Tarawīḥ Prayer is not Obligatory

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī and translated by Dr. Abu Zayd To access the original arabic, follow this link They said: Some people before us have condemned in very severe terms those who don’t perform the Tarawīḥ prayer. I replied: This condemnation is extremism in the religion of God and strictness where it doesn’t belong. Rather, you should be gentle and forbearing with people and strive to make them love the religion. Be wary of becoming excessive and extreme in any of its matters, lest you drive people away, for that is a trait of the deviated Khārijite sect and…

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Don’t waste Ramadan in bickering with your fellow-Muslims

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī The Prophet, salla-llahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam, said that he was sent to make things easy for the believers. His sunnah for deciding the times of the daily prayers, and the beginning and end of Ramadan, was meant to make things easy so that the people would come together, in good will and trust, and worship together. Worshipping together is beneficial. In the solidarity of worship we encourage one another in what is good, and we encourage the young to have confidence in the togetherness of the community. If father and mother are continually disagreeing, there is…

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Ramadan: what is it for?​

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwī There is, for the moment of breaking the fast, a famous du`a that most Muslims learn as children. It is famous because the Prophet used to say it, salla-l-lahu `alayhi wa-sallam. The du`a is short and to the point, and uncomplicated; it has a clear rhythm, and it rhymes – all of which makes it (in the Arabic) easy to memorise. Yet, the meaning of this du`a is quite extraordinarily rich and profound. It is one of countless examples of the Prophet’s skill as a teacher, and the strength of his grasp of what islam…

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