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1. Islamic pdf-texts by GF Haddad
2. other Islamic pdf-texts

List of titles of section 1., linking down to explanatory list with quotes:
(BR = bookreview)

  `Â'isha's Age at the Time of Her Marriage
  `Â'isha's Age at the Time of Her Marriage; more on ~
  A Critical Reading of Lings' 'Muhammad' MHMD
  Advice to Our Brothers the Ulema of Najd[also as webtext]
  Al-Haytami's Critique Of Ibn Al-Muqrî's Takfîr Of Ibn Arabi
  Al-Shâfi`î and Tas.awwuf [also as webtext]
  Al-Tahâwî [also as webtext]
  Amina Wadud's Innovation of Misguidance
  An Introduction To The Science Of Hadîth: Kitâb Ma`rifat Anwâ` `Ilm Al-Hadîth BR
  Baydawi on the Fawatih by Pierre Cachia; His Commentary On 'Alif-Lam-Mim'
  Canonization Of Al-Bukhari And Muslim, by Jonathan Brown BR
  Contemporaries and Colleagues of Imâm Ahmad
  Dâr al-Hadîth al-Ashrafiyya in Damascus
  Defending the Ihya from those Devoid of Shame [also as webtext / short]
  Enduring Myths Of Orientalism
  Fighting women of Islâm [also as webtext]
  Fourth-Century Ash`arî Father and Son: Abû Sahl and Abû al-T.ayyib al-S.u`lûkî
  From al-Qârî's Dictionary of Hadîth Forgeries
  Hadîth History And Principles, Foreword to Sunna Notes vol.1
  Hadith of Adam tawassul through the Prophet
  Imâm Ahmad's `Aqîda & Pseudo-Hanbali Aqida [also as webtext]
  Imâm Al-Qurtûbî
  Ink of the Ulema Hadith
  Isnâd-Criticism by the First Four Caliphs
  Knowledge And Imposition Of Hands
  On the Hidden Treasure Hadith
  Reg. the wiping of the eyes upon hearing the call to prayer.
  Renewer Hadith
  Review of Ibn al-Salah Translation
  Strictness and Laxity in H.adîth Criticism [also as webtext]
  Sufyan Al-Thawri
  Superiority of Fiqh over Hadith [also as webtext]
  Suyuti's works in print at Princeton[also as webtext]
  Taqwiyat al-Iman
  Tawassul and Tabarruk of the Salaf
  The “Disclaimed” (Munkar) H.adîth[also as webtext]
  The “Famous H.adîth” and “Forgery” Compilations
  The Hadith "My Companions are like the stars..."
  The Hadith "Whoever visits my grave, ..."
  The Naqshbandiyya: Orthodoxy And Activism In A Worldwide Sufi Tradition, by I. Weismann BR
  The Prophet’s (saws) Seating on the Throne; G F Haddad
  The Righteous Life and Works of Imâm al-Qâd.î Y. al-Nabhânî
  The Sufi Cloak
  The Two Su`lukis
  Tuhfat al-Labib bi-Nusrat al-Habib
  Verifyable Transmission (Isnâd) and the Sects
  Weak hadith in Sahîh Al-Bukhari?
  Whoever visits my grave,…The Hadith ~
  Zahawi, Sh. Al-~: The Doctrine Of Ahl Al-Sunna Versus The "Wahabi-Salafi" Movement

  Memahami Bid`ah - The Meaning of Bid`ah (Malay)
  Definisi Bid`ah Mengikut Ahlul Sunnah wal Jamaah - The Sunni Definition Of Bid`ah (Malay)

2007-08-01, `Â'isha's Age at the Time of Her Marriage
Our Mother `Â'isha was between four and five years old the year both Abû Tâlib and Khadîja died ­ three years before the Hijra ­ and the Prophet MHMD remarried both with her and with Sawda between one and two years later, when she was six, cohabiting with her when she was nine as explicitly reported from her in the books of Sahîh, Sunan, and Musnads.
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2007-08-01, More on `Â'isha's Age at the Time of Her Marriage
A Dialogue Between "The Learner" and Shaykh Gibril F. Haddad
It was an accepted norm of the Arab culture to marry a girl as young as nine years old.
& Confirmation of the reports that `Â'isha's (ra) age at the time of her marriage with the Prophet MHMD is held to be nine years.
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2007-08-01, Al-Haytami's Critique Of Ibn Al-Muqrî's Takfîr Of Ibn Arabi From The Fatâwâ Hadîthiyya (trans.)
The truth is that Ibn `Arabi and his group are the elite of the Umma. Al-Yafi`i, Ibn `Ata' Allah and others have declared that they considered Ibn `Arabi a wali, noting that the language which Sufis use is appropriate among the experts in its usage and that the knower of Allah (`arif), when he becomes completely absorbed in the oceans of Unity, might make some statements that are liable to be misconstrued ...
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2007-08-01, Enduring Myths Of Orientalism
Book Review By G.F. Haddad (Long Version)

There is now general acceptance that the writing of hadith in the earliest period was a widespread fact in practice but controversy abounds over the exact role of writing ...
Schoeler's ... restrained and analytical treatment of relevant material, attention to detail, and coherent method make The Oral and the Written in Early Islam the most authoritative comprehensive work in English to date on aural-literate culture from the late pre-Islamic period to the time of the canonical hadith compilations ...
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2007-08-01, Hadîth History And Principles
Foreword to Sunna Notes (Vol.1)
It pleased our bountiful Creator to make knowledge of Hadîth and its ancillary sciences the exclusive characteristic of Muslim civilization. Alone among the nations that walked the face of the earth, this Umma received and kept this Divine trust together with the Last Testament - the Qur'ân - to pass it on to subsequent generations unchanged with an ever-refined array of disciplines for verification and authentication.
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2007-02-03, Hadith of Adam tawassul through the Prophet
The Ulema generally agreed that creation was for the sake of the Prophet MHMD . Hence, when they mentioned the narration that were it not for him Allâh would not have created anything, they said its meaning was true. Ibn Taymiyya gave the most eloquent expression of this verification of the meaning, ...
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2007-02-03, The Two Su`lukis
Among Sahl al-S. u'lûkî's sayings:
"The approval of people is hard to obtain and unattainable,
but Divine approval is easily within reach and indispensible." And
"Whoever takes up leadership before his time undertakes his own disgrace."
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2007-02-03, Ink of the Ulema Hadith
Its chain contains Muhammad ibn [al-Hasan al-Qatâyi`î] who was accused of forgery. However, the meaning is true because the usefulness of the blood of the shahîd is confined to him while the usefulness of the scholar's pen benefits others and is enduring.
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2007-02-03, Tuhfat al-Labib bi-Nusrat al-Habib (Arabic)
The Tuhfat al-Labib bi-Nusrat al-Habib is a defense of Habib `Ali al-Jufri which doubles as a manual on various Sufi Issues such as tawassul, tabarruk, and ziyara in Arabic, written and circulated among Ahl al-Sunna in Damascus two years ago when some Wahhabis persuaded Shaykh al-Qurra' - Shaykh Kurayyim Rajih hafizahullah - to attack Habib `Ali's `aqida on various issues.
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2006-01-22, An Introduction To The Science Of Hadîth: Kitâb Ma`rifat Anwâ` `Ilm Al-Hadîth (Book-review)
By Ibn al-Salâh al-Shahrazûrî. Trnsl. by Eerik Dickinson. Doha, Qatar; UK; In his landmark manual of hadith science entitled Ma`rifat Anwâ` `Ulûm (or `Ilm) al-Hadîth the great Syrian master Ibn al-Salâh (577-634) brought under one roof the collected wisdom of his three great precursors ...
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2005-11-08, Renewer Hadith
The Prophet MHMD said: "Truly Allâh (swt) shall send forth for this Community, at the onset of every hundred years, someone / those who will renew for it (the status of) its Religion."
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2005-11-08, Amina Wadud's Innovation of Misguidance
The "Progressives" and their friends have resolved their inability to prove the licitness of their behavior within Islâm by flouting the system from outside with a J'accuse! of chauvinism and male sexism that begins with our liege-lords Abû Hurayra and Abû Bakrah and trudges centuries of sexist Qur'anic exegesis, sexist jurisprudence, and sexist h.adîth transmission down to our times.
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2005-11-08, A Critical Reading of Lings' 'Muhammad' MHMD
With the possible exception of Shaykh Muammad Sa`îd al-Bûti's superior Sîra entitled 'Jurisprudence of the Prophetic Biography' (now available in English translation at Dâr al-Fikr), even among Arabic books, in all these respects I cannot think of a single contemporary work that gathers all those accomplishments under a single roof. Allah have mercy on Abû Bakr Sirâj al-Dîn Lings and reward him abundantly!
It is also true that there are many problems with Lings' book [criticism presented in ff chapters:] Poetic license, Dubious Quran and Hadith Commentary, Misreferencing, Urge for Pulchritude [i.e. physical beauty], Catholic Paraphernalia [i.e. stuff], "Perennialism", [ And Corrections]
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2005-10-27, Defending the Ihya from those Devoid of Shame
Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is quoted with the following words: ... The Israelites, whenever they became corrupt and spread corruption in the earth, were subjected to the domination of their enemies. But whenever they did good and reformed themselves and others, they again held sway over their enemies. (Al-Ghazali) directed his greatest concern toward the reform of the individual, who constitutes the core of the society.
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2005-05-29, The Hadith "Whoever visits my grave, ..."
The h.adîth "Whoever visits my grave, my intercession will be guaranteed for him" is a fair (h.asan) narration as concluded by Imâm Abû al-H. asanât al-Lacknawî and his editor 'Abd al-Fattâh. Abû Ghudda. ...
There are some who declared it weak, and others who asserted that all the h.adîths on visitation of the Prophet MHMD are forged, but both positions are false for those who were given right understanding, for verification of the case dictates that the h.adîth is h.asan, as Taqî al-Dîn al-Subkî has expounded in his book Shifâ` al-Siqâm.
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2005-05-28, Fourth-Century Ash`arî Father and Son:
2005-05-Abû Sahl and Abû al-T.ayyib al-S.u`lûkî

Al-S.u`lûkî defined tas.awwuf as "the turning away from objections" (al-i`râd. `an al-i`tirâd.).
Among his sayings also: "Whoever says to his Shaykh: 'Why?' shall never succeed."
He spent seven years in Baghdâd during which he said that he never let pass a day of jumu`a
except he visited al-Shiblî or asked him a question.
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2005-01-19, Isnâd-Criticism by the First Four Caliphs
The plot to kill our liege-lord `Uthmân marked the onset of dissension (fitna) in the Community. Together with deadly division, the great sign of this Dissension was the beginning of falsehood. The timeline for the spread of falsehood was foretold by the Prophet MHMD in the h.adîth: "I recommend to you my Companions, then those that come after them, then those that come after them. afterwards, falsehood will spread." To counter this, the sciences of h.adîth and h.adîth criticism were innovated within the half-century which followed `Uthmân's death in order to sift true Prophetic and Companion-reports from false ones. ...
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2004-12-17, The “Famous H.adîth” and “Forgery” Compilations
and Mullâ `Alî al-Qârî’s Use of Them

H.adîth literature often treats the “forgery” genre as a subset of the “famous h.adith” genre because forgeries are often famous sayings and vice-versa. The following is a mostly chronological, mostly descriptive list of extant works in each of these two genres followed by remarks on the critical ranking of Ibn al-Jawzî’s Mawd.û`ât and a brief study of al-Qârî’s al-Asrâr al-Marfû`a – two of the most important works in the forgery genre.
- Chronology of extant works in the “famous h.adîth” genre;
- Chronology of extant works devoted to forgery classification;
- The Status of Ibn al-Jawzî’s Mawd.û`ât;
- Al-Qârî’s Major Dictionary of Forgeries;
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2004-12-07, Verifyable Transmission (Isnâd) and the Sects
The Commander of the Believers, our liege-lord `Umar ibn al-Khat.t.âb was careful to prevent the dissemination of unverified knowledge – chainless knowledge – that was to proliferate after his time. He said: “ Whoever finds a book containing knowledge that he did not hear from a person of learning, let him dip it in water until its ink is diluted.”
- Western-Minded Anti-Traditionists and Purists;
- Ill-Prepared Tradition-Minded Muslims;
- The Resulting Salad;

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2004-12-18, The “Disclaimed” (Munkar) H.adîth
The munkar is similar to the shâdhdh in that each of them describes a truly singular narration – one that comes only through X – hence its abnormality or aberrant quality (shudhûdh ). The more X tends to be weak, the more reason such narration will be described as disclaimed (munkar ).
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2004-12-04, Strictness and Laxity in H.adîth Criticism
Mullâ `Alî al-Qârî showed in his “Major Dictionary of H.adîth Forgeries” ... that many of the reports supposed by some of the authorities to be false are not forgeries at all. This is an important corrective for today’s semi-educated censors that condemn many true reports as false on the false assumption that “stricter is better.” They forgot that as long as the proof of forgery is unestablished beyond reasonable doubt and short of compelling assumption regarding a weak report, it becomes a lie to cry forgery and bar people from the benefit of belief in it! This holds true even if ...
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2004-12-04, The Hadith "My Companions are like the stars..."
"My Companions are like the stars, whoever among them you use for guidance, you will be rightly guided. "
This hadith is either fair due to its many chains (hasan li-ghayrihi) or, at worst, weak; but not forged, and its meaning is true.
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2004-03-23, From al-Qârî's Dictionary of Hadîth Forgeries
(al-Asrâr al-Marfû`a) “Love of country stems from faith” - “Love the Arabs”
“The Language of Paradise” - “I am the most eloquent Arab”
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2004-11-28, Reg. the wiping of the eyes upon hearing the call to prayer.
from the: Al-Asrâr al-Marfû`a fîl-Akhbâr al-Mawd.û`a
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2004-03-20, On the Hidden Treasure Hadith
“I was a Treasure unknown then I desired to be known so I created a creation to which I made Myself known, then they knew Me.” Its meaning is true. From al-Qârî's al-Asrâr al-Marfû'atu fîl-Akhbâr al-Mawd.û'a
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2004-03-23, Tawassul and Tabarruk of the Salaf
Seeking means to Allah through prophets and saints and seeking blessings from relics;
By for example Ibn `Umar, Ahmad, Ibn Abî Shayba < more in pdf >

2004-03-23, Dâr al-Hadîth al-Ashrafiyya in Damascus
In the time of al-Nawawî, Dâr al-Hadîth had the Noble Sandal of the Prophet MHMD in its possession.
This Sandal was kept in a wooden box above the Mihrâb in its mosque. The Mâlik Faqîh, Hadith Master, historian, and philologist, Imâm Abû Hafs al-Fâkihânî (d. 734) visited Damascus seeking its baraka. The Muhaddith Jamâl al-Dîn Ibn Hadîda al-Ansâri narrates: I was with him. When he saw the most honored Sandal, he bared his head and began to kiss it and rub his face over it. His tears flowed.
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2004-03-23, Al-Tahâwî
Listing some of al-Tahâwî's works, among them the “Exposition of the Creed of the People of the Sunna and the Congregation According to the Teachings of the Jurists of the Community, Abû Hanîfa and his Companions,” also known as the “Aqîda T.ah.âwiyya.”
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2004-03-23, Fighting women of Islâm
She was among those who stood their ground around the Prophet and intercepted the kafir Ubay ibn Khalaf as he was attacking him, in order to kill him, together with her husband Ghaziyya ibn `Amr and her two sons.
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2003-12-06, Imâm Al-Qurtûbî
Muh.ammad ibn Ah.mad ibn Abî Bakr ibn Farh., Abû `Abd Allâh al-Ans.ârî al-Khazrajî al-Andalusî al-Qurt.ubî al-Mâlikî (d. 671) the erudite wise Imâm who "probed the meanings of h.adîth deeply" (Ibn `Imâd) and great commentator of the Qur'ân.
He lived and died in Minyat or Munyat Banî Khus.ayb in Egypt, "one of the righteous, knowing, scrupulously Godwary, ascetic servants of Allâh busy with the concerns of his hereafter through meditation, worship, and authorship" (`Abd al-Karîm ibn Khaldûn). He "disdained airs, and used to walk about in a simple thawb with a plain cap (tâqiyya) on his head" (Ibn Farh.ûn).
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2013-05-12, The Prophet’s (saws) Seating on the Throne
“Whoever imagines that our Lord sits on the Throne and leaves space at His side for His Prophet to sit, has followed the Christians who hold that ‘Isa was raised to heaven and sat next to his Father – Allah (swt) is clear of the partnership they ascribe to Him!” –  Al-Kawthari.
from sunnah.org/aqida
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2003-12-06, The Sufi Cloak
Nothing can be firmly established as authentic in its narrative routes and there is no narration - whether sound, fair, or weak - that says the Prophet MHMD vested the khirqa on any of the Companions in the conventional way of the Sufis...
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2003-01-04, Contemporaries and Colleagues of Imâm Ahmad
"I do not know anything better than the pursuit of hadîth science for whoever fears Allâh and keeps a good intention in this activity; as for myself, I ask the forgiveness of Allâh from having ever pursued it, and from every single step I took in it."
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2002-10-28, Imâm Ahmad's `Aqîda & Pseudo-Hanbali Aqida
The Shâfi’ faqîh, Shaykh al-Islâm al-Haytamî was asked: "Was the belief of Imâm Ahmad ibn Hanbal the same as [certain] present-day Hanbalîs claim?" - He replied:
Concerning the doctrine of the Imâm of Ahl al-Sunna, Ahmad ibn Hanbal (ra) - may Allâh (swt) grant him the loftiest of gardens as his resting-place and destination, bestow upon us and him His bounties, and grant him a dwelling in the loftiest firdaws: his doctrine was in absolute conformity with the belief of Ahl al-Sunna, and completely concordant.
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2002-12-15 , Al-Shâfi`î and Tas.awwuf
Imâm al-Shâfi`î recommended tas.awwuf
on condition that knowledge accompany it.
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2002-10-28, Weak hadith in Sahîh Al-Bukhari?
Al-Bukhârî said: “I extracted this book from about 600,000 (sound) h.adîths, and I compiled it over sixteen years, and I made it a plea for what lies between myself and Allâh.” Al-Firabrî said: Muh.ammad ibn Ismâ`îl said to me: “I never included in the S.ahîh. a h.adîth except I made a major ablution (ghusl) and prayed two rak`at beforehand.”
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2002-10-28, Taqwiyat al-Iman
Book review of Taqwiyat al-Îmân: Strengthening of the Faith
by Shâh Ismâ `il Dihlawî ( 1193- 1246)
Ryadh: Darussalam Publications, 1995.
This book is an important work of Wahhabist Islam in India
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2002-10-28, Sufyan Al-Thawri (rad.ia-LLahu `anhu)
Sufyân ibn Sa`îd ibn Masrûq Abû `Abd Allâh al-Thawrî al-Mud.arî al-Kûfî (97- 161), the Godfearing, wise, grief-stricken, Mujtahid Imâm, “Commander of the Believers in H.adîth” - the highest level in h.adîth Mastership -, “Shaykh al-Islâm, the Imâm of h.adîth Masters, the leader of the practicing Ulema in his time, the author of the Jâmi`”.
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2002-10-28, Knowledge And Imposition Of Hands
The slapping or imposition of the hand on the chest or back is a Prophetic gesture associated with driving away evil influence (waswâs) and conferring blessing as shown by the following reports:
... Then the Prophet of Allah slapped his chest with his hand, saying: “O Allâh! drive away from him its heat and its coolness and its harm.” Then he rose up and said: “If one of you sees something that pleases him in his brother - whether in his person or property - let him invoke blessing for him, for the evil eye is a reality.”
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2002-02-27, Superiority of Fiqh over Hadith
Imâm al-Shâfi` said: “You [the scholars of h.adîth] are the pharmacists but we [the jurists] are the physicians.” Some chapters:
1. Hadîth Misguides Those Devoid of Fiqh
2. Imâms of Hadîth Defer to Imâms of Fiqh
3. Knowledge Is Not Memorization but a Light
4. The Hadîth of the Jurists is Preferable to That of the Non-Jurists
5. Knowing the Hadîth is Different From Practicing It
6. Understanding the Hadîth is Superior to Knowing It
7. Most Hadîth Scholars Do Not Possess Intelligence of the Hadîth
8. Not Every Sound Hadîth Forms Evidence
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2002-02-27, Suyuti's works in print at Princeton
(Amended list)
Presented are the titles of some of al-Suyuti's works in print kept in the Arabic collection of the University of Princeton in the State of New Jersey (USA) as of the year 1999.
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2002-04-21, The Righteous Life and Works of Imâm al-Qâd.î Y. al-Nabhânî
Al-Nabhânî wrote of himself: "I was born in Ijzim in 1265/1849 approximately...I read the Qur'ân with my Master and father,... who is now [in 1891] past eighty, in full possession of his senses, of strong build and excellent health, and who spends most of his time in works of obedience... Then he sent me to Cairo for study...
•   With names of the shuyûkh who were his teachers
•   A list of about 75 (!) of his works in print
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2011-12-26, Advice to Our Brothers the Ulema of Najd
by Sayyid Yusuf ibn al-Sayyid Hashim al-Rifa`I
Sheikh Al Syed Yousuf Al Syed Hashim Al-Rifai, born in Kuwait, member of the first National Assembly of Kuwait. He was appointed Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs. ... He plays a pioneering role in preaching the message of Islam and spreading the teachings of the true religion throughout the world. Sheikh Al Syed Yousuf is the President of the Muslim Minority Commission of the Motamar till today. He established the World Islamic Federation for Information and Preaching of Islam ...
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2006-03-20, MEMAHAMI BID`AH - The Meaning of Bid`ah (Malay)
Setakat ini dua buah buku yang menjelaskan dengan terperinci berhubung dengan definisi Bid`ah, iaitu oleh Abdul Hayy al-Lucknawi dengan kitabnya Tuhfat al-Akhyar yang disyarahkan oleh muridnya, Shaykh `Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah. ...
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2006-04-02, Definisi Bid`ah Mengikut Ahlul Sunnah wal Jamaah
- The Sunni Definition Of Bid`ah (Malay)
Imam Shâfi`î: Sumbangan besar Imâm al-Shâfi`î  raDiy-Allahu-anhu.gif dalam ilmu Usul al-Fiqh ialah pembahagian beliau terhadap makna 'perkara baharu' (al-bid`ah) dan 'perkara baharu yang diadakan' (al-muhdathât) iaitu samada 'baik' atau 'buruk bergantung kepada samada perkara itu selari dengan Shari`at. ...
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2006-05-23, Mushaahadat Al-Haadi Muhammad (Arabic)
Poem of Visitation to Our Guide the Holy Prophet Muhammad: "MUSHAAHADAT AL-HAADI MUHAMMAD" Salla Allahu `alayhi wa-Alihi wa-Sallam
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2012-07-08, The Doctrine Of Ahl Al-Sunna Versus The "Wahabi-Salafi" Movement
Sh. Al-Zahawi
In our time … the name Salaf has been usurped by a movement which seeks to impose its own narrow interpretation of Religion towards a re-fashioning of the teachings of Islam. The adherents of this movement call themselves 'Salafi.' Such an appellation is baseless since the true Salaf knew no such school as the 'Salafi' school nor even called themselves by that name; the only general name they recognized for themselves was that of Muslim. As an eminent scholar has stated, the Salafiyya is not a recognized school of thought in Islam, rather, it refers to a blessed historical period of our glorious past. ...
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2. other Islamic texts in pdf

List of titles of section 2., linking down to explanatory list with quotations:

  Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Extremism, by Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
  Studies In Hadith Methodology And Literature, by Muhammad Mustafa Azami
  The Defense of the Sunnah: An Analysis of the Theory and Practices Of Tasawwuf (Sufism), by Ash-Shaghouri
  The inner dimension of going green: articulating an Islamic deep-ecology by Adi Setia
  Articles by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui
  FATWA: Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians
  FATWAS On Women Leading Prayers
  Global Muslim Leadership Makes Unprecedented Call for Accord with Christian World
  Islam and the Crisis of Modernity
  Moonsighting Fundamentals by Youssef Ismail
  The Meaning of Universal Brotherhood by Imam al-Nawawi
  Tasawwuf - Sufism in Islam
  The Commemoration Of The Birth Of Prophet Muhammad
  The Importance of a Good Shaykh (Bengali)
  The Wazifa
  The Guiding Helper
  Über Intention, Reine Absicht Und Wahrhaftigkeit
  Waking Up To Progressive Muslims

2012-01-15, Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Extremism, by Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
/in preparation/
The pdf can be read here:
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2009-07-19, Studies In Hadith Methodology And Literature, by Muhammad Mustafa Azami 118 pp.
A tremendous amount of literature is available in Arabic on the methology of Hadith but our new generation whose majority does not know Arabic is unable to benefit from it. ... Therefore I have written Studies In Hadith Methodology And Literature to fulfill the need of College students, as well as that of educated laymen. ...
Some chapters:
The Prophet MHMD and his ahadith; Recording of ~; Isnad System; Hadith Criticism; Grading of Scholars;
Fabrication of ~; Earlier ~ books; Imam Malik; Ahmad b. M. Hanbal; Muslim; al-Tirmidhi; etc.
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2009-05-16, The Defense of the Sunnah:
An Analysis of the Theory and Practices Of Tasawwuf (Sufism),
by Ibrahim Muhammad Hakim ash-Shaghouri

The purpose of this book is to educate the reader about some of the beliefs of Sufis and their practices, and to demonstrate how they are in full accordance with the Shari'a. Tasawwuf from the very beginning has always been integral to the Din, functioning as the realization and implementation of the pillar of Ihsan in the being of the Muslim. Tasawwuf is not a madhhab, nor a sect, nor an ideology, nor a cult, nor a foreign import, nor an heretical invention. It is nothing other than a science concerning the reality of Allah, His Messenger, and the self, transmitted faithfully and without interruption from the Prophet MHMD himself. It is the belief of the writer that the current corruption of the Ummah and its degradation is a direct result of - among other things - the crumbling away of the pivotal pillar of Ihsan as realized through the practice of Tasawwuf and its principles. ...
- The Light of the Prophet MHMD and his special distinctions p.8 - The Existence of the Special Awliya' and their Degrees p.19
- Tawassul and Tabarruk p.35 - The Graves of the Righteous and Practices Connected to Them p.54
- Understanding Innovation (Bid'a) in Islam p.89 - Audible Group Dhikr in Masajid p.105
- Commemorating the Birth
(Mawlid) of the Prophet MHMD 127
- Seclusion (`Uzla) and the Spiritual Retreat (Khalwa) 138
- Extra Worship in Rajab and Sha`ban 145 - The Integral Place of Tasawwuf in Islam
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2007-12-28,  The inner dimension of going green:
articulating an Islamic deep-ecology by Adi Setia

Our interaction with nature is clearly constrained and directed by such foundational ethical precepts as mercy, moderation, and gratitude, which, when systematically understood and applied, result in ecological health. But ethical precepts refer ultimately to human nature, and therefore ecological health is rooted in psychological health. From this deep-level perspective, environmental degradation is less a resource-problem than an attitude-problem.
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2007-10-15,   Global Muslim Leadership
Makes Unprecedented Call for Accord with Christian World

Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world's population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.
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2006-04-03, FATWA: Defending the Transgressed (Mudafi' al-Mazlum)
by Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians
by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti

Men and innocent bystanders who are not direct combatants are also included in this prohibition. The nature of this prohibition is so specific and well-defined that there can be no legal justification, nor can there be a legitimate shar'î excuse, for circumventing this convention of war by targeting non-combatants or civilians whatsoever, and that the hukm shar'î of killing them is not only harâm but also a Major Sin [Kabira] and contravenes one of the principal commandments of our way of life. ...
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2006-04-03, The Meaning of Universal Brotherhood by Imam al-Nawawi
by Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti

hadith: lA yu'minu aHadukum HattA yuHibba li-akhIhi mA yuHibbu li-nafsihi
lit: None of you believes until he wants for his brother what he would want for himself!
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2006-01-10, Islamic Reformation Or Islamic Renaissance?
by Dr. Hisham al-Zoubeir

(Such) authors tend to ignore that an 'Islamic Reformation' has in fact already occurred, is underway and has been underway for a number of years. ... (The) methodological similarity that reformers have with the violent radicals that characterise some modern Muslim political movements ... (is the final blow) ...
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2005-10-29, Moonsighting Fundamentals by Youssef Ismail
Sighting the Moon each Month is a Fard-Kifayya
(Someone from the community needs to do it or else there is a sin upon the whole community.)
Sighting the Moon for Ramadan, Shawwal, and Dhul-Hijjahis a Fard-`Ain (An Individual Obligation)
- Moon sighting is an activity that benefits the seeker both in this world and the next life.
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2005-10-19, The Seminal Advice, by Habib Umar bin Hafiz
We “should also be aware that the various, but valid, schools of jurisprudence (madhâhib), as well as the multiple paths of spirituality (turuq), are but proper expressions of the vastness of the Islamic tradition and the way of prophetic guidance.”
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2005-05-21, Articles by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui
“After years of serious thinking, I have come to the conclusion that the real cause of human strife and wars consists in selfishness, on the one hand and the forgetfulness of God on the other. When people begin to act in utter self-interest, when the social obligations are forgotten, when one can stoop down so low as to pursue one's interests at the cost of the rights of the other, harmony and concord recede in the background. ...”
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other texts:
Women and Their Status in Islam      The Forgotten Path of Knowledge
Spiritual Culture in Islam The Quest for True Happiness
The Universal Religion Divine Harmony

Dr Martin Lings: “The result is that the rising generation is more ignorant of the practices of the Messenger of God, and more cut off from those practices, than any generation that has come into existence since the dawn of Islam.”
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“We know that the enemies of Islam have many tactics they use in trying to get a misdirected and emotional response out of the Muslims. And perhaps they do that in order to produce a situation where they can justify taking action against those they label as extremists, radicals, terrorists, and fundamentalists.” Sh A b H Ali
- Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA)
- Shaykh Mohammed Nur Abdullah
- Shaykh Muhammad Afifi
- Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
- Dr. Hina Azam
- Dr. Mohammad H. Fadel
- Shaykh Ali Jumu`a
- Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
- Imam Zaid Shakir
- Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
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Another fatwa from Egyptian Dar-al Ifta in English and Arabic is at: dar-alifta.com or www.dar-alifta.com

2005-01-28, IN THE EYES OF THE SCHOLARS OF ISLAM The commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him (Mawlid or Mîlâd) is received by some people with doubts, suspicion and aspersions. ... In reality, this is not only jâ'iz (permissible), mustahsana (recommended) and a Shar`i act, but it is a means to develop blazing love for the Holy Prophet peace and blessings of Allâh be upon, something which is much needed by the Muslim Community today.
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ISLAMIC CONCEPT OF JIHAD By Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
2005-01-28 The killing of innocent people is terrorism irrespective of the fact whether they are Muslims or not. It is also terrorism to murder the peaceful people regardless of their being in state of war even if they are not fighting a war with you directly.
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2005-01-26 The Importance of a Good Shaykh, - in Bengali (pdf)

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2004-12-04, 2.3 MB The Wazifa
Spiritual practices
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2002-05-12, 2297 kb The Guiding Helper
The Guiding Helper [covering all main Islamic areas in 345 pages; searchable]
Main Text & Explanatory Notes; © The Guiding Helper Foundation 2001-2002
The Guiding Helper is based on a famous metered verse song written by a scholar named Ahmad ibn `Ali ibn `Abd al-Wahid ibn `Ashir born in Spain and raised in Fez, Morocco about seven hundred years ago.
We've added sections from other trusted sources. Thus, we hope that the Guiding Helper will serve as a solid and trusted source of genuine Islamic knowledge for the English-speaking people from now until the end of the world.
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2002-05-26, 68 kb Islam and the Crisis of Modernity  by Parvez Manzoor
Modernity is facing a crisis today. And, it is a crisis not of power but of meaning, not of the efficacy of modern instruments but of the legitimacy of modern goals, not of the ability of modernity's champions to carry its project forward but of the ultimate beneficence and morality of the project itself.
For modern societies are not helpless at facing the inner challenges of governance and economy, primary determinants of the human condition according to the modernist scheme of things, nor are modern polities vulnerable to any threats by external enemies.
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2002-03-18, 21 kb Tasawwuf - Sufism in Islam  Imam Hamza Yusuf, May 4, 1997
"They (the Sufis) have been the strictest adherents to the sacred law, but they have a wonderful principle:
that is be hard on yourself and be gentle with other people."
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2003-02-02 , 5.2 MB Über Intention, Reine Absicht Und Wahrhaftigkeit
Al-Ghazali, 37. Buch aus der IHYA
Islamische Etik, Über Intention, Reine Absicht Und Wahrhaftigkeit
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