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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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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

Once You _Enter_Jannah_You_Will_Forget_The_Difficulties_Of_This_Life

 

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

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

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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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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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. 

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

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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

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The Masjid of The People of Innovation is Cleaner and More Comfortable….!!!

The Masjid of The People of Innovation is Cleaner and More Comfortable….!!!

Answered by Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan at the end of his lesson on 28 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Saturday November 2nd, 2013

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Question: Some people in our country pray and attend the masaajid (plural of masjid) of the people of innovation and desires. When we advise them, they respond:

These masaajid are cleaner and more comfortable than the masaajid of Ahlu Sunnah!

How should we respond to their statement, and is it allowed for them to perform this action?

Answer: If this person intends to go to the masaajid of the people on innovation for the purpose of admonishing them, correcting them, and displaying the Sunnah, then there is no problem in him doing so; this is something good. As for him saying that they (the masaajid of the people of innovation and desires) are cleaner and, and… This speech is erroneous, and it is an indication that he prefers the people of innovation over the people of the Sunnah. This is a very dangerous affair. In addition, why doesn’t he clean the masaajid of the people of the Sunnah? He should seek reward from Allah and clean the masaajid, or find someone to clean them.

Link: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/sites/default/files/Montaqo-28-12-1434-01.mp3

(Q&A at end of lesson)

Translator’s comment:

The speech of our beloved father is a clear indication that the people of the Sunnah should act upon the following:

  1. They should strive to be in the company of the people of the Sunnah
  2. They should strive to help with the upkeep of the masaajid of the people of the Sunnah
  3. They should be diligent and eager in providing any and all forms of support (physical, financial, etc.) to the masaajid of the people of the Sunnah
  4. Those in charge of the masaajid should try their best to thorough keep these places of worship clean, comfortable, and free of all harms (shirk, innovation, fitna, hizbiyah, dirt, filth, gossip, backbiting, etc.)[1]
  5. If a person of the Sunnah attends a masjid of the people of innovation, he should admonish them, correct them, or call them to the Sunnah.

May Allah guide us to that which is pleasing to Him, and may He grant us love of the people of the Sunnah.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

28 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Saturday November 2nd, 2013


[1] Sheikh Saleh ala Sheik said: It is upon the individuals responsible in the masjid to make it a place of good, kindness, and learning. They should likewise make it a place of comfort, relaxation, unity of the hearts, assisting upon good, righteousness and taqwa. (Al Aimah wa Muathinoon pg. 5)

Sheikh Ahmad an Najmi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Being that the masjid is the source of all good, it is mandatory upon those who are responsible for the masjid to only allow those who are qualified to run it. Those who teach in it, it should be known by way of their lectures, sermons, speeches and lessons, that they call to that which is supported by the Book, the Sunnah and the guidance of the Salaf as Saleh. As for the individual who is accused; based on proofs, that he is a hizbee and he spreads, supports and calls to innovation, they should forbid this person from teaching in the masjid.  (Dawr al Masjid fil Islam pg.90)

Important Benefit from Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen Related to Marriage and Observing that which is Apparent

Important Benefit from Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen Related to Marriage and Observing that which is Apparent

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

While explaining the hadeeth of Fatimah bint Qaes (may Allah be pleased with her); in which she approached the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and informed him that individuals have approached her for marriage, upon hearing the names of these individuals the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم replied:
As for Abu Jahil, he does not remove the stick from his shoulder (he beats women), and as for Mu’awiyah, he is poor. Instead, marry Usamah. (Saheeh Muslim)

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Sheikh ‘Uthaymeen commented (in summary):
If it were said: How can the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم say: “As for Mu’awiyah, he is poor”, while he (the Prophet) doesn’t know? It’s possible he (Mu’awiyah) will become wealthy (in the future). And actually, this did take place. Mu’awiyah became a ruler; in fact he became one of the wealthiest rulers.
Thus, we say: From this hadeeth a vital benefit can be derived, which is: That which should be considered is what is apparent, not what will possibly occur in the future. Pay close attention to this principle. An individual is not commissioned to (consider) matters of the unseen, but rather, he is responsible for that which is in front of him.
Consequently, we know the answer for a commonly mentioned question (issue). This occurs when a man who is not religious seeks to marry a religious female. The female would like to marry him and thus she says: It’s possible that Allah will guide this man by way of me. This action may or may not occur in the future. She does not know, but that which is presently apparent is that this individual is not religious. If the female was to say: It is possible that Allah will guide him by way of me, we will respond: It is (also) possible that Allah will lead you astray by way of him! Both of these outcomes are possible, and you (the female) being led astray by way of the man is more likely, due to the fact that the authority and influence of the man over the woman is much greater than her authority and influence over him. Likewise, how many men put pressure on their wives to perform something that the husband wants, and due to his pressure, the female falls into something she herself dislikes. This is something which is known and proven. The most important benefit in this issue is that a person is responsible for that which is apparent, not that which will may or may not occur in the future.
Source: Fathul Thee Jalalee wal Ikram bi Sharh Bulough al Maram vol. 11, pg. 201
Translator’s note:

May Allah have mercy upon our beloved Sheikh and father Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen. Indeed his statements and clarifications are filled with wisdom and sound understanding. The advice of the Sheikh can also be applied to the common day belief of many sisters (when approached for marriage by individuals not upon the methodology of the Salaf): I know he’s not Salafi, but ان شاء الله he will come to the minhaj through my guidance and direction! Then after a few months, we find the sister attending the gatherings of the people of innovation and those supporting them! We have even witnessed sisters falling into major shirk, innovation, and defending the callers to hizbiyah due to being married to individuals not upon the methodology of the Salaf. Similarly is the statement of some females, when approached for marriage by an individual who has a proven reputation of mistreatment of women, you find some women saying: I will be the one to change him! Or: He will never treat me the way he treated others! These spurious statements and the likes are clear examples of how females place themselves in dreadful predicaments as it relates to marriages.
May Allah guide our women to that which is better, and may He keep us all firm upon the straight path.

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
17th of Dhil Hijjah | Oct. 22, 2013

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Explanation of ‘The Meaning of Taghoot’ Shaykh bin Abdul Wahab Rahimahullaah

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Explanation of the 4 Rules regarding shirk Shaykh ibn Abdul Wahab Rahimahullaah

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Explanations of the Nullifies of Islaam Shaykh ibn Abdul Wahab Rahimahullaah

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Belief in the Angels and its effect on the life of the Ummah Shaykh al-FawzanHafidullaah

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The Creed of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah concerning the Companions Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad Hafidullaah

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Kitaab At Tawheed of Shaykhul Islaam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab With Shaykh Saleh bin Muhammad Al Luhaydaan

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CLASS ONE: Kitaab at-Tawheed of Shaykhul Islam Muhammed ibn Abdul Wahab.Rahimahullaah
TAUGHT BY: Noble Shaykh Saleh bin Muhammed al-Luhaydaan.Hafidullaah
TRANSLATION: Arabic to English by our noble brothers Mustafa George & Sabir Crespen.
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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

Response to some Beliefs of the Shi’ah

Response to some
Beliefs of the
Shi’ah
Compiled and translated by
Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

While teaching Sharhu Sunnah by Imam al Barbaharee, I arrived at the statement of the author concerning the belief of Ahlu Sunnah with regards to the high status and merits of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and ‘Uthman (may Allah be pleased with them). During my research in preparation for class, I compiled and translated several points which I felt the need to summarize for those who would like to take a closer look at some of the major contradictions of the shi’ah concerning the companions of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). These points are valid and can’t be denied because they are present in many of their own books! I pray that this will assist those who have gone astray, in coming back to the correct path, and I also hope that this short compilation acts as a vital reminder for those Muslims who have begun to believe that there is no difference between the beliefs of Ahlu Sunnah and the shi’ah. This new concept is a result of various statements which are circulated by way of the media concerning the shi’ah. They have mentioned (for the purpose of deception) that the differences between the Sunni Muslim and the shi’ah are minor and should not lead to division. They make such claims, but when one reads their books and references, he finds most of their beliefs to be in total contradiction to their statements, thereby proving them to indulge in a level of dishonesty for the purpose of propagation.
A Brief Mention of the Beliefs of the Shi’ah Regarding Abu Bakr, ‘Umar,
and ‘Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with them)
Generally, the shi’ah believe that all of the companions of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) apostated after his death, except for three. Al Kulaynee (a shi’ah scholar) mentions in his book titled: Fur’oo al Kaafee on the authority of Ja’far:

I pray this article is of benefit to the Muslim communities.


Please click the attached document to read the article   (Click Here)….>  Shiat

I pray this article is of benefit to the Muslim communities.
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Shaikh Muqbil’s Statement about Shaikh Rabe’a bin Hadee

Shaikh Muqbil’s Statement about Shaikh Rabe’a bin Hadee

Bismillahi Rahmaan ar Raheem

Shaikh Muqbil (may the mercy of Allah be upon him) mentioned concerning Shaikh Rab’ea bin Hadee:

… from amongst the individuals who are very knowledgeable about parties and groups during present times is the brother Rabe’a bin Hadee al Mudhkalee (may Allah preserve him). The person who Rabe’a informs is a hizbee, his affair will eventually become apparent and exposed after some time, and you will remember (that Shaikh Rabe’a warned of him). A person’s affair initially is unknown and that individual doesn’t want to expose himself, but if he becomes more popular and gains a following and he no longer is worried about what is said concerning him, he exposes what he holds (his true beliefs and methodology).
Source: Gharatul Ashrita vol.2 pg.11

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Misleading Statements (Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul)

Misleading Statements (Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul)

Oct 19, ’10 2:43 PM
for everyone

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Misleading Statements

The statement: The Shaikh is affected by the people around him (those who speak to him).

Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul commented on this statement:

Beware of such a statement oh my brothers, for indeed it is the statement of the people of innovation and desires! I have heard this statement being mentioned concerning the likes of Shaikh Bin Baaz and Shaikh al Albani (may Allah have mercy on them), and I have heard it mentioned about other scholars.

This statement is incorrect in several ways:

1. It is belittlement of the scholar because it indicates that he is not accurate and he accepts anything mentioned to him by his students. The origin of the affair of a scholar is that he is trustworthy and accurate, and therefore this statement is in opposition to this origin. With this being the case, the person who makes such an allegation must present proofs for his claim or it is befitting that his claims is rejected and not accepted.

2. The likes of this statement was forbidden by Allah concerning what was being said about His Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and the scholars; those who inherit from the prophets. Allah said in the Qur’an:

وَمِنْهُمُ الَّذِينَ يُؤْذُونَ النَّبِيَّ وَيَقُولُونَ هُوَ أُذُنٌ قُلْ أُذُنُ خَيْرٍ لَكُمْ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَيُؤْمِنُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْذُونَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

{Among them are those who annoy the Prophet and say: He is lending his ear to all news. Say: He listens to what is best for you; he believes in Allah, has faith in the believers, and is a mercy to those of you who believe. But those who annoy Allah’s Messenger will have a painful torment.} Surah at Taubah: 61

Imam at Tabari mentioned in his book of Tafseer in explanation to this verse, he said:

Allah is informing that from amongst the hypocrites are groups who seek to annoy the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and reprimand him by saying: He freely lends his ear. He listens to everyone who speaks to him and he accepts and believes their speech….

Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul further explained:

Consequently, this statement was mentioned by the hypocrites concerning the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and now it is being used by the people of innovation and ignorance to belittle the scholars and abandon their statements and knowledge. By performing this action, they have imitated the action of the hypocrites. Indeed there is no might or change except by the permission of Allah!

3. This statement is used by individuals to refute the statements of the scholars concerning individuals and issues. Indeed this is from the most despicable of affairs. The statement of a scholar is only rejected based on valid, legislated proofs and evidences. Is this statement (the scholar is affected by those around him) considered a valid, legislated proof and evidence?!

4. This statement contains several dangers. From its dangers is that it creates a lack of trust for the scholar concerning his speech and rulings. Certainly the more the people trust the scholar, the more they trust his knowledge.

5. This statement removes and decreases the awe and reverence the students of knowledge have for the scholar.

Summarized translation from: ‘Misleading Statements’ Shaikh Muhammad Bazmoul (may Allah preserve him)

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, KSA

Advice From Sheikh Rabe’a Concerning Minhaj

Advice From Sheikh Rabe’a Concerning Minhaj Jun 29, ’09 5:43 PM
for everyone

This past Friday, the 21st of Muharram, Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee spent some precious time [two hours!] with his students, clarifying the correct manhaj in dealing with the one who errs, and other important affairs. The following points were discussed:

* Those who fall into error are upon many different levels and are to be dealt with accordingly. Important factors are taken into consideration like:

– the level of the mistake
– the origin of the mistaken one (is he from Ahlus-Sunnah originally)
– his position towards Ahlus-Sunnah who correct him (animosity or humility)
– his position/status among the people
– and others

* When we find Salafees who are reckless in their speech about those who err, we must correct them and not encourage this recklessness. He mentioned the mistake of those who believe that harshness is beneficial overall to the da’wah and that the best of the Salafees are the harshest of them. Rather, the shaykh asked, “If you see someone on fire, are you going to pour gasoline on them?”

* Advising our brothers to be patient, easy on the people, and not to jump to conclusions is not a kind of tamyee’. Rather, both tamyee’ and ghuluww must be avoided.

* The shaykh said that he recognizes that many of the Salafees do not know the manhaj and they are weak and have mistakes. This does not necessitate discarding them or warning against them in itself. A big problem that exists is that many of the Salafees do not know when to advise and when to warn against someone when they see mistakes. The first thing they do is warn and boycott without having proper knowledge. This is something harmful to the da’wah.

* The shaykh, may Allaah reward him and increase him in good health, recommended us to read Shaykh al-Islaam’s letter to the people of Bahrayn, which can be found in the Fataawaa [6/485-505]. He mentioned that many benefits can be taken from these few pages with regards to how we should deal with the mistakes of the people.

May Allaah help us all to actualize the advice of our mashaayikh, and grant us firmness.

I also convey glad tidings that our shaykh’s health is much better now, and he was very vigorous and active in this sitting. May Allaah preserve him and grant him long life.

[Unfortunately, the sitting was not recorded.]

Note: The origin of this post was written by Musa Richardson

Misleading Statements

Misleading Statements

by: Shaykh Muhammed bin Umar bin Salem Bazmoul

Note: This treatise is originally a lecture conducted by the Sheikh and contains over 25 misleading statements spread by individuals with the purpose of supporting hizbee views and ideologies. We have only translated one statement mentioned and explained by the Sheikh (may Allah preserve him).

Misleading Statement: This scholar is not from the senior scholars!

Shaykh Muhammed Bazmoul commented: This statement is mentioned by some individuals if they wish to reject speech mentioned by a particular scholar, or if they wish to deter people from listening to or taking from that scholar, especially if what he said is pertaining to forbidding evil, or warning against innovation and correcting fault.

Indeed this statement is incorrect and it is a product of the shayton in order to deter from the truth and acceptance of it. It is a rejected for several reasons:

The origin (principal) is that speech is not rejected based on who the speaker is, rather the criteria for accepting or rejecting speech is based on its agreement to the truth or not. If the speech is in accordance with the truth, we accept it, and if it is not, it is rejected. As for rejecting speech merely because the speaker is not from the major scholars, then this is incorrect because it opposes the principal: Truth is not known by men.
The fact that a person is from the senior scholars does not mean that all his speech is true, and the fact that a scholar has not reached the level of seniority does not mean that his speech is incorrect. Similar to this has come by way of Imam Malik (may Allah have mercy on him): “There is none from amongst us except that his statement is accepted or rejected, except the one in this grave. (The Prophet Muhammed –salAllahu alayhi wa salem)” (This informs) that the matter must be returned to the proofs mentioned by the scholar making the statement, and its agreement with the truth or disagreement.
This statement is a deterrent of the people from the scholars and abandonment of their rights. As long as the scholar (who mentioned something not in accordance with their -people of falsehood- desires) is not known by them, or they have no concern for him, or he is not famous (to them).
This statement is ill treatment of the rights that must be preserved toward the scholars, and treatment of them according to what is apparent of their situation in accordance with The Quran, Sunnah and that which the Salaf as Saleh were upon.
This statement has become a tool used for destruction by the people of innovation. They use it to reject the speech of Ahlu Sunnah wal Jama’a. Every scholar that refutes something that the people of innovation fall into, or a mistake that they persist to commit, they reject this scholar’s refutation with this statement and they warn against it by stating: He is not from the senior scholars! While it is incumbent to oppose the people of innovation and to warn against their ideologies that wage war against the truth and its people.
The meaning of this misleading statement is that no one has the right to refute the mistake that callers have fallen into; weather they be individuals or groups, except one who they hold to be from the senior scholars. This is not correct and opposes the general statement of The Messenger –salAlahu alayhi wa salem- “Whoever sees something wrong, then change it with his hand, if he can not, then with his tongue, if he still can not, then he should hate it within his heart, and that is the weakest of faith”
Allah has ordered that affairs are taken back to the scholars of The Book and the Sunnah, they are referred to as the people of Thikr, but Allah did not place a condition that they be from the famous scholars or from the senior ones. Allah said: {We have not sent before you (Muhammed) except men that we revealed to them revelation. So ask (you pagans of Mecca) the people of thikr (those that were given the books before you) if you do not know} surah an Nahl:43
When a scholar mentions innovation or a mistake that a man has fallen into, he is in fact informing of that person’s situation, and the statement of a reliable individual must be accepted as long as it is not in opposition to an equal statement (of praise). It is not a condition that the scholar informing of the innovation or mistake is famous or from the senior scholars. This condition was not at all mentioned by the Imams (scholars of the past) for the acceptance of someone’s statement, and therefore using this (misleading) statement would be in opposition to what the scholars have established.
The apparent state of the individual(s) making this statement informs and proves that he merely intends to support his innovation and abandon rejection of it. This is because if you were to approach him with the speech of the senior scholars in rejection to his innovation or an incorrect statement, or in clarification of someone’s mistake, you will find that he will reject the statement of the senior scholars, but he would do so with other (misleading) statements such as:

· Oh my brother, this scholar is influenced by those around him.

· Oh my brother, do not investigate people’s beliefs or mistakes.

· Oh my brother, speaking against or correcting a famous person is extremely difficult.

· Oh my brother, I am not obliged to accept the speech of this scholar.

…and other statements similar to the above.

The result being: The individual continues upon his falseness, (people) continue to call to that individual and his innovation and the callers to falsehood increase, multiply and sparkle at the cost of the Sunnah and its people. (These callers to falsehood) deceive the masses and the people of the truth are no longer known, so the truth which is present with them is no longer sought and as a result the people no longer know the Sunnah. Truth is viewed as falsehood, and falsehood is viewed as truth!

Indeed there is no change or strength except by Allah, and from Him we come and to Him we will return. (pg. 56- 58 Dar Al Imam Ahmed print)

Mustafa George

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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