Question: How is it to arrange a Shabeena for several (about 10) Huffaaz? They are invited to read a few Juz each of the
Qur’aan in one night to make a Khatam? Is this permissible? May one participate in such ibaadat? Is it permissible to invite the public for such a programme? How is it to have tea and snacks after every two or four raka’ts to keep up the energy levels and to be refreshed? Did Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) or the Sahaabah ever indulge in such a practice?
Ibaadat is only what existed during the era of the Salafus Saaliheen – the era of Khairul Quroon. Whatever was fabricated in the form of ibaadat after this epoch is bid’ah. The Qur’aan Majeed was of primary importance in the sphere of Ibaadat in the lives of the Sahaabah. The main acts of Ibaadat of the Sahaabah and the Salafus Saaliheen were Tilaawat and Nafl Salaat. Yet, there is not found in their lives any Ijtimaa-ee(congregational) form of Nafl Salaat or of Tilaawat. These were private acts. The more privacy attached to these acts, the greater will be Ikhlaas, and the converse is true. A congregational form detracts from Ikhlaas. Besides this fact, if there was any merit in making khatam in group form as explained, the Sahaabah would have been the very first to have enacted it. Generally, congregational forms of ibaadat other than the confirmed Masnoon forms, were shunned by the Sahaabah. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) had expelled from the Musjid a group who was engaging in Tahleel, Tahmeed and Takbeer in congregational form. A Sahaabi who was a guest by another Sahaabi narrated that his host would engage in Tilaawat the entire night without him (the guest) being aware, so silently would he recite. The emphasis is on Ikhlaas. Congregational form is nugatory of Ikhlaas. The dividing line between Ikhlaas and riya/ujub and Ikhlaas is at times extremely fine and blurring. Sometimes Auliya also are mistaken and fail to discern this dividing line. A sure sign of a form of Ibaadat being unacceptable is when its form differs from the pure and simple form which existed during Khairul Quroon. On the basis of this brief introduction, the answers to your queries are:
1) It will not be permissible to invite Huffaaz to participate in the congregational ‘shabeena’ form. There never existed any congregational shabeena act of ibaadat among the Sahaabah.
2) Inviting the public to such an act aggravates the prohibition. It will become a merrymaking function. In Islam there are no ibaadat programmes. Ibaadat is a private, individual act which, as far as possible, must be concealed and remain a secret between the bandah and his Rabb. It should always remain a secret communion between the Mahboob and the Muhib. A public display is in total negation of this secret bond of Muhabbat between the Mahboob and His Muhib.
3) Tea and snacks aggravate the ‘ibaadat’ even more. It will be a mere display and a merrymaking get-together devoid of the Ikhlaas which is necessary for Maqbooliyat.
4) Most certainly Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahaabah , Taabieen and Tab-e-Taabieen never ever engaged in any such shabeenah or congregational recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed. The Salafus Saaliheen who were addicted to making numerous khatams monthly would do so in such secrecy that their acts of ibaadat would become known only by stealth. One person hid himself one night to see how Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullah alayh) spent the night. From his position of concealment, he discovered that in two raka’ts, Imaam Saahib completed the whole Qur’aan Majeed. But this was during the night time, in privacy when no one was present. It was a secret communion between the slave and His Master. Never should we originate an ibaadat act whose form is not the form which has been reported to us from Khairul Quroon.



Q. If a person says the following, is he still a Muslim?

  1. Stoning is not part of Shariah. He goes on to give explanation that some commentators of the Quran included the Hadith about stoning. And they need to interpret one in light of another. He also says they said there was a verse in Quran whose recitation was abrogated but the ruling remained. He says that some people said that you can’t have Hadith abrogating the Quran.
  2. Shariah laws like cutting of the hands are not applicable today. He goes on to say that we read that when Isa (AS) comes back then he will abolish the jizya. So he explains that it depends on the time and place.
  3. There is no apostasy law ( I think he means no death penalty). He explains that there is no compulsion in religion and so the Hadith may not be authentic or it would mean that the Hadith applied to a certain circumstance in the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
  4. He feels that the ‘Muslim countries’ should be ruled by majority (democracy).
  5. He believes that transgenders can marry.
  6. He says because we believe that Isa (AS) is a prophet and so during Christmas we should have lectures etc to honour the birth of Isa (AS).
  7. You can believe in evolution theory.
  8. You can give interest in the case of a mortgage as it is difficult nowadays.
  9. He believes there is something like black magic but he says that if people had the power today then they would use
    it to change governments etc.
  10. He says Non Muslims can go to Jannah if they do good actions within their range.
  11. He says if you follow the Prophet (SAW) in the minor things then often times we lose the bigger picture. The minor things are taken from Hadith. I think he meant that the bigger picture is to submit to Allah.
  12. He explains crucify as a method of killing but he says that in the case of Isa (AS), Isa (AS) was crucified but not to the point that he was killed. Then he quoted some Tafsir book.
  13. He is friends with pro LGBGTQ priest.
    A. A man holding these clear-cut beliefs of kufr is termed Akfarul Kaafireen, i.e. he is among greatest of the kuffaar, perhaps worse than Fir’oun and Iblees.
    In this era the Ummah abounds with kuffaar of this category. They masquerade as Muslims whilst every capillary in their body pulsates with kufr. One does not have to be an Aalim to understand the kufr of people of this kind. Their kufr is a conspicuous exhibition which pours out from every aperture of their bodies and from every pore on their skins.

Can You Interpret Qur’an Based on Personal Opinion?

By Daniel Haqiqatjou

One of the most important things young Muslims should learn early in their studies of Islam is this: Do not speak about the meaning of the Qur’an based on your personal opinion.

The Prophet ﷺ said “He who speaks about the Qur’an on the basis of his personal opinion, he commits an error, even if he is right” [Tirmidhi].

Many Muslims have been affected by the modernist attitude that everyone is equally able to interpret texts and provide an opinion about their meaning and that should be valued in a democratic society because “Everyone has a voice.”

But this is contrary to sound Islamic understanding and it is contrary to basic adab with the Words of Allah. When Allah Most High speaks, we have to first and foremost shut our mouths. That’s the minimum amount of decency. Next we listen and next we obey. Our personal opinion has nothing to do with it.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with * reflecting on the meaning of the Qur’an and thinking about how the Divine Address is relevant to you and is meaningful to you. We should all do this, as Allah tells us to reflect and ponder upon His ayat. The problem is when you take those personal reflections as exegesis of the Qur’an and disseminate that by speaking or writing to others as if you are explaining the Qur’an.

Another related problem is saying things like, “If the Prophet ﷺ were here today, he would not approve of this,” or, “He would side with this [activist group or cause],” etc. The problem here is not simply that one does not know and is merely speculating. The problem is it is inappropriate to presume to speak on behalf of the Messenger of Allah. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ is not your buddy that you can casually speak about in this way.

Without proper adab with Allah and His Messenger ﷺ, no other adab is possible.
أدبني ربي فأحسن تأديبي

Should a woman in her state of menses perform Sajdah Tilaawat

Q. Should a woman in her state of menses perform Sajdah Tilaawat if she hears someone reciting the aayat? Should she make the Sajdah the same time or after she has become paak (pure)?

A. The Sajdah aayat is not incumbent for a woman in her haidh. Even after her period has ended, making the Sajdah is not incumbent on her. Just as Salaat is waived, so too is the Sajdah.

The Shariah is the Quraan

The Shariah is the Quraan


In the conflict between Haqq and Baatil — Imaan and Kufr — which is being played out in this earthly realm, there is nothing surprising when Shaitaan every now and again fields his forces. After all, this world is the arena for this conflict which commenced with the appearance of Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam). Shaitaan had on the occasion of his expulsion from the heavens sworn great oaths by the Greatness and Glory of Allah Ta’ala that he would leave no stone unturned in his conspiracy to deflect the Servants of Allah from Seeraatul Mustaqeem and lead them all into the bowels of Jahannum wherein he (Shaitaan) is destined to rot and suffer everlastingly.


Among the snares and methods of deflecting Muslims from the Straight and Divine Path (the Shariah of Allah), is the enlisting by Shaitaan of ignoramuses to present kufr and Baatil (Falsehood) in Islamic hues. By painting his kufr with ‘Islamic’ colour, Shaitaan plans to deviate uneducated Muslims from Seeraatul Mustaqeem. Shaitaan employs mainly those who have pursued western education and have been schooled, indoctrinated and brainwashed by tutors of incorrigible kufr.


One such shaitaani agent writing in the Durban newspaper, Daily News, presented a synopsis of the type of kufrwhich Shaitaan fabricates to deviate uneducated and unsuspecting Muslims from Seeraatul Mustaqeem. A non-entity, one Yusuf Ismail, has mushroomed from nowhere and has gorged out in his evil article, nothing but pure kufr. This zindeeq states in his article of Kufr that Allah’s Shariah (The Qur’aan) is the fabrication of the Ulama whom this mulhid describes as ‘a truncated minority’. The zindeeq should open his ears and listen: Shaitaan has succeeded to truncate your Imaan. Lest his immature and truncated brains cannot comprehend the meaning of truncated imaan, we spell it out for him —Truncated imaan is an euphemistic representation for Plain Kufr. In case he does not understand what ‘Plain Kufr’ means, we say to him that it is such Kufr which expels a Muslim from the fold of Islam. It renders him a murtad. May Allah Ta’ala save us all from this ultimate calamity which seals the doom of those who have been decreed KAAFIR in Azal (in the Eternal Knowledge and Command of Allah Ta’ala).

The Shariah is the Quraan

Al-Fatihah: The Opening

Enjoy one of the most in-depth tafsirs of the Fatihah in English translated by Sh Abu Rumaysah.

Abū’l-Muẓaffar al-Samaʿānī (d. 489), with additional notes from Abū Muḥammad al-Baghawī (d. 516)
[Italics indicate an alternative, accurate translation. Normal font indicates a variant reading which is mutawātir, recurrent. The smaller, different font indicates a reading which is shādh, irregular (but with an authentic chain). It should be noted that all shādh readings mentioned here should be considered explanations to the verse in question.]

This Sūrah has four names: The Opening of the Book (Fātiḥatu’l-Kitāb), The Mother of the Qurʾān (Umm al-Qurʾān), The Seven Oft-Recited Verses (Sabʿ al-Mathānī) and Seven of the Oft-Recited Verses (Sabʿ min al-Mathānī).[1]
The Opening of the Book: this title is given because the Sūrah acts as an exordium to the Book, i.e. the Qurʾān.

The Mother of the Qurʾān: this title is given because it is the essence of the Qurʾān, and it starts the Book. The Mother of something is the core and foundation of that thing. This is why Mecca is called The Mother of Cities because it is the foundation of all cities.[2]

The Seven Oft-Recited Verses: this title is given because the Sūrah comprises seven verses by agreement of the Imāms, although a shādh narration has it as eight verses. It is called Oft-Recited because it is frequently repeated in prayer, indeed it is recited in every cycle of the prayer. Mujāhid said, ‘It was called Mathānī because Allāh exclusively chose it for this nation. He did not give a Sūrah like it to any other nation.’

Seven of the Oft-Recited Verses: There are two opinions concerning this title. 1) They are seven specific verses of the Mathānī, which is the Qurʾān. Allāh says, “A scripture that is consistent and oft-recited (or: paired).”[3]

The Qurʾān is referred to as something paired because promise is paired with threat, command is paired with prohibition and so on. 2) The title has the same meaning as Sabʿ al-Mathānī, with the preposition min acting as a conjunctive. This difference arose as a result of divergent understandings of the āyah, “We have given you the seven oft-recited verses.”[4]

In the view of ibn ʿAbbās, this Sūrah was Meccan. Mujāhid, on the other hand, was of the view that it was Medinan. Another view has that it was revealed twice, once in Mecca and once in Medina. The proponents of the latter view said that this is why it was called Mathānī in that it was revealed twice, but this is an odd view.[5]


With the Name of Allāh, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful.[6]
With the Name of Allāh, the Lord of Mercy, the Bestower of Mercy.[7]
With the Name of Allāh, Merciful to all, Compassionate to each.[8]
Some scholars viewed this āyah to be an āyah of al-Fātiḥah itself, and this view is related from ibn ʿAbbas and Umm Salamah. Others held the view that this was not an āyah of the Sūrah, and the evidences for and against these positions are detailed in the works of Fiqh.[9]

The ba in bismillāh is a preposition and the full meaning imparted by its usage is given by context: ‘I begin with Allāh’s Name,’ or ‘I began with Allāh’s Name.’

There is a difference of opinion concerning the derivation of the word ism. Mubarrad and other Basran linguists held the view that it is derived from the word sumuww, or elevation and prominence because the name gives prominence to the named and elevates him. Amongst the Kufān linguists, Thaʿlab said the word was derived from wasam or simah (sign), meaning that it acts as a signpost pointing to the named. The first opinion is more likely because the diminutive form of the latter would be wusaym like wuṣayl is the diminutive of waṣl and wuʿayd is the diminutive of waʿd.[10]

Khalīl and Ibn Kaysān said that this word was Allāh’s proper Name, and a unique designation for Him. They said that it is not derived from any other word, as such it is like proper names used for humans such as Zayd and ʿAmr and so on. This was the view preferred by Qaffāl al-Shāshī and a group of the people of knowledge. Others said that it was a word that was derived from another (mushtaqq), but then went on to hold two positions concerning what it was actually derived from:

1) aliha ilāha, which means ʿabada ʿibādah (worship),

Ibn ʿAbbās recited, “…and abandon you and your ilāha?”[11]

and said, “i.e. and your worship.” Therefore, the meaning is that He alone is deserving of worship and all acts of worship should be directed to Him. He alone is the object of worship and none else must be worshipped.

It is also postulated that the ilāh is one who created all creation, provides for them, regulates their affairs and determines their destiny.

2) wilāh which derives from al-walah (devotion). Therefore, it is as if the servants are devoted to Allāh, resorting to Him, submitting to Him, and taking refuge with Him at times of hardship.[12]

al-Raḥmān al-Raḥīm
Ibn ʿAbbās said, ‘They are two names indicating tenderness, one moreso than the other.’ It is also related that he said, ‘al-Raḥmān: the One who is gentle to His servants. al-Raḥīm: the One who is compassionate to them.’

Some scholars said that al-Raḥmān has a meaning not to be found in al-Raḥīm, while others said that both Names carry the same meaning. Those who said that the meanings were different said that al-Raḥmān had a general meaning while al-Raḥīm had a specific meaning. al-Raḥmān is the One who provides in this worldly life, to both the believer and the disbeliever. al-Raḥīm is the One who forgives and pardons in the Hereafter, specifically the believers. This is why it is mentioned in the duʿā, ‘O One who is Raḥmān in this world and Raḥīm in the Hereafter.’[13] So al-Raḥmān is One who shows mercy to the entirety of creation whereas al-Raḥīm is One who shows mercy to a specific section of creation. It is for this reason that a person can be named Raḥīm but not Raḥmān because it is only Allāh’s mercy that can extend to the entirety of creation as He Himself says, “My mercy extends to all things.”[14] Those besides Allāh can only show mercy to some things, as such they can be raḥīm (but not raḥmān).

As regards those who said that the meanings were the same, Quṭrub said that the second Name was mentioned to emphasise the first just as one would say lahfān and lahīf, nadmān and nadīm. Mubarrad said, ‘This is an example of perfection after completion (itmām baʿd tamām), grace on top of grace, encouragement to the hearts of those desiring (Allāh), and a promise that will not fail the one who hopes in it.’

The meaning is that He possesses mercy, and mercy is to grace and bless.’


All praise (and thanks) belong to Allāh, the Lord of the worlds,
All praise (and thanks) are due to Allāh, the Sustainer of all beings.
, (O) Lord of the worlds,[15]
, (who is) the Lord of the worlds,[16]
All praise (and thanks) belong to Allāh
Praise, ḥamd, can occur in response to a favour received. It can also occur by extolling and lauding praiseworthy qualities.[17] A person can say, ‘I praised so-and-so for the favours he lavished on me.’ And a person can also say, ‘I praised so-and-so for his courage and knowledge.’ Gratitude, shukr, on the other hand is only ever said in response to a favour received. Therefore, praise has a wider meaning than gratitude. Everyone who praises also expresses gratitude, but not everyone who expresses gratitude, praises. A person would say, ‘I praised so-and-so for his courage,’ but he would not say, ‘I expressed gratitude for the courage of so-and-so.’[18]

Moreover, we should know that Allāh’s praising Himself is something good but that this does not hold true for an object of creation praising himself. A human being praising himself will always be false praise since man by nature is deficient and flawed. Therefore, it is repugnant for such a person to praise himself. Allāh, on the other hand, is absolved of fault and deficiency, as such His praising Himself is good.

When Allāh says, “All praise (and thanks) belong to Allāh,” either He is informing us of this truth, or He is teaching us to say this. He is either informing us that He alone is deserving of praise, and that all forms of praise are due to Him. Or He is teaching us that just as He praised Himself, so too should we praise Him; as such it is as if He is saying, ‘Say: All praise (and thanks) belong to Allāh.’

When Allāh says, “to Allāh,” the lām is either used to indicate possession or to indicate deservingness. It is the latter meaning that is meant here. The one who is truly deserving of all praise is Allāh.

Lord of the Worlds
The word lord, rabb can have the meaning of nurturing and correcting and it can have the meaning of ownership. In this āyah, both meanings are meant. Allāh is the One who nurtures creation and He is the owner of creation.[19]

With regards to al-ʿālamūn, ibn ʿAbbās said that it means, ‘the Jinn and mankind,’[20] whereas Ḥasan, Qatādah and Abū ʿUbaydah said that it refers to all of creation.[21] It is said that the first opinion is more likely since the address is directed to legally responsible individuals, those who were the primary purpose of creation: the Jinn and man.[22] It is said that the Jinn constitute one ʿālam and man constitutes another ʿālam.[23] Allāh has four corners of the earth and in each one there are fifteen hundred ʿālams.[24]


The All-Merciful, the Most Merciful,[25]
The Lord of Mercy, the Bestower of Mercy,
Merciful to all, Compassionate to each,
This āyah is mentioned again by way of emphasis.


Master of the Day of Judgement.[26]
King of the Day of Judgement.[27]
(O) Master of[28]
(O) King of[29]
(who is) the King[30]
Proprietor of[31]
(who is the) Proprietor of[32]
Owner of[33]
He has sovereignty of the Day of Judgement.[34]
This āyah is recited in two ways: as Mālik (Master and Owner) and as Malik (King).[35] Abū Ḥātim al-Sijistānī said that recitation of Mālik was to be given precedence reasoning that the meaning is wider and more comprehensive. You would say, Mālik al-Dār, Mālik al-Ṭayr, Mālik al-ʿAbd but would not say these phrases using the word, Malik.[36] On the other hand, Abū ʿUbaydah and Mubarrad said that the recitation of Malik was to be given precedence because, they argued, its meaning was more comprehensive. Malik incorporates the meaning of Mālik but not vice-versa. They also stated that this recitation is more in tune with the rest of the Qurʾān where Allāh says, “Exalted be Allāh! The true King.”[37] and “Whose is the kingdom this Day?”[38] and so on. Mālik is derived from the word, milk and milka or ownership, whereas Malik is derived from mulk and mulka or dominion. Allāh is both Mālik and Malik.[39]

This a noun referring to a known period of time.

Day of Judgement
What is referred to here is the Day of Rising (Yawm al-Qiyāmah). The meaning of Day of Dīn is the Day of Reckoning (Ḥisāb) and Recompense (Jazāʾ). The word dīn can carry the meaning of obedience and is used in numerous other senses, but it is the one mentioned previously that is meant here.[40]

If someone were to ask why the Day of Judgement has been specifically mentioned in this āyah when it is known that Allāh is the Mālik of all days without exception, the response would be that all command on that Day will solely and exclusively be His. Allāh says, “On that Day, command will belong to Allāh.”[41] In this world, on the other hand, kings have a say, Muslims have a say, and Prophets have a say etc.[42]


You (alone) we worship and to You (alone) we turn for help.
You (alone) are worshipped[43]
You (alone) we worship
Meaning: we worship You. The term ʿibādah, worship means obedience combined with submission and humility.[44] One says, ‘Ṭarīq muʿabbad,’ to refer to a well-trodden, beaten path. So the meaning of the āyah is that we worship you with submission.[45]

To You (alone) we turn for help
Meaning: we seek aid and assistance from You.[46]

If someone were to ask why is worship mentioned before seeking help in this āyah when it is Allāh’s help that is needed for a person to worship? And why is iyyāka repeated twice when just once would have sufficed? In response to the first question we would say this question is only really relevant if a person believes that seeking help comes before an act, whereas we believe – and all praise belongs to Allāh – that seeking help and divine accord go hand-in-hand with the action. Therefore, mentioning it before or after does not really matter. Or we could say that seeking help is actually an example of worship, so Allāh mentioned ʿibādah in general first, followed by a specific instance of it.

As regards the repetition of iyyāka, this was done to emphasise that He alone is the one who is to be worshipped and that He alone is the who is turned to for help. This is a rhetorical device well known to the Arabs and is used to emphasise and intensify the meaning or impart to it a sense of exclusivity. It is not a faulty use of the language.[47]


Guide us (to and on) the Straight Path,
Guide us (to and on) a Straight Path,[48]
Direct us to the[49]
Show us the[50]
Guide us (to and on) the Straight Path
Direct us to it and keep us firm on it.[51] The word hidāyah is used in a number of different senses in the Qurʾān: inspiration, direction, explanation and calling.

Inspiration: “Our Lord is He who gave everything its form then gave it guidance,”[52] i.e. inspired it.

Direction: “…and guide us to the right path.”[53]

Explanation: “As for the Thamūd, we gave them guidance,”[54] i.e. We explained it to them.

Calling: “Each community had their guide,”[55] i.e. someone who would call them and proselytise.

The meaning here is guide, but if someone were to ask, ‘The believer is already guided, so why does he need to ask for guidance?’ We would say this question really arises from someone who thinks that Allāh’s grace to a person has a specific limit. The position of Ahlu’l-Sunnah, on the other hand, is that Allāh’s grace and guidance has no such limit. So the meaning of “Guide us” is actually requesting an increase in said guidance. It is also a request to remain firm on the Straight Path;[56] it is in this sense that a person would say, ‘Qum ḥattā aʿūdu ilayk,’ i.e. keep standing until I return.

The Straight Path
ʿAlī and Ibn Masʿūd said that the Straight Path was Islām, and Jābir said that it was the Qurʾān.[57]

Lexically, al-Ṣirāṭ al-Mustaqīm means a clear road. Islām is a clear road, and the Qurʾān is a clear road.[58]


The Path of those You have blessed,
The Path of those upon whom Your grace abounds,[59]
The Path of the ones You have blessed[60]
ʿUmar recited this as, ‘The Path of the ones You have blessed, not of those upon whom there is anger, and not of those who are astray,’ but this is a shādh recitation. It is said that the ones who are blessed are the Prophets. It is also said those who are blessed are the ones that Allāh has made firm in their faith which would then include the Prophets and all the believers.[61] Abū’l-ʿĀliyah said that they were the Messenger, Abū Bakr and ʿUmar.[62]


not of those upon whom there is anger, nor of those who are astray.
(whose state is) not of those[63]
(who are) not those who,[64]
and not of those who are astray.[65]
The ones upon whom there is anger are the Jews and the ones who are astray[66] are the Christians.[67]

It is narrated that ʿAdī b. Ḥātim came to Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) to accept Islām, and asked, ‘Messenger of Allāh? Who are those upon whom is anger?’ He replied, “The Jews.” He asked, ‘Who are those who are astray?’ He replied, “They are the Christians.” ʿAdī said, ‘I bear witness that I am a Ḥanīf and a Muslim.’ ʿAdī said, ‘I saw the Messenger of Allāh’s face light up as he smiled out of joy at my accepting Islām.’[68]

As regards saying, ‘Āmīn,’ then we should know that this word is not part of the Qurʾān. The Sunnah is for the person to pause a little before saying it. There are two ways of saying it: ‘Āmīn’ elongating the first letter and ‘Amīn’ without elongating it. It means, ‘Allāh, accept my supplication,’ and it is said that it is like a seal on the supplication.[69]

Source: http://www.islam21c.com


[1] Tirmidhī #3124, Abū Dāwūd #1457, Aḥmad #9788-9790 record from Abū Hurayrah that Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “[The Sūrah beginning with] ‘All praise (and thanks) belong to Allāh, the Lord of the worlds’ is the Mother of the Qurʾān, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft-Recited Verses, and the Great Qurʾān.”

Tirmidhī said it was ḥasan ṣaḥīḥ, it was ruled ḥasan by Suyūṭī, al-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaghīr #3833, and ṣaḥīḥ by Albānī, Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmiʿ #3184.

[2] Ṭabarī said that it was given this name because the meaning of the entire Qurʾān is summarised therein. The Arabs named anything that concisely summarises something or comprises its most important part, Umm, or mother.

[3] al-Zumar 39:23

[4] al-Ḥijr 15:87

[5] Baghawī: The first opinion is most correct. This is because Allāh states, “We have given you the Seven Oft-Recited verses,” (al-Ḥijr 15:87) which is a reference to al-Fātiḥah. Sūrah al-Ḥijr is a Meccan Sūrah and Allāh would not recount this as a favour (to His Messenger) had He not already given it.

[6] Ibn Kathīr, ʿĀṣim and Kasāʾī have this as the first verse, the remaining seven do not. shādh recitation: bi suma’Allāhi…

[7] M.A.S. Abdel Halim

[8] T. Khalidi

[9] Baghawī: They have agreed that the Sūrah comprises seven verses. Those who held the position that the basmallāh was an āyah of al-Fātiḥah stated that the seventh verse began with “The Path of those You have blessed…” Those who held the position that it was not an āyah of al-Fātiḥah stated that the seventh verse was, “Not of those upon whom there is anger, nor of those who are astray.”

[10] Baghawī: whereas the diminutive of ism is sumayy. Also the morphology is different, one says sammaytu (I named), but were it derived from wasm, one would have said, wasamtu.

[11] al-Aʿrāf 7:127

i.e. ibn ʿAbbās and Mujāhid read it with the reading ilāha as opposed to the more standard āliha. The full verse reads, “The ruling circle of Pharaoh’s people said, ‘Are you going to leave Mūsā and his people to cause corruption in the earth and abandon you and your āliha?’”

[12] Baghawī: or it is from al-walah which means to be bewildered, to lose ones intellect when trying to ponder something whose reality is beyond comprehension.

[13] Ṭabarī 1:126 records from Ibn Masʿūd and Abū Saʿīd that Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “al-Raḥmān: the One who shows mercy in this world and the Hereafter. al-Raḥīm: the One who shows mercy in the Hereafter.” Ibn Abī Shaybah 10:441 records from ʿAbdu’l-Raḥmān b. Sābiṭ that Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “The Raḥmān of this world and the next, and the Raḥīm of them.” Ḥākim 1:515 records from Abū Bakr that Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) said, “The Raḥmān of this world and the next, and the Raḥīm of them,” and Suyūṭī, al-Durr 1:15 said the isnād was ḍaʿīf.

[14] al-Aʿrāf 7:156

[15] rabbaʾl-ʿālamīn: Kasāʾī

[16] rabbuʾl-ʿālamīn: Abū Jaʿfar

[17] The meaning of ḥamd is to praise and laud out of one’s own volition. It arises from love and veneration of the praised. It also carries the meaning of riḍā, or contentment, and is the opposite of dhamm, or blame.

[18] Baghawī: It is also said that ḥamd is done on the tongue whereas shukr is done on the limbs, in action. Allāh says, “Say: Praise belongs to Allāh, who has no child nor partner in His rule” (al-Isrāʾ 17:111) and “Work thankfully, family of Dāwūd.” (Sabaʾ 34:13)

[19] Baghawī: A created being cannot be referred to as al-Rabb with the definite article prefix, however the term rabb can be used in a possessive structure to refer to an object of creation. This is because the definite article prefix lends to the meaning of generality and a created being does not own everything.

[20] As did ʿAlī, recorded by ibn Abī Ḥātim 1:27

[21] This opinion is also stated by ibn ʿAbbās who said, ‘To Him belongs the creation in its entirety: all the heavens and whoever is in them, all the earths and whoever is in them, and whoever is between them, that which is known and unknown.’ (Ṭabarī 1:145)

Baghawī: because Allāh says, “Pharaoh said, ‘What is the Lord of the Worlds?’ Mūsā replied, ‘Lord of the heavens and earth and what is between them.’” (al-Shuʿarā 26:23-24) The word comes from al-ʿallāmah (sign) since the evidence of a creator therein is plain for all to see. Abū ʿUbaydah said that al-ʿālamūn were four groups: the Angels, man, the Jinn and the devils since the word was derived from ʿilm or knowledge. Animals cannot be said to have knowledge since they do not have an intellect.

[22] Since Allāh says, “I created Jinn and mankind only to worship Me.” (al-Dhāriyāt 51:56) and “Exalted is He who sent down the Criterion to His servant that he may give warning to the worlds.” (al-Furqān 25:1) and he was not a warner to the animal kingdom but he was a warner to man and Jinn.

[23] Since some linguists said that the word ʿālam designates only those who have understanding.

[24] Ṭabarī 1:49 from Abū’l-ʿĀliyah. Ibn Kathir 1:208 said, ‘These are strange words, the likes of which require authentic evidence.’

[25] The majority read the verse with khafḍ. Abūʾl-ʿĀliyah and others read it with naṣb (shādh). Abū Razīn and others read it with rafʿ (shādh).

[26] Mālik (Master): ʿĀṣim, Kasāʾī, Yaʿqūb, Khalaf

[27] Malik (King): the remaining six

[28] Mālika: Abū Hurayrah, al-Aʿmash (shādh)

[29] Malika: Anas ibn Mālik, Shaʿbī (shādh)

[30] Maliku: Saʿd ibn Abī Waqqāṣ, ʿĀʾishah (shādh)

[31] Malīki: Ubayy, Abū Hurayrah (shādh)

[32] Malīku: ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ (shādh)

[33] Mallāki: ʿAlī (shādh)

[34] Malaka yawmaʾl-dīn: Anas, ʿAlī (shādh)

[35] Baghawī: Some said that the meaning of both Mālik and Malik was one and the same and that meaning was al-Rabb. One would say: Rabb al-Dār and, equally, Mālik al-Dār. It is also postulated that the meaning is that He is the one able to create things from nothing, and none besides Allāh can do this.

[36] Baghawī: (He also said), and because you can only be a Mālik of something if you own it, but you can be a Malik of something without actually owning it.

[37] al-Muʾminūn 23:116

[38] Ghāfir 40:16

[39] Shawkānī and ibn ʿAṭiyyah argue that both Names carry a meaning that is not found in the other. The mālik of property is able to dispose of his property as he wills whereas the malik will only be able to dispose of the mālik’s property in a limited fashion. The malik is able to command the mālik to dispose of his property in a particular way that promotes the benefit of his kingdom, but the mālik is not able to command another mālik with the same.

[40] Baghawī: Mujāhid said that al-Dīn meant reckoning (al-ḥisāb). Allāh says, “this is the correct reckoning (dīn)” (al-Tawbah 9:36), i.e. the proper calculation. Ibn ʿAbbās, Maqātil, and Suddī said that the meaning of Malik Yawm al-Dīn was the Judge of the Day of Reckoning (Qāḍī Yawm al-Ḥisāb). Qatādah said that al-Dīn meant recompense (jazāʾ), be it good or bad; in this sense it is said: As you judge so shall you be judged (kamā tadīnu tudān). Muḥammad b. Kaʿb al-Quraẓī said that the āyah means that (He is) the King of the Day where nothing will benefit except for the Dīn, i.e. religion. Yamān b. Rabāb said that Dīn means overpowering and subjugating (qahr), just as someone would say: I overpowered him and he submitted (dintuhu fa dāna). It is also said that Dīn means obedience (ṭāʿah), i.e. the Day of Obedience.

[41] al-Infiṭār 82:19

[42] Ṭabari 1:98 records that Ibn ʿAbbās said in explanation of the words yawmi’l-dīn, ‘The Day on which the creations are judged – the Day of Rising. He will recompense them for their actions: if they were good then it will be good, if they were bad then it will be bad except for that which He forgives for the only command on that Day will be His command, “Unquestionably to Him belongs the creation and the Command.” (al-Aʿrāf 7:54)’

Allāh says, “And what will make you comprehend what the Day of Dīn is? Again what will make you comprehend what the Day of Dīn is? It is the Day when no person shall have power [to do] anything for another. The command that Day will be Allāh’s alone” (al-Infiṭār 82:17-19)

[43] iyyāka yuʿbad, iyyāka tuʿbad: al-Ḥasan (shādh)

[44] Baghawī: The servant, ʿabd is called so because of his humility and submission.

[45] Ibn ʿAbbās explained this portion of the āyah to mean, ‘You alone we single out for worship, fear and hope; You and no one else.’ (Ṭabarī 1:99)

[46] Baghawī: Meaning: we seek Your help in worshipping You and in all of our affairs.

[47] Ibn ʿAbbās explained this āyah, ‘Our Lord! It is You alone that we single out for belief, fear and hope. It is Your aid alone that we seek in order to obey You and indeed in all of our affairs.’ (Ibn Kathīr)

Ibn Taymiyyah said, ‘I pondered the most beneficial supplication and I found it to be asking Allāh to help us in doing that which pleases Him; this I found in the verse, “You (alone) we worship and to You (alone) we turn to for help.”’ It is for this reason that some of the Salaf would say, ‘The secret of the Qurʾān lies in al-Fātiḥah and its secret is contained in the verse, “You (alone) we worship and to You (alone) we turn to for help.”’

[48] ihdinā Ṣirāṭan Mustaqīman: al-Ḥasan (shādh)

[49] Arshidnā: ibn Masʿūd (shādh)

[50] Baṣṣirnā: Thābit al-Bunānī (shādh)

[51] Ibn al-Qayyim, Badāʾi al-Fawāʾid 1:262 said, ‘The verse “Guide us to the Straight Path,” has been mentioned without the verb “Guide,” being adjoined to the particle, ilā or li, rather it is linked directly to the object. When the verb ‘Guide’ is adjoined to ilā, it lends the meaning of reaching the goal, when the verb is linked to li, it lends to the meaning of pointing out something and specifying it. When it is mentioned with neither of the two, it lends to the meaning of both. Hence the meaning of the verse would be: define this Path to us, explain it to us, direct us to it, and grant us the accord to follow it.’

[52] Ṭa Ha 20:50

[53] Ṣād 38:22

[54] Fuṣṣilat 41:18

[55] al-Raʿd 13:7

[56] Baghawī: as stated by ʿAlī and Ubayy b. Kaʿb

[57] Baghawī: It is reported that ʿAlī said it was Allāh’s Book. Saʿīd b. Jubayr said that it was the road to Paradise. Sahl b. ʿAbdullāh said that it was the way of (Ahlu’l)-Sunnah wa’l-Jamāʿah. Bakr b. ʿAbdullāh al-Muzanī said that it was the way of Allāh’s Messenger (SAW). Abū’l-ʿĀliyah and Ḥasan said that it Allāh’s Messenger, his family and his two Companions.

[58] Ibn ʿAbbās explained this verse by saying, ‘Inspire us towards Your true religion,’ and again, ‘Inspire us towards the right road which is the religion of Allāh containing no crookedness.’(Suyūṭī 1:75)

Ibn al-Qayyim, Madārij al-Sālikīn 1:16 said, ‘A road, ṭarīq, cannot be regarded to be a path, ṣirāt, unless five conditions are met: that it is straight, that it leads to the intended goal, that it is close to the objective, that it is expansive enough to accommodate those traversing it, and that it has been sign-posted as being the actual route to the goal.

The fact that this Path is straight proves that it is close for the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The fact that is straight proves that it leads to the object. The fact that it has been appointed for all those who would traverse it shows that it is wide enough to accommodate them. The fact that the Path has been adjoined to the One who has blessed them shows that it has been so sign-posted.’

[59] T. Khalidi

[60] Ṣirāṭa man: Ibn Masʿūd, ʿUmar, ʿAli (shādh)

[61] Baghawī: ʿIkrimah said, ‘Those you have graced with firmness of faith and steadfastness, and they are the Prophets.’ Ibn ʿAbbās said, ‘They are the people of Mūsā and ʿĪsā before they altered their religion.’ ʿAbdu’l-Raḥmān b. Zayd said, ‘They are the Prophet (SAW) and those with him.’ Abū’l-ʿĀliyah said, ‘They are the family of Allāh’s Messenger, Abū Bakr, ʿUmar and his household.’ Shahr b. Ḥawshab said, ‘They are the Companions of Allāh’s Messenger and his household.’

[62] Ibn ʿAbbās summarised the meaning of this verse with his words, ‘[Those you have blessed] by making them obedient to You and worship You including the Angels, the Prophets, the sincerely truthful, the martyrs and the righteous. This is like what our Lord says, “They will be in the company of those upon whom Allāh has bestowed His favour: …” (al-Nisā 4:59)’

[63] Ghayraʾl- : ʿUmar, ʿAlī and a lesser known narration from ibn Kathīr (shādh)

[64] Ghayruʾl-: ʿUmar (shādh)

[65] Ghayriʾl-Ḍāllīn: ʿUmar, ʿAlī, Ubayy, Abū Bakr (shādh)

[66] Baghawī: The essential meaning of ḍalāl is disintegration and dissolution, as such it is said, ‘The milk ḍalla in the water,’ when it is mixed such that it disappears.

[67] Baghawī: Allāh has stated that the Jews have anger on them in His words, “…those who incurred Allāh’s curse and His anger” (al-Māʾidah 5:60), and He has stated that the Christians are astray in His words, “and do not follow the vain desires of people who went astray in times gone by.” (al-Māʾidah 5:60). Sahl b. ʿAbdullāh said that those who have anger on them are the ones who commit innovation, bidʿah. Those who are astray refers to those who have left the Sunnah.

[68] Tirmidhī #2953, 2954, Aḥmad #19381, Saʿīd b. Manṣūr #179, Ṭabarī 1:61, Ibn Abī Ḥātim #40. It was declared ṣaḥīḥ by ibn Ḥibbān #6246, 7206, 7365 and Albānī #8202

[69] Muslim records on the authority of Abū Mūsā al-Ashʿarī who said, ‘The Messenger of Allāh (SAW) addressed us and explained to us our Sunnah [that we should follow] and explained to us [the method of performing] our prayer. He said, “When you pray, straighten your rows and let one of you lead you. When he says the takbīr then say the takbīr. When he says, “Not of those upon whom is anger nor of those who are astray” then say āmīn and Allāh will respond to you.”’

Muslim records on the authority of Abū Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allāh (SAW) said, “When the Imām says āmīn then say āmīn for indeed the one whose āmīn coincides with the āmīn of the Angels will have his previous [minor] sins forgiven.”

Ibn Mājah #856 records on the authority of ʿĀʾishah (RA) that the Messenger of Allāh (SAW) said, “The Jews do not envy you for anything as much as they envy you for saying the salām and āmīn.”

Abu Rumaysah Refi Shafi was born and brought up in High Wycombe. He currently studies with Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad and, previously, Shaykh Abu AbdiRahman Al-Libee. He graduated from Imperial College from the faculty of Electronic Engineering. He currently works as a Software Engineer and is the chairman of WISE (Wycombe Islamic Society). He is very active in his local community, especially with his Masjid and working with youth. He has translated a number of books such as ‘The Criterion between the Friends of Allah and the Friends of Shaytan,’ and ‘Relief from Distress (the Dua of Yunus ‘alayhī al-Salām),’ both by Ibn Taymiyyah as well as many others. He has also written an explanation of Surah al-Fatihah called ‘The Spiritual Cure.’ He currently gives weekly circles in High Wycombe on a variety of topics covering aqidah, fiqh, hadith, tafsir and Arabic Language. He is also a Lecturer for MRDF.


Referring to the haraam kuffaar act of quarantine, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“What! Have you not seen those people who came out (fleeing) from their homes while they were thousands, in fear of Maut (death)? Then Allah said to them: “Perish!” Then (after their death) He resurrected them.” (Al-Baqarah, Aayat 242)

In bygone times, during the era of Bani Israaeel, a severe plague spread in a city / town. The inhabitants consisting of approximately 10,000 persons, for fear of contracting the disease and death, fled from the town and went into quarantine in a valley in between two mountains. Their cowardly flight and attempt to flee from Maut invited the Wrath of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala exterminated the entire community. Not a single soul escaped death. They had fled the plague, went into self-imposed quarantine with the notion of saving themselves from death. They miserably failed.

“Say (O Muhammad!): ‘Verily, Maut from which you are fleeing will overtake you, then you will be returned to (Allah), the Knower of the Unseen and Seen. Then He will inform you of what you were doing (on earth).” (Al-Jumuah, Aayat 8)

4 Jamaadil Awwal 1442 – 19 December 2020

The play-sport team

The ‘Team’ That Plays Kuffar Sports In The Name Of ‘Deen’ – Beware!
‘3rd Inter Masaajid Soccer Tournament’
The Fatwa of Allah Ta’ala Enshrined in the Qur’an Majeed:
“Leave (shun) those people alone who regard their Deen as a play and sport.” (An’aam, 70)
The Fatwa of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam):
“Every Lawh (play, sport) of a Mu’min is Baatil (futile, Haraam and impermissible) besides three…” (Tirmizi)
Deen discourages sports, play and amusement as seen in the above Qur’anic Aayat and Hadith Shareef (the three exceptions in the Hadith does not approve soccer and cricket!).
Yet it is sad to note how a certain group of Muslims have openly and audaciously disobeyed these Laws of the Deen by arranging for a soccer tournament dubbing it a ‘3rd Inter Masajid Soccer Tournament’. It is sad to note how the word ‘Masaajid’ is misused and made into a ‘ball’ to be ‘kicked around’! Would Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) have approved and allowed the youngsters of Madinah Munawwarah to have a sporting activity of the Kuffar in the Blessed and Pure name of ‘Masjid’? What about Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat Umar, Hazrat Uthmaan, Hazrat Ali (Radhiyallahu anhum) (etc.) – would any of them allow for this Haraam?
Cloaking this kind of sport in the name of ‘Masaajid’ or ‘Deen’ which the Kuffar play and which is accompanied with music, liquor, Zina, scantily dressed women, hooliganism, barbarism, murders, suicides, betting, vulgarity, etc. is extremely erroneous and lamentable.
Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam)’s Loving Warning: “You will be with those whom you love (on Qiyaamat’s Day).” (Bukhari)
Parents that want their children NOT to be raised with the Kuffar on the Day of Qiyaamah who wallow in Janaabat, who are womanizers and drunkards that play this sport will NOT send their children to participate in this activity, even if ‘big’ and ‘famous’ Imaams or Moulanas will be among the organisers and referees/coaches!
(Visit our website and search ‘sport’, ‘world cup’ to view more details on sports)

Custodians of the Haq
Amr-bil-Ma’roof Nahi-anil-Munkar
The Haq Sounds Like Hate To Those Who Hate The Haq
“Speak the Haq even if it is bitter” (Hadith)


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Almighty Allah says,
Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. (Al-`Ankabut 29:2-3)
And We will surely test you until We make evident those who strive among you [for the cause of Allah ] and the patient, and We will test your affairs. (Muhammad 47:31)
Life is the field of tests. Everything in this life is a test for you; your work, properties, couple, children, health or sickness, poorness or richness, occupancy or leisure, etc. is a means of testing. Almighty Allah has made this temporary life as an introduction to the eternal life after death. The latter one is contingent on the former, which is already a field of tests. If you succeed to pass these tests, you will enjoy a pleasant life and if you fail, it is, unfortunately hell or otherwise God may forgive. This is simply the straight equation of this life.
Almighty God has created man for an ultimate goal, namely to worship God, in the broad meaning of worship. God has promised those who bravely fulfill this goal and overcome the obstacles that obstruct their way that they will remain in eternal bliss in the heavens. However, those who are trapped in the snares of Satan and take the other way of misguidance, they are in fact heading fast towards the hell. A paradise-seeker should know that paradise is invaluable and its way is fraught with many hindrances, such as the evil desires, Satan, plots of wrongdoers and prohibited matters. These things are embellished by Satan and one’s fancy in addition to the cost of leading a God-pleasing way of life which involves a straight lifestyle in which one’s freedom to act is limited by the commands and prohibitions of God, which is the core of the meaning of the tests of life.