KAW: See Karram Allah Wajhu.
KA’ABA:The cube-shaped stone building whose foundations were built by the angels and completed by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son, the Prophet Ismael, peace be on them, in Makkah.It was rebuilt with the help of Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.It is the focal point towards which all Muslims face when praying.
KA’ABA AL-YAMANIYAH: Also known as Dhi al-Khalasa. A place where pagan idols used to be worshipped in Yemen in the pre-Islamic time of ignorance.
KAAMIL: Perfectly complete. There is nothing perfectly complete except Allah Ta’ala.
KABAIR (AL): Major sins. Such sins as Shirk (see Shirk), Qatl (Murder), Zinah (fornication and adultery), the taking of Riba (usury), Sirq (theft), etc.
KAFFARA: An expiatory gift. The prescribed way of making amends for wrong actions, particularly missed obligatory actions. For example, if a person swears to do something in the name of Allah, but later finds out that he is not in a position to keep that pledge, then he must pray a Kaffara. Kaffara is paid in various ways, usually by freeing a salve, feeding the hungry, or fasting for a specified number of days. Contrast with Fidya (compensation). See Fidya.
KAFIR: Unbeliever. Someone who covers up the truth and rejects Allah and His messengers, may Allah bless them and grant them peace. There are many different ways in which a person becomes a disbeliever in Allah. For full explanation see Kufr. Plural: Kuffar.
KAFIRRON (AL): "The Unbelievers". Surah 109 of the Holy Qur’an.
KAFURA: Literally means camphor. It is a special heavenly perfume that will be mixed with non-intoxicating, pure wine and be given to the righteous in the Akhira (Hereafter). See Holy Qur’an, Al-Insan (76):5.
KAHF (AL): "The Cave". Surah 18 of the Holy Qur’an.
KALIMATUL TAYIBAH: "The Pure Word", i.e. the assertion that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah. "La illaha illa’llah."
KALIMATU’LLAH: Statements of Allah Ta’ala. Words of Allah. See Roohu’llah.
KARRAM ALLAH WAJHU: "May Allah be graceful to him". This. is most commonly used when referring to Ali ibn Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, because he was the first man to embrace Islam, and after Khadija, may Allah be pleased with her, the second of the earliest Muslims, never having had any connection with other religions.
KASABA: Literally means to earn. This does not only mean the earning of a livelihood, but rather the spiritual reaping of the consequences of one’s deeds, whether they be good or evil. See Holy Qur’an, Luqman (31):34.
KASAFA: Means "Eclipsed" in regard to the sun.
KATHEB: Lie. Particularly one invoking denial of Allah and His messengers, may Allah bless them and grant them peace.
KAWTHAR (AL): 1). "The fount of Kawthar". A Sacred fount in Jannah (Paradise). It is the source of all the four rivers of Paradise, and feeds the Hawd of the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. See Surah 108 of the Holy Qur’an. 2). The Hawd, which is filled by Al-Kawthar is at the end of the Siratul Mustaqeem. It is a gift from Allah to the Holy Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. It is to quench the thirst of the true believers.
KHADIJAH, MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HER: First wife of the Holy Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and one of the four greatest females created, the other three being: 1). Mariam (Mary), Mother of the Prophet Isa (Jesus), peace be on them. 2). Asiya, the wife of Fir’aun (Pharaoh). 3). Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, may Allah bless them and grant them peace.
KHAFY (SHIRK, AL): The Hidden Shirk. Being dissatisfied with what Allah has ordained for a particular person. Hidden Shirk is to inwardly worship anything or anyone other than Allah, or to inwardly associate something or someone as a partner with Him, especially one’s self. See Shirk.
KHAIBAR: A famous town north of Madinah. It was the place where a great battle took place between the Muslims and the Jews in 10AH. The Muslim victory at Khaibar destroyed Jewish influence in the Arabian peninsula for many centuries, until the introduction of the modern Jewish banking system throughout the world. See Holy Qur’an, Al-Ahzab (33):27.
KHAIF: Name of a Masjid (mosque) in Madinah.
KHAIRUL UMMAM: The best nation amongst all nations in the sight of Allah Ta’ala, i.e. Al-Ummal Islamiah (the Muslim nation).
KHALEEL: Highest form of frienship. The love that is mixed with one’s own soul. The Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet Ibrahim, may Allah bless them and grant them peace, were ‘Khaleelu’allah’, the intimate friends of Allah. They loved people for Allah, but their greatest love was only Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala Himself.
KHALIDEEN: To abide for ever. The good will abide in the Jannah (Paradise) and the evil will abide in the Nar (Hellfire) forever. "Khalideena Feeha Abda". (They will abide in there forever.) The word "Abada" also means "Forever". Allah Ta’ala uses "Abada" to emphasize "forever", reminding us that eternity is endless.
KHALIFAH: Derives its name from the word Khalafa, Yakhufu ---- meaning, one that comes after. Khulafa ------ the ones who succeed others, in the sense of standing in as a representative for someone else. Thus Khalifa = viceregent, the representative of Allah. Khalifa has two main meanings: General : It refers to mankind, particularly the believers. See Holy Qur’an, Al-Baqara (2):30. Every Muslim is a Khalifa and should carry the banner of Islam high and strive to establish the Deen of Islam until Allah’s Word reign supreme in the world. Specific: A Muslim ruler. There were four Al-Khulafaa ar-Rashideen, "the rightly-guided Khulafaa": They are:
i). Abu Bakr as-Siddiq - 11-13 AH ii). Umar ibn Khattab - 13-23 AH. iii). Uthman ibn ‘Affan -24-36 iv). Ali ibn Abi talib - 36-40. May Allah be pleased with them. Plural: Khulafaa.
KHALIQ (AL), "AL-KHALIQ": The Creator. One of the ninety-nine Attributes of Allah Ta’ala. Some useful words regarding creation. 1). Khalaqa - "He Created". 2). Khalq - "Creation". 3). Makhlooq - "Created". 4). Khalaaq - "Creator" in the sense of "Originator".
KHAMR: Intoxicant. Anything that is fermented and causes a state of drunkenness when consumed. Khamr is prohibited by Allah Ta’ala in the strongest term possible: "Ajtanibou" - "Leave it!" It is a higher level of prohibition than forbidding it because it is Haram. Haram---- a direct prohibition ordered by Allah Ta’ala. Ajtanibou ---- a degree more serious than Haram. It is not only Haram, but also a direct command not to approach or be near it for any reason whatsoever. See Holy Qur’an, Al-Baqara (2):219, Al-Maidah (5):93.
KHADAQ: "The ditch". A famous battle between the early Muslims and the pagans in which the Muslims built a Khanda (trench) on the protected side of the city of Al-Madinah al-Munawara to prevent the advance of the Makkan unbelievers in 5AH. The enemy were halted by this unexpected tactic, and then driven away awful weather, mutual distrust and low morale, without any major engagement having taken place. It was also called Ghazwat ul-Ahzab (Battle of Clans), because the Makkan idol-worshippers were assisted by the Jewish Tribes of Banu Nadhir, Banu Ghaffan and Banu Asad. See Holy Qur’an, An-Nur (24):55, Al-Ahzab (33):9-20.
KHARAJ: Tax imposed on the revenue out of land taken from non-Muslims to ensure their rights under Islamic Law.
KHARIJ: Singular of Khawarij. See Khawarij.
KHASAFA: Means "eclipsed" with regard to the moon.
KHATAM ANBIYA: The seal of the Prophets. This is the title of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless and grant him peace. Allah Ta’ala sent many prophets, from Adam to Isa (Jesus), may the blessing and peace of Allah be on all of them, and then sent Muhammad as the last messenger to the Ins wal Jinn (mankind and the Jinn) with the final and complete revelation, the Holy Qur’an. This is one of the reasons why Allah Ta’ala Himself decreed that it is He who will preserve and be the Guidance of the Holy Qur’an. It is the only Holy Book today that has not been altered (not even a single letter has been altered!). Allah Ta’ala’s promise is true. Has not the time come for those who reject to see the truth? Allah Ta’ala has sent an unlimited number of proofs to prove that the divine truth lies in the Holy Qur’an and with the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. It is clear for those who wish to see them. And those who choose to reject them will have only themselves to blame. For another proof see Umm-me.
Allah humma inni ballght; Allah humma inni ballaght; Allah humma inni ballaght:
O Allah, surely the message has been delivered; O Allah surely the message has been delivered; O Allah, surely the message has been delivered.
KHAUF: Fear. Only fear of Allah is acceptable to Allah Ta’ala. Khauf is a general fear, e.g.: 1 . Fearing the unknown. 2 . Fear of failing. 3 . Fear of losing wealth. etc.
Taqwa is the fear of something specific and its consequences:
a). Fear of Allah and of His wrath. This is the mark of a true believer. This is a blessed Taqwa that will lead to Paradise. b). Fearing Shaitan or man for the evil they can do, without taking into consideration that Allah has power over them. This is a cursed Taqwa that will lead to the Hellfire. The opposite of Khauf is Rija (hope), hope for generosity and blessing from Allah Ta’ala.
KHAWARIJ: The people who dissented from Islam and created a false belief which was not part of the Holy Qur’an or the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Singular: Kharj.
KHAWLA BINT THA’LAB: She is the woman who is referred to in the Surat al-Mujadalah (Surah 58:1-6).
KHAZAIN: 1). Store houses or places where things are stored. 2). Treasures or where treasures are kept. Singular Makhzan.
KHIMAR: A type of Hijab (Veil) which covers the face, but leaves the eyes exposed, as opposed to the Niqab, which covers the entire face, including the eyes.
KHOSOOF: Lunar eclipse. There is a special Eclipse Salat (prayer) which lasts as long as the eclipse itself.
KHUL: A form of divorce. When a wife leaves her husband after giving him a certain compensation, usually part or all of her dowry.
KHULAFAA AR-RASHIDEEN (AL): The rightly-Guided Khalifaas. They were the first four rulers of the Muslim Ummah (nation) after the death of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. They were called "The Rightly-Guided Khalifaas" because they ruled exactly as was ordained by Allah Ta’ala and the Prophet Muhammad. They were:
1). Abu Bakr as-Siddiq - 11-13AH 2). Umar ibn Al-Khattab -13-23AH 3). Uthman ibn ‘Affan - 23-36AH. 4). Ali ibn Abi Talib - 36-40AH. May Allah be please with them.
KHUMRA: A small prayer mat, just large enough for hands and forehand.
KHUMS: One-Fifth war booty given Allah’s cause. See Holy Qur’an. Al-Anfaal (8):41.
KHUTBA: Sermon. The greatest sermon in the history of mankind was called Al-Khutbatul Wida’ (the farewell sermon), given by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, during his last Hajj in 10AH. There are various types of sermons, e.g.
1). Khutbatul Jum’a - the Friday sermon. This is given immediately before the Jum'a Salat (prayer). 2). Khutbatul Eid - the Eid sermon. This is given immediately after the Salat (prayer) of the two Eids. 3). Khutbatul Nikah - the marriage sermon. This is during the marriage ceremony.
KHUTBATUL NIKAH: A speech given at the time of concluding a marriage contract.
KITAB: Book. There are three types of Kutub (books):
1). The Book of record or deeds. On the Day of Judgment, everyone from both man and Jinn will receive their book, in their right or left hand, according to the preponderance of their good or bad deeds and thus will either enter Paradise or be cast into Hellfire. See Holy Qur’an, Al-Qamar (54):52-53. 2). Al-Kitab. The Book (or Revelation). Refers especially to the Holy Qur’an, but also refers to the original revelations revealed to the earlier messengers of Allah, may the blessing and peace of Allah be on them. See Qur’an. 3). Ordinary books. i.e.books written by people, all of which are subject to human error and cannot be compared to the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the uncreated word of Allah Ta’ala.
KOHL: A powder, made from finely ground antimony and used both as a make-up and as medicine for the eyes.
KUFEE: A style of angular writing often used for early hand-written copies of the Holy Qur'an.
KUFFAR: Unbelievers. Those who reject Allah and His messengers, may Allah bless them and grant them peace. There are different ways of not believing in Allah. For full explanation, see Kufr.Singular: Kafir.
KUFR: Disbelief in Allah’s Commands, including refusal to accept whatever the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, taught. There are two levels of Kufr: 1). Kufr Al-Akbar (major disbelief). Major Kufr is subdivided into five categories: a). Kufr al-Taktheeb. Denying the divine truth. b). Kufr al-Abaa wa Stakbara ma’al-Tasdeeq. Refusing to bow to Allah due to pride, even though acknowledging the divine truth. c). Kufr ash-Shakk wa Dhann. Doubting any or all of the six articles of faith (see ‘Aqaaid), even if not completely denying them. d). Kufr al-Iraad. Knowingly turning away from the divine truth. e). Kufr al-Nifaq. Disbelief through hypocrisy. 2). Kufr al-Asghar (minor disbelief). Being unappreciative of what Allah Ta’ala has provided.
KUNYA: A respectful and affectionate way of calling as "Abu" or "Umm" (Abu----father of - mother of) followed by the name of the eldest son; if there is no male offspring then the "Abu" or "Umm" is followed by the name of the eldest daughter. It is prohibited to have the same Kunya as the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, e.g. It is not permitted to call someone "Abul Qasim". Sahi Bukhari, Hadith 205, Vol. 8. Sahi Muslim, Kitab ul-Adab.
KUSUF: Solar eclipse. There is a special Eclipse Salat (prayer) which lasts as long as the eclipse itself.