Discourses of senior scholars

This page features some discourses of some leading scholars from around the world. This page will be updated regularly. For discourses of Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, click here.

Knowledge

“I never sat cross legged ever in class during the nine years I spent as a student in Rander, India.” (Moulana Umarji Sahib Rahimahullah, UK)

“Respect your teachers for Allah has made them a means for your knowledge.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Many companions would be busy with their jobs but this did not stop them imparting knowledge and transmitting hadiths. Imparting knowledge is not restricted to Imams or teachers in Madaris. It is the duty of every scholar to impart knowledge.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Imam Bukhari did Ghusl & performed 2 Rakah for each Hadith.The least we can do is remain in the state of ablution.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri said: Ever since I started to understand (even before I became mature), I have never touched any book except in the state of ablution.” (Mufti Mahmood Bardoli Sahib, India)

“Knowledge is not acquired through mere teaching but through reading extensively.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“On the day of judgement, Allah will not ask you whether you taught Bukhari or Nurani Qaidah. What matters is sincerity.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Shaykh Husayn Ahmed Madni would read رضي الله عنه وعنھم in Dars when a Sahabi’s name would be mentioned in the Isnad.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“The recitation of Hadith should be clear, audible and not fast.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“Along with Fiqh & Qur’an, a Mufti must study & remain attached with the Ahadith.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“Knowledge is acquired through studying not merely residing in an institute.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“A successful student undertakes prior reading of the lesson, listens attentively during the lesson and memorises the lesson.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“A successful teacher memorises the lesson, masters the subject matter and summarises all his readings into notes.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“Heirs of Prophets, Ulama, should believe, appreciate & support each other.  قال الله تعالي: لتؤمنن به ولتنصرنه Avoid enmity & dispute.” (Moulana Musa Menk Sahib, Zimbabwe)

“Purify your hearts before you study so that you acquire the Noor of the knowledge.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“Hidayah (the famous Hanafi text) is a very blessed book and has widespread acceptance.” (Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, India)

“Four books are dear to me: Fathul Bari, Fathul Qadir, Bada’iu Sana’i, Bayanul Quran.” (Mufti Zarwali Sahib, Pakistan)

“Be extremely careful when forwarding messages on Whatsapp and social media. Verify the authenticity first. The sin of attributing a false statement to the Prophet  ﷺ is severe.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Generally, people have a view and search for evidence accordingly. I review all the evidence and then form a view.” (Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, India)

“Speakers should only use authentic narrations in their speeches. There are thousands of them. What is the need for using extremely weak and baseless narrations?” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The commentary of Sunan Tirmidhi by Allamah Ibn Al-Arabi has unique discourses not mentioned in other commentaries.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The Maariful Quran of Moulana Idris Kandhelwi should be translated into Arabic.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The world acquires knowledge to earn a living. We acquire knowledge to earn our hereafter.” (Moulana Musa Menk Sahib, Zimbabwe)

“How many scholars have visited the British Library in London to view the manuscripts and efforts of our elders.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“One of the first institutes of Islamic learning was the house of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him). He would sit and recite the Qur’an in his courtyard and women and children would congregate to listen.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Mawlana Qasim Nanotwi would say that I wish I knew English so I could visit the UK and refute them. Qari Tayyib Sahib visited the UK and told me that his grandson is visiting the UK but does not know English.” (Allamah Khalid Mahmood Sahib, UK)

“When بر الوالدين للبخاري was published recently for the first time, Shaykh Yunus Sahib was overwhelmed and kissed it. This is authored by Imam Bukhari on the obedience of parents.”

“Other than Imam Muslim, the authors of the Sihah Sittah were not of Arab descent. Both views exist regarding Imam Muslim.”

“The experiences of saints and scholars should be respected but not equated with the Sunnah.”

“Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi recommends four books to acquaint yourself with Fiqh: Badai al-Sanai, Nasb al-Rayah, Fath al-Qadir and Radd al-Muhtar.”

“Author of Fawaid fi Ulum al-Fiqh published in vol 20 of Ilaa al-Sunan is Shaykh Habib Ahmed Kiranwi not Shaykh Zafar Ahmad.”

“Shaykh Badr Alam Meerthi said: To talk in Arabic is an act of worship (التکلم بالعربیۃ عبادۃ)”

“Abdullah ibn Masud said: If I knew anyone the camel could reach with more knowledge of Allah’s book than me, I would travel to him (Bukhari).”

نثر المرجان في رسم نظم القرآن ‏لمحمد غوث الهندي ‏من أحسن التصانيف وأجودها
قال الرازي: لقد تأملت الطرق الكلامية والمناهج الفلسفية فما رأيتها تشفي عليلا ولا تروي غليلا ، ورأيت أقرب الطرق طريقة القرآن ، أقرأ في الإثبات: الرحمن على العرش استوى ، إليه يصعد الكلم ، وأقرأ في النفي: ليس كمثله شيء ، ومن جرب مثل تجربتي عرف مثل معرفتي
قال ابن فرحون عن مشارق الأنوار للقاضي عياض: ‏هو كتاب لو كتب بالذهب او وزن بالجوهر لكان قليلا في حقه
قالت زوجة ابن شهاب الزهري: ‏والله لهذه الكتب أشد علي من ثلاث ضرائر، کذا فی ‏وفيات الأعيان، ‏قال الكتاني فی تاریخ المکتبات الاسلامیۃ: صريح في تكاثر كتبه كثرة أوجبت غيرة زوجته منها

Personalities

“Allamah Damamini was a great scholar. He was from the era of Hafid Ibn Hajar and authored Masabihul Huda, a commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari. The ruler of Ahmedabad invited him to India and his grave is in Ahmedabad.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Allamah Abdul Hayy Laknawi is an amazing scholar with in depth knowledge. India has not seen a jurist like him. He passed away at the age of 39 but authored more than 100 books”. (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Imam Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi is a great scholar. Our teacher Shaykh Yunus Sahib describes him as Bahr Dhakhkhar.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Shaykh Abdul Aziz ibn Salih was an Imam in Masjid Nabawi who passed away in the 90s. He was a leading Hanbali scholar. I heard him affirm on the pulpit of Masjid Nabawi that three divorces occur even when uttered together. He would recite the entire Quran whilst standing leaning on his stick. He was a firm advocate of the 20 Rak’at of Taraweeh”. (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Mufti Muzaffar Hussain Sahib was a selfless person. Until his demise, he never had his own room. He would sit in the office. I studied Sunan Tirmidhi and Rasmul Mufti with him.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Two scholars deserve recognition for refuting Shiites: Ibn Taymiyah from the Arabs and Shah Waliyullah for the non-Arabs.” (Allamah Khalid Mahmud)

“I have not seen a scholar in the current era who is more selfless and has least attachment with the world than Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Sahib.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

View or download Hadrat Shaykh Zakariyya’s letter regarding Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Sahib

“The speeches of Hakimul Islam Qari Muhammad Tayyab Sahib are amazing and second to none.  They are better than the speeches of Hakimul Ummah Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Nafi’ was a freedman and an ocean of knowledge. He was the successor of ‘Abdullah Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) and was succeeded by Imam Malik.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“My teacher Qari Ismail Samni Sahib had a special attachment with the Qur’an. He would stand in front of the Ka’bah for hours reciting the Qur’an in Salah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“When Ml Badr Alam Meerti’s grave in Baqi graveyard was dug after some time to bury someone, the shroud & body was intact.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Shaykhul Hind Mawlana Mahmud Hasan Deobandi was not only Shaykhul Hind, but Shaykhul Arab Wal ‘Ajam.” (Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi, as narrated by Mufti Taqi Uthmani Sahib)

“Succession should be on merit, not lineage. The appointment of the first four caliphs affirm succession is not hereditary.”

“The great scholar Shaykhul Islam Zakariyya al-Ansari (d. 926 H.) lived for 103 years” (al-Kawakib al-Sairah, 1: 207).

“Imam Tabarani lived for 100 years & 10 months (Siyar Alam).”

“Mufti Faruq Meerthi Sahib was extremely humble and had widespread acceptance in India. He authored many books and established a network of Makatib in difficult areas of Punjab. Allah Almighty took a lot of work from him.”

“Hafiz Patel Sahib spent his entire life serving Deen & championing ‘Shabe Jumuah, Allah granted him death on Shabe Jumuah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

Allamah Jalaluddin Suyuti (d.911 H) memorised 200,000 Ahadith. He says, “If I found more, I would have memorised them” (Shadharat, 10:76).

“Hafiz Ibn Hajar (d. 852 H.) completed the entire Sahih Muslim (7000+ hadiths) in less than three days in five sittings.”

“93 year old Allamah Khalid Mahmud is one of the greatest and most learned scholars of our era.”

“When Allamah Alusi cites ‘al-Imam’ in his Tafsir without mentioning a name, he is referring to Imam Khazin, the author of Tafsir al-Khazin.”

“‪It is suggested that Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani authored 1000 books.‪(Tarikh al-Maktabat al-Islamiyyah, p.44)‬”

Qur’an

“The intercession of the Qur’an will be the greatest on the day of Qiyamah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“When Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (May Allah be pleased with him) would recite the Qur’an, what would be the feeling?” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“All Masjids should organise weekly Tafsir lessons. We have experienced many benefits of this.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Every household has some form of a problem or difficulty. The solution for these problems lie in Surah Nas that provides protection from all forms of Satanic and Human evil.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“If I was imprisoned and allowed to keep two books with me, I would choose the Quran and Zad al-Maad” (Shaykh Abu al-Hasan Ali Nadwi)

“Despite other commitments, Hadrat Shaykh Zakariyya Kandhelwi would recite 7-9 Juz of the Quran daily.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Despite other commitments, Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi in his youth would recite half the Quran daily.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“The earth does not eat the bodies of the Huffaz.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Make a habit of reciting the last two verses of Surah Baqarah before going to sleep. The hadith states that they suffice for the reciter; meaning they protect him from calamities and difficulties, or that they are sufficient on behalf of all Sunnah supplications before sleeping.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Mawlana Ahmed Ali Lahori said: The summary of the Quran is in the following three: (1) Worship of Allah ‬(‪2) Obedience of Prophet ﷺ ‬(‪3) Serving the creation.” (Dr Mahmood Chandia, UK)‬

“Benefits of reciting Surah Kahf: (1) Earn reward. (2) Wipe your sins. (3) Protect yourself.”

“In Ramadan, Imam Bukhari would complete a Quran daily during the day and complete a Quran every three nights in the night prayer.”

خاتمة جزء حجة الوداع للشيخ الامام محمد زكريا الكاندهلوي ، ويليه ملاحظة محدث العصر الشيخ محمد يونس الجونفوري ، نعم الاستاذ ونعم التلميذ

Purity

“Install Asian (Squat) Toilets in your homes as the Sunnah is being abandoned. A friend of mine advises non-Muslim patients to squat due to the medical benefits. Sitting on English Toilets without an excuse is against the Sunnah. Some worry about the odour. By Allah, the spiritual odour of abandoning the Sunnah is worse.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“On entering the toilet with the right foot or forgetting the Du’a, exit and re-enter. Do not postpone the Sunnah. You will not forget the next time.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi said: Israf (wasting) whilst doing ablution removes Khushu in Salah.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

Salah

“I have been reading اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ after each Salah ever since I heard the Hadith from Shaykh Zakariyya Kandhelwi 50 years ago.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Qari Muhammad Tayyib Sahib would recite one and quarter Juz of the Quran daily in Awwabeen Salah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“There are three great benefits of Imamat (1) Strengthening one’s knowledge (2) Punctuality on Salah (3) Fulfilling a Prophetic Sunnah and attaining its reward for a lifetime.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Avoid performing Salah on the chair. If you need to, sit down and face your feet towards the Qiblah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The prevalent practice of reducing the recitation in Taraweeh Salah in the last 10 days of Ramadan is not in accordance with the Sunnah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“There should be minimal gap between the Imam and the first row, not least if the Imam needs to be replaced.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The first Masjid in Islam was made by Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him in Makkah as mentioned by Allamah Damamini.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Allocate a place in your homes for Salah. This will generate blessings and enable you to monitor your children’s Salah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Our Salah has shortened. Uthman Ibn Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) would recite Surah Yusuf in Fajr Salah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Supplicate to Allah in abundance in Sajdah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Once Mawlana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi said: I missed Takbir-Ula today after 22 years.”

“It is Sunnah to recite the full Surah al-A’la and Surah al-Ghashiya in Jumuah Salah and not just snippets.”

Hajj & Umrah

“How can we give permission for Tawaf during menstruation? A Haram act in the Haram.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Yunus Sahib has a very strong attachment with the Sunnah. He always resides in Mina on 13 Dhul Hijjah, even when he was extremely ill. Despite his illness, he stones the Satan in the Masnoon time, from the Masnoon place close to the pillars.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The best book regarding Hajj is Mu’allimul Hujjaj written by Mufti Saeed Sahib, the father of my teacher Mufti Muzaffar Hussain Sahib of Saharanpur. Mufti Saeed Sahib was very sincere and capable. Allah has given his book Mu’allimul Hujjaj widespread acceptance similar to Fadhail Amal.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“I feel ashamed to present my face before Allah if I have not performed at least one Tawaf during the day.” (Moulana Umarji Sahib Rahimahullah, UK)

“The Sunnah of standing at the Jamarat in Hajj needs to be revived.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The principle worship on the day of ‘Arafah is Wuquf. Long speeches and other activities should be discouraged.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Do not hesitate to perform Witr Salah behind any Imam who follows any of the methods adopted by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم”

Qurbani and Eid

“Along with donating Qurbani abroad, It is imperative that all families undertake Qurbani locally. Revive the Sunnah and instil it’s importance in your children. Do not deprive yourself from the hospitality of Allah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Takbeer-e-Tashreeq after each Salah is a regular reminder for us to glorify Allah in abundance during these blessed days.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“10 lessons of Hajj & Qurbani: (1) Sacrifice (2) Sabr (3) Steadfastness (4) Selflessness (5) Sadaqah (6) Spirit (7) Salvation (8) Service (9) Spirituality (10) Submission.”

Burial and Janazah

“There are three benefits of dying on Friday: (1) protection from punishment in the grave, (2) questioning in the grave and (3) questioning on the day of judgement.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Allah’s protection should be sought from calamities and accidents. However, death resulting from them are Shahadah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Sometimes it may be necessary to carry out an autopsy. It is not prohibited in all circumstances.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Programmes reflecting on the lives of the deceased should not be labeled as Taziyat because Shariah has prescribed the method of Taziyat. Such programmes are a form of Tadhkirah to ponder upon their lives and bring that into our lives.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“We should make every effort that a person leaves this world after having uttered a good word.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The words Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un are unique to this Ummah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“At the time of bathing the deceased, a large congregation should be avoided. Only those who need to be present should be present.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Musk should be used on the deceased if available as it was used for Sayyiduna ‘Ali (May Allah be pleased with him).” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“If there is a need to cut the cloth of the deceased, cut in a way that enables it to be stitched and avoid wasting it.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Making funeral arrangements is communal obligation (Fard Kifayah). Ensuring your Mu’amlat and finances are organised is an individual obligation (Fard Ayn).” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“When burying the deceased, tilt the full body on its right and place as closest possible to Qiblah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“It is my estimate that 90% of Muslims attain the reward of Shahdah when they die.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Taziyat is Sunnah with a prescribed method. Programs after the demise of a pious person should not be labelled as Taziyat. They are merely a reflection on their lives, a form of Tadhkirah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

Marriage

“Make 3 intentions when you marry (1) Following Sunnah (2) Increasing Ummah (3) Protecting chastity.” (Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, India)

“A woman is married for 4 features: wealth, lineage, beauty & piety. Select the pious, may you be blessed. (Bukhari) Give priority to Piety.”

“Our grandmothers had so much respect for their husbands that they would not address them with their name, as has become the norm nowadays.” (Shaykh Yusuf Motala Sahib, UK)

“The fact that some companions debated whether Safiyyah (May Allah be pleased with her) was a wife or slave demonstrates that many Sahabah who were part of the convoy were not invited to the Walimah. Keep your marriages simple.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Do not use marriage as an opportunity to show your money power.” (Mufti Mahmud Bardoli Sahib, India)

“The great Tabi’ee Suwayd Ibn Ghafalah married a virgin at the age of 116”. (al-Marifah Wal Tarikh, 1:227).

“Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As was born when his father Amr was 11 or 12 years old.”

“The brother of Fatimah bint al-Attar al-Baghdadiyyah says: She only exited from the house three times (1) The day she married (2) The day she left for Hajj and (3) The day she passed away.”

Parenting

“Allocate one hour daily as a minimum for your children and focus on their Tarbiyah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“I taught my children the Qur’an letter by letter, word by word.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) would kiss his son Salim and say: a Sheikh kissing a Sheikh. (Siyar A’lam, 4: 460) We learn some parenting tips:  (1) Recognise your child. (2) Praise him appropriately. (3) Appreciate him. (4) Be affectionate. (5) Invest in him.”

Reformation of the soul and Zuhd

“Take out time and evaluate every aspect of your life to ascertain how much conforms to Sunnah and Shariah.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Hakim Akhtar Sahib said: It does not befit an honourable person to disobey Allah whilst simultaneously benefiting from His favours.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Imam Gazali has written in Ihya that most of the sins of the body parts is committed by the sin. He writes: جِرمہ صغیر وجُرمہ کبیر.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“The soul is reformed and purified by adhering to the Sunnah.” (Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, India)

“Contemplate upon your faults and mistakes at all times.” (Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, India)

“A person is recognised by his character.” (Mawlana Ibrahim Pandor Sahib, South Africa)

“The common feature and trait of our elders was simplicity.” (Mawlana Ibrahim Pandor Sahib, South Africa)

“Tasawwuf’s first stage is rectifying intention and final stage is perfecting worship as though you can see Allah (Ihsan).” (Shaykh Zakariyya Kandhelwi Rahimahullah)

“There was only 1 pillow in the house of the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم. If someone in this gathering can tell me precisely how many pillows there are in his house, I will give him £100.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“I regard myself as inferior from everyone else.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“A righteous person (Muttaqi) is not necessarily the one who does not commit sins. Righteous is the one who hastens towards forgiveness whenever he commits sins as mentioned in the book of Allah (3: 133).” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Be cautious before passing judgement regarding someone else, for one does not know the state in which he will die.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Do not belittle or think less of anyone who maybe inferior to you religiously or physically or financially or otherwise.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Shaykh Abul Hasan Nadwi said: Any good deed that results in the doer thinking less of someone is a sign of it not being accepted by Allah.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Belittling or thinking less of someone results from Kibr (pride).” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Do not waste your time. Always engage in reciting the Kalimah and Durood.” (Muhaddithul Asr Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri Sahib, India)

“Fudayl Ibn Iyad was asked about Tawadu (humility). He said, humility is that you accept the truth even if you hear it from a child (Hilyah).”

“Abu Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) said: Whoever increases the remembrance of death, his laughter & Hasad (envy) will reduce (Hilyah).”

“One of the best books on Tasawwuf is Allamah Khalid Mahmud’s Athar al-Ihsan. A must for scholars.”

“To reduce envy, remember death.”

قال الامام احمد بن حنبل: كل شيء من الخير تهم به فبادر به قبل ان يحال بينك وبينه ، رواه ابن الجوزي في مناقب الامام احمد ص٢٧٢

Etiquette and supplications

“To attain reward of Shahadah, read before you sleep seven times: اللھم بارک لنا فی الموت وفیما بعد الموت” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“When receiving a gift, express your gratitude and need for the item.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Istighfar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness) removes depression and alleviates financial hardship & other difficulties.” (Mufti Mahmud Bardoli Sahib, India)

“Tawbah (repentance) does not require a verbal statement or dua. It is remorse, abstinence & firm intention not to sin.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“There are Duas & specific words narrated from Prophet ﷺ for Tawbah which should be read but they are not a prerequisite.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Istighfar can be done for someone else. You cannot do Tawbah on someone’s behalf.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Our tongue has many shortcomings, despite this Allah enables us, in fact instructs us to take his name and do Dhikr.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Whenever a person remembers Allah and is a ذاكر he at that point achieves a higher status of being remembered by Allah and being a مذكور.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“It is Masnun to write ‘Amma Ba’d’ in letters” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“There are three rights of the Prophet ﷺ on us: Glorification (Azmat) & Love (Mahabbat) from صلوۃ and obedience (Itaa’at) from سلام.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“It is preferable to start Duas with the praise of Allah and then Durood.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“Not having concern in the heart for fellow Muslims – and indeed humanity – is a sign of weakness in faith (Imaan).” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Whilst in Madinah Munawwarah, one should wear white clothes as this was preferred by the Prophet ﷺ.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“We cannot even comprehend the level of Adab (etiquette) Sahabah had for the Prophet ﷺ.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“Taking someone’s photograph without their consent is a form of Gheebah (backbiting) if they dislike it.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Taking someone’s photograph without their permission is unlawful. It is a breach of trust.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The prohibition of photos of saints and scholars is stronger because people revere it and this leads to other sins.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Digital photography is impermissible according to the majority of our scholars. Permissibility is an isolated opinion.”

“Read Durood with pleasure and ensure every word is clearly pronounced.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“We do not have a uniform in Deoband. The concept of uniform does not exist in Islam. Any form of dress that conforms to Islam is accepted.” (Mufti Saeed Palanpuri Sahib, India)

“Always make a habit of Istikhara. If you do not have the time for the prevalent method of Istikhara, recite this short supplication narrated by Imam Tirmidhi (3516): اللھم خر لی واختر لی that translates: O Allah, make it good for me and choose for me.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Sleeping of a scholar is a form of worship if the intention is to renew his energy to continue with the work of Deen.” (Moulana Umarji Sahib Rahimahullah, UK)

“The supplication at the beginning of the month of Rajab is to be recited once. It is not Sunnah to recite it after each Salah.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“The summary of the Quran and Sunnah is (1) Spending in the path of Allah and (2) Remembering Allah in abundance” (Shaykh Shuaib Desai, UK)

“Every Du’aa of ours should mention Masjid al-Aqsa until it is liberated.”

“To welcome a person by saying مرحبا is a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.”

Health and Food

“Hajjaj ibn Yusuf asked a famous doctor of his era Shabib ibn Zaid to share with him some good medical advice. He mentioned the following: (1) Only eat meat of a young animal. (2) Sleep for a short while after lunch. (3) Walk after dinner for a short while even if you have to tread through thorns. (4) Do not eat until you have digested what you have already consumed even if it takes you three days to digest. (5) Do not sleep until you visit the toilet. (6) Eat fruits when the season begins. (7) When the season is finishing, stop eating the fruits. (8) Drink two glasses of water as you wake up in the morning. (9) Drinking water after eating food is worse than drinking poison. It is better not to eat.”

“Haram wealth and food is extremely harmful even if used by mistake just as poison is harmful even if by mistake.” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

Contemporary Issues

“To appreciate and understand any movement, one must study the life of its founder and what influenced them.” (Mufti Mahmud Bardoli Sahib, India)

“Almighty Allah is not unashamed that He would starve those who serve his Deen.” (Moulana Umarji Sahib Rahimahullah, UK)

“Today, religious departments have become basis of Asabiyyat, for e.g. he is a disciple of such a Shaykh and he is a graduate of this institute .” (Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Sahib, India)

“The people of Malawi are indebted to the Tabligh Jamaat of Pakistan who work in the dangerous and difficult terrain, in addition to two institutes, Darul Uloom Zakariya and Darul Uloom Azadville of South Africa that are educating the Black Muslims.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“My respected teacher of Ifta Hadrat Mufti Yahya Sahib was so pious and principled that after performing his obligatory Hajj, he never made another passport due to the prohibition of photographs. As a result, he never visited Haramayn despite the requests of many senior scholars including Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Sahib.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“Everyone should make an effort to visit Masjid al-Aqsa. This is the least we can do.” (Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Sahib, UK)

“There is no ‘independent’ person in the world. Everyone depends on others. Allah has created our society as interdependent.” (Moulana Musa Menk Sahib, Zimbabwe)

“We do not continuously feel the pain of the Ummah because of our lavish and comfortable lifestyles. We need to reflect on the simple life of our beloved Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم.” (Shaykh Shuaib Desai, UK)

“Live a life full of sacrifice, then you will feel the pain of the Ummah.” (Shaykh Shuaib Desai, UK)

“When Abu Bakr sent an assistant to Asma to relieve her from working externally she said ‘as though he liberated me'” (Bukhari)

“Justice is a prerequisite for peace. No justice, no peace.”

“Earthquake occurs for a reason; to awaken the sleep, to remind those who forget and to warn those who deviate.”

“The precise birth date of the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم & Prophet Isa عليه السلام is not known. There is perhaps a divine reason for this.”

“‎According to Mahmud Pasha Falaki, the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم was born on the morning of 9 Rabi’ul Awwal.  There are also other views.”

“Islam does not need a reform via us. We need a reform via Islam.”

“Leadership in Sunni Islam is not hereditary. All institutions are Waqf. If these two principles were understood, most organisational disputes would not occur.”