Friday, March 30, 2018

The most misused/abused phrases

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

The most misused/abused phrases by the people to cover-up their mistakes:

1 "Only Allaah can judge"
2 "You don't know what is in the heart"

The statements are true but they are intentionally applied (to support) a wrong (cause). [This was said by `Alee رضي الله عنه in his reply to the Khawaarij - Saheeh Muslim]

The first statement was uttered by the Khawaarij against `Alee رضي الله عنه. The Khawaarij denied the role of man in making decisions and forming judgments; whereas, we do indeed have court systems and judges to make judgments. [See the long conversation between Ibn `Abbaas and the Khawaarij]

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Levels of al-Yaqeen (Certainty)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

🚩Al-Yaqeen has three levels:

🌟1. Sure Knowledge (علم اليقين)
كَلَّا لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عِلْمَ الْيَقِينِ
{Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge} [Surah al-Takaathur (102): 5]

🌟2. Certainty of Sight (عين اليقين)
ثُمَّ لَتَرَوُنَّهَا عَيْنَ الْيَقِينِ
{And again, you shall see it with certainty of sight!}  [Surah al-Takaathur (102): 7]

🌟3. True (or absolute) Certainty  (حق اليقين)
إِنَّ هَـٰذَا لَهُوَ حَقُّ الْيَقِينِ
{Verily, this! This is an absolute Truth with certainty.} [Surah al-Waaqi`ah (56): 95]

📑Example:
🔴1. Your knowledge that there is water in the valley.
🔵2. Seeing the water with your own eyes.
🔴3. Drinking from that water.

📑Another example:
🔵1. When someone tells you that he has honey and you have no reason to doubt him, this is Certainty.
🔴2. He shows it to you, and this increases your certainty.
🔵3. He lets you taste it, and this is the highest level of Certainty.

📑One more example:
🔴1. Our firm belief in the existence of al-Jannah (Paradise) and al-Naar (Fire) - this is Sure Knowledge.
🔵2. On the Day of Judgment, when the Paradise will be brought near to the righteous, and the (Hell) Fire will be placed in full view of the wrongdoers - this is certainty of sight.
🔴3. When people of the Paradise enter the Paradise and the people of the Fire enter the Fire - on that Day it would be True Certainty.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

There is no substitute for the Sunnah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Do not abandon the Sunnah or substitute it with something YOU might feel is “better”, nor should you abandon it only because YOU could not understand the reason behind it.

Narrated Zaid bin Aslam from his father who said: `Umar bin Al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه addressed the Corner (Black Stone) saying: By Allaah! I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen the Prophet touching (and kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Nurturing the family upon Khair (goodness) and correct Islaamic values

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated Ma`qil: I heard the Prophet saying: There is none amongst the bondsmen who was entrusted by Allaah with the affairs of his subjects and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will not even feel the fragrance of Paradise.
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (7150) and the wordings are his, and Saheeh Muslim (142-22)]

In another narration the wordings are: If any ruler having the authority to rule Muslim subjects dies while he is deceiving them, Allaah will forbid Paradise for him.
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (7151)]

In Saheeh Muslim: There is none amongst the bondsmen who was entrusted with the affairs of his subjects and he died in such a state that he was dishonest in his dealings with those over whom he ruled except that the Paradise is forbidden for him.
📚 [Saheeh Muslim (142-227, 228)]

🌴🌴🌴

🚩 Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله commented:
The intended meaning is not limited to the ruler, or his deputy, or the minister, or the chief of the tribe. Rather, also the man of the house, if he were to die while he had deceived his family, then Allaah will forbid for him the fragrance of Paradise. Those who introduce to their families to things* which corrupts their ethics and which harms their `Aqeedah (Creed), no doubt such people are deceiving their families. So, if they were to die on this condition, We seek Allaah’s refuge from this – it is feared that the fragrance of Paradise will be made forbidden for him. We ask Allaah for our wellbeing and safety.
📚 [التعليق على كتاب السياسة الشرعية ، ص35]

📑 Introducing them to things like satellite channels and cable, music and singing, indecency and vulgarity in speech and actions, etc.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Three Weak Ahaadeeth regarding Surah al-Waaqi`ah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

🚩1. From Ibn Mas`ood that the Prophet is supposed to have said:
Whoever recites Surah al-Waaqi`ah every night would never encounter poverty.
📚 [Graded as “Dha`eef” (Weak) by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Dha`eefah (289). Others who graded this as Weak are al-Dhahabee, Imaam Ahmad, Ibn al-Jawzee, Abu Haatim, al-Daraqutnee, al-Manawee]


🚩2. From Ibn `Abbaas that the Prophet  is supposed to have said:
Whoever recites Surah al-Waaqi`ah every night would never encounter poverty; and whoever recites Surah al-Qiyaamah every night will meet Allaah (on the Day of Judgment) while his face will be (shining) like the moon when it is full.
📚 [Graded as “Mawdhoo`” (Fabricated) by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Dha`eefah (290). Al-Suyootee said, Ahmad al-Yamaamee (in of its narrators) is a liar]


🚩3. From Anas that the Prophet  is supposed to have said:
Whoever recites Surah al-Waaqi`ah and teaches it, will never be recorded among the negligent, and neither he nor his family will suffer poverty.

📚 [Graded as “Mawdhoo`” (Fabricated) by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Dha`eefah (291). Al-Suyootee said, `Abdul-Quddoos (in of its narrators) is abandoned, and Ibn al-Mubaarak said that he was a liar]

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Demolition of the Ka`bah: From the Portents of the Last Hour

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet said:
Dhu as-Suwaiqa-tain* from Ethiopia (Habashah) will demolish the Ka`bah.
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1591, 1596) and Saheeh Muslim (2909-57, 58, 59)]

*Meaning: One with two lean legs

Monday, October 2, 2017

Destruction of the `Arabs: From the Portents of the Last Hour

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد


Authentic Ahaadeeth:

The Prophet said:
People will flee from the Dajjaal seeking shelter in the mountains. Umm Shaarik said: “O Messenger of Allaah! Where will the `Arabs be that day?” He said: They will be few.
[Saheeh Muslim (2945-125)]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Fiqh of passing by the graves of the Kuffaar

(And yes it means no RIP prayers for them)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Al-Baihaqee reported on the authority of `Aamer Ibn Sa`d, that his father said: A Bedouin came to the Messenger of Allaah and said: “My father used to uphold ties of kinship, and he did such-and-such (mentioning his acts of kindness), so where is he?” The Prophet said: He is in the Fire. The Bedouin found it difficult to bear. Then he said: “Where is your father of Messenger of Allaah?” He said: Whenever you pass by the grave of an idolater, give him the tidings of Hell-fire.

The Bedouin later became Muslim, and he said: “The Messenger of Allaah gave me a difficult task. I never passed the grave of an idolater but I gave him the tidings of Hell-fire.”

[Shaikh al-Albaanee said in Saheeh al-Seerah: reported by al-Baihaqee in “al-Dalaail” (1/191-192), and also reported by al-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (326), as well as by al-Dhiyaa’ al-Maqdasee in “al-Mukhtaarah” (1005) and its chain is “Saheeh” See al-Saheehah (18)]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #115

From the Etiquettes of Greeting

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

857 - Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported: The Messenger of Allaah said: A rider should greet a pedestrian; a pedestrian should greet the one who is sitting; and a small group should greet a large group (of people). [Agreed upon]

In another narration of Saheeh al-Bukhaaree it is: The young should greet the elderly. [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (6231, 6232, 6233) and Saheeh Muslim (2160)]
  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The outstanding attributes of al-Firqatun-Naajiyah (the Saved Sect)

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Question: What are the most outstanding attributes of al-Firqatun-Naajiyah (the Saved Sect)? And does a shortcoming in any of these attributes remove a person from the Saved Sect?

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
The most outstanding attributes of the Saved Sect are adherence to the path of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in beliefs, worship, character and conduct – one finds that the Saved Sect is distinguished in all these four aspects:

In beliefs, one finds them holding fast to what is proven by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم sincerely declaring the Tawheed (Oneness) of Allaah in matters of worship, Lordship, and His Names and Attributes.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Celebrating Birthdays (summary):

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is considered as an act of Bid`ah because those who celebrate birthdays mark it as a special occasion. [Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen, Shaikh al-Fawzaan, The Lajna and others]

People celebrate it annually, making it like a third Eid after Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adh-haa. The word Eid is derived from `Aada, Yu`eed (return, repeat). It is thus called Eid because it returns every year.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: When the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم came to Madeenah, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He صلى الله عليه وسلم asked: What are these two days (what is the significance)? They said: “We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islaamic period.” The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Allaah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice (Yaum al-Nahr) and the day of the breaking of the fast (Yaum al-Fitr).
📚 [Sunan Abu Dawood (1134) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The two days which the people marked as special days for playing games and having fun and were not considered by them as acts of worship, yet these days were replaced by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم with the days of Eid.

Celebrating birthdays is like self-glorification.

It is an act adopted from the pagans. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: You will indeed follow the ways of those before you... (meaning: the Jews and Christians) [Saheehain]

It is imitating the Kuffaar. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: Whoever imitates a people then he is one of them. [Sunan Abu Dawood (4031) and graded as “Hasan-Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did not celebrate his birthday at all during his lifetime nor did he ever order it to be celebrated, and nor did he teach such to his Companions.

The rightly-guided caliphs and all the Companions did not celebrate it. They were the most knowledgeable of the people concerning the Prophet's Sunnah and they are the most beloved to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

We have books of History (Taareekh) and biographies like al-Bidaayah wal-Nihaayah, Siyar A`laam al-Nubalaa’, Taareekh Damishq, in which dates of birth and death of major personalities have been recorded, which means that marking dates were done even in the past, but none celebrated their birthdays.

The same ruling will be applied on "mother's day", "father's day", "Hijaab day" etc.


And Allaah is the One Who grants success.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Laymen should avoid engaging into politics:

When politics is involved, it is better to restrain your tongues, particularly when it will lead to discord:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Narrated Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه:
I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allaah's Messenger . I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the second, then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. I would be killed).
📚 [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (120)]


Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
What is evident from this Hadeeth is Abu Hurairah learned two types of knowledge from the Prophet صلى الله عله وسلم. One type of knowledge is related with the Sharee`ah, which he رضي الله عنه informed, explained and propagated.

As for the second, then it was related with the Khilaafah (Caliphate). It was as if he رضي الله عنه was scared of the Fitnah (that would arise because of it) which would engulf him and others. This is why he delayed it. We do not say that he hid (the knowledge), because he did not wait till his last breath to speak about it. Rather, he had spoken about it earlier in his life, and thereafter he may have delayed speaking about it till there was no fear of the Fitnah arising because of it.
📚 [Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1/319)]


🎓 In Fath al-Baaree, Ibn Hajar رحمه الله said:
❝(The knowledge which Abu Hurairah deferred from speaking about), scholars took this to refer to those Ahaadeth in which the names of the tyrant rulers, their condition, and their era are mentioned. Abu Hurairah used to refer to some of them with nicknames, and would not speak about them openly, fearing for himself. Like he used to say: “I seek Allaah’s refuge from the starting of the 60th year (of Hijrah) and the leadership of the youth”, referring  to the Khilaafah of Yazeed Ibn Mu`aawiyah, as he came to power in the 60th year of Hijrah. And Allaah تعالى accepted his Du`aa, and he died a year before (Yazeed became the ruler).❞ 
📚[Fath al-Baari  (1/216)]


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Removing the Doubts: “Not all Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir”

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Some of the Western speakers misinterpret the Aayah # 105 of Surah al-Baqarah to support their claim that not all Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir. Among such people who spread this misunderstanding are Nouman Ali Khan, Hamza Yusuf and others.

NOTE: This is a 4 part response to the claim that “not all Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir” which were posted as different posts on Facebook over the years.

🌴🌴🌴

PART 1:

Explanation of Surah al-Baqarah (2), Aayah (105) by Shaikh Ibn al`Uthaymeen رحمه الله:

For those who have already watched that (in)famous 3 minute clip of Nouman Ali Khan where he used his logic to conclude that not ALL Ahl al-Kitaab are Kaafir, this is the response from Shaikh al-`Uthaymeen's Tafseer.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fitnah & the Muslim's stance Before, During and After it

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

In the Qur’aan, Allaah تعالى mentioned that Moosaa عليه السلام said:

﴿قَالَ رَبِّ لَوْ شِئْتَ أَهْلَكْتَهُم مِّن قَبْلُ وَإِيَّايَ ۖ أَتُهْلِكُنَا بِمَا فَعَلَ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَّا ۖ إِنْ هِيَ إِلَّا فِتْنَتُكَ تُضِلُّ بِهَا مَن تَشَاءُ وَتَهْدِي مَن تَشَاءُ ۖ أَنتَ وَلِيُّنَا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۖ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْغَافِرِينَ﴾

{He (Moosaa عليه السلام) said: O my Lord, if it had been Your Will, You could have destroyed them and me before; would You destroy us for the deeds of the foolish ones among us? IT IS ONLY YOUR TRIAL BY WHICH YOU LEAD ASTRAY WHOM YOU WILL, AND KEEP GUIDED WHOM YOU WILL. You are our Wali (Protector), so forgive us and have Mercy on us, for You are the Best of those who forgive.} [Surah al-A`raaf (7): 155]


🌟 A) THE MUSLIM’S STANCE BEFORE THE APPEARANCE OF FITAN:

🚩 1. Supplicating earnestly and seeking Allaah’s refuge:
i)                 Beseeching Allaah for guidance.
ii)               Seeking forgiveness.
iii)             Asking Allaah for Paradise and protection from Hell.
iv)             Asking for safety and wellbeing in this world and Hereafter.
v)               Asking for firmness in the Deen.
vi)             Asking Allaah for His continuous favors and protection from His favors ever declining.
vii)          Seeking Allaah’s refuge from calamities, evil end, bad fate, and the malicious joy of the enemies. [This Du`aa is reported in Saheehain]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Feminism and enjoining good & forbidding evil

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

There is this notion that guidance given to a woman by a man is almost inherently misogynistic. Many times I find women offended at the very idea of a man offering guidance and it’s even more so if his guidance relates to a women’s issue or command that is particular to women. We, the majority of people (male and female) have ego problems that make us view advice as intrusive, uncalled for and generally, rude. We need to actively seek to overcome our Nafs in this regard. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen on following the Imaam even if he exceeds 11 Rak`aat

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen on praying Taraaweeh with two Imams in one Masjid even if they pray more than 11 Rak`aat.

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

QUESTION (806): What about the one who prayed Taraweeh with the first Imaam and leaves and says: “I will receive the reward for praying the whole night because of the Hadeeth: If a man prays with the Imaam until he leaves, that will be counted for him as if he spent the whole night in prayer, because I had started with the (first) Imaam and finished with him?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Was Aadam عليه السلام a Prophet or not?

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

QUESTION:

If Aadam عليه السلام was a Prophet, then why was Nooh عليه السلام mentioned first in the following Aayah:

﴿إِنَّا أَوْحَيْنا إِلَيْكَ كَما أَوْحَيْنا إِلى نُوحٍ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ﴾

{Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Nooh and the prophets after him.} [Surah al-Nisaa’ (4): 163], while Aadam عليه السلام was not mentioned?


ANSWER:

#1: The reason for the revelation of this Aayah:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weakness of the Hadeeth: to say "Baarak Allahu feek" when a child sneezes

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Before proceeding, please note that this post is only to discuss the weakness of the Hadeeth and nothing further. Please do not assume that this post is against Shaikh Saaleh al-Fawzaan حفظه الله.

It is being circulated that Shaykh Saalih al Fawzaan (May Allaah protect him and elevate his status) said:

As for the young (child), if he sneezes, it is not said to him: “May Allaah have mercy on you” (Yarhamuka-llaah) rather the person supplicates for him with blessings. Therefore it is said (to the child): “Baarak Allaahu Feek” (May Allaah bless you) because a young child sneezed in the company of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and he said: "Baarak Allaahu Feek".

As collected by Al Hafidh As Salafee

And he (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) commanded the young child to praise Allaah whenever he sneezes from the viewpoint of teaching.

[شرح منظومة اآلداب الشرعية (280)]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Scrutinize before narrating

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

It is reported on the authority of Yazeed bin Mujaalid al-Mu`abbarah: I heard Yahya bin Ma`een رحمه الله saying:

When you write, gather (everything); and when you narrate, scrutinize (verify it before narrating).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Anger Management

Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control


بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

All praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allaah and his family and companions.

To proceed:

The discussion for today is regarding one of the many characteristics which have an apparent (and direct) effect on how we deal with others and for which one needs to control (before it causes) harm. Our discussion is about anger, which is one of the characteristics of a human being, and it is divided into two categories:

1. Anger which is Praiseworthy
2. Anger which is Blameworthy