Bi Rahmatika, Ya Arhammu Rahimeen

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ya Allah, we ask you to set us free from Hellfire. Ya Allah, we ask you to free us, our mothers, our fathers, our spouses, our children, those who love us for Your sake and those whom we love for Your sake!

The Salaf on Loving & Hating for The Sake of Allah

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

1. 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab [RadiAllahu anhu] said:

“If one of you is blessed with affection from his brother, he should hold onto that as tightly as possible, as it is quite rare for one to be blessed with this.”

2.  'Umar
[RadiAllahu anhu] also said:

“Nobody is given anything besides his Islam better than a righteous friend.”

3. 'Alee Ibn Abee Taalib
[RadiAllahu anhu] said:
"Tend to your brothers, as they are your sustenance in this world and the next. Do you not hear the saying of the people of Hell:

["Now, we have neither intercessors nor close friends to help us!"] [ash-Shu'ara'; 100-1]?"

4. 'Abdullah Ibn 'Umar
[RadiAllahu anhum] said:
"By Allah, if I fasted all day without eating, prayed all night without sleeping, spent all of my wealth in the Path of Allah, died the day I died, but had no love in my heart for those who obey Allah, and no hatred in my heart for those who disobey Allah, none of this would benefit me in the least."

5. 'Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud [RadiAllahu anhu] said:
"If a man were to stand for seventy years worshipping Allah between the Yemeni Corner and the Maqam of Ibrahim (at the Ka'bah), he would still be resurrected on the Day of Judgement with those whom he loved."

6. Ibn as-Sammak [Rahimahullah ta'aala] said on his deathbed:
"O Allah! You Know that, even if I had disobeyed You, I loved those who obeyed You! So, make this for me a means of nearness to You!"

7. Mujaahid
[RadiAllahu anhu] said:
"Those who love each other for Allah’s Sake, when they smile at each other, their sins fall from each other, just as the leaves fall from a tree before the winter."

8. al-Ghazzali said, commenting on the saying of the Prophet [SalAllahu alayhi wa salam]: "The strongest bond of faith is to love for Allah and to hate for Allah":

"Because of this, it is a must that a person have those that he hates for Allah’s Sake, just as he has friends and brothers that he loves for Allah’s Sake."

9. Abu Hurayrah [RadiAllahu anhu] said:
"The slave will be brought between the Hands of Allah – the Exalted – on the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will Say to him: "Did you love one of my awliya, so that I can join you with him?""

10.  Al-Hasan Al-Basri
[RadiAllahu anhu] said:
"Being harsh against a fasiq brings you closer to Allah – the Exalted."

 ['Ihya' 'Ulum ad-Diin By Al-Ghazzali: 2/195 onwards]

Iqra! Bismi Rabbik Al-Ladhi Khalaq!

Monday, October 19, 2009

1. Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists),
2. Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
3. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,
4. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen [the first person to write was Prophet Idrees (Enoch)],
5. Has taught man that which he knew not.
6. Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.).
7. Because he considers himself self-sufficient.
8. Surely! Unto your Lord is the return.
9. Have you (O Muhammad SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) seen him (i.e. Abû Jahl) who prevents,
10. A slave (Muhammad SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) when he prays?
11. Tell me, if he (Muhammad (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) is on the guidance (of Allah)?
12. Or enjoins piety?
13. Tell me if he (the disbeliever, Abû Jahl) denies (the truth, i.e. this Qur'ân), and turns away?
14. Knows he not that Allah does see (what he does)?
15. Nay! If he (Abû Jahl) ceases not, We will catch him by the forelock,
16. A lying, sinful forelock!
17. Then, let him call upon his council (of helpers),
18. We will call the guards of Hell (to deal with him)!
19. Nay! (O Muhammad SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)! Do not obey him (Abû Jahl). Fall prostrate and draw near to Allâh!
[Al-Alaq: 1-19] 

The Tawbah of Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyaad

Adh-Dhahabî describes Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd as an Imâm, an example, and Shaykh Al-Islaam.

He is renowned as one of the pious Salaf, and many wise and inspiring statements are related from him. Allâh have mercy on him. Here is the story of how he made tawbah.

Al-Fadl Ibn Mûsâ reports:
Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd used to be a highway robber, between Abyûrd and Sarkhas. He was in love with a girl, and the cause of his repentance was that he was once climbing a wall to meet her when he heard someone reciting the following verse:

"Has not the time come for those who believe, that their hearts should be humbled and submitted (to Allah)…?  [Al-Hadeed: 16]

When he heard this, Al-Fudayl said, “Indeed my Lord, it is time.” 

So he left, and seeking a night’s shelter he found himself at some ruins, and there he saw some travelers. Some of them said, “We should move on.” Others said, “Wait until morning, Al-Fudayl operates in this area, he will rob us.” Al-Fudayl said, “So I thought and said to myself: I spend the night in sin and there are some Muslims here who fear me; I think that Allah only led me to them so that I might take lesson and stop what I am doing. O Allah! I have repented, and as part of my tawbah I will live next to Al-Bayt Al-Harâm (in Makkah).”

-Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` in his biography of Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd.

The Beauty of Ilm on the Body

Al-Hasan Al-Basri [Rahimahullah ta'aala] said:

"When a man sought knowledge, it would not be long before it could be seen in his humbleness, his sight, upon his tongue and his hands, in his prayer, in his speech and in his disinterest (zuhd) in worldly allurements. And a man would acquire a portion of knowledge and put it into practice, and it would be better for him than the world and all it contains – if he owned it he would give it in exchange for the hereafter."
-Ibn Al-Mubârak, Al-Zuhd wal-Raqâ`iq Vol.1 p.156

Lusts & Calamities

"He whom Allah has predestined to enter Paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from calamities; and he whom Allah has predestined to enter the Hellfire, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from lusts."
- Ibn Qayyim

If Words Could Kill..

"Indeed, our words will remain dead until we are killed for them, whereupon our words will spring to life."

The Majesty of the Moon Lights up the World...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Once the Prophet (salAllahu 'alaihi wa salam) was sitting in a room with Aisha and fixing his shoes. It was very warm, and Aisha looked to his blessed forehead and noticed that there were beads of sweat on it. She became overwhelmed by the majesty of that sight. She was staring at him long enough for him to notice. 
                                               He said, "What's the matter?"
She replied, "If Abu Bukair Al Huthali, the poet, saw you, he would know that his poem was written for you."
The Prophet (salAllahu 'alaihi wa salam) asked, "What did he say?"
She replied, "Abu Bukair said that if you looked to the majesty of the moon, it twinkles and lights up the world for everybody to see."
So the Prophet (salAllahu 'alaihi wa salam) got up, walked to Aisha, kissed her between the eyes, and said, "Wallahi ya 'Aishah, you are like that to me and more."

[This was narrated in Dala'el Al-Nubuwa for Imam Abu Nu'aim with isnad including Imam Bukhari and Imam Ibn Khuzaina.]

Qalbi Saleem

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"And disgrace me not on the Day when (all the creatures) will be resurrected;
The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail,
Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart.
And Paradise will be brought near to the Muttaqûn 
And the (Hell) Fire will be placed in full view of the erring."
[Surah Shu'ara: 87-91] 

Virtues of the Believer

"And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing. And those who say: "Our Lord! Avert from us the torment/punishment of (the) Hell. Verily! Its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment. Evil indeed it is as an abode and as a place to dwell." 
[Surah Furqaan: 64-66]

In the Bellies of Green Birds

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"The Heavens are Their Blankets and the Ground is Their Mattress. Indeed, they Are the Abu Bakr's of Today, the Sa'ad Ibn Abi Waqqas' of Tomorrow. Na'am, They are My Brothers, the Lions of Tawheed."
-Umm Thuraiyyah al-Mujaahida 


"They want to know where the Abu Bakr's of this Generation are? Where are the Sa'ad Ibn Abi Waqqas' of this Ummah?! Where, Ya Ikhwaan wa Akhawaati, are the Mus'ab Ibn Umayr's of Our Time?!" 

Neither Oppressed Nor Silenced

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Yes, I refuse to allow those who cannot know my reality to paint me as a cardboard cut-out, an oppressed, submissive, silenced relic of the Dark Ages. I am not a stereotype and, InshaAllah, I never will be."
-Naima B. Roberts

Path to Jannah

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"But as for him who feared standing before his Rabb and restrained himself from impure evil desires and lusts. Verily, al-Jannah will be his abode."
[Surah Naazi'aat: 40-41]

The Position Of the Salaf On Fleeing From the People of Desires/Innovations ["So Flee Unto Allah.." 51:50]

Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd (d. 175H) said, "If I saw a person of desires (innovations) walking upon the water I would not accept from him." So Imaam Shafi'i then said, "He (Al-Layth) has fallen short. If I saw him (the innovator) walking in the air, I would not accept from him."
(Reported by As-Suyooti in Al-Amr bil-Ittibaa' wan-Nahee 'anil-Ibtidaa')

Al-Fudayl Ibn 'Iyaad (d. 187H) said, "Whoever sits with a person of innovation, then beware of him and whoever sits with a person of innovation has not been given wisdom. I love that there was a fort of iron between me and a person of innovation. That I eat with a Jew or Christian is more beloved to me than that I eat with a person of innnovation."
(Reported by al-Laalikaa'ee, No. 1149)

Al-Fudayl Ibn 'Iyaad also said, "I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid accompanying the people of innovation."
(Reported by al-Laalikaa'ee in Sharh Usool il-I'tiqaad, No. 267.)

Ibraheem Ibn Maysarah said, "Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islaam."
(Reported by al-Laalikaa'ee, 1/39)

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H) said, "Whoever listens to an innovator has left the protection of Allah and is entrusted with the innovation."
(Reported by Abu Nu'aym in Al-Hilyah, 7/26 & Ibn Battah, No. 444)

Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) said, "How evil are the people of innovation, we do not give them salaam."
(Reported by al-Baghawee in Sharh us-Sunnah, 1/234)

When Sulaymaan at-Taymee (d. 143H) became ill, he cried intensely and it was said to him, "What makes you cry, the apprehension of death?" He said, "No, but I passed by a Qadariyy and gave salaam to him - and I fear my Lord will hold me to account for it."
(Reported by Abu Nu'aym in Al-Hilyah, 3/32 & Ibn al-Jawzee in Talbees-Iblees p. 13-14)

To Be Continued InshaAllah

The Beauty of Islaam

"And indeed when we heard the Guidance (this Qur'ân), we believed therein (Islâmic Monotheism) and whosoever believes in his Lord shall have no fear, either of a decrease in the reward of his good deeds or an increase in punishment for his sins."
[Surah Jinn: 13]

The Beauty of Tawheed

"Behold! They stood up and said, "Our Lord is the Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth: Never shall we call upon any Ilah Other than Him, if we did, we would have indeed uttered an enormity [in disbelief]!"
[Surah Kahf: 14]

Regarding Those Who Do Not Forbid The Evil

"Say to them, your Salafiyyah will be not be sound whilst [holding that] no one is to be disparaged. Loving for Allaah and hating for Allaah and allegiance for Allaah and enmity for Allaah - if a person is devoid of these four matters, then that means that his Islaam is weak. And the Messenger, SalAllahu alayhi wa salam said, "Whomsoever amongst you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he is not able, then [let him change it] with his tongue [by speaking against it with knowledge]; and if he is not able, then with his heart [by hating it for Allaah's sake], and that is the weakest of Eemaan." - The weakest of Eemaan is that you forbid falsehood with your heart. However as for the one who does not forbid falsehood with his heart, then where is the Eemaan in his heart?!! Meaning that his Eemaan is weak, of no benefit. And we ask Allaah for pardon and good health and Allaah is sufficient for us and what a fine trustee He is. "
~Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Yahyaa an-Najmee

Superiority of Islaam

"And the superiority of this Deen of Ours over all the Deens of Falsehood is like that of the Mujaahid in shining armour, riding and fighting, day and night, under the Black Flag compared to the imposter wrapped in aluminium foil who is not even able to tame his riding beast."
-Umm Thuraiyyah Al-Mujaahida

This is the Sunnah - Stick Fast To It and You Will Be Safe. Taking It Is Guidance and Abandoning It Is Going Astray

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Al-Qaadee Abul-Husain Muhammad Ibn Abee Ya'laa said: "I read to Al-Mubarak saying to him, "'Abdul Azeez Al-Azjee informed us: 'Alee Ibn Bushran informed us: 'Uthmaan, known as Ibn us-Samaak, informed us: al-Hasan Ibn 'Abdul Wahhaab narrated to us: Sulaymaan Ibn Muhammad al-Munqari narrated to us: 'Abdoos Ibn maalik Al-'Attaar narrated to me: I heard Aboo 'Abdullah Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah be pleased with him, saying:

"The Fundamental Principles of the Sunnah with us are:

1. Holding fast to what the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) were upon.

[Rasoolullah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)  said, "Indeed, the Children of Israa'eel split up into 71 sects and my Ummah will split into 73, all of them are in the Fire except one." It was said, "Which one?" He (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)  said, "That which I and my Companions are upon." (Reported by  at-Tirmidhi no. 2792)]

2. Taking them [and their way] as a model to be followed.

['Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood (RadiAllahu anhu) said, "Verily, we emulate and do not initiate and we follow and do not innovate." (Reported by al-Laalikaa'ee in Usool ul-I'tiqaad, 1/86)]

3. The abandonment of innovations and every innovation is misguidance.

[Rasoolullah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)  said, "Every innovation is misguidance and going astray." (Reported by Abu Dawood, No. 4607 & at-Tirmidhi No. 2676 and is Saheeh)]

4. The abandonment of controversies.

5. The abandonment of sitting with the people of Ahwaa (desires).

[Al-Fudayl Ibn 'Iyaad (d. 187H) said, "I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid from accompanying the People of Innovation." (Reported by al-Laalikaa'ee, No. 267.)]

[Sufyaan ath-Thawree (d. 161H) said, "Whoever listens to an innovator has left the protection of Allah and is entrusted with inovation." (Reported by Abu Nu'aym in Al-Hilyah, 7/26 & Ibn Battah, No.444)]\

6. And the Abandonment of quarelling, argumentation and controversy in the Religion."

[Imaam as-Saaboonee (d.449H) said about Ahlus-sunnah, "They follow the Salafus-Saalih, the Imaams and the Scholars of the Muslims and they cling to the firm Deen that they clung to and to the clear Truth. And they hate Ahlul-Bid'ah (the People of Innovation) who innovate into the Deen that which is not from it. They do not listen to their sayings, nor sit with them, nor argue with them about the Deen, nor debate with them. Rather, they protect their ears from hearing their futility, things which if they pass through the ears and settle in the hearts, will cause harm and cause doubts and wicked ideas to appear. And concerning this, Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, sent down:

"And when you see people engaged in vain discourse about Our Signs, then turn away from them unless they turn to a different theme." [Soorah al-An'aam: 68]

7. And the Sunnah with us are the aathaar (narrations) of the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam).

[Hassaan Ibn Atiyyah (d.120H) said, "Jibreel (alayhi salaam) used to descend upon the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)  with the Sunnah just as he used to descend with the Qur'aan." (Reported in Ash-Sharh wal-Ibaanah of Ibn battah, p. 128 and in the Majmoo'ul-Fataawaa of Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, 3/336)]

...To be Continued InshaAllah...

The Virtues of Knowledge & Action

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"All Humans Are Dead Except Those Who Have Knowledge...And All Those Who Have Knowledge Are Asleep Except For Those Who Do Good Deeds..And Those Who Do Good Deeds Are Deceived Except Those Who Are Sincere...And Those Who Are Sincere Are Always In A State Of Worry."

~Imam Shafi'i [Rahimahullah ta'ala]

Love of Our Beloved Rasool (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)

"As There Is No Darkness In The Moonlight. So Is Mustafa (Muhammad), The Well Wisher, Bright."
- Abu Bakr as-Sideeq (radiAllahu anhu)

Shaytaan's Assault on Mankind

"The Foolish One Speaks To Me With All Ugliness
And I Hate To Respond to Him

He Increases In His Foolishness While I Increase In My Forbearance
Like The ‘Oud Which Intensifies Its Sweet Scent the More It Is Burnt."

-Imam Shafi'i (Rahimahullah ta'ala] 

Fear of Allah [Subhana wa Ta'ala]

“Man’s Fear of Allah is Equal to His Knowledge of Him and His Renunciation of the Life of This World is Equal to His Desire of the Hereafter. Whoever Acts According to What He Knows, Allah will Make Him Successful in What He Doesn’t Know. And Whoever Is Ill-tempered Disgraces His Honour, Religion and Generosity.”
~Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyaad

Islaam, Imaan & Ihsaan

On the authority of 'Umar ibn Khattab (radi allahu anhu), who said:

"One day while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam), there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and his hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam). Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said, "O, Muhammad, tell me about Islaam." The Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, "Islaam is to testify that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadhaan and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so." He said, "You have spoken rightly." And we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly. He said, "Then tell me about eemaan." He (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, "It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His messengers and the Last Day and to believe in Divine Destiny, both the good and the evil thereof. He said, "You have spoken rightly." He said, "Then tell me about Ihsaan." He (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, "It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him and while your see Him not, yet truly, He sees you." He said, "Then tell me about the Hour." He (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, "The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner." He said, "Then tell me about its signs." He (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, "That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked destitute herdsman competing in constructing lofty buildings." Then he (the man) took off and I stayed for a time. Then he (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, "O, 'Umar, do you know who the questioner was?" I said, "Allah and His messenger know best." He (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, " It was Jibreel, who came to you to teach you your religion."

[Related by Muslim]

Aqeedah and the Doctrine of Tawheed

Friday, October 2, 2009

"Indeed, we praise Allah and ask for His forgiveness. We [constantly] seek His pardon and to Him we repent. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and from our actions. Whomever Allah guides then there is none that can lead him astray; and whomever Allah leads astray then there is no guide for him. I bear witness that there is no Deity worthy of worship except Allah alone, having no partners. I further bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger."

(Allah subhana wa ta'ala sent Muhammad (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) with the religion of Truth so that it can prevail over all other religions, even if the pagans dislike it. May Allah send peace, praise and blessings upon him, his family, companions and followers until the Day of Judgement)

"Oh You who believe! Fear Allah as he should be feared and die not except in a state of Islam [as Muslims with complete submission to Allah subhana wa ta'ala]." [Aal 'Imraan: 102]

"Oh Mankind! be dutiful to your Lord, who created you from a single soul and from him created his wife and from them both He created many men and women. And Fear Allah from whom you demand your mutual rights and do not cut the relations of the womb [kinship]. Surely, Allah is Ever an All-watcher over you." [Nisaa': 1]

"Oh You who believe! Keep your duty to Allah, Fear Him and speak always the Truth." [Ahzaab: 70]

The Meaning of Aqeedah...

"Linguistically, the word aqeedah, comes from the word al-aqd which means to be firm upon something. Aqeedah is what a person holds as his religion and being firm upon that which he holds. So we can say that aqeedah is a belief and an affirmation of something within the heart and the action upon that which is in the heart. The meaning of aqeedah in the sharee'ah is: the belief in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, in the Last Day and the belief in Qadr(divine decree), the good of it and the bad of it. These are the basic tenets of eemaan (faith). And if you wish, here, you may refer back to the famous hadith of Jibreel (alayhi salaam).

The Doctrine of Tawheed...

Tawheed is the firmest stronghold leading towards Muslim unity. After having been divided, Allah subhana wa ta'ala united and joined our hearts after separation. Through this doctrine of tawheed [which will be explained shortly] we became One Ummah [nation] with one belief and One purpose in Life. This is the source of the might of the Muslim Ummah and our happiness and existence are wholly dependent upon it.

"Linguistically, the word tawheed comes from the word 'wah-ada' which means to make something 'waahid,' to make something singular. Therefore, waahid is the opposite of two, three, etc. and the opposite of plurality. So essentially, waahid is something that will continue to be singular and never a partner of something else. As for the Sharee'ah definition, tawheed means to single out Allah in all forms of worship, so that you make all of your worship for Allah alone."

And Allah subhana wa ta'ala says in the Qur'an [a translation of the meaning]:

"I did not create the Jinn and Mankind except to worship me [Alone]." [Dhaariyat: 56]

He, subhana wa ta'ala, also says what means:

"So call on Allah, making the religion entirely for Him, even if the disbelievers detest it." [Ghaafir: 14]

[Source: Duroos min al-Qur'aan al-Kareem [pgs. 11-12] by our Shaykh Saalih ibn Abdillaah al-Fawzaan]

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we must strive, with a true and sincere striving, bi'idhnillah [by the grace of Allah], to single out Allah in all our forms of worship and to abandon the worship of anything else or for the sake of anything else, whether it is to be seen by others or other than that.