Thursday, November 15, 2007


Hassaan bin Atiyya said, Allah said:

"My servant is not delivered from Me (i.e. from My punishment) except by doing that which I enjoined upon him; and he does not stop drawing nearer to Me with supererogatory acts until I love him, and he does not draw nearer to Me with anything better than naseeha. So if he does that I become his heart with which he understands, his tongue with which he speaks, and his sight with which he sees- I answer him if he supplicates Me, I give him if he asks Me, and I forgive him if he asks My forgiveness."

The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam said,

"Allah Most High said: Of all the ways that I am worshiped, the one I love the most is sincere naseeha."

Both hadiths narrated by Abdullah ibn Mubarak.


Naseeha is advice, or good counsel. It is to give people recommendations and help, out of sincere interest in helping them. It is to remind them of what is right and what is wrong, and to not be ashamed to do that.

Allah's Messenger Muhammad, pbuh, said, "The Deen is naseeha, The Deen is naseeha, The Deen is naseeha".

Monday, November 12, 2007

There's Something About Fez

The place of Fez in the Islamic World is well known- it is the center of the Divine Sciences, "the cradle of knowledges and fount of gnoses", intellectual capital of Morocco, whose very soil produced great awliya, according to one Medieval historian. But here is a description of Fez from a famous Jewish scholar around the 10th century, when Fez was mostly inhabited by Jews,

"...the great ancient city of Fez, the seat of the Law, the threshing-floor of wisdom, the winepress of the testimony, which drives away sleep to study the Law of the Lord, which breathes divine learning even in its sleep..."

May Allah grant us a visit to drink from its fountains, from the great scholars of the Qarawiyyin Mosque, may Allah preserve it until the end of times.