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The Du’a of the Quthb of Homs

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is taken from The Du’a of the Quthb, Shaykh Sa’id Kuhil (q.s.) from Homs.
We present the du’a of the erudite scholar, the Quthb of Homs, Shaykh Sa’id Kuhil ash-Shadzili (q.s.).  The late shaykh was known to read this every morning before fajr.

Allahumma maa asbaha bii min ni’mati aw biahadin min khalqika faminka wahdika laa sharika laka falaka al-hamdu wa laka ash-shukr.  Allahumma ij’al aj’alu awwala hadzaa an-nahaar swalaahan wa awsathuhu najaahan wa akhiruhu falaahan.  Allahumma alhamanii fiihi dzirika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibaadatik. Allahumma matti’ani bi asw-swihati wa al-‘aafiyyati hatta ataqawwiya ‘alaa thaa’atika.  Wa as’aa limardhaatika.  Allahumma swalli ‘alaa Sayyidinaa Muhammadin sayyidi muttaqin wa imaama al-‘aabidiin wa rasulu Rabb al-‘aalamiin.  Swalawatu Allah wa malaa’ikatuhu jami’i khalqihi ‘alayka yaa sayyidii yaa rasul Allah wa ‘alaa ali baytika wa aswhaabika ajma’iin.
”O Allah!  Whatever has reached me this morning …

Muslim Demographics

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
There is a report on Muslim demographics produced by Christian evangelical groups that make extraordinary claims on Muslim fertility.  The BBC has produced a report that comprehensively refutes it as fear mongering.
As Muslims, we should not be concerned about the number of Muslims there are but the quality of the ummah.  One perfected soul sustains Creation.  That one perfected soul is Given a universe.  What are mere numbers to Allah (s.w.t.)?  Do not see the world with your eye.  Look at it with His Eye and you will see the Immensity and the Subtlety of His Creation.  And you will understand that Laa ilaha il Allah sustains Creation.
It was not numbers that established the faith and it is not numbers that perpetuate it.  We are almost a quarter of the world’s population and yet we are weaker because we have loved this world more than we love the next.  And because Muslims have let go of spiritual, they have embraced the material.  That is our trag…

Branding Da'wah

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Running a da’wah campaign is akin to a branding exercise for a product line.  In this case, the product may perhaps be classified as afterlife insurance.  Truth be told, how do we brand Islam?  If we believe that it is a superior product, we must be able to convince the potential customer.  What makes it better?  What makes it a viable alternative?  What are the special features?  It is difficult to think like a non-Muslim.
Does Islam offer salvation?  So, does every religion.  Would anyone join a religion that does not offer some form of salvation?  And what sort of salvation?  Gardens with rivers flowing seem so passé.  Or the tired slogan, “Islam is Peace.”  Then how do we explain the fact that almost every other conflict involves Muslims.  Sometimes on both sides.  Or that Muslims get offended over food, over cartoons, over things people said and start to march and demonstrate and burn down embassies.
Some would cite the idea that Islam was the f…

Something about the Attributes

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is Written in the Qur’an:

For these, there is hope that Allah will Forgive: for Allah doth Blot out (sins) and Forgive again and again. (Surah an-Nisa’:99)
A woman, in despair at Allah's (s.w.t.) Mercy, went to the beach to drown herself in the sea.  She thought that Allah (s.w.t.) could never accept her for her sins.  And then she heard a voice.  “Look at the sand.  Just as the waves wash away your footprints, so do I Wash away your sins.”  And that is the Attribute of al-‘Afuw, the Effacer of Sins.  Allah (s.w.t.) is not merely the Forgiver; He Effaces sins such that it never happened.
Once, Moses (a.s.) prayed to Allah (s.w.t.), “My Lord, Pharaoh has terrorised your people and oppressed them to a great degree.  Why have you not chastised him?”
And Allah (s.w.t.) Replied, “Even in him, there is some good.  He is kind to his family, is faithful to his wife and generous by nature.  Speak to him kindly that he will change”  And that is the Attrib…

Messianic 'Muslims'

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Messianic Muslims are an offshoot of Jews for Jesus, Christian evangelical organisation.  It focuses specifically on the conversion of Muslims to Christianity.  Its members may consider themselves to be Muslims but by the tenets of Islam, they have apostatised.
Summary of Beliefs:
1.         The Old and New Testaments, as originally written, are divinely inspired and inerrant.  Since the Qur’an refers to the Bible but not vice-versa, they hold it as proof that the Bible is more ‘accurate’.
2.         Recognition of the value of traditional Muslim literature such as hadits, but only where it is supported by the Bible.
3.         God the Creator exists as a Trinity.
4.         Jesus is the Messiah, the second person of the Trinity, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of all humanity, rose again, and is co-equal with God.  Jesus will return to earth in the near future.
5.         People are saved through a belief in Jesus as Savio…

Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is taken from Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q.s.).
He was the Pearl of the Crown of the Knowledgeable Saints.  He was the Treasure of Those who Came Before and of Those who Came After.  In him were combined all their favours and generosity.  He was the Sinai of Divine Manifestation, the Furthermost Lote Tree of the Unique Knowledge, and the Fountain of the Hidden Prophetic Knowledge.  He was the Genius of Scholars and he was the Sultan of the Earth, which smiled when he was born and was honoured by his existence.  He was the perfect Perfected Guide.  He was the Caller to Allah’s (s.w.t.) presence, the One Quthb and the Unique Heavenly Imam.  He was the Reviver of the Second Millennium.  Sayyidina wa Mawlana, our Leader and Master.  Imam Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (q.s.), ibn Imam ‘Abd al-Ahad (q.s.), ibn Zayn al-‘Abidin (q.s.), ibn ‘Abd al-Hayy (r.a.), ibn Muhammad (r.a.), ibn Habibullah (r.a.), ibn Rafi’ ad-Din (r.a.), ibn Nur (r…

The Acceptance of Supplication

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is extracted from the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.).
The only book we get real benefit from is not authored by human beings.  It is the Holy Qur'an that Allah (s.w.t.) Sent down as a Mercy:

We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss. (Surah al-Isra’:82)
Those who are unjust, oppressors to themselves, by not reading the Holy Qur'an, are the losers in this world and the next.  Allah (s.w.t.) put His Secrets in the Holy Qur'an, because it is the Words of Allah (s.w.t.).  Every word in the Holy Qur'an is Divine, not created; it belongs to the Creator.  All His Beautiful Names and Attributes and all the words in the Holy Qur’an is Divine.  Outside the Holy Qur'an, nothing is Divine.  Any Divine Word carries with it, a cure.
There are two kinds of diseases: physical and spiritual.  W…