Tazkiya tul Nafs bi Tawheed (Purification of the Soul through Tawheed) and the Importance of Becoming Grounded in The Arabic Language


Tazkiya tul Nafs bi Tawheed (Purification of the Soul through Tawheed) and the Importance of Becoming Grounded in The Arabic Language (December, 2010)

Starting off with a short advice and the importance of what we are learning of Tawheed and the fact that Allaah tabaraka wa ta’alaa mentions:

وَلَقَدۡ بَعَثۡنَا فِى ڪُلِّ أُمَّةٍ۬ رَّسُولاً أَنِ ٱعۡبُدُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجۡتَنِبُواْ ٱلطَّـٰغُوتَ‌ۖ فَمِنۡهُم مَّنۡ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ وَمِنۡهُم مَّنۡ حَقَّتۡ عَلَيۡهِ ٱلضَّلَـٰلَةُ‌ۚ فَسِيرُواْ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ فَٱنظُرُواْ كَيۡفَ كَانَ عَـٰقِبَةُ ٱلۡمُكَذِّبِينَ

And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allaah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taaghoot [1] (all false deities i.e. do not worship Taaghoot besides Allaah).” Then of them were some whom Allaah guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth).( Surat An-Nahl(16):36)

So this affair of Aqeedah(Creed) is extremely important for the believers to focus on and give it their priority (main importance).There is no doubt that other subjects of Tarbiyah and Tazkiya and like Tazkiya tul nafus (soul purifications) itýs tremendously important in Islam.

Nevertheless, that which has the greatest form of Tazkiya is the Tazkiya tul Nafs bi Tawheed (Tazkiya of the soul with the Tawheed and with the Sunnah). Therefore, it is important for the believer to understand the importance of this particular subject that we are studying, which is the Tawheed and the Aqeedah (Creed) of the Believers.

You have some individual who hold the opinion that it’s not so important to focus on Tawheed and that Muslims are well aware of this subject. But the reality is the opposite. Recently, maybe two days ago and our beloved Shaykh Ali Ibn Yahya Al Hadaadee Shaykh Hafidullaah mentioned and also in today’s lessons while we were with him, he wrote an article and it was an advice to the Du’aat and it was called Al Muwaqef Al Mubkiyya (events that bring tears to your eyes)

The Shaykh mentioned two events or three that took place during Hajj time, to show you that many Muslims do not know the correct Aqeedah (belief), whether pertaining to Allaah Azza Wa Jal, or whether it is pertaining to the Sahaba, or the Angels , etc.

Therefore, the Shaykh Hafidullaah (may Allah preserve him) wrote that while he was making Hajj last year, while making Tawaf (circling around) the Ka’aba he saw a group of Moroccan women who were calling to the Ka’aba. They weren’t calling to Allah Azza Wa Jall they were saying

Al Madad Al Madad Ya baytulaa al Madad(Al madad is like assistance) so they were calling help oh the house of Allaah! They were calling out to the house of Allaah and they were not calling out to the Lord of the house. This occurred in the land of revelation. The place of revelation a place in Makkah, likewise he mentioned he heard a man while making Tawaf calling on the Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. In addition, the Shaykh Hafidullaah, he mentioned to this man while he was making Tawaf, call on Allaah, call on the Lord of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, do not call on Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, the man became extremely upset and responded to him, are you disrespecting the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The Shaykh Hafidullaah said: I am not disrespecting the Prophet Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam but we are taught to call in Allaah.

وَقَالَ رَبُّڪُمُ ٱدۡعُونِىٓ أَسۡتَجِبۡ لَكُمۡۚ

And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation) Surat Ghafir or Al-Mumin(40:60)

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ‌ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعۡوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ‌ۖ فَلۡيَسۡتَجِيبُواْ لِى وَلۡيُؤۡمِنُواْ بِى لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡشُدُونَ (١٨٦

And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. [4] (Surat Al-Baqarah(2:186)

The Shaykh Hafidullaah mentioned these things to the man. Somehow this man took it and he started saying Ya Allaah Ya Allaah, but a few minutes later he heard the man once again calling on the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam and this is in Makkah itself. Look at the extent of the ignorance of the people and how ignorance is wide spread, even in the place of revelation. During present time and age technology and authentic books and knowledge and the honorable Scholars still being present, and you still have people who call on the Ka’aba and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam , you still have people calling on the Angels, you still have people cursing the Sahaba. You still have people believing in stones, and these people are amongst the Muslim, if you search the Internet, you can find videos of people worshiping graves, videos of people cursing the Sahaba. Consequently, this is something that is present and even now.

You have groups in England and groups in Australia and America from the Ashaira. They are approaching the Sunni the Salafia some individuals are somewhat weak and don’t have a strong grounding, and they are pulling them away and pulling them to disbelief. Disbelief in the Sifat of Allaah Azza Wa Jall (Names and Attributes of Allaah),they call to disbelief in that which is in the Quraan, that which is Al Bukharee and the which is Al Muslim about the Sifat of Allaah Azza Wa Jall.

Some of these Ashaira went to an extent to even print a book, questions to ask salafi. This is to make that individual doubt his religion. Therefore, there is no doubt it is extremely incumbent upon the individual to be firm in his Aqeedah, and likewise to implement the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam as it pertains to worldly dealings.

I also advise my brothers and sisters to become grounded in the Arabic language and by doing so they will to cut out the middle man (translations). It is not befitting that an individual can only learn his religion when someone is willing to sit and translate for him!! So one can only learn his religion when one can sit and translate for him. Example if you learn the Arabic language and this a small advice and yet it is tremendous in meaning, when you learn the Arabic language you can go to its sources (Quran, Sunnah, scholars, etc.) yourself.

You can go to the Quran and read the Quran yourself and to books of Tafseer that explain the Quran itself and books of Hadeeth and books that explain the hadeeth, you can sit with the Ulema and contact them without having an intermediary (translator).

The da’ee (Islamic caller and teacher) is someone who Allaah azawajjal has given the ability to teach to people. Especially an English speaking person , but is it the case that its only possible for a person in the West who does not speak the Arabic language can only learn his religion when a da’ee is ready to teach it to him?! That is a PROBLEM. Someone may say: No, but I can go to Al bukharee and Muslim myself. But he fails to realize that these books are translated by individuals who took time out to translate. Books like Ibn Majah, Nasa, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhee all these books are translated by individuals who took the time out to translate had they not taken the time to translate these books, where would you be in your religion?!

Books of Aqeedah to Tahawiyyah or Kitabu Tawheed, Qawaida Arba (The Four Fundamental Principles) Usoolu Thalathaa (The Three Fundamental Principles) Kashfu Shubahaat.These books are written by an individual, Shaykh Muhammad bin  Abdul Wahhaab, Rahimahullah ta’alaa May Allaah raise him and give him Jannaah.The Shaykh Rahimahullah took the time out to write those books these books are available , now what I meant by the a middleman is how does an individual whether he is in England or America had excess to these books except by way to translation(someone who took time out to translate these books).

Therefore, to some extent you are in need of an intermediary, someone who sits down and translates these books, and if that person does not do this translation, where would you be in the understanding of your religion?! Likewise, in our community, if there is an affair that needs clarity like an issue that needs the attention of a scholar, you have to sit and call the du’aat, and request to him, can you please ask this to the shaykh for me .The da’ee has to find time to ask for you and, Alhamdulillah the da’ee he gets Baraka (blessings).But when he does not take upon himself to assist you, then how would your questions get answered?

I have mentioned in an article which I compiled some time ago maybe 3 or 5 years ago what would be the case of an individual who wants good in his religion, and wants to learn his religion but does not attain a strong grounding in the Arabic language? What would be the case of this person if he were to come in contact with Kibaur Ulemah (senior scholars), the likes of Shaykh Uthaymeen Rahimahullaah or Ibn Baaz Rahimahullah. Or let’s say the ones who are present, Shaykh Saaleh Al Fawzaan Hafidullaah, Shaykh Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad, Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee, Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree Shaykh Zayd al-Madkhalee, if you were to come in contact with all these noble Scholars these scholars who Allaah tabaraka wa’taala has placed in your presence so you can benefit from, so how would you benefit from them if you cannot speak the language of the Shaykh? You would give him salaams and he would return salaams how are you and it stops there only. Then the Shaykh walks away…..

One time this took place, a student of knowledge, at the time he was not student of knowledge, and I was informed, that this individual met Shaykh Ibn Baaz or encountered him. This individual had recently arrived in Al Madinah and he mentioned that he said to Shaykh Ibn Baaz , salaam and was given salaams back and even so much so that this individual he entered, the car with Shaykh Ibn Baaz who invited him to join him in his car to the Haram in al Madinah.

The Shaykh Rahimahullah was asking him questions and the individual did not speak Arabic yet, except from the du’aa of Shaykh Ibn Baaz Rahimahullah.

Therefore, reality is that we have the Ulema who are still living and it is upon people that they should be grounded in the Arabic language, so they can go back to the sources. So they can go back to Quran and the books of Tafseer and the Books of Hadeeth, so they can go to the books of the explanation of the Hadeeth, so that they can contact the Scholars directly and they are no longer in need of middleman. This is something which is extremely important and Bidhinillaah we pray to Allaah Azza Wa Jall with His Asma wa sifat, that the believers understand the advice they have been given and they take in upon themselves to gain a foundation in the Arabic language, in order that they can benefit directly from the sources of Islam.

Edited by Mustafa George DeBerry.

Friday, December 03 2010


Posted on October 15, 2012, in Aqeedah/Tawheed, Naseehah/Advice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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