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Seek Knowledge even you have to travel to China

اطلبوا العلم ولوباصين فإن طلب العلم فريضة على كل مسلم uţlubu’l ílma wa law bi’ş şīn; fa-inna ţalaba’l ílmi farīđatun álā kulli muslim. Seek knowledge, even if [you have to travel as far to find it] in China; for, seeking knowledge is obligatory for all muslims. —- Maqāşid al-Ĥasanah, Imām Sakhawī, entry #125. Bayhaqi narrated this in Shuáb; Khatīb [Baghdādī] in...

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Abu Hanifah’s Concern for his Mother

When Imām Abū Ĥanīfah was lashed for not accepting the post of Chief Justice, he said: ‘Nothing hurt me more than the thought of my mother; because, she has been agonized on account of my suffering.’ Imām Dhahabī adds: ‘He was very assiduous in his duty towards his mother.’ Imām Dhahabi in his Manāqib Abū...

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Imam al-Qurtubi

Imām Abū Ábdullāh al-Qurţubi was born in Cordoba [now, in Spain] around 600AH [1200AD] His father was a farmer and was martyred by crusaders in Cordoba in the year 637AH. He was a Māliki jurist, Qur’anic exegete and a great hermit [zahid.] He studied under various scholars among them Abū Jáfar known as Ibn Abī Ĥujjah, the lexicologist and Abū’l Ábbās Ahmed ibn Úmar al-Qurţubi, a great...

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Al-Tazkirah

At-Tadhkirah fī Aĥwāli’l Mawtā wa Umūri’l Ākhirah by Imām Abū Ábdullāh Muĥammad ibn Aĥmed ibn Abū Bakr ibn Far’ĥ al-Anşārī al-Khazrajī al-Qurtubī. ‘Every soul shall taste death’ is the Divine Promise. Every muslim should believe in death and the afterlife; it is an article of faith. ‘Death is a sufficient preacher’ is the advice of RasūlAllāh şallAllāhu álayhi wa...

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Taj al-Arus: as-Sakandari

Arabic Title : Tāj al-Árūs al-Ĥāwī li Tahdhībi’n Nufūs English Title : The crown of [befitting] a bride – covering the matter of disciplining the lower-self, the ego, the nafs. Author : Imām Tājuddin Aĥmed ibn Áţā’allāh as-Sakandari [d. ] Pages : 67 A brief booklet describing why and how one should discipline one’s self or nafs. At times, the tone is mildly reprimanding but always full...

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Imam Abu Bakr al-Aajuriy

Imām Abū Bakr Muĥammad ibn al-Ĥusayn al-Ājuriy is a famous muĥaddith and jurist from the fourth century after Hegira. He was born and grew up in the western part of Baghdād named Darb al-Ájurr, hence the appellation. Ibn Khallikān says: ‘He was a Shāfiýī jurist and a muĥaddith; he is the author of the famous book Al-Arbaýīn. He was a righteous and a pious man.’ Dhahabi says about him: ‘The...

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Al-Ghuraba

A well-known ĥadīth says: ‘Islām began in a strange and forlorn fashion and it shall return to becoming strange just the way it began; so glad tidings [or ţūbā] for the strangers [in that age].’ Another says: ‘Be in this world as a stranger or a wayfarer; and count yourself among the dead’. Gharīb, means a stranger; Ghurabā its plural. Gharīb is also the state of being forlorn and foreign. Islām, in its...

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