The Obligatory Prayers and the Broader Command to Remember Allah

dhikr-150 We all each now and then meet and hear about people who perform the daily obligatory prayers for a period of time then abandon it, then start again, just to stop praying after a while, and so on. The same happens with fasting. Some Muslims who do not observe the obligatory prayers still observe the fasting of Ramadan, and some of them would also observe the prayer during the holy month. But once the fasting month is over, the daily prayers immediately or shortly afterwards are abandoned.

Ramadan 2016 Timetable Using Mecca’s Length of the Fasting Day

lunar-crescent There seems to be growing acceptance that the length of the fasting day of Ramadan in high latitude places is too long for many if not most people to observe. Jurist have already addressed this issue in light of the fact that it is subject to “ijtihād” or “personal reasoning “. One proposed approach is to use the length of the fasting day in Mecca or Medina in in places where the time between dawn and sunset would be too long to fast.

The Birmingham Muṣḥaf Between Simple Facts and Manufactured Controversies

birmingham-mushaf-1r-original-150x The newly discovered “Birmingham muṣḥaf” is among the earliest, if not the earliest, manuscripts of the Qur’an in existence. The text on these two leaves is identical to the text of the muṣḥaf we have today. Yet this has not stopped some from trying to turn the significance of this stunning discovery on its head, claiming that it questions rather than supports the preservation of the Qur’anic text!

Publication of My Book: “The Wonders of Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya Brought to India”

Wonders of Tariqa Front Cover 500 I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book The Wonders of Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya Brought to India. I edited, compiled, and wrote introductory material for the content of this book. This unusual work contains fifty-five reports of wonders that were witnessed by or involved the deputy of ḥaḍrat Shaikh Muḥammad al-Kasnazān in India during his preaching tours of that country in 2011-2015.

Mistaking Islam for a State: Misunderstanding Religion and Revering False History

sultan-uthman The fascination of some Muslims with the concept of “Islamic State” or “caliphate,” and according their attraction to ISIS, reflects serious misunderstanding of both Islam as a religion and the critical function of the first Islamic state, i.e. the one founded by the Prophet. It also shows ignorance of or deliberate overlooking of the un-Islamic aspects of the later Islamic empires.

Ramadan 2015 Timetable Using Mecca’s Length of the Fasting Day

ramadan-calligraphy There seems to be growing acceptance that the length of the fasting day of Ramadan in high latitude places is too long for many if not most people to observe. Jurist have already addressed this issue in light of the fact that it is subject to “ijtihād” or “personal reasoning “. One proposed approach is to use the length of the fasting day in Mecca or Medina in in places where the time between dawn and sunset would be too long to fast.