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Imam al-Shāfiʿīs Poetry on the Ahl al-Bayt

Imam al-Shafi’i set the standard for loving Sayidena Abu Bakr and Sayidena Ali and showed how there is no conflict in doing so(from The Perfect Family p61):   If we speak well of ʿAlī, we will be called Rawāfiḍ[1] And the ignorant fools will accuse us of tafḍīl[2]; If we speak of the virtues of Abū Bakr, We will be accused of naṣb[3] merely by mentioning them. It seems that, because of how I love them both, I will be…

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ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib’s Poetry about the Prophet ﷺ and His Family

Muḥammad the Prophet is my brother and father-in-law, Ḥamza, the master of martyrs, is my uncle; Jāʿfar, the man who flies with the angels Morning and evening, is my mother’s son; Muḥammad’s daughter is my bride and my partner, And our flesh and blood are intertwined; Aḥmad’s grandsons are my own two sons; So who among you, then, has a status like mine? I was the first of you all to enter Islam, Still a boy whose adolescence had not…

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THE PROPHET ﷺ USED TO STAND UP FOR HIS DAUGHTER FATIMA…

It is quite amazing to think that Heﷺ who didn’t stand for kings and princes used to stand for his beloved daughter the Lady Fatima. Abū Dāwūd, al-Tirmidhī and al-Nasāʾī narrated that ʿĀʾisha said: I never saw anyone who so resembled the Messenger of Allah a in his comportment, gestures or mannerisms than his daughter Fāṭima, in how she stood and sat. When she came to visit him, he would stand and kiss her, and sit her down in his place. [from the forthcoming…

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“Endings are with their beginnings”

“Endings are with their beginnings” – this is one of my favourite quotes attributed to the great Sidi Ali al-Jamal of Fez and I like to start things of with it. It’s meaning is truly vast what little I can make of it would be around the fact that how you start something is how you’re going to end it. So a good start  i.e. pure intention, patience, hard work will lead to a good ending i.e. success with acceptance…

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