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Format of Traditional Arab Islamic Names

July 18, 2016 Leave a comment

(The following is an extract from an introduction to Imam an-Nawawi.)

A traditional Arabic name consists of many things. The parts are:

 1 . Your name and the name of your fathers before you.

 The name of Imam Al-Nawawi is: Yahya ibn Sharraf ibn Mooree ibn Hasan ibn Husayn

 2 . A kunya, which means nickname.

 The kunya of the Prophet (saI AIIahu alayhi wa saIIam) was Abu Qasim.

Every person of the Arabs will take a kunya even if he did not have a son or child by that name.

Generally speaking, some names have intrinsic kunyas. For example, the name Ali is generally given the kunya Abu Hasan. If your father called you Ali, it was understood you would take the kunya Abu Hasan when you grew up. Why? Ali ibn Abi Talib’s son was called Hasan. Sometimes people with the name Ali are called Abu Husayn or Abu Hasanain. Similarly, the kunya of someone named Yasir is Abu Ammar because of Ammar ibn Yasir.

What do you think the kunya of Imam AI-Nawawi would be? Abu Zakariyyah. Yahya was the son of Zakariyyah, but the Prophet Yahya did not have any children. Imam Al-Nawawi himself approved of this kunya and called himself by that name.

 3 . An honorary title.

The students of a scholar would give this title. Ibn Taymiyyah was called Shaykh Al-Islam, and very few people reached this status.

The title of Imam Al-Nawawi was muhyadeen, which means the reviver of the sciences. He was given this title during his lifetime, but he did not like it and said: “Anyone who calls me muhyadeen

I will not forgive him. ” His statement shows how strict he was about this title. He was strict with this because of his modesty. Muhya means someone who revives something that was dead, and Al-Nawawi did not like the connotation that the religion was dead and he brought it back to life.

 4-. ‏لقب‎ (Laqab): where you are from / place of origin / profession

 Sometimes it includes both the profession and the place of origin.

Imam AI-Nawawi was given a Iaqab for the place. He was born in a village called Nawa, which is a village outside of Damascus.

[Taken from: Class Notes on Sacred Scrolls, 40 Hadeeth Nawawi, Qabeelat Hosna, July 2008]

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…how can one know Him and not love Him?

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment


What a wonderful thing it is to know Him (i.e. Allah)!

But how can one know Him and not love Him?

How can one hear the caller but fail to respond?

How can one know the profit that shall be gained in dealing with Him but still prefer others?

How can one taste the bitterness of disobeying Him but still abstain from seeking the pleasure of obeying Him?

How can one feel the severity of engaging in trivial speech, but fail to open your heart with His remembrance?

How can one be tortured by being attached to other but not rush toward the bliss of turning to Him in repentance?

Perhaps it is most surprising to know that while you are in need of Him, you are still reluctant to move toward Him because you seek others.

(Imam ibn al-Qayyim, al-Fawa’id, pg72)

Three Levels of Piety

August 16, 2014 Leave a comment

3 levels

Piety has three levels:

One– protecting the hearts and limbs against sin and forbidden actions.

Two– protecting them against undesirable matters.

Three– protection against curiosity and whatever is not of one’s concern.

The first will grant life to the servant, the second will grant him health and power, and the third will grant him happiness and joy.

[Imam ibn al-Qayyim, al-Fawaa’id, pg56]

Patience at the Time of Bereavement

July 1, 2012 1 comment

The loss of a loved one is a time when a person may be overwhelmed with grief, and many customs surrounding bereavement reflect the depth of the feeling of loss. Wailing, eulogizing (i.e. praising the deceased excessively) and tearing one’s garments are all customs which were well known at the time of Jâhiliyyah, and are still common among some Muslims. Such conduct is not permitted in Islâm, as the believer is required to face bereavement, like all the other trials of life, with patience.

It is permitted to cry or weep, softy, before death, at the time of death, and after the person has died. According to ash-Shâfi‘î, however, it is makrûh to cry after the person has died, but permissible before the soul has departed.

The correct opinion is that crying is Read more…

“To be devout for a short while is to survive for ever, but devotion is rare.”

June 9, 2012 1 comment


It has been related that a righteous man used to say, “O self, be devout and you will be pure.” When any worldly fortune, in which the self finds comfort and towards which the heart inclines, intrudes upon our worship, then it impairs the purity of our efforts and ruins our sincerity. Man is preoccupied with his good fortune and immersed in his desires and appetites; rarely are his actions or acts of worship free of temporary objectives and desires of this kind. For this reason it has been said that whoever secures a sin­gle moment of pure devotion to Allah in his life will sur­vive, for devotion is rare and precious, and cleansing the heart of its impurities is an exacting undertaking.

In fact, devotion is the purifying of the heart from all impurities, whether few or many, so that the intention of drawing nearer to Allah is freed from Read more…

Explanation of the Words ‘The Dunya is a Prison for the Believer’‏

May 7, 2012 2 comments

Below is an Explanation By Imaam Ibn Hajr Al-Asqalaani of the meaning of the words of the Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ) :

“The Dunya is like a Prison for the Believer (Mu’min)”

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Every person must have a focus for his love

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Everyone who is too proud and arrogant to worship Allah inevitably worships something else, for man is sensitive and is always motivated by ideas. It is reported in al-Sahih that the Prophet ﷺ said, “The truest of names are Read more…

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