Imam Ilyas Sidyot


Speech by Imam Ilyas at Sasktel Center
- Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day: Islamic Viewpoint

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year, Canada comes to a virtual stand still. Thousands of Canadians , collectively and individually, become motionless and observe a 2 minute period of silence. With an artificial poppy pinned to their upper garment they remember those who sacrificed their lives in defence of the peace of the country they cherished so much and were proud to call home. This day in which the heroic martyrs of the country are remembered and honoured is known as 'Remembrance Day'.

Muhammed (SAW) and Khadijah (RA) - The purest love story of all

If you've ever attended or heard a nikah being performed, then often we hear the Alim making this beautiful dua "Oh Allah make the love between them,like the love between Nabi (SAW) and Khadija (RA)."

If that dua is accepted? Then surely that marriage will be a love story for the ages…just as Once upon a time in Makkah…

Open your Treasure of The Quran

'Aa'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: "Verily the one who recites the Qur'an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Marriage-Appreciate Your Partner

Life with our spouses is a voyage and can be eternally blissful depending on our attitude to each other. We sometimes have a dispute or encounter a "small" problem in our marriage and easily forget the thousands of pleasurable and blissful moments before that event.

Friends & Friendship

There was a youngster - like one of today's youngsters - who had become friendly with another youth. The youngster's elderly father noticed his coming home late at nights and enquired, "One night, two nights, three nights, and now every night you are coming home very late.

'I am sorry, O Prophet…'

MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders' party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.

Why do Muslims not celebrate Valentine's Day?

1. In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for Ijtihaad or personal opinion.


The Festival of Love was one of the festivals of the pagan Romans, when paganism was the prevalent religion of the Romans more than seventeen centuries ago. In the pagan Roman concept, it was an expression of "spiritual love".

Speech of Imam Ilyas in PMA

This is speech of Sheikh Imam Ilyas on 10th of Muharram in Prairie Muslim Association Masjid (West side Masjid)


The Fiqh of a Newborn Baby
What To Do When a Baby is Born

There are six rulings pertaining to a new born child:
1) Athan and Iqamah in the ear
2) Naming the baby
3) Tahnik
4) Shaving the hair on the head
5) Aqiqah
6) Circumcision

Obedience to parents

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.

Behind every successful youth are Parents

In today's times we have problem children, and we also have problem parents. Before we label our son or daughter as problematic, just consider whether we, too, are not part of the problem. Every father and mother should harken to these words. A child's behaviour is, more often than not, a reflection of the parents' treatment of it.....

Brief History of Compilation of the Quran

Prophet Muhammad [Salallaho alaihe wassallam] used to recite the Qur'an before angel Jibreel (Gabriel) once every Ramadan, but he recited it twice (in the same order we have today) in the last Ramadan before his death. Jibreel also taught the Prophet Muhammad [Salallaho alaihe wassallam] the seven modes of recitation.....


The Messenger of Allah (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) is reported to have said: "The persons who secludes himself (for Itikaf) in true faith and hope (of reward from Allah), all of his previous sins shall be forgiven." (Kanzul Ummal, Hadith 24007)

Receiving Ramadhan

It is appropriate that every Muslim should receive the blessed month of Ramadan with repentance, sincerity, resoluteness and earnestness. He/she should make the intention to perform extra acts of devotion and worship therein, including the Night Prayer (qiyam), recitation of Qur'an, and abundant charity to the poor and needy.

Why do Muslims Fast?

Most of us who are fighting the battle of the bulge have experimented with some form of fasting, like an all fruit fast, a water fast or an sugar-free fast, you name it. But what many may find rather strange and intriguing is a whole nation of people; be it man or woman, old or young, rich or poor; going completely without food and drink from dawn to dusk for a whole month - Ramadan

Benefits of dates

Muslims generally break their fast by eating dates. Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) is reported to have said: "if anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates. In case he does not have them, then with water. Verily water is a purifier."

This May Be Your Last Ramadaan...!

All praise is due to Allah Ta'ala, may peace and salutations be upon His Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), his household and companions. We are once again blessed with the Honourable month of Ramadaan. A month for renewing our faith, strengthening our willpower, and seeking forgiveness, a unique opportunity to strengthen the bond of love with our Creator, through fasting, recitation of the Quran, Taraweeh salaah, and through acts of charity.

A Suggested timetable for Ramadhaan

We must wake up for suhoor as it is a Sunnah of our Rasool (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). He has informed us that the food of suhoor is full of Barakah: "Eat suhoor, because in it lie great blessings." (Bukhari, Muslim) We should arrange our time for suhoor in such a way that we are also able to perform at least 4-8 rak'at of tahajjud together with du'a for about 15 minutes or more. Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said that the du'a in the darkness of the night (after tahajjud) is readily accepted by Allah. (Tirmizi)

Zakaah Q & A

Q. What is Zakaat?

A. It a compulsory charity to be given yearly to the poor.

Q. How Much should be given?

A. 2.5 % on a persons total wealth Q. Can a child accept Zakaat?

A. Yes, a child can accept Zakaat with the consent/permission of his parents/guardians.

Releasing Grudges From Your Heart

How do you feel today? I think this is one of the most frequently asked questions and one of the least correctly answered. How many times have you been asked this question and in reality you feel awful! You feel like your world is caving in. You feel like your spiritual battery is almost flat and that you are on your hands and knees struggling through each day of your life. Yet, despite all this, you answer, "Oh me? I'm fine." What a lie!

The Secrets and Significance of Surah Kahf

As the day of Jummah dawns at the time of Maghrib, it brings with it insurmountable reward and beneficence from Allah Almighty. Nabi (SAW) said, "Whoever recited Surah Kahf in the same manner in which it was revealed, it will serve for him as a light on the Day of Judgment, from his domicile to Makkah. And whoever recited the last ten verses, and it happens that the Dajjaal should appear after that, Dajjaal will not be empowered over him." (Al-Haakim 1/564 & Adh Dhahabee)

Sha'ban by Mufti Taqi Usmani

Sha'ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha'ban. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha'ban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

Some Meritorious Actions that can be done on 15th Sh'aban

1. Increase Qur'an Recitation.
2. Increase Salaat & Salaam on Rasullullah (sallallhu alaiyhi wassallam).
3. Istighfaar & Taubah: Increase Istighfaar, as well as, notably, the best words of Istighfaar (Sayyidul Istighfaar) can be read.

Shabaan - Laylatul Baraa'ah

The month of Shabaan is a blessed month wherein our good deeds are taken up to Jannah and presented before Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala. Regarding the holiness of this month we are reminded about its great benefits in the following words: "O servants of Allah! This is the month of Shabaan, which has been distinguished for the honour of our Iman. This is the month for the remembrance of Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala. This is the month for sending Salawaat to our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. This is the month wherein our prayers, Duas and good deeds are accepted and presented before Almighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata'ala."

Forget the 'Matlab' & Spread the 'Salaam'

Since the Creation of Man right until the present era, the world has been witness to a plethora of peoples, events, traits and ideologies. In the millenia that have passed, nations have risen and fallen, great technological and architectural milestones have been celebrated and mankind has transcended new depths of progress and ingenuity, even as natural and man-made disasters have shaken us.124 000 Messengers were sent by Allah for our guidance and various sets of laws were revealed to regulate human behavior and interactions over the centuries.

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Keep the Spark of Love Alive

As the days come to closer to one's marriage, excitement, ecstasy and elation pump through the bride and groom. The build up to marriage is an experience of thrill and jubilation. When the marriage is solemnised, one's happiness and delight is on the verge of brimming and tipping over. When the newlywed couple meet for the first time, words cannot describe the sweetness of the bliss, serenity, pleasure and elation tasted by the two.

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Nominations open for: World's Most Influential Muslims

Nominations are now open for a prestigious 2012 listing of the world's most influential Muslims. The publication, now in its 4th year, seeks to recognise Muslims who have the power to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. It selects Muslim individuals from a range of categories including Ulema, political leaders, philanthropists, businesspeople and cultural figures.

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1st robot invented by Muslims

Makkah, April 25:
Makkah's Umm Al-Qura University President Bakri Assas opened the Innovation and Business Forum at the university auditorium in the holy city yesterday. Several prominent figures, including experts, academics and knowledge innovation specialists from within the Kingdom and abroad as well as university officials are taking part in the three-day forum, organized by the university's Business & Knowledge Innovation Agency

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The Essence of Islam: are we missing the point?

Islam should be more than just a set of rituals To some, a Monet is only a collection of dots. To others, it is a perfect masterpiece. To some, Islam is nothing but a code of rules and regulations. But, to those who understand, it is a perfect vision of life. As Muslims, we often focus so much on Islam's dos and don'ts that we miss the bigger picture. Islam came to perfect our manners, and yet we are willing to scream and shout to win an argument about zabiha meat. Islam came to build our bond with our Creator, and while we wear our hijabs and kufis, we delay our prayers.

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Respect for the Quran

The Quran is the word of Allah, The Almighty. The very intellect which enables us to listen and comprehend the Quran as a form of speech is but one bounty of Allah bestowed upon us. Whenever any verse of the Quran is recited or listened to, conscientious oneself that this is the speech of Allah. If one brings this consciousness within oneself, then one will show respect and reverence to the Quran.

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Ahl ul Bayt & Karbala

It is commonly known that the people most beloved to a person are his family and progeny. As Mu'mineen we follow Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam). If we take closer look at the Mubarak life of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) we will find that Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi wa sallam) also had a lot of love for the Ahlul Bayt (his family and progeny). The most of his progeny was Hazrat Faatima (Radiyallahu Anha) and her family.

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Amazing uses of Vinegar

"A household which has vinegar will never suffer from poverty". (Narrated by Umm, Tirmidhi, Baihaqi).

"Vinegar is a comfort for man" Narrated by Muslim.

"Allah has put blessing in vinegar, for truly it was used by the Prophets before me." Narrated by Ayesha, Muslim and Ibn Maja.

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The tenth of Muharram is observed by many as the day of Shahadat-e-Husain Radiyallaahu Anhu. Special gatherings are held wherein the heart-rending incident of the martyrdom of Sayyidina Husain Radiyallaahu Anhu is mentioned. This aspect is discussed in this article.

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Jesus in Islam

The average Christian does not know that the true spirit of charity which the Muslim displays, always, towards Jesus and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead of his faith - the Holy Quran.

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The Best of the Best

Have you ever wondered to yourself what it actually means to be the best? When we are told that 'this is the best' or 'that was the greatest' or 'this will bring the most benefit' etc, have you ever thought who on Earth gave such people/editors the authority to tell us that?

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History of Ka'aba

The small, cubed building known as the Kaba may not rival skyscrapers in height or mansions in width, but its impact on history and human beings is unmatched.

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Ten Blessed Days: Don't Miss

By His wisdom, Allah gave preference to some places and times over others. For Muslims, Friday is the best day of the week, Ramadan is the best month of the year, "Laylat al-Qadr"is the best night in Ramadan, the day of "Arafah" is the best day of the year. Likewise the first ten days of the month of "Dhul-Hijjah" are the blessed days for Muslims.

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The spirit behind Eid-ul-Adha

The Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha, or "Festival of Sacrifice" follows close on the heels of the first Eid festival of the year, Eid Al-Fitr. The Arabic word "Adha"means "sacrifice", having its root in the word "duha", which also means "light" or "illumination". After Ramadan, the month of Shawwaal ensues, in which most Muslims fast 6 days.

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What every Teenager needs to Know

Everywhere in this society sex and sexuality are openly displayed for all to see. In this climate of free sex and loose moral standards, it becomes imperative for Muslims parents to be proactive in the sexual education of their children. Now, although for many of us, the though of telling our children whys, hows and wheres of the proper sexual behavior between a man and woman, might make us cringe, when we think of the alternative, we'll see what we that we have no choice.

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The life of Rasulullah ( صلى الله عليه وسلم )

Rasûlullâh's blessed name is Muhammad. His father's name is 'Abdullâh, who is the son of 'Abdul Muttalib, who is the son of Hâshim, who is the son of 'Abd Manâf. His mother's name is Âminah, who is the daughter of Wahb, who is the son of 'Abd Manâf, who is the son of Zuhrah. This 'Abd Manâf is not the same as the previous one.

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Why Pork is Haram

Food and drink have direct effect on our health. That is why Islam has prescribed regulations about our food and drink. It lays great emphasis on our physical as well as moral health, because both of these are equally important for a healthy society. The abstention from eating pork is one of the steps taken by Islam to practice hygiene and to attain purity of soul.

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Collection of Ahadees in Arabic Language

عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن الله تعالى يُدني المؤمن فيضع عليه كنفه ويستره فيقول: "أتعرف ذنب كذا، أتعرف ذنب كذا" فيقول: نعم، أي رب، حتى قرره بذنوبه ورأى في نفسه أنه قد هلك. فقال الله: أنا سترتها عليك في الدنيا وأنا أغفرها لك اليوم، فيعطى كتاب حسانته. وأما الكفار والمنافقون فيُنادى بهم على رؤوس الخلائق: هؤلاء الذين كذبوا على ربهم فلعنة الله على الظالمين. متفق عليه

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The Virtues & Manners of Night Salah

Qiyam al-layl is a provision for the believers and a gift from Allah. It is an act of devotion and sincerity towards Allah, subhanahu wa at'ala, and a way to purify the heart. It is a struggle against the self, an effort to improve will power, strenghten resolve, and defeat Satan. (al-Munajjid, 2001). Due to this intense struggle, there are many virtues and rewards for those who engage in this practice on a regular practice.

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New Hijri Year

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In the Glorious Qur'an, Allah, Most High, says, (Those who believe, and migrate and strive in Allah’s cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah: they are indeed the successful people. Their Lord does give them glad tidings of a Mercy from Himself, of His good pleasure, and of Gardens where enduring pleasure will be theirs: They will dwell therein forever. Verily in Allah’s presence is a reward, the greatest (of all). ) (Al-Tawbah 9: 20-22)

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Zam Zam Water

Allah Ta'ala has made all living creatures out of water. People require water for almost for everything but not all water carries the same value and significance.Muslims refer to the water of Zamzam as something revered and unique. They crave this mysterious liquid and love to drink it whenever they can. And for those who managed to go to the Hajj, they return home carrying it for thousands of miles as a prized possession and to give as special gift to their friends and families. 

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Virtues of Madina – Part 2

Narrated Zaid bin Thabit (radhiyallahu anhu): When the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) went out for (the battle of) Uhud, some of his companions (hypocrites) returned (home). A party of the believers remarked that they would kill those (hypocrites) who had returned, but another party said that they would not kill them. So, this Divine Inspiration was revealed: “Then what is the matter with you that you are divided into two parties concerning the hypocrites.” (4.88) The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, “Madinah expels the bad persons from it, as fire expels the impurities of iron.” (Bukhari)

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Virtues of Madina – Part 1

Narrated Anas (radhiyallahu anhu): The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, “Madinah is a sanctuary from that place to that. Its trees should not be cut and no heresy should be innovated nor any sin should be committed in it, and whoever innovates in it an heresy or commits sins (bad deeds), then he will incur the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people.” (Bukhari)


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Virtues of Mekkah – Part 2

  • Allah states: “Verily the first house established for mankind (to worship Allah) was in Bakkah (Makkah). A blessing and guidance for all the worlds. In it are many clear signs. (One of them being) the Maqam-e-lbrahim (place of Ibrahim). Whoever enters it has attained safety.” (Surah Aal-e-Imran Verses 96/97)
  • Allah states: “And recall when lbrahim beseeched: O my Rabb! Make this city safe and grant its residents fruits, those amongst them who believe in Allah and the last day.” (Surah Al- Baqarah verse 126)


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Virtues of Mekkah – Part 1

  • While departing from Makkah, Rasullullah(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) halted on a plateau, faced the Qibla and said: By Allah! You are the most beloved portion of Allah’s earth to me, and verily you are the most beloved portion of the earth to Allah too. Verily you are the best, spot on the face of the earth. And the most beloved to Allah. If your people did not expel me, I would not have departed from you. (Al-Muatta)


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The Mahdi, the Messiah and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Towards the end of time many major events are to occur as the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم has foretold. Conditions will become extremely intense and humanity will gradually degenerate. Minor signs of the Final Hour will initially appear followed by a sequence of major signs. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم stated, “The signs [of the final hour] are [like] beads put together with a string. When the string will break the beads will [fall] one after the other.” [Hakim: 8639]


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Discover Beauty and Truth of Islam

The Kaaba is the first house built for the worship of God. It is in Macca. The Kaabah is used as a focal point for prayer only, to unify the Muslims in prayer. Not as an object of worship, Muslims do not worship the Kaaba nor any object, the God of the Muslims is the unseen, powerful , merciful God who created heavens and earth and sent the messengers such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad .... etc, Peace be upon all of them.


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Takbeerat in the light of Quran and Hadith

Praise is to Allah.
At the end of Ramadaan Allah has prescribed that His slaves should recite takbeer. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him”
[Al-Baqarah 2:185]


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Fitrah Importance

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
" The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until fitrah is discharged." (Targheeb)


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