It is reported from Sayyiduna `Ali (Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Let all of you spend the night of mid-Sha`ban in worship (i.e. partly) and its day in fasting. Allah descends to the nearest heaven during this night, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking sustenance that I may grant them sustenance? Is there no one under trial that I may relieve them? Is there not such-and-such, is there not such-and-such, and so forth until until dawn rises. [Narrated by Ibn Majah with a weak chain.]
There are many other narrations from the Companions and early Muslims confirming this matter, as mentioned by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in his Lataif al-Ma`arif, and others.
There is general consensus that weak hadiths may be acted upon for virtuous acts, such as voluntary fasting and prayer, as long as the hadith is not excessively weak, returns to a general basis in the Shariah, and one is not convinced that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) specifically prescribed it.
Many Muslims, no matter what madhab or creed, lack the true understanding of dhikr. We lack it, because the majority of us have evolved it into a mechanical action limited to only prayer, reading Qur’an, dhikr gatherings, and basically any ibadat in the Masjid.
My cousin Adam wrote a short reflection on Shaykh Abdullah al-Haddad’s answer to a sisters question. Check it out here, entitled “Remembering God”. Comments are off on this post, in order to keep the discusion on his blog.
SunniPath is pleased to announce the first women’s online conference under the theme “Reconnecting with Our Purpose in Life,” which will take place September 8, insha’Allah. It is $25 per registration and you can broadcast it to as many people as you would like. This is a great opportunity and a wonderful deal.
Alhamdulillah! Imam Suhaib Webb’s new article is much better. Check it out here.
Love this part:
For that reason it was a mistake to resign from Sunnipath. I will be contacting Sh. Faraz and hoping that, as I reach out my hand to his, as I’m sure, I will already find his waiting. Sunnipath is trying to move forward in developing a higher discourse, beyond the horrible nasty things that are going on amongst many so called religious people in our community. I support them 100% and encourage others to take advantage of their resources and benefit from them. Although, I must make this clear I differ with them on a number of major issues, I will forgo such differences to move forward and continue to foster a sense of unity. The same can be said of al-Maghrib, I don’t agree with everything they do or say, but will continue to work with both. Thus, inshallah, all is not lost.
This is a pretty good documentary on the Islamic view on Jesus. It features Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and other scholars including some Quranic recitation by al-Efasy (part 4). Part 4 gets intense with some street Christian vs Muslim debates in the UK. They also had some Christian scholars speak about how Islam was “wrong”. It’s funny what they said. I didn’t like the Iranian film about Maryam though.
This is a reflection based on two things I have recently read: 1) on MuslimMatters.org, bro. IbnAbeeOmar talks about Copyrights and Software Piracy in Islam and 2) bro. Alex showed me this, in which he quoted from the Alhambra Productions site saying they were out of stock due to illegal selling and downloading of an audio set.
To all the Muslim audio/video production companies, piracy will not stop. People are people. Audio tapes and cassette tapes are out dated. CDs are weak. DVDs are the default now. The latest technology in video would be HD-DVDs and Blu-Ray, which are high quality picture and sound better than DVD quality.
So how can Muslim audio and video production companies fight the piracy of lectures and music of Muslim speakers and artists? We have to first look at what the mainstream music industry did to combat piracy.
Comedian Aman Ali has released a hilarious music video entitled Hijabs and Palestine. It’s a parody of the “typical nasheed”. He’s going to be at ISNA performing some comedy for all those ISNA 2007-goers (I’m not going).
Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Abdal Hakim Jackson, Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi (former-Hanafi) are some of the famous Maliki’s I know of. I have been recently thinking about switching to Maliki fiqh. Why? Well, as you all know, Imam Malik lived and died in Madinah. His Muwatta was the first collection of sound and authentic ahadith before Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim. It is commonly known that the Maliki madhab is the way of the people of Madinah. As we all know Madinah is the city of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He was born in 93 AH and died in 179 AH making him a member of salaf us salih (the pious predecessors). His ancestry traces back to Yemen, and we all know how blessed the lands of Yemen are from what the Prophet has said. Doesn’t that make you want to be Maliki? 😀
The only problem I had was the lack of easy accessible Maliki fiqh resources, until in recent years a lot of translations popped up and a revival of the madhab in the West occurred. Anyways Sidi Alex compiled a list of Maliki fiqh resources for me and shared it with everyone else. Check it out here. Edit: So the post does not exist anymore. Here is what it had:
8: http://www.seekingilm.com/books/murshid.pdf (bear in mind this is a literal translation, mainly useful as a crutch for the Arab-speaking student. There are also no explanatory notes, such that it remains less than useful as a learning resource.)
You might also consider:
– http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MalikiFiqhGroup/ there a number of very knowledgeable persons there, as well as a good collection of files, including translations of the Mukhtasar al-Akhadari and Qadhi ‘Iyad’s ‘Foundations of Islam” as well as several good resources in Arabic.
The principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, the yet-to-open “Arabic-themed” school in Brooklyn, Debbie al-Montaser (an Arab Muslim) resigned about a week ago under intense pressure from critics…
…guess who they replaced Debbie with? “The new principal of the city’s controversial Arabic-themed school is an ardent Zionist who considered moving to Israel, according to her former Jerusalem roommate.”
What you must do right now:
Write to Joel Klein, the NYC Department of Education Chancellor, expressing your disgust at his department’s decision Use this link: http://schools.nyc.gov/webforms/chancellormessage.aspx
FYI, Klein is the same person who banned the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, Professor Rashid Khalidi, from participating in a NYC school teachers’ training on the Middle East because of his criticism of Israel, and the one who approved a curriculum that grants graduate credit to NYC teachers who take a 30-hour course of study on Israel, written by the Israeli Consulate.
Call the NYC Department of Education and speak to the Chancellor about it. Tel No. (718) 935-2000
Most importantly, EMAIL & CALL DEBBIE ALMONTASER AND SHOW HER YOUR SUPPORT
Debbie contacts are: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 718-643-8000
See the summary and video of the influence of the Israeli lobby below.
Buy the book on the “Israel Lobby”. It is only $15.60 and you get free shipping on Amazon.
Make sure you spread the word about #4 and #5 to to your non-Muslim friends and aquaintances. Using a book by two American Professors is a little “easier” and you can’t be accused of bias!