Sufficiency for the Worshipper

It’s kind of late notice on my part, but the info’s been up on QSSC’s website for a while now. Shaikh ‘Ali bin Hasan al-Halabi will be visiting us Easter weekend (April 18-21, 2014) for QSSC’s April Conference titled Sufficiency for the Worshipper. He’ll be covering a book he edited and verified by Shaikh Abdul-Adhim bin Abdil-Qawi al-Mundhiri titled Kifayah al-Muta’abbid wa Tuhfah al-Mutazahhid (which can be downloaded here for those interested in having an electronic copy).

More information, as usual, can be found on QSSC’s website. All lectures will also be broadcast live on the site for those who wish to watch and listen from home.

Random Characters In My PDFs?

Over the years, a number of people have asked me regarding the PDFs found here on my blog and the seemingly random characters they contain within. Since not many people venture to the My Work … page (links located in the menu bar at the top of the page and also at the top of the sidebar on the right), I thought I’d post up this notice and sticky it so that it’s the first post people see when they visit my blog.

So, if you’re seeing some seemingly random characters throughout the PDF articles I post here, it’s because you’re missing the font needed for it to display correctly. The usual culprit is the Arabesque II font, which is a font set that contains symbols for Arabic phrases such as subhanah wa ta’ala‘azz wa jallsallallah ‘alaih wa sallamradiyallah ‘anhu/ha/hum/huma, rahimahullah, and many others. Another possible culprit, but one which I haven’t heard being a problem, is the Times Ext Roman font. This is an extension to the Times New Roman font, which is pretty standard for all computers and devices. It contains diacritically marked characters (dots, squiggles and other accents over or above the characters) that aren’t included in the regular Times font set.

If you’re missing either of these fonts, head over to the aforementioned page (My Work …). You’ll find a link to a zip file containing the Arabesque TrueType (.ttf) font file and a link to an exe file that will install the Times Ext Roman font onto your computer.

Install both these font sets and the PDFs should display as they’re intended to.

27th Annual QSS Conference

I know it’s kind of short notice, but QSS of North America will be holding it’s 27th Annual Conference December 25th through 29th at QSSC here in Toronto.

This year, Shaikh Akram bin Muhammad Ziyâdah al-Athari from Jordan will be visiting us (for the 2nd time, if I’m not mistaken). I can’t recall how long he’ll be staying with us this trip, but he should be here at least a week, maybe more. He’ll be staying with us for three weeks and during the conference he’ll be going over the book ‘Amal al-Yawm wal-Lailah (trans. The Day’s & Night’s Deed) by Imam Ahmad bin Shu’aib an-Nasâ’î. Afterwards he’ll be visiting various mosques around the GTA.

For those of you wanting to attend in person, QSSC is located @ 1865B Lawrence Ave. East in Scarborough (as usual, please avoid parking in the plaza parking lot and try to find a spot on either the Laxford or Wexford side streets). For those who can’t but would like to benefit, as was the case with past conferences, I’m guessing the lectures will be broadcast live online via QSSC.org, and later uploaded to QSSC’s YouTube channel. For more details regarding the lecture schedule and other things, keep an eye on the QSSC site for updates.

 

The New Home & Other Things …

I’m posting this from work, so I’ll keep things short and sweet, so to speak.

I had intended to post up right after the move to the new digs, but I figured since my blog’s kind of dead that I didn’t need to rush to really give any updates right away—it’s not like I get tons of visitors here any how.

For those of you wondering (and who aren’t on my friends list on Facebook and thus, already know), the move went well. We’re finally starting to feel settled in at the new apartment we call home. I finally got around to unpacking my library last week and have shelved all my books. Everything’s pretty much organized how I want it, save the English books and the Arabic paperbacks—we just shelved them in no particular order and have to go through organizing them at another date. With that done, we’ve got all the important things unboxed and in place—and Allah’s is the praise! There are still some things to unpack, but there’s really no rush at the moment.

As for getting back to translating, I opened up the one I’m was working on last (al-Qawl al-Mufhim li man Ankar Maqalah Nusahhih wa La Nahdim) and did a few lines the other day, but other than that I haven’t gotten around to doing anything substantial. Not sure if I will be any time soon either. We’ll see though.

I’ll post up again later with more updates if need be and hopefully, we’ll see if I can get this blog going again.

26th Annual QSS Conference

Yup, it’s that time again. It’s a bit late notice, but details of this year’s QSS Annual Conference have just been released on their mailing list. Originally, three scholars were announced as having been invited this year, but so far only one has received his visa: Shaikh Akram bin Muhammad Ziyadah. Of the many shaikhs he studied under and benefitted from, the most notable are Shaikhs ‘Abdul-‘Aziz bin Abdillah bin Baz, Muhammad Nasir ad-Din al-Albani, Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi’i, Muhammad bin Isma’il al-Imrani, Abdur-Rahman bin Mahdi ad-Dailami adh-Dhimari, and Muhammad Ibrahim Shaqrah. He is one of he many shaikhs involved with the al-Albani Center in Jordan. Anyone interested in reading more about the shaikh can check out his biography on Wikipedia (Arabic).

This year’s conference will be broken up into two parts. The first part will take place Dec. 24th through to the 26th, where the shaikh will be explaining the book al-Fatawa al-Hamawiyyah al-Kubra by Shaikh of Islam Ibn Taimiyyah. The second will start on Dec. 28th and conclude on the 30th, where the shaikh will be explaining Imam Abu Shamah al-Maqdisi’s Mukhtasar al-Mu’ammal fi ar-Radd Ila al-Amr al-Awwal.

Please refer back to www.qssc.org for more details and lecture schedules for the conference.

Update below the jump.

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Just a Little Update

My blog’s been dead the last little while. Sorry about that for those who still visit to see what I post; may Allah reward and bless you for giving me the attention. Back in October I returned to work after taking roughly about 9 months off for parental leave. This is one of the main reasons behind my blog’s inactivity. Another big contributing factor is that my family and I are preparing to move to a new apartment at the end of next month; just about the entirety of my library has already been packed, sealed, and moved into a storage locker waiting for moving day.

Just to fill you guys in on what I’m hoping to post in the (hopefully) near future, prior to returning back to work I was working on translating one of the papers written by Shaikh Abul-Hasan al-Ma’ribi that are found in his compilation of rebuttals to Shaikh Rabi’ bin Hadi al-Madkhali, namely his treatise titled al-Qawl al-Mufhim Li Man Ankar Maqalah Nusahhih Wa La Nahdim; I got about half way through it before having to take a break. I’m hoping to get started on it again after the move, Allah willing. We’ll see though.

Four Month Course @ QSSC

I’m a bit late in mentioning this, considering that they started this past Saturday, but I thought better late than never, right?

QSSC will be holding course studying two books every Saturday at the centre, from ‘asr prayer, going all the way to ‘isha prayer. The two books that will be taught are A’lam as-Sunnah al-Manshurah by the late Shaikh Hafidh bin Ahmad al-Hakami and al-Wabil as-Sayyib min al-Kalim at-Tayyib by Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, may Allah have mercy on them both. The first book being covered from asr to maghrib, and the second from maghrib to ‘isha. At the end of the course (they’re hoping to finish by the end of February), the brother and sister with the highest grade will be awarded an ‘Umrah trip each (may Allah reward the generous brother who donated this as a charity). Anyone wanting to register or merely get more information on the course, you can find the email sent out on the QSSC mailing list after the jump.

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