Knowledge ‪necessitates‬ humility.

Filed under: Dhikrullah Reminder,ilm — Tags: , — Abu Muslim | October 10, 2017

Knowledge ‪necessitates‬ humility. In our recent lesson with Shaykh Mukhtar al-Shinqitee (hafidhahullah) last Thursday, we were waiting for the shaykh to arrive to his chair in Masjid al-Nabawi.

As is the norm now, I noticed the Shaykh seems to come from a certain direction and he is always swarmed by students (even while he is walking to the lesson) who are constantly asking him questions and for advice. So as I was waiting, I looked back in the direction that he usually comes from and I was pleasantly surprised to see my Fiqh teacher in the faculty of Shariah, Shaykh AbdurRahman bin Muhammed al-Saeed, sitting cross legged behind me also waiting for the shaykh and to benefit from the lesson. Bear in mind that Shaykh AbdurRahman al-Saeed is a professor in Fiqh in the Islamic University of Madeenah (we were studying from Umdatul Ahkaam – a Fiqh book) and probably knew the masaail and rulings that were covered inside out, but he was still humble enough to sit as a student.

It is reported that Ibrāhīm b. Adham (rh) – said: “The one who seeks knowledge sincerely is the one who becomes more lowly to himself, strives more in worship, fears Allāh more, yearns for Allāh more, and becomes more humble amongst people.” (Al-Bayhaqī, Shuʿab Al-Īmān 1653.)

Islam 103 Dawrah – London: 7th – 17th Aug 2017

Filed under: Dhikrullah Update,ilm — Abu Muslim | July 10, 2017

*Islam 103 Dawrah* – in association with and Masjid al-Humera

After the success of the Islam 101 Dawrah in 2015 and the Islam 102 Dawrah in 2016, we are pleased to announce the Islam 103 Dawrah. The *Islam 103 Dawrah* is a unique 10-day intensive knowledge programme organised by students from the Islamic University of Madeenah; for both male and female students of all levels.

Inspired by the world renowned intensive courses currently held in the Prophet’s ﷺ Masjid, Madeenah. Register now for an amazing opportunity to learn Usool al-Fiqh, Tafseer, Aqeedah, Hadeeth and more.

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever treads a path of knowledge, Allaah makes easy for him the path to paradise” (Muslim)

Some of the feedback we recieved from last year’s Islam 102 Dawrah:

Anonymous sister: “I truly benefited from this dawrah alhamdulilah. JazakAllaahu khayran for making these 10 days so amazing!

Anonymous brother: “Extremely beneficial. I’ve learnt a lot of knowledge which has benefitted my emaan tremendously.”

Date: 7th Aug – 17th August 2017
Time: Everyday 2pm – 5pm (except Friday 11th August)
Location: Masjid al-Humera, 183 Green Street, London, E7 8LL

For more information and to register, visit:

Come and join us in the company of Angels and continue your good deeds after Ramadan!

Halfway through Ramadaan 1438H/2017

Filed under: Dhikrullah Reminder — Abu Muslim | June 12, 2017

So we are just over halfway through the blessed month of Ramadan 1438H. Did you know there are 696 or 720 hours in Ramadaan but it will only take you only 15 hours to read the entire Quran once? So if we haven’t read the Quran cover to cover or at least not on track, then what is our excuse?

But don’t get all depressed now, there is still time. Ramadaan is not a race, it is a marathon. If you haven’t done well until now, now is the time to improve and become a winner.

Ibn al-Jawzi (rh) said: “When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn’t do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell.”

p.s this video is from taraweeh this Ramadaan at the brand new masjid next to Mount Uhud in the blessed city of Madeenah. It’s been under construction since before I arrived here so it’s nice to see it finally complete. One of the imams for the taraweeh is one of the sons of the late Shaykh, Muhammed al-Ayyub (rahimahullah)

How little we know..

Filed under: Dhikrullah Reminder,ilm — Tags: , — Abu Muslim | April 22, 2017

How little we know. On Friday, our Shaykh (hafidhahullah), Shaykh Muhammed Mukhtar al-Shinqitee delivered a lesson on the masalah (issue) of istiftah al-salah (the opening dua made at the beginning of prayer)

The shaykh doesn’t come to Madeenah as often these days. When I first arrived in Madeenah he used to come regularly, now he comes once a month, even if that, so the students try to make the most of the opportunities we get with him.

The shaykh mentioned over 10 masaail relating to the one issue of istiftah al-salah. Something we may see as simple, he spent an entire hour and a half on this issue; explaining the evidence for it, the importance of it, it’s place for performing it, exceptions for it, the differences of opinion over it and more. He even discussed issues that most of us haven’t even thought about such as: We know the dua should be read after the opening takbeer and before surah al-Fatihah, but during Eid salah on the first rakah, do we read the opening dua after the first takbeer or after the 7th?

It made me realise once again, just how vast Islamic knowledge really is. The more you learn, you more you realise how little you know.

Sufyaan al-Thawree said: “Knowledge is three hand-spans: the first breeds arrogance, the second breeds humility, and in the third, you realize you know nothing.

Link to a video I took of Shaykh Mukhtar Shinqitee’s class:

List for Accepted Students at Madeenah Islamic University 2017/1438

Filed under: Dhikrullah Reminder,ilm — Tags: , — Abu Muslim | January 19, 2017


The new list for students accepted at the Islamic University of Madeenah 2017/1438 is out! After approx 2 years of not accepting new students, finally the list has been released. For those who applied, check below to see if your name is on the list:

Congratulations to those who were accepted, in particular to my friend Abu Obaid. I know that exact amazing feeling of seeing your name on the list, your eyes lighting up, your heart thumping and the hundreds of emotions that run through your mind at the time. We ask Allaah to bless the new students, to grant us ikhlaas, grant them understanding of the religion and make them a benefit for the Ummah.

For those who were not accepted, qadrAllaah wa mashaa fa’al. Try again, constantly make dua and remember Madeenah isn’t the only place you can seek knowledge. You can seek knowledge in your own country, the brothers who are the strongest students in the Uni are those who had studied before and put the effort in seeking knowledge before they arrived at the Islamic University. Knowledge can be gained anywhere, even more so with easy access to online courses and scholars, and if you don’t start or continue seeking knowledge simply because you didn’t get accepted, then you have to ask yourself if you are serious about seeking knowledge. If you can’t seek knowledge there, what makes you think you can seek knowledge here? I know many brothers who applied at the same time as me and many more who applied across the several years it took me to get accepted – they depended on their acceptance into Madeenah University so much that they remained stagnant in terms of seeking knowledge locally and now they regret it and they missed out many years of memorising Quran or learning Arabic.

‎ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏ “‏ومن سلك طريقًا يلتمس فيه علما سهل الله له به طريقًا إلى الجنة‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allaah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.”

This path in search of knowledge can be anywhere, be it Madeenah, Egypt, Mauritania, UK or even USA. Seeking knowledge is an ibadah, perform it regardless of where you are.

On another note, it is final exams period for the current students. Please make dua for them, that Allaah makes their exams easy, grants them beneficial knowledge and makes their knowledge a witness for them and not against them.

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