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Imam Layth Ibn Sa'ad

He was one of the great Imaams of jurisprudence. He was a pious, ascetic, truthful scholar who abstained from unlawful acts. He was also sincere, humble, forbearing, and kind-hearted when dealing with people.

He had strong faith in Allah and was fearful of Him all the time. He used to frequently recite the Quran. As well as this, he was very generous and used to spend most of his money in charity especially to support scholars, students of knowledge, and poor Muslims. He is the Imaam, the Haafith (a title given to whoever memorizes 100,000 Ahadeeth), the shaykh of Islam, the jurist and scholar of Egypt. His full name is Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd Ibn 'Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Fahmi.

His birth

He was born in Sha'baan 94 A.H., 713 A.C. in Qarqashandah, a village twenty-two kilometers from Fustaat, Egypt. His origin goes back to Esfehan, Persia (nowadays Iran).

Seeking knowledge

In his early years, he started to learn religious knowledge. He was a student of some of the greatest scholars of his time, such as 'Ubaydullaah Ibn Ja'far, Ja'far Ibn Rabee'ah, Al-Haarith Ibn Yazeed, and Yazeed Ibn Abi Habeeb. Since he was young, his teachers testified to his excellence, genius, and sharpness of mind. Al-Layth had high aspirations to learn. For him, learning in Egypt alone was not sufficient. In 113, A.H., he decided to travel to Hijaaz to perform Hajj and seek knowledge. He was twenty years old at that time.

In Makkah and Al-Madeenah, which were considered the most outstanding sources of religious knowledge in the Muslim World, Al-Layth started to learn from a unique group of scholars of jurisprudence and Hadeeth. Ibn Shihaab Az-Zuhari was known as the most knowledgeable haafith and one of the first scholars to write down the Ahadeeth of the Prophet, and he was one of Al-Layth's teachers. Al-Layth also received religious knowledge from 'Ataa' Ibn Abi Rabaah who was the Mufti and Jurist of Makkah, Ibn Abi Maleekah, Naafi' Ad-Daylami who was the freed slave of the revered companion 'Abdullaah Ibn 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, Sa'eed Ibn Sa'eed Al-Maqbari, Abu Az-Zubayr Al-Makki, and many others.

He remained fond of knowledge and had an unmitigated desire to actively and studiously attend classes even when he reached the rank of the great scholars. When he went to Baghdad in 161 A.H. in order to teach, though he was over sixty five years old, he asked about the house of the great scholar Hushaym Ibn Basheer who was the master of Hadeeth scholars in Iraq. Al-Layth asked Hushaym to send him some of his books to study them. When Hushaym did, Imaam Al-Layth started to read through their valuable and priceless information.

The Imaam's sessions

After spending long years acquiring knowledge, Imaam Al-Layth was prominent among his contemporary scholars as a genius jurist and a most trustworthy narrator of Prophetic Ahadeeth. He started a class in his Masjid to teach people. A short period later, he became very famous and students from everywhere came to learn from him.

The Imaam's rank and his knowledge

He was one of the most prominent jurists of his time. He was well-known among people everywhere. The caliphs and Emirs came to know him and scholars praised him and testified to his profound knowledge, abilities of memorization, and mastery of religious affairs.

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said:

"Al-Layth had profound knowledge and his narration of Ahadeeth is authentic."

Imaam Ash-Shaafi'i said:

"Al-Layth is more knowledgeable than Maalik."

He means Maalik Ibn Anas, the Imaam of the people of Al-Madeenah.

Al-Layth as a ruler

Imaam Al-Layth occupied several posts. He was the head of the Administration of Finance during the reign of Saalih Ibn 'Ali Ibn 'Abdullaah Ibn 'Abbaas of Egypt. He was also its head during the caliphate of the 'Abbasid Caliph, Al-Mahdi. Previously, the 'Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja'far Al-Mansoor asked him to be the ruler of Egypt, but Imaam Al-Layth refused.

The character of the Imam

Imaam Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd was an authentic narrator of Prophetic Ahadeeth and a talented jurist. He was known for his piety, asceticism, and generosity. The Imaam was one of the wealthy scholars. His son Shu'ayb said that his annual income was between twenty and twenty five thousand Deenaars (golden coins). He used to spend all this money in the cause of Allah. Imaam Al-Layth used to give out charity to three hundred needy people every day. He never ate his food except in the company of people. One day, a woman came to him and said: "O Abu Al-Haarith! My son is sick and he craves to eat honey." Al-Layth called his servant and said: "Give her one hundred and twenty pounds of honey."

Imaam Al-Layth was very generous with scholars, to the extent that he used to send one hundred Deenaars to Imaam Maalik Ibn Anas every year. Once Imaam Maalik wrote to him that he was in debt. Imaam Al-Layth sent him five hundred Deenaars. When Imaam Al-Layth went to perform Hajj and he passed by Madeenah, Imaam Maalik sent him a plate of dates. Imaam Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd put one thousand Deenaars on the plate and sent it back to Imaam Maalik. When the books of Ibn Luhay'ah, a great jurist and narrator of Prophetic Ahadeeth, were burnt, Imaam Al-Layth immediately sent one thousand Deenaars to him.

His death

Imaam Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd died on Friday, the fifteenth of Sha'baan 175 A.H., 791 A.C. He was buried in Cairo and his funeral was attended by a large number of people.

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EIGHT SUNNATS OF RUKOO (Bowing in Salaah, prayer)

1. To say the takbeer of Rukoo.
2. To grasp the knees with both hands. (for males)
3. To keep the fingers spread while grasping the knees.
4. To keep the calves of the legs (i.e. the section from the ankles to knees) straight.
5. To keep the back level.
6. To keep the head and the lower back in a straight line.
7. To recite Sub'haana rabbiyal 'azeem at least three times in Rukoo.
8. While getting up from Rukoo, the Imaam should say sami'allahu liman hamidah, the Muqtadee (Person following the Imaam) should (thereafter) say Rabbanaa lakal Hamd and the Munfarid (person who is performing his Salaat individually) should say both.

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10 Awesome Inventions of 2011

1. The straddling bus: This is the bus of the future, created to ease traffic, in a world which becomes more and more crowded. This bus is as high and as wide as to permit cars to drive under it. The straddling bus is not only functional but also attractive and futuristic. It is economical as well because it uses sun panels placed on the roof. These buses are designed to transport up to 1200 persons and the cost of building one of them, together with the required equipment should be 10 times smaller than that of creating a subway line on the same distance.

2. Dynamically Glare-blocking LCD Sunglasses: These glasses are meant to stop sunlight from disturbing us while driving. Apparently, Chris Mullin was annoyed by the glare which gave him headaches during his daily travel to work and back home. This is when he came with the idea of creating a pair of sunglasses using a unique electronic screen to stop sunlight. This is made out of liquid crystals which are as seen through as any ordinary glass, but its properties may be modified according to the inventor’s desire. In addition, a sensor detects the intense light and instantly sends message to a microcontroller on its location. Further, the liquid crystal acts so as to block the glaze, without modifying visibility.

3.The Medical Mirror: Ming Zher Poh, an electrical- and medical-engineering graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the mastermind that designed the software which allows medics to check for vital signs or help people with a cardiovascular problem to control their health regularly. The patient only needs to stand in front of this special mirror and his heart rate will be displayed on top of his reflection.

4. The Print Brush: This device was designed by Alex Breton, an engineer in Stockholm, Sweden for a rubber-stamp company. He called his gadget ‘Print Brush’. The smart printer is able to upload images and text from the computer and then print it on any flat surface and a large range of textures: paper, plastic, wood or fabric. This wasn’t easy to achieve: It took a lot of work, more than 10 years and a large team of experts to transform the prototype into a very precise new tool.

5. The armoured sleeve: This high tech gadget may allow police officers to fight crimes more efficiently. The armour sleeve is equipped with a high voltage stunner, a video camera and a laser pointer which should discourage burglars to become aggressive. The designer of this glove is David Brown, a cameraman, needed 7 years and designed 30 models of the glove before finding the right combination of comfort, ease of use and security.

6. The Formaldehyde testing system: The device won the silver medal at the Geneva 2011 exhibition of inventions. It was designed by a team from the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, led by prof. Jinlian Hu and it can be used by anybody. The tester is small and user friendly and it is a response to the recent increase in the population’s interest for this substance and its effects on the health. This system allows all of us to check the level of Formaldehyde quickly and precisely, in textile and other objects, such as furniture or walls.

7. Google Prius: Google is testing these days, on Toyota Prius , a software which should allow cars to drive themselves. Apparently, before the actual trip of the intelligent car, a specialist drives along the chosen streets and collect data regarding circulation signs and all the other difficulties. It is only then that the Google Prius starts its drive. However, not by itself; on the driver’s seat, there is a trained person who must take control if needed. Moreover, on the co-pilot seat, there is another expert who permanently verifies the software’s functioning and application. This system, if efficient, should reduce the number of car accidents to a great extent.

8. Terrafugia Transition: This is world’s first flying car. It was designed by students, at MIT and it was developed by a small American company, called Terrafugia. It seems that it can be used both as an aircraft and as a car, due to the ability of folding its wings. The driver, or the pilot, depending on how you put it, will need 20 flying hours to learn how to keep this beauty in the sky ad will be able to buy it at a price starting from $ 194,000.

9. The Kymera body board: The Kymera was designed by Jason Woods out of necessity: his sky boat was too heavy and too large and could not be transported and stored easily. This is why he came with the idea of inventing his own watercraft, as light and easy to transport as possible. He finally came up with a design, auctioned by a hybrid electric-propane four-stroke engine and 15kg in weight. Put it on the roof of your car and you can head to the water!

10. Martin Jet Pack: This device is another invention which, if effective, will revolutionise the idea of travelling…light! The design was created by Glenn Martin and it is scheduled for release at the end of this year. Apparently, it still needs some work to be done. However, more than 2500 persons have already reserved the gear and are anxiously waiting for Martin to finish working on his jet pac. Like in cartoons, simply strap it on and fly.


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