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Takbirah al-Ihram

Allahu akbar {Allah is greater} The first utterance which is obligatory for the pilgrims {hujjaj} to the House of God is the recital of labbayk1 the recital of which signals the commencement of their Hajj rituals and this state also makes a series of things forbidden for them. In the . . . Read more

Intention {niyyah}

The first essential element {rukn} of prayer is the intention {niyyah}. Intention means that we have to know what we are doing, what we are reciting, and for whom and for what a certain movement is made. The value of every deed lies in the intention and motive behind it; . . . Read more

Worship {‘ibadah} and Servitude {‘ubudiyyah}

What is worship {‘ibadah}? Worship {‘ibadah} is the purpose behind our creation. The Qur’an states: ﴿ وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالإنْسَ إِلا لِيَعْبُدُونِ ﴾ “I did not create the jinn and humans except that they may worship Me.” 1 If the work we are doing is for the sake of seeking the . . . Read more

Publisher’s Foreword

In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful The invaluable legacy of the Household {Ahl al-Bayt} of the Prophet (may peace be upon them all), as preserved by their followers, is a comprehensive school of thought that embraces all branches of Islamic knowledge. This school has produced many brilliant . . . Read more