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Imam Muhammad Sa'id Ramadhan al-Buwthi (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following was partly taken from Pearls from Scholars: Imam Sa'id Ramadhan al-Buwthi (r.a.).
Imam Muhammad Sa`id ibn al-Mulla Muhammad Ramadhan al-Buwthi (r.a.), was born of Kurdish descent in 1350 AH / 1931 CE.  He was born in the village of Jilka.  He migrated to Damascus with his family when he was four years old.  The son of one of the foremost Shafi’i scholars of his time, Mulla Ramadhan (r.a.), he studied Arabic grammar, logic, and philosophy with his father, as well as Shafi’i jurisprudence and fundamentals of Islamic law and faith, and after graduating from the at-Tawjih al-Islami Institute of Damascus.
He then traveled to Cairo and joined the Faculty of Religion at al-Azhar.  He acquired the International Certificate in 1955.  The following year, he joined the faculty of Arabic Language at al-Azhar and acquired a Diploma at the end of the same year before returning to Syria.  He was appointed as dean in the Faculty of Religion at Dama…

Submitting to Allah (s.w.t.) in All Conditions

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is a transcript of discourse delivered by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.

We have spoken of the importance of cultivating faith in our hearts.  We remind ourselves of what Allah (s.w.t.) Tells us:

The desert Arabs say, “We believe.”  Say, “Ye have no faith; but ye (only) say, ‘We have submitted our wills to Allah,’ for not yet has Faith entered your hearts.  But if ye obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not belittle aught oft your deeds: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.” (Surah al-Hujraat:14)
If we have true faith in your heart it will manifest throughout our entire personality and when that happens, we will submit to Allah willingly.  There are some who profess to have faith but as Allah (s.w.t.) Says:

In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has Increased their disease ... (Surah al-Baqarah:10)
This meaning that they do not really have faith.  And Allah (s.w.t.) Expounds about such people in the very beginning of Surah al-Baqarah:

Of t…

Notes on the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 4

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The fourth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew contains two quite distinct sections.  The first half, until verse eleven is the account for the Temptation of Jesus (a.s.) by the Satan.  The second section deals with Jesus' (a.s.) early Galilean ministry and the gathering of his first disciples.
Matthew 4:1-11 1And now Jesus was led by the Spirit away into the wilderness, to be tempted there by the devil.  2Forty days and forty nights he spent fasting, and at the end of them was hungry.  3Then the tempter approached, and said to him, “If thou art the Son of God, bid these stones turn into loaves of bread.”  4He answered, “It is written, Man cannot live by bread only; there is life for him in all the words which proceed from the Mouth of God.”  5Next, the devil took him into the holy city, and there set him down on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, "If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down to earth; for it is written, ‘He…

Colleen's Conversion Story

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is the conversion story of Colleen Mary Dunn.  It is a journey that began in the US and carried on through India, Thailand and finally Singapore.
“I grew up in a Catholic home in the US where we all attended Mass together as a family every Sunday.  I have memories growing up of rushing around Sunday mornings before church as we struggled to get ready and arrive on time to 10:30 or noon Mass.  I am the oldest of 3 children.  My Dad is a retired US government employee, and my Mom is a retired Catholic school teacher.  All of us spent at least our elementary school years in Catholic schools.  My sister graduated from an all-girls Catholic high school and then got her undergraduate degree from a Jesuit university, Marquette, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  My brother graduated from Catholic high school as well before enlisting in the US Air Force.  I attended Catholic school, then transferred to public school in my junior year.  My undergraduate…