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Worshipping Allaah In Makkah And Madeenah

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge, Methodology Of The Salaf, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad was a famous sholar and zaahid who was known for his sincere worship and devotion to Allaah at the two Holy Mosques, Malkah and Madeenah.

The Mujaahid, ‘Abdullaah Ibn Al-Mubaarak made Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad cry by telling him:

“O Worshipper of the two Holy Mosques, if you were to see us,
You would surely know that you are only playing with worship.
(While you) decorate your cheeks with his tears,
We decorate our throats with our blood.”

[Mentioned by ibn Katheer in his Tafseer from Haafidh Ibn ‘Asaakir’s biography of ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mubaarak, by way of Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Ibn Abee Sukaynah, who reported that in the year 170AH he was sent with these words to the city of Tartus (in Palestine, where the Muslims were engaged in Jihaad against the Byzantines), to Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad calling people to fight on the cause of Allaah.]


Accepted Students List For Islamic University Of Madeenah 1432

Posted in Madeenah University (Madinah, Saudi Arabia) with tags , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by TheAuthenticBase

It pleases us to announce the following brothers have been blessed with acceptance to pursue their studies at the islaamic university of madeenah commencing this october (2011), inshaa.-Allaah:


1) KARL PIERRE ODET COUTET كارل بيير أدير كوتي
2) RUNAKO AKUA CHARLES روناكو أكوء تشارلس
3) KIERAN HUGH HAMM-PASCOE كيران هو همبسكو
4) abdulmajid mohamed hersi عبدالمجيد محمد حرسي
5) STEPHEN TOMS ستيفين طمس
6) HUSSEIN JAMAL HUSSEIN حسين جمال حسين
8) Adnan Khan عدنان خان
9) MUHAMMED ABUBAKER محمد أبو بكر
10) HAROON METWALI هارون ميتوالي
11) Shaun James Donoghue شون جيمس دونوغوي
12) uwais mohamad khan أويس محمد خان
13) hamza ahmad khan حمزة أحمد خان
14) ADESINA ARABA أديستار مايوا
15) SAAD BURBANK سعد بربنك
16) AMERI RAMIN أميري رامين
17) HELAL UDDIN هلال الدين
18) KENNIS BANJAMIN DIEDRICK كينيس بنيمين ديدرك
19) NAHAD ABAS نهاد عباس

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What Makes A Soorah Makkee/Madanee | 3 Opinions Discussed

Posted in Miscellaneous, Qur'an with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

The Definition of Makkee and Madanee

There are three methodologies by which the makkee and madanee revelations are defined.

The First Opinion: The Time Of Its Revelation

The first definition relies upon the time of revelation, taking the Prophet’s (saw) hijrah as the division factor. According to this definition, if a verse was revealed before the hijrah, it is considered makkee, and if revealed after the hijrah, it is considered madanee.

This definition ignores the actual place of revelation. Therefore, those verses revealed at the Farewell Pilgrimage (8 A.H.), or the Conquest of Makkah (10 A.H.), would be considered madanee by this definition, even though the actual place of revelation was Makkah.

The criterion according to this definition, once again, is the time of revelation, not place. This is the strongest of the three definitions, since it is the most beneficial, and is therefore the one primarily utilised by the scholars of Islaam.

The Second OpinionThe Place Of Its Revelation

The second definition relies upon the place where the verse was revealed. If a verse was revealed in Madeenah, it is madanee, and if it was revealed in Makkah, it is makkee.

Therefore, the verses revealed at Makkah during the Farewell Pilgrimage would be considered makkee, even though they were revealed alter the hijrah.

The criterion here is not the time of revelation, as in the first definition, but place.

A flaw with this definition is that those verses revealed neither in Makkah nor Madeenah (for example, the verses revealed at Tabook) would not be classified as either makkee or madanee, as this definition cannot take such verses into its classification scheme.

The Third Opinion: Who Is Being Addressed

The third definition depends upon the addressees of the verse. If the verse is meant tor the Quraysh and the polytheists of Makkah, it is considered makkee, and if the verse is addressing the Muslims or hypocrites in Madeenah, it will be considered madanee.

One of the flaws in this definition is that there are many verses in the Qur’aan where the addressees are not specifically Makkan or Madeenan.

Sometimes, the Qur’aan addresses a specific portion of mankind, such as the People of the Book, and at other times, it addresses all of the creation.

In Conclusion:

It is also possible to combine these three definitions when dealing with a verse or soorah and to say, for example, that the verse is madanee with regards to time and place, yet makkee with regards to whom it is addressing. An example of this is Soorah ar-Ra’ad. which was revealed after the hijrah in Madeenah, but addresses the polytheists of Makkah.

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Feed The Fasting In Madeenah!

Posted in Brothers Base, Ramadhaan, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Feed the Fasting inside al-Masjid an-Nabawee / The Prophet’s Mosque for as little as £2 per fasting person:

Feed the fasting inside al-masjid an-nabawee (al-madeenah an-nabawiyyah)

The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:

He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting persons reward.“, [Ahmad, at-tirmidhee (who declared it saheeh), ibn maajah and ibn hibbaan]

Reserve a serving spread for a minimum of 12 fasting people inside al-masjid an-nabawee (al-madeenah an-nabawiyyah) as follows:

i) during the blessed month of ramadhaan;
ii) on a monday;
iii) on a thursday;
iv) on the 13th, 14th and 15th of any islamic calendar month.

…for as low as £2.00(*) per person, per day!

The iftaar (breaking the fast) meal comprises:
– yoghurt tub;
– duqqah – mixture of ground spices;
– freshly baked bread – shurayk;
– fresh dates;
– fresh arabic coffee.

Note: The prices listed include a full layout and disposal service within al-masjid an-nabawee comprising:

i) plastic serving spread;
ii) serving trays;
iii) spoons;
iv) napkins;
v) coffee flask.

…the service shall begin daily right after the ‘asr prayer until after the maghrib prayer, inshaa.-Allaah.

How To Get Accepted Into Madeenah Uni

Posted in Additional Info On Islamic Universities with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

[Written by brother Khaldun – A crurrent student enrolled at Madeenah University]

Now there is no simple answer or way to this, as muslims we believe in the Qadr of Allah. If it is written for you it will happen and if not then do not be sad about it.
Disclaimer! Please remember this is in no way a promise, even if you did implement these things it does not guarantee your acceptance.

1. Sincerity

Ask yourself, why do you want to go to Madeenah and study? Is it to become someone? To make a name for yourself? Most of you might say of course not, but then ask yourself, are you actively seeking knowledge where you are now? If not, what makes you think you will do so in Madeenah?

2. Du’aa from the Parents

This is very important, yet we see a lot of people wasting this opportunity. They might feel shy etc. Be kind to your parents and ask them to make du’aa for you, remind them constantly. The Prophet told us that the du’aa of the parent is always accepted so make the most of it.

When I applied to the uni, my father took me to his father all the way in Somalia, now my grandfather is a bedouin about 90 years old, so when we came there my father entered my grandfathers little hut explaining to him that I wanted to go to the city of the Prophet and learn the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, afterwards I was called in and my grandfather made a lot of du’aa for me.

The point is, try to get du’aa from your parents, uncles, even righteous (living) people in general.

3. Know someone here

When applying, try to come here in person have all your papers ready, if possible try to get a senior student to go with you into the office and by senior I mean a doctor or the likes of it.

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A Muslimah And Her Home

Posted in Adab (Manners), Ibaadah - Salaah, Killing The Fitna, Miscellaneous, Sisters Base, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

A Muslimah And Her Home

The Prophet (Sallallaahu aayhi wa sallam) said “The deen is naseehah (Sincere advice).” [Muslim, Abu Dawud & Nisa’e] …and this is simply some naseeha.

A woman is closest to Allaah when she is in her home.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Woman is ‘awrah, and if she goes out, the shaytaan raises his hopes (of misguiding her). She is never closer to Allaah than when she stays in her house.” [Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan and Ibn Khuzaymah; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Shaheehah, no. 2688]

Why? Because she is a fitna.


The Prophet (Saw) said, “I did not leave any fitna more harmful than the fitna of women upon men.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Even in her home, she must not be alone with a non-mahram.


Umar (ra) reported that the Prophet said, “A man shall never keep alone with a woman except that the third between them is the Shayton.” [Tirmidhi]

When times call for it, and a women needs to go out, she should stay far away from men as possible, closely clinging onto the sides of the wall, not in the open.


Hamza bin Abu Usaid Ansari transmitted through his father that the Prophet was coming out of the Masjid when he found that the men and women had got mixed up. He asked the women to go behind and said, “It is not proper for you to walk in the middle of the street. You should walk on the edge of the street.” After this command, women walked so near the walls of the houses that their long sheets (over-garments) sometimes got stuck into the walls. [Abu Dawud]

In the masjid, the last row is the best for her. Why? Because this way she is away from men.


Abu Hurayrah said that the Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The best of the men’s rows is the first and the worst is the last, and the best of the women’s rows is the last and the worst in the first.” Narrated by Muslim under No. 664. (Because they are away from men)

However their houses are better for them.


And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said concerning a woman’s prayer in the mosque: “Their houses are better for them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (567) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. ”

And the prayer in the masjid is rewarded, yet still their homes are better for them, so what about going out for less important things?

In the corner of her room is the best place for her (in her home).


Umm Humaid Sa’idiyya(raa) reported, She asked, “Oh Prophet of Allah, I desire to offer prayers under your leadership.

The Holy Prophet said, “I know that, but your offering the prayer in a corner is better than your offering it in you closet and your offering the prayer in your closet is better than offering it in the courtyard of your house, and your offering the prayer in the courtyard is better than offering it in the neighboring Masjid, and your offering it in the neighboring Masjid is better than your offering it in the biggest Masjid of the town.” [Ahmad & Tabarani]

Even if she is next door to the ka’bah, her home is still better for her.


Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

The Sunnah indicates that it is better for a woman to pray at home, no matter where she is, whether she is in Makkah or elsewhere. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not prevent the female slaves of Allaah from coming to the mosques of Allaah, but their houses are better for them.”

He said that when he was in Madeenah, even though prayer in the Prophet’s Mosque brings more reward, because a woman’s prayer in her own house is more covering for her and farther removed from temptation (fitnah), so if she is in her house then this is preferable and is better.

[See Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, vol. 1, p. 207. See also Question # 3457.]

When a woman does go out, Shaytaan beautifies her (in the eyes of men)


Abu Ahwas from Abdullaah who said that the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The women is object of concealment, when she leaves the house, Shaytaan (the Devil) beautifies her” [Tirmidhi 1173, Ibn Khuzaymah 1685-1687, Tabaraani 10/132, Abdur-Razaak 5116, authenticated Sahih by Shaykh Al-Albaani in Sunan of At-Tirmidhi 1173]

She is an adulteress if she wears perfume out of the house.


Abu Moosa Al-Ash’ari reported that Allaah’s Messenger said, “Every eye commits zina (fornication). And when a woman wears perume and then passes by a gathering of men (so they smell her perfume), she is an adulteress (by that).” [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasaa’i and Ahmad. Classified saheeh by Shyakh Al-Albaani]

Dont even ask about a woman who beautifies herself for other than her husband!


Fadala Ibn Ubayd reported that the Messenger of Allaah said, “Do not ask about three; … (and third) A woman whose husband is absent and who has suficient provisions and then she displays her adornment to strangers and mixes freely.” [Ahmad, Al-Haakim and others. Classified saheeh by Shaykh AL-Albaani and Imam Muqbil]

A woman’s real responsibility is in her home.


From ‘Umar (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said that Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Each of you is a guardian and is responsible for those whom he is in charge of.

So the ruler is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects;

a man is the guardian of his family and is responsible for those under his care;

a woman is a guardian of her husband’s home and is responsible for those under her care;

a servant is the guardian of his master’s wealth and is responsible for that which he is entrusted with;

and a man is the guardian of his father’s wealth and is responsible fore what is under his care.

So each one of you is a guardian and is responsible for what he is entrusted with.

[Reported by al-Bukharee (Eng. Trans. 9/189/no.252) and Muslim (Eng. Trans. 3/1017/no.4496)]

The basic principle is that a woman should remain at home, and not go out except for necessary purposes.


And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance” [al-Ahzaab 33:33].

Although this is addressed to the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), it also applies to the believing women. It is only addressed to the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) because of their honour and status with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and because they are examples for the believing women.

Opportunities For Sisters To Study The Deen / Live In Saudi Arabia

Posted in Opportunities For Sisters To Study The Deen / Live In Saudi Arabia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Opportunities For Sisters To Study The Deen / Live In Saudi Arabia

***Please note that I have no contact/link with the universities. Please do not provide your e-mail address, telephone number or any other personal details. I am just a brother who has collected/gathered this information together so as to help those who wish to study the deen in an Islamic University by providing some information. Again, please do not provide any contact details to myself. Jazaak-Illaahu khaira.***

Also, when asking me a question, please keep speech to a minimum. No ‘lol’, no smiley faces, no excessive talking etc.  I’m a brother just like any other brother…  (Jazaak illaahu khaira) Excessive speech will be edited/deleted.

To proceed;

There are a few ways in which a sister can study the deen / live in Saudi Arabia. One way is by applying directly to the respected universities (if you already have a mahram there in saudi). For those who do not have any mahrams in saudi, then another way is to get your mahram (husband, brother, father, father-in-law, son etc.) to apply along with you. And finally, to live in Saudi can be done by your mahram (husband only) calling you over once he has his own place and is working there in the Kingdom.

I will discuss these below:

Studying The Deen In Saudi

Saudi has four main universities where the deen is taught at a high level.

– Islamic University of Madinah, (Madinah, Saudi Arabia)

– Umm Al-Qura University (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)

– Imam University (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

– Daar Al-Hadith (al-Khayriyyah) (Makkah, Saudi Arabia)

UPDATE: A full list of the Saudi Government Universities can be found on this page. Masha-Allaah there’s quite a lot of Universities in the Kingdom…

– Madinah University:

As for Madinah University, then there are no courses for sisters. Madinah University only caters for brothers and brothers only.

UPDATE: Madinah University May be planning to extend their University to also accept female students. They are making progress in terms of the sisters’ facilities, and we may see something more concrete next year – and Allah knows best. Not only does this open the door to sisters who want to apply, but also could potentially make it much easier for married students.

UPDATE: (31/03/10) With regards to sisters studying the deen in saudi while their husbands are students in Madeenah uni, the following can be considered:

There are women teachers of course, but the male scholars have the most famous halaqaat (in Masjid Un-Nabawi), and they also teach the sisters.

There are basically two main types of women’s teaching which is done by men.

* At the Masjid An-Nabawi, the audio is transferred from the shaykh’s microphone and broadcast into a certain area of the women’s section (which is completely separate, unlike Makkah, which is partially separate). The women who want to learn from that shaykh sit in that certain place, so that they can hear the audio.

* In the Islamic institutions, colleges, etc. – They teach via one way video link, and the sisters have an audio link and a classroom assistant who manages the whole thing. The shaykh can hear their questions, but can’t see them, and they can both see and hear the shaykh. The classroom assistant is a woman who makes sure they all behave themselves. There is an amazing 3 year course which is taught in this manner by some of the major scholars in Madinah.

I know there are women who teach as well, and I’m sure there are some prominent people of knowledge amongst them, but they don’t have a really open role, and the major halaqaat are still taught by the male scholars.

Allah knows best.

So if sisters can learn the Arabic language (which can also be done while they are there in Madeenah via private tuition) they can then “attend” the halaqahs by the noble shaykhs at Masjid An-Nabawi.

– Umm Al-Qura University:

As for Umm Al-Qura University, then sisters can apply here as they do cater for sisters. Sisters would, however, need to apply with their mahram or already have a mahram living in Makkah throughout her time there. Unlike the other three universities, Umm Al-Qura is not solely an Islamic University, it is just like any other university in Saudi Arabia, however one of its departments/faculties is Islamic Studies. The Arabic program is for two years and all classes maintain an Islamic environment where sisters can relax with their hijaab.

Like all universities listed above (excluding Daar Al-Hadith), the university pays it’s student a monthly stipend of roughly SR. 845 and also provides free hostels (accommodation) for it’s students. If a sister is there with her husband and wishes to live with him, then they can do so at their own expenditure, which will obviously be away from the main batch of hostels. If she wishes to stay in the universities hostel (which may be the case if she is there with her brother) then accommodation is free.

The tuition is likewise free, irrespective of where she stays. The students also get one free round-trip air ticket every summer holiday.

For more information, please visit this page.

– Imam University:

As for Imam University, then this also caters for sisters.

Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University does have a women’s section, unlike the Islamic University of Madinah which is a male-only University, but this section of the University does not offer scholarships to foreign women to study. The Arab women that do attend are either housed in their own dorms or remain with family members living in Riyadh.

* * *Awaiting for more info* * *

– Daar Al-Hadith:

As for Daar Al-Hadith, then unlike the above mentioned three universities this is not governmentally run. It also doesnt have a Arabic program which means students must already be fluent in Arabic. It only caters for sisters who are residing legally in Makkah, Saudi ‘Arabia, and show proof for their legal residence.

Best Option:

The best option for sisters would be to apply along with their mahrams to Umm Al-Qura University. However, if sisters wish to live in Saudi, then things are a bit different. Below is the information regarding that.

Living In Saudi

As for living in Saudi Arabia, then this seems to be a more easier option for sisters than it is for brothers. Brothers wishing to live in Saudi usually go on a teaching course (usually a TEFL or a CELTA) and apply for a job in Saudi Arabia. Sisters however can simply get their husbands to apply and then go over with them.

A Sister can likewise apply to a TEFL or CELTA course depending on her circumstance. As for a married sister, than it is better for her to get her husband to apply on one of the english teaching courses. Once he has passed the course, he can apply for a job in Saudi Arabia and call her over. If I’m not mistaken, she can go with him to live in Saudi Arabia from day one (unlike if her husband applies to one of the Saudi Universities and gets accepted, as this way he will have to apply once he is there, and this could be very difficult).

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