Jihad by Night

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Jihad

“For twenty years I waged Jihad against myself.  I struggled, all throughout to remain standing in prayer at night.  For those twenty years I never tasted the sweetness of the night prayer.  It was only after that that I found comfort and sweetness.”

These are the words of one of the greatest scholars of the early generation.  Al-Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawri (161 H) is known as one of the Eight Ascetics of his age.  He was, rahimahullah, ‘aabid – a worshipper.

Twenty years of Jihad by night.  No sweetness was experienced by ath-Thawri (rahimahullah) for twenty years?

August 10, 2010

Linguistic and Cultural Formalism Part 4

Beliefs & Practices, Education

Confusion of Languages

The differences in the languages spoken by human beings are but natural and, in fact, a blessing. The Qur’an calls these variations a Divine favour and a sign of the ‘Lord’s craftsmanship:

And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the differences of your languages and colours. Lo! herein indeed are portents for men of knowledge (Al-Rum:22).

June 15, 2010


Beliefs & Practices, Live like brothers Deal like strangers

If one wishes to have a vague idea of the number of disputes that occur in the community, one will get a glimpse of this from the number of cases that come to the courts on a daily basis. However, due to the high costs and the time involved in bringing a matter to court, the majority of disputes don’t even come to the courts. Rather the disputing parties try to grab whatever they can from each other, thus bringing about further enmity. The resultant animosity sometimes continues for generations.

February 2, 2009

The Noble Characteristics And Habits Of Rasûlullâh (Part 2)

The Life of Rasulallah

33. ‘Â’ishah and Abû Hurayrah radiyallâhu ‘anhumâ narrate that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to be distressed, he used grasp his beard in his hand.

34. ‘Uqbah bin ‘Âmir radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to apply surmah to his eyes an odd number of times. In another narration it is mentioned that he used to apply it three times in each eye.

35. Anas radiyallâhu ‘anhu narrates that when Rasûlullâh Sallallâho ‘Alaihi Wassallam used to complete eating, he used to lick his three fingers. He used to do this so that the sustenance of Allah does not go to waste.

August 31, 2008