2017: It’s a Wrap

This year has been challenging to say the least. I have not only had experience to work with children but also learned a lot about myself throughout the process. I have learnt to care for my needs and also to tackle a good quality in me which could become bad if not used in the correct manner. My life has been turned upside down not quite so much yet did I face it all with courage? Continue reading



We often seem to think we have pulled everything together yet one can only try to make an effort. I have been chosen for this role for 2017 and I thought it was a small role. There was no work to be done yet with time I realised the importance of the job and how seriously I have been taking. Few weeks back when we were deciding who is going to replace our positions  and who will take over. I stepped down mentally and thought to myself how much effort I have put in. I thought perhaps I took it way too seriously. Perhaps I should have been easy on myself. The job didn’t even require me to go an extra mile yet I did. I thought people won’t even notice my work so then we were given recognition for our roles.  I thought 2018 will be a slow and steady year and I will probably not socialise that much.Hence, I stopped Continue reading

Making the Most of Winter by Sheikh Abdul Qadir al Junaid حفظ الله

💎📌Making the most of winter by diligently striving in performing acts of obedience

🔵📝It is authentically narrated from Umar ibn al Khattab رضي الله عنه that he said:

“Winter is the prize of the devout worshippers”

Narrated by Ahmad in ‘az Zuhd’, ibn Abi Saibah in ‘al Musannaf’, ibn Abi ad Dunya in ‘at Tahajjud’, Abu Nu’aim in ‘al Hilya’ and by others.

The following statements explain and clarify the meaning of the above statement:

1⃣ The statement of Hasan al Basri رحمه الله: ‘The best of times for the believer is winter as its nights are long, so he stands in prayer therein and its days are short, so he fasts therein.

This statement was narrated by al Haafidh ibn Rajab in his book ‘Lataa’if al Ma’arif’.

2⃣ What has been narrated from ‘Ubaid ibn ‘Umair رحمه الله that when winter approached, he would say, “Oh people of the Quran, the night has been lengthened for your prayer and day has been shortened for your fasting, so make the most of it.”

This was narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah in his ‘al Musannaf’.

✏✏Compiled by Sheikh Abdul Qadir al Junaid حفظه الله

Reference: https://telegram.me/aljunaid8 (The English channel of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al Junaid’s Knowledge Based Benefits)



Changes After Seeking Knowledge: Testimony of a Sister who has a Non Salafi Husband

This is from the sisters telegram study channel taught by Zaynab El-Kiteb.

Anonymous sister: 

Since the teacher asked us some weeks ago to share our changes since we started to take knowledge, I kept thinking and pondering about this, and I found really difficult to explain it, talking about my feelings is something which I always found difficult but I’m changing a lot, even in this… so here is a brief list of changes I made after Allah guided me to, hopping it will be beneficial:

I used to think that the the only way for me to have a better life would be if Allah removes my husband from my life, I thought that I would feel happier because I would marry after him to a salafi man. All this thinkings were just because he is not salafi, he is just a common Muslim not interested on learning and changing. After I started to learn, Allah made me to be aware that He is The Only One Who judges what is better for me and that He decreed this to me because an inmense wisdom and that I was unjust by planning my qadr, so He enabled me to appreciate that my husband is the best husband for me, that no person cares for me like him, even if he commits mistakes like all humans, I highly appreciate now that he doesn’t interfere in my studies like other husbands, that he allows me to wear what pleases Allah, and how many husbands don’t allow this to their wives?, so how come I did prefer that Allah takes him out of my life? I don’t think I will find a husband better than mine and may Allah guide him.

Another change I noticed in my life was that before, acts of worship were hard or heavy for me, even if I prayed rigorously my prayers but I wasn’t feeling eagerness to pray, and I used to delay them and while praying my heart was absent, not concentrated so I didn’t enjoy my prayers and same goes for any act of worship. Now many times (but not always) my heart is concentrated till I can feel tears running on my cheek while praying, I’m eager now to pray and I use not to delay it, now I truly like to pray and I enjoy it. While praying I’m aware that commanding me to pray at least 5 daily times is a result of Ar-Rahim’s mercy. He commanded me to do it and I don’t find through this command except that Al-Wadood loves me so He chooses me to pray and not only this, to pray with a present heart, which is double mercy upon me.

Another of the many changes I noticed is that before I didn’t like to study, I just kept taking a fatwah here, an article there and so on and this is what I based my knowledge on. Now I feel that I need to study seriously, when I am not able to study for some days due to any reason, I feel as if my heart is screaming to me, due to its necessity to study, or maybe it’s crying, I don’t know, there is a feeling Allah Al-Jamil puts in my heart while studying which is not comparable to any of the pleasures of this world and my heart misses this feeling when I don’t study.

Now I’m a new person and I ask Allah to enable me to continue changing and changing till I’m the slave He wants me to be, till I’m able to please Him, and I ask Allah same thing for all my teachers, my friends, my husband and of course any sister who will read my words.

If I was to keep the rest of my life in sujud, for sure I will still not be able to thank Allah all blessings He gave me.

A sister replied to above:

Maa shaa Allah, may Allah continue to guide you and your husband, ameen. Unless he falls into Kufr, be patient with him, he is busy.

I had a similar marriage except, as my Husband became successful, he lost much if his religion and subsequently lost an 8 year marriage. And to this day I look back wondering what more I could have done to influence him instead of losing hope. I advise, try not to confront him much, let some things slide and send him the daleel later… The world of a single Sister hoping for a righteous Salafi Brother is like wanting the rarest of the rare few, swimming amongst sharks. Fi Aman Allah Ukhti.


Who is Sister Zaynab El-Kiteb? Does she have Tazkiyyah? Who is Sheikh Hassan al Banna?

  • Zaynab El-Kiteb is a student of knowledge of Sheikh Hassan Al-Banna and Sheikh Adel As- Sayed.
  • Q&a project website is run by sister Zaynab El-Kateb, and these are the Scholars and students of knowledge to whom she will forward your questions if it’s needed:
– Sheikh Hassan Al Banna (description of the scholar can be found below).
Sheikh Adel Al Sayed (well known Salafi Scholar in Egypt, he works closely with Sheikh Hassan Al Banna in Dawaa and has a Tazkeyah from him)
Sheikh Waleed Boghdady who is a student of Knowledge and also works closely with Sheikh Hassan Al Banna and has a Tazkeyah from him, and he is the student of Sheikh Adel Al Sayed.
– Also sister Umm Abdul-Malik will provide answers to your questions. She is a student of knowledge of Shaikh Hassan Al-Banna, graduate of Islamic Studies (Tafseer Section).


  • Tazkiyyah of Zaynab El- Kiteb below: 

I certify Hassan Abdelwahab Marzouq Al Bana that sister Umm Ismail Zainab El Kateb is following the methodology of Ahl As Sunna and Jamaa. She is from the Salafis who calls to the Truth, by Allah’s permission, and I advice sisters who seeks knowledge to benefit from her. By Hassan Abdelwahab Al-Banna

  • Who is Shaikh Hassan Al-Banna?
Answered by Zaynab El-Kiteb:
Shaikh Hassan Abdel-Wahhab Al-Banna is a Salafi Scholar. He was appointed to teach Aqeedah in the Islamic University in Madinah by Shaikh Ibn Baz, and he has a written Tazkiyyah from him. Shaikh Hassan was a close friend of Imam Al-Albani. He also worked in dawah with many of the Salafi Scholars. He is the younger brother of the well known scholar of hadith Shaikh Muhammad Abdel Wahab Al-Banna who was one of Shaikh Rabee Al-Madkhaly’s teachers.
  • I have read on the Internet that Sheikh Hasan Al-Banna was heavily influenced by Sufism as a youth in Mahmudiyah.

Clarify, please.

Zaynab El-Kateb:
وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

This man is the head of Ikhwan who died about 70 years ago. He is a different person. Their name just resemblances each other.

Sheikh Hassan Abdel Wahab Al-Banna is a Salafi Scholar. He was appointed to teach Aqeedah in the Islamic University in Madinah by Sheikh Abdulaziz Ibn Baz, and he has a written Tazkiyyah from him. Sheikh Hassan was a close friend to Imam Al-Albani. He also worked in dawah with all of the Salafi scholars. He is the younger brother of the well known scholar of hadeeth. Sheikh Muhammad Abdel Wahab Al-Banna who was one of Sheikh Rabee Al-Madkhaly’s teachers.
  • Reference: Who are we? Channel on Telegram and Q & A channel on Telegram and Facebook page.
  • There are a few telegram channels which are exclusively for women run by sister Zaynab El-Kateb. Just send me an email hastynomad@gmail.com and I will give you the names of the channels. My dear sisters please don’t share these channels with any men or give them the recordings posted on these channels.

What is Salafiyyah? Who are the Salafi? Which Madhab do the Salafi follow? Pdf Included


What or Who is the Salaf?

The Permanent Committee [for Research and Verdicts] was asked:

❝What is Salafiyyah, and what is your opinion concerning it?❞

So they replied:

❝Salafiyyah is an ascription to the Salaf. The word ‘Salaf’ refers to the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger [ﷺ] and the Imaams of guidance from the first three generations of whom the Messenger of Allaah [ﷺ] testified for as to their superiority when he said: ‘The best of mankind is my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them. Then there will come a people who will bear witness before taking an oath, and take an oath before bearing witness.’ [Reported by Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad, Al-Bukharee and Muslim]

The word Salafiyoon is the plural of Salafee, and it is an ascription to the Salaf. The meaning of the word Salaf has already been mentioned. Furthermore, it also refers to those who follow the methodology of the Salaf, which entails following the Book and the Sunnah, calling the people to them and acting upon them. So as a result of this, they become the adherents of the Sunnah and the unified body [Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah].❞

[Al-Lajnat-ud-Daa’imah Lil-Buhooth-il-‘Ilmiyyah, (No. 1361) | (2/165-166) | Translated By Al-Ibaanah Publishing]

Which Madhab do the salafi follow?

The Salafi follows the proof according to Quran or Hadeeth.
We follow the madhhab which provides the strongest proof in an issue or opinion, so we take from the 4 madhab.
In each issue we see which madhab has the strongest daleel (proof) and we follow the opinion based on the daleel provided. Not the madhab itself.

Calling oneself a ‘Salafi’

Shaykh al-Albaanee – raheemullaah – said: “However, there are some who claim knowledge who deny this ascription, claiming that it has no foundation, saying: “It is not permissible for a Muslim to say: I am Salafi.” And it is as if he is saying: “It is not permissible for me to say: l am following the Salafus-Saalih in what they were upon in ‘aqeedah, worship and manners!” And there is no doubt that the likes of this denial – if that is what is meant – implies that he is disassociating himself from the correct Islaam that the Salafus-Saalih were upon … Thus it is not permissible for a Muslim to disassociates himself from being ascribed to the Salafus-Saalih. If, however, he freed himself from any other nisbah ( ascription ), then none of the people of knowledge could accuse him of disbelief or sinfulness. However, the one who refuses calling himself with this name Salafi, then it should be seen, does he attribute himself to a particular madhhab – whether in matters of ‘aqeedah or fiqh” So perhaps he will call himself an Ash’aree or a Maatareedee, or he may be from Ahlul-Hadeeth, or a Hanafee, Maalikee, Shaafi’ee or Hanbalee – from those matters which enter into the term Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. Despite that fact that the one who ascribes himself to the Ash’aree madhhab, or the four well-known madhhabs, then he has ascribed himself to those who are not protected from making mistakes as individuals – even though there are from them Scholars that attain what is correct. So why O why do they not reject the likes of these ascriptions to individuals who are not protected from mistakes? However, as for the one who ascribes himself to the Salafus-Saalih collectively – then he ascribes himself to that which is protected from mistakes.”

[Al-Asaalah Magazine 9/87]

Short Reply To Those Who Say:

“The term ‘Salafi’ is new and has come from the ‘Saudis’ or Al-Albani or ibn Abdul-Wahhab رحمهم الله 

1• Imam Bukhari mentioned a chapter heading in his ‘Saheeh’:

Chapter: What the Salaf used to store in their homes and their journeys from food and meat.’

‘2• AbdurRahmaan bin ‘Amr al-Aawza’i (d.156 A.H.) said:

‘Be patient upon the Sunnah, stop where the Companions stopped, and say what they said, and keep away from what they kept away from, and follow the way of your Salaf as-Salih, since what is sufficient for them is sufficient for you.’

Collected by al-Ajurri in ash-Sharia’ (p.58)

3• Imaam adh – Dhahabee رحمه الله


Said, It is authentically related from ad Daraqutnee that he said, There is nothing more despised by me than Ilmul- Kallam i.e innovated speech and rhetorics , I say


Siyar A’laamun- Nubalaa (16/457)

4• Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -رحمه الله – said:

‘There is no blame on the one who manifests the Madhab of the Salaf, affiliates to it and ascribes to it, rather it is obligatory to accept that from him and that is accepted by agreement, because the Madhab of the Salaf is nothing except the truth.’

Majmoo al-Fatawa 4/149