Category Archives: Forgotten Traditions

The Significance of Ashura


Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) say: “It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it.” [Sahih Muslim]

Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]

Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu ‘anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that after Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. [Sahih Muslim]

Historical Significance

‘Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (‘Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (‘Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah and Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radiyallahu ‘anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.

– Mentioned in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (qs)

Recommended Acts

Worship Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) as much as you can on ‘Ashura. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again, inSha’Allah al-Aziz.

– Mentioned in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (qs)


Welcome Welcome, oh Ramadan!

Welcoming Ramadan, a forgotten Sunnah.

The Imam: A Lost Honor

One reason why we are in this current pathetic state. In the time of the Ottomans, they set the highest standards for who could be Imam, knowing full well that this man would have to carry the honor of Islam and the Muslim community on his back – finding the best of the best to lead the believers.  Today, the position is treated as a fallback for those who can’t seem to get their life together, or failed at every other option.

A advert for the position of Imam of the Grand Mosque in Istanbul at the time of Sultan Suleyman (rah) who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 –1566:

1) To have mastered the languages of Arabic, Latin, Turkish and Persian.
2) To have mastered the Qur’an, the Bible and the Torah.
3) To be a scholar in Shari’ah and Fiqh.
4) To have mastered physics and mathematics up to teaching standard.
5) To be a master of chivalry, archery, dueling and the arts of Jihad.
6) To be of a handsome countenance.
7) To have a strong melodious voice.

In this 21st century it is fully acceptable to just pick up an ex drug addict and place him in front of the congregation.

Graduating in the Sunnah of the Prophet (S)

Pictures from my graduation ceremony at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Alhamdulilah for Shaykh Abdul Kerim teaching us to honor the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam).

He is teaching us to hold on tight to these traditions and to never compromise, even if it means you will be the only one out of thousands to do so.

Under his guidance, it is now becoming a tradition of Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani mureeds to attend their graduation ceremonies with the turban and jubbah.

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See photos of other Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani mureeds graduating here:

Sufi Night! – Mawlid at the University of Maryland

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The University of MD Interfaith Council cordially invites you to ‘Sufi Night’ – a celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet (s) in the tradition of the most honorable Osmanli Nakshibendi Hakkani tariqat – with Sohbet (discourse) and Zikr (spiritual chanting)

Light refreshments will be served along side a question and answer session led by Lokman Hoja, a representative of Shaykh Abdul Kerim al-Kibrisi (qs)

The event will begin at 7pm and go on till 10pm at the Atrium room in the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park

All are welcome to come and bring friends!

Link to the facebook event here:!/event.php?eid=102436753127988&ref=mf

Allah humma salli ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ‘ala aalee Sayyidina Muhammad!

Osmanli Dergah Mawlid – 2010

Mawlid Sharif at the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergah with Ziyarat of the blessed hair of the Holy Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam)

It is related that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam) distributed his hair among the Sahaba upon cutting it in Mina, and each Sahabi would take some for the blessing [Bukhari]

When you find an authentic prophetic narration (Hadith Sahih), this is my school (madhab)

Imam Shafi statement, “When you find a hadith that is Sahih then this is my madhab.”

Imam Nawawi (rahmatullah alayh) comments,

“This which Imam ash-Shaafi has said does not mean that everyone who sees a sahih Hadith should say “This is the mathhab of ash-Shaafi,” thus practicing on the zaahir (text/external or apparent meaning) of the Haditlh.

This most certainly applies to only such a person who has the rank of ijtihad in the madhhab. It is a condition that he overwhelmingly believes that Imam ash-Shaafi was unaware of this Hadith or he was unaware of its authenticity. And this is possible only after having made a research of all the books of ash-Shaafi and similar other books of the Ashaab of ash-Shaafi, those who take (knowledge) from him and others similar to these (books). This is indeed a difficult condition (to fulfill). Few are there who measure up to this (standard).

What we have explained has been made conditional because Imam ash-Shaafi had abandoned acting on the zaahir (text) of many Ahadith, which he say and knew. However, by him was established proof for criticism in the Hadith or its abrogation or it’s specific circumstance or its interpretation, etc. Hence, he was constrained to leave aside the hadith.”

(Ilaaus Sunan, Vol. 2, page 225)

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