Notes: Hakim al-Ummat’s Comments on the Method of Teaching in Madrasahs

Bilal Ali Ansari

Hakīm al-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf ʿAlī al-Thānawī is known to have proposed some very interesting modifications to the Dars Niẓāmī syllabus as well as a number of condensed versions of the course to meet the divergent needs of the general Muslim populace.

Amongst the proposals is his emphasis on exercises and practice questions of the rules and principles taught in the classical works. Thānawī (may Allah shower him with His mercy) argued that the pace of lessons had to be slowed down while more attention and greater emphasis should be accorded to the application of the rules of Arabic syntax (naḥw) and morphology (ṣarf). He noted that the memorization of grammar rules was wholly inadequate, especially in today’s times. It is more effective to occasionally skip lectures and devote the time to exercises and revision.

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Advice for the Auspicious Nights

Pearls for Tazkiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Various approaches are implied by the Muslims to gain the most out of the nights which have been declared to be auspicious. Among these are the last 10 (odd) nights of Ramadhān which are generally thought to contain Laylah al Qadr.

Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani mentioned that these last nights of Ramadhān are meant for the servant to foster a strong relationship with his Master (Allah). Hence one should strive to worship Allah Ta’ālā by:

1. Reciting Qur’an in abundance, since this is the month of Qur’an.

2. Making lots of Du’aa – asking Allah for the bounties of this world and the hereafter.

Numerous supplications from Qur’an and Hadith have been nicely compiled in Munajāt e Maqbool (1) by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi which may be read during these nights.

3. Offering Nafl (voluntary) Salah – whereby:

a. the Qiyām is…

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Anwar Shah Kashmiri and Faydh al Bari

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Maulwi Anwar Shah Sahib Kashmiri states the Qur`an was (astaghfirullah) distorted when he writes in Faydh al-Bari:
قوله وقال ابن عباس…الخ واعلم أن في التحريف ثلاثة مذاهب ذهب جماعة إلى أن التحريف في الكتب السماوية قد وقع بكل نحو في اللفظ والمعنى جميعا وهو الذي مال إليه ابن حزم وذهب جماعة إلى أن التحريف قليل ولعل الحافظ ابن تيمية جنح إليه وذهب جماعة إلى إنكار التحريف اللفظي رأسا فالتحريف عندهم كله معنوي قلت يلزم على هذا المذهب أن يكون القرآن أيضا محرفا فإن التحريف المعنوي غير قليل فيه أيضا والذي تحقق عندي أن التحريف فيها لفظي أيضا أما إنه عن عمد منهم أو لمغلطة فالله تعالى أعلم به
and in another nuskha:

قولہ: [ و قال ابن عباس ] الخ ، و اعلم أن فی التحریف ثلاثۃ مذاھب: ذھب جماعۃ

الی أن التحریف فی الکتب السماویۃ قد وقع بکل نحو فی اللفظ و المعنی جمیعاً ، و

ھو الذی مال…

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Parents Shaming Children & Favoritism

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This is an excerpt from one of Tariq Masood’s speeches. Its translated more or less meaning.

There are certain things that cannot be tolerated by children. If your child has any shortcoming, don’t go around singing to people about it. When child finds out that my parent is speaking ill about me to everyone. This is an opportunity for the devil to incite the child to rebel. The issues of home should be dealt at home not public. If you have someone close or confidant who will preserve everyone’s honor, you can confide in them that my child is not listening to me. But if you go around telling everyone that my child doesn’t listen to me, is disobedient etc. When children find out the devil incites them what’s the point of being obedient now given that your own parents have humiliated you?

The next mistake that parents do is…

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The Problem of Sickness

Seeking The Divine Countenance

This is translated from a work of Dr Mahmud Esad Coşan.

Allah (swt) gave us endlessly favours and blessings that we can’t even count. Thanks to them we live happily; without them we would have perished instantly. And even if we spend all our lives for praising Allah just for one single blessing, we wouldn’t be able to thank Allah properly.

Our health is the most important favour and one of the greatest blessings of Allah on us. This body of ours is a great and superb creature. There are many organs inside and outside of our body – billions of cells and tissues, extremely well-ordered systems and mechanisms, continuous and orderly functions and progresses, biological phenomena and activities that repeat themselves continually in perfect order, our mysterious and marvellous brain, tireless heart, fine nervous system, circulatory systems, physics laboratory lungs, chemical factory liver, kidneys that contain millions of filters, bone…

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Mawlana Ahmad Sadiq Desai

Ḥayāt al-‘Ulamā’

Moulana is a 72 year old,South African(3rd generation iirc) aalim who is a senior khalifah of Ml.Maseehullah Khan Sherwani(r.a.).Moulana gained his initial prominance due to Ml.Maseehullah(r.a.) fondness of him. Moulana was one of the most hard working students in the madressah, completed his studies and was given Ijazah in a very short period of time. Moulana has been involved in various branches of deen. Moulana is a sheikh of tasawwuf,was/is involved in the ta’leem of children,maktab and other levels iirc, also through his awake magazine and al-haq,al-majlis and other publications. Moulana has compiled plenty of books on different speres of deen, including fatawa, tasawwuf, ibadat, responses to baatil, fiqh, aqeedah and many more.

Moulana was also involved in jihad, running jihad camps in the mountains of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa,and he had links to several of the afghan mujahideen. I am not sure if he spent time…

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Fatwaa on Salmaan Nadwi



شيخ حذيفة

What are your thoughts on M Salmaan Nadwi? Apparently he is insulting Hadhrat Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه.


الجواب ومنه الصدق والصواب

He is a mal`oon, murtadd, enemy of Allaah Ta`aalaa.

Salmaan Nadwi claims that from the 124,000 Sahaabah-e-Kiraam رضي الله عنهم, ALL of them became Murtaddeen except for 800, after the demise of Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم. Furthermore, he has many times insulted Hadhrat Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه in the worst of ways, but we will not repeat his vile insults here. He does not hide his hatred for Hadhrat Mu`aawiyah رضي الله عنه in particular.

Hadhrat `Abdullaah ibn Mughaffal رضي الله عنه narrated that Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Fear Allaah! Fear Allaah, regarding my companions! Do not take them as targets (of insults and hatred) after me, because whosoever loves them, loves them because he loves me, and whosoever hates them, hates…

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‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab commands to fire the christian

For the love of the Mujaddid, Imam Rabbani

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

A lot of people of hawaa and scholars of duniya who seek to earn respect from kafirs say that the verse 5:51 only refers to war times and so on, because they are embarrassed of Islam in front of their kafir friends, which is inevitable because Islam in itself is that which is the opposite of kufr. They can’t bring themselves to tell their kafir friends that Islam makes it HARAM for Muslims to bear friendships and affinities with kafirs. 

This narration is present under the tafsiir’s of both Imam Abul Hasan Al-Khazen and Imam Fakhruddin Ar-Razi. Mind you, this narration is in relation to a dhimmi. The present day kafirs are only worse than dhimmis. 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

Translation of meaning: O you who believe! Do not…

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Jesus, the son of Mary, shall descend back to earth, rule by the laws given to our Master Muhammad ﷺ, and subdue the entire planet by Muhammadan Shari’ah – Sahih Muslim

For the love of the Mujaddid, Imam Rabbani

A Very Happy New Jizyah To Everyone!

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum

Our Master Prophet Muhammad’s famous Sahiih hadiith in Sahiih Muslim says:

عَنِ ابْنِ الْمُسَيَّبِ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ، يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَيُوشِكَنَّ أَنْ يَنْزِلَ فِيكُمُ ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ صلى الله عليه وسلم حَكَمًا مُقْسِطًا فَيَكْسِرَ الصَّلِيبَ وَيَقْتُلَ الْخِنْزِيرَ وَيَضَعَ الْجِزْيَةَ وَيَفِيضَ الْمَالُ حَتَّى لاَ يَقْبَلَهُ أَحَدٌ ‏”‏ 

It is reported on the authority of Ibn Musayyib, that he heard Abu Hurayrah saing: “RasulAllah ﷺ said: “Soon, ‘Eisa (Jesus) the son of Mary, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, shall descend among you as a just ruler and he shall break the cross and kill the swine and lay down the jizyah and wealth shall overflow so much that it will not be accepted by anyone anymore.”

Imam An-Nawawiy’s commentary of Sahiih Muslim, Al-Minhaj states:

بَابُ بَيَانِ نُزُولِ عِيسَى بْنِ مَرْيَمَ…

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