Scholarly Musings

  • Benefits of Eid   Benefits of Eid In The Name of Allāh, The Merciful, The Compassionate 1. Eid is a special emblem or sign of Islām by which our servitude to God, may He be exalted, is made manifest. 2. It is called Eid because it ‘returns’ every year with a refreshed sense of happiness and joy. 3. Similar ideas of Eid are ... Read more


  • Ramadhan – Tips For The Last Ten Nights – Part 4 Maulana Haroon Sidat Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of power) Reasons why this night is hidden. The great exegete (mufassir) of the Quran, Imam al Razi, mentions in his magisterial tasfir: al-Tafsir al-Kabir/Mafaatih al-Ghayb (The Large Commentary/Keys to the Unknown), a number of reasons why this night of al-Qadr is hidden: 1. SEEKING. God wants us to seek this night ... Read more


  • Ramadhan – Tips For The Last Ten Nights – Part 3 Maulana Haroon Sidat Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of power) Tonight could be the night (23rd night). The mother of the believers, A’isha asked the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): O Messenger of God, if I witnessed it and was able to tell that it is the night of decree, Laylat al-Qadr, then what kind of dua should I ... Read more


  • Ramadhan – Tips For The Last Ten Nights – Part 2 Maulana  Haroon Sidat Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of power) One (possible) night has passed. We still have more opportunities مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ وَمَنْ قَامَ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as saying: He who observed the fasts of ... Read more


  • Ramadhan – Tips For The Last Ten Nights – Part 1 Maulana  Haroon Sidat Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of power) Virtues of such nights: We are moving from the days and nights of forgiveness to the special ten days and nights of Mercy. Though God’s mercy extends across all time, these final nights are especially important. The mother of the believers, A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ... Read more


  • Ramadhan 2018 – Lessons from Surah al-Rum (The Byzantines or the The Romans) Saturday 19th of May 2018 Maulana Haroon Sidat Verses 11-19 Key points: 1. Originating of creation belongs to Allah Almighty only – we can only create from ‘raw’ materials! 2. The believers are promised extreme joy, happiness, and delight in paradise – work for the life! 3. “Glory be to God” is an infinitive which means to declare (God) free from ... Read more


  • Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Azami & His Contributions to Hadeeth by Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi, Riyadh Translated in English by Nehal Anwar Qasmi, Najran Sheikh Muhammad Mustafa was born in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, India around 1930A.D (1350A.H). He graduated from a well-known Islamic seminary of the Indian subcontinent Darul Uloom Deoband in 1952A.D (1372A.H). Afterwards, he moved to Egypt and got the “Certificate of Alimiyat with permission to teach” from Al- Azhar University in 1955A.D. ... Read more


  • Islam and Evolution – a letter to Suleman Ali – Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller (حَفِظَهُ اللهُ) – In the name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate 14 July 1995 Dear Suleman ‘Ali: Thank you for your fax of 27 June 1995 which said, in part: “Recently a pamphlet has been circulated around Oxford saying that evolution is synonymous with kufr and shirk. I myself am a biologist and am convinced by the ... Read more


  • To whom should I be dutiful? – Shaykh Hāroon Ibn Ebrāhim Sīdat (حَفِظَهُ اللهُ) – In The Name of Allāh, The Most Merciful, The Especially Merciful. On the 30th of December 2013, Allāh Almighty blessed us with an adorable daughter. She has been a blessing for us ever since the day she came in to this world and a means of ceaseless joy. However, ... Read more


  • Real Bankruptcy – Shaykh Hāroon Ibn Ebrāhim Sīdat (حَفِظَهُ اللهُ) –   Imam al-Ghazāli, articulates in his magnus opus:  the Ihyā’ Ulūm al-Dīn (The Revival of the Religious Sciences) , that sins are of two types; sins in which Man transgresses the rights he owes to God, and sins in which Man transgresses the rights which God has granted to creation (Huqūq’ul Ibād).  Furthermore, ... Read more