The Importance of Individual Analyzing Oneself in Ramadhaan

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Supplications That Protect The Believer Against All Forms of Harm – A Weapon Against The Recent Bout of Hate Crimes Against Muslims

In light of the recent appearance of hate crimes against Muslims in various countries, we felt the need to remind our Muslim brothers and sisters of the importance of protecting themselves by way of a number of daily supplications, which were taught to us by our beloved Messenger Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam. The purpose of this document is not to list all the supplications which a Muslim should regularly mention throughout the day, rather, it is a reminder that our beloved Messenger ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam has given his followers a means by which they can protect themselves from all forms of harm. Hence, it is critical that our brothers and sisters memorize these supplications, and teach them to their families in order to:

  1. Remind them of tawḥīd and its importance in the life of the Muslim;
  2. Strengthen their relationship with their Lord and allow them to gain greater consciousness of Him;
  3. Promote adherence to the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam and increase their knowledge of His teachings;
  4. Provide them with the greatest form of protection possible, which is the fortification provided by the Lord of the world!

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Supplications That Protect The Believer Against All Forms of Harm – A Weapon Against The Recent Bout of Hate Crimes Against Muslims

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

In light of the recent appearance of hate crimes against Muslims in various countries, we felt the need to remind our Muslim brothers and sisters of the importance of protecting themselves by way of a number of daily supplications, which were taught to us by our beloved Messenger Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam. The purpose of this document is not to list all the supplications which a Muslim should regularly mention throughout the day, rather, it is a reminder that our beloved Messenger ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam has given his followers a means by which they can protect themselves from all forms of harm. Hence, it is critical that our brothers and sisters memorize these supplications, and teach them to their families in order to:

  1. Remind them of tawḥīd and its importance in the life of the Muslim;
  2. Strengthen their relationship with their Lord and allow them to gain greater consciousness of Him;
  3. Promote adherence to the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam and increase their knowledge of His teachings;
  4. Provide them with the greatest form of protection possible, which is the fortification provided by the Lord of the world!

 

Lessons From The Hadith of Mu’aadh, “O Mu’aadh By Allah Indeed I Love You

 

Lessons From The Hadīth of Mu’ādh, “O Mu’ādh By Allāh Indeed I Love You…”

 

Beautifying Ones Faith in The Blessed Month of Ramadan.

 

Beautifying Ones Faith in The Blessed Month of Ramadan

Beautifying Ones Faith In The Blessed Month Of Ramadan

Beautifying Ones Faith in The Blessed Month of Ramadan

Once You Enter Jannah, You Will Forget The Difficulties Of This Life by Abū Ismā’īl Mustafa George

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Qur noble brother Abū Ismā’īl Mustafa George (حفظه الله) compiled a beautiful article regarding being patient upon the difficulties and trials faced in this life. This short reminder offers solace to the believer and soothes the troubled soul with the āyāt of our Lord and aḥādīth of our beloved Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), which assure us that these afflictions will not last forever and would be compensated with eternal bliss in the Hereafter.

An excerpt taken from the article ~

“This ḥadīth is an excellent reminder for our brothers and sisters who are constantly distressed by the trials of this life. A reminder that their hardships will one day ease and be forgotten; that for the sincere believer there will come a time when suffering and adversity will be replaced with the sweet taste of Paradise which Allāh has promised those who believe in Him and die upon Tawḥīd.”

 

Read The Article  HERE

Shaikh al Gudayaan Rahimahullah’s Advise The Parent Should Possess Exemplary Character.

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Important Message to All Muslim Parents

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Important Message to All Muslim Parents.

Allah The Most High mentioned the affair of our families in His Glorious Book when He said:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ

O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.

[At-Tahrim:verse 6]

During the blessed month of Ramadan it was witnessed that Muslim parents were very keen on making sure their children woke before fajr in order to feed them food that would nourish them during the day .we did so because we feared the long hours they would be fasting ,but what about their long standing in from of Allah on the day of judgement? Do we think of that day? Do we make sure to feed them tawheed,sunnah,eeman and taqwa throughout the year so that they are prepared on that day? some of us rarely wake our children for salat al fajr, but we are only concerned for their wellbeing in Ramadan, but not thereafter?

our Lord said:

إِنَّ الْخَاسِرِينَ الَّذِينَ خَسِرُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ وَأَهْلِيهِمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَلا ذَلِكَ هُوَ الْخُسْرَانُ الْمُبِينُ

Indeed, the losers are the ones who will lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. Unquestionably, that is the manifest loss.”[Az-Zumar:Verse 15]

Mustafa George.

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

 

These are a few excerpts from a book pertaining to the ending of this blessed month of Ramadan. I ask Allah with His wonderful Names and Magnificent Attributes to make this short reading a benefit for the reader and a means of gaining Allah’s pleasure.

 

Chapter: The End of Ramadan

Several narrations related to the merits of this month have proceeded, and from them is that which is recorded in Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, that The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.”

In the narration recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmed there is an additional portion of the same hadith stating:

“…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

The chain of narrations for this additional wording is good (hasan). The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem also said:

“Whoever stands the night of decree (Laylatul Qadr) with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven, and whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.”

An additional wording is recorded in An Nisaee stating: “…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

Later the author states: Forgiveness of sins during this blessed month is conditional to the preservation of what one is instructed to preserve (i.e. Fulfilling the orders of Allah, and abstaining from what is forbidden). The majority (jemhoor) of the scholars hold that this expiation of sin is specifically referring to minor sins. This is because of the hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, that The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- stated:

“The five daily prayers, Friday prayer to the following Friday prayer, and Ramadan to the following Ramadan are expiations for sins as long as one abstains from major sins.”

The author later states: (Some scholars held a different view) Ibn Munthir mentioned pertaining to Laylatul Qadr: “It is hoped that the major and minor sins are all forgiven”

But the majority hold that one must make sincere repentance from all major sins ( in order for them to be expiated).

The aforementioned hadith of Abu Hurairah informs that those three elements mentioned within the hadith are an expiation for past sins. Therefore, it is understood (after combining all the hadiths related to Laylatul Qadr) that one receives this expiation of sins even if one was unaware of the specific night of Laylatul Qadr. And as for the fasting of Ramadan, then one receives this expiation upon the commencing of the month. It is also said that one receives expiation for the fasting of Ramadan the last night of the month. The proof for this is what is recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad on the authority of Abu Hurairah who said: Those fasting will be forgiven the last night in Ramadan. The people said: Oh Messenger of Allah, will this take place on Laylatul Qadr? The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- responded: “No, verily the worker receives his pay upon completion of his duties”

The author later states: Az Zuhree used to mention: On the day of Fitr (eid), once the people gather to perform the prayer Allah will look at them and say:

“Oh my servants, verily for Me you fasted, and for Me you stood in prayer! Return (to your homes), indeed your sins are forgiven.”

The author later states: The person who fasts and performs all other obligatory actions is from the best servants of Allah. And those who are negligent in fulfilling their obligations and do not give Allah His full due, then woe be to them. If the individual who deals unjustly with the scales (Mutaffif) in this worldly life is warned of a terrible punishment, then what is the case with the individual who deals unjustly with the scales of the hereafter!

(Poetry)

Tomorrow the souls will be granted what they worked for, and the farmers will harvest what they planted. If they did good, then they did so for themselves, and if they did evil, then what terrible actions they have prepared.

The Salaf worked diligently in perfecting their actions and making them faultless, then after that, they showed great concern for acceptance of their actions. They did this because they feared that their actions would be rejected. These are those who give what is incumbent upon them while their hearts are in a state of fear. It is reported that Ali bin Abi Taleb said: Be more concerned that your actions are accepted than your concern of performing the action itself. Did you not hear the statement of Allah:

{Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Mutaqeen (pious)}

Fudalah said: For me to know that Allah has accepted from me an action the size of a mustard seed, is more beloved to me than this world and everything within it. This is because of the statement of Allah:

{Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Mutaqeen (pious)}

Malik bin Dinar said: Fear that an action is not accepted is more difficult than performing the action itself.

‘Ataa as Sulamee stated: The pious fear that their righteous actions were not done sincerely for Allah.

Abdul Azeez ibn Abee Ruwaad said: I have met people very diligent in performing actions, and upon completion of those actions they are faced with sadness in fear of the action being accepted or not. Some Salaf used to say: The people of the past would supplicate 6 months to Allah to allow them to reach the month of Ramadan, and then upon completion of the month, they would again supplicate 6 months (begging) for acceptance of their fast. Some of the Salaf would display sadness on the day of Eid. It was said to them: This is a day of happiness and joy! They would respond: You have spoken the truth, but I am a servant, my Lord has ordered me to perform an action but I am not sure if He will accept it from me or not.

Wahb noticed people laughing on the day of Eid, upon seeing this he stated: If their fast was accepted, then know that this is not the action of those who are grateful, and if it was not accepted, then this is not the action of those who are afraid.

Hasan (al Basri) stated: Indeed Allah has made Ramadan a means of gain for His creation. (Within this month) they race to gain His pleasure through obedience to Him. Some individuals will gain (win), while others will remain back and lose. It is amazing to see a person playing and laughing on a day that the good doers will be rewarded, and the wrong doers will be defeated.

It is reported that Ali bin Abee Talib would call out on the last day of Ramadan: Where is the winner so that we may congratulate him, and where is the loser so that we may give him condolences. Oh winner, we congratulate you! Oh loser, may Allah increase you in your time of calamity!

The author continued to say: The blessed month of Ramadan has within it several means of forgiveness, and from them:

– Feeding the fasting person

– Lightening the burden (work) of the slave

– Remembrance of Allah

It is stated in a hadith: “The one who remembers Allah in Ramadan will have his sins forgiven, and the one who calls on Him will not be disappointed”

(Continued means of forgiveness)

– Seeking forgiveness

– The supplication of the fasting individual is answered during the fast and at the time of breaking it.

There is a narration reported by Abu Hurairah who said: Everyone will be forgiven except the one who rejects. The people asked: Oh Abu Hurairah, who will reject? He responded: The one who does not seek Allah’s forgiveness has rejected.

(continued reasons for forgiveness)

– The Angels will seek forgiveness for the fasting person until they break their fast.

Due to these numerous means of forgiveness during the month of Ramadan, the one who misses this great opportunity has indeed been afflicted with extreme, great lose. The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- climbed the minbar and said:

“Ameen, Ameen, Ameen”

The companions inquired concerning this, and he responded:

“Verily Jabriel approached me and said: Whomsoever reaches the month of Ramadan, but does not have his sins forgiven before his death, he will enter the Hell-fire, and may Allah distance this person” Jabriel then ordered that I say Ameen, so I said Ameen. (Ibn Hiban)

Qatadah said: It used to be said: Whoever does not have his sins forgiven in Ramadan, he will not have his sins forgiven in other than Ramadan (meaning: if one did not take advantage of such great opportunity in Ramadan, more than likely he will not take advantage of any other opportunity). There is also a hadith similar to this, its wording is: “Whoever does not receive forgiveness in Ramadan, then when will he receive forgiveness?”

The author continues to state:

When will a person be forgiven if he is not forgiven in this month?

When will a person’s actions be accepted if they are not accepted on Laylatul Qadr?! When will a person correct their affairs if they can’t correct them in Ramadan?!

When will a person correct themself from the disease of negligence and ignorance?!

The author later says: Indeed the day of Fitr is an Eid (celebration) for the whole Ummah, this is because the sinners who fasted the month will be forgiven and saved from the Hell-fire. When this takes place, the sinners will join with the righteous (on the day of Eid). Just as the day of Nahr (Eid celebrating the conclusion of Hajj) is considered the Great Eid (Eid al Akbar), because before this day is the day of Arafat. There is no day of the year that more people will be freed from the Hell-fire than this day. Therefore, whoever is freed from the Hell-fire during these two times of the year (Ramadan, Dhul Hijjah) enjoys two days of celebration (Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha), and whoever is not freed from the Hell-fire will bear a day of torture.

Due to forgiveness and salvation from the Hell-fire being related to fasting the month of Ramadan and standing in prayer during this month, Allah has ordered that glorification and gratitude are shown to Him upon completion of the month. He said:

{… in order for you to complete the prescribed amount of days and to glorify Allah for guiding you and so that you may show gratitude}

Therefore, one shows gratitude due to the blessing of Allah in allowing one to fast and pray, His assistance to the servant and His forgiveness of their sins, and their salvation from the Hell-fire. Due to all of these blessings, one is instructed to remember Allah and show gratitude to Him, and fear Him with true fear.

Oh you, who your Lord has freed from the fire, be warned of returning to the servitude of the wretched after being freed! Will your Lord distance you from the fire, while you seek nearness to it! He (Allah) saved you from it, while you seek to throw yourself in it, and don’t care to protect yourself from it! If mercy is shown to those who are good doers, then wrong doers should not despair from it, and if forgiveness is shown to those who have piety, then one who has wronged himself will not be deprived of it.

(Poetry)

Oh Allah, if the only one that calls on You is the good doer, then who should the sinner call on!

Why should we despair of the pardoning of our Lord, and how can one not seek His gentleness?! It is mentioned in a hadith that Allah is more forgiving and merciful to His servants than their own mothers. Allah says:

{Oh My servants who have wronged themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah, verily He forgives all sins}

Oh sinner -and all of us are sinners, do not despair from the mercy of Allah because of your evil deeds. How many people will be freed from the Hell-fire during these days, and their affair is similar to yours. It is upon you to think good of your Lord, and repent to Him, for verily no one will be destroyed except he who destroys (himself).

(Poetry)

If your sins are harming you, then cure them by raising your hands during the dark night. Do not despair from the mercy of Allah, for verily your despairing from His mercy is a greater fault than the sin you committed.

It is incumbent upon one who desires salvation from the Hell-fire to perform the actions that warrant this salvation….

The author continued to say: The declaration of Tawheed eliminates sins and wipes them away. No sin will remain nor will any action out weight Tawheed, and it is similar to freeing a slave which warrants one’s salvation from the Hell-fire….

He further said: As for the speech of Istigfar (Kelimat al Istigfar), then it is the greatest reason for forgiveness. Verily Istigfar means supplication for forgiveness, and the supplication of the fasting individual is answered while he is fasting, and at the time of breaking the fast.

Hasan (al Basri) said: Increase in you seeking of forgiveness, for verily you don’t know when the mercy of Allah will befall you.

Luqman said to his son: Oh my son, condition your tongue to constantly seek forgiveness from Allah. Verily Allah has specific hours that He does not reject supplication.

There is also a narration that Shayton mentioned: I have destroyed mankind with sins, and they have destroyed me with La illaha illa Allah and Istigfar.

Istigfar is the conclusion of all actions. One completes prayer with istigfar, along with Hajj and night prayer. It is also used to close gatherings. If these gatherings are gatherings of obedience, then istigfar is considered a brand to the gathering. But if the gathering was one of vein talk, then istigfar is considered expiation. Likewise, it is befitting that one concludes the month Ramadan with istigfar. Umar bin Abdul Azeez wrote to his governors informing them to end the month of Ramadan with istigfar and charity (sadaqatu fitr), for verily sadaqatu fitr is a means of purification for the fasting person from vein talk and lood acts, and istigfar mends the fault caused by actions that harm one’s fast. Umar bin Abdul Azeez mentioned in his letter:

Say as your father Adam -alayhi salam- has said: {Oh my Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will be from the loosers}

And say as Nuh -alayhi salam- has said: {If you do not forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be from the loosers}

And say as Musa -alayhi salam- has said: {Oh my Lord, I have wronged myself, so forgive me}

And say as Dhu Nun -alayhi salam- has said: {There is no deity worthy of worship except You, glory be to You, indeed I have been amongst the oppressors}

The author continue to say: Fasting is a fortress from the Hell-fire, as long as one does not damage his fortress with evil talk. Istigfar patches what harms this fortress.

The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- instructed ‘Aisha on the night of Laylatul Qadr to seek pardoning from Allah, this is because the believer is diligent in fasting and standing the full month of Ramadan, and once the end of the month nears and Laylatul Qadr approaches, one is instructed to ask pardon from Allah due to the deficiency present during the month.

Yahya bin Muaadh said: The smart individual is not the one whose greatest goal is other than seeking the pardon of Allah. (The smart individual is not the one who) seeks forgiveness with his tongue, while his heart is firmly attached to sin, and he truly intends to return to sin after the completion of Ramadan. This individual’s fast is rejected, and acceptance is closed in his face.

Ka’b said: Whoever fasts Ramadan while inwardly saying: Once the month is over, I will disobey Allah; this person’s fasting is rejected. And whoever fasts the month while inwardly saying: Upon completion of the month, I won’t disobey Allah, this person will enter Jennah without questioning or debate.

The author later said: Oh servants of Allah, indeed the month of Ramadan has prepared to leave, and nothing remains except a few more days. Whoever has done well during the month should continue to do well, and whoever was deficient, should try to end the month in good, for indeed actions are according to their completion. Therefore, take advantage of what remains of the month, and give the month the best farewell and peace.

The hearts of the believers yearn for this month and morn over its departure. If this is the case with those who have gained during this month, then what is the case with those who have been negligent during its days and nights? What will the crying of this negligent person benefit him, when his trial and calamity is so great and tremendous? How many times was this poor individual advised, but he did not accept this advice! How many times was he called to correction, but he did not answer this call! How many people did he view gaining in this month, while he distanced himself from gain! How many times have the obedient passed him by, while he sat! (And now) time is constrained and reality has befallen him, now he regrets, but there is no benefit in this regret.

 

Trans. Note: This is a small, quick translation of a portion of Ibn Rajab’s book: Lataif al Maa’rif. This book was summarized by Sheikh Abdur Rahman bin Muhammed bin Qassim –the compiler of Mejmu’ al Fatawa by Ibn Taymiyyah, with several additions by Sheikh Abdur Rahman himself. May Allah have mercy on Ibn Rajab, Sheikh Abdur Rahman and all the Muslims and forgive us for our shortcomings.

Translated By Mustafa George DeBerry

Advice by Shaikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahim al Bukhari حفظه اللهRegarding Children Cartoons

Advice by Shaikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahim al Bukhari  حفظه اللهRegarding Children Cartoons

 

Question: You are aware of the dangers involved in accustoming children to (watching) animated films, along with what they contain of harm and immoral character. We request for your advice concerning this matter, may Allah bless you.

 

Answer: Similar to the previous question, why don’t parents fulfil their obligations?(Rather) they leave their child watching cartoons. What type of benefit will they gain in their religion or worldly life?! I say – the father or mother may feel there is some good present in some of them, but there is also tremendous harm in them or in most of them. In fact, there are matters which aren’t permissible such as music, and some of them contain unclothed women or nearly naked. (In addition), some of these cartoons teach aggression, killing, murder, beating…etc. Subhana Allah! They are they destroying their homes with their own hands! Why so much devotion to providing destruction for our children?!

 

And of course, some of the films are purchased; they aren’t free!

 

Why are they so diligent in destroying their children; their own flesh and blood?! Then once the child, who is raised watching this violence and fighting, grows up, he begins to abuse his father or mother or grandfather or grandmother, or other than them, (but) who is the cause?!

 

Verily from Allah we come, and to Allah we will return. This action is destruction and annihilation. We ask Allah for protection from this.

 

Some people provide these destructive (TV or movie) channels which destroy their children. They destroy their character, their manners – we seek refuge in Allah – (they destroy) their beliefs and their religion.

 

Indeed the people of the truth live in extreme strangeness. The person who reflects over the approaching of the Day of Judgment will find that the universal decree of Allah is taking place; everything that we witness, and others witness from wide spread evil. I shouldn’t say spread of evil and generalize it, rather, the presence of evil in various locations, and the presence of killing, oppression, turning away from Allah, this is all clear absolute indications of the nearness of the Day of Judgment. It is only the distance of two bow lengths, or even closer (referring to the closeness of the Last Day). If the verses were revealed to the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم

 

{The Hour has neared and the moon has split.} Surah al Qamr: 1

 

Allah has informed that the Hour is near and that it is approaching, but most people are unaware, and most people are headless and neglectful. Likewise, the Day will come as a complete surprise, as Allah has informed. When this occurs, regret will not avail, nor will these impermissible means of entertainment and poisoned rational. Nothing will avail anyone expect what a person has put forward of good deeds. Good deeds which you will want to witness (on the Final Day), as was mentioned by Salamah (may Allah be pleased with him and have mercy on him).

 

At any rate, I say: It is only hours and days that pass, and the wise person with sound intellect; the one who possesses understanding, will race to fulfil the truth; he will flee to Allah, and turn to Him.

 

Indeed there is neither change nor might except from Allah.

 

Source: The Rights of the Children Upon their Fathers and Mothers pg. 63-65

 

The Best Days of the Year – Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

The Best Days of the Year – Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
The Best Days of the Year – Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

1. Good deeds are more beloved to Allaah.
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‏ النَّبِيِّ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏أَنَّهُ قَالَ ‏ ‏مَا الْعَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهَا فِي هَذِهِ قَالُوا وَلَا الْجِهَادُ قَالَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ يُخَاطِرُ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَيْءٍ ‏

“There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved by Allaah than these (ten) days.” The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was then asked: “Not even Jihaad in Allaahs way?” He replied: “Not even Jihaad in Allaah’s way; except for a person who went out (for Jihaad) with his self and wealth and came back with none (i.e. lost all for Allaah).”[Bukhaaree (no. 969)]

Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah) said: “It appears, and Allaah knows best, that good deeds practiced during these ten days are superior to any other ten days during any other month.” [La’taif al Ma’rif]

2. It’s recommended to be involved in a lot Dhikr.

وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَعْلُومَاتٍ

And mention the Name of Allaah on appointed days. [al-Hajj, ayah 28]

Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah) said: “The majority of the scholars view the appointed days as the ten days of Dhul Hijjah.”

3. They are included in the days Allaah appointed for Musa (‘alayhi salaam).

وَوَاعَدْنَا مُوسَىٰ ثَلَاثِينَ لَيْلَةً وَأَتْمَمْنَاهَا بِعَشْرٍ فَتَمَّ مِيقَاتُ رَبِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةً

And We appointed for Musa (Moses) thirty nights and added (to the period) ten (more), and he completed the term, appointed by his Lord, of forty nights. [Al-A’raf, ayah 142]

4. Allaah completed His religion on the 9th

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. [ Al-Ma`idah, ayah 3]

5. The sacrifice is done on the ‘Eid, and this is the Sunnah of Ibraheem (‘alayhi salaam).

6. Allaah frees slaves from the fire on ‘Arafat more than any other day.

نَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏ ‏مَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ أَنْ يُعْتِقَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فِيهِ عَبْدًا أَوْ أَمَةً مِنْ النَّارِ مِنْ يَوْمِ ‏ ‏عَرَفَةَ ‏ ‏وَإِنَّهُ ‏ ‏لَيَدْنُو ثُمَّ ‏ ‏ يُبَاهِي بِهِمْ الْمَلَائِكَةَ وَيَقُولُ مَا أَرَادَ هَؤُلَاءِ

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: There is no day on which Allaah frees more of His slaves from Fire than the Day of ‘Arafat, and He verily draws near, then boasts of them before the angles, saying: ‘What do they seek?’ (Sahih Muslim 1348)

7. There is great virtue in Fasting on the 9th.

سئل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن صوم يوم عرفة فقال: “أحتسب على الله أن يكفر السنة التي قبله والسنة التي بعده،

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the Day of of Arafah. He said: Fasting the day of ‘Arafah expiates the [minor] sins of two years: a past one and a coming one. [Muslim 1162]

8. Eid Al-AdHa is the 10th.

9. These are the days for Hajj.

لْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَعْلُومَات

The Hajj (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months. [Al-Baqarah, ayah 197]* the other days are Shawwal and Dhul Qi’dah

10. Allaah swears by these days.

وَالْفَجْرِوَلَيَالٍ عَشْروَالشَّفْعِ وَالْوَتْر

By the dawn; By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah), And by the even and the odd. [Fajr, ayat 1-3]

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: The ten are the ten days of Dhul- Hijjah and the odd is the Day of Arafah and the even is the ‘Eid. [Ahmed 3/ 327 and Bazzar 2286] Ibn Rajab graded the isnad of this hadeeth as being Hasan.

Source: The old SalafiTalk Website, via Lataif al Ma’rif and Tafseer ibn Katheer
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Fasting the first Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah
Fasting the first Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Hunaydah ibn Khaalid narrated upon the authority of his wife who said, “Some of the wives of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) told me that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) used to fast the Day of ‘Aashoorah, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, and three days out of every month*.” (Imam Ahmad, An-Nasaaee; Imam Al-Albanee declared it Saheeh)

*- 13th, 14th, and 15th every month

Commentary: Imam An-Nawwawee (rahimahullaah) said with reference to fasting the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah: “It is extremely preferable to do so.”
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Fatwah from Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen about fasting first Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

A questioner asked Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) the following question:

Question: Oh Shaikh, are there any authentic ahadith that mention fasting the first [nine] days of Dhul-Hijjah?

Answer by Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen: “Fasting the first [nine] of Dhul-Hijjah is from the righteous actions without doubt.

And the Prophet salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in Allaah’s cause?” He said, “Not even jihad in Allaah’s cause, except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either.”

So fasting is included in the general context of this hadith. And there appears a hadith stating that the Messenger of Allaah salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam used to fast the first ten of Dhul Hijjah, not counting the ‘Eid [in other words, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah].

And Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal rahimahullaah takes this position and it is authentic. Fasting in the first ten [of Dhul-Hijjah, excluding the ‘Eid] is sunnah. Yes.”
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Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ‘Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ‘Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah, so he said, It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year. [Muslim (no. 1162)]

Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H, rahimahullaah) said: “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ‘Arafah, except for those at ‘Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]

Allaah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day. quote:
Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ‘Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.’

[Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]

Forgiveness of the Sins even if they are like the foam on the Sea

As for you staying till the evening in ‘Arafah, then Allaah descends to the sky of the Dunya and He boasts about you to the Angels, and says: ‘My slaves have come to Me, looking rough, from every deepvalley, hoping for My mercy, so if your sins were equivalent to the amount of sand or the drops of rain or like the foam on the sea, I will forgive them. So go forth My slaves! Having forgiveness and for what or who you have interceded for.’

[Reported by at-Tabarani in his book “al-Kabeer” and by al-Bazaar. Shaykh Al-Albani (rahimahullaah) graded it Hassan. Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb.’ Volume 2, Page 9-10, hadeeth no. 1112]

[Source: Ahadith regarding the benefits and blessings of Hajj – Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb’ By the Shaykh Muhammad Nasr ud-Deen al-Albaani]

It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favor was completed

In Al-Saheehayn, it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radiallaahu ‘anhu) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu`mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said (what means): This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. [al-Maa`idah, ayah 3]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

Allaah expresses His pride to His angels

It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Allaah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa` on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’

Narrated by Ahmad (rahimahullaah) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

Allaah Swears by these 10 Days, odd and even

Allaah swears by these days.
1. By the dawn;
2. By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah),
3. And by the even and the odd . [al-Fajr, ayat 1-3]
quote:
The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, The ten are the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and the odd is the Day of Arafah and the even is the Eid. [Ahmad 3/327, and Bazzar 2286] Ibn Rajab (rahimahullaah) graded the isnad of this hadeeth as being Hasan.

[Source: Taken from Lataif al Ma’rif and Tafseer ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah)]

The standing on ‘Arafaat Is the Hajj

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the Hajj. The crowds should remind you of the Day of Resurrection. Humble yourself to Allaah, manifest your ‘uboodiyyah to Him Alone through du’aa, sincere intention and strong determination to free yourself from the sins of the past and to build up a commitment to rush for doing what is good. Think of becoming a better person when you return. Rid yourself of false pride and showing off because it may ruin what you gain on this day.

[Source: Hajj and Tawheed by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh (rahimahullaah)]

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

 

 

These are a few excerpts from a book pertaining to the ending of this blessed month of Ramadan. I ask Allah with His wonderful Names and Magnificent Attributes to make this short reading a benefit for the reader and a means of gaining Allah’s pleasure.

 

Chapter: The End of Ramadan

Several narrations related to the merits of this month have proceeded, and from them is that which is recorded in Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, that The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.”

In the narration recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmed there is an additional portion of the same hadith stating:

“…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

The chain of narrations for this additional wording is good (hasan). The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem also said:

“Whoever stands the night of decree (Laylatul Qadr) with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven, and whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.”

An additional wording is recorded in An Nisaee stating: “…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

Later the author states: Forgiveness of sins during this blessed month is conditional to the preservation of what one is instructed to preserve (i.e. Fulfilling the orders of Allah, and abstaining from what is forbidden). The majority (jemhoor) of the scholars hold that this expiation of sin is specifically referring to minor sins. This is because of the hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, that The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- stated:

“The five daily prayers, Friday prayer to the following Friday prayer, and Ramadan to the following Ramadan are expiations for sins as long as one abstains from major sins.”

The author later states: (Some scholars held a different view) Ibn Munthir mentioned pertaining to Laylatul Qadr: “It is hoped that the major and minor sins are all forgiven”

But the majority hold that one must make sincere repentance from all major sins ( in order for them to be expiated).

The aforementioned hadith of Abu Hurairah informs that those three elements mentioned within the hadith are an expiation for past sins. Therefore, it is understood (after combining all the hadiths related to Laylatul Qadr) that one receives this expiation of sins even if one was unaware of the specific night of Laylatul Qadr. And as for the fasting of Ramadan, then one receives this expiation upon the commencing of the month. It is also said that one receives expiation for the fasting of Ramadan the last night of the month. The proof for this is what is recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad on the authority of Abu Hurairah who said: Those fasting will be forgiven the last night in Ramadan. The people said: Oh Messenger of Allah, will this take place on Laylatul Qadr? The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- responded: “No, verily the worker receives his pay upon completion of his duties”

The author later states: Az Zuhree used to mention: On the day of Fitr (eid), once the people gather to perform the prayer Allah will look at them and say:

“Oh my servants, verily for Me you fasted, and for Me you stood in prayer! Return (to your homes), indeed your sins are forgiven.”

The author later states: The person who fasts and performs all other obligatory actions is from the best servants of Allah. And those who are negligent in fulfilling their obligations and do not give Allah His full due, then woe be to them. If the individual who deals unjustly with the scales (Mutaffif) in this worldly life is warned of a terrible punishment, then what is the case with the individual who deals unjustly with the scales of the hereafter!

(Poetry)

Tomorrow the souls will be granted what they worked for, and the farmers will harvest what they planted. If they did good, then they did so for themselves, and if they did evil, then what terrible actions they have prepared.

The Salaf worked diligently in perfecting their actions and making them faultless, then after that, they showed great concern for acceptance of their actions. They did this because they feared that their actions would be rejected. These are those who give what is incumbent upon them while their hearts are in a state of fear. It is reported that Ali bin Abi Taleb said: Be more concerned that your actions are accepted than your concern of performing the action itself. Did you not hear the statement of Allah:

{Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Mutaqeen (pious)}

Fudalah said: For me to know that Allah has accepted from me an action the size of a mustard seed, is more beloved to me than this world and everything within it. This is because of the statement of Allah:

{Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Mutaqeen (pious)}

Malik bin Dinar said: Fear that an action is not accepted is more difficult than performing the action itself.

‘Ataa as Sulamee stated: The pious fear that their righteous actions were not done sincerely for Allah.

Abdul Azeez ibn Abee Ruwaad said: I have met people very diligent in performing actions, and upon completion of those actions they are faced with sadness in fear of the action being accepted or not. Some Salaf used to say: The people of the past would supplicate 6 months to Allah to allow them to reach the month of Ramadan, and then upon completion of the month, they would again supplicate 6 months (begging) for acceptance of their fast. Some of the Salaf would display sadness on the day of Eid. It was said to them: This is a day of happiness and joy! They would respond: You have spoken the truth, but I am a servant, my Lord has ordered me to perform an action but I am not sure if He will accept it from me or not.

Wahb noticed people laughing on the day of Eid, upon seeing this he stated: If their fast was accepted, then know that this is not the action of those who are grateful, and if it was not accepted, then this is not the action of those who are afraid.

Hasan (al Basri) stated: Indeed Allah has made Ramadan a means of gain for His creation. (Within this month) they race to gain His pleasure through obedience to Him. Some individuals will gain (win), while others will remain back and lose. It is amazing to see a person playing and laughing on a day that the good doers will be rewarded, and the wrong doers will be defeated.

It is reported that Ali bin Abee Talib would call out on the last day of Ramadan: Where is the winner so that we may congratulate him, and where is the loser so that we may give him condolences. Oh winner, we congratulate you! Oh loser, may Allah increase you in your time of calamity!

The author continued to say: The blessed month of Ramadan has within it several means of forgiveness, and from them:

– Feeding the fasting person

– Lightening the burden (work) of the slave

– Remembrance of Allah

It is stated in a hadith: “The one who remembers Allah in Ramadan will have his sins forgiven, and the one who calls on Him will not be disappointed”

(Continued means of forgiveness)

– Seeking forgiveness

– The supplication of the fasting individual is answered during the fast and at the time of breaking it.

There is a narration reported by Abu Hurairah who said: Everyone will be forgiven except the one who rejects. The people asked: Oh Abu Hurairah, who will reject? He responded: The one who does not seek Allah’s forgiveness has rejected.

(continued reasons for forgiveness)

– The Angels will seek forgiveness for the fasting person until they break their fast.

Due to these numerous means of forgiveness during the month of Ramadan, the one who misses this great opportunity has indeed been afflicted with extreme, great lose. The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- climbed the minbar and said:

“Ameen, Ameen, Ameen”

The companions inquired concerning this, and he responded:

“Verily Jabriel approached me and said: Whomsoever reaches the month of Ramadan, but does not have his sins forgiven before his death, he will enter the Hell-fire, and may Allah distance this person” Jabriel then ordered that I say Ameen, so I said Ameen. (Ibn Hiban)

Qatadah said: It used to be said: Whoever does not have his sins forgiven in Ramadan, he will not have his sins forgiven in other than Ramadan (meaning: if one did not take advantage of such great opportunity in Ramadan, more than likely he will not take advantage of any other opportunity). There is also a hadith similar to this, its wording is: “Whoever does not receive forgiveness in Ramadan, then when will he receive forgiveness?”

The author continues to state:

When will a person be forgiven if he is not forgiven in this month?

When will a person’s actions be accepted if they are not accepted on Laylatul Qadr?! When will a person correct their affairs if they can’t correct them in Ramadan?!

When will a person correct themself from the disease of negligence and ignorance?!

The author later says: Indeed the day of Fitr is an Eid (celebration) for the whole Ummah, this is because the sinners who fasted the month will be forgiven and saved from the Hell-fire. When this takes place, the sinners will join with the righteous (on the day of Eid). Just as the day of Nahr (Eid celebrating the conclusion of Hajj) is considered the Great Eid (Eid al Akbar), because before this day is the day of Arafat. There is no day of the year that more people will be freed from the Hell-fire than this day. Therefore, whoever is freed from the Hell-fire during these two times of the year (Ramadan, Dhul Hijjah) enjoys two days of celebration (Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha), and whoever is not freed from the Hell-fire will bear a day of torture.

Due to forgiveness and salvation from the Hell-fire being related to fasting the month of Ramadan and standing in prayer during this month, Allah has ordered that glorification and gratitude are shown to Him upon completion of the month. He said:

{… in order for you to complete the prescribed amount of days and to glorify Allah for guiding you and so that you may show gratitude}

Therefore, one shows gratitude due to the blessing of Allah in allowing one to fast and pray, His assistance to the servant and His forgiveness of their sins, and their salvation from the Hell-fire. Due to all of these blessings, one is instructed to remember Allah and show gratitude to Him, and fear Him with true fear.

Oh you, who your Lord has freed from the fire, be warned of returning to the servitude of the wretched after being freed! Will your Lord distance you from the fire, while you seek nearness to it! He (Allah) saved you from it, while you seek to throw yourself in it, and don’t care to protect yourself from it! If mercy is shown to those who are good doers, then wrong doers should not despair from it, and if forgiveness is shown to those who have piety, then one who has wronged himself will not be deprived of it.

(Poetry)

Oh Allah, if the only one that calls on You is the good doer, then who should the sinner call on!

Why should we despair of the pardoning of our Lord, and how can one not seek His gentleness?! It is mentioned in a hadith that Allah is more forgiving and merciful to His servants than their own mothers. Allah says:

{Oh My servants who have wronged themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah, verily He forgives all sins}

Oh sinner -and all of us are sinners, do not despair from the mercy of Allah because of your evil deeds. How many people will be freed from the Hell-fire during these days, and their affair is similar to yours. It is upon you to think good of your Lord, and repent to Him, for verily no one will be destroyed except he who destroys (himself).

(Poetry)

If your sins are harming you, then cure them by raising your hands during the dark night. Do not despair from the mercy of Allah, for verily your despairing from His mercy is a greater fault than the sin you committed.

It is incumbent upon one who desires salvation from the Hell-fire to perform the actions that warrant this salvation….

The author continued to say: The declaration of Tawheed eliminates sins and wipes them away. No sin will remain nor will any action out weight Tawheed, and it is similar to freeing a slave which warrants one’s salvation from the Hell-fire….

He further said: As for the speech of Istigfar (Kelimat al Istigfar), then it is the greatest reason for forgiveness. Verily Istigfar means supplication for forgiveness, and the supplication of the fasting individual is answered while he is fasting, and at the time of breaking the fast.

Hasan (al Basri) said: Increase in you seeking of forgiveness, for verily you don’t know when the mercy of Allah will befall you.

Luqman said to his son: Oh my son, condition your tongue to constantly seek forgiveness from Allah. Verily Allah has specific hours that He does not reject supplication.

There is also a narration that Shayton mentioned: I have destroyed mankind with sins, and they have destroyed me with La illaha illa Allah and Istigfar.

Istigfar is the conclusion of all actions. One completes prayer with istigfar, along with Hajj and night prayer. It is also used to close gatherings. If these gatherings are gatherings of obedience, then istigfar is considered a brand to the gathering. But if the gathering was one of vein talk, then istigfar is considered expiation. Likewise, it is befitting that one concludes the month Ramadan with istigfar. Umar bin Abdul Azeez wrote to his governors informing them to end the month of Ramadan with istigfar and charity (sadaqatu fitr), for verily sadaqatu fitr is a means of purification for the fasting person from vein talk and lood acts, and istigfar mends the fault caused by actions that harm one’s fast. Umar bin Abdul Azeez mentioned in his letter:

Say as your father Adam -alayhi salam- has said: {Oh my Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will be from the loosers}

And say as Nuh -alayhi salam- has said: {If you do not forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be from the loosers}

And say as Musa -alayhi salam- has said: {Oh my Lord, I have wronged myself, so forgive me}

And say as Dhu Nun -alayhi salam- has said: {There is no deity worthy of worship except You, glory be to You, indeed I have been amongst the oppressors}

The author continue to say: Fasting is a fortress from the Hell-fire, as long as one does not damage his fortress with evil talk. Istigfar patches what harms this fortress.

The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- instructed ‘Aisha on the night of Laylatul Qadr to seek pardoning from Allah, this is because the believer is diligent in fasting and standing the full month of Ramadan, and once the end of the month nears and Laylatul Qadr approaches, one is instructed to ask pardon from Allah due to the deficiency present during the month.

Yahya bin Muaadh said: The smart individual is not the one whose greatest goal is other than seeking the pardon of Allah. (The smart individual is not the one who) seeks forgiveness with his tongue, while his heart is firmly attached to sin, and he truly intends to return to sin after the completion of Ramadan. This individual’s fast is rejected, and acceptance is closed in his face.

Ka’b said: Whoever fasts Ramadan while inwardly saying: Once the month is over, I will disobey Allah; this person’s fasting is rejected. And whoever fasts the month while inwardly saying: Upon completion of the month, I won’t disobey Allah, this person will enter Jennah without questioning or debate.

The author later said: Oh servants of Allah, indeed the month of Ramadan has prepared to leave, and nothing remains except a few more days. Whoever has done well during the month should continue to do well, and whoever was deficient, should try to end the month in good, for indeed actions are according to their completion. Therefore, take advantage of what remains of the month, and give the month the best farewell and peace.

The hearts of the believers yearn for this month and morn over its departure. If this is the case with those who have gained during this month, then what is the case with those who have been negligent during its days and nights? What will the crying of this negligent person benefit him, when his trial and calamity is so great and tremendous? How many times was this poor individual advised, but he did not accept this advice! How many times was he called to correction, but he did not answer this call! How many people did he view gaining in this month, while he distanced himself from gain! How many times have the obedient passed him by, while he sat! (And now) time is constrained and reality has befallen him, now he regrets, but there is no benefit in this regret.

 

Trans. Note: This is a small, quick translation of a portion of Ibn Rajab’s book: Lataif al Maa’rif. This book was summarized by Sheikh Abdur Rahman bin Muhammed bin Qassim –the compiler of Mejmu’ al Fatawa by Ibn Taymiyyah, with several additions by Sheikh Abdur Rahman himself. May Allah have mercy on Ibn Rajab, Sheikh Abdur Rahman and all the Muslims and forgive us for our shortcomings.

Translated By Mustafa George DeBerry

Muslim Salafi Scholars Continue to Denounce the Crimes of ISIS and Their Followers

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Further Proof that Muslim Salafi Scholars Are in Complete Opposition to ISIS and Their Brutal Crimes

On 22nd of Sha’ban the Year 1436H., corresponding to June 11th 2015, Shaikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abaad (حفظه الله تعالى)wrote the following brief article in response to recent criminal actions performed by ISIS followers residing in Saudi Arabia.

The Shaikh said:[1]

All praise belongs to the Lord of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His servant and Messenger Muhammad, and also upon Muhammad’s family members, companions, and those who follow him in good until the Day of Judgement.

In proceeding:

In recent times, a group has emerged in Iraq and Syria that has named itself The Islamic State, and then (it proclaimed itself to be) The Islamic Caliphate. This group is well known as ISIS, which are the first letters of its proclaimed name: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Some youth have been deceived by this deviant group, especially some who are very young residing in Saudi Arabia, and consequently, they have been led by this group’s call and they placed themselves under their guardianship (by migrating to their land). Others from amongst them have remained in their countries, but they (continue to) receive their instructions and execute their deplorable plots.

Previously, I wrote an article titled:

‘The Calamity of the Self-proclaimed Caliphate in Iraq’

[1] The article is titled: The Self-proclaimed ISIS Caliphate Kill (Muslim) Worshippers, and Slaughter People With Knives

 Read The Full Article Here Further Proof that Salafi Muslim Scholars Are in Complete Opposition to ISIS and Their Brutal Crimes 

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I Came To Islam By Way Of Refutations,And The Call To Tawheed

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It was recently asked to me:

Did you come to Islam by way of refutations, or did you come to Islam by way of the call to Tawheed?

This question may be considered demeaning to the affair of refutations in Islam, but it’s also possible the questioner is sincere in seeking clarity.

Thus, my response to him is:

I came to Islam by way of both, because indeed, Islam and Tawheed are built on refuting falsehood and calling people to the worship of Allah alone without any partners. I came to Islam because it is the religion that has clarified the distortions and misconceptions which have polluted the pure Tawheed and worship of Allah. I came to Islam because it is the only religion that accurately refutes and warns against the evils and harms of shirk and innovation and it likewise, warns against those who call to deviation in all forms.

Read full response Here. I came to Islam to Islam by way of refutations,and the call to Tawheed?

Over 10 Years Ago They Said the Same about Shaikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, Shaikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen and Shaikh Muhammad Nasirul Deen al Albani

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Over 10 Years Ago They Said the Same about Shaikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, Shaikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen and Shaikh Muhammad Nasirul Deen al Albani not declare the Muslims to be out of the fold of Islam.[1]

 

Recently the Takfeerees or our time – also known as the Hadadiyoon – have begun to label our beloved Shaikh and teacher Rabe’a bin Hadee al Madkhali (حفظه الله تعالى) as being from the Murjiyah. This is nothing new; they did the same with Shaikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, Shaikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen, and Shaikh al Albani (رحمهم الله) over 10 years ago! Not only that, they also curse Shaikh Rabe’a and supplicate to Allah to enter him into the Hell-fire,[1] which is a clear example of their takfeeree traits. This is what they will do to every scholar who clarifies the truth and refutes their deviation and innovation. Consequently, it’s vital for Ahlus Sunnah to be aware of this reality and remain firm upon the truth especially as the fitnah increases and multiplies.

Over ten years ago, Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan (حفظه الله) was asked:

May Allah bless you oh noble scholar! The questioner asks:

There are some youth who accuse Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz and Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen of being present day Murjiyah, and they claim that they are the most deviant (individuals) of this Ummah. What is your advice for these individuals?

The Shaikh (حفظه الله) responded:

At any rate, this is not strange. The individual who does not agree with their desires, they accuse him of being from the Murjiyah or (from) other (deviant) groups. They accused Ibn Baaz and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen of Irjah because they did not oppose the rulers and they did not declare the Muslims to be out of the fold of Islam.[2] These individuals want them to do that but when they weren’t able to accomplish this, they accused them of falling into Irjah. Their accusations are based on desires – we seek refuge in Allah. Their accusations against these two Imams are not accurate. We have only known good from them and that they are upright and just. We know them to be eager in their adherence to the Quran, the Sunnah and the way of the Salaf as Saleh. This is what we have learned from them and this is what we know from them – may Allah have mercy upon them.

Thus, when they (Shaikh Ibn Baaz and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen رحمهما الله تعالى) did not conform to their desires and evil incitements, they labeled them with Irjah, because the person who does not declare the Muslims to be out of the fold of Islam is a Murji in their opinion.

Source: Al Ejabaat al Muhimah fee al Mashakil al Mulimah pg. 33 – printed in 1425H. | 2004

[1] One of their leaders (Ibn Hamid al Atharee stated on their website: It is mandatory that we hold Rabe’a al Madkhali to be a disbeliever. He has violated the religion of Allah and he has opposed the legislation!

 

 

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Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

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Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

 

These are a few excerpts from a book pertaining to the ending of this blessed month of Ramadan. I ask Allah with His wonderful Names and Magnificent Attributes to make this short reading a benefit for the reader and a means of gaining Allah’s pleasure.

 

Chapter: The End of Ramadan

Several narrations related to the merits of this month have proceeded, and from them is that which is recorded in Sahih al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, that The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.”

In the narration recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmed there is an additional portion of the same hadith stating:

“…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

The chain of narrations for this additional wording is good (hasan). The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem also said:

“Whoever stands the night of decree (Laylatul Qadr) with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven, and whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and seeking the reward will have his past sins forgiven.”

An additional wording is recorded in An Nisaee stating: “…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

Later the author states: Forgiveness of sins during this blessed month is conditional to the preservation of what one is instructed to preserve (i.e. Fulfilling the orders of Allah, and abstaining from what is forbidden). The majority (jemhoor) of the scholars hold that this expiation of sin is specifically referring to minor sins. This is because of the hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, that The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- stated:

“The five daily prayers, Friday prayer to the following Friday prayer, and Ramadan to the following Ramadan are expiations for sins as long as one abstains from major sins.”

The author later states: (Some scholars held a different view) Ibn Munthir mentioned pertaining to Laylatul Qadr: “It is hoped that the major and minor sins are all forgiven”

But the majority hold that one must make sincere repentance from all major sins ( in order for them to be expiated).

The aforementioned hadith of Abu Hurairah informs that those three elements mentioned within the hadith are an expiation for past sins. Therefore, it is understood (after combining all the hadiths related to Laylatul Qadr) that one receives this expiation of sins even if one was unaware of the specific night of Laylatul Qadr. And as for the fasting of Ramadan, then one receives this expiation upon the commencing of the month. It is also said that one receives expiation for the fasting of Ramadan the last night of the month. The proof for this is what is recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad on the authority of Abu Hurairah who said: Those fasting will be forgiven the last night in Ramadan. The people said: Oh Messenger of Allah, will this take place on Laylatul Qadr? The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- responded: “No, verily the worker receives his pay upon completion of his duties”

The author later states: Az Zuhree used to mention: On the day of Fitr (eid), once the people gather to perform the prayer Allah will look at them and say:

“Oh my servants, verily for Me you fasted, and for Me you stood in prayer! Return (to your homes), indeed your sins are forgiven.”

The author later states: The person who fasts and performs all other obligatory actions is from the best servants of Allah. And those who are negligent in fulfilling their obligations and do not give Allah His full due, then woe be to them. If the individual who deals unjustly with the scales (Mutaffif) in this worldly life is warned of a terrible punishment, then what is the case with the individual who deals unjustly with the scales of the hereafter!

(Poetry)

Tomorrow the souls will be granted what they worked for, and the farmers will harvest what they planted. If they did good, then they did so for themselves, and if they did evil, then what terrible actions they have prepared.

The Salaf worked diligently in perfecting their actions and making them faultless, then after that, they showed great concern for acceptance of their actions. They did this because they feared that their actions would be rejected. These are those who give what is incumbent upon them while their hearts are in a state of fear. It is reported that Ali bin Abi Taleb said: Be more concerned that your actions are accepted than your concern of performing the action itself. Did you not hear the statement of Allah:

{Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Mutaqeen (pious)}

Fudalah said: For me to know that Allah has accepted from me an action the size of a mustard seed, is more beloved to me than this world and everything within it. This is because of the statement of Allah:

{Verily Allah only accepts the actions of the Mutaqeen (pious)}

Malik bin Dinar said: Fear that an action is not accepted is more difficult than performing the action itself.

‘Ataa as Sulamee stated: The pious fear that their righteous actions were not done sincerely for Allah.

Abdul Azeez ibn Abee Ruwaad said: I have met people very diligent in performing actions, and upon completion of those actions they are faced with sadness in fear of the action being accepted or not. Some Salaf used to say: The people of the past would supplicate 6 months to Allah to allow them to reach the month of Ramadan, and then upon completion of the month, they would again supplicate 6 months (begging) for acceptance of their fast. Some of the Salaf would display sadness on the day of Eid. It was said to them: This is a day of happiness and joy! They would respond: You have spoken the truth, but I am a servant, my Lord has ordered me to perform an action but I am not sure if He will accept it from me or not.

Wahb noticed people laughing on the day of Eid, upon seeing this he stated: If their fast was accepted, then know that this is not the action of those who are grateful, and if it was not accepted, then this is not the action of those who are afraid.

Hasan (al Basri) stated: Indeed Allah has made Ramadan a means of gain for His creation. (Within this month) they race to gain His pleasure through obedience to Him. Some individuals will gain (win), while others will remain back and lose. It is amazing to see a person playing and laughing on a day that the good doers will be rewarded, and the wrong doers will be defeated.

It is reported that Ali bin Abee Talib would call out on the last day of Ramadan: Where is the winner so that we may congratulate him, and where is the loser so that we may give him condolences. Oh winner, we congratulate you! Oh loser, may Allah increase you in your time of calamity!

The author continued to say: The blessed month of Ramadan has within it several means of forgiveness, and from them:

– Feeding the fasting person

– Lightening the burden (work) of the slave

– Remembrance of Allah

It is stated in a hadith: “The one who remembers Allah in Ramadan will have his sins forgiven, and the one who calls on Him will not be disappointed”

(Continued means of forgiveness)

– Seeking forgiveness

– The supplication of the fasting individual is answered during the fast and at the time of breaking it.

There is a narration reported by Abu Hurairah who said: Everyone will be forgiven except the one who rejects. The people asked: Oh Abu Hurairah, who will reject? He responded: The one who does not seek Allah’s forgiveness has rejected.

(continued reasons for forgiveness)

– The Angels will seek forgiveness for the fasting person until they break their fast.

Due to these numerous means of forgiveness during the month of Ramadan, the one who misses this great opportunity has indeed been afflicted with extreme, great lose. The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- climbed the minbar and said:

“Ameen, Ameen, Ameen”

The companions inquired concerning this, and he responded:

“Verily Jabriel approached me and said: Whomsoever reaches the month of Ramadan, but does not have his sins forgiven before his death, he will enter the Hell-fire, and may Allah distance this person” Jabriel then ordered that I say Ameen, so I said Ameen. (Ibn Hiban)

Qatadah said: It used to be said: Whoever does not have his sins forgiven in Ramadan, he will not have his sins forgiven in other than Ramadan (meaning: if one did not take advantage of such great opportunity in Ramadan, more than likely he will not take advantage of any other opportunity). There is also a hadith similar to this, its wording is: “Whoever does not receive forgiveness in Ramadan, then when will he receive forgiveness?”

The author continues to state:

When will a person be forgiven if he is not forgiven in this month?!

When will a person’s actions be accepted if they are not accepted on Laylatul Qadr?! When will a person correct their affairs if they can’t correct them in Ramadan?!

When will a person correct themself from the disease of negligence and ignorance?!

The author later says: Indeed the day of Fitr is an Eid (celebration) for the whole Ummah, this is because the sinners who fasted the month will be forgiven and saved from the Hell-fire. When this takes place, the sinners will join with the righteous (on the day of Eid). Just as the day of Nahr (Eid celebrating the conclusion of Hajj) is considered the Great Eid (Eid al Akbar), because before this day is the day of Arafat. There is no day of the year that more people will be freed from the Hell-fire than this day. Therefore, whoever is freed from the Hell-fire during these two times of the year (Ramadan, Dhul Hijjah) enjoys two days of celebration (Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha), and whoever is not freed from the Hell-fire will bear a day of torture.

Due to forgiveness and salvation from the Hell-fire being related to fasting the month of Ramadan and standing in prayer during this month, Allah has ordered that glorification and gratitude are shown to Him upon completion of the month. He said:

{… in order for you to complete the prescribed amount of days and to glorify Allah for guiding you and so that you may show gratitude}

Therefore, one shows gratitude due to the blessing of Allah in allowing one to fast and pray, His assistance to the servant and His forgiveness of their sins, and their salvation from the Hell-fire. Due to all of these blessings, one is instructed to remember Allah and show gratitude to Him, and fear Him with true fear.

Oh you, who your Lord has freed from the fire, be warned of returning to the servitude of the wretched after being freed! Will your Lord distance you from the fire, while you seek nearness to it! He (Allah) saved you from it, while you seek to throw yourself in it, and don’t care to protect yourself from it! If mercy is shown to those who are good doers, then wrong doers should not despair from it, and if forgiveness is shown to those who have piety, then one who has wronged himself will not be deprived of it.

(Poetry)

Oh Allah, if the only one that calls on You is the good doer, then who should the sinner call on!

Why should we despair of the pardoning of our Lord, and how can one not seek His gentleness?! It is mentioned in a hadith that Allah is more forgiving and merciful to His servants than their own mothers. Allah says:

{Oh My servants who have wronged themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah, verily He forgives all sins}

Oh sinner -and all of us are sinners, do not despair from the mercy of Allah because of your evil deeds. How many people will be freed from the Hell-fire during these days, and their affair is similar to yours. It is upon you to think good of your Lord, and repent to Him, for verily no one will be destroyed except he who destroys (himself).

(Poetry)

If your sins are harming you, then cure them by raising your hands during the dark night. Do not despair from the mercy of Allah, for verily your despairing from His mercy is a greater fault than the sin you committed.

It is incumbent upon one who desires salvation from the Hell-fire to perform the actions that warrant this salvation….

The author continued to say: The declaration of Tawheed eliminates sins and wipes them away. No sin will remain nor will any action out weight Tawheed, and it is similar to freeing a slave which warrants one’s salvation from the Hell-fire….

He further said: As for the speech of Istigfar (Kelimat al Istigfar), then it is the greatest reason for forgiveness. Verily Istigfar means supplication for forgiveness, and the supplication of the fasting individual is answered while he is fasting, and at the time of breaking the fast.

Hasan (al Basri) said: Increase in you seeking of forgiveness, for verily you don’t know when the mercy of Allah will befall you.

Luqman said to his son: Oh my son, condition your tongue to constantly seek forgiveness from Allah. Verily Allah has specific hours that He does not reject supplication.

There is also a narration that Shayton mentioned: I have destroyed mankind with sins, and they have destroyed me with La illaha illa Allah and Istigfar.

Istigfar is the conclusion of all actions. One completes prayer with istigfar, along with Hajj and night prayer. It is also used to close gatherings. If these gatherings are gatherings of obedience, then istigfar is considered a brand to the gathering. But if the gathering was one of vein talk, then istigfar is considered expiation. Likewise, it is befitting that one concludes the month Ramadan with istigfar. Umar bin Abdul Azeez wrote to his governors informing them to end the month of Ramadan with istigfar and charity (sadaqatu fitr), for verily sadaqatu fitr is a means of purification for the fasting person from vein talk and lood acts, and istigfar mends the fault caused by actions that harm one’s fast. Umar bin Abdul Azeez mentioned in his letter:

Say as your father Adam -alayhi salam- has said: {Oh my Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will be from the loosers}

And say as Nuh -alayhi salam- has said: {If you do not forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be from the loosers}

And say as Musa -alayhi salam- has said: {Oh my Lord, I have wronged myself, so forgive me}

And say as Dhu Nun -alayhi salam- has said: {There is no deity worthy of worship except You, glory be to You, indeed I have been amongst the oppressors}

The author continue to say: Fasting is a fortress from the Hell-fire, as long as one does not damage his fortress with evil talk. Istigfar patches what harms this fortress.

The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- instructed ‘Aisha on the night of Laylatul Qadr to seek pardoning from Allah, this is because the believer is diligent in fasting and standing the full month of Ramadan, and once the end of the month nears and Laylatul Qadr approaches, one is instructed to ask pardon from Allah due to the deficiency present during the month.

Yahya bin Muaadh said: The smart individual is not the one whose greatest goal is other than seeking the pardon of Allah. (The smart individual is not the one who) seeks forgiveness with his tongue, while his heart is firmly attached to sin, and he truly intends to return to sin after the completion of Ramadan. This individual’s fast is rejected, and acceptance is closed in his face.

Ka’b said: Whoever fasts Ramadan while inwardly saying: Once the month is over, I will disobey Allah; this person’s fasting is rejected. And whoever fasts the month while inwardly saying: Upon completion of the month, I won’t disobey Allah, this person will enter Jennah without questioning or debate.

The author later said: Oh servants of Allah, indeed the month of Ramadan has prepared to leave, and nothing remains except a few more days. Whoever has done well during the month should continue to do well, and whoever was deficient, should try to end the month in good, for indeed actions are according to their completion. Therefore, take advantage of what remains of the month, and give the month the best farewell and peace.

The hearts of the believers yearn for this month and morn over its departure. If this is the case with those who have gained during this month, then what is the case with those who have been negligent during its days and nights? What will the crying of this negligent person benefit him, when his trial and calamity is so great and tremendous? How many times was this poor individual advised, but he did not accept this advice! How many times was he called to correction, but he did not answer this call! How many people did he view gaining in this month, while he distanced himself from gain! How many times have the obedient passed him by, while he sat! (And now) time is constrained and reality has befallen him, now he regrets, but there is no benefit in this regret.

 

Trans. Note: This is a small, quick translation of a portion of Ibn Rajab’s book: Lataif al Maa’rif. This book was summarized by Sheikh Abdur Rahman bin Muhammed bin Qassim –the compiler of Mejmu’ al Fatawa by Ibn Taymiyyah, with several additions by Sheikh Abdur Rahman himself. May Allah have mercy on Ibn Rajab, Sheikh Abdur Rahman and all the Muslims and forgive us for our shortcomings.

Translated By Mustafa George DeBerry

The Standing Committee of Scholarly Research and Ifta in Saudi Arabia Speaks About the Oppression against the Muslims in Palestine and Gaza

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The Standing Committee of Scholarly Research and Ifta in Saudi Arabia Speaks About the Oppression against the Muslims in Palestine and Gaza

Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry

All praise belongs to Allah and may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the most noble of Prophets and Messengers; our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family members, companions, and those whom follow them in truth until the Day of Judgment.

To Proceed:

Indeed, The Standing Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been following – with great sadness, grief and pain – what has been happening to the Muslims in Palestine and particularly in the Gaza Strip. The ongoing oppression and killing of children, women, the elderly, the violation of the sanctity, the destruction of homes and facilities, in addition to terrorizing the safety of civilians. Without a doubt, this criminality and injustice against the Palestinian people and this traumatic event mandates that the Muslims (of the World) stand in support of their Palestinian brothers and sisters in faith. They (the Muslims of the World) must cooperate with them, diligently support and help them in order to remove this injustice against them. They must do so using the available means and resources in achievement of Islamic brotherhood and unity of faith. Allah The Most High said:

إِنَّمَاالْمُؤْمِنُونَإِخْوَةٌ

{Indeed the believers are brothers}

[Surah al Hujuraat: 10]

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The Position of the Salafī Scholars towards the Conflict in Syria and Groups Such as ISIS and al-Nusrah‏

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 As concerns continue to arise about the situation in Syria and Iraq where the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS) has announced the alleged Caliphate, a number of so-called experts and academics have attempted to describe who ISIS is and what their aims are. However, unfortunately we keep hearing unsubstantiated claims, hysteria and misinformation. At a time when people need accurate answers and credible solutions to highlight the problem and prevent the influx of foreign fighters to this region. I have compiled a number of edicts from a group of senior Salafī scholars, which are intended to accurately clarify the Salafist position on these issues. 

This article has been uploaded with the permission of the compiler.

Ramadan vs. Watching the World Cup

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Ramadan vs. Watching the World Cup

By: Shaikh Saleh bin Fowzan al Fowzan (حفظه الله تعالى)

Question:

Is there any advice for the youth (and from them are students of knowledge), who are following the World Cup matches during the latter part of the night? (Keeping in mind) In Ramadan, the matches will be held during Isha prayer and during the night prayer (Taraweeh).

Answer:

It is mandatory upon the Muslims to abandon jest and play, and they should engage in the worship of Allah The Mighty and High. They should not waste their time following the matches or other matters of jest and play, especially in the blessed month of Ramadan. It is mandatory upon the Muslims generally, and more specifically the youth because some of them are heavily engrossed in following the matches and watching them, and there is no benefit in doing this. Rather, there is harm present in this action due to it being a waste of time. How can an individual waste his precious time and waste this tremendous opportunity; which is Ramadan, by following matches?! This is a great loss which cannot be regained. Consequently, it is upon them to forgo this action and engage in the worship of Allah, especially in the month of Ramadan. (The Muslim) should take advantage of his valuable time and spend it in obedience to Allah, (spend it) standing in prayer for Allah and conducting the night prayer. This is what we have been ordered, and this is what remains for the individual, and he will find it (the reward) with Allah The Mighty and High.

Mustafa George DeBerry

2nd Ramadan, 1435H. | June 30, 2014

Link: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15245

Response to Common Doubts Related to Minhaj

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Response to a Common Doubt

 Part (1)

All praise belongs to Allah – Lord of the Worlds. He is alone and has no partners. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His final Messenger Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.

Indeed one of the obligations that Allah has placed upon the scholars and students of knowledge is clarification of the truth and refutation of doubts and deviations. This is in order that the religion of Allah remains clear and pure without pollution and distortion. Allah The Most High mentioned in His Glorious Book:

((وَإِذْ أَخَذَ اللَّهُ مِيثَاقَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ لَتُبَيِّنُنَّهُ لِلنَّاسِ وَلَا تَكْتُمُونَهُ فَنَبَذُوهُ وَرَاءَ ظُهُورِهِمْ وَاشْتَرَوْا بِهِ ثَمَنًا قَلِيلًا فَبِئْسَ مَا يَشْتَرُونَ))

{(And remember) when your Lord took a covenant from those who were given the scriptures to make it known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it, but they threw it behind their backs, and purchased with it some miserable gain.}

Surah Ala ‘Imran: 187

Imam at Tabari (رحمه الله) mentioned in his book of tafseer, on the authority of Qatadah that he said (commenting on the above verse):

This is the covenant which Allah took with the people of knowledge, and thus, it is upon whoever has knowledge, to teach it. Beware of concealing knowledge, for verily doing so is destruction.[1]

Indeed, the scholars and teachers of Ahlus Sunnah are the first to comply with what Allah has obliged upon them. It is for this reason why we will try to clarify and respond to some of the common doubts which are spread and uttered by individuals. The doubt that we will discuss in this brief article is mentioned by some individuals with the claim of defense of the oppressed, but in fact, it is a means for rejection of the dispraise of the scholars and the people of knowledge for individuals. This is the statement:

“Why didn’t they advise him first?”

We will briefly respond to this statement so that our brothers and sisters in Islam are not deceived by such claims,[2] and we ask Allah to guide us in clarifying and highlighting an important, yet overlooked fact related to this statement and its consequences.

Firstly, it’s important to remind the reader of the high status of the scholars and the people of knowledge.

Allah, the Most High, mentioned their distinguished merits in His Glorious Book when He said:

(( يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ ))

{Allah raises those whom believe from among you, and those whom have been given knowledge in levels.}

Surah al-Mujadalah: 11

Allah, the Most Gracious, also stated:

(( فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ ))

{Ask the people of remembrance if you are unaware.}

Surah al Nahl: 43

 

[1] Tafseer al Tabari Surah Ala ‘Imran verse 187

[2] This article is a part of a series of articles in response to common doubts related to Minhaj. May Allah give us the tawfeeq to complete it, but until then, we will (إن شاء الله) present the topics individually. Before presenting this article to the public, we read it to Shaikh Dr. ‘Ali bin Yahya al Hadadee (حفظه الله تعالى). We have mentioned his comments at the end.

 

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Reasons Why I Spoke Against Al Hujjah Pubs NYC

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Reasons Why I Spoke Against Al Hujjah Pubs NYC

My reasons for not supporting Al Hujjah publications (NYC) and speaking against them can be summarized in the following points:

  • He (Tawheed – the owner of Al Hujjah Pubs) recently mentioned my name and the name of Shaikh ‘Ubaid al Jabiree (حفظه الله) in a video to promote his organization, but he is well aware that I have had no cooperation with the organization for over 6 years. I personally feel the video is misleading because it gives the impression that he is still in contact with me as it relates to da’wah activities, and this is not the case.

I ask the brother: By Allah, have you consulted me or Shaikh ‘Ubaid in any da’wah affair in the past 6 years?

So why would he seek to promote his organization by mentioning my name and the name of our beloved Shaikh ‘Ubaid? This can be considered a form of deception.

In my opinion, from sincerity to the public is that you inform them of your current relationship to students and scholars. It’s not so important how you started, but where are you presently? Which students and scholars do you presently contact for advice, help and direction? This is what is important, sincerity to readers, and this is where I feel the brother deceived the people.

About 6 years ago I advised him by email and by phone to discontinue his lessons with Hamid Atiq, but he refused. I did this after asking some of the scholars about Hamid Atiq and they advised that we do not take from him. I also became very concerned about Hamid Atiq after the first lesson with him in which he mentioned that a ”Muslim female living in the West should stay married to a man who doesn’t pray, and that this is better than being single!”

After this, I advised the brother Tawheed to stop taking from this individual, but he continued and ignored my advice.

  • He knows that some of the scholars have spoken against Shadeed Muhammad, and Tahir Wyatt, but even with him knowing this, he was one of the people who eagerly publicized the appointment of Tahir as a teacher in the Prophet’s Masjid (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
  • In the past, he has spread some of the materials from Madina.com and he is well aware that this website has been involved in major problems due to their attacks on their Salafi brothers.
  • Al Hujjah Pubs is also one of the supporters of Yahya al Hajoree and they happily spread articles in defense of him and his fitna. The owner of Al Hujjah pubs is well aware that Yahya al Hajoree speaks ill of Shaikh ‘Ubaid, so why would he use his name to promote his organization? It would be more befitting for him to use the name of Yahya al Hajoree seeing that he supports him and defends him.

 

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  • I also stopped cooperating with him 6 years ago after I noticed his unwillingness to accept advice related to his publications. It became apparent to me that he does not seek the advice of students of knowledge as it relates to translation of books, but greater than that, at times he adds inaccurate footnotes to some of his publications without conducting proper research and without consulting with students of knowledge. If I am not mistaken, in 2005 or 2006, I visited him in his home to discuss this issue. While he and I researched the issue, it became clear that he had added footnotes without thoroughly gathering information about the subject, and without seeking advice or help from any student of knowledge.

The above are just a few reasons why I stopped cooperating with Al Hujjah Pubs over 6 years ago.

As for his insults toward me in his response to my clarification:

“…his own ignorance”

“…where he did more harm than good by causing division between the community”

“…how deluded one can become with oneself”

Anyone who reads what has transpired can see that I did not insult him nor attack him. I simply informed that I do not cooperate with his organization for valid reasons. As for him, he clearly shows his unIslamic character and mannerism by insulting me throughout his reply. At any rate, I will not stoop to his level, nor will I respond with the same.

Alhamdulilah, he has made the issue clear in his reply by saying:

“…but we at AHP felt that we should help our brother Mustafa George by letting you know, YES! We are not in cooperation with him in our current activities.”

May Allah guide us to the best of deeds and statements.

 

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

19 of Rajab 1435 | May 18, 2014

 

Ramadan is Less than Two Months Away!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ramadan is Less than Two Months Away!

For those of us who are drunk and drowning in shirk, sin, and innovation, it is time to rehabilitate and cleanse ourselves with Tawheed, obedience to Allah and adherence to the Sunnah of His Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Let us rehabilitate ourselves now so that once Ramadan enters, our hearts and limbs will worship Allah alone, setting up no partners with Him!

Let us rehabilitate ourselves now so that once Ramadan enters, our limbs will only perform the actions that are pleasing to Allah!

Let us rehabilitate ourselves now so that once Ramadan enters, our actions will be in accordance to the Sunnah of our beloved Messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and so that we will only follow the way of his companions; the best of mankind after the Prophets and Messengers!

Rehabilitation and cleansing takes time, and what better time than now!

The Salaf us Saleh used to anticipate and prepare for Ramadan way before it entered, and they used to supplicate to Allah, asking Him to allow them to reach it.

What about you?! What is the extent of your anticipation, preparation and supplication?

Or will you be from amongst those who foolishly wait until the first day of Ramadan to desperately attempt to rectify yourself while you are still drunk with shirk, sin, and innovation?! Consequently, you may only become sober once the month is over.

Allah, the Most High, says:

((وَاتَّقُوا يَوْمًا تُرْجَعُونَ فِيهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ ثُمَّ تُوَفَّى كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَا كَسَبَتْ وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ))

{Fear a day when you will return to your Lord, then everyone will be rewarded based on his deeds and they will not be oppressed.}

(Surah al Baqarah: 281)

And He, the Most Glorious, said:

(( وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَى فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَى ))

{And whoever fears standing in front of his Lord, and forbids himself from his desires, his abode will be Paradise.}(Surah al Naziyat: 40)

He, the Most Merciful, further said:

(( أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنْ تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ ))

{Has not the time come for those who believe that their hearts should feel humbled at the remembrance of Allah and at the truth which has come down to them, and that they should not become like those who were given the Book before them and the term was prolonged for them, but their hearts were hardened, and many of them are wicked} (Surah al Hadid: 16)

May Allah guide us all! Our tongues quietly mumble: We want Ramadan and we love it, while our actions shout the opposite!

Our actions say: No, Ramadan! Do not approach us! We do not want to awaken from our sinning dreams and transgression! We do not want to become sober from our intoxication of shirk, innovation and sin! Please do not disturb us!

My dear brother and sister begin cleansing yourself from now, so that once Ramadan enters, your hearts and limbs will easily accept the abundant amount of good. This is how one truly prepares and benefits for the coming of this blessed month.

Your brother in Islam,

Mustafa George DeBerry

11th Rajab 1435 | May 10th, 2014

(Advice on how to cleanse oneself will soon follow insha Allah)

Men Performing Ruqyah on Women Should Not Touch Them

 

Men Performing Ruqyah on Women Should Not Touch Them
The High Esteemed Scholar Shaikh Saalih bin Muhammad al Luhaydan (حفظه الله تعالى)

 

Question:What is the ruling on the action that is performed by some individuals while conducting ruqya, which is, the touching of the person (being treated), especially placing the hand on the head of a foreign (non-relative) female? They place their hands on her head, or the area of pain, and other places. Is this action permissible and is there a hadeeth that informs of this?

Answer: It is not permissible for a man to touch any part of the body of a foreign woman, even if he does so from above her clothing (without skin contact). There are many sensitive parts of the body that become affected even if they are touched from above the clothing, and once a woman is touched in these areas, things will occur.[1]

Firstly: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) did not instruct the person performing ruqyah to touch the person being treated! The manner of conducting ruqyah, by way of Quran, is that the person reads the verses which he deems to be effective in curing, then he blows air (from his mouth) – with (a small) portion of saliva – onto the area which he intends to be cured. If he is conducting ruqyah upon a person who has pain in his head, or he has trouble breathing, or other than this, he should blow on that area of the body, but he does not touch the person with his hand. There are some individuals who perform ruqyah but they are unaware of (the correct) manners of performing it, which have come in the Sunnah and their effects. These people feel that as long as they are performing ruqyah, it is permissible for them to touch from the right to the left (all parts of the body). Without a doubt, this is clear evil. Likewise, there is no reason for placing one’s hand on the head (of the sick person). Ruqyah is not performed with the hands, nor is it based on the feelings of the person performing it. Some individuals even use electric volts, and other (unlegislated) means, and they don’t use (legislated) supplications. When Jibreel performed ruqyah on the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), He (Jibreel) said:

بِاسْمِ اللهِ أَرْقِيكَ، مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ يُؤْذِيكَ
“In the Name of Allah, I (seek to) cure you from everything that harms you.”[2]

 

It took place that Abu Sa’eed al Khudri (رضي الله عنه) performed ruqyah on a disbeliever who was bitten, after his (the disbeliever’s) tribe sought all means of curing him, but they failed. Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه) and those who were with him had (earlier) sought from the disbeliever to be accepted as guests, but they rejected their request.[3] This took place during an Islamic expedition. (When a poisonous insect bit the leader of these disbelievers) they said to one another: It’s possible that the group of individuals (Abu Sa’eed and those on the journey with him) have someone amongst them who can cure him. They approached the Muslims and said: Is there anyone amongst you who can cure? They (the Muslims) replied: No. Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه) replied: In fact, I can treat him but we have sought from you to shelter us and you rejected our request, so I will not treat him until you pay something in return. Consequently, they agreed to give him a number of sheep. Then Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه) accompanied them (to their leader) and read Surah al Fatihah over him 7 times. Every time he completed recitation of the surah he would blow a (small) portion of saliva on the area which needed treatment. Upon completing the seventh recitation, the man stood up as if he had been untied.

The Shaikh commented: It’s possible (some of) the listeners (to the audio) know the meaning of this term: ‘untied’. When a camel’s leg is tied to his hooves, he cannot walk. Once this tie is removed, he jumps (and walks).

The man stood up as if he had been untied, and then the companions (of Abu Sa’eed) took what was paid to them, but some of them were reluctant to accept it. They said: How can someone take payment for the Glorious Quran! Consequently, they did not divide the payment of sheep until they approached the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) along with the payment, and they informed him of what occurred. Upon hearing this, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

 

إن خَيْرَ ما أخَذْتُم عليهِ أُجرة القرآنَ الكريمَ، اقتسِموا واضرِبوا لي مَعكُم بسَهْمٍ
The best thing that one would take payment for is The Glorious Quran. Divide (the sheep), and give me a portion.[4]

 

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) wanted to assure them of the permissibility of accepting the payment.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) then said to Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه), after he was informed that he had recited Surah al Fatihah to cure the man:

وَمَا يُدْرِيكَ أَنَّهَا رُقْيَةٌ؟
What made you aware that it (Surah al Fatihah) is a cure?

 

When the companion (Abu Sa’eed) noticed that this surah began with the exultation and glorification of Allah, the praise of Him, then informing of the worship of Him, and then invoking Him with supplication, he realized the greatness of this surah and consequently, he used it for ruqyah, and it was the best form of treatment.

Indeed help is sought from Allah.

Translation by: Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

1st of Rajab 1434 |30th of April, 2014

Link: http://www.lohaidan.af.org.sa/node/224

 

[1] Scholars have also mentioned that it is not permissible for the man performing ruqyah on a female, to be alone with her. This is based on the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم):

لَا يَخْلُوَنَّ أَحَدُكُمْ بِامْرَأَةٍ، فَإِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ ثَالِثُهُمَا

“None of you (men) should be alone with a female, for verily the Shaytan will be the third of them.”

Musnad of Imam Ahmad #114

[2] Sahih Muslim #2186

[3] Abu Sa’eed (رضي الله عنه) and those with him were on a journey.

[4] Sahih al Bukhari #5749 (with a similar wording)

The Advice of Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan to the Sinful Caller

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Advice of Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan to the Sinful Caller

Our beloved Shaikh Saleh al Fowzan (حفظ الله تعالى) was asked the following questions at the end of his weekly lessons (over a year ago):

Question: There are some callers to Islam who have knowledge but these individuals fall in to sin and evil deeds. Should we warn against them or should we advise them privately?

Answer: You should advise them in private. It’s possible that you are not accurate in your accusations against them, and thus, it is upon you to investigate to find out if they have really made a mistake, and then advise them.

Source: Q & A session at the end of Fathul Majeed lesson 21/5/1434h. corresponding to April 2, 2013

Link: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14459

Question: If I have fallen into a sin and then I seek forgiveness from Allah, should this sin prevent me from calling to Allah, or should I seek His forgiveness and continue to call to Allah?

Answer: If the only person who called to Allah were a person free from all sins, no one would be qualified to call to Allah! There is no one who is free from sins, but if the Muslim commits a sin, he should seek forgiveness, and the sin should not prevent him from calling to Allah and enjoining the good and forbidding evil. The caller should not say: I have sins and incorrect deeds, I am not fit (for calling to Allah), rather, he should leave off and avoid the sins. No one has forced him to commit them. He should abandon sinning and repent to Allah, (and at the same time) he should not abandon performing righteous deeds, calling to Allah, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil.

Source: Q & A session at the end of Igathatul Lahfaan lesson 28/4/1434h. corresponding to March 19, 2013

Link: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14407

Translator’s Notes:

  1. Notice how the Shaikh is very keen on advising the individual in private.
  2. Notice how the Shaikh has encouraged the caller to strive to abandon sin and evil deeds.
  3. He likewise is encouraging the sinning individual to repent to Allah.
  4. The Shaikh is focusing on the greater benefit, which is calling to Allah.
  5. The Shaikh is also informing the public that no caller will be free from fault, but what is upon the people is to advise him. This informs of 2 issues: the first is the actions which are befitting for the caller (repentance and abandonment of sin, while continuing to call to Allah), the 2nd the actions which are befitting for the people (advice, and doing so in private).

Allah knows best.

May Allah reward our beloved Shaikh for his sincere advice and humble encouragements.

 

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

 

 

How Does One Seek Knowledge if He Cannot Reach The Scholars? Answered by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى) (Originally translated in 2005, but recently updated with various additions and links)

How Does One Seek Knowledge if He Cannot Reach The Scholars?

Answered by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

(Originally translated in 2005, but recently updated with various additions and links)[1]

Question: What does a person who wants to seek knowledge do if he is not able to reach the people of knowledge? Does he suffice with taking knowledge from books, and what is the methodology of doing so?

The Shaikh repeated the question and asked:

Is the person an Arabic speaker or a non-Arabic speaker?[2]

The questioner responds that he is an Arabic speaker.

The Shaikh answers:

As for seeking knowledge, the origin is that the Muslim travels to the scholars to gain knowledge from them if he does not have a scholar in his locality. What is befitting for him is to travel to the scholars if he is able. All praise is for Allah (عز و جل), during our present time means of communicating with the scholars have become widespread. (It has become easy for us to communicate with) the scholars who are upon the straight methodology and safe Aqeedah, but we will mention some easy affairs for the one seeking knowledge in our present time so that he can seek it while being in the confines of his home.

This is done in the following ways:

1. If he is able to call a scholar (one upon the Sunnah) if he has the financial means, him and a group of his friends can attend a class with the scholar. This is a means of seeking knowledge.

 

[1] All footnotes in this article are by the translator.

[2] This is an example of how the people of knowledge are eager to benefit the questioner, after having knowledge of the questioner and his specific needs, abilities and circumstances.

 

Read the recently updated article with various additions and links Here

Benefits Obtained during Our Recent Visit to The City of Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al Madkhali (رحمه الله تعالى)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Benefits Obtained during Our Recent Visit to The City of Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad al Madkhali

(رحمه الله تعالى)

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Jamad al Awal 12- 13, 1435 | March 13-14, 2014

During our recent visit to the city of Jizaan, the home of Shaikh Zaid al Madkhali رحمه الله تعالى, Allah blessed those visiting to come into the company of some of the scholars who were present, along with the students and family members of the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى [1]. During that visit, we took notes of some statements that were made by the scholars and some of the Shaikh’s students, and likewise events, which took place that we felt, would possibly benefit the Salafi communities in the west.

From amongst those benefits:

  1. It was amazing to see how everyone in the city knew of the death of the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى! Being that we haven’t visited the city in over 10 years, the location of the Shaikh’s home was not known to us, so while driving around the city, we asked normal (non-religious) people about the location of his home, and without delay or hesitation, they informed us exactly where it was located. There was even a man who had no signs of religion, but he said: He lives over there andإن شاء الله, we will be praying over him today after Asr!

This was a clear indication that the Shaikh رحمه الله تعالى was known by the people of his city, which informs of their love and respect for him. This is how the scholars are amongst the people, and that is why the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said concerning them:

 

إن العالم ليستغفرُ له مَنْ في السموات ومن فى الأرض حتى الحيتانُ فى الماء

 

“Everyone in the sky and everyone on earth supplicates for the scholar, even the fish within the sea.”

(Sunan Abu Dawood and Jam’e of Tirmidhee)
  1. Another example of the people of the city’s love for him: While purchasing books in one of the local bookstores, we came across a new book of the Shaikh Zaid bin Muhammad Al Madkhali رحمه الله تعالى that was recently published. Upon approaching the cash register, the worker noticed that the book was not yet priced. He then said: The book is not yet priced, and thus I cannot sell it to you out of fear of taking more money than the actual price. We replied: We have come from far and we don’t want to leave without the book. Upon hearing this, the store worker said: He was my Shaikh just like he was yours! I will give the book to you as a gift and once I find out its price, I will pay for it myself.

The Khutbah on the day of the Shaikh’s burial was delivered by Shaikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Madkhali حفظه الله تعالى. During the khutbah he spoke of the high status of the people of knowledge in Islam, and during the second part of the khutbah he mentioned the disappearance of knowledge by the passing away of the scholars, and then he mentioned the name of Shaikh Zaid رحمه الله تعالى and the calamity of his death. At that moment, many people began………..

Read the full article Here


[1] A few brothers questioned the permissibility of travelling for the purpose of attending a funeral, due to the fatwa of the scholars that mention that doing so is not supported by Quran, nor Sunnah. We firstly ask Allah to increase those brothers in eman and knowledge, and then we say: It’s important for a student to understand the speech of a scholar correctly, and it’s also important that the fatwa is applied correctly. Those scholars, the likes of Shaikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله تعالى), have specifically spoken against travelling solely for the purpose of attending a funeral, but this speech does not apply to travelling with the intention of visiting the family and friends of someone who has died, for the purpose of giving condolences, and bringing ease to the family of the deceased person. Travelling for this purpose is allowed and the scholars have not spoken against it, which is the reason why a few scholars visited the family of Shaikh Zaid the following days after his death for the above purpose.

Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz (رحمه الله تعالى) was asked: What is the ruling on travelling for the purpose of giving condolences to a relative or friend, and is it permissible to do so before the deceased person has been buried?

The Shaikh responded: I do not know of any prohibition in travelling for the purpose of giving condolences to a relative or friend, for indeed doing so brings comfort to the family of the deceased, strengthens the relationship, and gives them ease. There is also no problem in doing so before the burial or after it, but the closer it is to the time of the death, then it is greater in easing the pain of the calamity. (Mejmo’ Fatawa of Shaikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz 13/376)

Some Fawaaid Obtained While Being in The Company of Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Some Fawaaid Obtained While Being in The Company of Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

 

Rabe’a al Awal 28, 1435h | February 28, 2014

A little over a week ago, the Western Salafi community of Riyadh had the opportunity to sit with Sheikh Dr. Muhammad bin ‘Umar Bazmoul حفظه الله. Indeed this was a wonderful experience because many of us had never met the Sheikh before, thus his visit was a great opportunity for us to sit with him and gain from his knowledge.

Note: These benefits that are mentioned below were not heard during the sitting because the Sheikh mentioned them while driving, and not in the public gathering with the brothers.

  1. We informed the Sheikh that we have been sitting with Sheikh Saleh al Luhaydan حفظه الله for 3 years now, and by the Grace of Allah, we have completed Kitab al Tawheed with English translation, and now we have started Al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah. We also informed him that before beginning lessons with Sheikh Luhaydan حفظه الله, we previously studied several works with Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan. Upon hearing this the Sheikh commented:

This is a tremendous blessing that Allah has bestowed upon the Western community in Riyadh, and I advise you to continue and benefit from the senior scholars as much as you can.

He furthermore advised that after completing Al ‘Aqeedah al Wasitiyah, that we choose a book other than an ‘Aqeedah book to read to Sheikh Luhaydan. He said: You should try to benefit from the Sheikh in various fields along with ‘Aqeedah.

He commented: Sheikh Luhaydan حفظه الله is from the most senior Salafi scholars today! He is firm in Aqeedah and Salafiyah. His support and call to Salafiyah is clear and this brings joy to the heart of the Salafi.

  1. We noticed that Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Bazmoul حفظه الله had a very strong love for Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan رحمه الله. When we informed him that we sat with him for several years, he mentioned how knowledgeable the Sheikh was and how he too benefitted greatly from him during Sheikh  ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan’s  رحمه الله visits to Mecca every year.
  1. The following morning after Sheikh Muhammad’s bin ‘Umar Bazmoul حفظه الله lecture at the Mufti’s masjid, he asked me: What do you think about the number of attendees? I said: “Sheikh, it was more than it usually is”. He replied: “Is this normal in Riyadh”? I said: “For the Thursday lectures, yes. The attendance is always low”. Upon hearing this, he said:” This is normal for the lessons of Ahlu Sunnah”! Then he went on to say: “It is mentioned in the books of the Salaf that people used to hear about the lessons of ‘Atta bin Abee Rabah (رحمه الله) in Mecca and how knowledgeable he was. Once they arrived in Mecca, they searched for his lessons but they were surprised to find him sitting with only a few students! The Sheikh also said: I was informed that Sheikh ‘Abdul Azeez bin Baaz used to give lessons after Fajr in the masjid near his home in Riyadh. One morning after salaah, a person said to him: Oh Sheikh! There is no need to give a lesson this morning, only a few people have come for the lesson. Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله   replied: Then I will give the lesson”.[1]
  2. The Sheikh was asked a question about translating books into other languages without seeking permission from the original author. He replied: If profit is made, then the original author has the right to receive a portion of this profit, and thus his permission should be sought. However, if no profit is being made, then it is not mandatory to seek his permission to translate his works.
  3. The Sheikh was asked: What is the most correct opinion regarding the validity of Talaq al Bid’ee?

He replied: Some forms of Talaq al Bid’ee are valid, while others aren’t. From those which are valid:

  1. If a man divorces his wife 3 times in one gathering, only 1 talaq is valid, but his action is bid’aa.
  2. If a man divorces his wife between 2 menses, but he has had intercourse with her, this is bid’aa, but the divorce is valid.

An example of the type which is not valid is if a man divorces his wife during her menses, this is bid’aa and the divorce is void.

These were some of the benefits that we obtained while driving with the Sheikh, many more can be heard on the audio recording, including:

  1. Advice for firmness upon the straight path
  2. Advice for new students of knowledge
  3. The importance of sitting with the scholars
  4. The importance of seeking knowledge and not allowing old age to hinder one from seeking knowledge
  5. The reason why some individuals will be prevented from drinking from the Prophets  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) basin on the Day of Judgment

And others….

May Allah bless the Sheikh and grant him success in this life and the next, and may Allah allow us to continue to benefit from him.

وصلى الله وسلم و بارك على نبينا محمد و على آهله و صحبه و سلم

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

Jamaad al Awal 8, 1435h | March 9, 2014


[1] This is an important point and reminder because the Hizbees always look at numbers, whereas the Salafi seeks the face of Allah and is not concerned with numbers. He seeks to benefit the people even if only one person attends his lessons!

The Audio of this Blessed Gathering.

Question’s &Answer’s While Being in The Company of Sheikh Muhammad bin ‘Umar

Bazmoul (حفظه الله تعالى)

Fatwa By Shaykh Fawzan 2009

On Sept 11, 2009, I asked Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan the following question:

Is it recommended for the Muslims who reside in Western countries and do not understand Arabic, to read the translated books of the scholars, such as the books of Sheikh Ibn Baaz, Sheikh Uthaymeen and others, and is it recommended for those Muslims to read these books in groups?

The Sheikh responded:

Yes, this is allowed. This is knowledge being made easy for them. They should read these books in their language, all praise be to Allah. And they are allowed to read the books alone or in groups.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

Importance Of Knowing the Names of The Scholars.

 From The Saying Of Imaam An Nawawee  Rahimahullaah

Imam an Nawawee said:

The 1st thing a student should start with is memorization of the Glorious Quran. It is the most important knowledge.

(Source: Al Mejmoo’ Sharh al Muhathib)

Imam an Nawawee mentioned in one of his books, while discussing the importance of knowing the names of the scholars of the Salaf, he said:

From the importance (of knowing their names): They are our leaders and our Salaf, and they are similar to our parents. (They teach us) what is most beneficial for our next life; which is our final abode. They are the most sincere to us (in teaching) us what will benefit (our religion and worldly life). Indeed it is hideous that we are ignorant of them, and that we neglect learning about them.

(Source: Tahtheeb al Asmaa wa Lugaat 1/69 the intro by Imam al Nawawee)

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

The Salafi Teacher Doesn’t Teach at Any and Every Masjid

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Salafi Teacher Doesn’t Teach at Any and Every Masjid!

By Sheikh Saleh bin Fowzan al Fowzan

Our beloved teacher, Sheikh Saleh bin Fowzan al Fowzan was asked the following question 2 weeks ago (12 Rabe’a ath Thani 1435h | 12 February 2014):

In England, we have some masajid (plural of masjid) which invite students of knowledge whom are upon the methodology of the Sunnah, for the purpose of teaching Tawheed or to give lectures on Tawheed. The following day (thereafter), the same masajid will invite a teacher whom follows the Sufi or Ash’aree methodology, and that person will teach their methodology to the people. Is it permissible for the Sunni caller/teacher to accept such an invitation and teach in these masajid?

The Sheikh responded:

No, this is not permissible. If these masajid merge (the teachings and lectures of) the Sunni teacher and an innovator or a deviant, it is not permissible for the Sunni teacher to accept this invitation. This is because, these masajid are actually using him as a disguise and they are covering themselves by way of him. They say (to the people): We teach Tawheed and we listen to lectures in Tawheed!

This action is not correct because it is a combination of truth and falsehood. The Sunni teacher can only accept the invitation after they agree to his condition. He must impose a condition upon them and inform them that he will only teach and deliver lectures, if they agree that they will not invite individuals whom are in opposition to what he is teaching and calling them to (of the truth).

Link: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/sites/default/files/Fathul-12-4-1435.mp3

Q & A at end of lesson

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

23 Rabe’a ath Thani 1435h | Feb. 21, 2014

Imam Ahmad’s Response to Someone Who Asked Him: How Are You This Morning

Imam Ahmad’s Response to Someone Who Asked Him: How Are You This Morning

 Imam al Maruthee (student of Imam Ahmad bin Handal) said:

 One day I said to Imam Ahmad: How are you this morning?

 He replied: How is the morning of the individual whose Lord demands from him that he fulfils the obligations (of the religion), his Prophet sallahu alayhi wasallam demands from him that he adheres to the Sunnah, the two angels (that are assigned to each person) seek from him to correct his intentions, his desires seek from him to obey and submit to them, the Shaytan seeks from him to perform evil deeds, the angle of death is waiting to take his soul, and his family demands from him that he spends on them?

(Sources: Siyar ‘Alaam al Nubela 11/227)

Imam Ahmad said:

I wish I could flee to the mountains of Mecca so that no one would know me! I have been tested with fame!

(Source: Siyar ‘Alaam 7/152 & 11/216)

Imam Ahmad said:

We gained this knowledge in a humble manner so we will not teach it except in a humble manner. (Source: Siyar ‘Alaam 11/231)

Imam Ahmad said:

Beware of writing (seeking ‘elm) from the people of desires. Upon you is to take from the people of the narrations and the Sunnah.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

21st of Rabi uth Thani | Feb. 21, 2014

The Methodology of The Salaf as Saalih and The Ummah’s Need For It

SAFW EB 20140221 methodology of the salaf promoThe Methodology of The Salaf as Saalih and The Ummah’s Need For It

By the Permission of Allah, Muwahhideen Publications is pleased to release a new Ebook in our Ebook series in which we release a number of highly beneficial works from our mashaayikh.

Continuing our series is the concise yet potent translation of a lecture delivered by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (حفظه الله) entitled, “The Methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih and the Ummah’s Need for It”. Herein the Shaykh offers a discourse where he legitimizes the validity of the Salafi Methodology and the Ummah’s need for it, which he corroborates with evidences from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم).

This treatise was officially translated and compiled by Abu Ismaa’eel Mustafa George (حفظه الله) with explicit written approval and consent from his teacher, Ash-Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (حفظه الله). 

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An excerpt taken from the book ~

“Therefore, they are an example for this nation, and their methodology is what this nation (should) adhere to in terms of belief, transactions, character, and in all affairs. Their methodology is taken from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah because they were close to the Messenger of Allahصلى الله عليه و سلم) ) and the time of revelation. They took (directly) from the Messenger, and thus they are the best generations and their methodology is the best methodology. It is for this reason that the Muslims are diligent in learning their methodology, so they can adhere to it, and because it is not possible to tread their path except after having knowledge, knowing the path (itself), learning it and acting upon it. Because of this, Allah The Sublime and High said,

وَالسَّابِقُونَ الأَوَّلُونَ مِن الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ

{And the first to embrace Islaam from the Muhaajiroon (those who migrated from Makkah to al-Madeenah) and the Ansaar (the citizens of al-Madeenah who helped and gave aid to the Mujaahiroon) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith).}

Meaning, (they followed them) with perfection. It is not possible to follow them in a perfect manner except after learning their methodology and what they were upon. As for merely ascribing to the Salaf and Salafiyyah without knowledge of this methodology, this does not mean anything. In fact, it can possibly bring about harm, and thus it is mandatory that one has knowledge of the way of the Salaf as-Saalih.”

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The Warning Against Befriending Individuals Who Sicken the Hearts and Destroy Emaan.

The Dangers of Sitting with the People of Desires and Innovation

Imam Ibn Bhattah al ‘Abkari (رحمه الله) stated:

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

If you hear of the Dajjal, then avoid him to the best of your ability. Indeed a man will approach him (the Dajjal), and this man deems himself to be a believer. The Dajjal will continue to affect him until he eventually follows him due to what he witnesses of doubts.

Imam Ibn Bhattah commented:

This is the statement of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), and indeed he is the truthful person, and one to be trusted. So fear Allah ‘O Muslims! Do not let anyone allow his good thoughts of himself, and that which he feels he knows of his correct methodology, don’t allow this to make him bring about danger to his religion, by sitting with some people of desires. This person says: I will debate with them, or I will expose his (false) ideology.

Indeed, their fitna is greater than that of the Dajjal, their speech is stickier than the scab, and its burning of the hearts is more intense than the burning of firewood. We have seen individuals who used to curse them (the people of desires and innovation), and belittle them, but then then sat with them to refute and respond to them. These innovators continued to be simple with them, and hide their deceptive plots and obscure disbelief until those people who intended to refute them began to follow them!

I was informed by Al Mutawthee on the authority of Mughira, who said:

Muhammad bin Sa’eeb – and he was not a person of desire – said to us: Come with us so that we can listen to them (the innovators and respond to them). He (Muhammad bin Sa’eeb) did not return until he had adapted their ideologies and his heart became attached to them!

Source: Al Ibaanah al Khubra by Imam Ibn Bhattah 2/470

Chapter: The Warning Against Befriending Individuals Who Sicken the Hearts and Destroy Emaan.

 

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

19th of Rabi uth Thani | Feb. 17, 2014

Questions and Answers with Shaikh Ghudayaan

Questions and Answers with Shaikh Ghudayaan

December 13, 2009

Question #1: We notice a deficiency with regards to some people in their dealings with one another, even though all of them claim to be upon the way of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah. But with great sorrow, we find that some of them don’t implement Islam when it comes to dealing with one another. What is your advice?

Shaykh Ghudayaan : Verily the Prophet (Salallahu alayhi was salam) mentioned that the Ummah would become divided into 73 sects, and when the Prophet was asked about these 73 sects, he said all of them would go to hell except for one, and when he was asked about the one that would go to paradise, he said the one that is what I am upon, and what my companions are upon. The Shaykh said based upon that, if an individual truly wants to be an adherent to the Qur’an, and to the Sunnah in a correct way, then this individual will be from the saved sect. Regardless of the time span between the time which the individual lived in, and the time of the Messenger. So the point is not with the title, or that what the person claims. But that which is considered is their reality, and that which a person is on. And because of that, the Prophet said “upon you is my Sunnah, and the sunnah of my rightly guided khulafaa. Hold on to it with your molar teeth, and beware of newly invented matters. For every newly invented matter is astray, and every deviation is in the hellfire”. So therefore, it is upon a Muslim to be wise, and to be knowledgeable about the affairs of his religion. You have two types of individuals: you have the type of individual in Islam where everything in the religion is obligatory upon him, and it’s not permissible for him to go against anything of this legislation. It should be understood that this legislation is for mankind, and it is also for the jinn. The Quran is for mankind and it is also for the jinn. The Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu alayhi was salam) is for mankind and he is likewise for the jinn. Because of that Allah says – Tabarak is for Allah, the Lord of all the worlds – and Allah also mentioned about His Messenger – Say, This Quran has been revealed to me so that I can be a warner to all the worlds. Allah said – Verily We have sent him to all of mankind – The  Prophet said – Verily I was sent to the Red and the Black (i.e. all people) and verily a prophet was sent to his people specifically – meaning the prophet was sent to all of mankind. The Shaykh also mentioned about how Allah mentioned a group of jinn that were listening to Prophet Muhammad, and then they returned to their people saying – verily we have heard a book that was sent down after Musa; and then they ordered their people to answer the call of Allah. And the Prophet mentioned that it has been revealed to me that a group of jinn were listening to the Quran. So based on that, the legislation is general for all of all mankind, it’s for the humans and for the jinn. And the message of Prophet Muhammad is for all of mankind. Based on that it is upon the Muslim to learn what Allah made obligatory him from His religion, Tawheed, belief, purification, salah, and hajj. And if a person wants to be involved in buying and selling, then it is upon him to find out the halal and the haram of that.  This is the first individual – this is fard ayn (a collective obligation). The second individual, which are the ones who have to learn extra. This is fard kifayah, and individual obligation. These are the leaders, the teachers of the religion, judges. So this division that you see upon the earth, and many people calling to different affairs, the Prophet has already judged in this regard. The fact that there will be division into 73 sects, and there will be a saved sect. The Prophet described what the saved sect is, and said that they are the ones that are upon what I am upon, and what my companions are upon. So in order for a person to really be from the saved sect, he has to be upon what the Prophet and his companions were upon.  So if an individual is not upon that, then he is not from the saved sect, no matter what he claims with his tongue.

Question #2 – What are the principles as it relates to the dress of the Muslim female, in front of other muslim women?

From that which is known, the free Muslim female’s entire body is an ‘awrah. Her entire body should be covered, except her face and hands in salat, as well as salat in umrah, and salat in hajj. This is not the case when the believing woman is amongst other believing women, or with her father, and close male relatives. But if a female is amongst men that are not her close male relatives, like her father and other than him, then it is obligatory upon her to cover her face, hands, and the rest of her body. But we also advise that a woman does not wear tight fitting clothing which reveals the shape of her body, even in front of women. Because there are some women, if they were to do this in front of other women, those other women would find attraction in looking at that woman. There are some women that enjoy looking at other women, just as a man enjoys looking at women. Because of this, it is obligatory that a woman covers herself properly even amongst other women. Likewise, if she is around her close male relatives, she should not wear clothing that is tight fitting, see through, or that which reveals a part of her body. Because as we mentioned, the entire body of the woman is an ‘awrah.

Question #3 – Is it permissible for a Muslim female to expose her hair in front of non-Muslim females?

It is upon a Muslim female to display Islamic character. Whether that is amongst Muslim females or non-Muslim females. Because if a Muslim female displays Islamic character, she will be respected. And if she doesn’t display Islamic character, she will not be respected. So this is something she should display among Muslim and non-Muslims.

Question #4 – I (a man) work in a hospital, and the nature of my work requires me to draw blood from patients, and to clean those that are unable to clean themselves. Is it permissible for me to do this even with female patients?

The female patients are treated by the female nurses, and the male nurses treat the male patients. It is not permissible for the male nurse to treat the female patient, and the opposite is true. This is because this is not an emergency situation that makes this sort of thing permissible.

Question #5 – When is it obligatory for a person to migrate from the land of the disbelievers to the land of the believers?

From the established principles of the legislation, is that difficulty brings about ease. And implementation of this issue of migration can be applied to this principle in a manner that every individual is aware of their own situation from several different angles. For example, the country that they’re going to. It should be a country that is safe, and where an individual’s life is safe, his wealth is safe, his honor is safe, and he has the means to provide for himself. Likewise, the country that he’s leaving from does not prevent him from migrating, and he’s not harmed from doing so. Indeed Allah says in the Qur’an: Allah does not want to make difficulty for you in the religion. And Allah says that: he does not burden an individual with that which it cannot bear. Allah also said: Allah wants good for you, and he does not want difficulty for you. So that which is intended is that everyone is aware of their affair, and they are also aware of their abilities, so they should use that which we have mentioned to determine if their situation requires migrating to the land of Islam.

Question #6 – Is it permissible for a person that migrates from the land of the disbelievers to the land of the Muslims, to return to the land of the disbelievers, and what are the conditions of that action?

A person that migrates from the land of the disbelievers to the land of Islam, it is not permissible for him to return to that land that they’ve migrated from except if there is some benefit. So if there is an apparent benefit or need for him to return, then there is no problem in returning to that land, or any other land. But if there is no benefit or need, then it is not permissible to return, because it is feared that the person may have some desire to stay, or there may be something that prevents them from leaving, and this would contradict there hijra.

Question #7 – What is the obligation of the du’aat in the West, being that we see some of them that don’t take it seriously, or seek large amounts of wealth for calling and teaching?

Da’wah is the occupation of the Prophets and Messengers of Allah. Allah said to them: Call to the path of your Lord, with wisdom and good speech, and debate with them in a way that is better. So an individual, when they have knowledge of their religion, and when they have wisdom, then they should call. The Prophet said: Allah guiding one individual through you is better than the red camel. And the red camel was something that was precious during the times of the Prophet. What’s known is that the Prophet is the last of the prophets and messengers, and during the time of the Prophet he sent different callers from amongst the sahaaba, calling to the path of Allah Azza wa Jall. And they were giving the message of the Prophet. The Prophet said: transmit from me, even if it’s one verse. It’s possible that the person that hears you has more understanding than you. If a person starts in calling, then they should start with their own home; their wife; their children; their uncles; their nephews and nieces; their neighbors; the community that’s present in his masjid. Every person should give da’wah according to his own ability, time, place, and according to how much knowledge he possesses. A person should not belittle any level of da’wah. They should never say ” Oh, that’s a small community” or “that’s a small amount of people”, or “this is too small, I have to give to large amounts of people”. It is incumbent upon a person to propagate and to give the call.

Question #8 – If a boy enters into the religion of Islam, but he fears being hit or killed by his family if he displays any form of Islam. What should he do, and how should he perform the five daily prayers?

From the principles of the religion is that an individual is held accountable within his limits. So this individual, it’s possible for him to perform the five daily prayers secretively. For example, he designates a place in his home, and when the time of prayer enters, he closes the door of that place, and he performs the five daily prayers. Or, if there is a masjid close to his home, and it’s possible that he attends that masjid without his family knowing.

Question #9 –  What is your advice for some of the Muslim children that have been affected by imitating the non-Muslims in their clothing, and what is your advice for the parents since they are the ones that buy the clothes?

The Muslim is obliged to wear the clothing that is worn by the Muslim’s. Therefore it is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate the non-Muslim’s in their clothing. This is because the Prophet said: Whoever imitates a people, then he is from amongst them. And the Prophet also said: He, who imitates other than us, is not from us. And the Prophet said: May Allah curse the man who dresses similar to the woman, and the woman who dresses similar to the man. So it is not permissible for the Muslim to imitate the dress of the disbelievers, and likewise it is not permissible for the man to imitate the clothing of the woman, nor the woman to imitate the clothing of the man. All of these affairs are impermissible. As far as the parents, then the parents must understand that they will be held accountable for the actions of their children.

The Prophet said:

All of you are shepherds, and everyone will be questioned about his flock. The imam (i.e. ruler) is a shepherd, and he will be questioned about those under him. The man is the shepherd of his home, and he will be questioned about that which takes place. The female is a shepherd in the home of her husband, and she will be questioned. The slave is a shepherd over the wealth of his master, and he will be questioned pertaining to it.

 Allah ta’ala says:

Oh you who believe, save yourselves and your families from the hellfire, whose fuel is men and stones.

 

And the Prophet said:

A father has not given his child a greater gift than the gift of good character.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon the parents to rear their children, and oblige them to display the Islamic character. And from that is that they forbid them from imitating the disbelievers. And if the parents do not, and they leave their children to imitate the disbelievers, then indeed they are in sin.

Question #10 – What is your advice for a man that has high level of anger, even though he prays in the masjid, fasts, and does all of the pillars of Islam, but it’s noticed that he has a high level of anger in how he deals with his wife and children?

What’s known is that the Prophet forbade a person from becoming angry. When a person asked the Prophet for some advice, he said: Do not become angry. So because of that it is incumbent upon a person to the best of his ability to not become angry. And he should understand that if he does become angry, then it’s possible that he is going to do something that is forbidden. And this harms him, and it harms the people that he is communicating with. That’s for the individual that gets angry, but as for the people that are around him, there’s advice for them as well.  For example, his family, his wife his children; if he’s a teacher his students; if he’s a manager, his workers; those people should abstain from those things that make him angry. So, in fact, this cure from becoming angry, it must be a mutual cure. The family has to take part in it, the children have to take part in it, the students, the co-workers; everyone has to take part. The people that are around this individual, they do not do that which makes him angry. Then as far the individual himself, he should try to display forbearance, patience, and try not to become angry.

 

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Dangers of Rumors

The Dangers of Rumors

By Sheikh Saleh bin Fowzan al Fowzan

Question:

Rumors are indeed dangerous, and there are individuals who persistently pursue them and publically spread them by way of social forums, in public gatherings, and on the internet; while having no concern for their actions. Please inform us about the dangers of rumors in light of the Islamic legislation.

Answer:

In the name of Allah the Merciful, the Bestower of His Mercy. All praise belongs to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.

For that which proceeds

Indeed, it is incumbent that a Muslim preserves his tongue from speech that has no benefit within it, and likewise speech that is harmful for the individual or others. From this type of speech is an evil rumor; whether these rumors are related to individuals, or the Muslim ummah. It is indeed upon the Muslim to seek clarification and to only speak if it is necessary. Allah the Sublime and High stated:

يَآأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَآءكُمۡ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَأٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوۡمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصۡبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلۡتُمۡ نَادِمِينَ

{Oh you who believe! If a fasiq (sinner) comes to you with information, then verify it, lest you harm others out of ignorance and as a result of what you have done, you will regret.} Surah al Hujraat: 6

Thus, it is upon a Muslim who hears something sinful about his brother to conceal it and not reveal it, even if it were true. If what has reached the individual (about his brother) is true, and it contains harm upon his brother, it is upon him to conceal his faults and advise him in private. The person should not spread evil about his brother even if he actually performed what was mentioned. This is because doing so is classified as a form of backbiting. Allah the Most High mentioned:

وَلَا يَغۡتَب بَّعۡضُكُم بَعۡضًا أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمۡ أَن يَأۡكُلَ لَحۡمَ أَخِيهِ مَيۡتًا فَكَرِهۡتُمُوهُ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِيمٌ

{Do not backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when he is dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah, indeed Allah is accepting of the repentance and merciful.} Surah Hujurat: 12

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم explained the meaning of backbiting as a person speaking about his brother that which he dislikes. (Upon hearing this) the companions asked: What if what we are saying is true? The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم replied: If what you are saying is true, then you have backbite him, and if it is not, you have slandered him. Meaning: you have lied upon him.

Hence, the person as (actually) sinned in every instance. Whether the information is true, or it is a lie, the action is either considered backbiting or lying, and both actions are major crimes.

That which has proceeded is related to the rights of and individual. It is also mandatory to observe the same as it relates to the Muslim society and its safety. That which harms the society should also be avoided. It is upon a Muslim to avoid spreading calamities and rumors and he should not create fear amongst the people by spreading this amongst the people. This action is the way of the Munafikoon (hypocrites). They are the ones who pursue rumors and spread them in order to bring about fear amongst the Muslims and make them weak. Allah the Most High mentioned (concerning them):

لَوۡ خَرَجُوا۟ فِيكُم مَّا زَادُوكُمۡ إِلاَّ خَبَالاً ولأَوۡضَعُوا۟ خِلاَلَكُمۡ يَبۡغُونَكُمُ الۡفِتۡنَةَ وَفِيكُمۡ سَمَّاعُونَ لَهُمۡ وَاللّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالظَّالِمِينَ

{Had they gone forth with you, they would not have increased you except in confusion, and they would have been diligent among you seeking to cause you fitnah (chaos and dissention). And among you are avid listeners to them. Indeed Allah is All Knowing of the wrongdoers.} Surah at Tawbah: 49

Allah The Most High (also) said:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَن تَشِيعَ الفاحشة في الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ في الدُّنۡيَا وَالۡآخِرَةِ

{Indeed those who like that immorality is spread about the believers, they will have a painful punishment in this life and the hereafter.} Surah al Nur: 19

This is a tremendous warning, and thus, the Muslim should not be an individual who spread rumors and indecent news that bring about fear to the Muslims. If this information and occurrence is something that poses a danger upon the Muslims, and it needs to be rectified, this will not take place by spreading it amongst the people who do not possess the ability to rectify the matter. These types of matters should be referred back to the rulers and those in authority. They are those who rectify the matters and prevent its harm. Allah the Most High stated:

وَإِذَا جَآءهُمۡ أَمۡرٌ مِّنَ الأَمۡنِ أَوِ الۡخَوۡفِ أَذَاعُوا۟ بِهِ وَلَوۡ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَى أُوۡلِى الأَمۡرِ مِنۡهُمۡ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسۡتَنبِطُونَهُ مِنۡهُمۡ وَلَوۡ لاَ فَضۡلُ اللّهِ عَلَيۡكُمۡ وَرَحۡمَتُهُ لاَتَّبَعۡتُمُ الشَّيۡطَانَ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً

{And when it comes to them an affair of (public) security or fear, they spread it. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, and then the ones who draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if it were not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, you would have followed the Shaytan, except for a few.} Surah al Nisaa: 83

Thus, it is mandatory upon a Muslim to protect his tongue and not to speak about and spread rumors and private matters. Instead, one should observe silence and conceal the faults of others. One should also supplicate for the rectification of Islam and the Muslims. This is that which is befitting for the Muslim.

 

Source: http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

26 Safar 1435 | Dec. 29, 2013

Seeking Knowledge in Our Time and Before Us

Sheikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Mudkhalee (may Allah preserve him) mentioned:

Questions: What is the reason why students and teachers of today are different from the scholars of the past, even though many of the present teachers have sat in lessons of the scholars, but you find that years pass and their knowledge is still weak, what is the reason for this?

The Sheikh replied:

According to my diligence in seeking the answer, and based on my observation – even thought I consider myself to be very deficient- the reasons are encompassed in 4 matters:

  1. The difference in the manner we presently seek knowledge, and its contradiction to the methodology of the early scholars.
  2. Becoming bored and uninterested; which affects a student during his studies, and thus it is possible he totally abandons seeking knowledge, or he becomes weak in doing so.
  3. One’s preference for comfort and ease in seeking knowledge and obtaining it.
  4. Allah knows best about this particular matter, and its affair is with Him; because it is a matter of the heart: The difference in the intention of seeking knowledge of the previous scholars and the present teachers and students, except for those whom Allah has mercy upon.

Source: Lecture titled: Seeking Knowledge in Our Time and Before Us

http://www.minhajnobowa.net/audios/show/60

By Sheikh Muhammad bin Hadee al Mudkhalee (may Allah preserve him)

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

Safar 8, 1435|Dec. 11,2013

The Advice of Sheikh Abdullaah Al Ghudayaan Rahimahullaah.

The Advice of Sheikh Abdullaah Al Ghudayaan Rahimahullaah.

When the Iqama was being called he asked me “Do you have children?” and I answered in the affirmative, then he said:

 

“Do not forget your children while you are in prostration (sujud).” Meaning: Don’t forget to supplicate for them while you are in prostration.

 The Shaykh (Rahimahullah) was reminding me at the time which I needed, just like our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did. The Shaykh was advising at the time when it was needed.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

9 December 2013

Sincerity Toward Scholars :Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh Al Uthaymeen

Sincerity Toward Scholars

 

Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh Al Uthaymeen

 

Source: Explanation of 40 Hadith (Arabic)

 

Sincerity toward the scholars is established through various means:

1. Having love for them. If one does not love a person, he will not take that person as an example.

2. Supporting and assisting them in clarifying the truth. This is accomplished by spreading their books through various means of media which are presently available at every time and place.

3. Defending their honor. If something detested was attributed to an esteemed scholar, it is upon the Muslim to follow the following steps:

a. To confirm that the disliked or incorrect issue was actually mentioned by the scholar. How many lies are attributed to a scholar! Therefore, it is incumbent that one investigates concerning the issue. Once that takes place and it is confirmed, then the person moves on to the following steps.

b. One should then contemplate the issue and question himself, is this actually something that should be rebutted or not? It is possible that at first the issue seems to be something that should be rebutted, but after one reflects over the matter, they come to the conclusion that it is actually a true statement. Therefore, it is compulsory that one contemplates over the issue to conclude whether it is correct or not.

c. If you conclude that the matter is not something which should be rebutted, it then becomes mandatory on you to defend the scholar and spread this defense amongst the people. You should clarify to the people that what was mentioned by the scholar is true, even if the people are in opposition to it.

d. But on the contrary, if you conclude based on your opinion, that the matter attributed to the scholar is a mistake (by way of the scholar), it then becomes mandatory upon you to contact him with good manners and humbleness. You should say: I have heard that you have said such and such, and I would like for you to explain this issue to me, for indeed you have more knowledge than me.

If he clarifies the issue for you, you then have the right to debate him concerning it, but this should be done with good manners and reverence for the scholar according to his status and what is suitable with respect to him.

As for what is conducted by many ignorant individuals who approach the scholar who holds an opinion in opposition to what they believe, they approach him in a rude and impolite manner and it’s even possible that some of them move or shake their hands in his face. They say to him: What is this statement that you have invented! What is this detested statement! You do not fear Allah!

But if a person were to reflect over the issue, he would find that the statement of the scholar is in fact in accordance with the text (hadith), and the other people’s opinion is actually in opposition to the text. Most of these kinds of individuals are afflicted with this sort of character due to them being amazed with themselves. They believe that they are Ahlu Sunnah and that they are upon the way of the Salaf, but in reality they are the furthest away from the path of the Salaf and they are likewise furthest away from implementation of the Sunnah. If a person is amazed with himself – we ask Allah for protection-, this person views others as extremely small ants. Therefore, one must be aware of this matter.

4. If you witness a mistake made by a scholar, it is not befitting that you are silent and say: He is more knowledgeable than me.

Rather you should debate with him concerning the matter with good manners and respect. This is because, at times a person may be unaware of a ruling and this individual is informed by someone who is lower in knowledge than him. This is also considered from sincerity toward the scholars.

5. One should direct him (the scholar) toward good as it pertains to propagating Islam amongst the masses. If you notice that this scholar loves spreading knowledge, and therefore he speaks in (gatherings) everywhere he goes, but you notice that this is a burden upon the people and they mention: This scholar has burdened us. Or they say: Whenever we sit with him, he gives us a lecture! From sincerity toward the scholar is that you advise him that he should not lecture except when needed. A person should not feel that if he advises the scholar with the aforementioned that he has prevented him from spreading knowledge. But rather, this action (advising the scholar) is considered from that which protects and preserves knowledge. This is because, if the people become uninterested, then they will become unconcerned with the scholar and his lectures.

Translator’s comment:

After reading this valuable advice by Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh al Uthaymeen رحمه الله تعالى I felt the need to translate it and post it for the benefit of those who consider it a small matter to refute a scholar of Ahlu Sunnah. You find some individuals who are young and have not sat a significant amount of time with the many senior scholars of this Ummah, but yet they find within themselves the courage to refute well known respected scholars who have been praised by many of their contemporaries from amongst the people of knowledge. It should also be noted that if one were to read some of the statements of these individuals, he would find that they are not at all matters that a scholar should be rebutted for, but instead they are minor issues not related to Minhaj, Aqeedah nor major issues of Fiqh, and therefore these issues do not produce hatred amongst Salafi scholars nor do they lead to refutation or separation. At any rate, we encourage our brothers and sisters to benefit from the above advice of Sheikh Uthaymeen رحمه الله تعالى and may Allah correct the affairs of the Muslims.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, KSA

Question And Answer with Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan rahimahullaah

Question And Answer with Sh. Abdullah al Ghudayan rahimahullaah

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

 

 

Presented and Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry

 

January 10, 2010

 

Question 1: It isn’t hidden from you that which is contained in Sooratil Faatihah from wisdom and secrets. Is it possible for you to mention some of the merits of this particular Soorah?

 

Answer: This soorah has been made a pillar from the pillars of prayer. Due to that, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ mentioned: “There is no salaat for the individual who does not read the opening chapter of the Qur’aan (which is sooratil Faatihah).” He likewise mentioned that Allah has made it the opening chapter of the Qur’aan. It is befitting that when a person wants to read the Qur’aan, they begin with sooratil Faatihah. And likewise it took place that a man from amongst the Sahaabah approached the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ after reciting over someone who had been bitten by a poisonous insect or animal. This person who was bitten was cured from this bite and poison. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ asked him, “What did you recite over him?” The Sahaabee replied, “I recited sooratil Faatihah.” The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said, “And how did you know that it was a cure!” Therefore, sooratil Faatihah should be read over a sick individual no matter what type of sickness that individual is afflicted with. If it is magic, or it’s possible that person is insane, or any type of sickness, it is recommended that sooratil Faatihah is read over the individual, and it can be read more than one time. Likewise, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ mentioned that Allah said in a Hadeeth Qudsi,”

 

Verily I have divided the prayer between Me and My servants. When the person begins by saying Alhamdulillaahi Rabbil Aalameen, Maaliki Yawmid Deen-the person has mentioned all of this, Allah Says, “Verily My Servant has praised Me.” When the person says,”Eyaaka na’budu wa eyaaka nasta’een,” Allah says, “Now I have divided this between Me and My servants. They worship Me and they seek My assistance, And for My Servant is that which he sought. Then, “Ihdenas siraatal mustaqeem.” Allah says, “This is for My servant.” So at the end of the Salaat, Allah is giving guidance to the individual to be upon other than the way of the Yahood and the Nasaaraa.

 

 So, in this soorah, Allah is expressing how He is answering the call of His servant. There are many more merits that can be mentioned with regards to this soorah, but due to the timing of the program we will suffice with what was mentioned.

 

Question 2: How does a person seek knowledge if they are distant from the scholars and people of knowledge?

 

Answer: The Qur’aan is the origin of the legislation, and the legislation is general for mankind and Jinn until the Day of Judgment. Allah mentioned, “Say: This Qur’aan has been revealed to me to warn with it.” And Allah said, “Glory be to Allah, the One Who sent down the Qur’aan to His servant so that he could be a warner to mankind.” The third ayah is pertaining to the Jinn listening to the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam), and then returning to their people and informing them that they’ve heard a book which was sent down after Moosa(alayhis salaam) guiding to the straight path. They informed their people to obey the caller to Allah. Therefore, every individual is responsible for learning the obligatory matters upon every individual Muslim. That which Allah has made obligatory from matters of Faith, Tawheed, Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Hajj and Umrah. If an individual is one upon whom it’s obligatory to pay Zakaat, he must know matters of Zakaat. This is fard ‘ayn (individual obligation upon every Muslim) of the Ummah. The Ummah is of two categories: The Ummah of propagation (Da’wah), and the Ummah of response. The Ummah of Da’wah consists of every individual Muslim, Kaafir (disbeliever) or Jinn. However, the Ummah of response is that which the Messenger (sallallaahu alahyi wa sallam) mentioned that his Ummah will divide into 73 sects. All of them will be in the Hellfire except the one who is upon that which He and His Companions were upon.

 

The next category of that which is an obligation is the collective obligation (fard kifaayah) which doesn’t fall upon every individual. Rather, it falls upon those individuals in certain positions, who wish to perform specific actions. If you want to be a judge, a Mufti, a teacher, then this becomes a collective obligation. Not everyone takes part in it.

 

It’s possible for an individual who wants to learn, that he finds someone who is grounded to teach him. He can study with that individual in several ways: He can meet him, sit with him and study or he can use any of the present-day means of communication.

 

Question 3: What is your advice for the individual who says “I live far from the Masjid, and therefore it isn’t obligatory upon me to attend the congregation. Rather, I will pray in my home.”

 

Answer: Prayer in congregation is obligatory. And prayer in congregation has 27 more merits than the prayer alone. Therefore, it is incumbent upon an individual to be diligent in going to the Masjid. And he should pray with the congregation of Muslims. An individual can do so by walking or by way of car in order to save time. However, an individual should not pray in his home.

 

Question 4: What are the etiquettes of attending the Salaatul Jumuah, and is it permissible for an individual to look at his mobile phone and the likes during the Jumuah Prayer?

 

Answer: Firstly with regards to the Jumuah prayer, it should pertain to the current affairs of the people. Meaning, you direct them toward that which Allah has ordered them, and you admonish them from performing that which Allah has forbidden them. (This is what relates to warning from sins and encouraging them to do good). For the one who is attending the Jumuah prayer, it is compulsory for him to be quiet and listen to the sermon. It is not permissible for the individual to busy his sight, hearing or limbs, with other than listening to the sermon. Because of that, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said, “Whoever plays with the pebbles, then he has distracted himself, and whoever has distracted himself, then there is no Jumua’h for him.” Likewise, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said, “If you say to your companion (the one who is sitting next to you) be quiet, during the sermon of the Imaam, then verily you have spoken.” So even in admonishing someone, it isn’t permissible to do so until the Imaam sits between the two khutbahs, and then he can do this (enjoin the good and forbid the evil).

 

Question 5: If an individual doesn’t have the ability to migrate to Saudi Arabia, what other countries would you advise a person to migrate to?

 

Answer: An individual should migrate to a country that allows him to implement his religion within it. This is the country to which the individual should migrate. It is incumbent for the individual to migrate to the country where he can learn his religion, and implement it. There are many countries which have affairs in opposition to the religion, but they don’t harm an individual that wants to practice his religion in terms of worship of Allah and the likes. What a person can do is make the prayer of Isktikhaarah (the prayer of decision making), during the night for three nights. Each consecutive night he performs the prayer one time. During this time they will ask Allah to choose for them the country that they should make hijrah to which is the country that is befitting for them. Once the person gets an idea of what country he should migrate to, he migrates to that country, putting his trust in Allah, because only Allah knows what will take place in the future.

 

Question 6: If a female becomes Muslim in the Western countries, and she wants to marry, is it permissible for her disbelieving father to be her Walee (guardian as it pertains to marriage, divorce and the likes)? And is it permissible for her non-Muslim brother to attend her wedding as a witness?

 

Answer: If a female enters into Islam, it is not permissible for a non-Muslim to be a guardian over her. Instead, she should contact the president of the Islamic centre in the country that she resides in, and she discusses this affair with him. If she doesn’t have a Muslim, male relative, then the president of the Islamic centre will deal with her marital affairs.

 

Question 7: Is it permissible for a father to prevent his daughter from marriage for the purpose of completing her studies?

 

Answer: The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:” If a person approaches you who is upright in his religion and possess good character, then marry him (to your daughter or the likes). If you don’t, there will be much corruption and evil throughout the Earth. Therefore, if a man approaches, and he has good religion and good character, if he is trustworthy etc., it is not permissible for the father to prevent the marriage from taking place. It is possible that the father makes an agreement with the man who is marrying his daughter, that she completes her studies. This is because there is no doubt that in completing her studies is a benefit for the husband, the children, whether they are males or females, in the future, as well as benefit for the female and the Muslims as a whole. If this female completes her studies, she can teach and benefit the Muslims in the future. I don’t think if the man has good character and religion, that he would want to prevent his wife from completing her studies.

 

Question 8: If a man has two wives, and a matter or disagreement took place with one of his wives, is it permissible for him to stay with the other wife instead of spending nights with the wife who the problem occurred with?

 

Answer: What is known is that fairness between the wives is obligatory. That is why the man who is not fair between his wives will come on the Day of Resurrection with his side leaning. Therefore, the time that a man spends in migration from his wife should not take from her rights. To have the nights is her right. And it is possible that the issue for which he is migrating from her is not a valid issue. So if he does take away her nights, and the issue for which he is migrating from her is not a valid issue, then he has oppressed her in this action. This may take place in one of two ways. That is, the issue for which he is migrating from her is not valid, or he migrates from her for a particular number of days and he has oppressed her in doing so. Therefore, it is advised that the individual uses another means for advising his wife, in order that he does not migrate from her. Likewise, it is not permissible for him to stay at one wife’s house in order to admonish the other wife.

 

Question 9: A female would like to seek knowledge, but she is very busy with the affairs of the home i.e., having several children. What is your advice for her, and what should she do?

 

Answer: As we’ve mentioned in a previous answer, it is obligatory for her to learn the Fard Ayn, from the affairs of Tawheed, Eemaan and other affairs of worship such as purification, prayer, Umrah and Hajj, if she wants to make Hajj and the likes of that. Therefore, she should request that her husband provides her with the cassette tapes and materials so that she can learn from them. Likewise, if there is something that she is uncertain about, she should ask the People of Knowledge.

 

Question 10: Does the person, who reads the translation of the meanings of the Qur’aan in English, receive the same reward as the person who the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned for the person who reads a letter of the Qur’aan?

 

Answer: From that which is known, is that it is impossible to translate the Qur’aan word for word, letter for letter. And if an individual claimed that he did translate it, he has translated it, but he was not able to bring the exact, precise meaning intended by Allah. The translations that are present today are translations of the meaning of the Qur’aan. The Qur’aan is an Arabic book, revealed in the Arabic language. Therefore, it is upon an individual to learn that which will allow him to and assist him in understanding the Book of Allah. Meaning, to learn the Arabic Language and its sciences, eloquence of the Arabic language, the reasons for revelation, the verses that abrogated other verses. There are roughly 16 sciences which enable a person to understand the Qur’aan correctly. Likewise, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said,” Whoever gave their opinion or said about the Qur’aan that which they had no knowledge of, then let them prepare for themselves a seat in the Hellfire.” If a person does not have the ability to learn these different sciences, then they should constantly recite the Qur’aan. If they are uncertain about something, then they can ask the people of knowledge, as Allah says in the Qur’aan,”Ask the people of knowledge if you do not know.”

 

Question 11: What is your opinion of an individual who says, “We do not need to read the Books of Belief (Aqeedah) constantly, but rather we should read the books pertaining to the softening the heart?

 

Answer: As I have mentioned in a previous answer, as it pertains to the affairs related to fard ‘ayn, the individual who makes (the previously mentioned) statement, can’t complete the fard ‘ayn merely by reading these types of heart-softening books. Therefore, it is waajib (incumbent) upon him to read the books pertaining to Tawheed and Eemaan. And if he wishes to engage in other actions such as buying and selling, etc, then he must also learn these affairs. Furthermore, he is not excused from the mistakes he makes due to his deficiency in reading books related to Aqeedah, but rather he falls into sin if he does not do so.

 

Question 12: Is it permissible for the teacher of Qur’aan to request a salary to teach the people the Book of Allah?

 

Answer: The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said, “The most deserving thing you would take a fee for is teaching the Book of Allah.” Therefore, if the individual wants to charge a fee for teaching the Book of Allah, then there is no problem in them doing so. It is possible that the individual does so in order to have free time to teach the Qur’aan, and it is also possible they wish to do so because they have no other means of providing for themselves. Therefore, it is permissible to do so, and it is likewise not a problem that the person seeking the reward for teaching the Book of Allah whilst seeking a means of provision. There is also no difference whether the person charges a fee to teach the Qur’aan in his home, in the Masjid or other than that. The ruling of it being permissible is the same.

 

Question 13: Is it permissible for a man to trim, cut, or line his beard from the top or bottom, for any specific reason?

 

Answer: It is not permissible. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said, “Grow the beards and trim the mustache.” The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ left his beard, and he did not take anything from it, from any direction. It is befitting that an individual follow the guidance of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ rather it is compulsory. As Allah says in the Qur’aan, “Say: If you love Allah, then follow me. Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins.” Therefore, we understand that the guidance of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ and following it is the path which leads to the pleasure of Allah. Thus, it is not permissible to take from the beard.

 

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