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Dr. V. Abdur Rahim

Bismillah arRahman arRahim

I doubt there are any English-speaking Muslims that have pursued the path of learning Arabic(fus-ha) and have not heard of the “Madina Books” or it’s author Dr. V. Abdur Rahim. Yet, to my surprise, I had some difficulty trying to find any biographical information about the man behind the books. In my search I came across a few things which I might post later, but for now lets just stick with the biography. I tried finding his first name but haven’t found it yet, if anyone knows let me know, insha’Allah.

Dr. V. Abdur Rahim

V. Abdur Rahim was born in the small town of Vaniyambadi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India in 1933. After finishing his secondary school studies, he joined Presidency College, University of Madras where he majored in English Language and Literature. He graduated in 1957. In 1964, he joined al-Azhar University, Cairo, where he did his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Arabic Philology.

It is to be noted that Abdur Rahim learnt Arabic by himself. The school where he did his secondary school studies offered Arabic, but the lessons it offered consisted of only memorizing the conjugation tables. Abdur Rahim detested this method.  He thought that it was the most unnatural way of learning a language. Only dead languages like Latin, Syriac, etc. are taught this way. Living languages teach sentences straightaway. He decided to design a curriculum to teach Arabic to non-native speakers of Arabic.

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Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd, Rahimullah passes away!

asSalaam ‘alaykum

Read this link: Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd Passes Away!

May Allah Have Mercy on his Soul and Grant him Paradise!

Abu ‘Uthmaan as Saaboonee (d. 449 AH)

Aboo ‘Uthmaan as-Saaboonee, Shaikhul-Islaam, Ismaa’eel ibn ‘Abdur Rahmaan an-Neesaabooree, al-Waa‘idh (the admonisher), al-Mufassir (the exegete), al-Musannif (the author), one of the outstanding scholars. He narrated from Zaahir as-Sarkhasee. He died in the year 449H at the age of seventy-seven. He was the Shaikh of Khurasan of his time.

See Al-lba’r, 3/219.

The Scholar and the Tyrant

asSalaam ‘alaykum wa Rahamtullah,

SubhanAllah this is one awesome production by some of the youth in Houston. It was first found here at MuslimObserver‘s blog who also happens to be one of the actors, I wont say who though. Click here, watch the play and enjoy. BTW it was first played at the Texas Da’wah Conference ’06 this past December!

Waleed Basyouni: In the Footsteps of the Prophet (SAW) – Shaykh Bin Baz (RA)

In the Footsteps of the Prophet (SAW) – Shaykh Bin Baz (RA) by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

The quality of the lecture isnt that great so you might need to increase the volume pretty high.

Lecture given at the ISAT (Islamic Society of Arlington Texas) conference in Arlington, TX on April 28th, 2007 entitled “A Muslim is Like a Palm Tree!”

 Mad props to Br. Haytham for recording it and getting it to me. May Allah have Mercy on him!

Isam Rajab: The Connection discussing ‘Good and Evil’ on PBS

asSalaam ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

I mentioned earlier in this post about Shaykh Isam appearing on TV on The Connection. Well my ‘ghetto’ camera phone pics of the show on my TV pale in comparision to this great video recorded by Khalil and hosted on Google Video. Everyone should listen to this, I highly recommend it, it is only like 27 minutes. So Enjoy!

Imam Isam Rajab on PBS

asSalaam ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,


I got this email that Amad referred to here about Shaykh Isam Rajab coming on ‘The Connection‘ on PBS – KUHT. I happened to check my mail last night at around 8:15 PM and realized it was on now. So I ran to the TV told me brother to turn off his game and turn to Channel 8 and called for my entire family to watch Shaykh Isam on PBS. My mom came down real quick and she was hooked to the TV. It was a nice show alhamdulillah, couldn’t catch the entire show because I had to leave to go to Family Night at Mission Bend, but took pictures of Shaykh Isam on TV. The show itself was about the concept of “Good and Evil” in different religions and philosophy, as there was a professor of philosophy present there as well, along with a Jewish Rabbi and Christian Priest. Shaykh Isam is an awesome guy masha’Allah, and I love him for the sake of Allah. The pictures aren’t that clear because I was snapping pictures of the TV with the camera on my phone.




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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

1. Impermissible to break fast during Ramadhan 2. Prohibited to fast for a woman in her menstrual or post-partum bleedin 3. Obligatory to break it when it is required to save a person’s life 4. Recommended to break fast for one who is ill and fears harm from fasting. 5. Recommended to break fast when one is traveling 6. Permissible for one to break fast who begins a journey while fasting 7. Permissible for a pregnant or nursing (breast feeding) woman 8. Change of condition of a person doesn’t obligate one to refrain from eating and drinking the rest of the day. 9. Prohibited to fast a voluntary fast instead of an obligatory one.

Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
1. Missing a day of fast in Ramadhan
2. When does one make up a missed fast
3. If missed fast are not made up until few dats before next Ramadhan
4. Missed fasts first or voluntary?

Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
1. Recommended Every Other Day Sawn Dawood
2. The three white days of every Islamic month
3. Six days of Shawwaal
4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
5. Ten days of Dhil Hijja and that of Arafat
6. Disliking of the month of Rajab
7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib