The timeless chairs of oak, with the imprint of many seekers, some who found the path and others who got lost……..

An Excerpt from the Retreat on Tazkiyah tun Nafs conducted by Shaykh Mokhtar Magraoui:

When we use the salutations used by the scholars, and the learned in Islam, we are connecting with the chain of nobility………….we want to belong to that spiritual chain.

We then aspire or become a link in that chain.

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Thus it all begins with emulating the sages and scholars who learned from the tabaieen who learned from the Sahaba who were in the company of our dear Prophet Muhammad pbuh and learned from him.

DUA: Rabbi zidni ilma

Inshallah with the ikhlaq of His Messenger (pbuh)


  1. This is good too. Or the other way round, trying to emulating Allah’s Apostle directly as much as possible by learning from Books, Scholars, Hadith, or by being in the company of pious people, who invoke Allah night and day, seeking his Help.


    • ASA, I was wondering how could one emulate the Apostle (pbuh) directly without using the reported hadith of the scholars and thus respecting them too, for reporting his words and actions?
      Don’t we need to respect not only the word of RasullAllah but also the one who is conveying it to us?
      Conversely can we use a source of knowledge as truth without respecting the integrity of that source?


      • We do need to have a Authentic Hadith for it to be our guidance. And It can only be proven by Knowledge of people (Isma-e-Rajjal). But we have to concentrate on the Original purpose of gaining authentic hadith by the sahabas (razi allah unho) instead of taking them first preference and bringing their sayings before our Beloved Prophet (salllah o alaihi wassalam).


      • ASA, Who transmitted the authentic hadith, and do we respect them for their integrity? Is it possible to only respect the hadith but not the transmitter?
        That is what it means when we study, act upon and convey the authentic hadith, we form a link inshallah. It is not possible to discredit the hadith transmitter and just keep the hadith as the authenticity is dependent on the character and integrity of the sahabas and all those followed who thus must be respected to get to the Prophet pbuh’s hadith.


      • Walaikum Assalaam wa rahama tullah va barakatoho, Yes, authentic Hadith was transmitted by Sahabas, and there is a place of respect for them in sunah of Prophet. But there are also sayings of Sahabas in parallel with our Beloved Prophet ﷺ
        so we have to be very respectful as not mention any of sayings of Sahabas in parallel with Hadith of Prophet ﷺ.


      • JazaikALlah hu Khairan! It seems that we agree that all context and content of Hadith comes from the Sahaba, tabaeen, scholars and hadith transmitters. No one would give precedence to anyone above our Rasool pbuh, this is a command from Allah and reiterated by our Rasool.
        Having said that we cannot treat the sahaba, the tabieen, and the scholars who have transmitted authentic hadith like the internet (i.e. void of ethics and integrity and faceless). They are not parallel (astighfirullah) compared to our beloved Prophet pbuh but they must be mentioned and respected when quoting any hadith and their method of respectful transmission (Imam Malik used to do ghusl and wear new clothes to speak the words of our Rasool to his students) must be emulated particularly in the respect of and method of expression pf the words of our Prophet pbuh as there is a severe punishment for those who misquote the Prophet pbuh.
        I personally thank Allah for all the Sahaba and the tabieen and the scholars who survived the test of time and circumstances and many times incurred personal injury to transmit the hadith. (This is very different from today, where most people will be willing to hide or modulate the hadith or its meaning under duress or manipulate to fit personal gain.
        May Allah protect us from all that contaminates our emaan and May He strengthen our istiqamah and teach us to emulate our Prophet pbuh. Ameen.


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