Monthly Archives: April 2010

Letter to the Vicegerant of Egypt, called Muqawqas

The Prophet (sal-lal-lahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) wrote to Juraij bin Matta, called Muqawqas, vicegerent of Egypt and Alexandria saying: “In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. From Muhammad servant of Allâh and His Messenger to Muqawqas, vicegerent of Egypt. … Continue reading

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Prophet’s Care for People with Special Needs

By Muhammad Mus’ad Yaqut The civilized world has recently paid attention to people with special needs. This started after it had cast aside corrupt, racist theories calling for neglecting them on the false grounds that people with special needs are … Continue reading

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Sunnah and Health Awareness

(Review of Sheik Yusuf al Qaradawi’s Book ‘Islamic Concept of Hygiene As Seen by the Sunnah’ by the IOL Team) Introduction The Sunnah (the collection of Prophet Muhammad’s deeds and sayings) occupies an important place in the thought of Dr. YusufAl-Qaradawi, … Continue reading

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The Prophet’s Method of Education

In bringing up his Companions, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) adopted various educational methods. Following are some of them: 1. Using illustrative parables: Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah … Continue reading

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What the Prophet (sal-lal-lahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) Particularly Read or Emphasized

There are certain Surahs or Ayahs of the Qur’an which, it is reported, the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, used to recite more often in particular Prayers or on specific occasions, or which he especially extolled by describing … Continue reading

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Authenticity of the Sunnah

Hadith or the Prophet’s Sunnah is integral to the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says: “And We have revealed unto thee the Remembrance that thou mayst explain to mankind that which hath been revealed for them, and that haply they may reflect.” … Continue reading

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The comprehensiveness of the Sunnah

By Dr. Ismail Lutfi Cakan So diverse are the people who have been called to Islam in the world. It is normal that every segment has felt a need for a guide according to the demands of the time. For … Continue reading

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The Lineage of the Prophet Muhammad (Sal-lal-lahu-alaihi-wa-sallam)

The lineage of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) can be traced back to Prophet Ismael, the son of Abraham, through Adnan. Adnan was a descendent twenty-one generations removed. Thus, the northern Arabs, of which the family of Holy Prophet was a member, … Continue reading

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What are the Collections of Hadith?

There are two kinds of Hadith compilations: musannaf and musnad. In musannaf collections, hadiths are recorded under various headings dealing with juridical subjects. The most famous musannaf collections are: 

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What are Matn, Sanad and Isnad?

In each hadith, there are two elements: sanad or isnad, and matn. Sanad or isnad is the chain of narrators of the hadith, while matn is the text of the hadith. Take the following hadith reported by Al-Bukhari as an example: 

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Definition of Sunnah

By Dr. Mustafa As-Sibai Sunnah in the Arabic language (without any religious context) means a way or method that can have two states, either good or bad. It is derived from the word: “Sanan,” which is Arabic for: a road … Continue reading

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