Monday, February 28, 2005

SunniPath - Virtual Fiqh?

SunniPath - What scholars consider when answering questions

An audio recording of an answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani regarding fiqh being answered by email.

Seeker's Digest - Safeguarding the Tongue

Safeguarding the Tongue

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi alayhi)
Translated by Moulana M. Mahomedy.

...The Sun...The Moon...

From Saf's Spot on the web:

"The word as-shams (the sun) is feminine, and qamar (moon) is masculine. The sun burns itself to give light and life to everything around, and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women."

-Sheikh Abdullah Adhami

A wise man indeed. Oddly, this came up in a conversation with a friend recently where I hypothesized the same thing...

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Alexandalus - El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

On the tail end of black history month, I thought I'd post this beautiful clip of some of our great living scholars visiting the grave of Sidi El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), may Allah have mercy on him.

Alexandalus - A visit to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, courtesy of Guidance Media

A source of real pride and inspiration to me as a little girl growing up here, Malcolm X will always have a special place in my heart.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Zaytuna - Monks, mystics and mood music

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Allah bless them):

BBC Radio: Monks, mystics and mood music

Note Shaykh Hamza's mini singing debute :)

Oh My Soul...

Aaron Haroon Sellars' English Translation Rendition
"Oh My Soul"
A translation of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad's Ya Nafsu

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Alexandalus - Finding a Spiritual Guide


Finding a Spiritual Guide

One my favourite blogs to visit. May Allah bless Sidi Alex Lahoz for putting it together.

SunniPath - The Forty Hadith Qudsi

The Forty Hadith Qudsi

Translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim & Denys Johnson-Davies, Courtesy of

Friday, February 04, 2005

Why Hijab?

Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller discusses the obligation for Muslim women to wear the hijab.


"...Some ink and words have been spent by some contemporary ethnic Muslim women writers (and an occasional convert) trying to do away with the covering of hair mandated by the Qur’an and the unanimous consensus of Muslims. They say—accurately enough, for a Muslim does not leave Islam merely by committing a sin—that one can take off the hijab and still remain a Muslim. But such a person remains a bad Muslim, who deems aping non-Muslims better than practicing Islam. For what? The Supreme Being knows our benefit better than we do; and if one believes in Allah, Master of every atom in the universe, it is only plain sense to follow Him. When all else fails, read the directions. Those who refuse to wear the hijab are acting out of ignorance or bad faith, and when one meets them, one seldom finds they manage to practice the other aspects of their religion. In the end, it is a matter of hearts. The heart that is alive has a sense of eternity, and knows that the infinite is greater than the finite. The heart that is dead follows the trends of the trend makers because it has turned its back on the Divine and forgotten endless time."