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The Answers Concerning the Legal Rulings of Zakatul-Fitr

A treatise focusing and answering the concerns regarding the legal rulings of Zakaat ul Fitr. This text is compiled and written by Imam Khalil Abdullahi (hf) and serves as an excellent reference for one fulfilling this obligation. This is a useful and important read considering the days of this holy month of Ramadhan are numbering lower and lower each day and Eid is quickly approaching. You can download this treatise here or here.


A Basic Demonstration On Salaah According To The Maliki Madhab

This is a basic demonstration of Salaah according to the Maliki madhab (school of thought) demonstrated by Abdullah Ali al-Amin al-Sicili. This is only a simple and basic explanation, not a depth study or explanation.

Below is a description of Salaat based on the description given by the Shehu Usman Dan Fodio raheema’Allah ta’alaa….

You start by making the intentions for the particular prayer you are about to perform and then, raising your hands to about the height of your shoulders, you say “Allahu Akbar” and lower your hands to your sides. Then your recite the Fatiha followed by a sura or other piece of Qu’ran.  During the recitation you stand upright with your head level and your eyes lowered. When you have finished reciting the sura you say, “Allahu Akbar” and go into ruku’ (bowing position).  In ruku’ you place your hands on your knees and your back should be more or less parallel with the ground. You do not raise or lower your head and your arms should be slightly away from your sides. While in ruku’ you glorify Allah saying, “Subhana rabbiyi’l-adhim,” (Glory be to my Lord the Great) three times. Then you stand upright again, saying, “Sami’a’llahu liman hamidah. Rabbana wa lakal-hamd.” (Allah hears the one who praises Him. Our Lord to you belongs all praise.)  If the prayer is being led by an Imam, he says the first half and those following him respond with the second half.

Then, saying “Allahu Akbar”, you go down into sujud (prostration), placing your hands on the ground before your knees. Your forehead and nose should touch ground. Your hands should be level with your head with the fingers slightly apart pointing toward qibla and your arms should be away from your body with the elbows well off the ground, like outspread wings. Your feet should be upright with Allah saying, “Subhana rabbiyi’l-a’la” (Glory be to my Lord, the Exalted) three times.

Then you lift yourself up saying, “Allahu Akbar”, and sit back. You fold your left foot under you while you sit between prostrations, and you keep your right foot upright. You push yourself up from the sujud with your fingertips and lift your hands from the ground onto your knees. Then you prostrate a second time as you did the first time. You then stand by pushing yourself up with your hands. You do not go into sitting position and then stand up from there. Doing as we have stated, you say “Allahu Akbar” as you stand up.

You then recite in the same way as you did before, starting with the Fatiha and following it with a sura or other passage from the Qur’an which should preferably be slightly shorter than the one you recited in the first rak’at and come from later in the Book. You then complete the rak’at as you did the first, going into ruku’, standing `up from it, and going into sujud twice as has already been described above. However, this time, after the second sajda, you do not stand up but sit back on your left buttock with your left foot under your right leg. While sitting like this you say the tashahhud. Your left hand should be placed palm down on your left thigh with the fingers together. Your right hand should be made into a fist and then placed on your right thigh, thumb on top, with the index finger extended and pointing forwards. As you recite the tashahhud you move the top half of your index finger back and forth. The text of the tashahhud has already been given above.

If the prayer you are doing consists of only two rak’ats you now say the salaams and the prayer is finished. If the prayer is longer you stand upright again after finishing the tashahhud and when you have reached the upright position you say “Allahu Akbar”.

You then complete the prayer in the way that has already been described except that you only recite the Fatiha. After the tashahhud in the final rak’at you recite the prayer on the Prophet called the Salat al-Ibrahimiyya whose text has also been given above.  Then you say the salaams to end the prayer.

Women do the prayer in exactly the same way as men except that they gather themselves in, keeping their bottoms down and their arms close to their sides.


‘Creed’

‘CREED’

WRITTEN & COMPILED BY IMAM KHALIL ABDULLAHI

If we were to look at the saying of Imam at Tahawi (rh), who was in fact a true Salafi’ (i.e. was born and lived in the time of As-Salaf us Salih), and than in comparison look at the many sayings referenced from the books of the Wahabis (i.e. wrongfully called Salafiyyah, Wahabiyyah, Neo-Salafis, etc.) ,we’ll find that their beliefs and saying to be a direct opposition and contradiction to the creed of Imam at-Tahawi (rh), which is in fact the creed of Ahluls Sunnah wal Jammah. This is the same Imam at-Tahawi who’s work of literature, Aqeedah at Tahawiyyah,  that in a sense laid out the foundation for the modern curriculum of study within the science of Aqeedah or creed.

Imam Abu Hanifah (rh) said within his book Al Wasiyyah….

“Allah existed eternally and there was no place; He existed before creating the creation. He existed and there was not a place, a creation or a thing; and He is the Creator of everything. He who says ‘I do not know if my Lord is in the heavens or on the earth,’ is a kafir. Also is a kafir whoever says that ‘He is on al-^arsh, and I do not know whether al-^arsh is in the heaven or on the earth’.”

Consequently, the great true ‘Salafi’ Scholar Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal declared a kafir whomever says these last two phrases because they contain attributing a direction, boundary, and place to Allah. Everything which has a direction and boundary is by necessity in need of a Creator. Thus it is not the intention of Imam Abu Hanifah to prove that the heaven and al- Arsh (i.e. throne) are places for Allah, as those who liken Allah to the creation claim. This is by virtue of the aforementioned saying of the Imam: “Had He been in a place needing to sit and rest, then before creating al-Arsh where was Allah?”, which is clear in negating that Allah has a direction or a place.

As well to further demonstrate the severity of this issue we look at the saying of Shaykh Abdul-Ghaniyy an-Nabulsiyy who said….

“He who believes that Allah filled the heavens and earth or that He is a body sitting above al-Arsh, is a kafir.”

If we were to look directly at Al-Qur’an we should look at Surah Maryam ayah (i.e. verse) 93 which means….

“All those in the heavens and earth must come to Allah as a slave.”

In his Tafsir (book of explaining the Qur’an) Imam ar Razi states….

“… and since it is affirmed by this ayah that everything that existed in the heavens and earth is a slave to Allah, and since it is obligatory that Allah is clear of being a slave, thus He is clear of being in a place or direction, or on al-Arsh or al-Kursi.”

Hence Surat Taha, ayah 5 in Al Qur’an, clearly does not mean that Allah sits on the throne or that Allah is firmly established on the throne. In the Arabic language, the word istawa has fifteen (15) different meanings, among of which are to sit, to subjugate, to protect, to conquer, and to preserve. Based on what we have covered so far it is clear that it is blasphemous to apply the meaning ‘to sit’ to Allah. However the terms to preserve and to subjugate are in compliance with the Religion and the language. And those so-called translations of Al Quran that referred to the term “Istawa” to “Sits” or “Sat”or “Established himself firmly on the throne” contradict Arabic rules, and Islamic bases. Be warned from such translations and such attributes, Allah is almighty clear from the sitting, movement, size, shape, form or change. Allah is great.

It is sufficient to prove that the true Salaf cleared Allah from having shape or form or being contained in place. As Imam Abu Hanifah mentioned in Al Fiqh al Absat….

“Allah existed eternally and there was no place; He existed before creating the creation. He existed and there was not a place, a creation or a thing; and He is the Creator of everything. He who says ‘I do not know if my Lord is in the heavens or on the earth,’ is a kafir. Also is a kafir whoever says that ‘He is on al-^arsh, and I do not know whether al-^arsh is in the heaven or on the earth’.”

This is our belief, this was the belief of the early Salaf, this is the belief of Ahluls Sunnah wal Jammah! Can the Wahabis or wrongfully called Salafis abide by the beliefs of such men like Imam Abu Hanifah (rh) or will they continue down their current path? If they can abide than let them (i.e. the Wahabis) get rid of their falsehood and submit to the true beliefs of As Salaf us Salih, those noble men and women whom they claim to follow and so enthusiastically (and falsely)  attribute themselves to.

– Written & Compiled By Imam Khalil Abdullahi
The Nur uz Zamaan Institute

Philadelphia Is Bleeding By Haneefah Muslimah

PHILADELPHIA IS BLEEDING

BY HANEEFAH MUSLIMAH

Philadelphia is bleeding, leaking thru its jugular vein. The children are now the mothers, and the fathers have been slain.

The ones left aren’t crying because the drugs have numbed the pain, wandering through these streets it seems we cannot stop the rain.

The Ummah is divided no one here to sow the gaps, the brothers killing brothers and write about it in their raps.

You cannot leave your home unless your adequately strapped, for the shoot out during Dhuhr while the young boys play their craps.

And what about the babies they just wanted to play in their lawn, and what about the righteous who prostrate way before its dawn, who are up until its late praying and do not sleep or care to yawn, what do we tell the mothers when their babies are long gone?

Philadelphia is bleeding, and I don’t know what to do, because it seems to me the occupants just do not have a clue.

And its sad to even say it but what’s more sad is its true, instead of being loyal to your Lord they say their loyal to their crew.

Muslims shunning Muslims, yet their friendly to disbelievers, everyone’s telling lies competing to be the best deceiver, while the women raise the men, hiding scars given from the one that beat her.

Maghrib is coming in and we’ve already lost three lives. The sisters want a divorce because he’s not just to all his wives, he doesn’t have the money and he cannot split the time, so now muslimah’s out past Isha, working ready to lose her mind.

The women no longer know what it means to have humility, the men they love pleasure, but run from responsibility.

And the only excuse they give is “this is what my environment did to me.” But you wouldn’t have time for the streets if you were in the Masjid diligently, consistently, and willfully.

Give no Sadaqa say you hurting,….

….but you keep a bottle of Bourbon,….

….keep that dutch filled and at arms reach,….

….and no one practices what they preach!

Im so tired and if I was like them I’d be one of the one’s leaving.

But I don’t run this is where Im from, but Philadelphia is bleeding…….


Muslims at McDonalds

A well done hilarious realistic skit by The Academy of Essential Knowledge youth. Keep up the good work young brothers.


Tonight (August 6th) Pre-Ramadhan Conference

Tonight (August 6th) Insha’Allah ta’alaa at Masjid Birr Wa Taqwaa (23 South 53nd Street, Philadelphia PA) The Nur uz Zamaan Institute will be hosting a ‘Pre Ramadhan Conference’ to prepare the community for Ramadhan which is less than a week away. Bring your families and friends and prepare yourself for this sacred and holy month. The speakers will be Imam Haneef Abdul Ali, Imam Naim Abdullahi, Imam Khalil Abdullahi. All information is on the flier below. JazakAllahuKhairun.


Qur’an, Sunnah, & Ijmah: The Proofs & Obligation of Following Them

Qur’an, Sunnah, and Ijmah….have you ever wondered why Islam has put such a heavy emphasis on these three specific things, what are the proofs for our reason to follow them, what is our obligation to them? The Nur uz Zamaan Institute presents a short by in depht treatise by Imam Khalil Abdullahi that gives ‘an outlook’ on Qur’an, Sunnah, and Ijmah and explains the proofs fort hem as well as our obligation to follow them.

As well the book focuses on the etiquette of the believers during Ramadhan and the sacred fast. Overall it is an excellent read for the new Muslim and even those who have embraced the faith for some time.

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