Young Explorer’s Guide – Thank You

Thank You

Assalamu ‘Alaikum,

I hope and pray that all are well.

I just wanted to do a BIG SHOUT out to the following artists for agreeing to collaborate on the book that I am working on.

@jihad_mikati_art, @zahragulraiz, @celturkart, @nomadicbites, @madmanboomer1, @ramadhanikusumaningrum, @shaf1khan, @emadur.rahman, @mari945, @siddiqajuma

They are helping me out voluntarily and without any costs out of the kindness of their hearts. Please go check out their work and give them a big thumbs up for their collaboration.

If you, or anyone else you know, is interested in providing artwork for the book, please contact me on

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Arqam (RA)

The House of Arqam (RA)

“O Prophet, Allah is sufficient for you, and the believers who followed you.” [Qur’an 8:64]

Approximate location of the House of Arqam. Photo copyright lakhani.karachi
Approximate location of the House of Arqam. Photo copyright lakhani.karachi


This is the approximate site where the house of Arqam (RA) used to be located. It was near the gate of mount Safa.

Arqam ibn Abi Arqam was one of the early converts to Islam. Arqam’s house was chosen as a meeting point as it was behind the Safa hill and therefore obscure to the pagans and chieftains around the Ka’bah and it was also easily accessible from the house of Khadija (RA) where the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived. Continue reading Places to Visit in Makkah – The House of Arqam (RA)

Muharram 1437H Announcement

Muharram 1437H Announcement:

‘On Monday, 13th October 2015 (29 Dhul Hijjah 1436 AH) many people from throughout UK have attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Muharram after sunset.

Wifaqul Ulama announces that the Moon was not sighted anywhere in UK, South Africa or Morocco, therefore the start of Muharram 1437 is from Thursday, the 15th of October. Ashura (10th of Muharram) will correspond to Saturday the 24th of October, 2015)’ – Taken from the Wifaqul Ulama wesbsite.

Continue reading Muharram 1437H Announcement

Wednesday Circle | 15 Second Reminders | 03: The Qualities of the Hypocrites

Wednesday Circle | 15 Second Reminders | 03: The Qualities of the Hypocrites

Yesterday at the Circle we concluded the brief explanation of verses 1-20 of Surah Al-Baqarah.

The first 5 verses of Surah Al Baqarah deal with the Believers (Muttaqun), the next 2 verses deal with the Disbelievers (Kafiroun), and the next 13 verses deal with the Hypocrites (Munafiqun) and these are the worst of people.

Continue reading Wednesday Circle | 15 Second Reminders | 03: The Qualities of the Hypocrites

Places to Visit in Makkah – Muzdalifa

‘There is no sin on you that you seek the grace of your Lord (by trading). Later, when you flow down from ‘Arafāt, recite the name of Allah near Al-Mash‘ar-ul-Harām (the Sacred Monument), and recite His name as He has guided you, while before it, you were among the astray.’ [Qur’an 2:198]


Muzdalifa is a valley between ‘Arafah and Mina. Stretching just over 4 kilometres long, it is where the Pilgrims gather in the night of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah after having spent it’s day in ‘Arafah.

Pilgrims spend the night here and many of them collect their pebbles for pelting the Shaytan at the Jamaraat.

There is a Masid here called Masjid Mash’ar Al-Haram which is located on the spot where the Prophet (peace be upon him) supplicated in response to the injunction of the above verse from Surah Al Baqarah 2:198.

Muzdalifa is also known as Al Jam’, meaning joining or gathering, because it is where the pilgrims join the Maghrib and ‘Esha prayers. It is also known by this name because it’s a place of gathering.

Places to Visit in Makkah – ‘Arafah

‘Then flow down from where the people flow, and seek forgiveness from Allah. Certainly Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.’  [Qur’an 2:199]


‘Arafah or ‘Arafat is a plain of land approximately 22 kilometres from Makkah. It is here that the pilgrims spend the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah standing in Worship, Dhikr and Du’a.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“I stood here (at the foot of Jabal Rahmah) but the whole of ‘Arafah is a place of standing “


The Hajj is not complete without the standing on ‘Arafah and therefore all pilgrims must spend a portion of the day on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah at the plain of ‘Arafah for their Hajj to be valid.

The day of ‘Arafah is the greatest day in the Islamic Calendar as it is on this day that Allah (SWT) forgives more people than he does in the entire year.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of hell than on the day of Arafat. And on that day Allah draws near to the earth and by way of exhibiting His Pride remarks to the angels, ‘What is the desire of these (servants of mine)?’”

[Muslim and Others]

There is a Masjid in ‘Arafah called Masjid Namira and it is located on the site where the Prophet (peace be upon him) camped for a while before entering ‘Arafah and where he delivered his farewell speech.

‘Arafah also has a small hilltop known as Jabal Rahmah and it is at the foot of this hill where the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have prayed and made Du’a during his standing in ‘Arafah.

For more info and pictures, please visit the links below:


Dhikr – Easy on the Tongue, Heavy on the Scale

Dhikr – Your Easy Path to Paradise

O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. [Qur’an 33:41]

The People of Paradise will not regret except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by and in which they made no remembrance of Allah. [Al-Bayhaqi]

Dhikr, or the Remembrance of Allah, is a very important aspect of our Deen. It encapsulates the essence of worship and should form a key part of all of our actions. But not only this, the rewards for Dhikr are so immense and lofty that it provides us with an easy way to multiply our rewards in our ‘bank accounts’ in Heaven.

Dhikr provides for us a means with which our path to paradise can be simpler and easier, provided that we are fulfilling our obligations (Fara-id). A few examples of Adhkar that are simple on the tongue but heavy on the scales are noted below.

Continue reading Dhikr – Easy on the Tongue, Heavy on the Scale

Updated: The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are of the most blessed days in the entire Muslim Calendar and are on par with the last 10 nights of Ramadan in their importance and virtue. We should all treat these 10 days with the same level of motivation and vigour that we show to the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The following is brief exposition of some of the virtues of these days.

Wednesday Circle – 15 Second Reminders | Part 01 This is the first of a series of 15 second reminders that we wish to share with you from the lessons at the Wednesday Circle in Shoreditch. We aim to upload a reminder every Wednesday based on the topics covered at the Wednesday Circle and hope that you find them useful and beneficial. As we approach the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah we have made the first reminder about the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah of which our Prophet (peace be upon him) said that: “There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than these (ten) days.” [Al-Bukhari and others] We encourage everyone to make the most of these 10 days by increasing in worship and good deeds. For tips and advice on some of the good deeds that can be done in these first 10 days please visit If you find these reminders beneficial and useful than please share them with your contacts on social network. Always in need of your Duas. Abu Zaynah and the Wed Circle Team #vivavideo #WednesdayCircle #15secondreminders #dhulhijjah

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Allah (SWT) refers to these days when He says in His Book:

‘By the Dawn, And ten nights …’ [Qur’an 89, 1-2]

He also mention these as the ‘appointed’ days in the following verse:

‘Remember Allah through the appointed days…’ [Qur’an 2:203]

The Mufassirin (Commentators of the Qur’an) generally state that the above verses relate to the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. Continue reading Updated: The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

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