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I visited the beautiful island of Sri Lanka last year. Despite my short stay, it was one of the most impactful trips of my life. The people were so kind and respectful, and the land displayed almost magical beauty. One of the aspects that impressed me was the overall respect that various faith communities had for each other.

The horrific tragedy of an orchestrated terrorist attack against Christian sites is absolutely disgusting.

Killing innocent people is of the greatest crimes imaginable, and NEVER brings about any good.

I pray that peace prevails in that beautiful land and that the culprits are brought to justice.

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Regarding the 15th of Sha'ban

If you examine the nature of trends and actions, it is clear that extremism in one aspect always results in a counter-extremism in another. Kharijism resulted in Murji'ism; Qadarism resulted in Jabarism...and so forth.

When one group of people went to extremes regarding the 15th of Sha'ban, creating many innovated rituals and heretical practices involving venerating graves, it was only natural that a counter-movement spread, making *any* extra worship on this night into a deviation or extreme innovation.

Typically, the truth is found between the two extremes. The 15th of Sha'ban is not the most blessed night of year - far from it! There is no authentic hadith about doing any special rituals on it either. But there are quite a few weak hadiths, and the position of the vast majority of our ulama is that it is permissible to act upon weak hadiths for supererogatory acts.

The vast majority of the people of knowledge, and most of the scholars of Islam, and the agreed upon position of all four of the legal madhhabs, is that it is praiseworthy to spend all or most of the night of the 15th of Sha'ban in worshipping Allah. And a majority of them said that people should pray together as well, while some of them said that it is better to pray alone and it is disliked to congregate.

Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyya writes, "If a person prays the entire night on his own, or in a congregation, this is indeed something praiseworthy.
However, as for praying a specific number of rak'at in the masjid, such as one hundred rak'ats, while reciting Surah al-Ikhlas a thousand times, such actions are blameworthy innovations that none of the major scholars allowed."
Majmū al-Fatawa, vol 23, p. 131-2.

Those who wish to offer private tahajjud or make dua/dhikr on this night should not be discouraged from doing so. However, those who exaggerate beyond this and think that this night is more blessed than Layl al-Qadr should be (gently) corrected. And those who believe that weak hadiths should not be followed and that it is an innovation to do anything extra at any time should act upon that, even while understanding that their position is a minority one, and that the vast majority of the scholars of our religion had an alternative view.

Follow your opinion, even as you respect the opinion of other scholars.
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Yasir Qadhi
Last week I was invited by Dr. Jonathan Brown to speak at Georgetown University and present an academic paper entitled, "Rethinking Salafism: Shifting Trends and Changing Typologies Post-Arab Spring."

Here's the video of the talk:

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Shifting Trends and Changing Typologies Post Arab Spring - Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
On April 10th, 2019, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Dean of the Islamic Seminary of America, presented at ACMCU on the typologies of Salafism pre and post Arab Spring. ...
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Ibn al-Jawzi writes, “If those in the graves were to be given one wish, they would wish to come back and be alive for one day of Ramadan.”

This is because the days of this month are the most blessed days of the year. Every good deed is multiplied and blessed.

With the countdown having begun, let us make sure we are spiritually and psychologically prepared, as well as physically and logistically.

In the comments below, let’s help one another with specific advice on how to prepare for this month.
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Yasir Qadhi
The most iconic church in France, the Notre Dame Cathedral, has almost completely been damaged as a result of what appears to be an accidental and tragic fire.

Allah mentions in the Quran that His name is mentioned frequently in mosques, churches and synagogues. While clearly there are theological disagreements between all Abrahamic faiths, as Muslims we express our grief at the loss of a venerated place of worship that has tragically been destroyed, and even more so in a land where faith in God is itself becoming scarce.

Two interesting and unrelated tidbits:

Firstly, the Gothic style in which the cathedral was built has strong elements of Mudejar architecture from Andalsuian Spain. The 18th century British historian, Thomas Warton, actually called this style 'Saracen' or Muslim, when he wrote in his 'Essays on Gothic Architecture':

"The marks which constitute the character of Gothic or Saracenical architecture, are: its numerous and prominent buttresses, its lofty spires and pinnacles, its large and ramified windows, its ornamental niches or canopies, its sculptured saints, the delicate lace-work of its fretted roofs, and the profusion of ornaments lavished indiscriminately over the whole building: but its peculiar distinguishing characteristics are, the small cluttered pillars and pointed arches, formed by the segments of two interfering circles"

This is not to say that Gothic architecture is coming straight out of the lands of Islamic Andalus, but rather that Andalusian motifs played a pivotal role in the development of Gothic architecture, of which the Cathedral is a prime example.

Secondly, the Papal call for the Third Crusade, against Salah al-Din al-Ayyūbī, were actually issued from within the walls of this very Cathedral, in 1187, under Pope Gregory VIII.
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'If Allah gave you the entire world with all that is in it, and then blessed you to say, 'Alhamdulillah', your uttering of that phrase would be more precious than the world.
That is because the world will soon perish, but the rewards of dhikr will last forever.'

~ Ibn al-Qayyim

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