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Being the best neighbour

By: Sana Gul Source: Aisha raḍyAllāhu ‘anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) reported: “I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, say, ‘Jibreel, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, kept on recommending that I treat neighbors well until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs’ “[Bukhari]. “And worship Allah and do not ascribe any partner to Him … the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbor who is a stranger … Indeed Allah does not like anyone who is a swaggering braggart” (Quran chapter 4, verse 36). A neighbor is one who lives near or next to another. Al-Hasan was asked about the neighbor and said, “The term ’neighbor’...

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Do you always begin from the right in a gathering?

By: Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah, translation and editing by Qays Arthur Source: MuslimVillage Now some people wrongfully allege, without properly grasping the texts nor giving them their due, that the Sunnah is to begin with whomever is to the immediate right of the host based on the hadiths that mention the virtue of beginning on the right. Yet that only pertains to when those present are peers with respect to their traits, virtues, or age. In that case the host begins with whomever is to his right. Otherwise if one of the guests is distinguished from the others, by age for example, then one would begin with him by virtue of that noble trait. Imam Ibn Rushd (i.e. Muhammad bin Ahmad...

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Shirk (Idolatry): its reality and background

By: Shah Waliullah al-Dahlawi, translated by Zameelur Rahman Source: Shirk (idolatry) is to affirm the special attributes of Allah (Exalted is He) for [those] besides Him, like: (1) affirming absolute disposal (al-tasarruf al-mutlaq) in the cosmos (kawn) by an absolute will (al-iradah al-mutlaqah), which is expressed as “kun fayakun” (Be! And it is); (2) or affirming intrinsic knowledge (al-‘ilm al-dhati) which has not been obtained through acquisition (iktisab) by means of the senses, rational proof, dreams (manam), inspiration (ilham) and their likes from [both] material and spiritual means; (3) or affirming [the act of] existentialising (ijad) the healing of a sick person;...

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