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WHEN DOES ONE AVOID CLIPPING NAILS AND CUTTING HAIR?

The Beloved Prophet صلى الله تعالى عليه وآله وسلم said, “Whoever intends doing Qurbani should avoid clipping his nails or cutting his hair for the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.” [Sunan an-Nisa’i 4362] This is mustahabb (recommended) and not wajib for the one who will be giving Qurbani; so if someone does clip his or her nails or cuts their hair there will not be any wrongdoing and the...

Eight qualities Tasawwuf is based on

Tasawwuf is based on eight qualities: 1. Generosity like that of Ibrahim عليه السلام 2. Cheerful submission like that of Isma’il عليه السلام 3. Patience like that of Yaqub عليه السلام 4. Prayer like that of Zakariyya عليه السلام 5. Poverty like that of Yahya عليه السلام 6. Wearing of woollen clothes like that of Musa عليه السلام 7. Travelling about like that of Isa عليه السلام 8. A life of...

Twelve qualities that must be present in a Wali/Shaykh

Twelve qualities that must be present in a Muslim in order for him to qualify to be a Wali/Shaykh: He must be a reflection of Al-Sattar [concealing faults of others] He must be a reflection of Al-Ghaffaar [extremely forgiving] He must be helpful to everyone [Rafiq] He must be very kind [Shafiq] He must be truthful [Saadiq] He must be charitable [Mutasaddiq] He must be a person who encourages good...

Is Practising Islam Easy or Difficult?

Islam is supposed to be easy but I am finding it hard to practise. How can we reconcile between this ease and hardship? All good things are not beyond a person’s capacity to attain but they are only attained through effort. Even in worldly affairs, effort is required to attain one’s goals. If we look at the religion from the perspective that it does not give us obligations which we are unable to...

Why is Masjid Al-Aqsa so important to Muslims?

Masjid Al-Aqsa is the third most holiest Site on earth for Muslims It was the second mosque ever built on earth, 40 years after the Kaabah (Sahih Muslim) It was also the first direction of prayer prior to the Kaabah Prophet Muhammad ﷺ explicitly advised Muslims to visit the Mosque (Bukhari, Muslim) Prayer here is worth 500 times more than any other location (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah) It is also the...

Who are the Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l Jama’ah?

Source: Masud Many people today like to classify themselves as belonging to the Saved Sect (Firqatun-Najiyyah) – Ahl as-Sunnah Wa’l Jama’ah; but do these people really know which is the Saved Sect, from the many sects we have today? The following is an attempt to clarify some misconceptions by way of definitive proofs from the Qur’an and Sunnah, as well as quotes from the...

Birth of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan – 10th Shaw.

10th Shawwal-ul-Mukarram, the day Imam-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, Mujaddid-e-Deen-o-Millat, Mawlana Shah Ahmad Raza Khan Barelwi (ra) was born. He defended traditional Sunni Islam in the face of extremism, ignorance and attempts to reform the religion. He authored over a thousand books and was accomplished in over sixty branches of knowledge. Please recite Surah Fatiha, Surah Ikhlaas, Salawat and gift it to...

Visiting the grave of the Prophet ﷺ and Awliyah

Visiting the grave of the Prophet ﷺ Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه that the Prophet ‎صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم said; “Whoever visits my grave, my intercession will be guaranteed for him.” [al-Daraqutni] Visiting the grave of the Awliyah To visit the graves of the Awliyah is the sign that one has sincere love for Allah عزوجل. To state that those who visit the graves are innovators or...

Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak on behalf of RIC

Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak on behalf of Reading Islamic Centre. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم once said, “When the month of Ramadan is over, and the night of Eid ul-Fitr has arrived, that night is called the Night of Prize. Then, in the early morning of Eid ul-Fitr Allah عزوجل will send His angels forth to visit all the towns and cities on the earth below. Once they have made their...

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