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WHERE WERE SOME OF THE FAMOUS SCHOLARS OF ISLAM BORN?

The following is a map of the birth places of the founders of the 4 schools of thought and the compilers of the 6 major books of Hadith:

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By: Abu Safiyyah

Imam Abu Hanifah – Kufa, Iraq (80-148 AH)
Imam Malik – Madinah, Saudi Arabia (93-179 AH)
Imam Ash Shafi’i – Gaza, Palestine (150-204 AH)
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal – Baghdad, Iraq (164-241 AH)

Imam Bukhari – Bukhara, Uzbekistan (194-256 AH)
Imam Abu Dawud – Sistan, Iran/Afghanistan (202-275 AH)
Imam Muslim – Neyshabur, Iran (204-261 AH)
Imam ibn Majah – Qazwin, Iran (209-273 AH)
Imam At Tirmidhi – Termiz, Uzbekistan (209-279 AH)
Imam An Nasai – Nasa, Turkmenistan (215-303 AH)

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Good Advice for New Muslims

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By: Brother Alex

1. Practice Islam as much as you can

“He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.”

-The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (Tirmidhi)

As a new Muslim, you will have trouble keeping up with prayers every day, fasting during Ramadan, and the many other practices in this religion. The struggle that we face, with such a radical change in lifestyle, is difficult and will take some time. Awkward moments are bound to happen, don’t fret. You are not expected to wake up at 4am every morning to pray tahajjud (extra night prayers). If you have problems with certain practices, then gradually work yourself into the mindset of worship. A counsellor once told me when I was young, “How do you eat an elephant? Just One bite at a time.” Think of it as one step at a time. Pray to Allah and ask for Him to make it easy for you and the rest will come naturally.

Keeping up with your devotional practices is something that will strengthen your faith immensely. Read the Qur’an whenever possible. Find a collection of hadith, such as Riyadh us-Saliheen, and read it often. You will start to feel a connection to Allah and you will become used to Islam as a religion and way of life.

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12 Amazing Tips to Become a Better Muslim!

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By: Brother Alex (Dallas, TX)

Source: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/

1. Practice Islam as much as you can

“He who loves my Sunnah has loved me, and he who loves me will be with me in Paradise.”
-The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Tirmidhi)

As a new Muslim, you will have trouble keeping up with prayers every day, fasting during Ramadan, and the many other practices in this religion. The struggle that we face, with such a radical change in lifestyle, is difficult and will take some time. Awkward moments are bound to happen, don’t fret. You are not expected to wake up at 4am every morning to pray tahajjud (extra night prayers). If you have problems with certain practices, then gradually work yourself into the mindset of worship. A counselor once told me when I was young, “How do you eat an elephant? Just One bite at a time.” Think of it as one step at a time. Pray to Allah (swt) and ask for Him to make it easy for you and the rest will come naturally.

Keeping up with your devotional practices is something that will strengthen your faith immensely. Read the Qur’an whenever possible. Find a collection of hadith, such as Riyadh us-Saliheen, and read it often. You will start to feel a connection to Allah (swt) and you will become used to Islam as a religion and way of life.

2.  Respect your parents

“Heaven lies under the feet of your mother.”
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Ahmad, Nasa’i)

Keeping up a good relationship with your family is essential. Try to avoid bringing up or taking part in controversial subjects regarding religion. This is almost unavoidable, but your parents will eventually accept that Islam is not going to turn you into a terrorist if you stay calm during these tense moments. Gradually, your parents will gain some respect and understanding of Islam and may start to become genuinely interested. This is a great sign and insha’Allah, God will make a way for them to accept Islam.

What you do not want to do is act like you know everything, attempt to debate everything, or overly defend yourself in a way that might make you angry or upset. This will just cause heartache and uneasiness. Your priority now should be to work on yourself.

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Reciting Quran without Wudu?

Source: http://askaquestion.hadithoftheday.com/

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

Reciting any verse of the Qur’ān is permissible without the need for wudū. This means one can recite from memory or looking at the Qur’ān without touching the muṣḥaf (physical copy of the Qur’ān) , as long as one is not in the state of major impurity (janābah).

‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Omar (may Allāh be pleased with him) reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said, “A menstruating woman or a seminally defiled person should not recite any part of the Qur’ān”. (Tirmidhī and Bayhaqī)

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Hadith of the Day Imam
Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute

Words Of Wisdom of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

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The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Here are some sayings of the Prophet Muhammed (Hadith)  that help us understand his inspirational character…

  • “A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.” (Muslim)
  • “There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.” (Bukhari)
  • “What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari)
  • “The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.” (Bukhari)
  • “If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.” (Abdullah b. Amr: Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)
  • “Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.” (Baihaqi)
  • “Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.” (Muslim)
  • “When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.” (Muslim)
  • “If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.” (Abu-Masud: Bukhari)
  • “It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.” (Bukhari)
  • “Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.” (Muslim)
  • “Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He who is in heaven will show mercy on you.” (Abu Dawud: Tirmidhi)
  • “It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.” (Muslim)
  • “The best of you are those who are best to the women.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Whoever loveth to meet God, God loveth to meet him” (Bukhari)
  • “Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with thorns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins.” (Bukhari)
  • “Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.” (Bukhari)
  • “Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.” (Iyad b. Hinar al-Mujashi: Muslim)
  • “A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity.” (Muslim)
  • “A Muslim who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation.” (Muslim)
  • “Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you.” (Umar: Muslim)
  • “Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.” (Abu Huraira: Muslim)
  • “The best richness is the richness of the soul.” (Bukhari)
  • “Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood.” (Abu Dawud)
  • “Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.” (Bukhari)
  • “Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh.” (Muslim)
  • “Once the Prophet was asked: “Tell us, which action is dearest to Allah?” He answered: “To say your prayer at its proper time.” Again he was asked: “What comes next?” Mohammad said: “To show kindness to parents.” “Then what?” he was asked, “To strive for the cause of Allah!” (Ibn Masad: Bukhari)
  • “When two persons are together, two of them must not whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man.” (Bukhari)
  • “I command you to treat women kindly…” (Bukhari)
  • “All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other.” (Abu Musa: Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.” (Bukhari)
  • “You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.” (Muslim)
  • “He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “I am leaving two things among you, and if you cling to them firmly you will never go astray; one is the Book of Allah and the other is my way of life.” (Last Sermon on the Mount)
  • “Allah is One and likes Unity.” (Muslim)
  • “The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of.” (Bukhari)
  • “The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.” (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)
  • “He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful.” (Ibn Abbas: Tirmidhi)
  • “No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself.” (Abu Hamza Anas: Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life.” (Bukhari)
  • “Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “The proof of a Muslim’s sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business.” (Abu Hureira: Tirmidhi)
  • “Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.” (Muslims & Bukhari)
  • “Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.” (Bukhari)
  • “The human being does not fill up any vessel worse than his stomach.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveler, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Women are the twin halves of men.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “A father gives his child nothing better than a good education.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “The strong person is not the one who can wrestle someone else down. The strong person is the one who can control himself when he is angry.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
  • “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” (Tirmidhi)

Let us know in the comments section below which is your favourite saying of Prophet Muhammad  – Peace be upon him and all the Prophets.

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Belief in Oneness of God

Hadith: Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jabal: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said to Mu’adh: The key to Paradise is the testimony to the fact that there is no god but Allah. Transmitted by Ahmad.

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