Sunday, October 23, 2016

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #111

We all have that one friend:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Once in a while we come across a friend or a relative who with his continuous requests / asking / calling puts us in a spot where we cannot refuse and have to comply with their request.

We should be careful not to make abrupt requests which will cause discomfort, annoyance or embarrassment to the one being requested. Sometimes the requester will not be offended if his request is denied; but such abrupt requests tend to shift the weight of the responsibility / blame upon the one being requested, where they sometimes feel cornered into doing it.

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:

And it is known that if someone were to give you a gift or gave you something out of modesty and bashfulness, then you should not accept it from him, because this is like he was impelled to do it. This is why the scholars’ رحمهم الله have said: it is forbidden for you to accept a gift from a person if you know that he is giving it to you only out of modesty or bashfulness.

Similarly, if you were to pass by a house and its owner invites you in, and you know that he did this out of modesty and bashfulness, then you should not enter it because this is like the one who did it out coercion. This is from the etiquette of attending the gathering, which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم legislated upon his Ummah that one should not make his brother get up from his place do that he can occupy it.

[Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (4/350-351)]

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Scaring the children: a means for Jinn possessions

A very important point

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:

Some of the foolish, ignorant people, lacking intelligence, scare their small innocent children and frighten them by saying: so-and-so (monster) will come (and take you), or so-and-so will (do such-and-such to you in the darkness). So the child gets scared and this fear and anxiety remains in his heart, and this becomes permanent in his heart so that he is constantly in anxiety, fear and distress.

Sometimes it is the father who scares his son and sometimes it is the mother who scares her son and daughter.

But the most foolish ones are those who tell us that when a child does something wrong (then as punishment) he should be locked inside his room, alone. And even when he shouts and screams they do not feel sorry for him nor do they open the door.

And this is one of the means by which a Jinn overpowers (and possesses) the child. This was conveyed by one of the Jinns who had possessed a child and said that he entered in him when his father had locked him inside the room, and he began to shout and scream, and that's when he possessed him.

So we should be alert and take precautions from the things which can become a means for the Jinn to overpower us.

" بيان حقيقة صرع الجن للإنس ؛ مواعظ عامة ومواضيع متفرقة للشيخ محمد بن صالح العثيمين رحمه الله تعالى "

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Seeking forgiveness: the solution to many of our problems

So seek forgiveness for yourself and others who have rights upon you.

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Shaikh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله said:
Al-Istighfaar (seeking Allaah’s forgiveness) removes the slave from doing things which are disliked (by Allaah) towards doing things which are loved (by Allaah); and from actions which are deficient towards actions which are (more) complete; and it raises the slave from the lower status to a status higher than it and more perfect.
[Majmoo` al-Fataawa (11/696)]

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Between Hot and Cold:

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد


As a cure to Ayyoob’s عليه السلام sickness, Allaah تعالى said to him:

﴿ارْكُضْ بِرِجْلِكَ ۖ هَـٰذَا مُغْتَسَلٌ بَارِدٌ وَشَرَابٌ﴾

{“Strike the ground with your foot: This is a spring of water to wash in, cool and a (refreshing) drink.”}
[Surah al-Saad (38): 41]


The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
Fever is from the (intense) heat of the Hell-Fire, so cool it with water.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (3261, 3262, 3263, 3264, 5723, 5724, 5725, 5726) and Saheeh Muslim (5476, 5477, 5478, 5479, 5480, 5482, 5484, 5485)]



It has been authentically reported from Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that he said: One should not eat the food until its steam goes away.
[Sunan al-Baihaqee and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Saheehah (1/748)]


Whenever Asmaa’ bint Abu Bakr رضي الله عنها prepared food, she used to cover it with something till its boil went away (and it had cooled down a bit), and she used to say: I heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم saying: It is for greater blessing.
[Saheeh Ibn Hibaan and Mustadrak of al-Haakim and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee in al-Saheehah (392, 659)]



The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
Refrain from praying (Dhuhr - the noon prayer) till the extreme heat passes away, for the Intensity of heat is from the exhalation of Hell.
[Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (533, 535, 536, 538, 539, 629, 3258, 3259) and Saheeh Muslim (1282, 1284, 1285, 1287, 1288, 1289, 1290, 1291)]

Tafseer: Fasting is not the atonement for breaking the oath

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:
As a Kaffaarah (atonement/expiation) for breaking the oath, a person has been given the option to do one of the three:
1) Feed the poor,
2) or clothe them,
3) or manumit a slave.

A person has the option to do either one of the above three, and only when he is not able to afford it should he fast for three days.

But what has become widespread among the common people is that the Kaffaarah for breaking the oath is to fast three days - and this is wrong.

Therefore it is necessary upon the students of knowledge to make it clear for the people that fasting is not an option for a person who is capable of doing one of the above three (either feeding the poor or clothing them or freeing a slave).

[Tafseer Surah al-Maaidah [(5): 89] of Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen (2/319)]