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  1. بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرحْمَنِ الرحِيْمِ As salam mu alaikum wa rahmat Ullah Further to my recent response to the fatwa of Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa of Egypt in which he stated that it was permissible to celebrate Christmas, I have received many messages requesting me to dispel the confusion caused by the famous American Imam, Suhaib Webb al-Azhari on his official facebook page. After a brief analysis, it is clear that the esteemed Imam Suhaib al-Azhari has misrepresented certain facts that I will look to clarify in this article. Owing to the urgency of this matter and the lack of a single scholar to openly and academically assess these statements, I have decided to fulfill this obligation in what may appear to some as a haphazard way, but I ask to be forgiven owing to commitments to more pressing issues such as familial suffering in Damascus as many of you are already aware. First of all, Imam Webb's initial post on the subject that forms his basis of all future arguments on the subject. He writes: “The European Fatwa Council; made up of 20 of the worlds greatest Muslim Jurists, stated that it is permissible to greet people on these days (exchange gifts even) as long as it does not involve approving any creedal differences between us, or open evil (drinking and so on). In other words, a simple happy holidays is not a sin or going to take that person out of Islam. It is reported with authentic chains that Ali (ra) celebrated the Persian New Year, even eating ice cream with Imam Abu Hanifa's relative. Many of the fatwa quoted by sincere folks are rooted in an age of empire and war (the crusades) or a social reality that does not fit ours in the West. Most importantly, a person should ask those who use words like "haram" "kufur" "Halal" and "encouraged" about their religious training. Yelling and over blown emotionalism does not equal training and scholarship. Allah knows best.” Now, it would not be challenging to write a short book on the observations that I have regarding this short paragraph, but I doubt many would find the time to read it. For the purposes of brevity, I will not discuss his comments on the 'age of empire and war nor steep to the depths of questioning the Imams 'training and scholarship', but my focus will remain on the statements that he has made or supported regarding the issue of celebrating non-Muslim festivals. Let us start by discussing his flagrant misrepresentation of the narration surrounding Sayyiduna Ali (may Allah be pleased with him). He writes: "It is reported with authentic chains that Ali (ra) celebrated the Persian New Year, even eating ice cream with Imam Abu Hanifa's relative." When asked for the reference of this narration that he has used to base his own fatwa (not the EFC fatwa) in numerous places he states the work of Imam al-Dhahabi (RA) and these are some examples of those posts: Suhaib Webb: “It is mentioned by the muhaddith al-thahabi in his Siyar al'alam al-nubala. I guess question arises: Do we understand the faith better than Ali (ra), or is there something wrong in our understanding? Between me and Ali (ra), I'm going with Ali (ra).” Suhaib Webb: "Shukran for your posts. Imam al-Dhahabi mentions the ice cream (more like kul fi)." Suhaib Webb: "Are you saying that Imam al-Dhahabi's was a Rafidi? The quote has been referenced above and I mentioned it myself…" Investigating the narration of Imam al-Dhahabi from his Siyaar. Now, let us look at this narration that has caused so much controversy. Is it possible that Imam Webb has made a ground-breaking discovery in the science of hadith that gives proof to all those Muslims who criticize others for not following a madhab, because they are following a madhab -not one of the four famous madhahib-, but the madhab of their own desires? The narration: مُكْرَمُ بنُ أَحْمَدَ القَاضِي: حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ بنِ شَاذَانَ المَرْوَزِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِيْهِ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ، سَمِعْتُ إِسْمَاعِيْلَ يَقُوْلُ: أَنْبَأَنَا إِسْمَاعِيْلُ بنُ حَمَّادِ بنِ أَبِي حَنِيْفَةَ النُّعْمَانِ بنِ ثَابِتِ بنِ المَرْزُبَانِ مِنْ أَبْنَاءِ فَارِسٍ الأَحرَارِ، وَاللهِ مَا وَقَعَ عَلَيْنَا رِقٌّ قَطُّ. وُلدَ جَدِّي فِي سَنَةِ ثَمَانِيْنَ، وَذَهَبَ ثَابِتٌ إِلَى عَلِيٍّ وَهُوَ صَغِيْرٌ، فَدَعَا لَهُ بِالبَرَكَةِ فِيْهِ وَفِي ذُرِّيَتِه، وَنَحْنُ نَرْجُو مِنَ اللهِ أَنْ يَكُوْنَ اسْتَجَابَ ذَلِكَ لِعَلِيٍّ -رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ- فِيْنَا. قَالَ: وَالنُّعْمَانُ بنُ المَرْزُبَانِ وَالِدُ ثَابِتٍ هُوَ الَّذِي أَهْدَى لِعَلِيٍّ الفَالُوْذَجَ فِي يَوْمِ النَّيْرُوْزِ. فَقَالَ عَلِيٌّ: نَوْرِزُوْنَا كُلَّ يَوْمٍ. وَقِيْلَ: كَانَ ذَلِكَ فِي المَهرجَانِ، فَقَالَ: مَهْرِجُوْنَا كُلَّ يَوْمٍ[ii]. With the Isnaad to Ismail ibn Hamad ibn Abu Hanifah who narrated that “Nu'man ibn Marzooban, the father of Thabit, the one that gifted Ali (RA) al-Faluwzaj on the day of Nowruz[iii]. Then Ali (RA) said, ‘Our Nowruz is everyday' It was also said to him, ‘This is also observed on Mihrajaan[iv] to which he replied ‘May Mihrajaan be every day!” Analysis of the Sanad (chain of transmission) Every novice student of Usool al-Hadith (Principles of Hadith) learns that there are two main reasons that cause a narration to be rejected and they are: The Saqt (break/gap) in the Sanad (chain of narration) The Tayn (aspersion) regarding the narrator of the hadith. With that in mind, if we look at this narration we find that it contains numerous defects that encompasses both of the criteria above. Saqt (break in the sanad) The clearest defect is the clear break in the Sanad[v] between Imam al-Dhahabi and Mukaram al-Qadi who passed away at least 325 years before Imam al-Dhahabi was born. The person who narrated this report is Ismail ibn Hamad ibn Abu Hanifah (RA). He narrates that his great-grandfather Thabit (RA) was young and that his great-great-grandfather Numan (RA) was the one who gave Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) the Iranian desert al-Faluwzaj. Again it is clear that there is a gap of well over 100 years between the narrator and the incident that occurred with Sayyiduna Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) Tayn (aspersion) regarding the narrator of the hadith. From the beginning of this Sanad we find that the narrator is Ismail ibn Hamad ibn Abu Hanifah (RA)[vi] and he is regarded as 'weak' and 'someone who cannot be trusted' owing to some of his actions and statements around the time, especially in relation to the dispute regarding the creation of the Quran. A few of the greatest muhaditheen that regarded him as such in their famous works are : Salih Jazara, Ibn Adi, Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani, al-Dhahabi and al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi, the last two of which brought this narration in their works and were fully aware of the reliability of the narrator.[vii] It is therefore clear that with such huge gaps in the sanad of this narration and the weakness in the main narrator, that contrary to what Imam Webb would have us believe in his posts, this narration is very weak if not fabricated and by no stretch can it be regarded as 'authentic'. Imam Webb states: Suhaib Webb“… Secondly, there is no dispute about the soundness of the narration. As a student of knowledge, you should know that there is no jarh without tafsil. Secondly, your assumption that I did not do a proper jarh is in itself, as you well know, not the proper way to do research (adab al-bath wa al-munadhra) as assumptions of mistakes are not an evidence." May we ask: according to whom is there no dispute regarding this narration? Did any of the Muhaditheen state this in the past? How did he come to this conclusion and could it have been his Ijtihad? For orthodox scholars of hadith, it is apparent that this statement is inaccurate and that is no 'assumption of mistake'. Analysis of the Matn (text) Allow us to assume that the sanad of the narration is in fact correct. Do we stop there and declare the hadith authentic? Well, for a narration that has such prestigious people in the sanad as the grandson of Imam Abu Hanifah (RA) but yet does not make it into any of the famous books of Hadith, rather being included many hundreds of years later in works that are not related to rulings (As Imam Webb is trying to use it) but biographies of famous Muslims for which it is well known that the conditions of authenticity are relaxed. This to a student of Hadith raises a red flag and causes one to ponder. Now, pondering over the hadith we have to ask ourselves: does it have any 'illa (hidden defect) in the matn? The answer is yes. How could we consider for a moment that Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) would be happy to engage in this celebration that has its origins in Zoroastrianism[viii] when he knew fully well that such an action would be tantamount to disobeying our beloved Prophet Mohammed (salahu alayhi wasalam) in the numerous narrations that have come forbidding Muslims to resemble non-Muslims which one may read in my other article on the subject. Now, let us move on to the posts that he made to support this premise of his. Suhaib Webb Abu Pakora, Allah continue to bless you and raise your status. Please read these comments form Sh. Shibli (who speak Persian), Do you realize that "Nawruz Fayruz" is how Persians greet each other on Nawruz even today?! It was pronounced "Piruz" or "Payruz" in early Persian. `Ali (may God be pleased with him) wasn't twisting the name! He was greeting the Persians with THEIR greeting VERY SPECIFICALLY. He said "May every day be as Nawruz" and this is what Persians say even today on Nawruz. They say: نوروز پیروز هر روز نوروز "Nawruz Piruz, Har ruz Nawruz!" meaning: "Nawruz Piruz. May every day be as Nawruz!" The scholars of Hadith did not know this. Their job is grading narrators and conditions of Hadith. They are not cultural sociologists! If one were to say that these were not the words of Imam Webb, this does not detract from the fact that he actually relies on this and uses it as a defense against the criticism that he receives from several people who posted. He further advises us to accept the statement of Shaikh Shibli (posted on his facebook page) that Sayyidna Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was greeting them with their greeting. How can one even entertain the thought that Sayyiduna Ali (RA) would say 'May every day be as Nayrouz' when this is in clear contradiction with the numerous hadith on the subject as mentioned earlier. Furthermore, the statement criticising the muhaditheen is somewhat rudimentary, many of the greatest Muhaditheen including Imam al-Bayhaqi (RA) who compiled this narration were from Persia and they would fully understand these words. Furthermore, Imam al-Bayhaqi (RA) was not just a 'Hadith scholar whose job was grading hadith', (which is no small task) but he was one of the greatest Fuqaha of the Shafi'ee madhab. This is stated by Imam al-Dhahabi in the same work that Imam Webb uses to prove this ice-cream narration. Imam al-Dhahabi (RA) states that the famous Shafi scholar Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni said ما من فقيه شافعي إلا وللشافعي عليه منة إلا أبا بكر البيهقي ، فإن المنة له على الشافعي لتصانيفه في نصرة مذهبه "There is no follower of the Shafi'ee madhab except that they are indebted to Imam al-Shafi'ee (RA) except Abu Bakr al-Bayhaqi, for indeed al-Shafi'ee is indebted to him for the works he contributed to support his madhab." Imam al-Dhahabi (RA) then adds: "This is correct. And if al-Bayhaqi desired to have his own madhab with which he would make ijtihad then he would have been capable of that because of the wide ranging understanding of sciences that he had as well as his knowledge of the differences…" Now, Imam al-Bayhaqi (RA) also quoted Abu Usama (RA) as saying: He (Imam Ali) hated to say Nayrouz." This Abu Usama (RA) is none other than Hamad ibn Usuma ibn Zaid whose narrations appear in many of the famous hadith collections including the six canonical collections. He was very familiar with Persians and their customs as he was from Kufa and Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal (RA) said about him: "He was the most knowledgeable of all people regarding the affairs of the people and the happenings of the people of Kufa." I think the above clearly demonstrates that both of these great scholars should be given more credit for their knowledge of the Persian customs and language and that their judgment on the narration does carry weight contrary to what others may have us believe. I am also quite certain from classical Arabic dictionaries, that they knew that the Persian dish Faluwzaj is not ice-cream or ‘Kul fi’ as has been mentioned by Imam Webb.[ix] Another comment cementing the ‘authenticity’ of this narration. Suhaib Webb: “It would appear that you failed to read what was written above? While I appreciate this scholarly effort. It is an opinion rooted in a problematic approach and understanding to the reality.” Furthermore, as I recall, the IslamQA site was censured by the scholars of the Kingdom. I'm sure you would not say Allhumust'an to 'Ali when he celebrated Naruz with the Persians as is authentically narrated by Imam al-Dhahabi in his Siyar. Imam Webb is presented with an opinion from the well known Islamic website Islamqa.com.[x] He criticises the ruling which is acceptable using his scholarly prerogative, but he then states that the site was 'censured by the scholars of the Kingdom', giving the reader the impression that the credibility of the site was in question, when in reality it was a decree that affected all fatwa websites that were not part of the official apparatus of fatwa in Saudi Arabia.[xi] Why did Imam Webb make these comments? If we look back we find that that the context of these comments is a fatwa that was presented by the European Fatwa Council which is rather lengthy and deals with the importance of good character with non-Muslims. They state: "There is no issue then for a Muslim individual or organization to send them greetings verbally or through cards providing they do not include religious slogans or statements that would contradict the principles of Islam…"[xii] Immediately after the Fatwa Council mentioned the above, they stated: ‘We do not forget to mention some of the Fuqaha such as Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim who were strict in regards to the festivals of the mushrikeen and we support them in their resistance against Muslims celebrating the religious festivals of the Mushrikeen and Ahl al-Kitab as we see some heedless Muslims celebrating Christmas as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha and sometimes even more and this is not permissible as we have our festivals and they have their festivals...’ In closing, I would like to advise all scholars to be more attentive in matters of the deen as their statements and actions carry a huge bearing with those that take from them. One of the main problems that I find nowadays very much prevalent in the West, is that scholars 'cut and paste' parts of a text or ruling, many a time taking it out of context and not only is this inaccurate -as we have seen in this article- but it is also irresponsible. Scholars have a responsibility of presenting the complete truth to the laity and just because they are inundated with tools such as social networking sites this does not mean that they should be lackadaisical in their approach spreading nebulous statements and rulings that allow for people to come along and interpret things in line with their desires. It would be more wholesome, if scholars who claim to adhere to classical scholarship and the following of a madhab do just that, so that Allah forbid, they become astray and lead others astray as has been prophesised in authentic narrations. This and what I have had taufeeq in saying is from Allah alone, and what is from mistakes, oversights and forgetfulness is from me and Shaytaan the accursed; Allah and his Rasul are free from them. I seek refuge in Allah in being a bridge utilised by others to enter Jannah, and then being thrown into the fire; thereafter I seek refuge in Allah from reminding others of this and forgetting myself. Servant of Allah Mohammed Daniel Cordoba Academy Note: This article and everything that has been written by Shaykh Mohammed Daniel on this forum or anywhere else may be copied and used anywhere for educational and non commercial purposes only. Rather we encourage you to use all halaal means to spread the truth to everyone you can. Was the word crusade not used in the last decade or so by an American president which precipitated wars in many Muslim lands? Should we not feel emotion towards all those who suffered? [ii] سير أعلام النبلاء ط الرسالة (6 / 395 [iii]Nowruz spelt in its many forms literall means 'new day' and it is the first day of the Persian calendar traced back to the Zorastrain religion. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz [iv] This word is made up of two words. 'Mihr' literally means the sun or love and 'jaan' which means life or soul as mentioned in the famous Arabic dictionaries such as Muheet. It is a another Persian festival [v] Known as al-Saqt al Jalee al-Wadih [vi] When assessing the authenticity of a narration we were taught to start with the beginning of the Isnad as this is where the reports usually revolves around the same person and then spread out in a pyramid model with more and more people narrating lower down in the isnaad. If the narrators at the beginning of the Isnad are found to have aspersions we do not have to consume excess amounts of time with all the tens of other paths that the narration may have later. Chains of narration are graded by their weakest link; therefore even if we have five narrators that are all trustworthy and one narrator who the narration revolves around that is weak, the individual hadith will be graded as such. [vii] Those who would like to read more detailed information on the narrator Qadhi Ismail ibn Hamaad may consult the following works: Tahzeeb and Lisaan al-Meezan of Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani, Meezan al-I'tidal of Imam al-Dhahabi, al-Kamil of Ibn Adi, Tareekh of Ibn Tabari and al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi, al-Jarh wa Ta'deel of Ibn Abi Hatim, Akhbar al-Qudaat of Abu Bakr al-Wakee, al-Wafi of al-Safadi, al-Tarajim of al-Arbali [viii]For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroastrian [ix] The base ingredient of ice-cream is milk or cream, the base ingredient for faloodeh as it is known is rose syrup and vermicelli. For more on this see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faloodeh [x] This website has many beneficial posts, however it is not the best site for people living in the West. [xi] See this article for the reason http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/09/03/118350.html [xii] See here for the Arabic source of the article http://www.e-cfr.org/ar/index.php?ArticleID=541
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  10. As salam mu alaikum Sister (I assume this from your posts) You have brought up some very valid points which are worth discussing. If you look at the Islamic corpus you will find that there is a genuine difference of opinion between the scholars as to whether the covering of the face is obligatory or not and many see it as compulsory whereas others see that a free woman should cover her whole body except face and hands. What is interesting to note is that the scholars who hold the second opinion have also put conditions in place to ensure that hayah is maintained. They do not allow for a woman to go out and about unnecessarily or to engage in activities that would be contrary to the principle of hayah. I believe that laughing and joking with strange men is out of the boundaries of hayah. Now , as long as one is observing the Islamic dress code and covering what they should be in the correct way, it does not matter what material or cultural design they use as long as that dress is the norm for the society they live in. In fact it is better for them to wear such clothing so as not to catch the attention of people unnecessarily by standing out, looking wealthier etc as our Beloved (Salahu alayhi wasalam) has said in an authentic hadith that can be found in al-Jami of Imam al-Tirmidhi and Sunan Abi Dawood as well as other compilations: من لبس ثوبَ شُهرةٍ في الدُّنيا ألبسه اللهُ ثوبَ مَذلَّةٍ يومَ القيامةِ Whoever wears a garment of celebrity in this world, Allah will dress him with a garment of disgrace on the Day of Qiyamah. (resurrection) And Allah knows best Mohammed Daniel
  11. IRAQ In continuing this journey and moving across to Iraq, I state that through sheer grace of Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) I have had the honour of sitting with the Muhaddith of Iraq, Shaikh Subhi ibn Jasim al-Samura’ee who I have met on many occasions and amongst other works that I have studied and obtained Ijazah from the Shaikh is the Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari (RA) after having read/heard the whole text whilst in his company. Shaikh Subhi Samura’ee narrates back to Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani (RA) through 12 intermediaries and this is the Isnaad: He narrates the complete Sahih from Shaikh Abdul Kareem Sa’iqah Who narrates the complete Sahih from Shaikh Yusuf Husain Khanpuri Who narrates the complete Sahih from Nadheer Husain Dehlawi Who narrates the complete Sahih from Shah Mohammed Ishaq al-Dihlawi Who narrates the complete Sahih from Shah Abdul Aziz al-Dihlawi Who narrates to Kitab al-Hajj from Shah WaliUllah al-Dihlawi Who narrates the complete Sahih from Abu Tahir Madani al-Kurdi Who narrates the complete Sahih from Hasan Ujaymee Who narrates the complete Sahih from Easa Tha'alabi al-Ja'fri Who narrates the complete Sahih from Ahmed ibn Khaleel Subki Who narrates the complete Sahih from Najm Mohammed al-Gheeti Who narrates the complete Sahih from Zakariyyah al-Ansari Who narrates much of the text from Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaani SOURCE http://forum.cordoba...of-imam-al-/12/
  12. Cordoba Academy Readers Society (CARS) Cordoba Academy for Classical Islamic Sciences is honoured to announce its new society to increase Islamic literacy in the Muslim Ummah. Cordoba Academy Readers Society has been set up to provide a platform for Muslims worldwide to appreciate the richness, breadth, and depth of the corpus of Islamic literature. It also serves to inculcate in students reading habits and critical thinking skills that will serve enhance their literary and language skills as well as affording them access to the field of riwayah where they can obtain asaneed connecting them to the greatest scholars in Islam and their monumental works. What are the objectives of this society? The main objective of this society is the revival of the blessed and distinct tradition of Isnaad which is not present in any other religion and remains unique to Islamic literature. It also seeks to instill a genuine desire and deep-seated love in all Muslims to read Islamic literature. Who can benefit from this society? Everyone may benefit from this society including those that already teach these texts or those for whom the desire to revive the tradition of Isnaad in their communities exists. What is the cost to join this society? Joining the society is complimentary to all genuine and dedicated students at Cordoba Academy who have studied at least five paying courses before the start of the reading of any text. Those that have not done so may join for a meager monthly fee of $29 with an automatic exemption from this fee once they have studied on five paying courses at CA. Who chooses the texts that are to be read together? The following four texts have been chosen for numerous reasons including their universality, importance to the nurturing Islamic personality and status amongst the classical scholars. Students will be offered the chance to make a first and second option and the text that is most popular will be read first until completed then the second choice will be read. 1) al-Hisnul al-Haseen of Imam al-Jazari (RA) 2) al-Shifa of Qadi Iyadh al-Yahsubi (RA) 3) Riyadh al-Saliheen of Imam al-Nawawi (RA)[ii] 4) Kitab al-Zuhd of Imam Ibn al-Mubarak (RA) When will the readings of the text occur? Readings of the text will occur once a week on Sunday evenings and will start at 9PM (Makkah time) lasting a minimum of 60 minutes with at least 15 minutes left for discussion at the end of the reading. Will the texts be read in English as I do not understand Arabic? No, the texts must be read in Arabic as this is the tradition that has been passed down to us and that we must continue for the Isnaad to remain intact. If you do not understand Arabic, then we advise you to make use of a translation that you should follow simultaneously during the recitation so that you are able to comprehend the reading and contribute to the discussion. How do I sign up to the society? Admissions are now open to join the society and you should email cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com if you would like to sign up. As soon as we have a minimum of 20 students signed up to the society the readings will start. We kindly request you to circulate news about this unique society so that we are able to start. Who will grant the Ijazaa and do they have Ijazaa in these texts? The main tutor for the readings will be Shaykh Mohammed Daniel (HA) as he is the most qualified of CA faculty in this field and one of the leading musnideen[iii] worldwide having travelled extensively to over 40 countries and read and received the highest asaneed from a multitude of scholars in scores of classical Islamic texts including those that are being read. There will also be guest tutors including some of the remaining teachers of Shaykh Mohammed who will be invited to supervise the readings too. Shouldn't we travel to scholars if we want to obtain the asaneed in these books? There is no doubt that the tradition amongst scholars past and present has always been to travel to the Ulama, sit at their feet and read with them to obtain their asaneed (chains of narration). We at CA strongly encourage this tradition by teaching texts such as al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi's "The Journey for Seeking Hadith", however, we understand that for many in today's world one is required to obtain visas to enter countries, take extensive leave from work, and pay large amounts of money in order to visit these scholars. Consequently, we have decided to proffer this unique opportunity so that no one is deprived from the blessing of this connection and so that the Isnaad may spread through the four corners of the world. If I complete a text, will CA provide me with an Ijazaa to teach? The Ijazaa, with a full Isnaad back to the author of the text that you will receive will allow you to pass this text onto other people who read the text with you, but in no way represents a credential entitling you to teach the text. The teaching of the text can only be done if you have studied the text in-depth and are able to pass on your understanding to students. Can I listen to the recordings of the reading and still obtain the Ijazaa? Due to the requirements of earning Ijazaa, you are required to study in real time. What are the benefits of joining this society? There are many benefits that have been mentioned before that include the following: The preservation of a unique system of transmission (Isnaad) that extends back over 1400 years and up until the advent of modern academia was widespread in the Ummah. Some Islamic texts have altogether lost the oral transmission that they had boasted for several hundred years before the recent neglect of scholars and students of knowledge. Improve the speed and proficiency of reading Arabic for both the readers and those that are following the recitation which is an essential skill for any student of knowledge. The spread and revival of the Isnaad of classical Islamic texts throughout the world. Those who receive the Isnaad will serve as ambassadors of the Sunnah in their countries passing on to others what they have received. The inclusion of your name in a chain of narration that ends with you and goes back through Islam’s greatest scholars establishing a bond between you and the author of the text so that when you quote something from Imam Nawawi, Imam Suyuti or Ibn Hajr (RA) you are quoting from your own shoyoukh as opposed to simply quoting from a book like other academics do. Get used to listening to Arabic while it is spoken or read fast therefore improving your overall listening skill which is yet another of the four primary skills required in language acquisition. What if I have other questions that have not been answered here? Your question may have already been answered on our website so we request you visit http://cordobaacademy.com/course_faqs. If it is not there, you may post the related question here and we will try our best to answer it as soon as possible. http://forum.cordoba...ciety-cars-4/0/
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    A brief Biography of Shaykh Dr Abu Ubaideh al-Qablawi Shaykh Dr Abu Ubaideh al-Qablawi was born in Jordan and came to the US as boy with his family where he enroled in a local school. After several years, catching up with the language requirements he was able to complete his studies with top grades allowing him to enter Florida International University in Miami, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He finished at the top of his class. After that, he attended The University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine; one of only three Ivy League Dental schools, alongside Harvard and Columbia. He was awarded one of the school’s most prestigious scholarships, “The Dean's Scholarship” and was able to complete his doctoral degree in Dental Medicine graduating in 2005. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, he started searching for the pure knowledge of Islam. During this period he diligently read and listened to many scholars throughout the Muslim world, until he enrolled in the Islamic Academy in Riyadh via correspondence. He was able to finish the program in Islamic Shari’ah in three years, studying directly under professors from the major universities in the Muslim world. He then pursued the Sacred Islamic Sciences and began an intensive study of the Quran memorising and reading with several famous Egyptian scholars which culminated in his receiving Ijazah in the ten famous modes of recitation as well as the four irregular modes with a specialisation in the Hafs and Warsh modes. He has also been blessed to travel and receive Ijazaat in many books of Hadith, Fiqh, and Arabic Language, including but not limited to Sahih Al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Muwatta of Imam Malik, the Musnad of Imam Ahmad and Umdat Al-Fiqh. He currently teaches in the local Masjids and establishments around his hometown of South Florida and some of the courses that he has taught include the Seerah, Stories of the Prophets, The Forty Hadith of Imam al-Nawawi, and Umdat al-Fiqh as well as many other subjects and lectures.
  15. Cordoba Academy gladly announces the launch of its latest Course " Hearts Around the Throne" " Imam al-Bukhari’s Kitab al-Riqaq" With the Esteemed Mentor Dr Abu Ubaidah al-Qablawi ABSOLUTELY FREE COURSE This is a five-week course focusing on Imam al-Bukhari’s chapter on heart-softening narrations that serve to remind oneself of the realities of this life and the need to prepare for the Hereafter. Saturday starting 17 November 2012 11:30PM (Makkah Time) To request more information or to register your place, please email attached admission form to cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com to download the form you must be signed in to the forum. Cordoba Academy Website Cordoba Academy Forum Cordoba Academy Twitter Cordoba Academy Youtube
  16. Cordoba Academy gladly announces the launch of its latest Course " Al-Rihla fi Talab al-Hadith" " الخطيب البغداديThe Journey for Seeking Hadith" With the Esteemed Mentor Shaykh al-Musnid Mohammed Daniel $64 This is a unique opportunity to study the text with one of the most well-traveled scholars of our times Shaykh Mohammed Daniel. He has dedicated his life to following in the footsteps of these great Ulama traveling to and meeting dozens of Ulama so be prepared to be fascinated by anecdotes that will only serve to motivate you to embark on your own personal journeys in seeking the Sacred Sciences. Fridays and Saturday starting 17 November 2012 10 - 11PM ( Makkah Time) click link for your time To request more information or to register your place, please email cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com http://forum.cordoba...adith-course/0/ https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://www.youtube.c.../CordobaAcademy http://www.linkedin....slamic-sciences
  17. Cordoba Academy gladly announces the launch of its latest Maliki Fiqh Course " Aqeedah of Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani" " The creed of Imam Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani " With the Esteemed Mentor Shaykh al-Faqih Hasan al-Kattani Live from Morocco $64 Starts Saturday 20 October 2012 6 Sessions 1:30 -3:30 PM ( Makkah Time) click link for your time To request more information or to register your place, please email for admission form cordobaacademy.com"]cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://forum.cordobaacademy.com http://www.youtube.com/user/CordobaAcademy
  18. Arabic through the Qur'an - Language Course for Sisters Presented by: Arabic Gems in Conjunction with Cordoba Academy To apply, download the attached admission form at http://forum.cordobaacademy.com/2012/10/05/arabic-through-the-quran-language-course-for-siste/ and send it to cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com. Deadline for registrations: 12th October 2012. Cost: 120 GBP per trimester. https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://www.youtube.com/user/CordobaAcademy http://www.linkedin.com/company/cordoba-academy-for-classical-islamic-sciences
  19. Arabic through the Qur'an - Language Course for Sisters Presented by: Arabic Gems in Conjunction with Cordoba Academy To apply, download the attached admission form at http://forum.cordobaacademy.com/2012/10/05/arabic-through-the-quran-language-course-for-siste/ and send it to cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com. Deadline for registrations: 12th October 2012. Cost: 120 GBP per trimester. https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://www.youtube.com/user/CordobaAcademy http://www.linkedin.com/company/cordoba-academy-for-classical-islamic-sciences
  20. Arabic through the Qur'an - Language Course for Sisters Presented by: Arabic Gems in Conjunction with Cordoba Academy To apply, download the attached admission form at http://forum.cordobaacademy.com/2012/10/05/arabic-through-the-quran-language-course-for-siste/ and send it to cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com. Deadline for registrations: 12th October 2012. Cost: 120 GBP per trimester. https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://www.youtube.com/user/CordobaAcademy http://www.linkedin.com/company/cordoba-academy-for-classical-islamic-sciences
  21. Arabic through the Qur'an - Language Course for Sisters Presented by: Arabic Gems in Conjunction with Cordoba Academy To apply, download the attached admission form at http://forum.cordobaacademy.com/2012/10/05/arabic-through-the-quran-language-course-for-siste/ and send it to cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com. Deadline for registrations: 12th October 2012. Cost: 120 GBP per trimester. https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://www.youtube.com/user/CordobaAcademy http://www.linkedin.com/company/cordoba-academy-for-classical-islamic-sciences
  22. Arabic through the Qur'an - Language Course for Sisters Presented by: Arabic Gems in Conjunction with Cordoba Academy To apply, download the attached admission form at http://forum.cordobaacademy.com/2012/10/05/arabic-through-the-quran-language-course-for-siste/ and send it to cordobaacademy[at]gmail.com. Deadline for registrations: 12th October 2012. Cost: 120 GBP per trimester. https://twitter.com/cordoba_academy http://www.youtube.com/user/CordobaAcademy http://www.linkedin.com/company/cordoba-academy-for-classical-islamic-sciences
  23. Nur Al Idah - Hanafi Fiqh

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