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Salatul Istikhara – The Prayer of Seeking Counsel

By: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Source: The Istikhara Prayer or the Prayer of Seeking Counsel or Guidance is a very simple prayer of seeking guidance or direction in any matter. One prays two rakats at any time that is not disliked, after which one recites the supplication of istikhara. It is best to recite it before sleeping, though in no way necessary. Like other duas, it is recommended that one face the qibla. It is recommended to open the dua of istikhara, with praise of Allah and sending blessings on the Prophet ﷺ and to close it in this manner, too. It is disliked to ‘hasten’ in seeking the answer to one’s istikhara, like other duas, because the Prophet ﷺ said, “Your prayers...

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The vices of boasting and pretentiousness

By: Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Allah have mercy on him) Source: Pride and greatness are exclusive attributes of Allah Ta’ala. He is the Only One worthy of such qualities. Amongst Allah Ta’ala’s Beautiful Names are: “Al-Mutakkabir” (The Supreme), “Al-Kabeer” (The Greatest), “Al-Jaleel” (Majestic), “Al-Qawi” (Most Strong), and “Al-Qaadir” (All-Powerful). Many more attributes make evident Allah Ta’ala’s Greatness and Power. The entire Qur`aan Shareef is an exposition of Allah Ta’ala’s Supremacy and Greatness. Man’s helplessness, weakness and vulnerability becomes manifest when he recognizes his Creator. When there is no recognition of Allah Ta’ala, man considers...

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His wife and her shaykh: how no one is above the Sharia

By: Mufti Ebrahim Desai Source: A questioner asked about some trouble he has been having in his marriage since his wife became a student (mureeda/ male mureed) of a Sufi shaykh. He complained that his wife had become neglectful of her “duties at home” and that he found himself having “to eat cold food” while when the shaykh visits their town his prepares amazing food that she doesn’t prepare for him. He also asked about the wife spending time with the shaykh and discussing various seemingly casual matters with him. Here is the response of Mufti Desai: It should also be understood that every man has a nafs with him irrespective of his apparent...

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