The Good Things that Last:
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The Good Things that Last
The Qur’ān says:
المَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا
Wealth and children are the embellishment of the worldly life, and the good things that last (al-bāqiyāt as-ṣāliḥāt) are greater with your Maker in reward and greater in expectation.Sūrat al-Kahf, 18:46
“The good things that last” are also mentioned in Sūrah Maryam, 19:76.
The material benefits of this world are short-lived and temporary. They don’t give us much and nor can we expect much from them. On the other hand, the “good things that last” will remain and endure forever. That is, their rewards will continue into the hereafter, and the hereafter is “far better and far more lasting” (Sūrat al-A‘lā, 87:17) than this life.
What are the “good things that last”? Continue Reading
Imām Abū Dāwūd rahimahullāh reports in his Sunan with an authentic chain that Rasūlullāh (sallAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
Verily, Allāh – Great and Glorious is He – will raise for this ummah, at the end of every century, one who will renew for it its affair.
When we read Salawāt on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in compliance with the injunctions of the Qur’ān and Sunnah, what does it mean? What intention should we have when sending Salawāt on him (peace be upon him)? Continue Reading
There is some controversy amongst the scholars of Sharī‘ah regarding the etymology of the name “Allāh.” Some scholars assert that the name “Allāh” is a derived noun, consisting of the definite particle al (the) and the noun, ilāh (god) – meaning, “The God” –, while other scholars argued that it is a non-derived proper name for the Creator of all things. Continue Reading
‘Allāmah Qāsim ibn Qutlūbughā (802 – 879 H), the chief Hanafī jurist and muhaddith of his time, mentions in a treatise he wrote on Tarāwīh and Witr:
روى الحسن عن أبي حنيفة أنه قال: القيام في شهر رمضان سنة لا ينبغي تركها، وينبغي لأهل كل مسجد أن يصلوها في مسجدهم كل ليلة خمس ترويحات يؤمهم رجل يقرأ في كل ركعة عشر آيات أو نحوها يسلم من كل ركعتين وكلما يصلي ترويحة انتظر بين الترويحتين قدر الترويحة وينتظر بعد الخامسة قدر الترويحة ثم يوتر بهم فتصير عشرين ركعة سوى الوتر
Mawlana Saleemullah Khan, one of the most senior living Deobandī ‘ulamā’, writes:
Although the ‘ulamā’ of Deoband prevailed over every science and discipline with their sword of inclusiveness, yet their attachment to the science of fiqh is unparalleled. Continue Reading
A little known fact about the illustrious Hanafī Imām, Abu l-Husayn Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Qudūrī (362 – 428 H), author of the widely-accepted Hanafī manual of fiqh, Mukhtasar al-Qudūrī, is his being counted amongst the many teachers of al-Khatīb al-Baghdādī (392 – 463 H) Continue Reading