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Imam Zaid Talks About the Fast of Ramadan

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 25, 2009 at 11:01 am

Imam Zaid talks about the fast of Ramadan in EMEL Magazine. http://emel.com/article?id=61&a_id=1404

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Characteristics to be Adopted: Controlling the Tongue

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 03, 2009 at 6:22 am

Note: The following characteristic is especially relevant in Ramadan, as one of the objectives of the fast is to control the tongue. Ibrahim al-Nakha’i, on of the teachers of Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on them both, mentioned: “The people ruined before you were done in by three…

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Characterisics to be Adopted: Modesty, or Bashfulness

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 31, 2009 at 2:05 am

A. Bashfulness or Modesty or Shame (Haya’) Haya’ is a constrained feeling caused by the fear of something that would impugn one’s character, or leaving that thing fearing that involvement with it would lead to one’s condemnation. A.1. Texts from The Qur’an and the Sunnah Concerning Bashfulness,…

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Characteristics to be Avoided: Envy

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm

A. Envy (Hasad) is desiring the removal of a blessing from one truly deserving it. Al-Munawi, al-Tawqif الحسد تمني زوال نعمة عن مستحق لها – المناوي A.1. The Relationship Between Envy and Miserliness Envy and miserliness are related in that their possessor desires to deny…

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Characteristics to be Avoided: Love of the World

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

A. Love of the World in a blameworthy sense is to love it to such an extent that it moves from being a means to Paradise and becomes an end, the obsession with which leads to Hell. A.1. Three Types of Praise for Allah 1. Verbal praise is that of…

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Characteristics to be Avoided, Part Four: Iniquity (Baghi)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 05, 2009 at 5:32 pm

A. Iniquity (al-Baghi) is to desire exaltation without right. Al-Munawi Iniquity is seeking to exceed the limits demarcating moderation in what is sought. Al-Raghib A.2. Texts from the Qur’an and the Sunnah Concerning Iniquity Wicked is what they have sold their souls for, disbelieving in what…

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Characteristics to be Avoided, Part Three: Hatred

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 02, 2009 at 10:24 am

A. Hatred (al-Bughd) is the inclination of the soul to flee away from things it finds repulsive. Raghib al-Asfahani, al-Mufradat Unsanctioned hatred occurs when the repulsiveness the soul finds is unjustified and leads to forbidden actions against the object of ones hatred. A.1. Negative Consequences of…

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Characteristics to be Avoided: Wantonness (Batar)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Wantonness (Batar) A. Wantonness (Batar) is not properly bearing the responsibility of wealth, which means a severe shortcoming in terms of appreciating it, and seeing the blessing in it. Along with excessive mirth (unrestrained happiness) it leads to oppression. Al-‘Izz bin ‘Abd al-Salaam A.1. Four…

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Characteristics to be Avoided: Miserliness (Bukhl)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I. Basic Concepts A. Miserliness (Bukhl) Bukhl is denying those in need an established right they have in one’s wealth, or earnings. A.1. Texts From the Qur’an and the Sunnah Let not those who are miserly with what Allah has bestowed upon them from His bounty think that it is…

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Good Character Part Two: Etiquette, Shyness, Modesty, and Freedom

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

A.1. Etiquette/Courtesy (Adab) Adab involves good comportment, whether one is standing or sitting; maintaining good character, and manifesting praiseworthy traits. Its essence involves knowing all the things to be avoided in order not to commit errors in dealing with self and others. A.2. Bashfulness or Modesty or Shame (Haya’) Haya’…

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