Saturday, April 29, 2006

Zaytuna Mawlid! (

Sidi Haseeb comes through again with awesome audio/video links! Available for download!

Jazak Allah khayr!

Sh. Hamza Yusuf - Changing My Faith to Islam

An early video of Sh. Hamza talking about his conversion to Islam (~ 1992)...from Google Video

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Sh. Faraz Rabbani: Alive in our hearts: Lessons from the Prophet (peace be upon him)

In light of the recent passing of Shaykh Yaqoubi’s wife, Umm Ibrahim, as well as other occurrences in the days surrounding the birth of the beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him abundant peace) who was sent as a Mercy to the Worlds, a surge of introspection has come about. The other night my teacher, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani who has been a source of much guidance for me over the last few years, gave a talk at the University of Toronto, entitled: “Alive in our hearts: Lessons from the Prophet (peace be upon him)”, and I’ve decided to record some of the notes I took, so that some benefit may be gained by those who were unable to attend, insha’Allah.

We find ourselves in life, in desperate need of guidance of what to do in this finite life. The scholars often mention the example of someone who suddenly awakes to find himself on a moving train. What will you do? Besides having fear, panic, and being mesmerized, upon waking, your immediate questions will be:

  • How did I get here?
  • Where am I going?
  • What must I do while I’m here?

All of creation has this intrinsic yearning to know where to go in life, with every heartbeat there is this need for guidance, finding the Creator, and doing the right thing. This fundamental need is found in the Fatiha, “Guide us to the straight path”, for we are essentially lost and bewildered: what are we to do and how are we to do it? And in reality, the entire Qur’an is an answer to that request, to help us, to save us from crashing so that we arrive at our destination in the best of states. It provides the way of living this life in the best way, and being granted the best of the next life.

Guidance involves turning to the Creator in our worship and in our human relations: our dealings and conduct (our transactions and how we comport ourselves). What are the sources of guidance? -- The Qur’an and the Sunnah, both of which are preserved.

What is the key to the Sunnah? – Turning to Allah in all of one’s affairs.

A man of the Quraysh mocked one of the companions (sahaba) about being taught everything by the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), even mannerisms related to the using the toilet. The companion replied without any hesitance or shame, that this was indeed the case because the Rasul (Allah bless him and give him peace) was sent to show us the best way to live in every aspect of our life, and to perfect the most noblest of character.

In our race for success in the world, we often forget the hereafter. The Sunnah shows us how to re-connect with Allah and our ultimate purpose – khalwa, reflecting privately on one’s life, conduct, and dealings. After writing an exam one studied hard for, for instance, rather than wasting time twiddling one’s thumbs or talking to others and speculating, one should instead turn to Allah and supplicate, asking for His assistance. In the first moments of marriage when husband and wife are alone, praying two rakats before setting out on their path of married life.

In short, remembering Allah, and following the example of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), can make the mundane the sublime. For every action, do the “what/why analysis”: “What am I doing? Why am I doing it? For instance, when putting on one’s shoes, starting in the name of Allah, putting the right shoe on first, and intending gratitude towards Allah for the mercy and blessing of being able to walk and wanting to walk to that which is pleasing to Allah. Visiting friends for the sake of Allah, to deepen love.

These were just a few of the things that Shaykh Faraz touched on. Insha’Allah, they’ll remind us all to bring the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) to life in our hearts and lives by implementing his Sunnah, his noble character, and his beautiful presence in our daily lives.

And Allah knows best.

May Allah grant us all good in this life and the next. Amin.

SunniPath: Traditional Halaqa Live from Bradford

SunniPath is pleased to announce that we will be broadcasting lessons from The Traditional Halaqa live from Bradford, England, during the following week starting from this Sunday, April 16th.

This broadcast is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. You can login to each session by going to at 11:30am EST/4:30pm BST on a daily basis.
Broadcast Schedule

Shaykh Samer al-Nass
Sunday April 16th – Saturday April 22nd

Fiqh of Marriage
11:45am EST / 4:45pm BST

'Ilm of Ihsan
2:40pm EST / 7:40pm BST

Q&A, Nasheeds, Guest speakers
3:45pm EST / 8:45pm BST

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Shifa: Remedies and Cures

A new blog that seeks to present the teachings of our beloved teacher, Sidi Hakim Archuletta on health and the Islamic tradition: Shifa should be blog of great benefit, insha'Allah.

Remedies and Cures
by Hakim Archuletta

Its an old basic that one must grasp the essence and the core of the whole subject and not go by "give this for this" In many texts, descriptions of foods in terms of their hot cold wet and dry qualities, for example, you will find conflicting information . I'm not sure of the origins or reason for this.-sometimes from country to country , honey may, for example, be described as hot and dry and even hot and wet in another text. Everything you find, however, that is not in conflict and that makes sense should be stored as a-possible- and you will find prescriptions that are consistent from across the world and through time -these we need to know for our patients as it indicates something sound. [Read More...]

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Remembering Umm Ibrahim

- SunniSister reflects on the passing of Umm Ibrahim

- Shaykh Yaqoubi recounts the last days of his wife's life:

Sheikh Muhammad al Yaqoubi sends his warm salaams and utmost appreciation to everyone for the ongoing du'as for his family, and for the Khatm al Quran taking place in various parts throughout the world, mashaAllah. He asks that you please keep sending the du'as especially for his children.

Also, Sheikh Muhammad wanted everyone to know that the last couple of days of his wife's life were filled with joy and celebration. In fact there was a mawlid in their home just the day before she departed and that night Sheikh Muhammad presented her with a bouquet of flowers with a profoundly prominent one as the centerpiece. He said that night they recounted the trials of the recent past and forgave each other for everything, he was content with her and she with him. Radi'a 'alayha wa Radi'at 'alayh. They also spoke much that night about the boy they were expecting, the bundle of Aal al bayt in her belly whom they were going to name "Sharif" after Sheikh Muhammad's paternal granduncle, the famous 'Arif bi Allah, Sheikh Sharif al Yaqoubi. Radia Allahu 'anh. Sheikh Muhammad said it was a better night than their wedding night.

Masha Allah. This is why Sheikh Muhammad declared at the funeral that he was happy with her, so that she, insha Allah, would be of those wives whom the Prophet, salla Allah 'alayhi wa sallam said would be in al Jannah if they passed this world while their husband was content with them. As our consummate teacher, he wanted us all to know that he is in heightened gratitude that Umm Ibrahim, rahimaha Allah ta'ala, departed in this tranquil way. He said she shone with a light in the last couple of days that was clearly a felicitous farewell to the Dunya. Subhan Allah.

- Shaykh Gibril Haddad remembers Umm Ibrahim:

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.
{Lo! Allah's promise is the very truth. Let not the life of the world beguile you, nor let the deceiver beguile you, in regard to Allah} (31:33).

Glory and thanks to Allah in every moment and state, Glory to Him Who changes everything but never changes!

The wife of our beloved teacher Shaykh Abu al-Huda Muhammad al-Ya`qubi ibn al-Sayyid Ibrahim al-Ya`qubi al-Hasani passed away on Monday April 10, 2006 (12 Rabi` al-Awwal 1427) after a car accident and was survived by their three children who are in stable condition. The funeral prayer was prayed the next day (today) at Jami` al-Badr in Damascus after Salat al-zuhr and she was buried in the turba of Ahl al-Bayt in Bab al-Saghir cemetary.

The Sharif Abu al-Huda spoke shortly before he led Salat al-Janaza and bore witness to the righteousness of his wife Umm Ibrahim al-Ya`qubi Aal Rabbat who had devoted her life to Allah and His Prophet, His Family, and the students of knowledge in the pious service of her husband. He said that it was her unfailing daily habit to pray one hundred rak`at and to do a khatma of Surat al-Baqara and Surat al-Ma'ida. She had asked him five years ago that if she should pass away he insure that she is buried "with you, Ahl al-Bayt, and in your immediate vicinity." He informed those present that she had passed away bearing in her womb a five-month old fetus from Ahl al-Bayt. Less than a week before her passing she had prepared with her own hand food for 150 people at Sayyid Abu al-Huda's home in donation to the departed soul of Mawlana al-Sayyid Muhammad al-Hashimi al-Darqawi's son. The very day before her passing she had prepared food for the students of Abu al-Huda for the specific occasion of the Mawlid of the Holy Prophet, upon him blessings and peace.

The writer of these lines owes a special debt of gratitude toward Umm Ibrahim who kindly hosted my ailing mother and us a few years ago and whose high religion I witnessed recently after a particular incident. Last `Eid al-Fitr (on the first Friday of November 2005) after the Salat al-`Eid at the Umawi Mosque I went to the Ya`qubi house a half hour away, intending to visit Shaykh Muhammad. At his very doorstep I slipped and broke my right tibia bone in two pieces. As Abu al-Huda came out I only had two words, one was "`Eid Mubarak ya Sayyidi" and the other was: "My leg ya Sayyidi!" Sayyid Abu al-Huda drove me to the hospital on the spot, paid for the operation, brought me back home a couple of days later after, and paid all my family's expenses for the subsequent months, in addition to which, every few days, Umm Ibrahim would drive over from her house to ours with plenteous food she had prepared with her own hands. At the time of her accident she was driving to visit her parents for Mawlid. May Allah repay her with the food and consolation of Paradise!

The first visit I made after I could walk again was to the house of Sayyid Abu al-Huda where he told me: "The greatest tests are for the Prophets, after whom, Allah Most High pours down the trials and tribulations of the world on the Ghawth, who carries what mountains cannot carry, and he is charge of distributing them, first in intensity to the Aqtab, then the Abdal, then the rest of the Awliya, then the commonality." And this loss of his is a test of tremendous proportions which the eyes and ears of witnesses saw and heard Abu al-Huda carrying with words of light and glorification from the Book of Allah and the Sunna and serene states of His Messenger, upon him blessings and peace.

May Allah justify the glad tidings of the many signs He manifested regarding his wife, this pious righteous woman who was blessed with the supportive character of our Mother Khadija in love and respect for her husband who bore witness in her behalf of his being well-pleased with her, in illustration of the Prophetic promise that such a wife enters Paradise. May He ease her entry into the earth, widen her grave for her and illuminate it, and receive her into the vastness of His Paradises and the highest company,

{with those unto whom Allah has shown favor, of the Prophets and the saints and the martyrs and the righteous. The best of company are they!} (4:69). Amin.

`Azzama Allahu ajrakum Aala Ya`qubi wa-Aala Rabbat, and may Allah grant you sabr and the highest reward bi-hurmat al-Habib wa-Surat al-Fatiha.
- Gibril Fouad Haddad

Monday, April 10, 2006

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji 'un


We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved teacher Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi's wife, Umm Ibrahim, who was dearly loved by many, passed away today in a car accident. Their daughter, Aisha, also in the accident, is in the hospital. Please make sincere du'a for all of them. We will have a khatam of Qur'an for them at Zaytuna on Saturday, April 15th at 6pm in sha Allah. To God we belong and to Him we shall all Return.


Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Mawlid of the Messenger of Allah: The Seal of Prophets and a Mercy for the Worlds (Allah bless him and give him abundant peace)

Assalamu'alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

Alhamdulillah, the mawlid in nearly upon us once again!
May Allah endlessly bless our beloved master and guide, the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions, and those who seek to follow him, until the Last Day.

May we follow the best of creation in his most noble example, in all we do. In light of the mawlid, I thought of once again posting the Reader on the Mawlid from SunniPath.

Also, please make du'a for my family and I during this blessed month, and especially on that blessed day that our guide was sent into this world.




  • Love & Praise of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & grant him peace)
  • Is the Celebration of the Mawlid Permissible?

Is it permissible to celebrate the Prophet's birthday (Allah bless him and give him peace)?

Should we celebrate Mawlid (The Prophet's (S) birthday)?

RE: Milad (Is it permissible to celebrate the Prophet's birthday (Allah bless him and give him peace)?

Making Du`a for the Umma of the Beloved of Allah (peace and blessings unlimited be upon him, his family, companions, and followers)
Ma`ruf al-Karkhi, one of the righteous imams of the early Muslims (salaf), said, "Whoever says,

'Allahumma aslih Ummata Muhammad Allahumma farrij `an Ummati Muhammad Allahumma Rham Ummata Muhammad [salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam]

(O Allah, improve the state of the Umma of Muhammad O Allah, grant ease to the Umma of Muhammad O Allah, have mercy on the Umma of Muhammad),'

ten times every day will be written down as one of the highest of elect believers (abdal)." [Abu Nu`aym, Hilyat al-Awliya , 8.366]

اللهم أصلح أمة محمد اللهم فرج عن أمة محمد أللهم ارحم أمة محمد

Why? The Prophet of Mercy (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"Have mercy on those on earth, and the Lord of the Skies will have mercy on you." [Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and Bukhari in his al-Adab al-Mufrad from Abd Allah ibn Amr (Allah be pleased with him