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Archive for December, 2009

December 25th, 2009 - 11:19 am § in Fiqh

Fatwa On Urs -Shah Abd al-Aziz al-Dehlawi

Salam As some of you have noticed, I have posted some material from our Akabir such as Shah Waliullah al-Dehlawi talking in a positive manner about the gatherings known as Urs (also called Hawl in other parts of the Muslim word).  It is clear that they were referring to gatherings free of any unlaw[...]

December 14th, 2009 - 1:59 pm § in Other, Scholarship

Jinn Students Of Knowledge

Salam My first hearing of Jinn students of knowledge was more than ten years ago, when during a lesson on Arabic grammar on a chilly autumn/winter night the door of the classroom creaked a little. Most of us looked back at the door which peeped out into the dark night, which suddenly became all the [...]

December 11th, 2009 - 11:53 am § in Other

لا حول ولا قوة الا باللّه

Salam ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’ is an attitude which we can find our selves slowly drifting towards. Sometimes we need to step back and appreciate what we have and give thanks to The One who is the source of these blessings. A few years back during a visit to Turkey[...]

December 3rd, 2009 - 5:00 pm § in al-Ahsa, Fiqh

The Scholars Of Al-Ahsa And The Issue Of Bidah

A New Book On The Issue Of Bidah Salam I recently came across the very useful work on innovation (bidah) by the Saudi Shafi jurist resident in al-Ahsa, Dr Abd al-Ilah al-Arfaj.  His work takes a novel and brave approach in tackling the subject, not least due to hostile elements within his homeland [...]

December 2nd, 2009 - 8:48 am § in Other

Decline of Indian Sufism?

Salam Reading through a passage the Anfas al-Arifin reminded me of observations and discussions which I had with some people over a period of time, I thought I would present some of these along with the passage which reminded me. [Photo above is said to be of the graves of Shah Abd al-Rahim, Shah Wa[...]