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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Biography of Sheikh Arfan Shah Al-Bukhari

He completed a Arabic degree program and graduated with honours in 2006. This course primarily focused on the Arabic language, Arabic grammar, Islamic history, theology and other subjects. He spent his spare time studying with Sheikh Sa'ad Al-Attas the following subjects: Tajweed, Aquida Tahawiyyah, Shammail At-Tirmidhi, the forty hadith of Imam Al-Nawawi, Hadith methology, Shifa of Qadi Iyyad, Ajurmiyyah, history of four Madhabs, Tafsir of Surah Mulk and Yaseen as well as completing the texts Medina Arabic course. He travelled to Morocco where he completed three levels of Arabic in Fez during his degree. He has studied briefly in Egypt and Syria.

After graduating he studied with Sheikh Atabek Shukurov Al-Nasafi. Under his tutelage the following texts were studied: Muqadimmah/The Initiation by Abu Laith As-Samarqandi and its commentary Qatrat Al-Ghayth/Commentary on the Initiation, Mukhatsir Al-Quduri (twice), Munyat Al-Musali, Tuhfat Al-Muluk of Imam Razi, Ikhtyar, parts of Hidayyah, Nukhbah Al-Fikir of Ibn Hajr, Hanafi Usul Al-Hadith, Ajurmiyyah, Hidayah Al-Nahu, Prophetic Sirah, Aquida Tahawiyyah, Dow Al-Ma’ali sharh ala bada Al-Imali, parts of Miskat Al-Masbih, Nur Al-Idah, Usul Al-Fiqh, Aquida Nasafi, Usul Bazadawi, Qawaid of Kharki, Aquida Ab-Dudidiyyah, Differences Maturidi and Ashari, Wasiyah Abu Hanafi, Bahr Al-Kalam, Fiqh Al-Akbar, Zad Al-Talibeen, As-Sullamul Munauraq fi Ilm al Mantiq by Abdur Rahman ibn As-Sagheer Al Akhdai, Al-Arjuzah by Ibn Sina, as well as parts of other works. This was over an eight year period from 2006 to 2014.

He has also completed the following under other teachers and Deen intensives that he has attended: Shammail At-Tirmidhi, forty hadith on dhikr, the wisdoms of Imam As-Shadhali and secrets of the prayer of Imam Al-Ghazali with Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi as well as other short texts, Aquida Al-Ja’azri with Sheikh Gibril Haddad, Jawhar Al-Taweed with Sheikh Muhammad Naveed Jameel from Nottingham, as well as many other works from other teachers.

He has also been active in the field of Arabic to English translation by completing the following works: The Initiation by Abu Laith As-Samarqandi and its commentary Qatrat Al-Ghayth/Commentary on the Initiation, Towards understanding Hadith by Sheikh Atabek Shukurov, Description of the strangers by Ibn Rajab, What no eye has seen by Sheikh Muhammad ‘Alawi Al-Makki, Endless Nobility of Ahl Al-Bayt by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Nabahani, 40 hadith on salawat by Imam Uqlishi, Ibn Daqiq Al-'Id commentary of forty hadith Imam Nawawi, 40 hadith collections on Prophetic miracles, Prayer, Fasting, Zakah, Sunnah and innovation, all by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Nabahani, Seventeen benefits of Tribulation text by Izzuddin Abdussalam, 40 hadiths collection on Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them), Life of the Prophets in their graves by Imam Al-Suyuti, as well many other texts. In total, there are over one hundred  and fifteen translations available on Kindle and scribd. He has been working on his blog Sheikhy Notes since 2005, which is a compilation of notes, videos and personal reflections. He has written over one hundred articles about different subjects since 2008.

He attended and completed Hajj in 2010 in the blessed cities of Mecca and Medinah. In 2008, he was given verbal permission (ijazah) by Sheikh Atabek Shukurov to teach sacred knowledge. He has been teaching at various institutions and privately since then. As well as teaching the Arabic language since graduation. He has ten years of teaching experience.

He has full authorisation to perform Hijamah/cupping after training for two years intermittently, from Sheikh Atabek. He also has verbal permission to teach the books of tasawwuf from Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi.

In 2015 Sheikhy notes academy was founded from which he teaches and publishes books. The first was Barakah: how the companions sought blessings from relics. He continues to be active in the field of teaching, research and translation. 

If you wish to contact him then email him on snotes@

Sheikh Yayha Rhodus

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Islamophobia in [un] social [racist] media

When I first heard the term Islamophobia, I thought it was a joke. However, racism is real and it is real in social media. Comedian Ricky Gervais said that social media is like reading the graffiti in public toilets or words to that effect. We should remember that we take a look into it. 

Unfortunately, all types of racism are dealt sternly except real racism against minorities and Muslims. Social Media in general must do more about banning people for sprouting racism and hate speech on their sites. Greater security must be taken by the sites because many of those who get banned just open new accounts. This is something that social media needs to address or face being another facet of hate media.

Recently, I have seen many things that have caused me concern. The anti-Islamic brigades are in full force and are posting away across the internet.  So what should our reaction be to such people? Often, they operate with false names so be careful whom you add as a friend. Only add people who have an acquaintance with or those who you want to know. Avoid all those tempting friends who you want to know.

Know and realise this fact: some people are employed to spew hate speech about Islam. They are masters of copy and paste.

This is done to influence others and maintain the current climate of mistrust. I.e. demonise all religions and of course demonise Islam and Muslims.

Bar or block them as soon as their antics become clear. Report them but do not hold any hope that they [the sites] will listen. Know that debating such people is a waste of time and some might have Muslim names but are not Muslim. I rather stubbornly argued with someone for some time and we did not get anywhere. It was not a good use of my time and nor good practice. To save yourself from this simply block and report them, then get on with your day.

They deliberately mistranslate the Quran and then present these before you to confuse you. To actually go through each wrong translation would take time and if you do not have the knowledge then it could confuse you. Wrong translations such as NJ Dawood are used. If this occurs, seek out a teacher (a smart one) and clarify the confusing matters.

They use unsound logic and highlight rare or abrogated matters to confuse you. You might be able to find some answers online but you will have to ask a teacher.

Most of all know that they carry darkness and if it affects you, it is because they have more darkness than you do light. You need to seek light to dispel the darkness.

Many a time, all you need is an explanation that is brought to your understanding. I have a blogger contact form that is always open for you.

Do not let their actions bother you and walk on from the slander. And this is what it all is, slander.

As for people leaving Islam

Often people leave because they confused at certain matters, been harmed or are seeking a worldly advantage. Some people do not want to be associated with violence because of Daesh. Some people are even changing their names. Their stance is flawed and erroneous. No real Muslim wants to be affiliated with them. Yet, no one blames the invasion of the region for its creation! So why was Islam to blame for this? Only when this region was destabilised did it cause a vacuum that spit this out.

Historically, countries have always gone to war for resources; then why is religion to blame? When it was not the cause of invasion. Lost the ability to think have you? Me thinks!

If you sit there and listen, day after day to brainwashing headlines. You will be eventually be affected by them. So choose different media that does not spew hate. And do not buy the media sprouting hate nor use their websites.

If everyone was to learn more about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) they would see clearly that Islam has nothing to do will killing innocents at all. One of the five purposes of the sacred law is to protect life and not to end it!

Even with all this hate there are good people telling the truth and people are still becoming Muslim. Know that there are lots of Non-Muslims against the manner in which things are reported today. 

It is wrong to discriminate [or harm] the innocent, verbally or physically. The victims of this hate are often people who have nothing to do with it.

Dr Umar Farooq Abdullah