Moving to a new website….

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, I’m back. After a couple of years. Better late then never.

I’m not sure if anyone still remembers me but in the small chance that you do, I thought I’d pop in to mention that I’ll be moving to a new website which means that all my blogs (mentioned under “My Blogs”) will no longer be updated. The only one that I might use in future is but that would only be for class notes. [Also, please note that two months from now The Greatest Month will only be accessible via]

Why am I moving? Well, it’s easier to write on one website rather than multiple ones. Also, the new one is self-hosted so I can do more with it.

What about all those pending series that I had on these blogs? In shaa Allah, I plan to continue them on the new website.

Those who want to get my new articles would need to follow my new website.

Yes, I know. You’re waiting for the link. Here you go:

It’s still pretty bare (only three new articles) so please bear with me. If anyone has any suggestions, whether content or IT related, please do share them with me. [I already know about the editing issues….]

Lastly, my apologies to all those whose comments that I didn’t reply to. I just replied to the urgent ones and kept delaying the others. Sorry.

Baarakallahu feekum.

PS. Please excuse me if you get this post more than once in your email. It just means you’re following too many of my blogs…

The Seven Types of Diabetes…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, yes.  I know. You might be thinking “Huh? I thought she was going to post Islamic resources for her students and now she’s talking about diabetes?!”

Well, I just came across an important video and wanted to share it so I thought I would just post it here. Besides, benefitting people IS part of Islam.

The video is by Dr. Brian Mowll about the seven different types of diabetes.

Yes, seven. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are included.

There’s also a Type 3 Diabetes! And you’ll be shocked to know that it’s a very famous disease that is known by another name. No, I’m not going to tell you. Please watch the video.

And for those of you who aren’t interested, you should know that people are being diagnosed with diabetes right and left. You should be proactive and educate yourself about this disease.

So, here’s the video:

[Please note: There’s some music in the first few seconds so kindly use the mute button. Thanks.]

Article: Ten exceptional reasons why Allah created Adam (alaihissalam) last

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, I’m back (sort of) after a three year break from this blog and a one year break from any of my blogs (I have eight). Before I put up this article, I should point out something to the readers.

Originally, I set up this particular blog as a way to share some resources that I had mentioned in my classes. I’m useless with sending emails and much better with blogging so the idea worked quite well.

Then I stopped teaching for a looong time, and this blog became a extra notebook-like thingy. Or something of that nature.

Then I stopped blogging for a long time.

Then I returned to teaching. And I’m still useless at sending emails. So voila, this blog’s purpose went back to being a resource-sharing thingy.

Now, to those of you who are NOT my (current) students, feel free to stay if you want to but I must warn you that it might become a bit boring. [At least I’m honest.]

[On the very bright side, I’m combining all of my other blogs into one website, and plan to start that in two months, inshaa Allah. I’ll announce it here when it’s ready.]

So, that was about it. Now for the article:

[This class is about Islamic History and obviously we started with Adam (alaihissalam).]

[Note: I just realised that the sixth reason is missing.]



Shaykul Islaam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Reference: Fawaa’id ul Fawaa’id of ibn ul Qayim – p. 103

The first thing Allah created was the pen (as it was mentioned in the hadeeth of Ubaadah Ibn Samit (radiallahu anhu) found in the Sunan of Abu Dawud), in order to write down everything that was decreed to take place before anything was brought into existence. Adam (alayhi asalaam) was the last of creation and there was remarkable wisdom in this which was:

 The First: To prepare the dwelling place before the inhabitants settle therein.

The Second: Everything that was created was done so for the purpose of making it subservient to Adam (alayhi asalaam) and his progeny. This includes the heaven, the earth, the sun, the moon, the land and sea.

The Third: The Most Prestigious Designer (i.e. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)) finishes His work with His most precious creation exerting the best of His vigor in order to make it the epitome of all of His past work. Just as He begins His work making it the foundation.

The Fourth: The human desire is always to be last, look at what Musa (alayhi asalaam) said to the magicians:

َقَالَ لَهُم مُّوسَى أَلْقُواْ مَآ أَنتُم مُّلْقُون
“You throw first what you are going to throw…” (26:43)
So when the people saw what the magicians threw, they were filled with anticipation for what Musa (alayhi asalaam) was going to throw afterwards.

 The Fifth: Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) delayed His most prestigious Book (i.e. the Qur’an), Prophet (i.e. Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (salla allahu alayhi wa salaam)) and generation (i.e. the Sahabah (radiallahu anhum)) to the end of time. He made the latter better than the former and as the saying goes:

“The end is always more complete and perfect than the beginning!” Consider carefully how much time was between the statement of Jibreel (alayhi asalaam):

And the reply of Prophet (salla allahu alayhi wa salaam):

مَا أَنَا بِقَارِئٍ
“I don’t know how to read!” (Sahih Al Bukhari)
And the final verse revealed of the Qur’an:

 ًاألْيَومَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُم دِينَكُم وَ أَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيكُم نِعْمَتِي وَ رَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْاِسْلَامَ دِين
“This day I have completed for you, your religion and perfected My favor upon you and I am pleased with Islam as your religion.” (5:3) Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) combined in the creation of Adam (alayhi asalaam) all of what He dispersed throughout the earth. The creation of Adam contains everything that is in the life of this world as well as the greater world in the hereafter!

The Sixth:

The Seventh: Adam (alayhi asalaam) is the quintessence of all creation and the sole reason why they were even brought into existence. Thus it was only appropriate that his creation be brought into subsistence after all other forms of creation were created.

The Eighth: From the bounty of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) upon the creation of Adam is that He prepared for him everything that was going to be a benefit for him in this life. He provided Adam with everything that was going to satisfy his needs and the tools by which he can earn his living and the necessities to sustain his life. With the mere lift of his head, he can find everything he needs present right in front of him!

The Ninth: Allah wanted to expose the nobility of Adam over the rest of creation so He created them first and this is why the angels said: “Our Lord is going to create what He wills, but He will never bring into existence a creature more honorable to Him than us!”

So when Allah created Adam (alayhi asalaam) and commanded them to prostrate to him, at that moment, Allah exposed his virtue and nobility over them by way of the knowledge and understanding He endowed him with. But when Adam committed the sin (i.e. eating from the tree), the angels thought that he was stripped of his virtue and nobility!

However, they were unaware of the potential of sincere repentance! So when Adam performed that magnificent act of worship (i.e. repentance) to his Lord, the angels knew at that moment that Allah has a secret relationship with the human race, they obviously didn’t know about!!!

The Tenth: When Allah began the creation of this world by the pen, it was absolutely appropriate for Him to finish it with the creation of the human being. For indeed the pen is a tool for seeking knowledge and the human being is intelligent with the potential to be a person of knowledge! So when Allah exposed the virtue of Adam over the angels it was by way of knowledge which Allah specified the creation of Adam with.

Translated by Abu Azzubayr Shadeed Muhammad on Febuary 12, 2010 in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.

Translator’s Note: Please read this article again and contemplate over the bounty Allah has bestowed upon you as a human being!

Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan’s ruling on using the rosary beads….

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I came across his opinion today.

And as he is one of my favourite scholars, I thought I would post it (because of its usefulness, not just because he is a favourite!).

Note: I don’t follow his opinion on the beads though. I follow the opinion that the beads are not permitted due to the fact that they are an imitation of the disbelievers.

However, I do know that there is another opinion (which is why I’m posting it).


The Ruling on Using Beads for Tasbeeh

Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan said, when asked about the ruling on using beads for remembering Alllaah:

The tasbeeh beads (misbahah), when a person makes use of it, believing that in using it there is some excellence and virtue, and that it is from the ways and means of the remembrance of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, then this is an innovation. As for when a person uses them from the angle of the permitted things (mubaahaat), or that he counts those things with them which he needs to count, then this is from the permitted affairs. As for taking them as religion and nearness, then this is treated as [being from] the newly-introduced innovations.

And it is better that a person glorify (Allaah) and count the tasbih (glorification) by his fingers, this is what is desirable. As for taking the beads upon the understanding that there is virtue in them as is believed by some of the Sufis and their followers and for which reason you find them carrying these bulky beads and wearing them around their necks, this enters into showing off (riyaa) from one angle, and it has no foundation in the shariah (from another), hence making use of it and employing it becomes from the newly-introduced innovations. Nur alaa al-Darb Fatawa Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan (1/81) through al-Bida’ wal-Muhdathaat (p. 343-344).


The site from where I got this ruling also has a mind-blowing chart on bidah (innovations).

“You don’t have to see the fruits of your dawah.”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

That’s something that one of my teachers, Ustadh Umar Saad, said in class.

[No, you haven’t heard of him if you’re an English speaker. He teaches only in Arabic. If you know Arabic, you can listen to some of his lectures here.]

He pointed out that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) never saw the fruits of his dawah. Many of the great conquests happened after his death.

Yes, we do dua (supplication) and we want to see the fruits but we may or may not see them. And the purpose is not to see the fruits.

One of my friends told me that the many of the major scholars of the past weren’t that well-known in their time. Their works only spread AFTER their deaths, after which they became famous.

So they didn’t see the fruits of their dawah either.

What both of them said struck me because we are always in a hurry for the response.

When we teach, we want many students.

When we blog, we want many hits.

This isn’t the point and we should make it a point not to make this a point (get it?).

I came across the following ayah (verse) yesterday).

Allah says:

“And no person can ever die except by Allah’s Leave and at an appointed term. And whoever desires a reward in (this) world, We shall give him of it; and whoever desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him thereof. And We shall reward the grateful.” [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 145]

Think about it.


“If you want to earn the pleasure of the people…”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

One day, I had a particularly bad day with my students. They didn’t behave well at all.

I came out of class quite depressed and told one of my students (who was also a friend) about it.

She read out a message that someone had sent her. It was something like:

“Whoever wants to earn the pleasure of the people will never be able to do so, but whoever wants to earn the pleasure of Allah will be able to do so.”

People are never going to be pleased no matter what we do so it’s useless to even try to pursue it.

However, if we try to please Allah by obeying His commands then this is something that can be attained, insha-Allah.

The NEW purpose of this blog…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Well, this blog has sort of been rotting away, hasn’t it?

It’s ironic. This was my first blog (I have 7 others now, with more to come, insha-Allah).

It was supposed to be a place where I uploaded all the resources that I mentioned to my students.

As I don’t teach anymore, it seems to have become an “extra” blog, without any purpose.

See, I’m not the kind of person who blogs just for the sake of blogging. Each of my blogs have a purpose….except this one.

I finally found a purpose for it, alhamdulillah.

I remember reading that the great scholar Ibn Jawzi (rahimahullah) used to write down whatever came to his mind. These thoughts then got compiled into a book (called Sayyid Al-Khaatir if I’m not mistaken).

Also, I’ve read many scholars recommending that students of knowledge have a notebook to write down the “fawaaid” (benefits) of any lecture or book that they encounter.

So, I started to think. Why don’t I just do this in 21st century style?

If I have any useful thoughts, I could blog about them.

If I found any fawaid, I could blog about those too.

If I do any research about an issue, I could blog about that too.

[Of course, those thoughts and benefits that are related to my other blogs will be posted there.]

The advantage is that it’s all stored in a nice place which I can’t misplace (unlike a notebook), can’t spill water over (unlike a notebook), don’t have to publish (because it’s technically already published) and I also get to share it with others (which means that I can get milk this for some hereafter reward).

So, that’s what this will be: my online notebook/scrapbook [and the new design reflects that].

[I guess that’s what blogs generally are: online notebooks.]

In the end, it seems that I needed an “extra blog” to put in all the stuff that doesn’t fit into the other blogs.

If you’ve subscribed to this blog, then I should alert you to the fact that I might post numerous times a day. Then again I might also post zero times a day. Allahu Alam.

So, allow me to write away….