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

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

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

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

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

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

وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَعْلُومَاتٍ

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

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

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

وَوَاعَدْنَا مُوسَىٰ ثَلَاثِينَ لَيْلَةً وَأَتْمَمْنَاهَا بِعَشْرٍ فَتَمَّ مِيقَاتُ رَبِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةً

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

4. Allaah completed His religion on the 9th

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Eid Al-AdHa is the 10th.

9. These are the days for Hajj.

لْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَعْلُومَات

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

10. Allaah swears by these days.

وَالْفَجْرِوَلَيَالٍ عَشْروَالشَّفْعِ وَالْوَتْر

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allaah expresses His pride to His angels

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

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

Allaah Swears by these 10 Days, odd and even

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

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

The standing on ‘Arafaat Is the Hajj

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

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

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

 

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

 

Chapter: The End of Ramadan

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

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

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

“…his past and future sins will be forgiven”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Poetry)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Feeding the fasting person

– Lightening the burden (work) of the slave

– Remembrance of Allah

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

(Continued means of forgiveness)

– Seeking forgiveness

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

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

(continued reasons for forgiveness)

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

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

“Ameen, Ameen, Ameen”

The companions inquired concerning this, and he responded:

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

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

The author continues to state:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Poetry)

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

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

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

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

(Poetry)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Translated By Mustafa George DeBerry

Reasons Why I Spoke Against Al Hujjah Pubs NYC

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

Reasons Why I Spoke Against Al Hujjah Pubs NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

“…his own ignorance”

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

“…how deluded one can become with oneself”

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

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

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

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

 

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

19 of Rajab 1435 | May 18, 2014

 

Ramadan is Less than Two Months Away!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ramadan is Less than Two Months Away!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allah, the Most High, says:

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

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

(Surah al Baqarah: 281)

And He, the Most Glorious, said:

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

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

He, the Most Merciful, further said:

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

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

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

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

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

Your brother in Islam,

Mustafa George DeBerry

11th Rajab 1435 | May 10th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Shaikh repeated the question and asked:

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

The questioner responds that he is an Arabic speaker.

The Shaikh answers:

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

This is done in the following ways:

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

 

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

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

 

Read the recently updated article with various additions and links Here

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

The Dangers of Sitting with the People of Desires and Innovation

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

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

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

Imam Ibn Bhattah commented:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

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

The Advice of Sheikh Abdullaah Al Ghudayaan Rahimahullaah.

The Advice of Sheikh Abdullaah Al Ghudayaan Rahimahullaah.

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

 

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

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

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

9 December 2013

Sincerity Toward Scholars :Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh Al Uthaymeen

Sincerity Toward Scholars

 

Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh Al Uthaymeen

 

Source: Explanation of 40 Hadith (Arabic)

 

Sincerity toward the scholars is established through various means:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translator’s comment:

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

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, KSA

Scholars and Islamic Teachers Act Upon Their Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

Scholars and Islamic Teachers Act Upon Their Knowledge

 

This is an extremely important characteristic which should be found in the individual who is in a position to teach the religion. He should be mindful that he has become an example for others to follow. With this being the case his statements and actions must be in accordance with what Islam legislates and encourages. This also demands that the teacher displays exemplary character, especially when in the presence of others. Allah – The Most High – mentioned in the Glorious Quran concerning Prophet Shua’ib alayhi salaam:

 

وَمَا أُرِيدُ أَنْ أُخَالِفَكُمْ إِلَى مَا أَنْهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ

{I do not wish to oppose that which I call you to} (Surah Hud)(11:88)

 

The famous companion Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

 

إن أخوف ما أخاف إذا وقفت على الحساب أن يقال لي: قد علمت، فماذا عملت فيما علمت

 

Indeed my greatest fear concerning standing on the Day of Judgment is that it will be said to me: You have learned, hence what have you done with your knowledge?!

 

(Jam’e Bayaan al ‘Elm wa Fadlihee #647)

 

Imam al Thahabee Rahimahullah mentioned on the authority of Abu ‘Umraan who said that Hiram bin Hayaan Rahimahullah said:

 

إِيَّاكُم وَالعَالِمَ الفَاسِقَ.

 

Beware of the sinful scholar.

 

When this statement reached ‘Umar ibn al Khattaab (radhiallahu anhu) he wrote to Hiram inquiring about it. Hiram  replied:

 

مَا أَرَدْتُ إِلاَّ الخَيْرَ، يَكُوْنُ إِمَامٌ يَتَكَلَّمُ بِالعِلْمِ، وَيَعْمَلُ بِالفِسْقِ، وَيُشَبِّهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ، فَيَضِلُّوا

I only intended good ‘oh Leader of the believers! If the scholar speaks with knowledge and then acts with sin, this will confuse the people and they will be led astray. (Tareekh al Islam 5/534)

 

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz Rahimahullah said:

 

Another matter which relates to the student of knowledge with regards to his position with Allah firstly, and secondly with regards to his brothers and the society, is that he should fear Allah within himself. When he learns something, he is diligent in performing it without delay and procrastination. He learns and he acts upon it. It is incumbent that actions accompany knowledge. The student should constantly bring himself to account. (The Obligation of a Student of Knowledge pg.15)

 

Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen Rahimahullah mentioned:

 

It is incumbent upon the student of knowledge to act upon his knowledge. This includes belief, worship, manners, character and dealings with others. This is the fruit and result of knowledge. The carrier of knowledge is similar to the carrier of a weapon. This weapon could either defend him or harm him. It is because of this that the Prophet (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

وَالْقُرْآنُ حُجَّةٌ لَكَ أَوْ عَلَيْكَ

 

The Quran is a proof for you or against you. (Sahih Muslim)

 

(Mejmoo’ Fatawaa 26/80)

 

It is vital that those who are in positions to teach the Muslim communities realize that they must set a good example and display fear of Allah in private and in open. It is due to this that Imam al ‘Awzai’ee Rahimahullah mentioned:

كنا نضحك ونمزح ، فلما صرنا يقتدى بنا خشيت أن لا يسعنا التبسم

We used to laugh, but when we became individuals who others followed, I feared that it was no longer befitting for us to smile.

 

(Al Madkal ila Sunan al Kubraa 1/448)

 

Although no Muslim would deny the permissibility of laughing, the above narration displays for us the great importance the Salaf gave to being cautious of one’s character, especially for those who are looked at as examples in the Muslim communities.

 

Sheikh Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz Rahimahullah said while discussing the great status that Allah has given to the people of knowledge, he said:

 

The scholars are on a higher level than the layman. This is due to the enormous effect they have on the people, and the tremendous benefit they disperse to the masses. (Knowledge and the Character of its People pg.7)

 

It is due to this fact that the Salaf were very keen to monitor the teacher’s character before taking knowledge from him. Ibraheem al Nakha’ee Rahimahullah said:

 

 

كانوا إذا أتوا الرجل ليأخذوا عنه نظروا إلى هديه وسمته وصلاته ثم أخذوا عنه

If they (students of knowledge) approached an individual for the purpose of study, they would first examine his guidance, character and prayer. Then they would take knowledge from him. (At Temheed 1/48)

 

In light of this information, it is befitting that the Muslim communities are cautious who they take their knowledge from. They should not lend their ears to any and every individual, even if those individuals claim to have a level of knowledge and are able to benefit others. Rather, the Muslim communities seek to benefit from those who to the best of their ability display exemplified Islamic character. By doing so, these individuals (teachers) have truly helped their Muslim brothers and sisters by first saving themselves, and then trying their level best to save others from a blazing Hell-fire.

 

The above information is a summarized excerpt of an article soon to be available titled:

The Characteristics of Those Who Knowledge is Taken From

Response to Recent Lies of Shadeed Muhammad

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

إن الحمد لله نحمده ، و نستعينه ، ونستغفره ، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ، ومن سيئات أعمالنا
من يهده الله فلا مضل له ، ومن يضلل فلا هادي له ، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأ شهد أ ن محمداً عبدُه و رسولُه

Allah -The Most High-has warned the believers from lying and distorting the truth in His Glorious book, Allah said:

فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

{Go throughout the earth and see what was the punishment for those who lied.} Sûrat Âl-‘Imrân (3:137)

فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانْظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

{Go throughout the earth and see what was the punishment for those who lied.} Sûrat An-Nahl (16:36) and others.

Allah -The Most High and Exalted- also stated:

فَلَا تُطِعِ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ

{Do not obey the liars.} Sûrat Al-Qalam (68:8)

In addition, our Lord has reprimanded those who lie in over 160 verses in the Quran, and although these verses were revealed concerning those who disbelieved and lied against the Prophets and Messengers, their warnings are generally applied to everyone who adapts this reprehensive characteristic.

Our Glorious Lord also ordered His servants with justice and to speak that which is true. He -The Most High – stated:

وَلَا تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

{And do not cover the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth while you are aware}.Sûrat Al-Baqara (2:42)

He -The All Knowing – also stated:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِين

{Oh you who believe, fear Allah and be with those who are truthful.} Sûrat At-Taubah (9:119)

He -The All Just – also stated:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ

{Indeed Allah orders (the people) to be just and to display good conduct.}Sûrat An-Nahl (16:90)

Based on the above, it is clear to every Muslim whom Allah has blessed to understand His admonitions that lying is not permissible in Islam and is considered to be from the worst of characteristics. It is because of this that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم stated:

عَلَيْكُمْ بِالصِّدْقِ فَإِنَّ الصِّدْقَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْبِرِّ وَإِنَّ الْبِرَّ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَصْدُقُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الصِّدْقَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ صِدِّيقًا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْكَذِبَ فَإِنَّ الْكَذِبَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الْفُجُورِ وَإِنَّ الْفُجُورَ يَهْدِي إِلَى النَّارِ وَمَا يَزَالُ الرَّجُلُ يَكْذِبُ وَيَتَحَرَّى الْكَذِبَ حَتَّى يُكْتَبَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ كَذَّابًا ‏”‏

 “It is upon you to be truthful, for indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Jennah. A man will continue to be truthful and seek the truth until he is written with Allah as a truthful individual. And beware of lying, for verily lying leads to indecency and indecency leads to the Hell-fire. A man will continue to lie and seek dishonesty until he is labeled with Allah as a liar.”

[Saheeh Muslim]

Our beloved Prophet Muhammedصلى الله عليه و سلم the one who called to all forms of good character, has cautioned us from oppressing others, he said:

اتَّقوا الظُّلمَ ، فإنَّ الظُّلم ظُلُماتٌ يومَ القيامة

Beware of oppression, for indeed it will be darkness on the Day of Judgment.”

[Saheeh Muslim]

Our beloved Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم also informed that the oppression of an individual toward his brother will not be pardoned by Allah. He stated:

وأمّا الظلمُ الّذي لا يتركُهُ اللهُ فظُلمُ العبادِ بعضُهمْ بعضًا حتى يَدِينَ لبعضِهِمْ من بعضٍ

“As for the oppression which Allah will not pardon; this is the oppression of the servants toward one another. This will not be pardoned until the oppressed individual receives (the good deeds) from the one who has oppressed him. ”The Musnad of Abu Dawood al Tayalisee and declared Hasan by Al Albanee [Silsilah Saheehah: 1927]

When the true believer reads and understands such admonitions, he will do his level best to avoid such undignified, deceitful character.

Recently, I was informed that Shadeed Muhammad has written an article in which he mentioned my name in a debasing, humiliating manner. After hearing this information I sincerely hoped that his speech would be based on proofs and substantial statements so that I may be corrected or defend that which I believe to be the truth. To my great dismay, while reading his statements, I realized this individual only sought to attack my character and honor. Although he desperately tries to cover up his attack by presenting himself to be knowledgeable and of high intellect, the reality of his speech is that it is merely a baseless attack on my character in a clumsy attempt to discredit anything that I have done for the religion of Allah. In his cunning manner, he also reverts to using lies in order to convince the reader that Mustafa has no Islamic academic knowledge and therefore should not be listened to or taken from.

Before reading his statements and my responses to them, it is important for the reader to know that in no way do I intend to praise myself nor will I continue to argue with someone who I feel has no foundation to argue upon. Rather, he seeks to waste my valuable time and the reader’s time in futile argumentation instead of presenting a knowledge-based platform for discussion and debate. Consequently, I inform my beloved brothers that I don’t intend to continue to participate in this pointless feud.

Allah, The All Aware, stated in His Glorious book:

لَا يُحِبُّ اللَّهُ الْجَهْرَ بِالسُّوءِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ إِلَّا مَنْ ظُلِمَ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ سَمِيعًا عَلِيمًا

{Allâh does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allâh is Ever All-Hearer, All-Knower}. Sûrat An-Nisâ’ (4:148)

It is for this reason why I will take time out of my schedule to respond to the lies and distortion of the truth regarding me and my honor. In a recent article Shadeed Muhammed mentioned several statements concerning me, and from amongst them was:

  1. I joined the Islamic University of Madina in the mid 90’s.
  2. I graduated in 2006, indicating that it took me almost 10 years to complete a 6 year Bachelorette course.
    1. I was always absent and had very low grades.
    2. He is ashamed to call me a graduate.
    3. I am teaching English in Riyadh, and have been doing so ever since I graduated from the Islamic University of Madina in 2006.
    4. I am completely detached from the Muslim community in the West.
    5. The article that I complied on the ruling of Muslims studying in mixed universities was comical and a disservice to the Muslims living in the West.

The above statements are a summary of what was mentioned by this individual. Now, I will briefly respond to each statement while asking Allah to guide my pen and heart in that which I write and intend.

Response to lie #1: I joined the Islamic University of Madina in the mid 90’s.

According to my high school diploma, I graduated from high school in 1993(I began truly practicing Islam in 1994). In September of 1994 I was studying engineering in New York Institute of Technology (College) in Manhattan, NYC. According to my tax documents at the age of 18 and 19 (1994, 1995) I was present in America working for the Federal Express Corp. so that I could pay for college. According to the stamps on my passport, I first came to Saudi Arabia in 1996 (at the age of 20), after receiving a transfer from Federal Express Corp., which allowed me to transfer from 34th street in Manhattan, to Mecca’s (Saudi Arabia) FedEx branch. After residing in Saudi for 1 year I was then granted a scholarship and I joined the Islamic University of Madina and started the language program in September 1997. All of the above facts are known by many brothers who were present in Saudi Arabia and met me when I first arrived for work in 1996, and then when I joined the university in 1997. These facts are also available on official documents, some of which can be viewed at the end of this brief clarification.

Where then, does Shadeed get his information that I joined the Islamic University of Madina in mid 1990’s?

Response to lie #2: I graduated in 2006.

According to my university degree I graduated from the Islamic University of Madina in the academic year 2003/2004 (see attached picture), which means that I completed the 6 year program in 7 years. This indicates that it only took me one extra year to complete the program, and not almost 10 as mentioned by Shadeed. I was never from amongst those who delayed their studies for the purpose of spending more time in Madina. In fact, anyone who knows me would say that I was totally against this idea. Therefore, I only took one extra year to complete the program as a result of personal issues and critical circumstances.[1]

Response to lie #3: I was always absent and had very low grades.

For my first five years in the university, I was only absent 3-4 times. I was never known to be absent from lessons until I began to have children and at a later time due to marital problems which was in my 3rd year of college.[2] As for my grades, my stamped university transcripts prove that once again Shadeed is terribly wrong. During my two years in the language program I was from amongst the top students of my class achieving ‘Mumtaz’ (excellent) each year, except for the last level when I achieved ‘Jayid Jiddan’ (very good). Upon entering the college of Hadeeth and trying to tackle the huge academic gap, by the grace of my Lord, I still was able to achieve good grades. I was known by my instructors for being diligent in my studies and I was also known for having very good memorization skills masha Allah, and because of this some of my highest grades were always in Quran and Hadeeth. In addition to the aforementioned, during my stay in Madina I was chosen to be responsible for distributing the financial assistance provided by Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abaad حفظه الله to his students. This position is only held by individuals who are consistent in their attendance to the lessons and are known by those close to the Sheikh. I would have not been given this responsibility if I was known for being a poor student not dedicated to his studies.

Once again the question is posed, where is Shadeed getting this false information from, and why hasn’t he sought to verify it before publically presenting false, deceitful statements?

Response to statement #4: He is ashamed to call me a graduate.

Our Lord -The Most High and Exalted – has commanded us not to insult one another.

Allah –The All Just- mentioned:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِنْ قَوْمٍ عَسَىٰ أَنْ يَكُونُوا خَيْرًا مِنْهُمْ وَلَا نِسَاءٌ مِنْ نِسَاءٍ عَسَىٰ أَنْ يَكُنَّ خَيْرًا مِنْهُنَّ ۖ وَلَا تَلْمِزُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ ۖ بِئْسَ الِاسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الْإِيمَانِ ۚ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَتُبْ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ

{Oh you, who believe, do not ridicule one another. It may be that the one who is being ridiculed is better than the one ridiculing him. Nor let some women ridicule others. It may be that the female who is ridiculed is better than the one performing the ridicule. Nor should you insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it to insult another person after having faith. And whoever does not repent, then such a person is an oppressor.}
Sûrat Al Hujurât (49:11)

This temperament that is being displayed by Shadeed is not Islamically acceptable, especially from someone who claims to be a caller to Islam. Is this temperament in accordance with the Quranic verse present on the opening page of Shadeed’s website (Invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and fair speech, and debate with them in a manner which is better.)?

In my article concerning mixed universities, I did not speak ill of him nor debase him. I merely brought to his attention and the public’s attention that he had mistakenly transmitted something that the Noble Sheikh Saalih bin Muhammad al-Luhaydaan حفظه الله did not say. It was upon Shadeed to accept that he had made a mistake and convey this to the people in a humble manner. Instead we find that he doesn’t in anyway seek to correct the matter, but rather he insists on arguing against that which is established and taken from the Quran and authentic Sunnah as it relates to mixing in universities. In addition to his constant baseless argumentation, he also approved that an article written by an individual who has neither knowledge nor any right to speak about Islam, be placed on his website.

Some time ago, before the affair of Shadeed Muhammed became known to the masses in the West, individuals from his website contacted me and requested that some of my articles be placed on his website. I agreed and the articles were placed there. My question then is: If he was ashamed to call me a graduate, then why would he agree for my articles to be placed on his website? Either he has forgotten this, or due to my clarification of his mistake in the mixed university issue, he has now only come to the conclusion that I am not a real student, and therefore he is ashamed to call me a graduate.

As for being a real student or a fake student or true graduate …, indeed that affair is with Allah. I do not claim to be real or fake, nor do I use the fact that I am a graduate of Madina University to gain any type of status neither in this life nor in the next.[3] You have students of knowledge and graduates who have contributed tremendously in the social and religious development of the Muslims in their communities, and you have those who have only caused discord and havoc and continuously seek to expose the negligence of the Salafi communities in the West. These individuals have proven themselves to be more harmful than positive in changing and assisting the present struggle of the Salafi communities in the West.

I myself (and I hope and believe this is the same for the rest of the Salafi callers in the West), merely seek to please my Lord and benefit the people to the best of my ability, hoping that my Lord will forgive me and enter me into His everlasting paradise.

Response to lie #5: I am teaching English in Riyadh.

Upon completing my studies at the Islamic University in Madina, I first returned to the states and assumed the position of Imam at Masjid Muslimeen in Brooklyn, NY where I delivered Friday Khutbah, taught Islamic lessons, and taught Arabic language lessons in Brooklyn and in other cities in America.[4]  After experiencing some administrative problems there, I returned to the Middle East and began working to support my family in the U.A.E. I remained there for close to two years and then returned to Riyadh. I have never been an English teacher in Riyadh. In 2007 when I joined an international school in Riyadh I was hired as an Islamic Education Instructor. I taught Islamic Education for three years and then I was promoted to Vice Principal.[5] Since I have been in Riyadh I have never been an English instructor except privately from time to time to make extra cash at night, and even in doing that, by the mercy of Allah I consistently attend the lessons of the senior scholars and this is known by the scholars and brothers who reside in Riyadh. If residing in the land of the Muslims while working to support my family and continue to sit with the scholars is something blameworthy, then indeed some of Shadeed’s supports deserve the same dispraise that I have received from him and thus it is expected that he likewise admonishes them for such actions.

In addition to the above, the senior scholars who I have studied under, translated for, and consulted concerning my presence in Saudi Arabia have all supported what I am presently doing. They are pleased with the fact that I am supporting my family and continuing to study and benefit the English speaking community in Riyadh and abroad, and they consider it to be praiseworthy.

Response to lie #6: I am completely detached from the Muslim community in the West.

I don’t wish to praise myself nor do I intend to do so with the following information. When I lived in the U.A.E from 2006-2007 I arranged lessons with the English speaking community in Sharjah. We conducted lessons once a month which by the grace of Allah, was considered very beneficial for those who attended. These lessons were recorded and are present on the internet for others to benefit from.

While residing in the U.A.E I continued to stay in touch with the scholars and translate questions and answers by them and post them on the internet. These questions and answers are dated back to 2006 and are still available for people to benefit from. There are even questions answered by scholars who are no longer alive, the likes of: Sheikh Ahmed al Najmi, Sheikh Abdullah Aqeel, and Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayan (may Allah have mercy on all of them).

These scholars have passed away but by the mercy of Allah, their knowledge is still present on the internet in English for people to benefit from. (Many of these audio recordings are also available with me).

Upon arriving in Riyadh in 2007, by the mercy of Allah, I continued to sit with the scholars and benefit from their sound knowledge and wisdom. Within one year Allah decreed that Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayan رحمه الله agreed to conduct lessons with the English speaking community in Riyadh. We conducted lessons with him for three years and then Allah took his soul. During that time I also conducted live tele-link sessions with Sheikh Ghudayan رحمه الله and the communities in the West. It even took place that one time Sheikh Ghudayan   رحمه الله was absent and he requested from me to conduct the lesson in the masjid on his behalf. After he passed away these sessions along with a biography of the Sheikh were placed on the Internet for the English speaking Muslims to benefit from.

Upon the passing away of Sheikh Ghudayan رحمه الله, I approached Sheikh Luhaydan حفظه الله (a senior scholar and close friend of Sheikh Ghudayan رحمه الله), and requested that he continue teaching the Western community residing in Riyadh. The Sheikh agreed and we have been studying with him for more than two years now and these lessons are broadcasted live on the Internet for the Western community to benefit from.

The English speaking families residing in and outside of Riyadh also greatly benefit from the gatherings of knowledge which are held in Riyadh during the course of the year. We have had several guest speakers, the likes of: Sheikh Abdullah Ghudayan رحمه الله, Sheikh Salih al Suhaimee حفظه الله, Sheikh Abdullah Bukhari حفظه الله, Sheikh Ali Hadadee حفظه الله, Sheikh Muhammad Ramzan al Hajiree حفظه الله, Sheikh Asim al Qaryutee حفظه الله, Sheikh Muhammad Khamees حفظه الله, Sheikh Abdullah Dhufaree حفظه الله, Sheikh Muhammad al Fifee حفظه الله, and others.

These lessons are attended by hundreds of Western families from within, and outside of Riyadh, and the responsibility of translation is shared by me and another student of knowledge.

The idea of having regular gatherings where English speaking families can attend for the purpose of listening to live translated lessons has now spread to other cities in Saudi Arabia. Brothers from various cities have contacted us in Riyadh requesting for assistance in establishing the same sort of knowledge gatherings in their cities in Saudi Arabia. The news has also reached many scholars and they are also pleased with this action and have informed us of their encouragement and support. Some scholars have even paid for the cost of the gatherings from their own personal budget.

Although these gatherings are present in Saudi Arabia, indeed those present in the West benefit by two, if not more means. These include:

  1. The lessons are broadcast live allowing the various Western communities to follow.
    1. When individuals residing in Saudi Arabia return to their lands, they can inform the people of that which they have gained of beneficial knowledge and wise character from sitting with the scholars.
    2. The children and wives of the brothers working in Riyadh are in much need of these gatherings of knowledge. It has been a means for their Islamic and family development and has been a tremendous support for them while residing in Saudi Arabia. When and if their children return to the West, it allows them to have a foundation of knowledge to protect themselves from the ills of the society they return to.

In addition to the above, while residing in the U.A.E and Riyadh, I have been able to complete the translation and compilation of several Islamic works that have benefitted the English-speaking Muslim communities.

These works include:

  1. The Forbiddance of Homosexuality by Imam al Aajuree رحمه الله, (which is an important work due to the widespread indecency of homosexuality in the West.)
    1. How to Benefit from Islamic Seminars by Sheikh Saleh Al Sheikh حفظه الله (which was translated with the intention of assisting Muslims in the West in benefiting most from the yearly Islamic conferences conducted in the West.)
    2. The Keys of Good by Sheikh ‘Abdul Razzaq al ‘Abaad حفظه الله.
    3. A Brief Response to Some of the Beliefs of the She’at.
    4. Benefits from the Life of Sheikh ‘Abdullah al Aqeel حفظه الله.
    5. Etiquettes of the Muslims within the Houses of Allah (which was compiled for the purpose of advising the Muslims in the West about their etiquettes and manners while attending the Masjids.)
    6. The Ruling on Muslims Attending Mixed Universities.

There are also others, which I ask Allah to accept from me. I also ask that He pardons me for not assisting His religion with greater dedication and commitment.

With all of this being said, is it just to claim that Mustafa George is completely detached from the social/religious affairs of the Muslims in the West?

Response to statement #7: The article which Mustafa compiled was comical and a disservice to Muslims living in the West.

The article which was compiled and translated informed of the Islamic ruling on Muslims attending mixed universities. It was supported with concrete proofs and evidences from the Quran, the authentic Sunnah, and statements of the scholars of the past and present on the issue of mixing between the sexes. The scholars who derived the ruling from the main sources of Islamic jurisprudence did not in any way specify that this ruling is isolated to a particular country or society. This is because Islam, as it was taught by our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم over 1,400 years ago is the same Islam that is mandatory for the Muslims in all countries, cultures and societies to practice and implement until the Day of Judgment. What was haram and halaal over 1,400 years ago will continue to be haram and halaal until the creation is brought in front of their Lord. Allah, The Mighty and Majestic, said concerning the religion that is preferred by Him:

إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ

{Truly, the religion with Allâh is Islâm.} Sûrat Âl-‘Imrân (3:19)

He -The Most High- also mentioned:

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

{Today I have completed your religion, I have concluded My blessing, and I am pleased with Islam as a religion.} Sûrat Al-Mâ’idah (5:3)

Allah, The All Wise, likewise mentioned concerning His legislation:

وَلَنْ تَجِدَ لِسُنَّةِ اللَّهِ تَبْدِيلًا

{And you will not find any change in the Way of Allâh.} Sûrat Al-Ahzâb (33:62)

The aforementioned verses are clear proofs that the religion of Allah, along with its divine and just rulings, is suitable and applicable in every place and time.

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله stated:

The religion of Allah is Islam and it is suitable and applicable for every time and place until the Day of Judgment. [Mejmu’o al Fatawa 9/200].

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz رحمه الله he also mentioned while addressing the situation of the Muslims in non-Muslim countries:

From that which is important to inform, as it relates to the Muslim minorities in the non-Muslim countries, from the greatest of affairs related to them is that they strictly adhere to the religion of Allah. They should seek knowledge of the religion and adhere to it in all situations and circumstances; whether at  times of ease or times of difficulty, while having good health, or sickness, while travelling or not, in all situations and circumstances. This is the obligation upon every Muslim male and female wherever they reside. It is upon them to abide by the religion of Allah and to be patient in doing so. They should hold fast to the religion with their molar teeth, especially during present times; times which are strange, Islam is strange and the enemies are several in number while those who support and defend the Islam are few in number.  Thus it is incumbent upon every Muslim, and specifically the Muslim minority residing in non-Muslim countries, to adhere to the religion of Allah and to seek knowledge related to this religion so that they can act upon knowledge, and so that they can perform the obligations that Allah has legislated for them to follow, and so that they can abstain from that which Allah has forbade, and they do this upon knowledge and understanding. They should do so in order that they become prime examples for others.[Al Aqaliyat al Muslimah pg.14]

Sheikh Muhammad bin Saleh al ‘Uthaymeen رحمه الله stated: The Islamic legislation is suitable for every time and place… (He then said) not only is it suitable, but (its implementation) will rectify every time and place. [Fatawa and Duroos Haram al Madanee: tape number 65 side A]

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ala Sheikh حفظه الله, stated:

The religion of Islam and its legislation is inclusive of all good in this life and the next. This is the religion of Islam; it is a religion of worship and it is suitable for every time and place. [Mujela Buhooth al Islamiyah 13/71]

Sheikh Saleh bin Fowzan حفظه الله was asked:

What is your opinion of the statement of an individual who claims that he does not accept the rulings of the scholars of Saudi Arabia because they have not studied and researched the affair of the Muslims in America?

The Sheikh responded: That which is haram in Saudi Arabia, is haram in America. This is the statement of an individual who seeks to disconnect the people from the scholars. [Questions and Answers at the end of the lesson: Ighathatil Lahfan, Riyadh, 2013]

The above Quranic proofs and scholarly statements clearly inform and explain that the legislation of Islam is applicable and suitable for every time and place. Consequently, how can an individual believe that the prohibition of men and women mixing in an educational environment is not applicable for Western society? But greater than that, how can a student of knowledge support the belief that in order for scholars to reach an accurate conclusion regarding the affairs of the Muslims in the West, they will first have to study the current affairs of the Muslims in the West in depth, and that until this is done, their rulings regarding prominent social/religious issues should be avoided because they are based on ignorance and lack of knowledge.[6] This, in a nutshell, is what was presented by the individual whose article was placed on Shadeed’s website in response to what was written concerning Muslims attending mixed universities in the West.

At any rate, I will begin to conclude this brief clarification by saying indeed we all would like to see the Salafi Muslim communities in the West prosper and flourish with knowledge, emaan, worldly gain, and stability. However, what must be kept in mind is that this will only come about when we hold fast to our religion as it was revealed by our Lord and implemented by the Prophet and his noble companions, in addition to working hard to correct the ills present within the communities.

Allah -The Most Merciful- stated:

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا ۚ يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا

{Allah has promised those who believe from amongst you and do righteous deeds, that He will allow them to inhabit the earth just as He allowed those who came before them to do so, and He will establish for them the religion that He is pleased with. He will also replace their fear with safety. They will worship Him and not commit partners with Him.}
Sûrat An-Nûr (24:55)

The above verse is a promise from our Lord, and indeed He does not break His promise. But if at any moment we believe that we can alter the Islamic legislation (with the justification that our communities are struggling and we need professionals to support them) and turn our backs on the advice and direction of the scholars of Islam, those whom Allah has granted sound wisdom and understanding of His religion, then we will certainly blame ourselves when we fail in the long run.

Lastly, it is important to mention that although what takes place is some Salafi communities in the West of harms and vices are certainly displeasing, the questions that pose themselves are:

  1. What is the benefit of mentioning the ills of the Salafi communities in the West in an article which is intended to advise someone who has apostated from Islam? Indeed most would agree that the last thing he (the apostate) needs is to be reminded of the faults of the Salafi communities.
    1. What is the benefit of mentioning the specific names of individuals who Shadeed holds to be some of the main causers of trouble in the Salafi community in the West in an article authored to advise an apostate? Would this be a means of calling this individual back to the correct path?
    2. Has Shadeed Muhammed done a thorough, extensive study and an accurate comparison of all, or most non-Salafi communities in the West, and thus has based his comparison on significant findings? The reality is, if one were to visit the non-Salafi communities in the West and inquire about their problems, he would shockingly come to know that they too share the same social grievances of the Salafi communities[7]. A proof for this is the fact that in many prisons in the United States and England, you have a large number of Arab and Indo-Pak inmates who are not at all connected or associated with the Salafi communities in those countries. Likewise if one were to visit, for example, Masjid Takwa in Brooklyn New York, or Masjid Farook on Atlantic Avenue in New York, and speak to those in authority in these masjids, you will find that they too complain of them losing or having totally lost grip on the younger generation of Muslims. Many of their sons are no longer practicing Islam, their daughters have taken off their hijabs and now are indulging in indecent relationships with the opposite or even the same sex. Some time ago BBC did a complete program focused on Asian gangs in the UK, in which most, if not all members of these gangs are from Asian Muslim families who are not associated with Salafi communities, but rather, they are associated with those communities which Shadeed constantly describes as being advanced and going somewhere! It is likewise becoming more common in the West that Indo-Paks from Muslim families, are converting to Christianity, and thus you have forums and websites supporting them. Once again, these individuals were never associated with the Salafi communities.

Upon Sheikh Muqbil al Wadi’ee’s (may Allah have mercy on him) visit to America, he informed of the many horrific stories which he heard from the Yemeni Muslim community in California. Some individuals approached him and informed that their daughters lost their virginity before marriage to disbelieving men, while others informed that their wives and/or sisters are having extra marital relationships with foreign men, and the list goes on.[8] As I have stated, the stories which were told to the Sheikh were told to him by Arab Muslims living in America which is a clear indication that they too suffer from what the African-American Salafi communities suffer from. This proves that in reality, the Muslim (Salafi and non-Salafi) communities in the West all share the same frustrations related to raising children, marital disputes, crimes committed by Muslims, etc. even though those Arab, or Indo-Pak communities have a greater number of professionals who support the communities, they own large, beautiful buildings and at times have established schools, where as many of the Salafi communities do not have the same luxuries as they do. None the less, the Salafi communities indeed must strive harder to:

  1. Educate their community members and their families upon Tawheed and abstinence from Shirk.
  2. Cultivate the character of the members of their communities and those who attend or visit their masjid or organization.
  3. Provide larger and more comfortable places of worship for the believers, and more suitable educational institutions for our Muslim women and children.
  4. Call the society, as a whole, to the pure religion of Allah.

All of the above (and more) must be striven for and accomplished, with the commands of Allah and His Messenger being the measures by which we work for success and improvement. In no way is it acceptable that one persistently highlights and focuses on the dilemmas present in the Salafi communities as a means of rectification. It would be more beneficial that instead of persistently highlighting these dilemmas, he breaks his pen of criticism and grabs a shovel, for indeed his pen is not that which will build and develop our communities!

As for the five lies of Shadeed presented in his recent article, then all of these lies have been responded to with absolute, undeniable proofs. However, many questions arise:

  1. Why would Shadeed make up lies, and why would he fabricate statements that can be easily responded to with documentation and evidence?
    1. Why wouldn’t he search and investigate before seeking to blemish and debase someone’s honor?
    2. Is lying something minute in the eyes of Shadeed that he would not take time to properly investigate before belittling another Muslim?

Till now, he still has not informed the public that he was mistaken in transmitting the fatwa of Sheikh Saleh al Luhaydan حفظه الله concerning mixed universities.

  1. What is the reason for this delay, even if he himself disagrees with the Sheikh’s حفظه الله, opinion?
    1. Why won’t he humble himself and clarify this mistake to the public so that they can see his sincerity and honesty?

In closing, I advise Shadeed to take some more time out to learn his religion, because his recent actions and statements are possible indications that he needs to become more grounded in Islamic knowledge and propagation. The Muslim communities are in desperate need of individuals who:

  1. Have gained a strong foundation in the matters of Aqeedah, Minhaj, and Fiqh (preferably at the feet of the scholars).
    1. Are sincere in their quest to teach the Muslims the foundations of Tawheed and strict adherence to the authentic Sunnah (and this sincerity is displayed in their statements and actions).
    2. Try their level best to warn the Muslim communities of everything detrimental to their religion (i.e. shirk, innovation, deviant methodologies, dishonest dealings, etc.).
    3. Display the best of character in calling the masses to the religion of Allah.
    4. Work diligently to correct their defects, that of their communities, and finally the Muslim Ummah as a whole.

This is that which I have to offer in this short, constricted time. I ask Allah to guide those whom have gone astray back to the straight path, and I ask Him to allow us to die in a manner which is pleasing to Him.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His slave and messenger Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry | June 4th, 2013 |Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

(Please view the picture attachments below)

Picture Attachments

The above picture is my university certificate showing the ending of my name, my country, city, and the academic graduation year 2003/2004.

 

The above picture is the certificate awarded from the Islamic University of Madina language program stating my name, nationality, year of completion and grade: Jayid Jiddan (very good).

The above picture is a letter of praise from Sheikh Khalid Radadee (a teacher in  Madina and one who Shadeed has great respect for). In this letter Sheikh Khalid حفظه الله (who taught me during my stay in Madina) states that while studying in the Islamic University, he knew me to be diligent in seeking knowledge.

The above tax document states my name, city, and year of tax return (1995)


[1] The question and answer sessions which I compiled between 2006 -2007 are present on the internet. They clearly indicate dates, and my place of residence (U.A.E). It is sad that Shadeed would make such an incorrect statement, or blatant lie about something that can easily be researched on the internet.

[2] Towards the end of my 3rd year in college I was informed that my scholarship in the university may be in jeopardy due to me being absent a number of times in the second term. Upon receiving this information I approached the university administration and presented to them evidence that a person in America sent me a car (by sea cargo), but the car was stolen upon arriving at the sea port in Jeddah, which required that I appear in court in Jeddah during school hours. After investigating the documents and with the intervention of Sheikh ‘Abdul Razzaq al ‘Abaad (may Allah preserve him) my claim was proven to be authentic and the administration apologized and allowed me to continue my studies. What also proved to the administration that I was honest in my claim was the fact that I had received good grades prior to this occurrence and I was not known for being tardy or absent. This was the reason why at that time, other students’ files were closed but mine was not and I completed my studies and thereafter graduated from the university. All of the car shipment and police documents are still present with me till this day and can be viewed by anyone who requests to see them. There is no reason for me to lie in this matter or any matter and I seek refuge in Allah from being amongst those who are not truthful.

[3] At times we have witnessed students who, due to family circumstances, they were not able to complete their studies in the Islamic University. Some of these individuals, although they did not graduate, upon returning to their countries, they provided great support as it relates to teaching and cultivating the people in their communities. It is for this reason that we should clarify, being a graduate within itself, doesn’t prove that a person is a sincere, strong student of knowledge. At times you have graduates who have caused more harm than good upon returning to their communities. This indicates that the true criteria, as has been mentioned by the scholars of the past and present, is that which an individual is calling to and his dedication toward teaching the people, not what degree he has obtained.

[4]Shadeed is very much aware of this fact because during this time, his wife and my wife (who was still present in Madina) would occasionally gather and visit one another. He knows very well that I was present in America doing Da’wah work and that I wasn’t present in Riyadh teaching English.

[5] It is surprising to see that this individual would make this statement of falsehood when he himself resided in Riyadh for one year during the time that I was teaching Islamic Education at an international school. Not only did he live in the city, but his son attended my school and he also lived in the same apartment building as my Supervisor (Sabur Abdul Bassit). With all of this being said, it’s extremely hard to believe that he did not know that I was an Islamic Education teacher and not an English teacher.

[6] In a recent article authored by Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan he mentioned in response to someone who said:

If the fatwa of the Sheikh (Saleh al Fowzan) was presented to him once again (for review), he would indeed retract his statement. (summarized)

Sheikh Saleh responded: I seek refuge in Allah from retracting from the truth or to give a verdict without accurate contemplation and seeking the truth….!

Link: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14527

[7] Along with the greater problem that many non-Salafi communities are involved in or support major or minor actions related to innovation, and some of them are even involved in and propagate actions which are considered Shirk.

[8]Al Rihlatul Akheerah Lil Imam al Jazirah by Umm Salamah al Salafiyah pg. 28.

 

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Scholarly Observations On Some Organizations, Groups and Figureheads

Scholarly Observations On Some Organizations, Groups and Figureheads

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Amma-ba’d

Scholarly Observations On Some Organizations, Groups and Figureheads

Excerpt:

Al-‘Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah) said:

“Indeed, from the most severe of afflictions and trials upon Islaam and the Muslims in this era, is the appearance of a group claiming to be upon the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaa-ah, but unfortunately this group does not act except in opposition to this methodology and its people; openly at times and behind veils at other times.
And indeed this group has placed a heavy burden upon its shoulders, and that is its defence of the people of innovation and misguidance. They author books in this regard and decorate statements for it; and they spread such defence in the world under the slogan of justice and equity or the methodology of Al-Muwaazanah. [1]

They exceed the limits in the affair of Fiqul Waaqi (knowledge of current affairs) and speak ill of the scholars of the salafi methodology as a result of that; rather they degrade the methodology of the scholars as a result of this and increase in ill speech against the salafi methodology and its people. The effects of justice and equity are neither seen in their arguments against the people of the salafi methodology nor in their praises and exaltations for the people of innovation.

Alongside concealing themselves with the Salafi Methodology, they are not seen to give it importance except with respect to what they utilize to deceive those deceived by them, or (what they utilize as) garments of salafiyyah in order to bring the people to their corrupt partisan organization, (and in order) to kill their love for the Salafi Methodology, the call to it, defence of it, and traversing upon the methodology of the pious predecessors with the (correct) loyalty and disownment and being warned against the people of innovation.

So they divert a great deal of people from the true methodology and the truthful alliance for it, and (direct them) towards that passionate alliance to the people of innovation and defence of them, their innovations and falsehoods, or playing down their innovations to the extent that it leads them to the station of the extreme murji-a with regards to their views towards the major innovations and great affairs of opposition to the true religion of Allaah.

And due to this, hatred has occurred from them towards the carriers of the Sunnah and the salafi methodology; and they set up those who present their mistakes which have neither been criticized by a Sunni nor an innovator from amongst those who ascribe themselves to Islaam. They present these mistakes as mighty affairs of blunder and destruction; rather they make the virtues and merits of ahlus Sunnah to be repugnant and disdainful in addition to much fabrication and accusation.

So with these disgraceful deeds they perpetrate, they are from the severest in war against the salafi methodology and its people; the severest in their opposition to the salafi methodology and its people; the most intense in their defence of the groups of innovation and trials. They have authorships in this regard and from them: The many authorships of Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan Abdul Khaaliq who carries the responsibility of this destructive orientation.

Also included:

If We Implement The Characteristics Of Our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam , We Would Be Upon Much Khayr

If  We Implement The Characteristics Of Our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam , We Would Be Upon Much Kheir 

Quote:

There is no doubt, if we implement the characteristics of our beloved Prophet sallallahu Alayhi wasallam and of his companions and of the salaf salaah( the pious predecessors) and of  our noble scholars we would be upon much kheir  (good), but where do we have our deficiencies , it’s because the further we get away from the Scholars and their characteristics and their admonition and their lessons , the further this causes us to  get away from the guidance of our beloved Prophet sallallahu Alayhi wasallam.

Mustafa George

A person Either Frees Himself, Or He Makes His Situation Worse

The Riyadh Saliheen given by Mustafa George DeBerry , is from the Explanation of Shaykh Muhammad Saalih ibn Al Uthaymeen Rahimahullaah

 These are some of Points of Benefit.

Abu Malik Al-Harith bin Asim Al-Ash’ar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Wudu’ is half of Salah; the utterance of (Al-hamdu lillah – all praise belongs to Allah) fills the Scales of good actions; the utterance of (Subhan Allah wa Al-hamdu lillah) (Allah is far removed from every imperfection and all praise belongs to Allah) fills the space between the heavens and the earth, and Salat (prayer) is light; and charity is the proof of Faith; and endurance is light, and the Qur’an is a plea in your favour or against you. Every person departs; he either ransoms it or puts it into perdition. {Saheeh Muslim}.

A person either frees himself, or he makes his situation worse or, he puts it in a state of worse evil of punishment and the likes of that. And we understand that Allaah Azza Wa Jall has given us everything on the earth for our benefit as Allah says in

قُلۡ مَنۡ حَرَّمَ زِينَةَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَخۡرَجَ لِعِبَادِهِۦ وَٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ مِنَ ٱلرِّزۡقِ‌ۚ قُلۡ هِىَ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ فِى ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا خَالِصَةً۬ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ‌ۗ كَذَٲلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ ٱلۡأَيَـٰتِ لِقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ.

 

Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم):”Who has forbidden the adornment with clothes given by Allaah, which He has produced for His slaves, and At-Taiyyibat [all kinds of Halaal (lawful) things of food?” Say: “They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) exclusively for them (believers) on the Day of Resurrection (the disbelievers will not share them).” Thus We explain the Ayat (Islamic laws) in detail for people who have knowledge. Surat Al-Aaraf (7:32)

 

So understand something

Allah Azza Wa jal has given you as a Muslim and as a human that which you need to provide for yourself the sustenance and what does Allah Azza Wa Jal expects you to do with it , He Expects you to use it and to get closer to Him

Allah says in the Quraan:

فَإِذَا فَرَغۡتَ فَٱنصَبۡ (٧ وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَٱرۡغَب.

So when you have finished (your occupation), devote yourself for Allah’s worship. And to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your) intentions and hopes.

Surat Ash-Sharh (94:7/8)

Allah Azza Wa Jall said to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, and it is actually an order to the Ummah of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم.

you are busy you have the things which you need to do, you have to work you have to support your family and you have to make a living, but when it’s time to Allah you turn to Allah, you turn to Allah. That which Allah has given us in this life should not be a distraction from Him Allah Azza Wa Jall because he is the one who has provided us with it, what is the case with that which Allah Azza Wa Jall has given us that which we need to nourish ourselves and we use it for disobedience to Allah Azza Wa Jall.

The reason why we are mentioning this is, the great Na’ma of Allah Azza Wa Jal and we also want to make sure that we are not following the path of the disbelievers as mentioned below on Shaykh Uthaymeen Rahimahullah explanation

Shaykh Uthaymeen Rahimahullah mentioned, He said:

Verily the disbeliever he begins his day with the disobedience to Allah. He said the disbeliever even if he begins his day with eating and drinking then verily he is going to be punished for that based on the above mentioned verse of Allah Azza Wa Jall. He said:

Every morsel of food that the disbeliever raises to his mouth he is going to be punished for. Every gulp of water that he raises to his mouth he is going to be punished for it every piece of clothing that he wears he is going to be punished for it.

The Proof for that is the statement of Allah Azza Wa jal in the Qura’an

قُلۡ مَنۡ حَرَّمَ زِينَةَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَخۡرَجَ لِعِبَادِهِۦ وَٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ مِنَ ٱلرِّزۡقِ‌ۚ قُلۡ هِىَ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ فِى ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا خَالِصَةً۬ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ‌ۗ كَذَٲلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ ٱلۡأَيَـٰتِ لِقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ.

(O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Who has forbidden the adornment with clothes given by Allah, which He has produced for His slaves, and At-Taiyyibat [all kinds of Halal (lawful) things] of food?” Say: “They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) exclusively for them (believers) on the Day of Resurrection (the disbelievers will not share them).” Thus We explain the Ayat (Islamic laws) in detail for people who have knowledge.

 (Continuing on the statement of Allah in Suraltul Aaraf)

 It will only be for the believers, so after the Day of Judgment, once we enter in to Paradise. Surat Al-Aaraf (7:32)

The Disbelievers will not have the beauties of this life, they will not have the good drinks and the good food and the good clothing, that is only for the believers, so they indulge in it and they use it now and Allaah has not given the permission, so in the next life, Allah Azza Wa Jal would remove it from them.

ۡ هِىَ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ فِى ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا خَالِصَةً۬ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ‌ۗ كَذَٲلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ ٱلۡأَيَـٰتِ لِقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ

Say: “They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) exclusively for them (believers) on the Day of Resurrection (the disbelievers will not share them).”

These are some of Points of Benefit

(In addition, the believer we begin our day with what with Du’aa, Wudu Salaah Fajr, the disbeliever no he begins his day with disobedience to Allaah) So which Allah has provided with of drinking of sustenance of food clothing, is only for the believers, and the disbelievers Allah Azza Wa Jall has provided these things, but Allah Azza Wa Jall has made a condition that they believe in order for them to use it, and if they disbelieve, Allah Azza Wa Jal Allows them to use it but Allah is going to punish for it, Why Allah has given this sustenance so you do what?

So that you glorify the one who has provided it So that you pray to the one who has provided it. So that you have reverence for the one who has provided it. Some people they eat some people they drink, some people they breath, even the oxygen in the air they don’t realize, who is the One who has provide for me this oxygen, who is the one that has given me this sustenance who is the one who has given me the strength, Allah they don’t acknowledge Allah or they acknowledge Him but they commit partner with Him so because of that Allah will punish them for that which they use of his sustenance.

So this was something that I wanted to emphasize, that Shaykh Uthyameen Rahimahullah mentioned, we should reflect over that, that fact that these bounties are around us, the bounties of oxygen of, good health and intellect of food and drink and all this, it is all from the Na’ma (blessings, favours) of Allah Azza Wa Jal, and because of that it’s from the Na’ma of Allah and what does a believer does before he start to eat, he says: Bismillah!   And what a believer does when he finishes, he says:

Alhamdulillah what does a believer do before he goes to sleep he supplicates to Allah he glorifies Allah. And when he wakes up in the morning he supplicates to Allah and he glorifies Allah .He realizes that every single thing in this life of ease (like) sleeping being able to sleep, to be able to relax, that is also from the great bounties of Allah. Being able to breathe is from the great bounties of Allah! Being able to eat from the great bounties of Allah! This is the way of the believer even, when fulfilling ones desires the believer says a du’aa before having intimate relationship with one’s wife, this is from the great bounties of Allah, upon entering ones house (coming back from work) upon leaving the house all of these are from the great bounties of Allah and so the believer is in constant remembrance of Allah Azza Wa Jal.

Extracted from Riyadh Saliheen given by Mustafa George DeBerry

Sharhu Sunnah / Riyadh al Saliheen Jan.21, 2011

Anything That Brings Your Closer to Allaah

Quote: Anything That Brings Your Closer to Allaah

Anything that brings you closer to Allaah Azza Wa Jal  , Do not be deficient in it .Shaykh Abdullaah Al Ghudayaan Rahimahullaah

Praying Eid in the Musallaa is the Sunnah Shaykh al-Albanee Rahimahullaah

63 – Praying Eid in the Musallaa is the Sunnah (Sh al-Albanee)

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

Youtube Videos

Youtube Videos by Mustafa George

 

Apr 19, ’11 3:51 AM
for everyone

Bismillah hir Rahmaan al Raheem

The Prophet Muhammed (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned:

The one who has not thanked the people has not thanked Allah. (Tirmidhee)

In light of this hadeeth I would like to thank those responsible for placing some of my talks on youtube. I ask Allah to reward them with much good in this life and the next.

I would like to remind those responsible for placing the talks on youtube, that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has warned us of photos (of living things, i.e, humans, animals, etc). He said

Those whom will receive the severest punishment of the Day of Judgement are the ones who took photos. (Bukhari:5950)

It is because of this hadeeth, that I request those responsible for placing some of my lectures on youtube, to remove the photos of human/living things, and replace them with photos of oceans, trees, mountains, etc. Insha Allah, this will be more pleasing to Allah.

As for the fact that some individuals or groups have begun to use pictures and videos for the purpose of da’wah, I have consulted with many of the scholars and they have mentioned that this should not be done, due to the major punishments which have been mentioned in many statements of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Baraka Allahu feekum wa Jazakum Allahu khiran

Your Brother in Islam,
Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, KSA

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

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

 

Sep 22, ’09 6:17 AM
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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

An Important Excerpt from Ibnul Qayyim’s Book on Remembrance (Wabilu Sayyib)

An Important Excerpt

from Ibnul Qayyim’s Book on Remembrance

(Wabilu Sayyib)

Indeed the servant is able to strengthen his concentration in prayer and focus on his Lord (during it) if he is successful in overcoming his desires and cravings. However if his heart has been conquered, his desires have taken him captive, and the Shaytan is able to find a place within it, then how can this individual escape the whispers and thoughts (that disturb him during prayer)!

Verily the hearts are of three types:

1. The heart which is void of Eeman and all types of good, this is the dark heart. The Shaytan no longer needs to confront this heart with whispers because he now dwells in it. He decrees what he wishes in it and has taken complete control of it

2. The heart which has been illuminated with the light of Eeman. Faith has kindled its lanterns within it, but at the same time there is still present some darkness of desires and winds of disobedience. The Shaytan approaches and retreats from this category of hearts, and at times he takes advantage of opportunities. The war (in this heart) is sometimes severe and at other times calm.

The affair of the individuals who fall into this category of hearts varies between many and few. Some possessors of this category are usually victorious over their enemy, while others regularly allow their enemy to get the upper hand. A third group are those who have equal moments of defeat and victory.

3. The heart which is filled with faith. This heart is illuminated with the light of Eeman and the veil of desires and darkness has been lifted from it. The light of Eeman is glowing within the chest and that glow contains flames. If desires attempt to approach the heart they are burned by the flames (of Eeman). This heart is protected similar to the protection of the sky by the stars. If the Shaytan attempts to advance toward the sky to steal (information) he is flogged with a star and he burns. The sky is not more precious than the believer and Allah’s protection of the believer is greater than His protection of the sky. The sky is a place of worship for the Angels, it is also the place of revelation (The Quran was brought to the last sky and then revealed to The Prophet (sas) piece by piece), and in it (the sky) are the rays of obedience. But the heart of the believer is the place of Tawheed, love (of Allah, the Prophet –May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him-, Islam, etc…), understanding and faith. In it are the rays of the previously mentioned elements, and therefore it is befitting that it is protected from the plots of the enemy. As a result of this, he (the enemy) can not obtain anything from it (the heart of the believer) except by deceitfully seizing it.

A good example of this has been made with the example of 3 homes:

1. The home of the king: In it are his treasures and precious jewels and belongings.

2. The home of the slave: In it is his wealth and precious jewels and belongings, but indeed his belongings are much less (in value and quantity) than that of the king’s.

3. The empty home: There is nothing present in it.

A thief approaches with the intention of stealing from one of the homes, which one would he burglarize?

If you say that he would rob the empty home, this is something impossible because the empty home possess nothing for him to steal. Based on this (reality), it was mentioned to Ibn Abbass (May Allah be pleased with him): Verily the Jews claim that they do not experience whispers (distractions) in prayer. Ibn Abbass thereupon commented: “What would the Shaytan do to a heart that is already destroyed”

If you said that he would steal from the home of the king, this would also be impossible due to the strong presence of guards, consequently the thief can not approach this home. How could he, while the king himself is protecting his own home! How could he come close while this home is surrounded and guarded by an army!

Consequently there is nothing left for the thief except the third home. This is the home the thief attempts to approach.

It is incumbent for the intelligent individual to reflect upon this example with true reflection and contemplation, and apply this example to the hearts for indeed it is applicable.

Relaxation is in Paradise!

Relaxation is in Paradise! Jul 22, ’07 10:52 PM
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ibn Al Juwziee said:

Whoever does not read the stories of the Salaf and the path that they tread, he can never tread that path. It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual (character) is a thief. If a person leaves his nature with the people of his time, his nature will steal from theirs and he will become similar to them. But if he reads into the lives of the Salaf his nature will join theirs and he will learn from their character….(Telblees Iblees)

The following are just a few examples from the past and present day scholars informing of their love of knowledge and their preference of it over relaxation.

First:

It was reported by Ibn al Qayyim in his book: “Rawdatul Muhibeen”, I was informed by my Sheikh (Ibn Taymiyyah), he said: When I became sick the doctor said to me: Verily your research and Islamic lecturing increases your illness. I (Ibn Taymiyyah) replied: I can not stop, and I will debate you in your knowledge! If a person becomes happy and joyful doesn’t this strengthen their soul or spirit, and as a result wards off illness? The doctor responded: Of course. So I (Ibn Taymiyyah) said: Verily my spirit is pleased with knowledge and it strengthens my nature and due to that I find relaxation. The doctor responded: This is something our knowledge doesn’t apply to.

Second:

It was reported by Sheikh Muhammed bin Hadee to some of his visitors that he was told a story by Ahmed Al Hakimy, the brother of Sheikh Hafith Al Hakimy:

One year while Sheikh Hafith Al Hakimy was on Hajj or during Ramadan in Mecca, he was looking for the book titled: “Creation of The Servant’s Action” by Imam Al Bukhari. While in Mecca he was informed that someone had arrived from India with a copy of the book and that he had given it to the library there in The Haram. Sheikh Hafith visited the library and requested to borrow the book under the condition that he would not leave the Haram and that he would return the book the following day after the rising of the sun. He took the book and requested for someone to bring him paper and a pen. He sat and made his own copy of the book. Then he continued to memorize the book until Fajr. After Fajr he rested for a short period of time and then woke up. Upon waking, he returned the original book to the library and said: Here is your original, and here is an extra copy (the copy he himself wrote) and the book is in my head (memorized).

May Allah grant Sheikh Hafith Al Hakimy ease in his grave and raise him with the righteous ameen.

It was also mentioned by Sheikh Ahmed An Najmee the following:

We (as young boys) were instructed by our teacher Sheikh Abdullah Al Qara’wee to memorize the Quran in preparation for the month of Ramadan. We would memorize during the day, and toward the end of the day we gathered to test one another in memorization. I (Ahmed An Najmee) memorized a hizb for that day. Surprisingly, Hafith Al Hakimy memorized a full Juz! We continued for a full month, and everyday Hafith would memorize a full Juz completing the entire Quran in one month!

Third:

It was reported by Sheikh Abdul Kareem Al Kudair:

I was informed by one of the widows of Sheikh Abdul Azeez bin Baz that one day he returned home from the hospital, and upon entering the house she noticed that he was very tired and exhausted. After falling to sleep, she changed his alarm clock from the normal set time for night prayer, to a later time. The Sheikh woke at his normal time without the clock and inquired why the clock did not work. His wife informed that she had changed the time in order for him to relax. He admonished her and said: Relaxation is in Paradise!

(Lecture titled:”Radiant Pages From The (examples) of The Worship of The Scholars”)

Mustafa George DeBerry

Speech Of The Scholars Of The Past and Present and Importance of Studying The Arabic Language

Speech of the Scholars (past and present) on the importance of studying the Arabic language Dec 26, ’06 10:35 PM
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From time  to time we wish to encourage one another with the importance of studying.  Recently we came across the following speech of the scholars.

Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

The Salaf would admonish their children when they made Arabic grammatical mistakes.  Due to this, we are ordered, whether it be an obligation or a recommendation, to preserve the Arabic (grammatical) laws, and to correct the tongues that have deviated from the correct speech.  By doing so, we preserve the methodology of understanding the Quran and the Sunnah.  We also preserve the following of the Arab in their manner of (correct) speech.  If people were left with their grammatical mistakes, this would be considered a great deficiency and despicable mistake.  (source: Majmoo’ Al Fatawa 32/252)

The speech of Ibn Taymiyyah reminds us of the statement of Umm Abdullah al Wadie’yah concerning her father, the beloved Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadee al Wadi’ee.

She wrote:

My father would admonish us (her and her older sister) if we made a mistake in Arabic grammar.  He would say: Don’t be like the people of Sa’daa, they learn Arabic for several years until they reach the level of reading ‘Al Mugnee al Labeeb’ (famous book in Arabic grammar), but they continue to speak like the normal layman. (source: Nubtha Muktesirah)

Sheikh Muqbil also mentioned:

The sciences of the Arabic language (nahoo) is from the important knowledge that is incumbent upon the Muslims to focus on.  This is because the enemies of Islam seek to divert the Muslims away from the language of their deen and busy them with what has less importance in their religion. And Allah is the Helper.  (source: Ershad Thawil Fitan pg.65)

Sheikh Muqbil likewise mentioned:

If a person becomes proficient in the Arabic language, then it will make learning easy for him. (source: Ar Rihlatul Akirah)

Sheikh Uthaymeen said:

From the benefits of learning the  Arabic language is correction of the tongue with the Arabic tongue which the speech of Allah was revealed in.  Because of this, understanding the Arabic language is extremely important.  But the sciences of the Arabic language are difficult in the beginning and becomes easy thereafter.  It is the example of a house made of cane (the likes of sugar cane), but its door is made of steel.  Meaning, it is difficult for one to enter, but once one does, is is then made easy.  Due to this, I encourage the student to learn the foundations of the language in order to make the rest easy for him/her.  (source: Sharh Al Ajromiyah)

In closing we say, one thing that a person especially a salafee who is in seek of knowledge can reflect over to help encourage the studying of the Arabic language, is the following question of reflection and contemplation:

What would you do if you came in to contact with the greatest scholars of our time, the likes of Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan, Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee, Sheikh Abdul Azeez ala Sheikh, Sheikh Ubaid al Jabiree, etc…, what if you came into contact with these scholars without having a translator?! How much would you truly be able to benefit from them?! How many questions could you possibly ask?! How would you understand their answers and advice?!

May Allah guide us to what is good in this life and the hereafter.  May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the last messenger Muhammed, his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry

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