In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

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Jul22

Sharia: The path to salvation

By: Sadakat Kadri Source: Huffington Post At a time when efforts to ban or oppose sharia law seem to be on the minds of many, it would be interesting to know what precisely their sponsors are hoping to prohibit — because their target has a 1,400-year history that extends deep into the realms of faith. When the Quran was first enunciated to the Arabs, the word sharia conveyed the idea of a direct path to water — a route of considerable importance to a desert people — and Islamic scholars would always think of it as a spiritual concept. A 14th-century Syrian jurist named Ibn Qayyim set out the vision well: It is the absolute cure for all ills. … It is life and...

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Jun11

Advice on menstruation in Ramadan

By: Ayesha Ismail Source: Cii Radio via jamiat.org.za Every month women go through a menstrual cycle. Life carries on as normal however, ibadah defers. A woman in her menses (haidh) is exempt from salaah during her cycle and during Ramadaan she is exempt from fasting. So we are fine with our menses in our normal daily life, but what happens in Ramadaan when we want to gain maximum out of the blessed month? When our spirituality is at its peak? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said about menstruation, “Verily this is a matter Allah has written upon the girls of Prophet Adam (Allah bless him)…” [Bukhari] Islam sees menstruation as a natural bodily process and does not consider it a hindrance...

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May23

Salatul Istikhara – The Prayer of Seeking Counsel

By: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Source: SeekersHub.org 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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