The Library is here

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A new page has been added which links to the English Islamic e-books library I announced earlier.  You can visit The Library by clicking here or the menu button at the top of this page.

Update:  As of 16/09/2011 I have closed it down.


Excellent Sarf Reference Book

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First of all, I apologise for the severe delay as I did aim to post this some months back.  Since then I’ve totally changed this ‘review’ and feel it’s about time I put it out…

Practicing sarf (morphology) is a very important aspect of learning Arabic that I’ve noticed many neglect early on.  It requires a degree of time, practice, memorisation and revision.  Alhamdulillâh, while for some I may have jumped the gun, one of my first and most important purchases when I took my Arabic studies seriously was a dictionary called, “A Dictionary of Arabic Verb Conjugation” (معجم تصريف الأفعال العربية) by Ambassador Antoine El-Dahdah and reviewed by Dr. Georges M. Abdul-Massih.  I now recommend this dictionary to pretty much everyone who is learning Arabic.

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Temporary Downtime

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Over the next few days or so, links to downloadable files including the Texts page will be down temporarily.  This is to clean up my iDisk, allowing for a new pdf library of ‘authentic’ Islamic books that have been collected from various sources, in shâ’ Allâh.

UPDATE [17-09-10]: The files on the ‘Islamic Texts’ page are down and should be rectified by tomorrow.

UPDATE [20-09-10]: The transition is complete and The Library is now ready.

Download the Mus’haf [Qur’an]

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With the arrival of Ramadân, I’m sure that the dust on our copies of the Qur’ân has been wiped off.  So what better time is there to post a link which allows you to download a variety of different masâhif (scriptures), just like their hardcopy counterparts?  The brothers and sisters behind the project (may Allâh reward them with good) have a download section which allows you to save particular Qur’an’s to disk, or even better, the whole QuranFlash program.  Somehow I didn’t notice this before.  Alhamdulillâh, I’ve already found this useful; we’re away from home and I forgot to pack my wife’s mushaf – she can’t recite without this particular copy.  So I downloaded it from the link given below…

Please note that flash player is required for these downloads to work.

QuranFlash Downloads

Tuhfah Al-Atfal Audio

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I’ve uploaded  a high quality recording of Yâsir Salâmah’s reading of Tuhfah Al-Atfâl.  I personally prefer his to Shaykh Sa`d Al-Ghâmidî’s version.  For an audio this is quite a large file at 17MB.

Tuhfah Al-Atfâl

Ash-Shafi`i on the Excellence of Knowledge

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Al-Imâm Shâfi`î –may Allaah have mercy on him- said:

“Seeking knowledge is better than the voluntary prayer.”

And he also said:

“After the obligatory matters there is nothing more excellent than seeking knowledge.”

And he also said:

“The one who desires the world; then upon him is knowledge, And the one who desires the hereafter; then upon him is knowledge!”

And he also said:

“The one who does not love knowledge; there is no goodness in him. Thus let not there be any connection between you and him, nor any companionship.”

Source: al-Majmoo’ of Imaam An-Nawawee

Taken and slightly edited from a recent email.

Dealing with extremities [from Arabic Gems]

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This excellent article expounds on a concept in Arabic studies known as sîgh al-mubâlaghah ism fâ`il, the understanding of which is a must for the one who wishes to understand the names and attributes of Allâh.  May Allâh reward the sister who put this together, with good.

Dealing with extremities

al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,

There are certain noun forms in Arabic known as siyagh al-mubaalaghah (‘forms of intensification/hyperbolic forms’) that are used to put across a more intense meaning than the original noun form. For example, a liar ‘kaadhib كاذب may also be known as akadhoob كذوب or a kadhdhaab كذّاب – all carrying the meaning of ‘liar’ but denoting different levels of intensity.

Allaah often uses these forms in the Qur’an, and thus we find that He refers to Himself as al-Ghaffaar الغفار (Ta-Ha verse 82) and al-Ghafoor الغفور (al-Burooj, verse 14).

Similarly, the slanderer has been referred to as a hammaaz هماز (al-Qalam, verse 11), and a humazah همزة (al-Humazah, verse 1).

Is there a difference between these forms of essentially the same word? Abu Hilal al-’Askari, author of al-Furooq al-Lughawiyyah, said that it is impossible for there to be two different words in Arabic that have exactly the same meaning, and that those who are unaware of the differences think that the different words are only different hyperbolic forms, whereas they also reflect different meanings.

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