Ô Allah

I praise You and I thank You…praises and thanks that fill the skies, the earth, and everything between them and beyond them

May the peace and blessings be upon Your beloved Prophet Mohammad –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- , on his family, descendants and companions. Ô Allah, You sent him to teach goodness and kindness to mankind and to spread his mercy among believers.

Every Messenger that You sent addressed his people in a language that they understood to convey the message of Islam to them {And We did not send any messenger except [speaking] in the language of his people to state clearly for them/وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا بِلِسَانِ قَوْمِهِ لِيُبَيِّنَ لَهُمْ } [1]  as he –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- addressed all people depending on their level of thinking and understanding.

Dear Reader,

Year after year, we realized that there is a growing need for books that teach Islam in an appealing manner, with eye-catching graphics and state-of-the-art approach to attract students from all over the world and invite them to seek knowledge and dive into the ocean of Islamic exploration. Therefore, we turned to Allah and asked Him to choose for us the best way to do so, and to grant us His Help and Guidance to come up with an Islamic Education book series with all these characteristics to be spread in countries around the globe. Perfection is what we are seeking for Allah promised to grant His love to those who work with perfection as Rasùlullãh –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- taught us in his prophetic hadith [Allah loves when we work with perfection] [ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى يُحِبُّ من العبدِ إِذَا قام بعملٍ أَنْ يُتْقِنَه]  [2].

As for the content of the books, we followed the path of the companions (sahãbah) of Rasùlillãh –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- and their followers (at-tãbi’ìn), without straying an inch from it, based on the advice of the Prophet –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- who said in the hadìth: […for those of you who live after me will see great disagreement. You must then follow my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Caliphs; hold on to it and stick to it…/

.. فإنه من يَعِشْ منكم بعدي فسيرى اختلافاً كثيراً فعليكم بسنّتي وسنّة الخلفاء الراشدين المهديّين تمسّكوا بها، وعضّوا عليها بالنّواجذ[3] [

We ask Allah to help us follow that precious advice…

This Ummah was first built on strong, steady and solid ground and the way to bring back its glory and righteousness is to build the new generations on the same strong pillars on which the Ummah was originally built: the three pillars of religion: Islãm, Imãn, Ihsãn. The majority of Islamic books seldom tackle these three pillars all together; they rather focus on either the pillar of Islãm alone, or both the pillars of Islãm and Imãn together. As a result, Ihsãn with its two sub-pillars (Mushãhadah and Murãqabah) was completely neglected (Ihsãn being defined as [worshipping Allah as if you see Him, and to feel, at all times, that He sees you] [4]                                                                                   [  أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه، فإن لم تكن تراه، فإنه يراك].

In this series, we are aiming at planting in the hearts of our children the love of Allah and His Prophet –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam-, and delicately pouring all our attention onto their pure hearts until they sense, from within, the Greatness of Allah, His love for them and continuous watching over them in all their life matters. Their beautiful souls will then be launched, yearning to know more about Allah throughout His creation, until they associate everything they see, hear and feel in their daily lives with Allah’s beautiful names and attributes. Only then, every act in their lives will become an act of worship and an abidance to Allah’s words {And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me/ وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُون}[5] for now they would interpret their whole world with the names of Allah as He commanded in His Holy Book {Read in the name of your Lord Who created/                   اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ}[6].

It is mentioned above that we are seeking perfection in this work; however, we do not claim reaching it. We rather ask Allah for His Forgiveness, Pardon and Rida; and, with His name Al-Jabbãr, we ask Him to mend every defect in this series and to conceal every fault and imperfection so that everything that enters the heart of the reader is only what Allah loves and is pleased with. We are here admitting our mistakes and limitations; nevertheless, Allah always showers us with blessings by His Generosity. We quote the saying of Sayyidì Ibn ‘Atã-illãh Ssakandarì with high hopes as he said: “If the only way to reach Allah is when all of your flaws have vanished and your claims have been erased then you will never reach Him; however, if Allah wants you to reach Him, He will conceal your description by His Description and your characteristics by His Characteristics and you will reach Him for what is from Him to you, and not from what is from you to Him.[7]

We therefore ask Allah Al-Hãdì Al-Fattãh for us to be among those whom He gave permission for expression, so that all our indications and sayings are clear, explicit and understandable by all creation; and we ask Allah to make this series of great benefit and Barakah similarly to the two great books ‘Riyãdu ssãlihìn’ and ‘Al-Adhkãr’ by the sincere Imam an-Nawawì for they are present –either in Arabic or translated- in almost every Arab or non-Arab house.

In turn, we ask Allah for the series Kalimah Tayibah to be found in every Arab and non-Arab house and may it be of ultimate benefit and barakah, and a reason for practice and application by all generations to come. This series will then effectively be kalimah tayibah –a good word- with its roots solidly fixed into the ground and its branches and ramifications rising towards the sky, yielding fruit and nourishment for the bodies and souls of the future generations of this Ummah, for Rasùlullãh –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- promised us by saying: [My Ummah is similar to rain, it is not known whether its beginning holds more goodness or its end/ إنّ مثلَ أمّتي مثلَ المطر لا يُدرى أوّلُهُ خيرٌ أو آخرهُ ] [8]. We ask Allah to help us along the way and accept our deeds.

Note that Kalimah Tayyibah is not a series that was produced for profit nor business purposes with people; from day one, our aim was solely gaining Allah’s Love, Acceptance and Rida through it.  The production of this series is being financed by donations from people whose intention is to spread beneficial knowledge around the globe. Therefore, in order for it to become of great benefit, we have formed a team that is especially dedicated to detect the defects, unintentional mistakes or forgetfulness in each edition and thus improve and rectify each one, even if it took us years to achieve our goal. That reminds us of Imãm Mãlik –radiya LLãhu ‘annhu- who worked around thirty years on his famous book ‘Al-Muwatta, and when he was told: ‘Imãm, there are people who started working after you, yet they have finished before you’, he replied ‘What is written for the Sake of Allah remains preserved’. Indeed, we witness that the book ‘Al-Muwatta’ remains well preserved till this day, with all generations benefitting from it, whereas many other books have disappeared and are completely forgotten.

Ô Allah,

May this series be truthfully and solely for Your Sake

We ask You to shower it with abundant benefit and Barakah and

May it be continuously sustained by Your Help, Support and Guidance

When Prophet Ibrãhìm –alayhi ssalãm- finished building the Holy Ka’bah he said: ‘My Lord, I have finished’. Allah said to him: ‘Call out to mankind for Hajj’. Prophet Ibrãhìm – alayhi ssalãm- said: ‘Ô Lord, how far will my voice reach?’ Then Allah said: ‘Call them out and We will convey it’[9].

Based on this, we turn to Allah, raising our hands to the sky and say:

Ô Allah,

as You kindly allowed us to start this series, grant us all the help and support we need to publish it and to accomplish what is left of it…And as You conveyed the voice and call of Prophet Ibrãhìm – alayhi ssalãm- to the world, we ask You to convey this series to every Muslim on this globe in a way that touches their hearts and enlightens their souls for them to prosper in life and afterlife …

Ô Allah,

When You created Zamzam water and made its spring generously burst out of the ground and irrigate Your creation, its abundant flow remains, till our day, outpouring its goodness and cure and unimaginable benefit to all Muslims…

We, therefore, supplicate You to make Kalimah Tayibah be of the same benefit to all future generations as the blessed Zamzam water was to Muslims throughout time… and that they all be raised on the teachings of this series until their hearts are revived, and their paths enlightened, and their souls purified from flaws and imperfections.

Ô Allah,

Your beloved Prophet Mohammad – salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam – has informed us that the time will come when Fitnah will invade every Muslim house… and this time has come.

For that reason,

Ô Allah,

…by the splendor You hid in the ãyah {In the Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Compassionate/ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم }[10] and

… with the meanings of ‘There is no might or power except with Allah/ لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله’ and

… by the help and support derived from the ãyah

{ …you threw not when you threw, but it was Allah who threw/ وَمَا رَمَيْتَ إِذْ رَمَيْتَ وَلَـٰكِنَّ اللَّـهَ رَمَى}[11] and

…by the enlightenment from the ãyah {Allah is Nùr of the skies and the earth / اللَّـهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ  }[12]

We ask You to make this series the guiding light that enters every Muslim house and puts out this Fitnah.

Ô Allah,

You are Al Qawiyy Al Qãder, The Most Powerful and The Most Capable, and You said in the Holy Quran:

{ Allah will perfect His Nùr, although the disbelievers dislike it / وَاللَّـهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُون }[13] .

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Mohammad –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam- who said:

[This goodness holds many treasures in it, and there are people who are the keys for these treasures; blessed is the one whom Allah chooses to be a key for spreading goodness and a lock for blocking evil; and doomed is the one whom Allah chooses to be a key for spreading evil and a lock for blocking goodness].  [14]]إِنَّ هَذَا الْخَيْرَ خَزَائِنُ وَلِتِلْكَ الْخَزَائِنِ مَفَاتِيحُ  فمفاتيحه الرجال، فَطُوبَى لِعَبْدٍ جَعَلَهُ اللَّهُ مِفْتَاحًا لِلْخَيْرِ مِغْلاَقًا لِلشَّرِّ وَوَيْلٌ لِعَبْدٍ جَعَلَهُ اللَّهُ مِفْتَاحًا لِلشَّرِّ مِغْلاَقًا لِلْخَيْرِ[Allah the Almighty is far above any similarity to His creation……peace be upon the Messengers……and Praise to Allah … The Lord of the worlds…

[1] Sùrat Ibrahìm: 4

[2] Narrated Aishah–radiya Allah ‘annha, related by al-Baihaqi in ash-Shu’ab.

[3] Narrated Irbad Bin Sãriyah -radiya Allah ‘annhu. Abu Dawùd, Book: Al-Sunnah, Chapter: ‘Luzùm Al Sunnah’, Hadith 4607

[4] Narrated Abi Hurayrah -radiya Allah ‘annhu. Sahìh Al-Bukhãriy, Book: Al-Imãn, Chapter: ‘When Jibrìl asked the Prophet –salla LLãhu alayhi wa sallam about Al Ìmãn , Al Islãm, Al Ihsãn and Ilm Assã’ah’, Hadith 50.

[5] Sùrat Al-dhãriyyãt: 56

[6] Sùrat Al-‘alaq: 1

[7] Sharnùbì, Abdul Majìd, explanation of al-hikam al-‘atã-iyyah, commented by Abdul Majìd Al Bazam, Dar Ibn Kathìr, Damascus, Beirut, 1410 AH, 1989, p.103

[8] Narrated Anas Bin Mãlik –radiya Allahu ‘annhu. Ahmad, Hadith 13327.

[9] By Al-Hãkem in Al-Mustadrak (388/2- 389), and said it is hadìth sahìh by the two sheikhs but they did not issue it.

[10] Sùrat Al Fãtihah: 1

[11] Sùrat Al Anfãl: 17

[12] Sùrat An-Nùr: 35

[13] Sùrat sSaff: 8

[14] Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d –radiya Allahu ‘annhu. Ibn Mãjah, Book: Al-Sunnah, Chapter: ‘those who are keys for goodness’ Hadith 238.