About Bakkah.net

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever-Merciful…

Bakkah.net is the official homepage of Abul-‘Abbaas Moosaa Richardson, an American from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who studied for 16 years at Umm al-Qura University in Makkah.

For well over a decade, Bakkah.net has offered original articles and translations of the works of the scholars, by Allaah’s Permission. (See a history of some of our oldest updates here.)

MAKKAHnet was launched on Homestead in 1421.It was launched in 1421 (2000) as a small personal project on a free server called Homestead.  It was called MAKKAHnet then.  It was later re-launched as Bakkah.net in 1423 (2002).

Bakkah.net was recently re-launched, so if you are looking for some of our older content, please view the old version here.

All original articles here on Bakkah.net are written by Moosaa Richardson (may Allaah forgive his sins), and all translations are done by him as well, unless otherwise specified.

Visitors are welcome to leave comments, which are published according to our comment approval policy.

May Allaah, the Most High, give us success in promoting the proper understanding of Islaam based on the Quran and Sunnah, as understood by the Companions and their students and early followers.

May Allaah raise the rank of our Prophet Muhammad and grant him peace.

11 thoughts on “About Bakkah.net

  1. Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatu,

    On a few occasions we need advice from experts of knowledge (example: As a beneficiary of partial Government funding supplimented by low School Fees are we elegible for Zakat). Do you know any brother we can contact via email who can give us this advice on the rare occasions that we need it?

    Abu Saleh Ben Koch
    IT / Projects Manager
    An Islamic school in Australia

  2. Asalaamu alayk,

    The new feature of easy supplications for new Muslims is a beneficial and long over-due feature as not much is accommodated (generally) for new Muslims. Jazaakallaahu khayran. Can it be suggested that since new Muslims aren’t likely to be able to read Arabic,for there to be a transcription of the supplications?Maybe on the following page so it can be printed to be on the reverse?

    BaarakAllaahu feek

  3. My name I Mohammad Affan I born in India but my parents maigarated to south Africa 20years ago now I am South African citizens and we are living in South Africa I completed my matric and wanted to study islaam at Islamic university of Madina I applied online in December last year for 2015 academic year but no response when I inquirer they say your application is under considerations plz reply because I’m losing my one year

  4. Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatu,
    I was one of the students who got accepted in Al-Madina last 2014. I wasn’t able to go there because I can’t leave my wife who was pregnant during that time and I can’ t leave my family during those hard situations. I’m now 26 years old . Is it possible for me to still go there? Pls I want this badly. Pls I need ur answer.

  5. Assalaamu’alaykum Ustaadh..

    Just for the public to know, is there any particular reason why u aren’t posting new articles on this website these days?

    • Wa ‘alayk as-salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Most of my time for the da’wah is spent teaching these days. May Allaah put blessings in my & your time.

  6. As Salaamu ‘Alaykum Moosaa!

    What are your thoughts on the Seerah series of Anwar Al Awlaki? I took your advice and decided to stay as far away from YQ as I can, but I’ve heard the seerah lessons of Anwar Al Awlaki are good. What do you advise I should do?

    May Allaah bless you.

    • Wa ‘alayk as-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. He justifies suicide bombings in those classes, and he was known for khaariji teachings. Likewise, stay away from those recordings. And think about this: Where did you hear that his lessons are good? Did a scholar or trustworthy student of knowledge say that? I’m guessing: Absolutely not.

      • Jazakallaahu khayran. And no I didn’t hear it from a scholar or trustworthy student, I thought since people have told me his lessons were good that I should verify with people I trust.

        I have a question about images if you don’t mind. Is it safe to say that photography is included in the image-making which the Messenger of Allaah(ﷺ) warned us about? I was told by many people that photography is simply “capturing an image” but this seems problematic to me for the following reasons:

        – Cameras when used on people and animals is capturing life into a still frame

        – The outcome of the action is referred to as an “image” by everyone, so the action itself would be making an image

        – When taking the picture with a camera/phone/computer, the picture you take isn’t exactly the same as what you took it of (a photograph of a tree isn’t the same as a real tree), rather when you take the picture, whatever is captured by the lens is recreated by the machine using pixels, and since the inventor and user of these machines is man, man is who ultimately creates these pictures

        If this is correct, what do the scholars say about keeping photographs in one’s home even if they are kept in a box? Is it okay to pray in a home with photographs? Will the angels enter?

        Please feel the need to correct my understanding wherever you see it necessary. May Allaah bless you and accept your Ramadhaan.

        • I agree with your conclusions about photography, and it is in line with the positions of many of this era’s senior scholars, like Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan, Shaykh Rabee’, Shaykh al-Albaanee, Shaykh Ibn Baaz, and others. And Allaah knows best.

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