azīdu ĥilman

ka úūdin zādahu’l iĥrāqu ţībā

The idiot talks to me in the ugliest manner,

And i do not like to give him an answer.

His increase in stupidity increases my forbearance

Just like oud – when burnt more, gives more fragrance. [oud = aloe]

Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.144; Aĥsanu’l Qasas 4/105; these have also been attributed to Imām Álī karramaAllāhu wajhuh.


idhā naţaqa as-safīhu fa lā tujib’hu

fa khayrun min ijābatihī as-sukūtu


fa in kallamtahū farrajta ánhu

wa in khallaytahū kamdan yamūtu


sakattu áni’s safīhi fa žanna annī

áyītu áni’l jawābi wa mā aýītu


If an idiot drags you to a debate, answer him not

To be silent is better than answering him.


If you attempt to answer him, you’ll encourage him

And if you neglect him, he will die in frustration.


I choose to keep quiet rather than answer an idiot, and he imagines –

That I am unable to answer; while I do not lack an answer.

Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.155; Adabu’d Dunyā wa’d Dīn p.246; Minhāju’l Yaqīn p.420; Shiýr al-Fuqahā’a p.368


It is also reported that Imām Shāfiýī said: ‘I have not debated anyone in matters of Kalam except once; and I followed it by doing istighfār.’ [Siyar Aálām an-Nubalā]

aáriđ áni’l jāhili’s safīhi

fa kullu mā qāla fa huwa fīhi

fa mā đarra baĥru’l furāti yawman

in khāđa baáđu’l kilābu fīhi

Keep away from the ignoramus, the imbecile.

All that he accuses you, is present in his own self

The river Euphrates will not get polluted –

If on a day, any of the stray dogs dirties it.

Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.417


It is said that Imām Shāfiýī was asked a question and he was silent for a long time. He was asked again whether he would answer it or not. He replied, ‘I am yet to decide what is better: to answer or to keep quiet’.

qul bimā shiyta fī masabbati írđī

fa sukūtī áni’l laýīmi jawāb

mā ana ádimu’l jawābi walākin

mā mina’l usdi an tujība’l kilāb

Say what you will in abuse,

My silence is an answer to the scoundrel –

I am not devoid of an answer, but:

It is not necessary for a lion to answer the dogs.

Dīwān ash-Shāfiýī p.143; Aĥsanu’l Qasas 4/106

tū sham é risālat hai – A beautiful Na`at sharif recited by Owais Qadri

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tū sham é risālat hai – A beautiful Na’at sharif recited by Owais Qadri, the blessed eulogy in praise of the Master of Creation sall Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was written by the great poet, scholar and gnostic ash-Sheikh Mustafa Rida al-Noorī radiyAllāhu ‘anh.

Click here to listen to it.



Are Warqa bin Naufil and Bahīra Rāhib numbered amongst the blessed Sahāba?

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Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghani an-Nabalusi rahimahulla states,

There is ikhtilāf (differing of opinions) on whether Warqa bin Naufil and Bahīra Rāhib are numbered amongst the blessed Sahāba (the blessed companions of the beloved Messenger śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam) as they met the beloved Messenger śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam prior to the announcement of prophet hood. (al-Hadīqa tun-Nadīyya)

Habīb Úmar on Imam Ahmed Ridā Khan radiyAllahu anhu

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Article written by Habīb Úmar on Imam Ahmed Ridā Khan radiyAllahu anhu

Praise be to Allah, the one who brings forth in the Umma, for the support of the Truth and the establishment of the proof, leaders guiding by his command, defending with patience and certitude, emulating the Seal of the prophets, our Liege-Lord the Noblest, the Chosen one, the Select, Muhammad the son of Ábdullah, the Beloved of the Lord of all the worlds, O Allah send your peace and blessings and bestow honour upon him, upon his pure family, his noble companions and those who follow them upon sincerity until the Day of Judgement.

And from amongst those leaders whom the Merciful has brought forth in his mercy to his slaves is the Shaykh, the Gnostic, vast in knowledge and cognisance, firmly versed in the realities the Shaykh, Muhammad Ahmed Rida Khan radiyAllahu ánhu. Author of many works and abundant spiritual overflowing, and indeed Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala spread out for him and by him the message of guidance and hoisted the banners of salvation from enticement away from the Sunna of the Master of the messengers śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam and the guidance of the righteous predecessors (as salaf as-sālihīn). And we looked into many of his works, beneficial, helpful, illuminating and enlightening and the commendations (taqarīz) of the leaders of the Haramayn (the two noble sanctuaries, Makkah tul Mukarrama and Madinah al-Munawwara) and the groups of Gnostic scholars, and rightly-guided guides. So may Allah bless him (Shaykh Ahmed Ridā radiyAllahu ánhu) in his works, illuminate the lands with his radiant lights, and give success to those who associate with him, to gather the believers and unite the people of religion and make us and them from amongst the elect of the righteous, the sincere, and may Allah elevate his status (Shaykh Ahmed Ridā radiyAllahu ánhu) and requit him with good and unite us with him in the highest of Paradises in good and well being.

(al-Habīb ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid) Úmar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafidh ibn as-Shaykh Abī Bakr bin Salim hafidhullah 

Dar al Mustafa, Tarim, Hadhramawt, al-Yemen 

The blessed Ten (Ashra Mubashra)

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The Blessed Ten (ashra mubashra)

The Glorious Qur’an

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Muslims must know the Qur’an

Abdullah ibn Ábbās raĎīyAllāhu ánhu reported that the beloved Messenger of Allah śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam as saying,

Anyone who has nothing of the Qur’ân within him is like a ruined house. (Tirmidhī and Daramī)

Rewards of Qur’an Recitation

The Mother of the Faithful believers Sayyida Ayesha radiyAllahu anha reported the beloved Messenger śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam as saying,

One who is skilled in the Qur’an is associated with noble, upright recording angels; and he who falters when reciting the Qur’an and finds it difficult, will have a double reward. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Abdullah ibn Masúd radiyAllahu anhu narrates that the Master of Creation śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said,

Whosoever reads one letter of the Book of Allah is credited with one blessing and one blessing is equal to tenfold in its reward. I do not say that alif laam meem is one letter, but alif is one letter, lam is one letter and meem is one letter. (Tirmidhī)

The Rank of a Hafidh of the Qur’an

Abdullah ibn Úmar radiyAllahu anhu reports that the beloved Prophet śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said:

On the Day of Judgement it will be said to the Man of Qur’an (that is, the hafidh of the Qur’an) ‘Go on reciting the Qur’an and continue ascending the storeys of Paradise and recite as you had been reciting in worldly life; your final abode will be where you reach at the time of the last verse of your recitation. (Ahmad)

Beautiful Recitation encouraged

Al-Bará bin Azib radiyAllahu ánhu reported that the Saviour of Mankind śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam as saying,

Beautify the Qur’an with your voices. (Ahmad, Abu Dāwud, Ibn Majah, Daramī)

The Blessed Names of Sūrah al-Fātiḥa

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The Blessed Names of Sūrah al-Fātiha

The Opening Chapter of The Glorious Qur’ān

Name Meaning
Al-Fātiḥa The Opening
Al-Fātihat ul Kitāb The Opening of the Book
Al-Fātihat ul Qur’ān The Opening of the Qur’ān
Umm ul Kitāb The mother of the Book
Umm ul Qur’ān The mother of the Qur’ān
As-sab ul Mathānī wa’l Qur’ān i’l ‘Azīm The seven oft-repeated verses and the Grand Qu’rān
Wāfiyah Complete, Total
Wāqiyah Protection
Kanz Treasure
Kāfiyah Sufficient
Al-Asās The Foundation
Nūr Light
Al-Hamd The Praise of Allāh
Ash-Shukr The Thankfulness of Allāh
Al-Hamd ul Ūlā The First and Foremost Praise of Allāh
Al-Hamd ul Quswā The Utmost Praise of Allāh
Ar-Ruqya The prayer for faith healing
Ash-Shifā’ The Cure, the Healing
Ash-Shāfiya The Remedy, the Medication
Sūrat us Salāh The Sūrah recited in daily prayer
Sūrat ud Du’ā The Sūrah of supplication to Allāh
Sūrat ut Talab The Sūrah of seeking (to be guided by Allāh)
Sūrat us Su’āl The Request to Allāh
Ta’līm ul masalah Instruction about how to beseech Allāh
Munājāt Invocation to Allāh begging deliverance
At-Tafwīd The Total Trust in Allāh
Al-Mukāfa’ah The Chapter of the Reward from Allāh
Afdalu suwar il Qur’ān The Best Chapter of the Qur’ān
Akhyaru Sūrah min suwar il Qur’ān The Choicest Chapter of the Qur’ān
A’zamu Sūrah fi’l Qur’ān The Greatest Chapter in the Qur’ān
Al-Minnah Kindliness, Graciousness
Al-Majziyah The Reward from Allāh
Al-Munjiyah The Salvation
Sūrah ath-Thaqalayn The Sūrah for mankind and jinn
Sūrah Majmá’ il Asmā’ The Sūrah that combines all the names

Source: These names of Sūrah al-Fātiha have been identified by As-Sayyid Muhammad Haqqī an-Nāzilī in Khazīnat ul Asrār al-Kubrā wa Jalīlat ul Adhkār (A Treasure of Great Spiritual Mysteries and Sublime Remembrances of Allāh), Dār ul Kitāb al-Arabī, Beirut, 1349 A.H, pp. 112-117. His main source is the Hadīth Sharīf, the blessed Sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam.

Sūrah al-Fātiha: A Special Blessing from Allāh subhanahu wa táālā

Al-Fātiha or the Opening One is the name of the first Sūrah or Chapter of the Holy Qur’ān. It is the best, the choicest and the greatest chapter of the Holy Qur’ān. The beloved Prophet Muhammad śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam said that no previous ummah (religious community) had received such a great Sūrah. It is popularly known as Al-Ḥamd (The Praise of Allāh subhanahu wa táālā). It consists of seven verses which are especially referred to in the Holy Qur’ān as As-Sab al-Mathānī or the Seven Often-repeated verses.

Sūrah al-Fātiha is the most important Du’ā (supplication to Allāh subhānahu wa táālā) for a Muslim. It is recited in every raká of salāh (regular prayer) and after every salāh. It begins every supplication after which other supplications are added if desired. It begins as well as brings to a conclusion every congregation of Dhikr (remembrance of Allāh subhānahu wa táālā) and Mawlid un Nabī śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam, the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam. It is the first Sūrah that every Muslim memorizes. It is a supplication for faith-healing as well: those for whom it is recited get cured of their illness as we learn from one of the Ḥadīth (Sayings) of Prophet Muhammad śallAllāhu álayhi wa sallam. The Mercy of Allāh subhānahu wa táālā descends on those who recite it and angels gather to hear its recitation.

Imām al-Ghazālī rahimahullah has recommended its recitation a hundred times a day, that is, 21 times after Fajr salāh, 22 times after Duhr salāh, 23 times after Asr salāh, 24 times after Maghrib salāh and 10 times after Ishā salāh. Sūrah al-Fātiha is indeed a special blessing from Allāh subḥānahu wa táālā.

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