You are on page 1of 41

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

University Life: Extremism in Islam: Islamic Society:

How to utilize your The struggle in Islam What services do
Time as a Muslim? Against extremism We provide you?


c i t y IS o c . c o m university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

All praise is for Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds.

“O you who believe! Fear Allaah (by doing

all that He has ordered and by abstaining
from all that He has forbidden) as He should
be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him,
and remember Him always], and die not
except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with
complete submission to Allaah.”

[Al-Qur’aan – Soorat Aal-‘Imraan (003:102)]
02 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Front Cover
02 Pearls of Wisdom #1

03 Magazine Contents

04-05 Ameer’s Address

06 Pearls of Wisdom #2

07-08 About City ISoc

09 Sisters at City ISoc

10 About the Prayer Room

11 Outside the Prayer Room

12 Pearls of Wisdom #3

13-14 Shaykh ibn Jibreen (r)

15 Qur’aan Behind Bars

Pearls of Wisdom #4
17 Importance of Salaah

18 Misconceptions of Salaah

19 Virtues of Jumu’ah

20-21 Salaat al-Istikhaarah

22 Taraaweeh in Ramadhaan

23 Pearls of Wisdom #5

24 Fornicating on Campus

25-26 Conditions of Hijaab

27 Pearls of Wisdom #6

28 Extremism in Islam

29 Muslim, Not Wahhaabi

30 Words for Reflection

31 Pearls of Wisdom #7

32-33 Preparing for Exams

34 Recommended Book List

Pearls of Wisdom #8
36 ISoc Committee

37 Online Competition

38 About

39 We Want You!

40 Disclaimer and References

41 Pearls of Wisdom #9
03 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

All praise is due to Allaah and to Allaah alone. And may Allaah send peace and blessings upon the seal of the Prophets and Messengers, Muhammad the son of ‘Abdullaah.

To proceed,

Assalaamu ‘Alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh

When a person is growing up, the schools that they attend are governed by rules and regulations that are generally inflexible in terms of developing a person’s outlook and ideas.
Parents play a key role in how they want their children to think, what they would like for them to do and are thus very uneasy about letting them develop their own ideas for fear of
how those ideas may evolve. However, there comes a stage in every individual’s life where one questions ones very identity, who they are, what they are, where they belong, and
where they are going. This stage often coincides with the phase of University.

University is the single most important part of an individual’s life. It is for the most part the first time when students are allowed the freedom to think and develop in a way that they
would not have been able to do so before. Friends, colleagues and professors play a vital role in the development of people’s minds and how they ought to perceive and react
towards certain problems or issues that may arise. Not only does this develop one to have the freedom, mentally and socially, but one is also exposed to a variety of ideas,
methodologies and beliefs. In the standard university, one will find numerous societies, groups and clubs, all aiming to influence and indoctrinate the masses into understanding their
cause and agreeing with their point of view. The Christian Society, the Hindu Society, the Jewish Society, the Socialist Party, Gay & Lesbian Society, Ahlul Bayt Society, Stop the
War Society amongst many others form the list of societies found in university, all competing to impose their beliefs upon others. Studies have shown that 90% of the time, one will
find that the ideas and values that a person accepts at their time at university will be the ideas and values that they adopt for life. At a lesser but still significant percentage, if a person
has not adopted specific ideas and values by the time that they have graduated from university, exposure to certain ideas and values during university life will influence their paths
further on in life. Such is the importance and status of the phase of University.

It is because of this that from within every university their lies a group of people who are steadfast and sincere, firm and adamant, resolute and honest that forms a society by the
name of the Islamic Society. The Islamic Society acknowledge that the most important issue in the life of every individual and every society is its identity, as it is only the identity that
characterises the value and status of a person and a nation as a whole. It therefore behoves us to concentrate our mission in calling ourselves and others to the path of success,
honour, dignity, righteousness, truthfulness and piety; the path of Islam. Allaah, the Exalted says:

“Is he who was dead (without Faith by ignorance and disbelief) and We gave him life (by knowledge and Faith) and set for him a light (of Belief) whereby he can walk amongst men,
like him who is in the darkness (of disbelief, polytheism and hypocrisy) from which he can never come out? Thus it is made fair-seeming to the disbelievers that which they used to
do.” [Soorat al-An’aam (006:122)]

True glory can never be achieved in the absence of true faith, Islamic Monotheism and high moral values. It is pivotal that as educated Muslims, continuing or starting university for
the first time, we do not blend into the society and take an apologetic approach for our faith which constitutes the essence of our soul and body. It is unfortunate to find that one would
sometimes compromise his faith and his identity for his friends, studies or a respectable business opportunity. Yes it is true that Islam has with it many negative stereotypes around
the world today, especially when the media labels this faith as ‘Islamic extremism’, and where all Muslims are ‘terrorists’, and the Arabs are ‘women beaters’ and Islam is a ‘barbaric
religion’. However, the Muslim should never fall victim to these slogans of falsehood, and create for himself a feeling of shame if constantly the word Muslim is used synonymously
with everything bad in the World, as all other faiths and beliefs are nothing but a mirage and a fantasy with no true and pure identity. Allaah, the Magnificent says:

“Then, as for the foam it passes away as scum upon the banks, while that which is good for mankind remains in the earth. Thus Allaah sets forth parables (for the truth and
falsehood, i.e. Belief and disbelief).” [Soorat ar-Ra’d (013:017)]

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, the mission of the Islamic Society in aiding and supporting you to find, rediscover and preserve your Islamic Identity is indeed a great and noble
mission, for ones Islamic Identity holds huge importance in this life and in the next. In fact, your Islamic Identity is taken to mean your creed that manifests itself in the way you live
your life, - an all-encompassing set of beliefs, and actions as derived from the Qur’aan and the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This
true Islamic identity is the status for which the righteous compete and strive. It is the nourishment of hearts and souls. It is the delight of the eyes. It is the life of which one who is
denied it is dead. It is the light which the one who loses it is in deep darkness. It is the healing of which the one who is denied is sick, the joy which the one who is deprived of it lives
in distress and pain, the spirit of faith and good deeds by means of which one may draw closer to Allaah, which, when it is absent, one is like a body in which there is no soul. Allaah,
the Majestic says:

“It is He (Allaah) Who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Qur'aan), that the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over
mankind! So perform As-Salaat, give Zakat and hold fast to Allaah [i.e. have confidence in Allaah, and depend upon Him in all your affairs] He is your Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.), what
an Excellent Maula (Patron, Lord, etc.) and what an Excellent Helper!” [Soorat al-Hajj (022:078)]

True Islamic identity will fight despair and feeling of uncertainly with reliance upon Allaah. True identity gives a believer certainty, confidence and power to persevere. If he is in bliss
and happiness, he will not be arrogant, but will rather praise his Lord and thank Him and if he is afflicted with calamity, he will not despair, but will rather have patience and be
satisfied with that which was decreed for him.

True Islamic identity entails belief in Allaah, which will cause determination and seriousness in affairs, meaning that no opportunity will arise to do a righteous deed, except that the
believer undertakes it, hoping in Allaah’s reward. He would do his utmost to be empowered by acquiring knowledge first and foremost about his deen and the knowledge he would
need to live an honourable life. He will enlighten his heart by being righteous and pious.

True Islamic identity results in one to believe in the Allaah’s decree, thus causing mental relief and pure tranquillity of the heart. For indeed no-one has a healthier life, or a stress-free
soul, or a greater sense of tranquillity, than a person who truly believes in the Divine Decree. The soul experiences no anxiety and the mind is free from confusion. So the person is
pleased with Allaah as his Lord and Maintainer, and his Judge and Legislator. Hence his heart is at peace and his breast opens up to Islam. And he would not exchange his state for
anything else in this universe. Allaah says:

“Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah, verily in the remembrance of
Allaah hearts find rest.” [Soorat ar-Ra’d (013:028)]

04 city
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only

Issue # 1
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

True Islamic identity is identified when one who fears of Allaah so that he does not feel safe from the punishment of Allaah, Therefore he keeps his duties towards his Lord. He also
has deep love for Allaah as well as the people of Allaah. He puts his Hope in Allaah so that Allaah would forgive him and admit him to the paradise.

True Islamic identity is when one is content with whatever he has and he is patient, believing in Allaah’s Divine Decree. Even if the Decree goes against his wishes, as Allaah’s
Decree can never be averted. Gratification lies in receiving the decree of Allaah with contentment whilst acknowledging that all things come from Allaah and that He has the ultimate
command and absolute power over His creatures.

True Islamic identity is when one gives Thanks to Allaah and shows his gratitude to his Lord; when one shows humility to Allaah, even after he acquires status and wealth, because
this mercy is from Allaah, his Lord.

True Islamic identity entails one to give da’wah to all in his community and where he studies. He knows that the best speech is inviting people to Allaah, with wisdom and best
manners. He also knows that the best da’wah can be his own deed. So he perfects his own self first and foremost. Allaah says:

“And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allaah’s (Islamic Monotheism) and does righteous deeds, and says: ‘I am of the Muslims’” [Soorat al-Fussilat (041:033)]

A true believer is a courageous slave of Allaah, because the believer knows that his death is already written and it will not miss him. A true believer is charitable and he helps the
needy from his fellow human beings. And he only wishes Allaah’s pleasure in his actions.

Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) is the only belief capable of salvaging mankind from its misery and despair it is the only guarantor of its happiness. As it was experienced by one of
the pious people of the past who said “If the people of Paradise live like I am right now, then indeed they live in a kind life, and a happy life”.

The faith that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) established its pillars is the source of all good and felicity for those who follow its guidance. This faith is the
pure tree with ripe and everlasting fruits. Allaah says:

‘See you not how Allaah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky. Giving its fruit at all times by the leave
of its Lord…” [(Soorat Ibraaheem (014:024-025)].

A nation that is established upon the correct Islamic identity and its life is controlled by the realities of faith is a powerful nation in itself; a completely independent nation that has
natural immunity that enables it – with permission of Allaah – to overcome all hardships and trials. A nation that calamities and trials only increase it in good, reform and constructive
life. And this identity nurtures the best rules of conducts and moral values to the nation. This identity teaches every individual the best of Akhlaaq and the best ways to deal with
people and to be just even to the sworn enemies of the nation. Allaah says:

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allaah as just witnesses, and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allaah.
Verily, Allaah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.” [(Soorat al-Maa’idah (005:008)]

O Brother and Sisters in Islam, let us together strive to perfect our true Islamic identity through fulfilling the conditions of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. Let us not be deluded and
deceived to find happiness through something that has no reality to it, nothing but an imagination. The rich amongst the people for example, think that happiness is their health and
their wealth. And the poor of them, thinks that it is in gaining more money, garments and food. And the politician of them thinks that it is achieving his goals and the smartness of
making injustice appear like justice. And the one in love thinks that happiness is the reunion with his beloved one and fascinations through illusions. The truth is O Servants of Allaah,
that such people are ignorant and deceivers. They all live their lives with fear, uncertainty, humiliation and misery while having no true identity or individuality. But a true believer, with
true identity, O Servants of Allaah, is the one who sees the reality of happiness, the eternal happiness.

Allaah only required for us to respect ourselves by choosing us to practice our religion, and for doing that, He offers us everlasting peace and happiness. You see, He has already fit
us into the crowd by making us a Muslim, so let us respect that by respecting ourselves and never, ever sell out for less than Paradise.

O Brothers and Sisters in Islam, be true to your identity with Allaah. Feel pride in Islam, and never compromise your faith for anyone, whether it be your friends that you hang out with,
or your degrees that request you to behave in a particular manner. Do not isolate yourself from the crowd or mix in a manner whereby you lose your very Islamic Identity. Rather I say
you should stand out of the crowd. Be different. Be unique. Be the one who is identified as being a Pious, Righteous, Honest, Truthful, practising Muslim. Be a good student. Be the
best in all that you do because you have been given the light of Eemaan, that most of humanity are deprived of. And you deserve to be the best because you have the faith of Islam.
This is your identity that raises you above everyone else and so guard, cherish and protect it from all angles, clinging on to it with your molar teeth. Let your hearts beat with the
illumination of Eemaan, your lungs breathe with the air of Taqwaa, and your souls swim in the Gardens of Paradise, the abode for those who maintain and strive to preserve their
Islamic Identities.

“Allaah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the land, as He granted it to
those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe
security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieves after this, they are the Faasiqoon
(rebellious, disobedient to Allaah).” [(Soorat an-Noor (024:055)]

Your Brother in Faith,

Saleh bin Ibraheem Patel

05 city
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only

Issue # 1
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Imaam Abu Haneefah (r) said:

“When I say something contradicting the
Book of Allaah the Exalted or what is
narrated from the Messenger (saaws); then
ignore my saying.”

[Al-Fulaani – Eeqaaz al-Himam]

06 city

Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

For the past decade; the Islamic Society of 3) We affirm for Allaah the best of Names, best, most dutiful, most pious and purest of
City University (ISoc) has been at the which He has affirmed for Himself and which creation – and on his family and his
forefront of student activities. The ISoc is He has praised Himself with, whether they companions (raa).
primarily an Islamic service for the sole are mentioned in the Qur’aan or the Sunnah.
purpose to cater the needs of Muslim General ISoc Services
students and to promote the ideals of Islam 4) We believe that there is no path towards
to the non-Muslims in all truth in the achieving Allaah’s contentment, or a way 1) Prayer Rooms & Wudu facilities (strictly
university. We are here for all Muslims – towards Paradise, except through the Way of segregated for brothers and sisters).
those who pray towards our Qiblah –, Allaah’s Messenger (saaws). And whoever
regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sect. seeks a way towards gaining Allaah’s 2) Jumu’ah Prayers and Daily Salaah in
contentment through other than the Way of Jamaa’at.
The Islamic service we provide is upon the Allaah’s Messenger, then he has gone astray
methodology of purifying (tafsiyah) Islam and been blinded from the truth. And he has 3) Free Iftaar (Hot Food) during Ramadhaan,
from that which is not from its sources and lost in this world and the next. Mondays & Thursdays and the 13th 14th &
then cultivating (tarbiyah) the Muslims upon 15h of every Lunar month.
the Islam as it was understood by the first 5) We believe that the Legislation of Allaah is
three generations of Muslims. We wish to what has been brought down through the two 4) FREE literature, tapes, CDs, books,
inform our Brothers and Sisters of the revelations: The Book of Allaah and the Qur’aan for both Muslims and non-Muslims .
guidance of the Qur’aan and the Prophetic Sunnah of His Messenger (saaws). This is
Sunnah as it was understood by those what our Lord has indicated in his saying: 5) Regular weekly study circles in the prayer
blessed three generations that were closest “Then we placed you on a Sharee’ah room.
to it. (Legislated System) based on Our
Command, so follow it, and do not follow the 6) Course Representatives to help and give
Indeed the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) desires of those who have no knowledge.” you guidance on your studies.
said, “The best of my nation are those of this [Soorat Al-Jaathiyah – (045:018]
generation, then those that followed them.” 7) 5 A-Side football (on a weekly basis).
[Bukhaaree and Muslim] 6) We believe that the Qur’aan is the Speech
of Allah, which was revealed and not created, 8) ISoc trips, picnics, tournaments & other
City ISoc has a proud history of adhering to and that the Sunnah is what explains and “fun” events.
the Qur’aan and Sunnah and a strict policy clarifies it. The Qur’aan is interpreted by the
whereby we always take matters of recourse Sunnah and by the interpretations of the Most recently, in June 2009, after the final
to the people of knowledge present here Sahaabah (companions) and those who exams, the ISoc members (brothers only)
within the UK, whenever issues requiring followed them in goodness. So the paid an astounding visit to Alton Towers
clarification arise. We are located in the interpretation of the Qur’aan is by way of the barefooted in “thawbs and turbans” (joking –
basement of the Gloucester building and narration, meaning by way of the Sahaabah, jeans and tops… and trainers). We went on
have two large Prayer Rooms with separate the Taabi’een and the Ahaadeeth concerning all the big rides – ALL –, ate there and
Wudu Facilities. All praises be to Allaah. it. prayed there and you are definitely coming
next year if Allaah wills.
Our Da’wah 7) We are obligated to take the Sunnah
according to the way of the Muhadditheen – 7) Exclusive ISoc discount-card for all your
1) We worship Allaah by way of Tawheed. So in terms of their authenticity or weakness. So shopping needs around the Muslim London.
we do not supplicate to anyone besides we take what is found to be authentic and
Allaah nor do we seek refuge in anyone leave off what is weak. And much more… wa’l-hamdulillaah.
besides Him in matters of bringing about
good or repelling some harm. We call to 8) We are obligated to worship Allaah
Tawheed first and we clarify that there is no through the Sunnah, by following it and by
Islam without Tawheed and that whoever implementing it. This is based on the
calls unto other than Allaah has committed Prophet’s (saaws) saying: “Whoever does a
kufr (i.e. disbelief). deed, which is not in accordance to our affair
(i.e. the Sunnah) is rejected.” And in another
2) Our Creed is established upon the narration: “Whoever introduces into our affair
principle that, “Allaah is described with what (Sunnah) that which isn’t part of it is
He has described himself with in His Book rejected.”
and upon the tongue of His Messenger [Bukhaaree and Muslim]
(saaws), without resorting to tahreef,
tamtheel, tashbeeh, ta’teel or ta’weel.” [Refer This is a summary and some brief words on Rita – Queen of Speed
to “Notes on al-‘Aqeedah al-Wasitiyah” for our da’wah. And may the peace and View from the queue
explanation] blessings of Allaah be on Muhammad – the
07 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Who runs the Islamic Society? Information on Upcoming Events station collections to raise the money.

The Islamic Society is run on a voluntary We pride ourselves on organising a whole Please get involved; come armed with all
basis by students at City University host of halaal campus shenanigans. To keep your friends – we will give you the resources,
(Committee). We are not a closed society yourself up to date on the latest at City ISoc, Hi-Viz and official fundraiser ID cards!
and welcome all Brothers and Sisters to get enter your email address into the “Subscribe”
involved and actively participate in the box on the City ISoc website and we’ll add “Discover Islam/Eemaan Week” is a week
running of the ISoc. With your help you to our mailing list inshaaAllaah. bustling with Islam all over the campus with
inshaaAllaah, we can continue to provide for Alternatively, check our City ISoc “Events ongoing lectures everyday throughout the
our members. sub-page for updates”. week, exhibitions, stalls and much more!

Committee Everyone is welcome to all our events and The goal is to get people to know about Islam
we encourage Muslims to invite their non- and get Muslims to increase their Eemaan.
The ISoc Committee is a team of dedicated Muslim associates to the events; this will be a
brothers and sisters at City University who good method of calling them to Islam and “Annual Dinner” is the real deal – the crème
look after the affairs of the Islamic Society. saving them from the eternal Fire. So if you de la crème of events – the biggest event of
care about their well-being, call them to Islam! the year. It hosts the greatest number of
The committee members are here to serve guests and holds up the biggest plate for
the Muslims at City in any way they can. We ISoc Events and Courses munch.
are responsible to our members and try our
utmost to run the society to the high 1) Regular lectures are given by Scholars Our most recent Annual Dinner ’09 was
expectations the students come to expect. and Students of Knowledge including Shaykh based on the Qur’aan with Shaykh Haitham
Haitham al-Haddad and Shaykh Shuhaib al-Haddad, Ustaadh Murtaza Khan and
Joining the committee isn’t the only way to Hassan. Most of them, if not all are free entry Imaam Anwar al-Awlaki (pre-recorded
get involved with the Islamic Society. Much of and as always everyone is welcome to message) as the key speakers, as well as a
what we have accomplished is down to the attend. Qari with brilliant tajweed and a beautiful
hard work and dedication of non-committee voice. All praise is for Allaah.
members! So please, if you want to get 2) Regular courses are held on ‘Aqeedah,
yourself involved, drop us an email. Fiqh, Purification of the Heart and Soul and 4) Da’wah Stall
The committee is divided into various groups; Every week we host a Da’wah stall for two
each group has its own team leader. These are held solely for the development of hours in the main corridor of the Northampton
Whenever possible, contact should be made the knowledge of the Muslim students in their Square Main Building (12pm – 2pm). Last
with the team leader to whom you think your religion, so one must attend and learn their year it was held every Tuesday throughout
question would be best answered by. religion. Knowledge of Islam is more the year; as for this year the Da’wah stall day
important than any other knowledge and is will be announced on the website soon
General enquiries should be emailed to obligatory upon the Muslim, as one must inshaaAllaah. learn and know the methods of practicing
their religion. Do not deprive yourself of these We encourage everyone to come and visit us
As an ISoc we have a policy we try to adhere rare opportunities since you have both the there and get their free Islamic materials and
to of taking recourse to the people of time and youthful enthusiasm for these few to give da’wah to the non-Muslims alongside
knowledge, present here within the UK, years in university, before Allaah takes it the brothers and sisters and save them from
whenever matters requiring clarification arise. away from you. the eternal Fire.

We try to respond to all emails within 24 3) Major annual events Always check the website for details on when
hours. Phone calls to any of the committee events will take place and subscribe to the
members should be made at a reasonable “Charity Week” is a week or two where we Mailing List to be the first to know about the
hour, between 9am and 10pm. raise money on a mass-scale for charity latest Islamic activities and events!
organisations (usually UWT) helping people
ISoc Membership around the globe. Our money-raising project The ISoc committee base their decisions and
throughout London accumulates £20,000+ judgements as par the Sunnah of the
All students at City, regardless of religious and all proceeds go to charity as par UWT Messenger of Allaah (saaws), by performing
affiliation, are welcome to join the society. To policy. May Allaah reward them for their Salaat al-Istikhaarah and we encourage
become a member just pop down to the commitments and efforts to serve the everyone to do the same in all their affairs
prayer room and ask a committee member Ummah of Muhammad (saaws). The money inshaaAllaah.
for a form or fill in the form attached on the raised depends on the volunteering of both
website (soon to be uploaded). Members can Committee and non-Committee members. All praises be to Allaah.
also get registered at the Fresher’s Fayre. We hold various projects including train

08 city

Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
Issue # 1
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

The Sisters’ section of City University Islamic Society seek to provide for you a friendly and welcoming environment to pray, relax, study
and even socialize with your fellow sisters. This is our equivalent to the University’s ‘Wonder bar’ except that in the prayer room we
provide a variety of valuable resources which will support your spiritual, social and educational needs, inshaaAllaah.

For those sisters without hijaab, we provide hijaabs for you to pray in. So don’t worry! Please do not hesitate to visit the prayer room
even if you don’t wear hijaab. Who knows? Maybe you would find yourself nice and worthwhile friends. We strongly believe that
everybody feels welcomed and comfortable in the prayer room, no matter how ‘practicing’ they may or may not be.

Within our large prayer room we organize many regular study circles and also very popular social get-togethers throughout the year (see
our notice board for latest events). So I hope that our Society will inshaaAllaah form a cornerstone of your social life at university, not
only increasing your knowledge but also providing many laughs and lifetime friends.

I pray that your time at university be a prosperous occasion to instigate your potential in your studies and to inspire your continuous
spiritual journey. May Allaah fill your days here with ease, peace and joy.

09 city

Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
Issue # 1
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

All praise is for Allaah who has honoured us with a place to

worship Him (alone) in the midst of all acts of evil.

All praise is for Allaah who has allowed (or willed or permitted) for
people to lead themselves astray to a state of humiliation and
intoxication in the university’s bars and pubs, whilst He has guided
us and honoured us by allowing us to worship Him (alone).

Both the brothers’ and sisters’ prayer rooms are located in the
huge basement of the Gloucester building.

Everyone needs to swipe in and swipe out using their ID cards.

There are routine checkups done by security guards at the
Gloucester Building entrance. So be warned!!

Brothers, take a right through the door as you pass through the
electronic gates, then go straight down the corridor and walk
through the next set of doors and the prayer room door should be
right in front of you. In the brothers’ prayer room we have a kitchen
with useful appliances and so it sometimes gets “invaded” by
sisters and brothers get locked out of the kitchen.

Sisters, you may take a left as you pass through the electronic
gates and walk down the stairs. Both the brothers and sisters have
separate “en-suite” Wudu facilities in their respective prayer rooms. Brothers’ Prayer Room (yes, that’s a leather sofa, thanks to “al-Lutonee”!)
We also have libraries in both prayer rooms with abundant
beneficial books. Feel free to borrow them.

Brothers and sisters do not exchange routes to the prayer rooms.

In the prayer rooms and throughout the university and City ISoc
activities we maintain strict segregation between the brothers and
sisters. No communication is held between the brothers and sisters
except through notes written down and passed over to the “other

Be sure to check out the notice boards in the prayer rooms for the
latest news and activities etc. All this is done for your benefit so
please take advantage of this and strengthen your submission to
Allaah and increase your Eemaan.

All praises be to Allaah.

Sisters’ Prayer Room

The prayer rooms are open from 8am till 7pm. So there should be
plenty of time to pray Dhuhr, ‘Asr and even Maghrib in
The red dot shows Gloucester Building congregation with the brothers inshaaAllaah.
10 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

This “snow-Masjid” was constructed by four ‘ISoccers’ at Northampton Square on the 2nd of February 2009, during the City ISoc Palestine
Awareness Week. Not surprisingly, it drew positive attention of many non-Muslims. Some lent a helping hand, and others smilingly pointed out
that “Muslims are always building mosques!” They even stated their condolences for the massacred Muslims of Palestine at the hands of the
oppressive regime of “Israel”. May Allaah guide them to the light of Islam. All praises be to Allaah.
11 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Imaam Maalik ibn Anaas (r) said:

“Truly I am only a mortal. I make mistakes
(sometimes) and I am correct (sometimes).
Therefore, look into my opinion, all that
agrees with the Book and the Sunnah,
accept it; and all that does not agree with
the Book and the Sunnah; ignore it.”

[Ibn ‘Abdul Barr – Jaami’ Bayaan al-‘Ilm]
12 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

May Allaah There are four qualities that are particular to Our Shaykh, ibn Jibreen used to have the utmost
have mercy Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Jibreen and other great humbleness and people loved him for that. One
on his soul and scholars which made them beloved to the cannot be a knowledgeable person, a scholar or
gather him in people: a leader if they do not have humbleness. Force
J a n na t a l - Fi r d a w s yourself to have humbleness as a quality, so
with the scholars of the 1) Extensive knowledge, whenever you become a leader or a scholar you
Ummah. Aameen. 2) Strong Eemaan, will remain that way.
3) Very well rounded character,
‘Abd-Al l aah ibn ‘Amr (raa) 4) Keenness to help people, mix with people and It is a custom for the students to kiss the
related t ha t the Messenger of pass on knowledge. forehead of their scholar. It is well-known that
Allaah (saaws) said, “Verily, Allaah Shaykh ibn Jibreen never accepted that
does not seize knowledge by force, These four qualities are rarely seen embedded someone kiss his forehead. One day a young
taking it forcefully from people; instead He altogether in a student of knowledge or a student managed to kiss his hand, and then
takes away knowledge by the death of the scholar. A person may have one of these Shaykh ibn Jibreen managed to kiss him back on
scholars, until their remains no scholar. The qualities and lack the other three or they may his hand, out of humbleness.
people will take ignorant leaders, who will be have three of these qualities but lack one and
asked, and who will rule without knowledge. thus all four of these qualities are rarely seen as Whenever Shaykh ibn Jibreen came to a place
They are misguided and they will misguide an integral part of a scholar. Indeed these three for a gathering or conference, he never liked that
others.” scholars – may Allaah have mercy on them all – people stand up for him and greet him and he
[Bukhaaree] were the rare gems of this Ummah whom Allaah used to come quietly and sit at the back of the
had blessed with these honourable qualities. room. He never asked that a special place be
The Muslim Ummah witnessed this taking away reserved for him at the front. Many times he
of knowledge at 2pm on the 20th of Rajab 1430 Allaah azza wa jall said, used to enter into gatherings so quietly, such
AH (corresponding to Monday the 12th of July that people would not even realise that he came!
2009 CE) when Allaah’s Decree befell the great “And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of
beloved scholar ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Jibreen – may Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) In Arabia, it is against the custom to eat from a
Allaah have mercy on his soul. in the life of this world on the very first call for to plate that has already been eaten from; people
embrace Islam] will be foremost (in Paradise). would never eat like this as this is considered to
Muslims around the world accepted Shaykh ‘Abd These will be those nearest to Allaah.” be indecent – something low.
al-Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz, Shaykh [Soorat al-Waaqi’ah (056:010-011)]
Muhammad Saalih ibn al-‘Uthaymeen and One day Shaykh ibn Jibreen came late to a
Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Jibreen – may Allaah The main aim of knowledge is to come closer to conference and the people had already eaten
have mercy on them all – as their three main Allaah by doing good deeds. The early scholars from the plates. So he sat down around one of
scholars and now Allaah has taken them all were the first people to practice so much of the those plates that were already eaten from and he
away from us with the death of Shaykh ‘Abd- Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) and ate from whatever was left on it and he
Allaah ibn Jibreen. Indeed this is a great loss for so much of good deeds – attending masjid as commanded his students to eat from it as well.
this Ummah. With his death one can say that the early as possible, making tasbeeh, performing Shaykh ibn Jibreen – may Allaah have mercy on
last scholar of the previous generation has now tahajjud, fasting voluntarily and so on and so him – did not ask that another full plate be
passed away. forth; something which is lacking in the students brought and this was out of his humbleness.
of knowledge today.
Al-Hasan al-Basri (r) said, “The death of a In Arabia, the usage of buses is not a common
scholar causes a hole (or a crack) in the body of Our Shaykh, ibn Jibreen – may Allaah have practice for people with high status or even
al-Islam and that hole is not fixed throughout mercy on him – was no exception to this. He was normal people – people have cars etc. During his
days and nights.” a person of dhikr and contemplation. When one stay in Makkah, Shaykh ibn Jibreen used to
mixes with these scholars, they may feel that it is always take the bus to go in and out of the
Allaah azza wa jall said, as if these scholars had left this world and were Masjid al-Haraam. If it happened that the bus
just waiting to meet with Allaah. Once you desire was full and people would see that it is Shaykh
“Allaah is the Light of the heavens and the to meet Allaah, then you will not be sad because ibn Jibreen, they would offer him to sit, but he
earth…” you are waiting for Allaah – the most beloved would refuse and stand alongside the other
[Soorat an-Noor (024:035)] One to you. passengers throughout the whole journey to the
Masjid. Shaykh ibn Jibreen, when he travelled,
Scholars inherit the legacy of the prophets. This Allaah azza wa jall said, “If My servant likes to he travelled alone, without any entourage and if
legacy is nothing but the Light of Allaah and the meet Me, I like to meet him; and if he dislikes to he travelled in cars, then he would open his own
Light of Allaah is His guidance. If that Light is meet Me, I dislike to meet him.” doors and would not allow anyone to open the
taken away, then mankind lives in darkness, as it [Bukhaaree (A Hadeeth Qudsi)] door for him.
is the scholars who are passing on the Light of
Allaah azza wa jall. People love scholars because of these four Shaykh ibn Jibreen used to be invited to attend
qualities and in particular their humbleness. many functions – “luxurious” or not – and he
Thus it is a great tragedy when the Ummah loses Their humbleness is a very amazing thing to be used to attend all of them; whereas nowadays
its scholars and this great loss for humanity is mentioned; something which the second some students of knowledge require certain
realised only by those who live with the scholars. generation scholars lack as opposed to their preconditions to be catered for
teachers. before they attend.
13 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

One day Shaykh did attend the full dars, although having aakheerah. There is no point in wasting your
Shaykh ibn just returned from a long journey. Such was his time and your life in this World. Wasting a minute
Jibreen was dedication to pass on knowledge as opposed to in this world is the same as wasting thousands of
invited to a masjid some new students of knowledge today, who if years in the aakheerah. This is why we should
for a t al k , and he struck by a little difficulty abandon their duties. strive to become great people of the Ummah, to
went with his son. The change the situation of the Ummah and to make
organisation of the event On average Shaykh ibn Jibreen used to give at the Word of Allaah supreme.
was very poor and there were least twelve lessons a week and sometimes
no announcements made that even more. Some scholars used to question how Shaykh ibn
the Shaykh would come, and there Jibreen had the ability to run all these duroos
was nobody there to greet him. Then During the summer dawrahs, he used to spend and help all these people, and they concluded
after Salaat some elderly people saw the the whole day teaching from Fajr almost until that it is likely to be ikhlaas – sincerity. Allaah
Shaykh and they gathered around him and 11am and then take a rest till ‘Asr. After ‘Asr, he azza wa jall said:
started to ask him questions and he sat there would teach until 10/11pm at night, taking only
answering them as they wished. His son breaks for Maghrib and ‘Ishaa’a. “And march forth in the way (which leads to)
however was very upset about the situation, forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as
although the Shaykh did not have any problems Shaykh ibn Jibreen would always want to help wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared
with the situation. So the Shaykh mixed with the people, so much so that people would criticize for Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”
people by their own terms, without any demands him because he would write a reference for any [Soorat Aal-‘Imraan (003:133)]
and not according to his terms. person who would want to go to the rich people
or charity organisations for help. This means that the person who knows that he
Shaykh ibn Jibreen would visit the fathers of his has a very limited time, whenever he has any
students and even their far relatives if they were Shaykh ibn Jibreen used to do nikaah for the opportunity to do something that will give him
ill, and attend their funerals if they passed away. people of his village and city, answer questions, something better in the aakheerah, he will be
Often he would travel quite a long distance to and reconcile between people in every very hasty to do it and will not waste that
attend. When he attended these places, he opportunity. opportunity to do it, because he knows that
would always keep himself ready for any people everything counts.
who may approach him to ask questions etc. and Thus it is a great loss when anyone of the
he would never hide from the people to avoid scholars passes away, but it is the Qadr of We ask Allaah to make Shaykh ibn Jibreen
answering their queries. Allaah and this is a test from Allaah. amongst those who were the foremost in
competing for the aakheerah for the sake of
The Shaykh used to visit many cities and One of the wisdom behind this is that Allaah is Allaah and were sincere in it. We ask Allaah to
whenever he visited them, he used to spend time giving everyone a chance to excel and to bestow His immense mercy upon him. We ask
with the elderly and the poor of those cities. become scholars. If Muhammad (saaws) was Allaah to increase his rank in Paradise and to
When giving out sadaqah to the poor elderly in alive now, there would be no chance for anyone gather him with the prophet (saaws). We ask
Makkah, he would always cover his face to avoid to excel, there would be no need for scholars; Allaah to gather us with him and the righteous
drawing the attention of the people. but he (saaws) passed away, so there could people in Paradise. Aameen.
arise bands of scholars.
One day Shaykh ibn Jibreen was riding in the car And Allaah knows best.
of his student, who was speeding over the If ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (raa) was alive today,
speed-limit. The police pulled them over and we would not need any scholars and nobody Compiled from:
told off the student. Then he came over to the would attempt to become like ‘Umar because we Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad’s weekly dars in
Shaykh’s window, and said “Yaa shaybah, why already have him with us! However Abu Bakr Manor Park, London. Check the City ISoc
are you allowing him to cross the speed-limit?” and ‘Umar passed away, and so did Abu website’s “Ongoing-Courses” page for details on
The Shaykh had white beard and this term “yaa Haneefah and Ahmad, Izz ibn ‘Abd as-Salaam when and how to attend this free dars based on
Shaybah” which means “O uncle” is not a term of and ibn Taymiyah – may Allaah be pleased with Ibn al-Qayyim’s (r) book Zaad al-Ma’aad.
respect. The student told the police officer that them all.
this is Shaykh ibn Jibreen. Upon hearing this, the
Shaykh pressed his student’s hand to not say There is a chance for every single one of us to 
that. The policeman then let them go; then the be one of the leaders in Islam. Our biggest
Shaykh said to his student, “why did you tell him problem is our lack of ambition. People like to Know my brother that the Messenger of Allaah
this?” He did not want any privileges because of live in their comfort zone and do not like to step (saaws) said:
his name – may Allaah have mercy on him. out of it to become great people. “Whoever goes down a path searching for
knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him the
One day when the Shaykh came back to Riyadh Allaah is showing us that He is taking these road to Paradise.”
(his home) from another city, it was very late and great people away and leaving us a space to fill [Muslim]
almost 2am. He used to have a scheduled long in and become great people as well. Their
dars at 5am (on that very same day on a weekly biographies are in our hands and we can follow This ‘knowledge’ is the Knowledge of Allaah and
basis) and the students thought that there would these biographies in order to become great His religion.
be no dars on that day because he is old and he people.
may be tired and sleepy and so some of them
did not attend, only to later find out that the The real happiness is in the happiness in the
…………… ………
14 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Assalaamu ‘alaykum all,

In this set of short blogs I will review the books
that I had a chance to read while I was in jail.

Here is the first:

This was during my first two months in the

Political Security Jail. This was a time when I
was allowed no visitors, no contact with family,
and no contact with other prisoners. In fact I
wasn’t even allowed to speak to the prison
guards except in whispers and only for urgent
needs. This was a time of complete isolation
from the outside world.

I was in an underground solitary cell made up of

four concrete walls with an iron gate on one side
and on the opposite side a small window – rather
a hole – covered with iron mesh to allow for
some fresh air to come in. I couldn’t see much
from it because it was about four meters high.
Then there was the roof with a bulb hanging from
it which was on continuously day and night. Then
the floor with a mattress 2-3 inches thick, a
blanket, a worn off pillow, a plastic plate, a bottle
for water, and an empty bottle “just in case”.

And then there was a Qur’aan…

In this environment there is nothing to do and Ibn Taymiyah (r) wrote while he was in jail that “Indeed in that (i.e. Qur’aan) is a reminder for
nothing to read but the Qur’aan and that is when he had been reciting Qur’aan and reflecting on whoever has a heart or who listens while he is
the Qur’aan reveals it secrets. When the hearts its meanings and that Allaah has opened up the present (in mind).”
are clean; when there is nothing clouding the meanings of Qur’aan for him. He said he learned [Soorat Qaaf (050:037)]
spirit, the Qur’aan literally overwhelms the heart. new meanings that scholars would wish to learn.
By Imaam Anwar al-Awlaki.
I have never in my life felt the Qur’aan so He had learned from it meanings he had never
strongly. Thoughts, insights and feelings that I thought of before and he went further to state An excerpt from:
would fail to describe would come with every that he regretted the time he spent in the past []
new verse that I would recite. Reading Qur’aan learning other aspects of knowledge and not
then was not something I would force upon focusing on the Book of Allaah. Within a short
myself but I would recite it with eagerness for period he said that he had read the Qur’aan, 
hours at end and never lose my concentration. from cover to cover, eighty times. This was due
to the blessings of him being imprisoned. Allaah “The Qur’aan is the Arabic Kalaam (Speech) of
The chapters of the Qur’aan would carry me says: “You might dislike a thing and in it Allaah Allaah, which He revealed to Muhammad
outside of this world and I would completely puts a lot of good.” [002:216] (saaws) in wording and meaning, and which has
forget about my situation until a warden would been preserved in the mus-hafs (written copies
slam the door open for restroom time or to take During that blessed period of over two months of Qur’aan), and has reached us by mutawattir
me for interrogation. when I was free of any distractions except for the transmissions (reported by a large number of
interrogation worries, that is when I came to people, such that they cannot be mistaken or
Then I would wake up again to the depressing understand the statement of Uthmaan (raa) intentionally forge a lie), and is a challenge to
reality of this world. So does the Qur’aan speak when he said: “If the hearts are pure they would mankind to produce something similar to it.”
to us differently in jail? never satisfy their thirst from the Book of Allaah.” [az-Zaraqaanee]

We approach Qur’aan with a more receptive Those moments are so strange to me now, and My brother, Muslims often fall victim to the
heart when we are being tested. We also come so different that they do not seem to be a reality, ongoing attacks of the kuffaar, particularly with
to understand Qur’aan better when we are or even a far away memory, but rather seem to regards to the authenticity of al-Qur’aan. With
separated from the distractions of this world. be a dream. your best interests in mind, we encourage you to
Both these two elements exist in prison. One read “An Introduction to the Sciences of the
thing I came to realize is that the Qur’aan does We ask you O Allaah to make us of those who Qur’aan”, by Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi about the
not open up its secrets to you unless you open love your Words and contemplate them. methodology of preserving the Qur’aan. This is
up your heart to it. Qur’aan does not spill its truly an Eemaan booster.
pearls to the undeserving.
15 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

It is narrated on the authority of Jabir bin

‘Abd-Allaah (raa) that he heard the Apostle
(saaws) saying: “Verily between man and
between polytheism and unbelief is the
negligence of Salaah.”

16 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Imaam Ahmad (r) said that the one who does not of the prayer.” [Muslim] rational analysis. How can a person be a
pray because of laziness is a kaafir. This is the believer if he neglects the prayer which is the
more correct view and is indicated by the It was narrated that Buraydah ibn al-Husayb pillar of religion, and when there are aayaat and
evidence of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah (raa) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah ahaadeeth urging us to perform prayer which
of His Messenger, and by the words of the Salaf (saaws) say: ‘The covenant that distinguishes make the wise believer rush to do the prayer,
and the proper understanding. [From Al-Sharh between us and them is the prayer, and whoever and when there are aayaat and ahaadeeth
al-Mumti’ ‘ala Zaad al-Mustanqi’] neglects it has disbelieved (become a kaafir).’” warning against neglecting it, which make the
[Ahmad and Abu Dawood] wise believer scared to ignore the prayer? Once
Anyone who examines the texts of the Qur’aan we have understood this, a person cannot be a
and Sunnah will see that they indicate that the What is meant here by kufr or disbelief is the believer if he neglects the prayer.
one who neglects the prayer is guilty of Kufr kind of kufr which puts a person beyond the pale
Akbar (major kufr) which puts him beyond the of Islam, because the Prophet (saaws) made So it is clear that the person who neglects the
pale of Islam. Among the evidence to be found in prayer the dividing line between the believers prayer with no excuse is a kaafir who is beyond
the Qur’aan is the aayah (interpretation of the and the disbelievers. It is known that the the pale of Islam, on the basis of this evidence.
meaning): community of kufr is not the same as the This is the correct view according to Imaam
community of Islam, so whoever does not fulfil Ahmad, and it is one of the two opinions narrated
“But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk this covenant must be one of the kaafireen from al-Shaafa’i, as was mentioned by Ibn
(polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism], (disbelievers). Katheer in his tafseer of the aayah (interpretation
perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah) and of the meaning):
give Zakaat, then they are your brethren in There is also the hadeeth of ‘Awf ibn Maalik
religion.” (raa), according to which the Prophet (saaws) “Then, there has succeeded them a posterity
[Soorat at-Tawbah (009:011)] said: “The best of your leaders are those whom who have given up As-Salaah (the prayers) [i.e.
you love and who love you, who pray for you and made their Salaah (prayers) to be lost, either by
The evidence derived from this aayah is that you pray for them. The worst of your leaders are not offering them or by not offering them
Allaah defined three things that the Mushrikeen those whom you hate and who hate you, and perfectly or by not offering them in their proper
have to do in order to eliminate the differences you send curses on them and they send curses fixed times] and have followed lusts”
between them us: they should repent from shirk, on you.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, [Soorat Maryam (019:059)]
they should perform prayer, and they should pay should we not fight them by the sword?” He said,
zakaah. If they repent from shirk but they do not “Not as long as they are establishing prayer Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned in his book Al-Salaah
perform the prayer or pay zakaah, then they are amongst you.” that it was one of the two views narrated from al-
not our brethren in faith; if they perform the Shaafa’i, and that al-Tahaawee narrated it from
prayer but do not pay zakaah, then they are not This hadeeth indicates that those in authority al-Shaafa’i himself.
our brethren in faith. Brotherhood in religion should be opposed and fought if they do not
cannot be effaced except when a person goes establish prayer, but it is not permissible to This was also the view of the majority of the
out of the religion completely; it cannot be oppose and fight them unless they make a Sahaabah, indeed many narrated that there was
effaced by fisq (immoral conduct) or lesser types blatant show of kufr and we have evidence from consensus among the Sahaabah on this point.
of kufr. Allaah that what they are doing is indeed kufr. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Shaqeeq said: the companions
of the Prophet (saaws) did not think that
Allaah also says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit (raa) said: “The neglecting any deed made a person a kaafir,
“Then, there has succeeded them a posterity Messenger of Allaah (saaws) called us and we apart from neglecting the prayer. This was
who have given up As-Salaah (the prayers) [i.e. gave bay’ah (oath of allegiance) to him. Among reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Haakim, who
made their Salaah (prayers) to be lost, either by the things that we pledged to do was to listen classed it as saheeh according to the conditions
not offering them or by not offering them and obey him both when we felt enthusiastic and of (al-Bukhaaree and Muslim).
perfectly or by not offering them in their proper when we were disinclined to act, both at times of
fixed times] and have followed lusts. So they will difficulty and times of ease, and at times when Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh, the well known Imaam,
be thrown in Hell. Except those who repent and others were given preference over us, and that said: It was reported with a saheeh isnaad from
believe (in the Oneness of Allaah and His we would not oppose those in authority. He said: the Prophet (saaws) that the one who neglects
Messenger Muhammad), and work ‘unless they made a blatant show of kufr and you the prayer is a kaafir. This was also the view of
righteousness. Such will enter Paradise and they have evidence from Allaah that what they are the scholars from the time of the Prophet
will not be wronged in aught.” doing is indeed kufr.’” (saaws) until the present day: that the person,
[Soorat Maryam (019:059-060)] [Bukhaaree and Muslim] who deliberately neglects the prayer with no
valid excuse, until the time for that prayer is over,
The evidence derived from these aayat is that On this basis, their neglecting the prayer, for is a kaafir.
Allaah referred to those who neglect the prayer which the Prophet (saaws) said we should
and follow their desires; “Except those who oppose them and fight them by the sword, Excerpts from:
repent and believe”, which indicates that at the constitutes an act of blatant kufr for which we []
time when they are neglecting their prayers and have evidence from Allaah that it is indeed kufr.
following their desires, they are not believers.
Just as the one who neglects the prayer is 
The evidence of the Sunnah that proves that the deemed to be a kaafir on the basis of the
one who neglects the prayer is a kaafir includes evidence of the texts and reports, so he may We seek refuge with Allaah from having our
the hadeeth of the Prophet (saaws): “Between a also be deemed to be a kaafir on the basis of foreheads free off the dirt of
man and shirk and kufr there stands his neglect rational prostrations before Him.
of the
17 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

‫ﻮﻥﹶ‬‫ﻨ‬‫ﺆﻣ‬ ‫ ﺍ ﹾﻟﻤ‬‫ﺪ ﺃﹶ ﹾﻓﻠﹶﺢ‬

 ‫ﹶﻗ‬
‫ﻮﻥﹶ‬‫ﻌ‬‫ﺎﺷ‬‫ﻢ ﺧ‬ ‫ﻬﹺ‬‫ﻠﹶﺎﺗ‬‫ﻲ ﺻ‬‫ﻢ ﻓ‬ ‫ ﻫ‬‫ﻳﻦ‬‫ﺍﱠﻟﺬ‬
“Successful are the believers.
Those who offer their Salaat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.”

[Soorat al-Mu’minoon (023:001-002)]]

Misconceptions in Salaah are very common in and saw a man whose chest was not in line and to prostrate. This is wrong. He does the same
masaajid all over the world and often times these he said to him: “It is incumbent upon you to when sitting between the two prostrations. These
errors are made due to unawareness. perform Salaah shoulder-to-shoulder, for if you are unique components of Salaah by themselves
do not do so, verily, Allaah will place disarray in with a particular recitation assigned for each of
1) Doing actions of Salaah before or at the same your hearts.” them, and they must be treated as such.
time as the Imaam. This is wrong. [Bukhaaree]
5) Uttering the intention out loud.
Rather, one should wait until the Imaam bows It is narrated from 'Umar (raa) that, he used to
completely and completes the saying of takbeer; act as the Imaam and that he would not say the The intention when wanting to offer an act of
then the follower should bow after him. Likewise takbeer until a man came to him whom he had worship such as the prayer does not need to be
for standing back up from bowing, prostrating appointed to ensure that the lines were in order, uttered verbally according to the consensus of
and so on and so forth, the follower should do and he would tell him, "They have straightened the scholars of Islam. The place of the intention
the same, after the Imaam has completed his their rows", then he would make takbeer. is the heart and no-one has mentioned any
actions. [Tabari – Tareekh] difference in this matter. It was not narrated that
the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) or his
al-Barra' ibn `Azib (raa) said: “We used to So close the gaps O Muslims wherever you are Sahaabah (raa) uttered the intention out loud or
perform Salaah behind the Prophet (saaws) and and do not be negligent in your worship of that he commanded anyone amongst his
when he went down from a standing position to Allaah! Ummah to do likewise. That is not known from
prostrate, not one of us would bend his back until any of the Muslims. If that had been prescribed
the Messenger of Allaah had placed his forehead 3) It is also incumbent when one makes rukoo`, then the Prophet (saaws) and his companions
on the ground. Then we would follow him.” to grip his knees with his hands and space his (raa) would not have neglected it, as it has to do
[Bukhaaree and Muslim] fingers apart and lean upon his upper arms and with worship which the Ummah does every day
his forearms and to keep his back straight (i.e. at and night.
It is narrated from lbn 'Umar (raa) that he looked a right angle to his legs) and he must not raise
towards a man who anticipated the Imaam and his head nor lower it.
said to him: "You have neither performed Salaah 
alone, nor with the Imaam. Then he struck him It has been narrated from the Prophet (saaws)
and ordered him to repeat his Salaah" Obviously that: “… when he made rukoo`, if a cup of water My brother, do not ruin your Salaah by making
if, in 'Abd-Allaah ibn 'Umar's opinion, his Salaah had been placed on his back, it would not have these mistakes and there are many other
was accepted, he would not have ordered him to moved from its mistakes like these.
repeat it. place.”
[Ahmad] To avoid these we must educate ourselves in
2) Leaving of gaps between the feet and Islam and learn to pray as the prophet (saaws)
shoulders of people behind the Imaam. This is Adapted from: prayed; and not blindly glue ourselves to what
wrong. “Ahmad ibn Hanbal’s Treatise on Prayer” we were taught when we were young. Our
Translated by, Sameh Strauch. teachers, they gave us the stepping stones on
Does a Muslim hate to touch his feet to the feet how to pray, but we must now advance and take
of his brothers? If so, then how will this nation the big leap and go teach ourselves the details
prosper with such animosity?  and the more authentic methods of Salaah.

The Prophet (saaws) said: “Form the lines 4) Making one’s motions continuous without any The Prophet (saaws) said: ”The first thing that
standing closely together, shoulder-to-shoulder, “pauses”. will be lost from your religion is trust and the last
and close the spaces – do not leave between thing to be lost will be the Salaah. You will see
you (even) a space the size of a lamb – for the One should not make their actions continuous in people from amongst you praying, but they will
devils will enter it.” motion. We find that people do not take a “break” receive no reward for it.”
[Bukhaaree and Ahmad] between their actions even for a second. The [Bayhaqi]
person stands up from bowing and without even
It is also narrated that he (saaws) turned one day having stood up properly he goes straight down
not …………….
18 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Listening attentively to the khateeb on Friday is on a Friday, when the Imaam is delivering the of the obligatory duties enjoined by Him, lest he
an obligation, and it is not permissible for the khutbah, then you have engaged in idle expose himself to the punishment of Allaah; let
Muslims to be careless about that and fidget, talk speech.” him adhere to that which Allaah has made
or ignore the khutbah. The following ahaadeeth [Bukhaaree and Muslim] obligatory so that he may earn the reward of
have been narrated concerning the virtues of Allaah. And Allaah bestows His Bounty upon
listening attentively to the khutbah. 4) If a person walks to Jumu’ah prayer, for every whomsoever He wills.“
step he will have the reward of fasting and [Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Barraak]
1) Expiation for sins committed between this praying qiyaam for one year.
Friday and the previous Friday.
It was narrated from Aws ibn Aws al-Thaqafi that 
Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah (raa) that the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) said: “Whoever
the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) said: “The five does ghusl on Friday and causes (his wife) to do My brother, know that when the call for Jumu’ah
daily prayers, and from one Jumu’ah to the next, ghusl, and sets out early, and comes close to the is made, you should attend even if you are sitting
are an expiation for whatever sins come in Imaam and listens and keeps quiet, for every in your lecture hall learning the sciences of this
between, so long as one does not commit any step he takes he will have the reward of fasting world. Do not sit down in laziness or shyness,
major sin.” and praying qiyaam for one year.” whilst your fellow Muslims march to worship their
[Tirmidhi] Creator. This will only lower your status in their
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the eyes; and show disunity between the Muslims
Prophet (saaws) said: “Whoever does ghusl then Ibn al-Qayyim (r) said in Zaad al-Ma’aad: and their negligence of their obligations in the
comes to Jumu’ah, and prays as much as Allaah “Causes (his wife) to do ghusl” means has eyes of the non-Muslims and this is the peak of
decrees for him, then listens attentively until the intercourse with his wife. This is how it was humiliation.
khutbah is over, then prays with him (the interpreted by Wakee’.” End quote.
Imaam), will be forgiven for (his sins) between
that and the next Jumu’ah and three more days.” Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar (r) said, after quoting the
[Muslim] ahaadeeth which speak of the virtues of Jumu’ah
Al-Nawawi (r) said:
The scholars said that what is meant by his What we have quoted, when taken all together,
being forgiven between the two Jumu’ahs and indicates that the expiation of sins from one
three more days is that a good deed is worth ten Friday to the next is subject to all the conditions
like it, so he will be rewarded with ten hasanahs mentioned above being met, namely doing
for each of the good deeds that he did on Friday. ghusl, cleaning oneself, putting on perfume,
Some of our companions said: what is meant by wearing one's best clothes, walking in a calm
what is between the two Jumu’ahs is from and dignified manner, not stepping over people,
Jumu’ah prayer and the khutbah until the same not pushing between two people, not offending
time on the following Friday, so that it will be others, praying naafil prayers, listening
seven days, no more and no less, then three attentively and avoiding idle speech. End quote. The enemies of Islam say that the Muslims will
days are added making ten in all. End quote. only be able to defeat them again, when they
attend the Fajr prayer in the same great numbers
2) Coming early to Jumu’ah brings a great  as they do for Jumu’ah. My brother, what then
reward. will happen now, if we also miss the Jumu’ah like
“If a person for whom Jumu’ah is obligatory does we sinfully miss the Fajr?
Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim narrated from Abu not attend and does not have a valid excuse, this
Hurayrah (raa) that the Messenger of Allaah is a major sin. Whoever does not attend three If you fear that your lecturer may tell you off or
(saaws) said: “Whoever does ghusl on Friday Jumu’ahs (in a row) out of negligence has a seal may not let you leave for Jumu’ah, then it is only
like ghusl for janaabah, then goes to the prayer placed over his heart and is regarded as one of a doubt in your heart and an act of cowardice.
(in the first hour, i.e., early), it is as if he the ghaafileen (negligent, heedless). Muslim Seek permission of your lecturer and you will find
sacrificed a camel. Whoever goes in the second narrated in his Saheeh from Abu Hurayrah and him tolerant; if not then do you not live in the
hour, it is as if he sacrificed a cow; whoever goes Ibn ‘Umar (raa), that they heard the Prophet “free West”? Who is then going to stop you from
in the third hour, it is as if he sacrificed a horned (saaws) say from his minbar: “People should practicing your “religious freedom”?
ram; whoever goes in the fourth hour, it is as if definitely stop neglecting Jumu’ah, or else Allaah
he sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth will most certainly seal their hearts and they will This should be the case for all our daily prayers
hour it is as if he offered an egg. When the most certainly be among the ghaafileen.” – five times a day. If we neglect our own
Imaam comes out, the angels come to listen to obligations, the kaafir is not going to remind us,
the khutbah.” According to another hadeeth: “Whoever “O so and so isn’t it time for ‘Asr?”
neglects three jumu’ahs (in a row) out of
3) The reward for praying Jumu’ah depends on negligence will have a seal placed upon his All praises be to Allaah.
listening attentively. heart.” This is a spiritual punishment, which is
more severe that a physical punishment such as
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (raa) that the imprisonment or flogging. The Muslim ruler
Messenger of Allaah (saaws) said: should punish those who fail to attend Jumu’ah
“If you say to your companion, ‘Listen attentively’ prayers with no excuse, as a deterrent. Let each
Muslim fear Allaah and not miss performing one
19 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Istikhaarah in Arabic means seeking guidance to a choice of two things and must decide which
make a decision concerning something. It is said one to start with or which one not to do. With
in Arabic “Istakhir Allaaha yakhir laka” (Seek regard to permissible things, he may pray
guidance from Allaah and He will guide you (to Istikhaarah as a regular matter.
the right decision). In sharee’ah terminology,
Istikhaarah means seeking guidance (to the right The person who wants to pray Istikhaarah
decision), i.e., seeking guidance as to what should have an open mind, and not have
Allaah knows is the best and most appropriate decided on a specific course of action. The
choice, by means of prayer or the Du’aa’ phrase “If any one of you is deliberating”
narrated concerning Istikhaarah. indicates that Istikhaarah should be prayed when
one starts to think of the matter, when through
The scholars are unanimously agreed that the blessing of prayer and Du’aa’ what is good
Istikhaarah is Sunnah. The evidence that it is will become clear to him, in contrast to when the
prescribed is the hadeeth narrated by al- idea has taken root and his resolve to do it is
Bukhaaree (r) from Jaabir bin ‘Abd-Allaah (raa) firm, in which case his inclination will sway him,
who said: and there is the fear that wisdom may not prevail
because he is inclined to do that which he has
The Messenger of Allaah (saaws) used to teach already decided to do. It may be that which is
his companions to make Istikhaarah in all meant by deliberation here is resolve, because a
matters, just as he used to teach them Soorats passing thought does not matter. And a person
from the Qur’aan. He said: ‘If any one of you is should not pray istikhaarah except when he has
deliberating about a decision he has to make, decided to do something but does not have a
then let him pray two rak’ahs of non-obligatory strong inclination towards it. Otherwise, if a
prayer, then say: O Allaah, I seek Your guidance person were to pray Istikhaarah for every
[in making a choice] by virtue of Your knowledge, thought that crosses his mind, he would never
and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I stop and he would waste all his time doing that.
ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I
have none. And You know; I know not. You are Al-Nawawi (r) said: It is mustahabb, before
the Knower of hidden things. O Allaah, if in Your praying Istikhaarah, to consult someone whom
knowledge, this matter (then it should be you know is sincere, caring and has experience,
mentioned by name) is good for me both in this and who is trustworthy with regard to his
world and in the Hereafter (or say: in my religion, religious commitment and knowledge. Allaah
my livelihood and my affairs), then ordain it for says (interpretation of the meaning):
me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And “and consult them in the affairs”
if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my [Soorat Aal-‘Imraan (003:159)]
religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or say: for
me both in this world and the next), then turn me The Hanafis, Maalikis, Shaafa’is and Hanbalis
away from it, [you may add: and turn it away stated that the Du’aa’ should be recited
from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it immediately after the prayer. This is in
may be and make me pleased with it).” accordance with what was stated in the hadeeth
[Bukhaaree] narrated from the Messenger of
Allaah (saaws).
In what circumstances should one pray
Istikhaarah? The four madh-habs are agreed Du’aa’ al-Istikhaarah in Arabic:
that Istikhaarah is prescribed in cases where a
person does not know the right decision to make. Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika wa
In matters where it is known whether a thing is astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika,
good or bad, such as acts of worship, doing fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa laa
good deeds, sins or evil actions, there is no need a’lam, wa anta ‘allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma
to pray Istikhaarah in these cases. But if a fa in kunta ta’lamu haadha’l-amra (then the
person wants to find out the right time to do matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li
something, such as whether to do Hajj this year, fi ‘aajil amri wa aajilihi (or say: fi deeni wa
because there is the possibility of encountering ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa
an enemy or some tribulation, or whether to go yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa
with a certain person or not, then he may pray in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa
Istikhaarah with regard to such decisions. But ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri (or say: fi ‘aajili amri
there is no room for Istikhaarah when it comes to wa aajilihi) fasrifni ‘anhu [you may add: wasrafhu
things that are obligatory, haraam or makrooh. ‘anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma
Rather Istikhaarah has to do with things that are radini bihi.
recommended or permissible. Istikhaarah is not
ordinarily required with regard to things that are The translation of this Du’aa’ is
recommended, rather it should be done in cases in the previously mentioned
where there is a conflict, i.e., when a person has Hadeeth.
20 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (r) said in al- (saaws). Do not despair, if the results seem to have gone
Fataawa al-Kubra: bad in this world; indeed in your supplication you
End quote. asked the Lord of the Worlds for a matter that is
Regular Sunnah prayers may be made up, and good for you in this world and in the next.
prayers for which there is a reason may be done Many people think that following Istikhaarah
during the times when prayer is not allowed. This there has to be a dream or a feeling of ease in “And your Lord said: ‘Invoke Me (i.e. believe in
is one of the two views narrated from Ahmad, the heart, and so on, but that is not the case. My Oneness and ask Me for anything) I will
and is the view favoured by a number of our Even if no such thing happens when a person respond to your (invocation)…’”
companions and others. has prayed Istikhaarah and done his best to find [Soorat al-Ghaafir (040:060)]
out what is best for him, such as consulting
Istikhaarah prayer may be performed at the time people, examining the issue and asking those
when prayer is not allowed with regard to who have experience, then he goes ahead and
something that is immediate and cannot be does it, then it is hoped that this will be what is
delayed until the time when prayer is permitted. best for him, even if he does not feel at ease in
his heart in the beginning. Even if we assume
It is mustahabb to offer two rak’ahs immediately that he does not succeed in this matter that he
after doing wudoo’, even if that is at a time when goes ahead with after praying Istikhaarah, it may
prayer is not allowed. This is the view of al- be good for him even if he does not know it, but
Shaafa’i. his Lord knows; may He be exalted.

End quote. Ibn al-Haaj al-Maaliki (r) said:

It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (raa) Some of them pray Istikhaarah as prescribed in
said: The Messenger of Allaah (saaws) used to sharee’ah and then wait until they see a dream
teach his companions to pray Istikhaarah in all from which they will decide whether they should
things, just as he used to teach them Soorats go ahead and do whatever they prayed
from the Qur’aan. Istikhaarah about or not, or until someone else
[Bukhaaree] sees a dream for them.

Al-‘Ayni (r) said in ‘Umdat al-Qaari: This does not count for anything, because the
infallible one (saaws) told us to pray Istikhaarah
The words “in all things” are indicative of its and consult others, not to rely on what is seen in
general meaning, and that a man should not dreams.
regard anything as too insignificant because it is End quote.
small and not pay attention to it, and thus not [Al-Madkhal]
pray Istikhaarah or pray for guidance concerning
it. He may regard something as insignificant but Whoever is sincere in turning to his Lord and
doing it or not doing it may lead to great harm. delegating his affairs to Him, and prays
Hence the Prophet (saaws) said: “Let one of you Istikhaarah for guidance in some of his affairs,
ask his Lord even with regard to his shoelace.” should go ahead and do it. If it becomes easy for
him, this is a sign that it is good for him, but if he
End quote. is stopped and it becomes difficult, then he
should forget about it, and he should realize that
Thus it is clear that it is a mistake to limit being prevented from doing it is good
Istikhaarah to rare cases or few issues. Rather inshaaAllaah.
the Muslim should turn to Allaah and seek His
guidance in all his affairs concerning which he is Excerpts from:
hesitant. Zaynab bint Jahsh (raa) prayed []
Istikhaarah when she received a proposal of
marriage from the Prophet (saaws), and al-
Nawawi (r) commented on that by saying in 
Sharh Muslim:
My brother, before Allaah brings you to join us in
This shows that it is mustahabb to pray this university, pray to Him and invoke to Him
Istikhaarah for the one who is thinking about with the Du’aa’ al-Istikhaarah; such that He
doing something, whether the matter is evidently guides you to a path that is good for you, your
good or not. This is in accordance with the religion, your livelihood and your affairs.
hadeeth of Jaabir in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree: The
Messenger of Allaah (saaws) used to teach us Remember, that the best of counsel is Allaah. So
pray Istikhaarah in all things.” And perhaps she invoke Him in all situations other than that which
prayed Istikhaarah because she was afraid that have been made an exception of, and He will be
she might fall short with regard to his rights your Guide.
21 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Praying qiyaam in Ramadhaan is one of the The Prophet (saaws) also said: "Do not prevent number of rak’ahs for qiyaam during
greatest acts of worship by means of which a your women from going to the mosque, even Ramadhaan, because the Prophet (saaws) did
person can draw closer to his Lord in this month. though their houses are better for them." not set a number. End quote.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Rajab said: Note that in the month [Abu Dawood]
of Ramadhaan the believer engages in Jihaad Shaykh Ibn Baaz (r) said in Majmoo’ al-
al-Nafs on two fronts: during the day by fasting But there are conditions attached to the Fataawa:
and during the night by praying qiyaam. permission for the women to go to the mosque, It is proven that ‘Umar (raa) told the one whom
Whoever combines these two types of Jihaad as follows: he appointed among the Sahaabah to pray
will be given reward without limit. End quote. eleven rak’ahs, and it is proven that they prayed
1) She should wear complete hijaab. twenty-three rak’ahs (three raka’ah witr) based
Taraaweeh prayer is Sunnah mu’akkadah (a 2) She should not go out wearing perfume. on his command. This indicates that the matter is
confirmed Sunnah) which the Prophet (saaws) 3) She should have the permission of her broad in scope and that the matter was flexible
encouraged when he said: “Whoever prays at husband. according to the Sahaabah. That is also
night in Ramadhaan out of faith and the hope of indicated by the words of the Prophet (saaws):
reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” Her going out should not involve any other kind “The night prayers are two by two.” End quote.
[Bukhaaree and Muslim] of prohibited acts, such as being alone in a car
with a non-mahram driver. If a woman does We should be keen to pray qiyaam al-layl in
The Prophet (saaws) led his companions in something wrong like that, her husband or Ramadhaan in congregation, and to stay with the
praying Taraaweeh for several nights; then he guardian has the right to stop her; in fact it is his Imaam until he finishes praying. In this way the
feared that it may be made obligatory for them, duty to do so. worshipper will attain the reward for praying the
so he did not go out to them. Then ‘Umar (raa) whole night, even if he only spends a short part
united the people under one Imaam, and it has Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad al-Ma’aad: of the night in prayer. And Allaah is the Owner of
been prayed in congregation ever since. It was great bounty.
narrated that Ismaa’eel ibn Ziyaad said: ‘Alee When the Prophet (saaws) stood up to pray, he
(raa) passed by the mosques in which there would say: “Allaahu Akbar,” and he did not say Abu Dharr (raa) said: The Messenger of Allaah
were lamps during the month of Ramadhaan and anything before that, or utter the intention (saaws) said: “Whoever prays qiyaam with the
said, ‘May Allaah illuminate ‘Umar’s grave for (niyyah) out loud at all. He did not say, “I am Imaam until he finishes, will be recorded as
him as he illuminated our mosques for us.” going to pray such-and-such a prayer, facing the having spent the whole night in prayer.”
Narrated by al-Athram; quoted in al-Mughni. qiblah, four rak'ahs, as an Imaam or following an [at-Tirmidhi]
Imaam.” And he did not say “ada’an (on time)” or
Al-Bahooti said in Daqaa’iq Uli al-Nuha: It is “qadaa’an (making up a missed prayer)” or “fard Allaah knows best.
better to pray Taraaweeh in the mosque than at al-waqt (the obligatory prayer of this time).”
home, because the Prophet (saaws) gathered These are all bid’ahs which were not narrated by Excerpts from:
the people to pray Taraaweeh for three any scholar with any isnaad, be it saheeh, []
consecutive nights, as was narrated by ‘Aa’ishah da’eef, musnad or mursal… Neither was this
(raa)… and he (saaws) said: “Whoever prays narrated from any of the Prophet’s companions,
qiyaam with the Imaam until he leaves, it will be and none of the Taabi’een or the four Imaams 
as if he spent the whole night in prayer.” End described it as mustahabb. End quote.
quote. My brother, what is oftentimes seen is that the
The Muslim should have the intention of praying students of knowledge go to pray taraaweeh
Al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo’: Taraaweeh (or any other prayer) in his heart following the opinion that the night prayers are
only, and not utter anything out loud. eleven rak’ahs. They leave after praying eight
Taraaweeh prayer is Sunnah according to rak’ahs – after ten or fifteen minutes – and then
scholarly consensus… it is permissible to pray it Night prayers are broad in scope, and there is no go outside, eat some food and end up chatting
alone or in congregation, but which is better? set number. Whoever wants to pray eleven amongst themselves and then finally return to
There are two well-known points of view rak’ahs may do so and whoever wants to pray Salaah when it is time for witr. Whilst the
concerning this; the correct view according to the more or less than that may do so. The same commoners who are not educating themselves
consensus of the Sahaabah is that it is better to applies to Taraaweeh prayers in Ramadhaan. to pass on the Light of Allaah strive utmost in
pray it in congregation. End quote. their worship and pray behind the Imaam
Ibn Taymiyah (r) said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa: whatever amount he prays. Shouldn’t this be the
So praying it in congregation in the mosque is worship of the bearer of knowledge?
better, but if a man prays it on his own at home, One group said that it is proven in al-Saheeh
or in congregation with his family, that is from ‘Aa’ishah that the Prophet did not pray If they are still persistent that what they follow is
permissible. more than thirteen rak’ahs in Ramadhaan or at the correct opinion, then shouldn’t they at least
any other time, and some people were uncertain pray those eleven raka’ahs in the manner and
Whenever a woman prays in a place that is more about this report, because they thought that it spirit that the Prophet (saaws) prayed, which
private and more hidden, that is better for her, as contradicted the saheeh hadeeth and because of was according to ‘Aa’isha (raa) very lengthy and
the Prophet (saaws) said: "A woman's prayer in the practice of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs and very beautiful, such that Ibn Mas’ood (raa) said
her house is better than her prayer in her the actions of the Muslims. that once the Prophet (saaws) prayed Soorat al-
courtyard, and her prayer in her bedroom is Baqarah to Soorat an-Nisaa’ in one rak’ah!
better than her prayer in her house." But the correct view is that all of that is good, as Practice the Sunnah, both in
[Abu Dawood] was stated by Imaam Ahmad (r). There is no set letter and spirit.
22 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Ibn al-Qayyim (r) said:

“How strange! What type of faith, light,
insight, guidance and knowledge can be
gained from listening to tuneful verses and
music in which most of what is said is
haraam and deserves the wrath and
punishment of Allaah and His Messenger?…
How can anyone who has the least amount
of insight and faith in his heart draw near to
Allaah and increase his faith by enjoying
something which is hated by Him, and He
detests the one who says it and the one
who accepts it?”

[Madaarij as-Saalikeen]
23 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Zina (adultery, fornication) does not refer only to lowering the gaze with the issue of protecting the is no hadd punishment for these haraam actions,
penetration, rather there is the zina of the hand, private parts (guarding one’s chastity) in these such as kissing etc., the hadd punishment is only
which is touching that which is forbidden, and the Verses, and how lowering the gaze is mentioned for intercourse (zina), but the judge may punish
zina of the eyes, which is looking at that which is first, before protecting the private parts, because him with a ta’zeer punishment to deter him and
forbidden, even though zina that is committed the eye influences the heart. others like him from committing these sins.
with the private parts, is the zina which is
punishable with the hadd punishment. Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (r) said: Ibn al-Qayyim said:
In these two Verses, Allaah commands the Ta’zeer punishments may be prescribed for
believing men and women to lower their gaze every sin for which there is no hadd punishment
and guard their chastity, which is because of the or specific expiation (kafaarah), for sins are of
serious nature of zina and what it leads to of three kinds: those for which there is a hadd
great corruption among the Muslims. Letting punishment but no kafaarah is required; those
one's gaze wander freely is one of the causes of for which kafaarah is required but there is no
sickness in the heart and the occurrence of hadd punishment; and those for which there is
immoral actions, whereas lowering the gaze is neither a hadd punishment nor kafaarah. The
one of the means of keeping oneself safe from first type includes such crimes as stealing,
that. Hence Allaah says (interpretation of the drinking alcohol, zina and slander. The second
meaning): includes having intercourse during the day in
Ramadhaan, or when in ihraam. The third type
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from includes having intercourse with a slave woman
looking at forbidden things), and protect their who is owned jointly with someone else, kissing
private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is a non-mahram woman and being alone with her,
purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what entering the public baths without a waist
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (raa) that the they do.” wrapper, eating dead meat, blood and pork, and
Prophet (saaws) said: “Allaah has decreed for [Soorat al-Noor (024:030)] so on.
every son of Adam his share of zina, which he [I’laam al-Muwaqqa’een]
will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is Lowering one’s gaze and guarding one’s chastity
looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, one is purer for the believer in this world and in the The person who has committed any of these
may wish and desire and the private parts Hereafter, whereas letting one’s gaze wander actions has to repent to Allaah, for whoever
confirm that or deny it.” freely and not guarding one's chastity are among repents Allaah will accept his repentance, and
[Bukhaaree and Muslim] the greatest causes of doom and punishment in the one who repents is like one who did not sin.
this world and in the Hereafter. We ask Allaah to
It is not permissible for the Muslim to long for the keep us safe and sound. One of the greatest means of expiation for such
things that lead to zina, such as kissing, being sins is offering the five daily prayers regularly
alone, touching and looking, for all these things Allaah tells us that He is All-Aware of what and on time. The Prophet (saaws) said: “The five
are haraam and lead to the greater evil which is people do, and that nothing is hidden from Him. daily prayers, and from one Jumu’ah to the next,
zina. This is a warning to the believer against doing and from one Ramadhaan to the next, expiates
that which Allaah has forbidden and turning for the sins that come in between, so long as you
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): away from that which Allaah has prescribed for avoid major sins.”
“And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a him, and it is a reminder to him that Allaah sees [Muslim]
Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its him and knows all that he does, whether it is
limits: a great sin, and an evil way that leads one good or otherwise. As Allaah says (interpretation
to hell unless Allaah Forgives him)” of the meaning): 
[Soorat al-Isra’ (017:032)]
“Allaah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that Even after recognising that zina is looking, zina
Looking at that which is forbidden is one of the the breasts conceal” is touching, zina is kissing and zina is all other
arrows of the Shaytaan, which leads a person to [Soorat Ghaafir (040:019)] haraam actions leading to it; Muslims neglect the
doom, even if he did not do it intentionally at first. prohibition of their Creator and commit these
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): End quote. horrendous acts under the pretence of “just
[al-Tabarruj wa Khataruhu] friends” or that the prohibition is too extreme –
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from “extremists” they say – or they say, “we are
looking at forbidden things), and protect their The Muslim has to fear his Lord in secret and in going to get married, we are not just fooling
private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is public, and keep away from that which Allaah around, we can control ourselves” and what not.
purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what has forbidden of being alone with a member of
they do. the opposite sex, looking, shaking hands, kissing We seek refuge with Allaah from these acts of
and other haraam actions which lead to the evil.
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze immoral action of zina.
(from looking at forbidden things), and protect
their private parts (from illegal sexual acts)” The sinner should not be deceived into thinking
[Soorat al-Noor (024:030-031)] that he will not commit zina and that he will stop
at these haraam actions and not go that far, for
Think about how Allaah connects the issue of the Shaytaan will never leave him alone. There
……. ….
24 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Shaykh al-Albaani (r) listed the following which the Prophet (saaws) said: “There are bones.’”
conditions of hijaab as par the Qur’aan and three, do not ask me about them: a man who [Ahmad]
the Sunnah: leaves the jamaa’ah, disobeys his leader and
dies disobedient; a female or male slave who (5) “It should not be perfumed with bakhoor
(1) “It should cover all the body apart from runs away then dies; and a woman whose or fragrance”.
whatever has been exempted”. husband is absent and left her with
everything she needs, and after he left she There are many ahaadeeth which forbid
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): made a wanton display of herself. Do not ask women to wear perfume when they go out of
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your about them.” their houses. We will quote here some of
daughters and the women of the believers to [al-Haakim and Ahmad] those which have saheeh isnaads:
draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies
(i.e. screen themselves completely except (3) “It should be thick and not transparent or Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari (raa) said: the
the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will “see-thru””. Messenger of Allaah (saaws) said: “Any
be better, that they should be known (as free woman who puts on perfume then passes by
respectable women) so as not to be This is because it cannot cover properly people so that they can smell her fragrance,
annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, otherwise. Transparent or “see-thru” clothing is an adulteress.”
Most Merciful.” makes a woman more tempting and
[Soorat al-Ahzab (033:059)] beautiful. Concerning this the Prophet Zaynab al-Thaqafiyyah reported that the
(saaws) said: “During the last days of my Prophet (saaws) said: “If any one of you
This aayah clearly states that it is obligatory Ummah there will be women who are clothed (women) goes out to the mosque, let her not
to cover all of a woman’s beauty and but naked, with something on their heads like touch any perfume.”
adornments and not to display any part of the humps of camels. Curse them, for they
that before non-mahram men (“strangers”) are cursed.” Abu Hurayrah said: the Messenger of Allaah
except for whatever appears unintentionally, (saaws) said: “Any woman who has scented
in which case there will be no sin on them if Another hadeeth adds: “They will not enter herself with bakhoor (incense), let her not
they hasten to cover it up. Paradise or even smell its fragrance, attend ‘Ishaa’ prayers with us.”
although its fragrance can be detected from
Al-Haafiz ibn Katheer (r) said in his Tafseer: such and such a distance.” Moosa ibn Yassaar said that a woman
This means that they should not display any [Muslim] passed by Abu Hurayrah and her scent was
part of their adornment to non-mahrams, overpowering. He said, “O female slave of al-
apart from that which it is impossible to Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (r) said: what the Prophet Jabbaar, are you going to the mosque?” She
conceal. Ibn Mas’ood (raa) said: such as the (saaws) meant was women who wear clothes said, “Yes,” He said, “And have you put on
cloak and robe, i.e., what the women of the made of light fabric which describes and perfume because of that?” She said, “Yes.”
Arabs used to wear, an outer garment which does not cover. They are clothed in name but He said, “Go back and wash yourself, for I
covered whatever the woman was wearing, naked in reality. heard the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) say:
except for whatever appeared from beneath [as-Suyooti – Tanweer al-Hawaalik] ‘If a woman comes out to the mosque and
the outer garment. There is no sin on a her fragrance is overpowering, Allaah will not
woman with regard to this because it is (4) “It should be loose, not tight so that it accept any prayer from her until she goes
impossible to conceal it. End quote. describes any part of the body”. home and washes herself.’”

(2) “It should not be an adornment in and of The purpose of clothing is to prevent fitnah These ahaadeeth are general in implication.
itself”. (temptation), and this can only be achieved if Just as the prohibition covers perfume
clothes are wide and loose. Tight clothes, applied to the body, it also covers perfume
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): even if they conceal the colour of the skin, applied to the clothes, especially in the third
“… and not to show off their adornment…” still describe the size and shape of the body hadeeth, where bakhoor (incense) is
[Soorat an-Noor (024:031)] or part of it, and create a vivid image in the mentioned, because incense is used
minds of men. The corruption or invitation to specifically to perfume the clothes.
The general meaning of this phrase includes corruption that is inherent in that is quite
the outer garment, because if it is decorated obvious. So the clothes must be wide. The reason for this prohibition is quite clear,
it will attract men’s attention to her. This is Usaamah ibn Zayd (raa) said: “The which is that women’s fragrance may cause
supported by the aayah in Soorat al-Ahzaab Messenger of Allaah (saaws) gave me a thick undue provocation of desires. The scholars
(interpretation of the meaning): Egyptian garment that was one of the gifts also included other things under this heading
given to him by Duhyat al-Kalbi, and I gave it of things to be avoided by women who want
“And stay in your houses, and do not display to my wife to wear. He said, ‘Why do I not to go to the mosque, such as beautiful
yourselves like that of the times of ignorance” see you wearing that Egyptian garment?’ I clothes, jewellery that can be seen,
[Soorat al-Ahzaab (033:033)]. said, ‘I gave it to my wife to wear.’ He said, excessive adornments and mingling with
‘Tell her to wear a gown underneath it, for I men. See Fath al-Baari,
It is also supported by the hadeeth in am afraid that it may describe the size of her 2/279.
which bones
25 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Ibn Daqeeq al-‘Eed said: Abu Dawood said, in Masaa’il al-Imaam Umm Salamah (raa) said: “When the aayah
This indicates that it is forbidden for a woman Ahmad: “I heard Ahmad being asked about a ‘… to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their
who wants to go to the mosque to wear man who dresses his slave woman in a tunic. bodies…’ [Soorat al-Ahzaab (033:059)] was
perfume, because this causes provocation of He said, ‘Do not clothe her in men’s revealed, the women of the Ansaar came out
men’s desires. This was reported by al- garments, do not make her look like a man.” looking as if there were crows on their heads,
Manaawi in Fayd al-Qadeer, in the Abu Dawood said: “I said to Ahmad, Can he because of their clothing.”
commentary on the first hadeeth of Abu give her bachelor sandals to wear?” He said, [Abu Dawood]
Hurayrah quoted above. “No, unless she wears them to do wudoo”. I
said, “What about for beauty?” He said, “No”. “The author of ‘Awn al-Ma’bood fi Sharh
(6) “It should not resemble the clothing of I said, “Can he cut her hair short?” He said, Sunan Abi Dawood said, commenting on this
men”. “No.” phrase: “Their veils were likened to crows
because of their black colour.”
It was reported in the saheeh ahaadeeth that (7) It should not resemble the dress of kaafir
a woman who imitates men in dress or in women. However, it is not a condition of hijaab that
other ways is cursed. There follow some of the clothes should be black, but it may be
the ahaadeeth that we know: It is stated in sharee’ah that Muslims, men better because it is more concealing. “
and women alike, should not resemble or
Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of imitate the kuffaar with regard to worship, [Shaykh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid]
Allaah (saaws) cursed the man who wears festivals or clothing that is specific to them.
women’s clothes, and the woman who wears This is an important Islamic principle which Excerpts from:
men’s clothes.” nowadays, unfortunately, is neglected by []
many Muslims, even those who care about
‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: I heard the
Messenger of Allaah (saaws) say: ‘They are
religion and calling others to Islam. This is
due either to ignorance of their religion, or

not part of us, the women who imitate men because they are following their own whims
and the men who imitate women.’” and desires, or because of deviation, My sister, the way you are, the way you talk,
combined with modern customs and imitation the way you walk and the way you present
Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The Prophet (saaws) of kaafir Europe. This was one of the causes yourself, plays a big (if not the bigger) role in
cursed effeminate men and masculine of the Muslims’ decline and weakness, which the prevention of zina. If you want to please
women. He said, ‘Throw them out of your enabled the foreigners to overwhelm and Allaah by wearing the hijaab, then know that
houses.’” He said: “The Prophet (saaws) colonize them. Allaah said (interpretation of this can only be achieved by wearing the
expelled so and so, and ‘Umar expelled so the meaning): hijaab in the manner He commanded you to
and so.” According to another version: “The wear it. Even then your wearing of hijaab is
Messenger of Allaah (saaws) cursed men “…Verily, Allaah will not change the condition not where pleasing Allaah ends (in terms of
who imitate women and women who imitate of a people as long as they do not change personal conduct) but you must also be
men.” their state themselves …” aware of your conduct with the men who are
[Soorat ar-Ra’d (013:011)] lawful for you (to marry).
‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: “The Messenger of
Allaah (saaws) said: ‘There are three who will If only they knew.
not enter Paradise and Allaah will not even
look at them on the Day of Resurrection: one It should be known that there is a great deal
who disobeys his parents, a woman who of saheeh evidence for these important rules
imitates men, and the duyooth (cuckold, in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and that the
weak man who feels no jealousy over his evidence in the Qur’aan is elaborated upon in
womenfolk).” the Sunnah, as is always the case.

Ibn Abi Maleekah – whose name was ‘Abd- (8) It should not be a garment of fame and
Allaah ibn ‘Ubayd-Allaah – said: “It was said vanity.
to ‘Aa’ishah (raa), ‘What if a woman wears
(men’s) sandals?’ She said: ‘The Messenger Ibn ‘Umar (raa) said: “The Messenger of
of Allaah (saaws) cursed women who act like Allaah (saaws) said: ‘Whoever wears a
men.’” garment of fame and vanity in this world,
Allaah will clothe him in a garment of
These ahaadeeth clearly indicate that it is humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then
forbidden for women to imitate men and vice He will cause Fire to flame up around him.’”
versa, This usually includes dress and other
matters, apart from the first hadeeth quoted And Allaah knows best.
above, which refers to dress only. [Hijaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah]
26 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Imaam Abu Ja’far at-Tahaaweeh (r) said:

“We love the companions of Allaah’s
Prophet (saaws), without going overboard
in our love of anyone of them or remaining
aloof (Tabarra) from any of them. We hate
those who hate them or speak ill of them;
and we only speak well of them. Loving
them is a religious act, and an expression
of faith and righteousness; while hating
them is an act of disbelief, hypocrisy and

[al-‘Aqeedah at-Tahaaweeyah]
27 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (raa), who said: The the extremism that the Prophet (saaws) is better. End quote.
Messenger of Allaah (saaws) said: “Those criticized when he said: “Those who go to
who go to extremes are doomed.” He said it extremes are doomed” and “If the month With regard to adhering to outward signs of
three times. were made longer for me, I would have religious commitment and observing the
[Muslim] continued to fast without a break so that sacred limits of Allaah, and obeying His
those who delve too deep would give up their commands, these are obligations of Islam,
The scholars have many explanations for attitude”, such as extreme hunger and thirst and the way to enter the Paradise of the Lord
what is meant by extremism and those who which harm the mind and body, and prevent of the Worlds, and no one regards them as
go to extremes, all of which are in harmony one from doing obligatory or mustahabb going to extremes except one who wants to
with one another and do not contradict one actions that are better than that. The same free himself from the rules of sharee’ah and
another. All of them may be summed up as applies to walking barefoot and naked, which attack the established rulings. The
meaning one thing; it boils down to harms a person and brings no benefit, as in blameworthy kind of going to extremes is that
overburdening oneself and being too strict in the hadeeth about Abu Israa’eel who vowed which goes beyond the laws and etiquette of
matters where strictness is inappropriate. to fast, and to stand always and never sit, sharee’ah. How can adhering to it and
and never seek shade, or speak. The following it and clinging tightly to it be going
These meanings include the following: Prophet (saaws) said: “Tell him to sit down, to extremes??
and seek shade, and speak, but let him
1) Going to extremes in worship which leads complete his fast.” Narrated by al-Bukhaaree. The decisive factor with regard to that is the
to excessive hardship. Islam does not enjoin This matter is broad in scope. End quote. evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. That
anything but that in which there is ease and for which there is saheeh evidence which
tolerance. It forbids excessive strictness in 3) Exaggerated and affected speech, by clearly shows that something is obligatory –
religion. The forms of extremism that people trying to select words which attract people’s such as covering the face and letting the
have invented in religion and were listed by attention, with no meaning or benefit. beard grow – or that something is forbidden –
the scholars as being examples of extremism such as the prohibition on musical
are virtually innumerable. Ibn Abi’l-Dunya narrated this hadeeth in his instruments and mixing with women and so
essay al-Gheebah wa’l-Nameemah on – it is not permissible to describe it as
Al-Nawawi (r) said in Sharh Muslim: (Backbiting and malicious gossip) in which he going to extremes or harshness, because
i.e., those who delve too deep and go to narrated from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (raa) that implies accusing the Prophet (saaws) –
extremes, and overstep the limits in both that the Messenger of Allaah (saaws) said: who enjoined us to do it – of going to
word and deed. End quote. “That which I fear the most for my Ummah is extremes. God forbid that he (saaws) should
every well spoken hypocrite.” be like that.
2) Introducing innovations into religion, by
forbidding that which Allaah did not forbid, It was also narrated by Ahmad in al-Musnad As for that concerning which there is no text,
and introducing forms of worship and and classed as hasan by the editors of al- and is one of the four aspects of extremism
commitments that did not exist at the time of Musnad. mentioned above, then this is what should be
the Prophet (saaws). criticized and avoided, and should not be
He also narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab confused with the proven, clear rulings of
(raa) said: “The prattling of speech is the Islam.
prattling of the shaytaan.”
Allaah knows best.
4) Indulging in that which does not concern
one, asking about that which is inappropriate, An excerpt from:
and delving too deeply into that which is of no []

Ibn Rajab (r) said in Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l- 

My brother, do not stoop as low as to point
The one who goes to extremes is the one fingers at Muslims and label them like the
who delves too deeply and looks into that dogs of the kuffaar do – who understand
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (r) said in which does not concern him. Examining and nothing about the religion of Allaah and do
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa: asking too much about the ruling on not seek to do so either – and bark as their
something that is not mentioned among masters pull on their leash. May Allaah
Monasticism and innovated forms of worship obligatory duties or haraam things may lead unleash these dogs against their own
which were not prescribed by Allaah and His to thinking that it is haraam or it is obligatory, masters.
Messenger are akin to the cases where the because of its similarity to some duties or
mushrikeen and others forbade good things prohibitions. Accepting pardon for it or All praises be to Allaah.
that Allaah has permitted, and examples of refraining from asking too much about it
have ………
28 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

“Wahhaabism is a name given by the opponents the Shaykh, and it is their opponents who gave (daleel) from the Qur’aan or Sunnah, then he
of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab (r) them this offensive nickname. Indeed, they gave has to accept it and give it priority over anything
to his call (which is) to cleanse Tawheed off all this name to everyone who follows the way of else. He should check what people say against
elements of shirk and to abolish all ways except the salaf, even in India, Egypt, Africa and the evidence of sharee’ah and only accept those
the way of (the Prophet) Muhammad ibn ‘Abd- elsewhere. By giving it this label, its opponents views which are in accordance with that
Allaah (saaws). What they intend thereby is to wanted to isolate the da’wah from the right path. evidence.
put people off his call and block them from what So they excluded it from the four madh-habs and
he promoted. But it was not harmed by that, counted it as a fifth madh-hab, “out of envy from It is known that Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Al-
rather it caused it to spread even further and their own-selves, even after the truth has Wahhaab (r) called people to Tawheed and he
caused more people to come to it whom Allaah become manifest unto them” [al-Baqarah wrote his famous book on that topic which is
guided to look into what the da’wah was all about (002:109)]. End quote. called Kitaab al-Tawheed. In this book he limited
and what evidence it had from the Qur’aan and himself to quoting only the clear evidence from
Sunnah. So they adhered to it, clung firmly to it The call of Imaam Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al- the verses of the Qur’aan and the saheeh
and started calling other people to it, praise be to Wahhaab in the twelfth century AH was a ahaadeeth of the Prophet (saaws).
Allaah.” continuation of the call of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Commentaries on this book were written by his
[Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah] Taymiyah which appeared in the seventh and grandson ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Hasan and other
eighth centuries AH. scholars. Hence none of his opponents can
Shaykh Salih al-Fawzaan stated in al-Bayaan li refute this book or claim that his evidence is
Akhta’ Ba’d al-Kuttaab about “wahhaabism": The Imaam was influenced by it because it was false. They fabricated lies and believed them, so
in agreement with the basic principles of Islam they believed that he was misguided. They gave
This label is wrong with regard to wording, and with regard to beliefs and rulings. These the same label to the scholars of the Muslims
with regard to the meaning. principles included the following: such as Shaykh ibn Baaz and Shaykh al-Albaani
(r). It is known that the shaykhs whom we have
With regard to wording, that is because the 1) Relying on the Holy Qur’aan and the saheeh mentioned did not deviate from the correct view
da’wah is not being attributed to the one who (authetic) Sunnah as the primary sources of with regard to beliefs and actions; they followed
started it, namely Shaykh Muham- ……. the same path as the Sahaabah
-mad, rather it is being attributed to and Taabi’een, the four Imaams,
‘Abd al-Wahhaab (editor: Shaykh the authors of the Six Books and
Muhammad’s father), who had no- ot hers. Those who do not
-thing to do with it. The proper na- acknowledge them do that either
-me for it would be al-Da’wah al- out of ignorance, blind imitation of
-Muhammadiyyah (“the Muhamma- others, jealousy, stubbornness or
-dan call”). fol l owi ng their own whims and
desires, or adherence to traditions,
But these opponents realized that bid’ah (innovation) and evil actions
this would be a good name that wo- that go against the evidence (of
-uld not put anyone off, so they ch- sharee’ah). Earlier and later scholars
-anged it to this distorted name. have proven such people to be
wrong. So we must follow the evidence and give
With regard to the meaning, that is because this legislation. it priority over the views of all people. End quote.
da’wah did not drift away from the way of the 2) Keenness to adhere to the way of the
righteous salaf, namely the Sahaabah, Taabi’een righteous salaf, namely the Sahaabah
and their followers. So it should rightly be called (companions of the Prophet (saaws)), Taabi’een 
the Salafi da’wah, because the one who founded (the generation after the Sahaabah), the four
it did not introduce any innovation in that which Imaams and those who followed them. My brother, know that Shaykh Muhammad’s (r)
was named after him, as the promoters of 3) Calling people to Tawheed and rejection of call was a call of Tawheed, based on authentic
misguided sects such as the Ismailis and shirk. evidences from Qur’aan and Sunnah. Read his
Qarmatiyyah introduced innovations. If those 4) Affirming that which Allaah has affirmed for books – the most famous being al-Kitaab at-
misguided sects had called themselves salafis, Himself and denying that which He has denied Tawheed or even the smaller “The Four
the people and the historical record would have for Himself with regard to the divine Names and Principles of Shirk” – and you will come to realise
rejected this name, because they are outside the Attributes. the truth that the deluded grave-worshippers
path of the salaf and were introduced by their 5) Rejection of fanaticism in following Imaams wish to hide from you.
founders. and calling for adherence to the truth based on
evidence. The Arab poet said, “If claims are not supported
The correct name, both in wording and meaning, 6) Promotion of the Sunnah and fighting by proof, they are used only by the fools as
for the call of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al- innovation. evidence.”
Wahhaab is the Muhammadan da’wah or the [Mar’aat al-Sharq wa’l- Gharb]
Salafi da’wah. Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (r) said:
The da’wah of Shaykh Muhammad (r) was
But because this name annoys the enemies, The Muslim is obliged to accept the teachings of nothing but evidence from Qur’aan and Sunnah.
they used an incorrect name. Therefore the word Islam, and act upon them. When he hears of
Wahhaabi was not known among the followers of some word or deed which is based on evidence, All praises be to Allaah.
29 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

When I was 4 Yrs Old: My father is THE BEST… disrespect, nor shout at them but address them They replied: “O Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan! These
in terms of honour. And lower unto them the are pebbles upon which we are counting
When I was 6 Yrs Old: My father seems to know wing of submission and humility through mercy, takbeer, tahleel and tasbeeh.”
everyone… and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy
as they did bring me up when I was small." He said to them: “Rather, count up your evil
When I was 10 Yrs Old: My father is excellent [Soorat al-Israa’ (017:023-024)] deeds. For I assure you that none of your good
but he is short tempered… deeds will be lost. Woe be to you O Ummah of
"Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) Muhammad (saaws)! How quickly you head into
When I was 12 Yrs Old: My father was nice the believers on the Day when the reckoning will destruction! These are the Companions of your
when I was little… be established." Prophet (saaws) and who are widespread. There
[Soorat Ibraaheem (014:041)] are his clothes which have not yet decayed, and
When I was 14 Yrs Old: My father started being his bowl which is unbroken. By Him in whose
too sensitive… Excerpts from: Hand is my soul! Either you are upon a religion
[] better guided than the Religion of Muhammad
When I was 16 Yrs Old: My father can't keep up (saaws), or you are opening the doors of
with modern times… misguidance.”

When I was 18 Yrs Old: My father is getting less They said: “O Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan! By Allaah!
tolerant as the days pass by… “’Amr ibn Salamah narrated: We only intend good.”

When I was 20 Yrs Old: It is too hard to forgive We used to sit at the door of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn He said to them: “How many there are who
my father, how could my Mum stand him all Mas’ood before the morning Prayer, so that intend good, but do not achieve it. Indeed
these years… when he would come out we would walk with him Allaah’s Messenger (saaws) said to us: “A
to the mosque. people will recite the Qur’aan, but it will not pass
When I was 25 Yrs Old: My father seems to be beyond their throats.” By Allaah I do not know,
objecting to everything I do… One day Abu Moosaa al-Ash’aree came to us but perhaps most of them are from you.” Then
and said: “Has Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan (i.e. Ibn he left.
When I was 30 Yrs Old: It's very difficult to be in Mas’ood) come out yet?”
agreement with my father, I wonder if my (‘Amr ibn Salamah) said: “We saw most of those
Grandfather was troubled by my father when he We replied: “No! So he sat down with us until he people fighting against us on the day of
was a youth… came out”. Nahrawaan, alongside the Khawaarij.”

When I was 40 Yrs Old: My father brought me up When he came out we all stood along with him, [ad-Daarimee, at-Tabaraanee and Abu
with a lot of discipline; I must do the same… so Abu Moosaa said to him: “O Abu ‘Abd ar- Nu’aym. Authenticated by al-Haythamee]
Rahmaan! I have just seen something in the
When I was 45 Yrs Old: I am puzzled, how did mosque which I deemed to be evil, but – and all
my father manage to raise all of us… praise is for Allaah – I did not see anything 
except good”.
When I was 50 Yrs Old: It's rather difficult to My brother, how many mosques do we see
control my kids, how much did my father suffer Ibn Mas’ood inquired: “What did you see?” today, where people sit there and commit these
for the sake of upbringing and protecting us… exact same acts, intending only good yet earning
Abu Moosaa replied: “If you live, you too will see nothing but the Wrath of Allaah?
When I was 55 Yrs Old: My father was far it. In the mosque I saw people sitting in circles
looking and had wide plans for us; he was gentle awaiting the Prayer. In each circle they had Treat your parents well and avoid all innovations.
and outstanding… pebbles in their hands and a man would say:
repeat “Allaahu Akbar” a hundred times. So they
When I became 60 Yrs Old: My father is THE would repeat it a hundred times. Then he would
BEST… say: repeat “Laa ilaaha illallaah" a hundred
times. So they would repeat it a hundred times.
Note that it took 56 years to complete the cycle Then he would say: repeat “Subhaanallaah” a
and return to the starting point "My father is THE hundred times. So they would say it a hundred
BEST." times.”

Let's be good to our parents before it is too late Ibn Mas’ood then asked: “What did you say to them?”
and pray to Allaah that our own children will treat
us even better than the way we treated our Abu Moosaa said: “I did not say anything to
parents. Aameen. them. Instead I waited to hear your view, or what
you declared”.
"And your Lord has decreed that you worship
none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your Then we went along with him, until he came to
parents. If one of them or both of them attain old one of these circles and stood up and said:
age in your life, say not to them a word of “What is this I see you doing?”
30 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Imaam Muhammad ibn Idrees (r) said:

“For everything I say, if there is something
authentic from the Prophet (saaws)
contrary to my saying, then the hadeeth
of the Prophet (saaws) comes first, so do
not follow my opinion.”

[Ibn Abi Haatim]
31 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

‫ﺍﻟﻠﻬﻢ ﻻ ﺳﻬﻞ ﺇﻻ ﻣﺎ ﺟﻌﻠﺘﻪ ﺳﻬﻼ ﻭ ﺃﻧﺖ ﺗﺠﻌﻞ ﺍﻟﺤﺰﻥ ﺇﺫﺍ ﺷﺌﺖ ﺳﻬﻼ‬
Allaahumma laa sahla illa maa ja’altahu sahlan,
wa anta taj’alul ĥazna idhaa shi’ta sahlan

“O Allaah! There is no ease other than what you make easy.

If you please you ease sorrow.”

[Fortress of the Muslim (Ibn Hibbaan and Ibn as-Sunni)]

The Muslim student puts his trust in Allaah when forget to seek your parents’ approval, for their 10) Plan to answer the easy questions first, then
facing the tests of this world, and he seeks His Du’aa’ for you will be answered. the difficult ones. Whilst reading the questions,
help whilst following the prescribed means, in write notes and ideas which you can use in your
accordance with the words of the Prophet 5) Mention the name of Allaah before you start, answers later.
(saaws): “The strong believer is better and is for mentioning the name of Allaah is prescribed
more beloved to Allaah than the weak believer, when beginning any permissible action; this 11) Answer questions according to importance.
although both are good. Strive to attain that brings blessing, and seeking the help of Allaah is
which will benefit you and seek the help of one of the means of strength. 12) Start by answering the easy questions which
Allaah, and do not feel helpless.” you know. Then move on to the questions which
[Muslim] 6) Fear Allaah with regard to your classmates, carry high marks, and leave till the end the
and do not be affected by their anxiety or fear questions to which you do not know the answers,
Among those means are the following: just before the exam, for anxiety is a contagious or which you think will take a long time to
disease. Instead, make them feel optimistic by produce an answer or which do not carry such
1) Turning to Allaah by making Du’aa’ in any way saying good words as prescribed in Islam. The high marks.
that is prescribed in Islam, such as saying, Prophet (saaws) was optimistic when he heard
“Rabbiy ishrah li sadri wa yassir li amri (O my the name of Suhayl (which means “easy”) and 13) Take your time to answer, for the Prophet
Lord, expand my chest and make things easy for he said: “Things have been made easy for you.” (saaws) said: “Deliberation is from Allaah and
me).” He used to like to hear the words ‘Yaa Raashid, haste is from the Shaytaan.”
when he went out for any purpose. So be [Saheeh al-Jaami]
2) Getting used to sleeping early and going to optimistic that you and your brothers will pass
exams on time. this exam. 14) Think carefully about the answer and choose
the right answer when answering multiple-choice
3) Preparing all required or permitted equipment 7) Remembering Allaah (dhikr) dispels anxiety questions. Deal with them in the following
such as pens, rulers and setsquares, calculators and tension. If something is too difficult for you, manner. If you are sure that you have chosen
and watches, because being well prepared helps then pray to Allaah to make it easy for you. the right answer, then beware of waswasah
one to answer questions. Whenever Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyah (r) (insinuating whispers from the Shaytaan). If you
found something too difficult to understand, he are not sure, then start by eliminating the wrong
4) Reciting the Du’aa’ for leaving the house: would say, “O You Who taught Ibraaheem, teach or unlikely answers, then choose the correct
“Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah, wa laa hawla me; O You Who caused Sulaymaan to answer based on what you think is most likely to
wa laa quwwata illa Billaah. Allaahumma inni understand, cause me to understand.” be correct. If you guessed at a correct answer
a’oodhu bika an adilla aw udalla, aw azilla aw then do not change it unless you are sure that it
uzalla, aw azlima aw uzlama, aw ajhala aw 8) Choose a good place to sit during the exam, if is wrong – especially if you will lose marks for a
yujhala ‘alayya (In the name of Allaah, I put my you can. Keep your back straight, and sit on the wrong answer. Research indicates that the
trust in Allaah, and there is no strength and no chair in a healthy manner. correct answer is usually that which the student
power except with Allaah. O Allaah, I seek thinks of first.
refuge with You lest I should stray or be led 9) Look over the exam first. Studies advise
astray, lest I slip (commit a sin unintentionally) or spending 10% of the exam time in reading the 15) In written exams, collect your thoughts
be tripped, lest I oppress or be oppressed, lest I questions carefully, noting the important words before you start to answer…
behave foolishly or be treated foolishly).” Do not and dividing one’s time between the questions.
32 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

… Write an outline for your answer with some another to understand the subject before the This is the primary knowledge in Islam – not
words which will indicate the ideas which you exam, that would be better for them than doing engineering, physics or mathematics and most
want to discuss. Then number the ideas in the these haraam things. definitely not subjects on how to make the most
sequence in which you want to present them. of usury and interest.
20) Remember what you have prepared for the
16) Write the main points of your answer at the Hereafter, and the questions of the examination We must make a timetable for ourselves and
beginning of the line, because this is what the in the grave, and how to be saved on the Day of stick by it – today afternoon I have Arabic class,
examiner is looking for, and he may not see what Resurrection. Whoever is saved from the Fire tomorrow Tajweed, the day after I have Fiqh and
he is looking for if it is in the middle of the page and admitted to Paradise will indeed have so on. Around this timetable we should also fit in
and he is in a succeeded. slots for our worldly courses, dedicating a
hurry. significant portion of each day to each module.
We ask Allaah to make us succeed in this world
17) Devote 10% of the time for reviewing your and cause us to be among those who are Now for the secondary knowledge – if we can
answers. Take your time in reviewing, especially victorious and saved in the Hereafter, for He is even call it that – we must organise ourselves –
in mathematical problems and writing numbers. the All-Hearing Who answers prayer. and a Muslim is well-organised.
Resist the desire to hand in the exam papers
quickly, and do not let the fact that some people By Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid. Just like the mujahideen in the battlefields are
are leaving early bother you. They may be organising themselves, forming various
among the people who have handed in their An excerpt from: strategies to solve the many obstacles
papers too early. [] encountered in Jihaad, we too must solve the
many problems in attaining any knowledge.
18) If you discover after the exam that you These strategies vary from person to person and
answered some questions incorrectly, then take  know that mimicking the strategy of another
that as a lesson in the importance of being well person, or relying on the notes of others and
prepared in the future, and not rushing to answer As a student in the first year of university, the revising from them will not bring success to us,
questions. Accept the will and decree of Allaah lifestyle may seem different to the one at school and will only prove us to be lazy and lacking in
and do not fall prey to frustration and despair. or even at college. In university, nobody chases motivation to succeed.
Remember the hadeeth of the Prophet (saaws), after you to do your homework or your
“If anything befalls you, do not say, ‘If only I had coursework. If you do it, you have done it; if you We must recognise our own strategy and act
done such and such.’ Rather say, ‘Qadar Allaah don’t do it, nobody cares. upon it; whether it be drawing mind-maps, writing
wa maa sha’a kaan (the decree of Allaah and Q&A on pieces of cards or gathering all the
what He wills happened),’ for saying ‘if only’ As Muslims we should be motivated to achieve information onto a piece of A3 paper and there
opens the door for the Shaytaan.” our goal, which is ultimately to worship Allaah are many others, which are more suiting to each
[Muslim] and our being here to get an education is not individual.
only to provide for ourselves but also to provide
19) Note that cheating is haraam whether it is in for our large family that we will raise; just so that One must memorize what they learn, even if it is
foreign language tests or any other tests. The they too can worship Allaah (alone) and spread something temporary that they learn for a
Prophet (saaws) said, “Whoever cheats is not His Word by all means. particular exam; then they should memorize it,
one of us.” It is wrongdoing and it is a haraam answer the exam and then forget it. As for the
means of attaining a degree or certificate, etc., memorising of topics of Islam, these should be
that you have no right to. The consensus is that scribed in the hearts and minds forever.
cheating is a kind of cooperation in sin and Memorising the books of Islam will increase
transgression. So do without that which is one’s capability of memorization, and thus aid in
haraam, and Allaah will suffice you from His the memorization of revision notes!
bounty. Reject all offers of haraam things that
come to you from others. Whoever gives up a They say that memorising whilst young is like
thing for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will carving in stone and memorising whilst old is like
compensate him with something better. You carving in water.
have to denounce and resist evil, and tell the
authorities about any such thing that you see So make use of your memory before Allaah
during the exam, or before or after it. This is not takes your memory away from you and may
the forbidden kind of slander rather it is Allaah grant you success in this world and
denouncing evil which is obligatory. success in the next and raise you amongst the
To raise that family upon Islam, we must educate ranks of those who strive for the benefit of the
Advise those who buy or sell questions or .post ourselves in Islam; and know my brother that Muslims.
them on the Internet etc., or who prepare cheat attending the random lecture on the massacres
notes. Tell them to fear Allaah, and tell them of in Palestine, is not educating ourselves in Islam. All praises be to Allaah.
the ruling on what they are doing and on the Educating ourselves in Islam is to chase after the
money they earn from that. Tell them that the books of Knowledge, that our scholars compiled
time they are spending in preparing these and studying them years on with our teachers
haraam things, if they spent it in studying, or who are upon the path of our righteous
answering previous exams, or helping one predecessors and memorising them.
33 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Fortress of the Muslim

[Published By Darussalam] Usool al-Hadeeth
[Available for Free At the City ISoc Da’wah Stall] [By Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips]
[Available for Free Online]
Evolution of Fiqh
[By Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips] Ahmad ibn Hanbal’s
[Available for Free Online] Treatise on Prayer
[Translated By Sameh Strauch]
[Available for Free Online]

The Reality of Shi’ism

[By Shaykh Muhibbudeen al-Khateeb]
[Available for Free Online] The Prophet’s Prayer Described
[Shaykh Naasir-ud-Deen al-Albaani]
The Mirage in Iran [Available for Free Online]
[By Dr Ahmed al-Afghaanee
[Available for Free Online] An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan
[By Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi]

Tafsir ibn Katheer

[10 Volumes]
[Abridgement Supervised By Shaykh Safiur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri]
[Available for Free Online]
Book of the End
[Translated By Faisal Shafiq]
[Available for Free Online]

Shaykh Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen’s

Notes on al- ‘Aqeedah al-Wasitiyyah
[Translated By Shakiel Humayun] The Fundamentals of Tafseer
[By Shaykh Muhammad Saalih ibn al-‘Uthaymeen]

Love and Hate for the Sake of Allaah

[By Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee] Commanders of the Muslim Army
[By Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar
Al-Walaa wa’l-Baraa
[3 Volumes] The Sealed Nectar
[By Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed al-Qahtaani] [By Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri]
[Available for Free Online] [Available for Free Online]

An Explanation of ‘Kitaab at-Tawheed’

[By ‘Allamah ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Sa’di]

An Explanation of ‘Four Principles of Shirk’

[By Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi] A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence
[2 Volumes]
An Explanation of ‘A Critical Study of Shirk’ [Dr. Saalih al-Fawzaan]
[By Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi] [Available for Free Online]
Explanation of the ‘Three Fundamental Principles’ of Islam
[By Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen]
34 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r) said:

“Do not follow my opinion, neither follow
the opinion of Maalik, nor Shaafi’ee, nor
Awzaa’ee, nor Tahwri, but take from where
they took.”

[Ibn al-Qayyim – I’laam]
35 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Role Name Contact (Email)

Executive Committee

Ameer & President Saleh Patel

Vice Ameer Salahuddeen Khan

Vice President Hasib Hussain

Head-sister -

Team Leaders

Charity & Fundraising Team Leader Naveed Saber

Da’wah Co-ordinator Imran Nazir

Editor in Chief of Newsletter Uthman Luton

Head of Recreational Activities -

Khateeb Master Kawkab al-Sakib

Librarian Kawkab al-Sakib

Magazine Leader -

Minister of Events, Lectures and Speakers Hasib Hussain

Prayer Room Caretaker Ilyas

Public Relations Imran Nazir

Tarbiyah Leader Saleh Patel

Technical Productions Leader Naveed Saber

Treasurer Bilal Canada

Webmaster i-Slaam
36 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Currently this competition is only for the students Question #3 Question #6 [Bonus]
at City University London. If Allaah wills, in the
future editions we may extend it to the What is the Arabic name given to an ill person What are the four questions that you will be
“outsiders”. We still encourage everyone to have who is on the verge of death? asked in the grave?
a go, and we will reveal the answers on the
website after the competition deadline is over a) Al-Mayyit
inshaaAllaah (if Allaah wills), which is at b) Al-Muhtadir Question #7 [Bonus]
11:59pm on the 18th of October 2009. c) Al-Mareed
Which one of the following has first priority to
You must answer all of the first five Questions [Is there a word in Urdu similar to it? We are not the inheritance money (from the deceased)?
correctly to be considered for entry into the prize sure… Anyways, there are free Arabic classes at
draw. The winner (from the people who Masjid al-Tawheed in Leyton every Thursday at a) Legal heirs of the deceased
answered all five questions correctly) will then be 7pm – beginner, intermediate and higher levels; b) Donations to charity
picked randomly from the “hat”. Also there is a if you attend you can find out the answer and c) Debtors of the deceased
chance for the winner to “double” the prize by learn much more!]
answering at least two of the three bonus
questions correctly. Question #8 [Bonus]
Question #4
The prize will be given in the prayer rooms… no What is the first food of the people of Paradise?
ceremonies unfortunately. Both the prizes will be The Prophet (saaws) said:
excellent inshaaAllaah. “The rights of one Muslim over another Muslim a) Whale liver
are six…” b) Deer meat
The first five questions are fairly easy but one of c) Ox meat
the bonus questions may be a killer! Name these six rights.
[Can’t wait for the munch!]
Question #1 [Stuck on one of them? Try “shaykh google”.]
[The first two questions were taken from a recent
What is the command that can be found in Zaad al-Ma’aad test paper]
Soorat al-Muzzammil, Verse 004 regarding the Question #5
recitation of the Qur’aan?
What is the date of Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn 
a) To recite in a state of purity Jibreen’s (r) death?
b) To recite with reflection Send your answers to
c) To recite in a slow and pleasant style a) 20th July 1430 AH with your name at the top of the message.
b) 20th Rajab 1430 AH Please insert [Magazine Competition] as the
[That’s an easy one. Quick! Run to the c) 20th Rajab 2009 AH email subject. For the multiple questions, write
bookshelf!] the number of the question (1, 2, 3 etc.) and the
[The answer is in this magazine!!!] answer word for word as stated in the question.
If you do not want your name to be announced
Question #2 [The first four questions were taken from a on the website after you win (inshaaAllaah), then
recent Zaad al-Ma’aad test paper.] please mention that in the email.
It is Sunnah to make ‘Talqeen’ at the side of the
terminally ill patient who is on the verge of City ISoc reserves the right to cancel the
death. What is ‘Talqeen’? Now that you got them all right, have a go at the competition at any time without rewarding the
bonus questions to double your prize! We feel winner.
a) Encouragement to say the shahaadah generous so you will be qualified for the bonus
b) Encouragement to make a will prize if you get only two bonus questions Don’t worry though, we won’t be cruel!
c) Encouragement to say farewell to close family correct…

[Don’t let the word confuse you.]
37 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

Now we will inform you about the Contact Us Blog

website and its services that are
designed to cater to the need of the If you have any queries and want to The blog is visible the moment you
Muslim students and make the City contact the ISoc Ameer or have any enter the City ISoc website on the
ISoc more accessible and beneficial in general enquiries, then please use the “Home Page”. With this blog we keep
terms of providing knowledge on Islam “Contact Us” form, in the “Contact Us” you up-to-date with the latest
and current affairs. main page. It also has information on information on Islam, and the latest
how to mail things to the City University articles of knowledge. Everyone is
Changeable Theme Islamic Society, if such a need arises. welcome to leave comments and start
discussions on the post pages.
If you click the pencil on the bottom left The Sidebar
corner of the website, you can change Subscribing to the mailing list will also
the background theme of the website to It contains the “Subscribe” option, automatically update you on the latest
suit your own taste. All praise is for information on important notices, a list posts on the City ISoc website.
Allaah. of the latest blog posts, any ISoc
research polls, post categories, links to Islam
Login websites of scholars, trustworthy online
fataawa websites, and reliable This is the real deal and the most
You can also log in and log out of your downloads websites and much more. important part of the City ISoc website.
ISoc account by clicking on the pencil. This is where we feed you information
Remember you must be logged in to Registration on Islam based on Qur’aan and
comment on posts and pages. Sunnah. It has a main page, where we
To comment and participate in the give information on how not to
About Us discussions on the blog, you must be understand Islam and then there are
registered with the ISoc. Registering many sub-pages, one of which gives a
All the info you need about the ISoc are with the ISoc will aid us in providing you comprehensive outlook on Islam in all
on the “About Us” main page, and its with better and efficient services. truth as par Qur’aan and Sunnah
sub-pages. Left lick the “About Us” icon Registration form can be found by excluding any apologetic contents;
to access its main page and just place clicking on the “graceful” pencil. suitable for giving da’wah to the non-
the pointer on the “About Us” icon for a Muslims.
few seconds (without clicking) to see its Websites
sub-pages. The same goes for all other YouTube
following pages and sub-pages. There are a few sub-pages and a main
page (with a message from Dr Bilal We also have a YouTube channel
Events Phillips) where we have shared a where we regularly upload our ISoc
collection of websites that work under media from events and other activities.
We have created a few sub-pages the garment of Islam but are really
there with one main page. The main harmful to the Muslim and his beliefs. Please subscribe so we can update you
page includes information on the status with the latest uploads inshaaAllaah.
of Knowledge in Islam and the These websites contain heretical and
etiquettes of seeking Knowledge. deviant ideologies that have strayed
away from the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
The sub-pages include regular updates Disclaimer
on free one-off events in the UK, free Know them. Avoid them.
ongoing Islamic courses and classes in The information on the City ISoc
London (Arabic, Muslim belief, Islamic Salaah Time website ( does not
Law etc.), regular free ISoc courses necessarily represent the views of the
and activities and free ISoc one-off A simple main page showing the times City University Islamic Society.
events and courses. Please make use for Salaah with a downloadable
of these services for your own benefit timetable acquired from Regents Park Wa’l-hamdulillaah.
and attend these courses. Masjid.
38 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only
The reward is with ALLAAH!

So make sure you are doing it

for the right reason, with the
right intention.

i.e. for the sake of ALLAAH.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

[Page 01]
[Women in Burqa’]

[Page 03]
[Desert SalaahPicture]
[Qur’aan-Child Picture]
[Malcolm X Salaah Picture]
[Women in Burqa’]
[Deviant Dancers Picture]
[Calculator Picture]
[Books Picture]

[Page 09]
[Groups of Women]

[Page 10]
[Gloucester Building Entrance Picture]
[Gloucester Building Picture]
[Gloucester Building Map]

[Page 13, 14]

[Diagonal Reel Template Picture]
[Ibn Jibreen]
[Ibn Jibreen Mike Picture]
[Ibn Jibreen Funeral]

[Page 15]
[Qur’aan Reading]

[Page 18]
[Salaah in Oppressive Captivity]

[Page 19]
[Guantanamo Bay Salaah Picture]

[Page 20]
[Malcolm X Salaah Picture]

[Page 21]
[Taj Mahal Du’aa’]

[Page 24]
[Dead Rose Picture]

[Page 28]
[Grave Worship Picture]

[Page 29]
[Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhaab’s Books Picture]

[Page 30]
[Mawlid Bid’ah Picture]

[Page 32]
[Man Du’aa’ Picture]
[Woman Du’aa’ Picture]

[Page 33]
[Stress Definition Picture]

[Page 34]
[All book pictures and information have been collected from various sites for the benefit of the Muslims]

[Page 37]
[Win Picture]

[Page 39]
[Background Picture]
[Cat Journalist]

[All Background Pictures (except Page 39’s), Cover Design and Unreferenced Pictures] Magazine Editor

Disclaimer: All data and links on this magazine are for information purposes only. They do not necessarily represent the views of the City University Islamic Society.
This magazine is for free distribution only and has not been and cannot be produced for any profitable purpose.
Any magazine must not be altered in any way.
All praises be to Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen (all that exists).

40 city
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only

Issue # 1
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy Aug 15, 2009

And may the peace and blessings of Allaah

be upon the Muhammad; the seal of the
Prophets and Messengers (saaws), his
family, his companions (raa) and upon all
those who follow his way.

41 university Issue # 1
Ownership: City University Islamic Society  No copyright applies for usage in Islamic Da’wah only