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The Prophet (s.a.w.) Never Circumcised His Daughters

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The Prophet (s.a.w.) never circumcised any of his daughters.  Whoever says it is a sunnah is greatly mistaken.

Hajj Malcolm X (r.a.) on His Credentials

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Hajj Malcolm X (r.a.) said, “I am not educated nor am I an expert in any particular field.  But I am sincere and my sincerity is my credentials.”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) on True Fasting

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “The fasting prescribed by the religion is to abstain from eating and drinking and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset, while spiritual fasting is, in addition, to protect all the senses and thoughts from all that is unlawful.  It is to abandon all that is disharmonious, inwardly as well as outwardly.  The slightest breach of that intention breaks the fast.  Religious fasting is limited by time, while spiritual fasting is forever and lasts throughout one’s temporal and eternal life.  This is true fasting.”

Shaykh ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.): Fasting is Negation

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
As Shaykh ibn ‘Arabi (q.s.) wrote, in his Futuhat al-Makiyyah, in reality, fasting is non-action, not action.  The negation of likeness is a negative attribute.  Therefore, the relationship between it and Allah (s.w.t.) is strengthened.  Allah (s.w.t.) Says about Himself:
… there is nothing whatever like unto Him ... (Surah ash-Shura’:11)
He denied that there is anything like Him and so there is nothing like Him by logical proofs and by the shari’ah.  Imam an-Nasa’i (r.a.) related that Abu Umamah (r.a.) said, “I came to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) and asked, ‘Give me something that I can take from you.’
He replied, ‘You must fast.  There is nothing like it.’”  He denied that it was like any of the acts of worship which are prescribed for the servants of Allah (s.w.t.).
Anyone who recognises that it is a negative attribute, since it consists of abandoning things which break it, knows absolutely that there is nothing like it since it has no source wh…

Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.): Perfumes, Incense, Kohl & Enemas Do Not Break the Fast

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.) said, “Smelling perfumes does not harm the fast.”  Expanding upon the subject, he says, “As for kohl injections, drops dropped into the urethra, enemas for medicinal purposes, and treatment for brain and stomach injuries, there is some dispute among the scholars.  Some say that none of these break the fast, some say that all except kohl would break the fast, while others say all except the drops break the fast, or that the kohl or drops do not break the fast but that the rest do.”
Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.) continued, “The first opinion on this question is preferred.  The most apparent conclusion is that none of them break the fast.  The fast is part of the religion of Islam.  Both the layman and specialist must be knowledgeable about it.  If the preceding actions were forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (s.a.w.) to the fasting person because they would ruin the fast, then it would have been obligatory upon the Messenge…

ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.): The Inevitable Does Not Break the Fast

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Those things which one could not protect one’s self from, such as swallowing one’s saliva, the dust of the road, sifting flour and so on are all overlooked.  These are inevitable and unavoidable.  ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) ruled that there is no problem with tasting liquid food or something one wishes to purchase.  This is so since the intention is not to break the fast.

Muslim Organisations Should Not Make a Spectacle of Zakat Distribution

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
When people come to collect the zakat that is rightly due to them, Muslim organisations should not make a show of giving to them what was already their Due by Allah (s.w.t.).  It borders on shirk to have ministers and guests of honour, cameras and an entire event planned to enhance the ones who give and humiliate the ones who receive.
This is what Muslim organisations and groups do every year, especially in Ramadhan.  They give out a pittance, and then they take photographs and plaster it on the media, volunteers put it on their social media accounts, and they all think they have done some good.  When people are in a state of need, would they want the world to know that they are in that state?  This is shameful behaviour.
O ye who believe!  Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury ― like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day.  They are, in parable, like a hard, …

‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on Giivng Little in Charity

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “Do not feel ashamed when giving little for charity; that is because there is always goodness in giving, no matter how little.”

Imam ‘Abdullah al-Haddad (q.s.) on the Key to Sincerity

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ‘Abdullah al-Haddad (q.s.) said, “The key to sincerity is qiyam al-layl, because only the sincere wake and stand when others are lying asleep.”

The Passing of Imam 'Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (q.s.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ibn al-Mubarak (q.s.) passed away in Hit, returning from a naval expedition and was buried in Hit in Ramadhan in 181 AH.  Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.) said that he was born in 118 AH.  When he was near death, he told Naswr, his servant, “Put my head on the earth.”  Naswr wept.  He asked, “Why do you weep?”
Naswr said, “I remember what you had in it of blessing and now you are dying a stranger and a pauper.”
Imam ibn al-Mubarak (q.s.) told him, “Be quiet.  I asked Allah to Let me live the life of the rich and to Make me die the death of the poor.”  Then he said, “Put me down and do not address me again unless I speak again.  Put me down so that it is my last words.”

‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.) on Receiving the Needy

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.) said, “When the poor and needy come to you, then know that it is a Gift from your Lord.”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.): Spending the Treasures of the World

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “If I were given the treasures of the world, I would spend it all on feeding the poor.”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.): Do Not Turn Away the Beggar

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “Comfort the poor with something from your possessions.  Do not turn away a beggar, when you are capable of giving him something, be it a little or much.  Concur with the Lord of Truth in His Love of giving, and be grateful to Him for how He has Equipped you and Enabled you to give.  Woe unto you!  The beggar is the Gift of Allah and you are capable of giving to him, so how can you send the gift back to its Giver?  In my presence, you listen and shed tears, but when the poor person comes along, your heart turns hard.  This goes to show that your tears and your attention were not sincerely for Allah.”

‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on Zakat

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “Of the most meritorious acts of a believer, and one of the most acceptable things to Allah is zakat.  It behooves everyone to give charity, because from amongst the acts of worship, this is the most pleasing to Allah.”

Shaykh Najm ad-Din Kubra’ (q.s.): The 22 Benefits of Fasting

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Najm ad-Din Kubra’ (q.s.) wrote a booklet, “The Treatise of the Bewildered, Ecstatic Traveller.”  It is a short Sufi text on spiritual practice of which the part dealing with fasting will be shown.  The shaykh made it clear that fasting has 22 benefits.
It is resemblance to spiritual beings, because they eat nothing of what we eat.
It is the restraining of the ego, which incites towards evil, being, thus the enemy of Allah (s.w.t.).
It is the obtaining of a distinction as, “The fasting is for My Sake and I Reward it.”
It is the receipt of a Recompense without end as:
… “Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!” (Surah az-Zumar:10)
It is the purification of the sins of the ego.
It is the washing away of the dust of the ego from the tablet of the spirit, so that the inscriptions of the inner sciences may appear, as:
Truly he succeeds that purifies it, and he fails that corrupts it! (Surah ash-Shams:9-10)
It is the abil…

Inner Dimensions of Fasting according to the Jistiyyah

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Shaykh al-Ishraq (q.s.) wrote, “The visionary will understand the implication completely, learning much from a few hints.  He will have patience to be resolute in all matters, the secret of this patience being entrusted to the one who holds the authority to teach the book.  He will be characterised by Nearness to Allah (s.w.t.), a spare diet and little sleep, supplication to Allah (s.w.t.) to Ease the Path for him and a heart made refined by refined thoughts.”
The real fast, according to the Jistiyyah, is the renunciation of all religious and worldly desires.  The desire of Paradise, and of worldly wealth and position should be avoided.  The love of anyone else except Allah (s.w.t.) and the desire for Paradise are the things, which break the fast.  The people who keep the fast abstain from eating and drinking.  But this is not the real fast.  It is an unreal fast.  Such a fast does not imply the renunciation of things other than Allah (s.w.t.).  The…

Shaykh ‘Ali ibn Muhammad ath-Tha’i (q.s.) on the Signs of Laylat al-Qadr

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The father of Shaykh ibn al-‘Arabi (q.s.), Shaykh ‘Ali ibn Muhammad ath-Tha’i (q.s.), informed him about special signs by means of which one could recognise the blessed night.  One of these signs is mentioned in the Futuhat al-Makkiyyah: “The dawn at the end of the Night of Power is not from the light of the sun.  It is the light of the Night of Power itself, which manifests in the body of the sun, just as with the light of the moon.”  He continued, “Thus, as the Night of Power effaces the rays of the sun, the sun remains like the moon, shining on things and giving light without rays.”
The shaykh wrote this poem:
“Each moment I behold You is my Night of Power, While that which for mankind in the month of Ramadhan Is better than a thousand months. Verily I, I am better than that without any time! Its graciousness depends on me, while my own grace Belongs to Him Who Made me in His Image.”

Shaykh ibn al-‘Arabi (q.s.) on Calculating Laylat al-Qadr

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
There is a special night in Ramadhan, a night which is blessed as it is the night of the descending of the Qur’an.  It is called the ‘Night of Power’.  There are different opinions about the exact date of the Night of Power.  Some people point to the 27th of Ramadhan.  Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) also referred to a tradition that the Night moves through the year.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) wanted to tell the community about the exact day of the Night of Power, but this knowledge was taken away.  According to the collector of traditions. Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.), the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, “Seek it on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan.”
So, it is hidden, like the friend of Allah (s.w.t.) is hidden in order that we respect all people.  It is up to the aspirant to be alert and awake to its coming.  According to Shaykh Sulayman ‘Atha’ (q.s.), a murid of Shaykh Ahmad al-Yasawi (q.s.), we should, “treat everyone you meet as Khidhr (a.s.) and e…

Imam Abu al-Layts as-Samarqandi (r.a.) on the Fasting of the Elect

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Shaykh Abu al-Layts as-Samarqandi (r.a.) spoke about the fasting of the Elect: “if you want to fast like Jesus (a.s.), then know that he would fast all the time and lived on nothing but barley.”  He continued, “If, however you want to fast as his mother, Mary (a.s.) did, then know that she used to fast for two days at a time and then eat for two days.  The fast of David (a.s.) consisted of fasting one day for 24 hours and breaking it the next day by a day in which he took food and drank.”

Consolation for the Trials of Fasting

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Fasting is at times quite difficult, but a Jisti pir made it clear that it is supposed to be difficult.  This poem may, however, offer some consolation:
“I asked the True God to Guide me, Because of His Knowledge of me and of Himself, So once again He Gave me life. When I am hungry, God Feeds me And when I am thirsty, He Pours for me And when I am weak, He Helps me And when I am ill, He Cures me.”

Shaykh Sharaf ad-Din al-Maniri (q.s.) on Fasting

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Sharaf ad-Din Ahmad Yahya al-Maniri (q.s.) was known as Makhdum al-Mulk, “Spiritual Master of the Realm”.  When we read his teachings, we immediately notice that he wrote with authority, based on his personal experience.  This Sufi from India had written a letter to his disciple Qadhi Shams ad-Din (q.s.) about fasting, his “The Hundred Letters”:
“In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate!
Brother Shams ad-Din, masters of Truth and Sincerity have said, ‘Bodily strength depends on food and drink, whereas spiritual strength depends on going hungry and thirsty.  In Allah’s (s.w.t.) Domain, hunger is a Divine Food’.  It has been said that one of the qualities of the Almighty is this:



“… And He is that Feedeth but is not fed.” … (Surah al-An’am:14)
If a servant becomes distinguished in this practice, then according to the consensus of the wise, he progresses on the carpet of proximity to Allah (s.w.t.).  He becomes far removed from the hum…