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The Virtue of Sūrah al-Kahf

The Virtue of Sūrah al-Kahf

Translated by Dr Shameq SayeedIn the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the Most MercifulThey said:  What is the degree of authenticity of the Prophetic narrations found regarding the virtues of chapters (sūrahs) of the Noble Qur’ān?I said: The authenticated (ṣahīh)...
The passing of Dr Murad Hofmann

The passing of Dr Murad Hofmann

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيموفاة الدكتور مراد هوفمان رحمه الله تعالىبقلم: د. محمد أكرم الندويأوكسفوردنعي إلينا صباح اليوم (18 جمادى الأولى 1441هـ) المفكر الألمعي والكاتب الإسلامي الدكتور مراد هوفمان، سفير ألمانيا الأسبق في المغرب، وعضو المجلس الأعلى لمسلمي ألمانيا، وصاحب...
How do I study and what do I learn?

How do I study and what do I learn?

I was trained as an `alim in Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow India. I also did a doctorate in the University of Lucknow where I recently gave a lecture on how Muslim women should go about recovering their public authority as Islamic scholars. In short, what I study is focused...
Is Mortgage Permissible?

Is Mortgage Permissible?

Is taking a mortgage to buy a house permissible if the money borrowed must be paid back with interest?That which is impermissible (haram) can become permissible (halal) in conditions of necessity/need for as long as those conditions endure and so long as that which is...
Accelerated Arabic Programme

Accelerated Arabic Programme

Accelerated Arabic Programme Kickstart your journey in the Arabic language with ASI’s new Accelerated Arabic Programme! This unique 6-week programme will serve as an in-depth study of the core foundation of the Arabic language, covering both linguistics and practical...
Few Thoughts on Surah al-‘Ankabut

Few Thoughts on Surah al-‘Ankabut

The surah begins with the question: {a hasiba n-nasu an…} It is not right to translate hasiba as ‘think’/‘imagine’ or ‘suppose’/‘conjecture’. The meaning here is ‘reckon’, ‘calculate’, to use reason to weigh up options in order to come to a judgment about the...
Desire and Love in Marriage

Desire and Love in Marriage

I want to begin by trying to explain to you the difference between desire (Arabic, hawa) and love (mahabba).Desire is something that happens to you; you are passive before it; it arises; it gets you; it seems strong and you seem weak. It is aroused by what I will call...
Reflections on Education

Reflections on Education

The importance of religion to Muslims means, among other things, an emphasis on Arabic and Qur’anic studies; and the importance of earning their livelihood, notably employment by government or other public agencies, means they have, instead, to learn English, which is...