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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

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The true knowledge is taken from the scholars.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

إن الحمد لله نحمده ، و نستعينه ، ونستغفره ، ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ، ومن سيئات أعمالنا

التعلم هنا معناه : التلقي عن العلماء والحفظ والفهم

والإدراك ، هذا هو التعلم ،

Shaykh Saleh Al Fowzan said:

The meaning of having knowledge here is that the person takes it from the scholars, they memorize it, and they understand it and they comprehend it. This is knowledge.

ليس المراد مجرد قراءة أو مطالعة حرة كما يسموﻧﻬا هذا ليس

تعلما إنما التعلم هو : التلقي عن أهل العلم مع حفظ ذلك وفهمه وإدراكه تماما ، هذا هو

التعلم الصحيح ، أما مجرد القراءة والمطالعة فإﻧﻬا لا تكفي في التعلم وإن كانت مطلوبة ،

وفيها فائدة لكنها لا تكفي ، ولا يكفي الاقتصار عليها .

ولا يجوز التتلمذ على الكتب كما هو الواقع في هذا الوقت ، لأن التتلمذ على الكتب

خطير جدا يحصل منه مفاسد وتعالم أضر من الجهل ، لأن الجاهل يعرف أنه جاهل ويقف

عند حده ، لكن المتعالم يرى أنه عالم فيحل ما حرم الله ، ويحرم ما أحل الله ، ويتكلم

ويقول على الله بلا علم فالمسألة خطيرة جدا .

فالعلم لا يؤخذ من الكتب مباشرة إنما الكتب وسائل ، أما حقيقة العلم فإﻧﻬا تؤخذ

reference:

سلسلة شرح الرسائل شرح الأصول اثلاثة 

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معالي اشيخ صالح بن فوزان الفوزان

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He said: Knowledge is not that a person simply reads or freely reads, as some people say title it. This is not knowledge (this is not studying). Real knowledge is that the person takes it from the people of knowledge, and that they memorize, understand, and comprehend .This is the true (manner of) seeking of knowledge.

As for reading, skimming through books and reading them, this is not sufficient as studying. Even though there is some good present in it, it’s not sufficient. It’s not permissible that a person is only a student of books, as we see during our present time. Because if a person is self-taught (only reads books) then this is something which is very dangerous, this individual will bring about much evil because being self-taught is worse than the ignorant person. The individual who is ignorant he knows he’s ignorant and he stops at the limits. As for the who is self taught, this individual feels he is knowledgeable, and because of this , he makes haram which Allaah has made halal and he makes halal that which Allah has made haram. Likewise, this individual speaks about Allaah ‘Azza Wa Jal without knowledge, and this is a dangerous affair!

The Shaykh goes on to explain that knowledge is not only taken from books but, it is taken from the Ulemah. A person should not limit himself to taking from books; books are only a means. The reality of knowledge is that it’s taken from the scholars, generation after generations, but books are only a means of support and help. The true knowledge is taken from the scholars.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, K.S.A

26 Thul Hijjah 1434h. | Oct.31 , 2013

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

Some Benefits from the Lessons of Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel (may Allah have mercy on him)

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Some Benefits from the Lessons of Sheikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel
(may Allah have mercy on him)

Compiled by Mustafa George DeBerry
November 2011 / Muharram 1433

 

Recently our beloved Sheikh (‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez al ‘Aqeel) returned to his Lord. When this tremendous trial occurred, I promised my beloved brothers in Islam that I would try to inform them of some of the benefits that I received while seeking knowledge from the Sheikh for the time that I had spent with him. But due to life’s many distractions and commitments, I was not able to deliver what I intended in adequate time. By the permission of Allah, at this time, I would like to mention some of those benefits so that my brothers and sisters in Islam can take a greater look at the life of this scholar of Islam, in order that we may reflect upon our own lives and shortcomings and try our best to correct them. I ask Allah to bless our beloved Sheikh, and I ask Him to grant him a high abode in Jennah.[1]

A brief mention of the Sheikh’s style of teaching:

Sheikh ‘Abdullah had retired from his position as a High Judge in Saudi Arabia many years ago. This meant that he had ample time to study, research, teach and give da’wah. Sheikh ‘Abdullah’s lessons where unique in a since that each individual student was allowed to have his own face to face lesson with the Sheikh, reading from his chosen book. A specific detail of how the lessons were performed is as follows:

Fajr: Sheikh ‘Abdullah would perform fajr in congregation in the masjid across from his home. After prayer, he would sit in the masjid for a short spell of time performing his morning adhkar (supplications). Then he would return to his home and sit in his library. A few of his sons along with 3-6 students would accompany him into his library. After sitting, one of his sons would make sure the Sheikh was comfortable, and if it was winter, they would rub the Sheikh’s feet until he was content. A few minutes later, the Sheikh would look around and instruct the first student who arrived to sit in front of him on the floor. The student would then inform the Sheikh which book he is reading to him and what page has been reached. The Sheikh himself would have his own copy of the same book in which he would always keep a record of the student’s reading. The student would begin reading while the Sheikh followed. If any comments or corrections needed to be made, the Sheikh would do so. Once the student finished the chapter or unit, the Sheikh would then clarify the complete chapter. During his explanation, he would always ask the student questions to make sure he has understood what was read and explained. After completing the explanation, the student would leave, and the next student would sit and begin reading his book. The fajr lessons would continue for a period of 2-3 hours. After every student has completed their reading, the Sheikh would take a short nap until about 10am. He would then awake, pray shurook prayer, and then return to his library for his own research and study. After asr, magrib and isha prayers, the Sheikh would basically teach the same way he taught for fajr prayer.

[1] A short biography of the Sheikh can be found here  A short biography of the Sheikh Abdullah

Read the full article Here 

The Ruling on Seeking Knowledge in the Month of Ramadan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Ruling on Seeking Knowledge in the Month of Ramadan

Question Posed by:

Sakinah bint Sheikh Muhammad Nasirul Deen al Albani

She stated: All praise belongs to Allah alone, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger. For that which proceeds:

I asked my father (may Allah have mercy on him) the following question:

I read that some of the scholars of the past would stop teaching in the month of Ramadan for the purpose of focusing on recitation of the Quran. These individuals were from amongst those who gave religious verdicts, but during this month, they would not issue verdicts to people. Is this information correct, and if so, should I concentrate solely on recitation of the Quran, consequently leaving off reading hadiths and their explanations, and should I postpone lessons of the science of Quranic recitation[1] and other similar actions?

Sheikh al Albani responded to his daughter’s question, he stated:

There is no origin in the Sunnah for this deed, but rather, that which is mentioned in the Sunnah, which is reported in Saheeh al Bukhari, and Saheeh Muslim, is increasing is one’s recitation of the Quran in the month of Ramadan. As for only concentrating on the Quran in this month, and abandoning other forms of worship, such as seeking knowledge, teaching hadiths and explaining them, this action has no proof from the Sunnah. Similar to this is the issue of doing other pious deeds such as giving charity, and being kind to others, etc. So in summary, abandoning other forms of good deeds and only focusing on recitation of the Quran, there is no proof from the Sunnah to support such an act, but rather what is mentioned in the Sunnah is that one increases in his recitation of the Quran.

Link for original text:

http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=122056

Translator’s comment:

1. The above mentioned statement does not at all mean that a person shouldn’t focus on the Quran in the month of Ramadan, as is clearly stated in the fatwa, but what is intended is that a person should understand that just because Ramadan approaches, doesn’t necessitate that one stops seeking knowledge and other forms of worship, but rather, one is encouraged to increase in his recitation of the Quran along with his performance of other righteous deeds in this blessed month, and from the greatest forms of righteous deeds is seeking knowledge of one’s religion.

2. There was an interesting article on http://www.sahab.net in which the author explained how seeking knowledge, especially knowledge of hadeeth is in fact a part of studying the Quran. This is because the Sunnah has been revealed to explain and clarify the Quran, and therefore it is hoped that a person who continues to study the Sunnah during the month of Ramadan gets rewarded greatly. In the same article, the author also brought light to the fact that the Salaf al Saleh considered teaching and studying similar to remembrance of Allah and recitation of the Quran, due to the fact that by learning, one is seeking clarity and understanding of the Book of Allah or of the authentic Sunnah of His beloved Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم).

3. I have also heard the above statement mentioned by some of the senior students of Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz and the students of Sheikh Ahmad al Najmi, to the extent that last year, Sheikh Ali al Hadadi began teaching Saheeh al Bukhari, from the beginning of the book, in the month of Ramadan.

[1] The Sheikh’s daughter and her sister (may Allah preserve her) have authored a very detailed book on the science of Tajweed (Quranic recitation), she also was responsible for typing and formatting some of her father’s works such as some of the volumes of Silsilat ahadeeth al Saheeha and others.

Mustafa George DeBerry.

The Death of Usama bin Laden by Sheikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abaad

The Death of Usama bin Laden by Sheikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abaad

May 12, ’11 2:21 PM

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

سُئل شيخنا عبدالمحسن بن حمد العبَّاد البدر عن مقتل الخارجي أسامة بن لادن
الموافق لـيوم الأثنين 28/5/1432هـ بعد صلاة العشاء (بدون تسجيل)
السؤال: ما هو القول الوسط في مقتل أسامة بن لادن فهناك من فرح بمقتله,
وهناك من قال إنه كان مجاهداً وحكم له بالشهادة؟

أجاب شيخنا: كيف مجاهد؟! نعم هو مجاهد في سبيل الشيطان.
أسامة بن لادن جلب شراً عظيماً على المسلمين
ولا شك أن ذهابه فيه راحة لهم, يرتاح الناس بذهابه

In The Name of Allah – The Beneficient, The Merciful

On Monday May 2, 2011. Sheikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al ‘Abaad (may Allah preserve him) was asked concerning the death of Usama bin Laden.

Question:

What is the just opinion concerning the death of Usama bin Laden? There are some who have rejoiced over his death, and there are others who claim that he died as a martyr.

Answer:

How is he considered a martyr?! Yes, in fact he fought in the path of the Shaytan. Because of Usama bin Laden, much evil has befallen the Muslims. There is no doubt, his absence brings about comfort for the Muslims. They can relax now that he is gone. (Arabic text provided by the Sheikh’s student ‘Abdul Rahmaan al ‘Umaysaan: http://www.sahab.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=120559

Translator’s comment:

After reading this, some may find within themselves dislike for the statement of the Sheikh, but the reality is, due to the actions of Usama bin Laden and those who follow his methodology, much evil has befallen the Muslim ‘Ummah. Entire Muslim countries have been fought, innocent Muslims have been killed, Muslim women have been raped, and the list goes on and on. Therefore, the speech of the Sheikh is not strange. The Muslims need those who can bring about benefit and ease to the ‘Ummah, instead of those who cause harm and turmoil. The Prophet r said:

المُسْلِمُ مَنْ سَلِمَ المُسْلِمُونَ مِنْ لِسَانِهِ وَيَدِهِ

“The (true) Muslim, is the one who the other Muslims are safe from his tongue and hands.” Sahih al Bukhari #10

Abu Sa’eed al Khudri t mentioned that the Prophet r was asked:

أَيُّ النَّاسِ أَفْضَلُ؟

Who is the best person?

The Prophet r responded:

مُؤْمِنٌ يُجَاهِدُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ

The believer who fights in the way of Allah with his body and his wealth.

The companions then asked: And then who?

The Prophet r replied:

مُؤْمِنٌ فِي شِعْبٍ مِنَ الشِّعَابِ يَتَّقِي اللَّهَ، وَيَدَعُ النَّاسَ مِنْ شَرِّهِ

The believer who fears Allah, remains amongst the people and protects others from his evil. Sahih al Bukhari#2789

The above proofs, and many others, inform that the true believer is one who protects others from his evil (direct evil, or indirect evil), and he is one who does not wish harm for himself nor does he wish it for others.

If a person were to say:

Isn’t it correct that we fight the disbelievers in order to raise the word of Allah?

The answer would be:

Yes, fighting is legislated but with conditions and regulations. If a person seeks to fight in the way of Allah, he must understand these conditions and regulations before doing so. If not, he may cause greater harm than good, thereby causing greater trials and tribulations upon himself and the Muslim community.

It is because of this that we find the scholars of Islam mentioning, in their books of Islamic jurisprudence, chapters on Jihad. This informs us that the matter of Jihad is not based on mere desire and emotion, but rather it is a very important issue in Islam that must be studied and adhered to in order to bring about correct results.

An example of the fact that Jihad has conditions and regulations is illustrated in the statement of the companion Rabaah bin Rabe’a who said:

While we were with the Messenger of Allah r during a battle, he noticed some people crowding around something. Upon seeing this, the Messenger of Allah r said:

Go and see why they are crowded around.

They informed him that it was a (disbelieving) female who was killed during the battle. Upon hearing this, the Prophet said:

مَا كَانَتْ هَذِهِ لِتُقَاتِلَ

She should have not been killed.

Then the Prophet r sent someone to inform Khalid bin Waleed that he should not kill women.

(Sunan Abi Dawood #2669 and declared authentic by Sh. Al Albani)

It is likewise reported in Sahih Muslim that the Prophet r forbid the companions from killing disbelieving children. (Sahih Muslim #1731)

Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taymiyah stated:

The Quran and Sunnah are filled with orders related to Jihad and its merits, but it is incumbent that one knows the difference between the legislated Jihad, which was ordered by Allah and His Messenger, and the innovated Jihad which is performed by the deviants, those who fight in obedience to the shaytan. These individuals believe that they are fighting upon the path of Allah. This (deviant) Jihad is performed by the likes of the people of innovation and desire, such as the Khawarij and those who are similar to them. (Al Eknaiyah pg.473)

An example of the important principle (preventing harm takes precedence over bringing about good) is derived from the statement of Allah – The Mighty and Majestic:

وَلَا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ

{Do not insult those whom call on other than Allah, and as a result, they will then insult Allah wrongfully without knowledge.}

Surah al An’am:108

Al Hafith Ibn Katheer mentioned:

In this verse Allah is prohibiting His Prophet and the believers from insulting the false deities, which are worshipped other than Allah. This is the case even though insulting them may contain some benefit, but (the prohibition is mentioned) due to the greater harm that may occur This harm occurs when the believers insult the false deities of the disbelievers, this would cause for them (disbelievers) to insult that which the believers worship, Who is Allah, The One there is no deity worthy of worship except Him. (Tafsir ibn Katheer)

The above proof informs that it is forbidden for a Muslim to indulge in that which is recommended or even commanded, if that act will cause greater harm.

In present times, there is no doubt that the actions of the khawarij of our time have been the direct or indirect reason of much of the turmoil which the Muslim ‘Ummah is facing today.

May Allah correct the affairs of the believers.

Note: After translating this fatwa by our beloved Sheikh ‘Abdul Muhsin, I noticed that the brothers at http://www.salafitalk.com had already posted it. May Allah bless them and reward them for their work.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, KSA.

Lesson in the Dark!

Lesson in the Dark!

 

Bismillah Rahman ir Raheem

Recently on April 16, 2011, we were holding our normal Saturday lesson in Kitab al Tawheed with Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad al Luhaydan in Riyadh. Toward the end of the lesson the electricity in the masjid turned off. At that moment, it became difficult for the translator to continue writing and reading the explanation of the Sheikh, therefore the Sheikh decided to continue the lesson answering questions and answers in the dark! It was a wonderful experience because it reminded us of what we read in the books of the salaf. In order to hear the Sheikh, all the brothers gathered around him very closely and began to ask their questions. The Sheikh patiently answered several questions, and he was willing to continue if it wasn’t for the fact that he realized that the females were sitting in the dark without being able to hear the questions and answers.

Baraka Allahu fee Sheikh. We ask Allah to preserve our beloved Sheikh, and we ask Allah to give us, as teachers, the same dedication in giving da’wah and teaching the people. There is no doubt, we can all benefit greatly from the character and mannerism of our scholars!

link for the audio recording:https://knowledgeofislamblog.wordpress.com/audios/

Baraka Allahu feekum

Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, KSA

A Link to a Study Program Written by Sh. Muqbil (rahimahullah)

A Link to a Study Program Written by Sh. Muqbil (rahimahullah)

Nov 16, ’10 8:42 AM

 

http://ar.miraath.net/topic/muhammad-al-uthaymeen-and-Muqbil-bin-hadi

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

Shaikh Wasiyollah Speaks About Shaikh Rabe’a al Madkhalee

Shaikh Wasiyollah Speaks About Shaikh Rabe’a al Madkhalee

Oct 16, ’10 3:58 PM

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Here is a summarized translation of Shaikh Wasiyollah’s speech concerning Shaikh Rabe’a al Mudkhalee

Question: Some brothers refuse to read any reading materials authored by Shaikh Rabe’a bin Haadee, and they claim that he has caused division in the Ummah. These brothers trust you (Shaikh Wasiyollah) and they love you and accept from you. Please advise us and them, may Allah grant you much good.

Answer:Imam Ahmad (bin Hanbal) said: If you find a piece of paper read it and you will find a benefit. You (questioner) have mentioned that those individuals claim that he (Shaikh Rabe’a) has divided the Ummah. If clarification of the truth is division of the Ummah, then welcome to this! Those individuals should debate with Shaikh Rabe’a concerning the issues which they feel he has divided the Ummah with. If mistakes are not clarified then how will the people know the mistakes?! Most individuals who dislike clarification of mistakes are the Ikhwan al Muslimeen. I have advised these individuals. I said to them: Oh brothers! Now you are aware that there are consistent, major mistakes in the books of Sayyid (Qutub) may Allah forgive him and have mercy on him. The scholars that have refuted him it is befitting that you remove or cancel that information (that you have learned from his (Qutub’s books) which are not revealed from Allah. Or that you write the comments and refutations in the books (if they are in your possession). When Shaykh Bin Baaz – may Allah have mercy on him – commented and made corrections on the first two volumes of Fathul Baree, he clarified issues that Ibnul Hajar made mistakes in. Why don’t these individuals have a problem with Shaykh Bin Baaz? Or Imam so and so? Is Sayyid an Imam while he has been found to call to Wihdatul Wujood (Allah and His creation are one)? Or him being found of speaking ill of the Sahabah? Or him speaking ill of Prophet Musa (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him? Shaikh Rabe’a, may Allah bless him with good, he has clarified issues, and he is not the only one to perform such an action. He was proceeded by Shaikh (Abdullah) al Dawaish (may Allah have mercy on him). He also clarified many mistakes (of Sayyid Qutub). These individuals (who clarify mistakes) only intend good…!!!

June 3, 2010

Link: http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?p=91543

Second Question:

Question: Does Shaikh Rabe’a bin Hadee al Mudkhalee force others to follow his views and if not, he labels whoever opposes him to be an innovator?
Answer: I would like (to know) the person who opposes and makes the claim that Shaikh Rabe’a forces others to take his views, and if not he labels them innovators! This is not true. He does not have a view, rather he transmits information supported with proofs and in the light of evidences he informs that certain statements are statements of innovation. He does not say (that everyone) is an innovator. It’s also possible that as long as the person has come (with a statement of innovation) and this has been clarified, and his methodology has been exposed, it’s possible that the person can be labeled an innovator. But this is only done based on proofs. We say to our brothers: If you disagree with him, go and debate with him, speak to him and respond to him. May Allah be exalted! The books (authored by Shaikh Rabe’a) were written a long time ago, but till date we have never found anyone who has refuted him with knowledge. We have only found people to speak with disgusting, repulsive speech which is not liked by Allah nor His messenger (sas). Indeed we want the truth. If the door to evil is not closed, it would be widely opened and therefore it is befitting that whenever there is a mistake in the Ummah, it is corrected and refuted correctly.

Link:
http://www.plunder.com/wase-mp3-download-1a26258107.htm

May Allah make us from those who follow the truth and abandon our desires!

Fatawa on Mixed Education

Fatawa on Mixed Education May 27, ’10 12:15 PM
for everyone

This is a compilation that came to my email recently, insha Allah it should shed some light on the subject especially due to the presence of a recent fatwa which in fact confused many people in this regard. We advise the people to do what the scholars have informed when there is a difference of opinion, and that is to follow that which is supported by proofs and evidences.

May Allah bless those who compiled these fatawa.
Fatawa of the Scholars:

1.Question: Muslim women and their daughters in western countries where there are Muslim minorities face very difficult circumstances in that education and work are mixed environments. We are caught between two possibilities. Either we cut-off our provision, stay at home and beg and as a result sink to a very desperate material condition, or, alternatively, wear our Islaamic hijaab and study and work in those societies which do not differentiate between mixing and separation. What is your esteemed opinion concerning this matter?

Response: Concerning this very crucial issue, I believe that it is obligatory for a Muslim to patiently adhere to and persevere with Allaah’s religion and not to be of those whom Allaah describes, saying:

{And of mankind are those that say, “We believe in Allaah.” But if they are made to suffer for the Sake of Allaah, they consider the persecution of mankind as Allaah’s punishment…}, [Soorah al-‘Ankaboot, Aayah 10].

A Muslim must be patient and if it is not possible to gain a livelihood except by what Allaah has forbidden, namely through the mixing of men and women, then this livelihood must be abandoned and another sought from another direction or from another country. Was Allaah’s land not vast enough for you to emigrate therein? This is also true with respect to seeking knowledge. How good it would be if the Muslim minorities could establish their own schools based on the religion of Islaam, where boys and girls are taught separately. If that could be achieved it would be a great blessing. It is not possible, however, for us to permit the mixing of the sexes because of the seriousness of the issue and the level of temptation contained therein.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
al-Aqalliyaat al-Muslimah – Page 74, Fatwa No.14


Published: 24 March 2000

http://abdurrahman.org/knowledge/fatwabase/studyandworkinmixed_sex_en.htm

2.
Mixed education

Question: Many Islaamic societies suffer from the problem of mixed education between boys and girls, which they have inherited from the time of colonisation or from the practice of copying western civilisation. What are the dangers of mixed education and how can we rid ourselves of it.

Response: There can be no doubt that there is great harm in mixed education and that it is a threat to the modesty, chastity and character of both men and women. Islaamic countries must, therefore, abandon it and provide separate education for men and women. This subject has been dealt with at great length. We have written about the subject whatever Allaah willed and other eminent scholars have also written about it. It is part of our religion and it is incumbent upon the Islaamic countries to segregate education so that both men and women are taught separately. This is obligatory both in universities and other institutions.

The way to achieve this is for the Muslims to stand together and to cooperate in demanding this segregation. If they are sincere they will succeed, inshaa.-Allaah.

We said previously, that it is necessary for those responsible in Islaamic Countries to work together and cooperate with the people responsible for Muslim minorities in order to ensure that education is not mixed and that both boys and girls are taught separately. This is necessary to protect everyone from iniquity, immorality and temptation. If this does not succeed and a country does not respond, then Muslims should pursue the matter themselves and spend whatever they can from their own wealth to establish a university where segregation of men and women can be implemented.

In the same way, if there is no response from the state to their demands with regards to other schools, the Muslim minorities must do what they can by collecting money that has been generously donated for the Sake of Allaah. They must give generously and spend until there are Islaamic schools, institutions and colleges that are not mixed. This is their duty, and Allaah will ask them concerning it on the Day of Resurrection if they have been negligent. Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{So, by your Lord, We shall certainly question them all concerning what they used to do} [Soorah al-Hijr, Aayah 92-93]

The duty of the scholars is to encourage the wealthy to contribute in this matter. They must encourage them to establish segregated schools, institutions and colleges in order that there might be a far and wide reaching effect in benefiting the Muslims, both male and female, and in protecting them from mixing, which their enemies are keen to encourage.

And there is no power, no strength except with Allaah!

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
al-Aqalliyaat al-Muslimah – Page 32, Fatwa No.6

http://abdurrahman.org/knowledge/fatwabase/mixededucation.htm

3.
The Ruling on Studying in Mixed Universities in Order to Call to Allaah
Question:

Is it permissible to for a man to study in a university in which men and women mix in one place, bearing in mind that the student has an active role in calling to Allaah?
Answer:

It is my view that it is not permissible for a person ý man or woman ý to study in mixed schools; this is because of the great danger to his modesty, reputation and morals, because a human being, whatever may be his reputation, morals and innocence, if there is a woman sitting next to his chair ý and especially if she is beautiful and revealing her beauty ý is unlikely to be safe from temptation and evil and everything which leads to temptation and evil is forbidden and is impermissible. So we ask Allaah , Most Glorified, Most High, for our Muslim brothers that they protect them from such matters as these which bring nothing but evil, temptation and corruption to their young men. And if no other university is found except this one, he should leave his studies in order to study in another country in which there is no such mixing. So I do not consider it permissible, although someone else might hold another opinion.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 5 Page 163

http://www.fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=1316

4.
سؤال :أنا طالب من لندن أدرس الطب فى رومانيا والجامعه بها إختلاط ولا أستطيع أن أجعل الجامعه أنتساب لأن هناك دراسات تطبقيه تستدعى التواجد الدائم وأريد أكمل دراستى حتى أتمكن من الهجرة إلى بلاد المسلمين وأنفع المسلمين وعلما أن تركى لدراسة سيغضب والدى والهجره ý..فهل أترك الدراسه علماص بأن المكان الذى أنا فيه مسجد وعدد كبير من العرب

Question:I am a student from London but I study medicine in Romania and the University is mixed and I have to be there a lot because of some courses that we take. I want to finish my studies to be able to make hijrah (emigrate) to a Muslim country and benefit the Muslims. If I leave University then my parents will go angry on me. Do I leave the University? Also the University I am in has a Masjid and lots of Arab people.

الجواب لشيخ محمدبن هادى المدخلى

لا يجوز الدراسه فى مكان فيه أختلاط بين الجنسين وهذة المبررات التى ذكرتها لا تكفى ,أما الأول فلو لم تتمكن من الهجرة هذا سيسره الله لك عزوجل إن علم الله سبحانه وتعالى منك نية الخير سيسره لك……….
فإن لم تكن قادرا على ذلك وكنت قادر على أن تصوم وتزكى وتأمر بالمعروف وتنكر المنكر
فتكون الهجرة لست واجبا عليك فإن الله تعالى يعذرك
أما التعليل الثانى بأن تنفع المسلمين فإن الله تعالى ما أمرك أن تنغعنا وتضر نفسك فقدم بنفسك أولا قال تعالى ( ياأيها الذين أمنوا قو أنفسكم وإهليكم نارا)لم يقدم أهليكم .فأنت الان تقدم من ليس بآهل النفع وهو عموم المسلمين ý……..فالأنسان مأمور أولا بحفظ نفسه ý.قال النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم فى النه الصحيحه (أبدأ بنفسك ثم بمن تعول )….

الشاهد أن الله ما أمرك أن تضر نفسك لتنفعنا نحن فأبدأ بنفسك
وأما إن كان المكان فيه مسجد وناس من العرب كثيير فهذا ليس بحجه فأنت مأمور بأ، تقى نفسك من النار

Answer by ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee

It is not permissible to study in mixed place and those excuses that you mentioned is not enough. If you are not able to make hijrah then Allah will make it easy for you if you have a good intention. If you can pray and fast and do zakat and do ma3roof (good actions seeking the pleasure of Allah) and deny munkar (evil actions earning the anger and punishment of Allah) then hjirah is not wajib (compulsory) on you and Allah excuse you.

I say about benefiting Muslims that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala did not order you to harm yourself and benefit us (the Muslims). Allah said In the Quraan:

قال تعالى: ياأيها الذين أمنوا قو أنفسكم وإهليكم نارا

ýOh you who believe, protect yourself and your family from the hell fireý

So Allah started with yourself and you are putting Muslims before yourself when you are ordered to protect* yourself (from the fire) first.

قال: (ابدأ بنفسك ثم بمن تعول) الترمذي

In the authentic hadeeth found in Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ýStart with yourself and then who you supportý.

So Allah didn’t order you to harm yourself to benefit us (the Muslims) but to start with yourself first.

Concerning your third excuse that there is a masjid there and lots of Arab people then that is not a excuse because you are ordered to protect* yourself self from hell fire.

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Translator’s Note: Protecting yourself from the Hell-Fire in the above statements is referring to protecting himself from the evils and fitnah (temptation) of free-mixing and all the munkar (evil) that is in the mixed schools and schools of the non-Muslims nowadays.

Translated and Transcribed by Umm Mu’adh and checked by Yaqoob Amadei.

http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=7238

5.
Shaykh Uthaymeen on Mixing in University

Shaykh Ibn ýUthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

Is it permissible for a man to study in a mixed university where men and women mix in one classroom, knowing that the student has a role to play in calling people to Allaah?

He replied:

What I think is that it is not permissible for anyone, man or woman, to study in a mixed school, because of the grave danger that it poses to his chastity, integrity and morals. No matter how great a personýs integrity, morals and innocence, if a woman is sitting beside him on the seat ý especially if she is beautiful and unveiled ý he can hardly avoid fitnah and evil. Everything that leads to fitnah and evil is also haraam and is not permitted. We ask Allaah to keep our Muslim brothers safe from such things which will only bring evil, fitnah and corruption to their youth. If there is no other university apart from this one, he should go and study in another city or country where this mixing does not happen. I do not think that this is permissible but others may have a different opinion.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/103

Aboo ‘Ubaydah Ahmad Nishwan ibn ‘Alee al-Maraduwee

http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=6&Topic=7238

6.
The Permanent Committee on Mixed Education

The scholars of the Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa (al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-ýIlmiyyah wal-Iftaa.) stated:

It is haraam for male and female students and teachers to mix in educational institutions, because of the fitnah and provocation of desires and immoral conduct that results from that. The gravity of the sin is compounded if the female teachers and students uncover any part of their ýawrahs or wear see-through or tight clothing, or if the students or teachers flirt or joke together, which may lead to transgression of limits and violation of honour.

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 3/102,103

Reciting the Quran for Protection Sheikh Uthaymeen

Reciting the Quran for Protection Sheikh Uthaymeen

Sep 26, ’09 4:32 AM

Important Question Related to Listening to The Quran for Protection from the Shaytan

Question: There is a hadith wherein it is mentioned that if a person recites Surah Al Baqarah in the home, the shaytan will not be able to enter the home. Does this ruling also apply to one who listens to the Surah being recited from an audio tape?

Answer: No, the recitation from an audio recording does not benefit (with regards to protection). This is because it can not be said that the person has (in fact) read the Quran, but rather it is said that he listened to a previous recording. Similarly, if we were to record an athan, and at the time of prayer we played the recorded athan, this would not be accepted. Likewise if we did the same with a Jum’ah (Friday) sermon, and at the time of Jum’ah prayer we played the sermon through the microphones, and (person on) the tape said: Asalam u alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu, and then the caller of the athan calls to prayer, and the Imam gives the sermon (all on tape). Would any of this be correct and accepted? No it would not! Why? Because this is all considered a previous recording and it is similar to someone writing on a piece of paper or placing a Quran in his home. This does not take the place of reciting the Surah (for protection).

Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh Al Uthaymeen – Liqa al Bab al Meftuh
Link: http://www.sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?t=368472

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

Farewell to Ramadan by Al Hafith Ibn Rajab

 

Sep 22, ’09 6:17 AM
for everyone

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

Fatwa on Sale Announcements in The Masjid

Fatwa on Sale Announcements in The Masjid

Aug 25, ’09 8:25 PM

In The Name of Allah The Merciful, The Bestower of His Mercy

Some time earlier this year Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Ghudayan (may Allah preserve him) was asked the following question:

Questioner: Is it permissible to make announcements for sales in the masjid if the profit for the items or food being sold returns to the benefit of the masjid itself? This is something commonly done in the masajid in the West.

Answer: It is not permissible for any announcements pertaining to sales or buying and purchasing to be made from within the masjid. The houses of Allah were not built for this purpose.

Questioner: Even if the profit from the sales return to the upkeep of the masjid?

Answer: Even if, no such announcement should be made from inside the masjid.

Translator’s note: There are several texts from the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) which support the answer given by our beloved Sheikh, and from them:

It is recorded in Sahih Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurayrah who said:

The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: If you witness a person selling or seeking to purchase within the masjid, then say to him:

May Allah not profit you in your transaction!

And if you witness a person making an announcement concerning his lost property then say:

May Allah not return your property to you!

It is likewise recorded in Al Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud and Nisaee on the authority of ‘Amrin bin Shua’b who reported on the authority of his father, on the authority of his grandfather who said:

Indeed the Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbid buying and selling inside the masjid.

It is also recorded in the Muwatta of Imam Malik on the authority of ‘Ata bin Yasar that he would pass by individuals who were performing business transactions in the masajid and say to them:

What do you have for sale, and what would you like?

If they informed him that they wish to sell some goods, he (‘Ata) would reply:

You should (leave here and) go to the worldly market places, for indeed this is the market place for the hereafter!

We supplicate to Allah and ask His forgiveness for our faults and shortcomings, and we seek from Him His great bounty and blessings. It’s possible, in fact it’s certain, that if the masajid leave off such an act, Allah will increase the amount of assistance needed to support the masajid. Also, one should keep in mind, the selling of food and goods is not in itself forbidden, but what is forbidden is that announcements are made from within the masjid pertaining to the selling of these items and goods, and of course the actual selling and purchasing should take place outside the masjid and not at the back as you find in some masajid in the Wes

Advice From Sheikh Rabe’a Concerning Minhaj

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Unfortunately, the sitting was not recorded.]

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

The Ruling on Isbal for Muslim Boys

The Ruling on Isbal for Muslim Boys
This was an article placed on salafitalk some time ago. I have placed it here for the general benefit.

Bismillah hir Rahman ir Raheem

There is no doubt that from the affairs that every Muslim father and mother will be questioned about on the Day of Judgment will be the raising of one’s children. The Prophet (salAllahu wa salem) said:

“All of your are shepherds and all of you will be questioned concerning his flock.”

Due to this reality, we find that the Salaf were very diligent in raising their children (from young)upon righteousness.

Ibn Umar was reported to have said:

“Raise your children correctly, verily you are responsible for them and you will be questioned regarding your rearing of them.” (Shu’ab al Eman 8295)

Mu’awiyah ibn Qura is reported to have said to his children after praying Salatul ‘Isha:

“Oh my children, sleep (early), it’s possible that Allah will bless you by allowing you to stand a portion of the night in prayer.” (Zuhd by Imam Ahmed 234)

Saleh ibn Ahmed bin Hanbal is reported to have said:

“My father (Imam Ahmed) would call me whenever a righteous man visited him, in order for me to look at that man, in hopes that I would be like that person.” (Siyar 12/530)

If one were to look into the books of the people of knowledge he would find that the Salaf were also diligent with regards to the dress of their children. An example of this is in the following statements:

Jabir ibn Abdullah is reported to have said:

“We used to prevent our young boys from wearing silk, and we would allow it for our young girls”

(Sahih Abi Dawud 3424)

Abdur Rahman bin Yazid said:

“I was in the company of Ibn Masoudwhen a young boy wearing silk approached, upon seeing him Ibn Masoud removed the silk from the boy and ripped it.” (Ibn Hazm in Muhalah 4/40)

Ibn Qudamah mentioned in Al Mugni:

 

“It is also forbidden for the parent to allow his/her child to wear that which is forbidden, just as it is prohibited to allow them to drink alcohol or indulge is usury.” (Al Mugni 1/344)

Ibn Taymiyyah mentioned:

“…that which is forbidden for the male to wear, it is likewise forbidden for him to allow his child to wear…” (Mejmoo’22/139)

Although the above statements are addressing the wearing of silk, these proofs along with their comments can also be applied to the wearing of the pants below the ankle, and Allah knows best.

Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh al Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said in response to a question posed to him concerning the ruling on children’s clothing which contains pictures. The Sheikh responded: The people of knowledge have mentioned that it is forbidden to allow a child to wear that which is forbidden for a grown person to wear… (he continued to deal with the issue of pictures on clothing). Then the questioner replied: Does this ruling also apply to isbal for boys? They Sheikh said: Yes, it also applies to isbal for boys. (Important Questions for the Muslim Family pg.144)

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan (may Allah preserve him) said concerning Isbal for the young boys: The parents should condition their children to dress Islamic while they are still at a very young age. (Weekly gathering with the Westeners, Riyadh)

I hope and pray this brings some clarity.

Mustafa George
Saudi Arabia

The Ruling on Mentioning Your Past Sins for The Purpose of Da’wah May

The Ruling on Mentioning Your Past Sins for The Purpose of Da’wah May 30, ’09 9:54 PM
for everyone

In The Name of Allah The Merciful, The Bestower of His Mercy

2 weeks ago (May 11, 2009)

Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan  Hafidullaah was asked the following question during the question and answer session at the end of his Tafsir class in Riyadh:

Question: In our country America there are some individuals who used to sing/rap and they have now become Muslim. These individuals have begun to give lectures for the purpose of calling the youth to Islam and advising them to abandon disbelief, but at times they (ex-rappers/singers) mention in their lectures some of the sins that they used to commit in the past. Is this action correct?

Answer: This is not correct. As for them giving da’wah and calling people to Islam, this is good. But as for them mentioning their past sins, this is not befitting. What is correct is that they seek forgiveness and abandon mentioning of those sins except within themselves. They mention their sins within themselves for the purpose of regret and seeking forgiveness. Also, mention of one’s past sins to an audience can possibly lead the listeners to fall into the same sins.

Audio link: http://www.liveislam.net/browsearchive.php?sid=&id=62312

The question is read toward the end of the class

The Ruling On Reading From The Books Of A Person Who Has Gone Astray

The Ruling on Reading From the Books of a Person Who Has Gone Astray

Bismillah hir Rahman ir Raheem

Here is the Fatwa of Sheikh Muqbil concerning reading the older books of an individual who was once upon the correct minhaj, then went astray.

The Sheikh was asked in the book Tuhfatul Majeeb pg. 209

Question: Those whom were once upon the correct methodology, then deviated, is it permissible to listen to their audio recordings, or read their books that were authored before they went astray?

Answer: I do not advise a person to listen to their lectures or read from their books. I am very much impressed by the statement of Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymmiyah: If Allah did not bring about Al Bukhari nor Muslim, Allah would still preserve His religion. Indeed Allah has preserved His religion. Allah said: {We have sent down the Book, and We will protect it} Therefore, I advise the people to abandon their books, audios and refrain from attending their lessons and lectures…

Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry

Questions and Answers with The Senior Scholars March 2008

Questions and Answers with The Senior Scholars March 2008

If I live abroad and away from my parents, is it permissible for me to take photos of my children and send these photos to their grandparents in order for them to see their grandchildren?

Answer: Taking photos is not permissible.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan

2. At night before going to sleep, how should a person read the legislated supplications and wipe over their children?

Answer: A person should read these supplications, wipe over themselves and then wipe over their children.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan

Is it permissible for a menstruating female to attend classes in the masjid?

Answer: This is not permissible. The classes can be recorded and she can listen to them at home.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan

Oh beloved Sheikh, I bring my wife along with me to attend Islamic classes and lectures. Some brothers have noticed this and have advised me saying that it would be better to leave my wife at home because of the statement of Allah: {Remain in your homes and do not display yourselves like the days of ignorance}. What is your opinion in this matter?

Answer: No, don’t listen to those individuals. You should allow your wife to accompany you to Islamic classes and lectures so that she can benefit.

Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan

Is it permissible for a person to work for an insurance company in America?

Answer: No, this is not permissible because insurance is forbidden.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan

If a female would like to make hijra, does she need a mahram?

Answer: No, if a female would like to make hijra she does not need a mahram. This is the only time it is permissible for a female to travel without a mahram.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Is it permissible for a female to travel for the purpose of seeking knowledge if she lives far from the area that classes are held in?

Answer: No, it is not permissible for a female to travel without a mahram.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Is it permissible for a female to read the Quran during her menses?

Answer: Most of the scholars are of the opinion that a female is not allowed to read (touch) the Quran during this period except if she fears forgetting what she has previously memorized. This is the also the opinion of Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Does the impermissibility of reading from the Quran during the monthly menses also include carrying the Quran?

Answer: Yes, the cover of the Quran is considered a part of it.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If I a person knows that his parent is in need of financial help, is it obligatory on that individual to provide this help even if the parent does not seek it?

Answer: Yes, it is obligatory upon the Muslim to help his parent even if the parent does not seek the assistance. This is if the person has the means to do so.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Why did Allah create the Heavens and The Earth in six days?

Answer: It’s possible that this was done to teach mankind patience and performing actions in stages. There is no doubt that Allah could have created the Heavens and Earth with the statement ‘be’, but it’s possible that He did so in 6 days for the above mentioned reason.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

What is the ruling on praying in clothes that contain a blood stain?

Answer: The scholars disagree concerning whether blood is Najis or not. Therefore, if a person prays in clothing that contains blood, it is recommended for the person to repeat the prayer. Some scholars mention that the hadith where the Prophet –sallAllahu alayhi wa salem- removed his sandals during prayer, some scholars inform that there was a small amount of blood on the bottom of his sandal.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If a person gives another individual wealth and instructs that individual to give this wealth (as charity) to another person, is it permissible for that person to use it himself if he is in need?

Answer: It is not permissible for the person to do so unless he mentions this to the giver of the charity. This is because the person who is instructed to give the wealth becomes a representative for the charity giver, and therefore it is not permissible for him to use the charity for himself unless he seeks permission.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If a person forgets to say ‘Bismillah’ in the beginning of wudo what should they do?

Answer: They should say it during the wudoo.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If a person leaves Islam -and this individual has performed hajj- if he returns to Islam, is it obligatory for him to perform hajj again?

Answer: The scholars disagree in this matter, therefore, it is recommended that he repeats it.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If a female in the West becomes Muslim and she possesses no Muslim male relatives, who is responsible for assisting her in matters related to marriage?

Answer: The ruling in this matter is that the leader of the Islamic center of her community is responsible for all matters pertaining to marriage.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If a female in the West would like to seek a divorce, but she has no male relatives to assist her in doing so, what should she do?

Answer: The leader of the Islamic center in her community is responsible for this matter.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan

Is it permissible for a person to supplicate to receive the reward of the Prophets –sallAllahu alayhem wa salem?

Answer: No, instead a person should pray to be with the Prophets in Jenna. Seeking the reward of the Prophets is considered extremism in supplication.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Is it permissible to congratulate disbelievers on different occasions?

Answer: It is permissible to congratulate them for events not related to religion, for example: child birth and the likes.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Trans. Note: Holidays are not included in the above mentioned permission. Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan and other scholars have clarified that it is not permissible to congratulate a disbeliever due to their various holidays such as: Christmas, Mothers Day, Easter, etc. The above mentioned permission is only for worldly occasions such as: child birth, job promotions, graduation, etc.

Is it permissible to purchase gold jewelry with a credit card?

Answer: This is not permissible because from the conditions of purchasing gold is that the both parities (buyer and seller) must immediately receive the money and the items.

Trans. Note: Meaning, at the time of the purchase, the seller of the gold does not immediately receive the cash, therefore it is not permissible to purchase gold with credit cards.

If a man has two wives and happens to have sexual relations with one wife (in the day time), and that day is the night of the other female, is there a problem in such an action?

Answer: Yes, this is a sin.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Is it permissible for a man to marry a second wife if he does not possess the financial means to do so?

Answer: This is not permissible. From the conditions of taking a second wife is that the man must be just. If he does not have the financial means to take another wife this will lead to injustice between the wives.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Some scholars mention that there are 4 forms of Tawheed:

Tawheed Al Rububiyah
Tawheed Al Uloohiyah
Tawheed Al Asma wa Sifat
Taheed Al Etibah’ (following and adherence to the Messenger of Allah)

Is this last form (Al Etibah’) correct?

Answer: It is not correct to make adherence and obedience to the Prophet –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- a separate form of Tawheed. This is because, if a person disobeys the Messsenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- in a matter (not related to the foundations of the Religion of Islam), then that person is considered disobedient and he is not considered a disbeliever. Therefore it is incorrect to make this a separate form of Tawheed even if some scholars approve of this.

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

Why is shaytan doomed to go to the Hellfire if he did not commit shirk?

Answer: The shaytan committed another form of disbelief called pride and opposition. Allah said concerning the shaytan: {He was prideful and opposing, and he was from those who disbelieved}

Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan

If a female is certain that her husband has divorced her more than 5 times, and she can prove this, but the husband denies this, what should she do?

Answer: If a female knows for certain that her husband has divorced her more than 2 times, then it is no longer permissible for them to stay together. She must prevent him from staying with her.

Sheikh Saleh Al Luhaydan

26. Is it permissible for a man to marry a female who is being supported by the government of her country (welfare, etc), and after marriage the female continues to receive this governmental support on the basis that she is single and if she informs the government that she is married, she will no longer receive these funds. Is this action on concealment permissible?

Answer: No, if the female is married, she can no longer conceal this from the government in order to continue to receive governmental funding. If she does so, this is considered lying and therefore not permissible.

Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan

May Allah increase us in that which is beneficial in this life and the next.

Mustafa George

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Questions & Answers With Scholars February 2008

Questions To The Scholars Feb 2008 Feb 11, ’08 3:43 PM
for everyone

Questions & Answers With Scholars February 2008

1. Some people while praying raise from rukoo while raising their hands similar to making du’a (supplication), is this correct?

Ans. This form of raising the hands during prayer is only permissible during supplication of kunoot. Other than this, it is not correct for one to raise his hands in this manner.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

2. If someone seeks charity for a specific cause, then once the charity reaches them, the cause is no longer present, is it permissible for that person to use the charity for another need?

Ans. This is permissible because charity can be given to a rich person or a poor person, so even if the cause for seeking the charity is no longer present, it is ok for the person to use it for another need. But this is not permissible with obligatory charity (Zakat), it must be used for the reason why it was sought.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

3. Are childrens books that contain fictional stories permissible?

Ans. If these stories carry correct moral meanings, then they are ok.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

4. Does the person that has Hijamah performed on him obliged to make a wudo?

Ans. Yes, the person must make a wudo (before praying).
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

5. What is your advice for many communities where people in the masjid raise their voices immediately after prayer instead of supplication and remembrance?

Ans. The masjid has rulings and etiquette’s. People should observe the correct etiquette’s of the masjid and not raise their voices, nor should they speak of worldly affairs inside the masjid.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

6. When is it permissible for a boy to accompany his mother on a journey as a mahram?

Ans. Once he reaches the age of puberty.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

7. If a person prays in a house that was bought on Riba, does this affect the person’s prayer or fasting?

Ans. No, the prayer and fasting in correct, and the sin falls on the person who purchased the home through such a means.

Sheikh Muhammed bin Hasan Ala Sheikh

8. A female complains of her husband communicating with females by way of internet, what is your advice for her?

Ans. She must remind of to fear Allah. She must remind him of the severe punishment for the one that does such and action, she should choose the best times to remind him. She shouldn’t come to him in a stern, mean way. She should be gentle and soft in her admonition. She should also try to pull him closer to her in love and affection.

Sheikh Muhammed bin Hasan Ala Sheikh

9. What is your advice for men who marry females with an agreement to delay payment of the mahar, then the men divorces the females without payment and then remarry without paying the previous females their mahars?

Ans. This is incorrect and oppression. Allah states in The Quran: {And give the females their mahars} This action of those men is forbidden and oppression. They have opposed the order of Allah by this action. Once they decide to divorce the females, then the time to pay the delayed mahar is expired and they must pay the mahar at the time of divorce. The Prophet -salAllahu alayhi wa salem said: “This is the right that relations (physical) become permissible with” It is likewise not permissible for men to keep the female in oppression with hopes that she will seek a separation (khula). The Prophet -salAllahu alayhi wa salem- said: Treat the women kindly. This action is not kind treatment of them. Allah stated: {And live with them in kindness}. This action is not kindness. Allah ordered him with kindness good, and instead the man treats her with harshness and cruelty.
Sheikh Muhammed bin Hasan Ala Sheikh

Note: Sheikh Muhammed bin Hasan continued to give a short advice for the Muslims of America. We will post this soon insha Allah

10. Is it permissible for a female to seek custody of her son (3 yrs) if the father lives in another city and does not spend on the child?

Ans. The custody of the child at this age is for the mother. This is the Islamic legislation, and if the female gets married, the custody goes to the mother of the female until the child turns 7.

Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

11. If a Muslim couple separates after having children, and the children stay in the custody of the mother, if the father makes hijra to the land of the Muslims, is he more deserving of the children being that he lives in the land of the Muslims?

Ans. Yes, the father becomes more deserving of the children due to them being raised in a Muslim land.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

12. If a person has continuous drips of urine and would like to make an Umra, how should they go about this?

Ans. They can simply wrap something around the private part and make a wudo, then continue to perform the Umra.
Sheikh Abdullah al Aqeel

13. Is it permissible for a man to delay payment of a debt, if he has the ability to repay it?

Ans. No, he must repay it.
Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan

14. Is it permissible for a Quran teacher to write or mark in the Quran of the student to indicate a place that the student needs to review a mistake?

Ans. No, it is not permissible to write anything in the Quran. The mark or writing should be made outside and not within the pages of the Quran.

Sheikh Abdul Azeez Ala Sheikh (Mufti), Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan

15. Is it permissible for a person to separate (dental operation) between the teeth if the teeth are joined, one on top of the other, and not for the purpose of beautification?

Ans. In this case, it is permissible.

Sheikh Abdul Azeez Ala Sheikh

16. The questioner said: I would like to make a statement, some people have begun to trim their beards and shave them below and above and the likes. You even have students of knowledge doing such an action, and when they are admonished they reply that there is a disagreement in the matter and some of the scholars do such an action. What advice would you give to these individuals?

Ans. It is upon a person to take the example of the Messenger -salAllahu alayhi wa salem- He ordered that a person grows his beard and does not cut it. This is the example that a person should follow, and the Prophet’s beard was long and he did not cut it. (summarized answer)

Sheikh Abdul Azeez Ala Sheikh

17. What is your opinion on perfumes that contain alcohol, specifically when praying?

Ans. There is no problem in using these perfumes.

Sheikh Abdul Azeez Ala Sheikh

18. Oh beloved Sheikh, I am a merchant and I place a lower price on my goods if a person pays in cash (up front), and a higher price if they pay in installments. Is this transaction permissible?

Ans. There is no problem in such and action.

Sheikh Abdul Azeez Ala Sheikh

Note: We apologize for the delay in answers. We will do our level best to post the responses from the scholars quicker in the future. Questions sent to: scholarquestions@gmail.com are still being answered from late 2007 till date.

Mustafa George
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Misleading Statements

Misleading Statements

by: Shaykh Muhammed bin Umar bin Salem Bazmoul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…and other statements similar to the above.

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

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

Mustafa George

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Is Shaykh Rabea’ And Shaykh Ubaid From The Senior Scholars?

Is Sheikh Rabea’ and Sheikh Ubaid from the Senior Scholars? Nov 20, ’07 12:53 AM
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In The Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

About a week ago our beloved father Sheikh Ahmed an Najmi visited the city of Riyadh for surgery in his eye. After completing his operation, a few students from different parts of the world visited the Sheikh in a furnished apartment. He was not giving any classes or lectures, but as he said himself: I know the love of the students will not allow them to stay away from visiting me. He did however, allow two questions. The second questioner stated:

Oh beloved Sheikh, some individuals in the west hold the view and spread that Sheikh Rabea’ bin Hadee, and Sheikh Ubaid al Jabiree are not from the senior scholars, instead, the senior scholars are Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan and others on The Committee of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia. What is your comment on this statement?

He responded: If this person is ignorant, then it should be said to him: This is only your opinion. We hold them to be senior scholars. This (incorrect) statement will not harm Rabea’ nor Ubaid. This is natural that people will speak against The People of The Sunnah, it will not at all harm Rabea’ nor Ubaid.

Questions and Answers with Sheikh Abdullah al-Ghudayan رحمه الله تعالى

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

November 9, 2007

Questions and  Answers with Sheikh Abdullah al-Ghudayan رحمه الله تعالى

1.Question: Is the origin of giving da’wah that one should use gentleness?

Answer: Yes, this is the origin of giving da’wah. Allah said in The Quran:

{Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good speech, and debate with them with that which is better}

He (Allah) also said:

{If you were stern and harsh hearted, they would have abandoned you}

2.Question: What is the difference between a prophet and a messenger?

Answer: A prophet is one who revelation was revealed to him, but he was not ordered to propagate it (meaning: he was not ordered to propagate a new legislation, instead he called to the old legislation), while a messenger was ordered to propagate revelation.

3.Question: If a person leaves the masjid, and then returns, must he/she perform the prayer of entering the masjid once again?

Answer: If one intends to return to the masjid (right away), they do not have to repeat the prayer for entering the masjid.

4. Question: related to female prayer in congregation

Answer: It is legislated for females to pray in congregation, but the Imam (female) must stand between the first row in the middle, and not in front of the row.

5. Question: Is it permissible to read the books of the Christians?

Answer: If a person wishes to read their books in order to refute them, then there is no problem. But there is no longer a real need to read their books because these books have been abrogated with the sending of the Quran. I also advise one to read the Quran in order to gain reward in doing so.

6 Question:.The book: Al Kasais al Kubra (book related to matters specifically for the Messenger Muhammed (salAllahu alayhi wa salem) is authored by who?

Answer: Jalal ud-Deen as-Suyooti

7. Question:Is the principal: ‘Let’s work together in that which we agree, and excuse one another for what we disagree’ correct?

Answer: This is a total incorrect principal. Today, you have individuals that don’t believe in Allah, they don’t believe in the Quran, the don’t believe in the Prophet, which means they oppose the Muslims in foundations of the Religion. If we were to agree with this principal, that means we would have to over look all these matters of fundamental belief and join together with these people. It is obligatory on a Muslim to implement Islam in all of his life. It is not befitting that one is similar to a tree that sways whenever the wind blows. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salem) said that there would be 73 sects, one in Paradise, and the others in the Hell-fire, a person that follows this (incorrect) principal intends to create one group out of 73. How can this be done when you have individuals that don’t believe in Allah, nor His Messenger, nor the Quran, and you have other individuals who commit clear Shirk. So what does that person (that follows this principal) want?! It is upon a Muslim to hold fast to his/her Islam. Allah said in the Quran:

{And you (Muhammed) are not a guard over them. So (instead) remind them with the Quran, those that fear the punishment}

Therefore, this is a %100 incorrect principal.

Other questions asked to Sheikh Abdullah and Sheikh Saleh al-Fowzan in Ramadan

1. Question: If a person is sick or old and can not fast, and at the same time, can not feed the poor because of their own financial difficulty, what should he do?

Answer: First he should consult with a doctor to make sure he can not fast. If this is really the case, then feeding the poor will remain a debt on the person’s part. He must pay it in the future when he has the means to do so. (Sheikh Ghudiyan)

2. Question: What does a person do if he enters a masjid right before the time of prayer, and there is a lecture taking place supporting sufi beliefs?

Answer: Why would he go to such a masjid, he should pray in a different masjid. (Sheikh Fowzan)

May Allah bless these scholars for lending their valuable time and knowledge.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Messenger Muhammed, and upon his family members and companions.

Mustafa George DeBerry
Saudi Arabia

Gathering with Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan

Gathering with Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman al Ghudiyan

(October 14, 2007)

Note: From the first day of Eid, Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudiyan –member of the senior committee of scholars in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- has agreed to sit with the Western brothers and sisters after Salat al Isha, answering various questions and lending beneficial advice. The following is a quick translation of October 14th gathering.

Question #1: What is the meaning of the principle: The origin (ruling) of all (worldly) matters is permissible until proven forbidden?

Answer: This principle with the wording mentioned in the question is not correct. The correct principle is: The origin of beneficial (worldly) matters is permissible until proven forbidden, and the origin of all harmful (worldly) matters is forbidden until proven permissible.

An important matter should also be known, and that is this aforementioned principle does not apply to two cases:

The origin in matters related to relations with a female (sexual) is forbidden until proven permissible (marriage contract, etc)
The origin related to meats (beef, chicken, etc) is also forbidden until proven permissible. This is because a Muslim is not allowed to eat meat that has not been slaughtered according to our legislation.

Question #2: The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- mentioned in a hadith that whoever touches his private part, then it is upon him is to perform ablution. Does this apply to the person whose privates are touched, and the individual doing the touching, and does this include the rectum, and what is the correct opinion regarding one touching these body parts with desire, or without desire?

Answer: If one touches his/her private part, weather with desire or without, the ruling is the same, it breaks the wudoo. This is the ruling for the individual doing the touching, and not the one being touched (meaning: if one’s private part is touched by other than himself, this does not break that person’s –the one being touched- wudoo). This ruling also applies to the rectum.

Question #3: Is it permissible to continue in a marriage relationship where one spouse dislikes the other, but he/she remains in the marriage due to the children present between them?

Answer: Marital relationships have rulings, just as other relationships have rulings, for example, the relationship between a servant and his Lord, a servant and himself, and a servant and other human beings. As for a marital relationship, each spouse has his/her rights, some rights are upon him/her, and other rights are due to him/her. What is incumbent is that each spouse fulfills the rights that are upon them and seek what is due to them. One should not refuse to perform his/her obligations, nor should one seek what does not rightfully belong to them. This (marriage) is a relationship governed by Islamic rules and regulations.

With regards to a spouse disliking the other, the reason for this dislike should be known and made aware of. At times this reason is poor dealings between husband and wife. A man may possibly dislike the treatment received by his wife, or the opposite. It may also take place that a husband dislikes his wife due to her deficiency in Religion, for example she does not pray or fast, or (even worse) she commits adultery and allows men to enter her home at the absence of her husband. In this case, it is legislated to divorce her based on her un-Islamic actions, in fact, it is not permissible to stay with her.

The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- clearly stated the criteria for seeking a wife and a husband. He said: “If someone approaches you (guardian of female) with good character and religion, then marry (to your females). If you do not, there will be much evil and corruption spread.”

He –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- also said: “A female is married for 4 reasons, her wealth, her beauty, her status and her religion. Look for the pious female, and may you hands be filled with dust (may you be successful).”

The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- in these two narrations has informed of what and individual should look for in choosing a spouse. He made religion a criteria in both hadiths. Therefore, if the dislike present between husband and wife is based on religious reasons, it’s possible that the best and only solution is divorce.

On the other hand, if the aversion is related to poor dealings between to spouses concerning (sexual) relations or problems related to service within the home, then these problems can be solved. Some females are never satisfied, they always seek more and more, and some men have the same character, nothing satisfies them, but these sort of problems can be cured.

So in summery, (most) problems related to individual rights can be rectified. Some men seek to impose their masculinity upon their wives. I have heard that some men only approach their wives (intercourse) after beating them severely!

Another type of aversion may be caused by an outer force. This is (usually) categorized into three types:

That which is caused by magic.
That which is caused by demon (jinn) possession. At times, female jinns possess (human) men and cause them to dislike their wives. Male jinns also possess (human) females and cause them to dislike their husbands.
Aversion caused by evil eye (al Ain). The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- said: “Indeed al Ain is true, and if anything was to proceed decree, it would be al Ain”

I was told of a man marrying a particular female and not having the ability to have relations with her for 12 years. They lived a normal marital life except for this issue (sexual relations). This trial was finally lifted when the person that placed the evil eye on the husband finally died, and after that, this couple lived a normal marital life.

So in summary, the outer elements that possibly create hatred between a husband and his wife are 3:

Magic
Jinn (demon possession)
Evil eye (al Ain)

The last type of aversion is one created for some unknown reason. There is nothing present of the above mentioned factors except that the spouses simply dislike on another.

The point that I wish to make is that, in general, the reason for such dislike, hatred of aversion should be known (in order for a rectification to occur). And by saying so, if rectification is possible, then this is what is befitting, but if not, then there is no problem in seeking a divorce.

Allah stated in the Quran:

{If discord is feared between them (husband and wife), then seek a representative from his side, and one from her side. If they (husband and wife) desire rectification, Allah will give them success} surah al Nisaa:35

He (Allah) also stated:

{If a female fears discord and disagreement from her spouse, there is no problem in them seeking reconciliation} surah al Nisaa:128

Question #4: Is it permissible for an individual to perform Hajj on behalf of his deceased father? Before death, the father had intentions of performing hajj himself but this did not transpire.

Answer: Hajj can be categorized into three categorizes:

That which Allah made obligatory upon His servants.
That which a servant made obligatory upon himself by way of fulfilling an oath. (i.e. if Allah grants me such and such, I will perform hajj)
That which is made obligatory due to invalidation of a previous hajj. For example, while one was performing a voluntary hajj, he/she annulled it by having intercourse during the state of Ihram. If this takes, place an individual must make expiation and repeat the hajj in the future.

What seems apparent from the question is that the person is referring to the first type mentioned above. It is permissible for a person to make hajj of behalf of his/her deceased relative, it is also permissible for he/she to make hajj of behalf of a living relative if that relative is unable (physically) to perform the hajj themselves. If one intends to perform hajj on behalf of a living person, he/she must first seek that person’s permission. This is because all actions must be coupled with an intention. Therefore, it is permissible for one to make hajj on behalf of a deceased person, and it is likewise permissible for one to do so for a living person with the above mentioned condition (permission).

Question #5: There is a situation of much discord between a father and his children. Most of what causes this discord is due to worldly affairs sought by the father from his son which the son finds difficult to accomplish. An example is, the father orders his son to resign from his present low paying occupation, and seek a new occupation that pays more. The father also interferes in his son’s marital affairs. What advice would you offer to the father and his children? May Allah bless you.

Answer: Justice is from the principals of Islam. Allah states in the Quran:

{Indeed Allah orders justice} surah al Nahl:90

It is also mentioned in a Hadith al Qudsi:

“Oh My servants, indeed I have made oppression forbidden upon Myself, and I have made it forbidden amongst you, therefore do not oppress”

Based on this verse, and this hadith, the dealings of the father toward his children, and the dealings of the children toward their father must be in accordance with the aforementioned verse and hadith. It is not permissible for the father to use a staunch approach in dealing with his children, nor is it permissible for them to use this approach with dealing with their father, indeed this would be considered oppression.

As for his (father) interference in his son’s marital affairs, there are specifics that must be clarified. If this interference takes place due to deficiency in the wife’s religion, for example, if she drinks, or commits illegal (sexual) crimes by allowing men to visit her in the absence of her husband, or dating, etc. Or if she has abandoned prayer and obligatory fasting, or commits (major) acts of shirk, then it becomes obligatory that the father interferes in his son’s marriage. This is because the father will be questioned about his responsibilities, and his child is from the responsibilities that he will be questioned regarding. The Messenger –salAllahu alayhi wa salem- said:

“Everyone is a shepherd, and everyone will be questioned concerning his flock”

But if the wife is in fact righteous, then the father has no right to interfere in his son’s marital affairs. Some people wish to impose their opinions upon everyone, weather these opinions are correct or incorrect, but this is not permissible for one to do.

It should also be known that if the father orders his son with something forbidden in the Religion, it is not permissible for the son to obey him. This is because there is no obedience to the creation in disobedience to The Creator, but if the father orders the son with that which is permissible, the son must obey him.

In summary, both the father and his children must abide and submit to Islamic legislation in dealing with one another.

Question #6: What is the best manner of performing the Aqeeqah (slaughtering in celebration of a newborn, does one distribute the meat, or cook it themselves, and can this be done in a country other than the country the child is born in?

Answer: The Sunnah, as it relates to the Aqeeqah, is that the meat should be divided as follows:

A portion of the meat should be distributed amongst the poor and needy.
The second portion should be distributed amongst family members and neighbors.
The third portion should be eaten by the members of the house of the newborn child.

With regards to the country where the distribution should take place, according to the Sunnah, this should take place in the country where the child was born.

These were the questions and answer presented to Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan on October 14, 2007. May Allah reward the Sheikh for giving his valuable time in service of Islam and the Muslims.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammed, and upon his family members and companions.

Shaykh Uthaymeen Advises A Newly Practicing Muslim

Sheikh Uthaymeen Advises A Newly Practicing Muslim

Aug 29, ’07 9:03 PM
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Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh al Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked:

What is your advice for an individual who has just begun to practice Islam?

Answer:

My advice to this new practicing individual is:

1- He should constantly ask Allah to make him firm.

2- He should increase in recitation of The Quran with contemplation. This is because recitation has a major (positive) affect on the heart, especially when coupled with contemplation and reflection.

3- He should be diligent in being obedient to Allah, and he should not become bored or lazy. This is because The Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salem) sought refuge from inability and laziness.

4- He should be diligent in befriending good companions, and distance himself from evil companions.

5- He should also advise himself when he finds himself thinking: Time is extremely lengthy and the path is too long! At this point, he should advise himself and remain firm. This is because Jennah (paradise) is surrounded with trials and difficulties, while the The Hell-fire is surrounded with desires.

6- He should distance himself from bad companions even if they (those companions) are individuals he knew in the past. This is due to the fact that evil/bad companions influence an individual. Because of this The Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salem) said: The example of a bad companion is the example of a black smith; either he burns your clothing, or you experience from him a disgusting odor. (Bukhari: 5534, Muslim:2628)

Source: Liqaa al Bab al Meftu 3/530 (Arabic)

The Mufti Abdul Azeez Ala Shaykh Saudi Arabia Stresses that Marriage is Not Mere Fulfillment of Desires

Mufti of Saudi Arabia Stresses that Marriage is Not Mere Fulfillment of Desires Jul 25, ’07 4:51 AM
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Respected Mufti and President of The Committee of Senior Scholars and The President of The Standing Committee for Islamic Research and Fatawa, Abdul Azeez Ala Sheikh stressed that marriage is not mere fulfillment of desires, rather its purpose is security, love and stability.

He mentioned:

Some Muslims posses a misconception regarding marriage, in opposition to its correct and actual purpose. Several people view marriage as mere fulfillment of desires, and they complete the Islamic contracts for doing so, but their intention is neither stability nor continuation, rather they wed with the hidden intention of divorce. Meaning, they wed for a specified amount of time, even if they don’t inform of this intended time period, but they marry for the purpose of fulfilling a desire and they don’t intend to comfort the female (through stability), instead they consider marriage mere pleasure that will lead to separation and replacement of the female. This individual is a husband that has the intention to divorce. This is what is present in his chest and he only desires the female to fulfill his desires. This action is considered deception, deceit, and dishonesty toward the female. If a man approaches one who performs this type of action and requests to marry his own daughter or sister, and he knows that this individual only wishes to enjoy her for a limited time, he would not allow this person to marry his daughter or sister. But you find the same individual doing this to other people’s daughters and sisters! He does what he likes! All of this is deception, dishonesty, lies and trickery. Due to this, Islam has forbid Mut’a marriage. This is the type of marriage that is agreed upon and confined to a specific number of days over a specified period of time. This form of marriage is impermissible because of the dangers involved in it.

The Mufti continued to say:

That which a person does not like for his own daughters and sisters, he should not like for the daughters and sisters of other Muslims. Some individuals travel to certain places solely for the purpose of finding marriages limited to a particular number of days or months. They view that this kind of marriage contract makes matters easy, and they fall into much evil in doing so. Some people marry several women, then divorce them and remarry others before the completion of the first’s waiting period, and by doing so, they marry within one month more than 10 women without showing any attention to Islamic contracts and procedures.

The Mufti continued:

It is incumbent upon a Muslim to have understanding and awareness. His goal should not be mere fulfillment of desires without abiding by Islamic rules and regulations. It is incumbent upon him to act in accordance with correct Islamic character and mannerism. He should treat the daughters and sisters of others, just as he would treat his own, and deal with others as he would deal with his own. If a person holds it permissible for himself to destroy the daughters of others and not to abide by Islamic legislation in their regard, but he does not desire this for his own daughters, then why would he himself do such and action?! Where is justice and fairness?!

Regretfully, there are some Muslims that make permissible what is forbidden by Allah. They marry several females in a (small amount) of days, doing so with the intention of divorce. They seek this enjoyment in the summer, winter or other than that. All of this is forbidden in Islam. Islam intends for us to be just in our contracts and dealings, and it intends for us to view the daughters of others as we view our own daughters and sisters, and that we are truthful in our dealings.

source: Madina Newspaper

link:http://www.almadinapress.com/index.aspx?Issueid=2302&pubid=5&CatID=45&sCatID=149&articleid=1008109

Translator’s note: What is surprising these days, is that this action or evil intention is not only present in males, but has spread to females. These days, you find females marrying with the goal and intention of “trying him out”, removing the modesty and shyness that a female should possess. May Allah correct the men and females of this Ummah.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Ruwais, Untied Arab Emirates

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

Questions to the Scholars March – April – May 2007

Questions to the Scholars March – April – May 2007

Questions to the Scholars (continued: March – April – May 2007)

March 31, 2007

Is it permissible for a man who has a child from fornication before marriage, to take custody of his child, out of fear that the disbelieving mother will raise him/her as a believer?
Answer: No, due to the fact that the child does not belong to him, they are children of the bed and they belong to their mother.
(Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan)

Does a divorce or khula stand if it was given in a state of anger?
Answer: If the man lost his senses then it does not hold, but if he was aware of what he was doing then it stands.
(Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan)

Is it permissible for a female to seek a khula (separation) from her husband after completing her menses if she and her husband have had sexual intercourse, or is it similar to a talaq wherein they must wait for a new menstrual cycle and purification?
Answer: She should wait for a new menstrual cycle that sexual intercourse has not taken place in. There is a disagreement amongst the scholars in this matter, but that which is preferred is that she waits for purification without having intercourse, and then she seeks the khula.
(Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan)

A questioner asks: I live in a land far away from the scholars and students of knowledge, how do I seek knowledge with this being the case?

Answer: You should leave the land of the disbelievers and travel to the land of the Muslims where the scholars are present.

Questioner: And if he is not able?

Sheikh: If he is able then he should relocate, if he is not presently then in the future when he is able he should do so.
(Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan)

Can a person affect their best friend and the closest person to them with the evil eye?
Answer: Yes, this is possible
(Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan)

April 10, 2007

If a person delays prayer until the athan for the next prayer is called, upon entering the masjid, what should the person do?
Answer: If there is enough time, for example between the athan and the iqamah, the person should pray the prayer he delayed. But if there is not enough time, then he should pray the prayer that is being established during that time, and thereafter pray what he delayed in performing.
(Sheikh Saleh As Suhaymee)

The questioner states: I have a sister who is a lesbian, should I break ties with her?
Answer: You should not break ties with her. You should advise, direct and admonish her. It is possible that Allah guides her through you. But you should not mix with her, especially during her gatherings, ceremonies and the likes.

Questioner: If a father finds his son performing the same acts (gay), what should he do?

Sheikh: He should also continue to advise him and admonish him with kindness.

(Sheikh Saleh As Suhaymee)

A girl was named by her parents ‘Sanama’, can she keep this name being that it has a beautiful meaning in the Indian language?
Answer: No, she must change this name.

Note: Sanam means idol in the Arabic language
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Ghudayan)

May 12, 2007

Is there any supplication that a Muslim should never supplicate with?
Answer: This is a very general question that I can not answer. In general one should not make du’a for something bad, but this question is too general for me to answer.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez Al Aqeel)

In those living in the west, is it incumbent upon us to know the religion of the people in the place that we eat or purchase meat from, or is it sufficient to know that we are in the land of the people of the book?
Answer: If you know that the people in the place that you are eating from are from the people of the book, then there is no problem in you eating meat from the, but if they are possibly not from the people of the book, then you can not eat from them. A person must be careful in this matter.
(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez Al Aqeel)

A girl wishes to marry someone from the people of the Sunnah, but her father refuses to marry her to a man upon this methodology, instead he wishes her to marry someone that follows the Sufi teachings, what should she do.
Answer: The father should not reject someone who is good for his daughter. The Prophet –sallallahu alayhi wa salem- said: “If a person approaches you and you are pleased with his religion and character, then marry him or there will be fitnah and much evil spread through the earth”. If father should marry his daughter to who she wishes to marry, or he can place someone else responsible for getting her married.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez Al Aqeel)

Can you give advise to a husband that always returns home from the masjid with stories about what is taking place in so and so’s home. The husband hears these stories from the Imam of the masjid, or the congregation.
Answer: The Prophet –sallallahu alayhi wa salem- said: “It is sufficient for a person to be a liar when they transmit everything they hear”. If the actions that are being performed are good actions that people can benefit from and be influenced with, then it is correct to inform of these actions. But if the actions being performed are bad, then they should not be spread.
(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez Al Aqeel)

Note: Sheikh Saleh Al Fowzan gave a similar response

May 23, 2007

1. Is it permissible for a female to author a book mentioning the good aspects of polygny, if this female has not studied Islamic Education in a university or with the scholars?

Answer: This is something good that she would write such a book, but she should have it reviewed by the people of knowledge before distributing it.

(Sheikh Abdul Azeez Al Rajhi)

2. There is a phone job that has become comman in the west. The worker stays home and takes orders for goods by way of phone. The question is: many customers purchase goods by way of bank cards. The worker is not certain whether the person is purchasing the item on credit or directly from their bank account. Is this form of work permissible?

Answer: The worker must be certain the person is not purchasing using the impermissible form of credit. If the worker is not certain, it is not permissible for them to deal in such a transaction.

(Sheikh Abdul Azeez Al Rajhi)

We will post recent answers in July (insha Allah) due to traveling.

Questions to The Scholars March – April 2007

Questions to The Scholars March – April 2007

March 19, 2007

1- A female has a daughter from fornication before Islam, this female (mother) is now a Muslim and married. Who should be the wakeel for the daughter born before Islam if her father is not Muslim?

Answer: The mother would be her wali.

Questioner: And if she reaches the age of marriage, who should be her wakeel from the males?

Sheikh: The wali of her mother.

Questioner: Are you referring to the grandfather of the girl, meaning the father of the mother?

Sheikh: Yes.

Questioner: What if he is a non-Muslim?

Sheikh: It should then be the brother of the mother, or the son of the mother’s brother.

Questioner: It can not be the husband of the mother?

Sheikh: No, the husband of the mother should not be the wali for the girl. Rather, it should be someone from the mother’s male relatives.

Questioner: Does the wali have to be a Muslim?

Sheikh: No, if the girl is a Muslim, a non-Muslim should not be her wali. It should be a Muslim male believer well established in his Islam.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

2- I have read in the Quran many verses informing of not taking the non-Muslims as partners or protectors. In my country ( America ) the government assists poor families, are we (Muslims) allowed to take this assistance if we need to, and how do we understand these verses?

Answer: Assistance does not necessitate taking the kufaar as protectors. It is possible that the kufaar help a Muslim and they are not taken as protectors.

Questioner: So how do we understand those verses related to this subject?

Sheikh: You have other verses that inform of the permissibility, for example the statement of Allah: {Allah does not forbid you from being generous and just to those who have not fought you in your religion nor driven you from you homes. Verily Allah loves those who are just} surah Al Mumtahina:8.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

3- What is your advice for a husband who spends most of his time on the internet reading that which has no place in Islam. At times, he spends all night on the internet and orders his wife to stay up serving him. Is the wife sinful for not obeying him in this?

Answer: No, she does not fall into sin because she is only to obey him in what is correct, and his action is not correct.

Questioner: What advice would you give for the husband?

Sheikh: He should be advised and told to fear Allah.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

4- If a Muslim borrows something from another individual and destroys that object, he then promises to pay the price for what he destroyed. Is it permissible for the individual whose property was destroyed to hold some property from that person until he repays the cash?

Answer: If they agree upon that there is no problem in doing so.

Questioner: What is the person who destroyed the property refuses to give some of his property until he pays the cash?

Sheikh: They should agree on something reasonable.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

5- I know it is befitting for a Muslim female to remain in her home, and she should not leave her home except out of need. Is it permissible for a female to leave her home with her children to a park if her husband gives permission for this?

Answer: If there is nothing forbidden involved in her leaving the home such as, her dressing improperly or mixing with men, nor any harm caused, then there is no problem.

(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

April 4, 2007

1- What is the ruling on a man who stays out late with his friends playing chess, and if the time for prayer approaches, he and his companions continue to play and delay the prayer?

Answer: This individual has combined between two evils:
-Playing a game that he does not know the ruling on
-Delaying the prayer, and without a doubt, delaying the prayer is the worse of the two evils.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

2- A questioner mentions that they have read that Sheikh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, if he wanted something, he would fall into prostration and supplicate to Allah. Is this action legislated?

Answer: Yes, this is legislated because of the hadeeth of The Messenger –salallahu alayhi wa salem- said: The closest that a person comes to his Lord is when he is in prostration. It is also mentioned that Imam Al Bukhari would not place a hadeeth in his book except after praying two units (raka’at) of prayer. Thus, this action is permissible and there is no problem in doing it.

(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

3- Is it permissible for a woman to threaten her son with migration (hajr) if he does not divorce his wife?

Answer: No, it is not permissible for her to interfere with the relationship of her son and his wife in such a manner. It is also not permissible for her to turn him against her, migrate from her, divorce her, or take away her rights. None of this is permissible for her to do, and if she does so, she is sinful.

Questioner: Can the mother of the boy forbid her son and his wife from having children until they complete their higher studies?

Answer: She can not interfere in these affairs.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

4- What is the ruling on electronic video games?

Answer: What are they?

Questioner: They are games played on a screen. They possess pictures, sounds, etc.

Sheikh: Pictures (of living things) are totally forbidden. The Messenger – salallahu alayhi wa salem- said: “May the curse of Allah be upon the pictures makers/takers”. They are not permissible.
(Sheikh Abdullah Al Aqeel)

(Back-dated question)

1- Is it permissible for a man that has more than one wife to designate one night for himself. On that night he does not sleep with either of his wives, instead, he stays in a separate room and studies and sleeps by himself. Is this sort of action permissible?

Answer: This is permissible. It is similar to a story that happened during the rulership of Umar bin Al Khattab –radiyAllahu anhu, a female approached him complaining that her husband spends a great portion of the night praying and doesn’t sleep with her. Umar bin Al Khattab called an individual by the name of Shurayh and told him to judge in the matter. Shurayh said: Verily Allah has allowed a man to marry 4 women. If this man were to do so, he would only see his wife every 4th day. If that is the case, then it is permissible for a man to do what this man is doing (paraphrasing the story).

The Sheikh commented: So based on this athar, it may be said that his action is persmissible.

Questioner: Is there a condition that he must not see either wife on his night?

Sheikh: What is important is that he does not sleep with either of them.

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee/Dec. 27, 2006)

We will be sending out more Q & A for the month of March within a few days insha Allah.

May Allah give us tawfeeq to act upon what is pleasing to him.

Mustafa George
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

Umm Abdullah Al Wade’iyyah Speaks of Her Father’s Rearing of His Daughters

Umm Abdullah al waade’iyyah Speaks of her Father Jan 25, ’07 8:57 AM
for everyone

.Umm Abdullah Al Wade’iyyah Speaks of Her Father’s Rearing of His Daughters

Taken from the book: Nubthatun Mukhtesiratun Min Nasaaeh…

(Brief summarized excerpt of my father’s, Shiekh Muqbil bin Hadee Al Wade’iee life)

The following two questions were posed to me (Umm Abdullah):

1- (What was) the extent of his (Shiekh Muqbil bin Hadee Al Wad’ee) focus on us while  we were young?

2- (What was) his manner of teaching his family?

As for the first question:

Our father did not neglect us, even though he was extremely busy.  An example of this is his major concern for us with regards to learning the Quran.  He would recite the Quran to us in order for us to memorize it and (he) would record (his) recitation on a (audio) tape in order (for us) to perfect the recitation.  One time while my sister was memorizing, she went to him in order for him to record his recitation, but he was in the library.  She called him and he left his research, came and recorded the recitation, and then returned to his library.

(translator’s note: In another place it was mentioned that the Shiekh stood under a tree and recorded the recitation for his daughter and then returned to his research)

When we began to understand the recitation he purchased a Quranic (audio) album by Shiekh (Mahmoud Khaleel) Al Housrey.  He purchased one for each of us without a radio in order to protect us from listening to music.  Once we became more mature, he purchased a recorder with a radio, but strongly warned us against music.  By the praise of Allah we accepted that.  We have never heard music, and we strongly detest it.  Verily the Messenger(sallalahu alahi wa salem) spoke the truth when he said:

‘Every newborn is born upon the fitrah, then his/her parents make him/her a jew, a christian or a pagan’

(Sahih Al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah)

He (Shiekh Muqbil) listened to what we memorized and we read to him much good.  He would order us to memorize from one specific print of The Quran.  This is because memorizing from one specific print assists (the individual) in memorizing with accuracy.  If he saw us carrying a different print he would become upset and admonish us.  May Allah have abundant mercy on him.

Amongst the students of knowledge, there were some students from Egypt and Sudan that had their wives accompanying them (in Yemen).  Some of these women would teach us and our father would pay them a salary.  This was done due to his specific focus and concern of our rearing and his general focus of the rearing of other (young) girls.  This (manner of study) continued till (we reached) the fourth grade according to school standards.  When he brought the books (curriculum/syllabus) that we were going to study with the female teachers, he would order us to erase all the pictures of living things.  We would do so with hate for pictures.

After that we were taught Islamic knowledge.  Knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah.  We would memorize with our teachers and memorize hadeeths, all praise belonging to Allah.

Our father would entertain us and joke with us with that which Allah made permissible,  contrary to what many people do today, except for those whom Allah has mercy upon.  They (aforementioned people) entertain their children with television, music and crazy toys, and other than that from wrong and evil.  (This is done) while our Prophet Muhammed -sallahu alahi wa salam- said, as it comes in Sahih Al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Ibn Umar, the Messenger said:

‘All of you are shepherds, and all will be held responsible over his flock’

He (The Messenger) also said:

‘There is no servant that Allah gives a responsibility and he is not sincere in it’s regard, except that he will not smell the fragrance of paradise’

(Sahih Al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Ma’kal bin Yasar)

Our father would forbid us from constantly leaving the home.  He would order us to never leave except with his permission.

This was a summary of his care for us while we were children.

As for the second question:

Firstly, he was very concerned with our learning the religion of Allah and with our increase in Islamic knowledge.  Due to this, he went through great means to provide us with everything that would assist the seeking of knowledge and free our time for it.  May Allah give him a generous reward and enter him into His highest part of paradise.

He would designate a time to teach us, and on the following day he would question us concerning the previous lesson.  If the previous lesson was difficult, he would lighten (the questioning) contrary to if it was easy.

From the private lessons that he taught in our home: ‘Qatru Nada’ (Arabic grammar), this was taught (completed) twice, ‘Sharh ibn Aqeel’ (Arabic grammar), also taught twice, and Tadreeb ar Rawee (Sciences of Hadeeth).  We were studying: ‘Musil at Tallab ila Qawed al ‘Irab’ authored by Shiekh Khaleed al Azharee, but we were prevented from completing it due to his final illness.  May Allah cover him with His mercy.

He also promised us a lesson in Balagha (Eloquence of Arabic), but his final illness also prevented the fullfilling of this.  Allah is The Helper.

He would teach us in a cheerful manner, as was his norm during his lessons.  This (characteristic) would allow the student(s) to inquire about any misunderstanding in the class.  Our sittings with him were filled with good, review of knowledge and guidance, even during meal times and over the phone.  Even during his illness while we were concerned for him, he continued to question us and bring joy to us.  All praise is for Allah.

Note: She mentions a footnote during this paragraph, it reads:

That time while he was in Saudi Arabia before traveling to Germany, he telephoned me and said:

Assalam u alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

(She said) I responded without mentioning: wa barakatuhu.

He then said to me: Why didn’t you respond with that which is better?!

He was referring to the statement of Allah in the Quran:

‘And if you are greeted with a greeting, then return a greeting which is better or the same’. 

He was very concerned with our statements and if we made a mistake, he would admonish us with gentleness and say: Don’t be like the people of Sa’da (city in north Yemen). One of them learns Arabic for years until he reaches the level of ‘Al Mugnee Al Labeeb’, but he still speaks on the level of a layman.

(She continued to say) I said to him one time on the phone: Now, we no longer find someone to correct us in our mistakes as you used to do.  He responded: Supplicate to Allah for me.  (She said) I pray that Allah raises him in the high parts of paradise and I pray He (Allah) makes my sister and I from those whom He (Allah) said (in the Quran) concerning them:

 ‘And those who believe and their children follow them in belief, We will join them with their children (in paradise), and We will not waste their actions’

(end of footnote)

Occasionally, he would be firm in his questioning in order to test our understanding.  He would also do this with his male students, and at times he would give us difficult questions.  I (Umm Abdullah) said to him one time: These questions are not on my level.  He responded: I know, but I intended a benefit from them, but I placed them in the form of questions.

I (Umm Abdullah) say: What he used to do has an origin in the legislation.  It has been recorded in Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Mu’ath bin Jabal, he said: I accompanied the Messenger (sallalahu alahi wa salam) on a riding beast when he said:

‘Oh Mu’ath! I said: I answer your call and I’m continuously at your service.  He (the Prophet) repeated this 3 times and then said: Do you know what is the right of Allah upon His servants?  I said: No.  He said: The right of Allah upon His servant is that they worship Him and don’t associate partners with Him.  Then some time passed and he said: Oh Mu’ath! Do you know what is the right of the servants with Allah, if they do that (worship Him without associating partners to Him)?  Their right is that He will not punish them’.

Presenting a benefit in the form of a question strengthens comprehension of the information, and is understood better than presenting it in any other manner. This is because the student will gather and focus his attention to what is being presented to him.

He would occasionally direct questions to the females that were listening to the lessons, and then he would check which answers were correct or false.  From those questions that he asked (them): What is (the ‘Iraab) analysis for the following sentence:

The two Abdullah’s came riding (camel, horse, etc).

And (the likes of the question) what is the meaning of their (teachers of the Arabic language) statement explaining ‘Itha’ (if): it hides (the doer of the action) because it is (used as) a condition.  It is (also) mansoob (carries a fatha) due to the response of the condition.

(translator’s note: I apologize for my inability to translate the last example accurately.  It deals with Arabic grammar that is very difficult to explain in English.  Allah knows best)

We would ask him concerning doubtful matters or confusion related to our lessons or research, and if we did not fully comprehend his explanation of the matter, he would request us to continue researching, or he would accompany us to the library and assist in researching the matter.  This is something that indeed brings sadness to us, because who after my father would lend such assistance!

(A poet said):

Who can compare to your kind soft way?!  You walk gently and without haste, but arrive/come first.

Verily from Allah we come (are created), and to Him we will return.  I (Umm Abdullah) ask Allah to give us a firm statement (La illaha ill Allah) in this life and the hereafter.

He would admonish and direct us with gentleness and ease, and by the mercy of Allah, we had no choice but to obey him. Verily (his orders) were for our own good and well being, and all of them (his guidance and admonition) were precious pearls attached to and supported by the Quran and Sunnah.

From his astonishing mannerism was that he was not strict /harsh against our opinions and deductions that were possibly correct.  If we held an understanding different from his in a matter, he would not be harsh toward us.  This was his normal character with his students, as was known. He would not act cruel or stern toward them (his students) if their opinions or understanding could possibly be correct.  This (character) is something; oh respected reader, difficult to find (in a teacher).

  • He warned us of the society, because it is one that is deviant and astray.  It (is a society) that races toward that which is incorrect and does not benefit, except for those whom Allah shows mercy.
  • He warned us of pride, and he disliked for a female to be prideful and arrogant toward her husband. He would say: There is no good in her (this type of female).
  • He encouraged us with abstinence in this worldly, vanishing life.
  • He instructed us to intend through our eating and drinking, to strengthen ourselves for obedience to Allah, in order to receive the reward of Allah.

He would say: Do not busy yourselves with preparing food, what is easily available, we will eat.

  • He (constantly) encouraged us. He was not from those fathers who discourage their daughters and families. He made our level (of work) simple in order that we continued to progress and prepare ourselves with learning and obtaining beneficial knowledge.

From his statements to me was: “I hope that you become a faqeeha” (female grounded in religious legislation).

Oh by the One who we hope from no other than Him, I ask you Oh Allah to make his wish/hope a reality.

As for discouraging (your daughters or family), this only brings about laziness and hopelessness, and may lead to a regretful result.

At other times, if he noticed from us a deficiency in answering questions, he would admonish us.  This was from his ways of wisdom.  He would do this with the purpose of protecting us from conceit and pride, these two matters are diseases and they are fatal.  May Allah protect and save us from them.

Several years ago (while the Shiekh was still alive), I (verbally) wished (in his presence) to see a palm pith.  (Later) He saw some people digging up a palm tree, when they pulled out the palm pith from the heart of the tree; he brought me one to the house and said: Here is a palm pith.

(translator’s note:  I believe she intendeds here to illustrate her fathers gentleness and willingness to take some time out of his extremely busy schedule to fulfill his daughters wishes)

In conclusion to this answer, (I would like to mention) I saw a dream of my father after his death.  He and Shiekh Ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah were present in a place that I am not certain of.  I believe it may have been the lower library (in Dammaj).  Shiekh Ul Islam was standing with his beautiful white beard.  It almost fully covered his chest.  My father was also very handsome and strong.  I ask Allah to place them in His highest paradise.

(end of translated text)

This is what we had to offer of the translation of her work.  We encourage everyone to read the full version of her father’s biography.  Indeed she has placed in her book jewels and pearls that were only seen and witnessed by her.  May Allah increase her in knowledge and understanding.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our last messenger Muhammed, and upon his family members and companions.

Mustafa George

Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

Questions to the Scholars this week September 2006

Questions to the Scholars this week

 

Sept.7, 2006 / Shaban 14, 1427

1. If an argument takes place between a wife and her husband, and the wife says something displeasing to the husband, is it permissible for the husband to threaten the wife with divorce and in order for her to save the marriage, she has to pay the utility bills and buy her own food for one full month. Is this action allowed?

Answer: The expenses of the home are on the husband. His speech/action is incorrect.   

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

 

2. If a man wants to hide his good deeds from people, is it allowed for him to lie when giving gifts or the likes to others?

Answer: No, when he gives something to a person, he just mentions that it is from a doer of good, and he is in fact that doer of good.

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

 

3. If a man wishes to divorce his wife during her pregnancy, is it allowed that he leaves her home until she gives birth, then returns and divorces her?

Answer: He can divorce her while she is pregnant. This is because Ahlus Sunnah mention that a divorce according to the Sunnah is two:

1) to divorce a women between two menses where no intercourse has taken place.

2)to divorce a women while she is pregnant.

It is also allowed for him to leave the home during her pregnancy.

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

Sept. 10, 2006 / Shaban 17 1427

 

1. If a man has a daughter from fornication, what is permissible for him in relation to this girl?

Sheikh: The child from zina is not ascribed to him and there are no family ties between him and her, it is also not permissible for him to marry her, and it is not incumbent upon him to support her.

Questioner asks: Is it permissible for him to visit her, speak to her and be alone with her in private?

Sheikh: No, it is not permissible.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)

2. A man lives in an Islamic country, but travels abroad from time to time. During his travels, he leaves his wife in that Islamic country. While he is gone, it is witnessed from his wife disobedience to her husband. What should the one that witnesses this do? Should he inform the husband or what?

Sheikh: Are they all Muslims?

Questioner: Yes

Sheikh: Is she betraying her husband through adultery?

Questioner: No, but what takes place is that he says to her for example; don’t leave the house, but when he travels, people see her outside.

Sheikh: But her presence outside does not inform of an evil action. A woman must leave the house for her needs.

Questioner: For example he says to her; do not enter the house of so and so and when he travels, she is found or seen entering that house.

Sheikh: These types of affairs are difficult to implement in a strange, distant country ( the Sheikh then mentioned something unclear)

Questioner: So it is not for them to inform the husband?

Sheikh: Allah knows best, whoever covers the Muslim’s fault in this dunya (life), Allah will cover their faults in the hereafter.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)

3. There is an old American female that from time to time has severe arguments with her spouse which lead to hitting and harm from the husband. This female does not have Muslim relatives nor is she under a Muslim government. The question is, in the case of serious arguments and anger, is it permissible for her to leave the house without the permission of her spouse?

Sheikh: It is obligatory for a female to obey her husband and it is not permissible to leave the house except with his permission, except in case of an emergency where he is negligent toward her. If, for example, he seeks from her rights and obligations but he is negligent toward her, then it is permissible for her to leave the home in order to obtain food or things of great need. Therefore, she does not leave except if he is negligent toward her and does not fulfill obligations in her regard. As for becoming angry and leaving, it is not permissible except in an emergency case. Another example is her seeking things from him from outside and he does not bring those things, then it is possible that it is permissible in this case.

Questioner: I have explained to you that she is an old American female, so if for example, her husband beats her and she is forced to call the police who are kuffar, is this permissible for her?

Sheikh: Yes, without a doubt. If she is being harmed and she can find someone that will assist her by way of law, there is no problem in this.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)

 

Sept 20, 2006 / Shaban 27 1427

1. Is it permissible for a mother to let her child sleep on it’s stomach?

Sheikh: Yes, this is permissible.

Questioner: The female is asking because she knows that hadeeth that forbids an adult to sleep on it’s stomach.

Sheikh: At a young age, the child must sleep on its stomach, then it grows and crawls, then later it walks.

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

2. A Muslim female has a son who she considers to be a trouble-maker, and his character is affecting her other children, what should she do? Keep in mind, that in America and the West, people have a habit of kicking their children out of their homes.

Sheikh: Throwing children out of the home?!

Questioner: Yes, this is something well known in America and England.

Sheikh: But where will she throw him to, where will he go?

Questioner: I don’t know Oh Shiekh.

Sheikh: This could never be possible (not permissible).

Questioner: So how should she treat him.

Sheikh: She should correct him when he does wrong, admonish him and stop him from doing wrong.

Questioner: So she should be patient with him?

Sheikh: Yes, she should. If she throws him out, it’s possible he is taken by (unclear word) and they do evil things with him, or they kill him.

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

3. What is the ruling on migrating from the wife? The reason for the question is that a female saw her husband doing something forbidden, the husband then ruled that she was spying on him and now has migrated from her for 4 weeks. Is this permissible for him to do?

Sheikh: It is permissible for a man to migrate from his wife for a month, or two if there is a benefit derived from this.

Questioner: Is this done in the home, or outside of the home?

Sheikh: No, this is done in the home, and (only) if there is a benefit.

(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

4. There is a divorced female who has kids, the father does not spend on them and she must work in order to spend on her kids and herself. In the community she lives in, there are no schools on the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’a, all the schools are either of the people of innovation, like the Ikwan al Muslimeen, or the disbelievers (government schools). In this case, what should she do?

Sheikh: She should fear Allah to the best of her ability and she should do what she has the ability to do. She should closely watch her children. If they are taught by those that follow the ways of the Hizbees, those that follow the paths of so and so (in opposition to the correct methodology), then she should correct her children and clarify to them that the correct way is following the Quran and the Sunnah and the Sahabah and the Tabe’een and the People of Hadeeth.

Questioner: So she should put them in the schools of the people of innovation or the schools of the disbelievers?

Sheikh: The schools of the Ikhwan al Muslimeen are better than those of the kufaar. They should not be placed in the schools of the disbelievers.  

 (Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

Sept 23, 2006 / Shaban 30 1427

 

1. A family has a mentally disturbed son. His age is 20, but he has the character of a small boy. He does not understand anything of the religion nor of cleanliness. Is the pen lifted from this boy, and if this is the case, should the family force upon certain Islamic manners, the likes of growing a beard, or should this not be done because the pen is lifted from him?

Sheikh: If he understands what is said to him, if he is ordered to pray and ordered to cover his ‘awra (obligatory portion of the body to be covered) and he obeys, then he is not considered mentally disturbed, instead he is sane and there is no problem in them forcing these things upon him. They should fear Allah as much as they can and order him with what they are able. If he fulfills the order, then good, but if he does not, or is deficient in something, then they should not scold him.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)

 

2. Is is from the Sunnah to greet one another at the beginning of Ramadan?

Sheikh: Yes, the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salem) used to greet the his companions at the beginning of the month and ask Allah to bless (tabarak) them in it and he also encourage them to do same.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)

 

 

3. Is it permissible to buy a home in America through an Islamic company? The way this takes place is; the customer informs the company of the house he/she would like to purchase, the company then purchases the home and sells it back to the customer with a higher price. The individual then pays for the home in monthly installments. Is this permissible?

Sheikh: If the company that purchased the home now fully owns it, and sells it to the customer through a correct transaction, then this is permissible even if (the new price) is more than the original price of the home.

(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)

Sept 25, 2006

 

1. If a female is divorced has has possession of her children, is it permissible for the children to visit their father if he does not pray?

Sheikh: If he will not corrupt them nor is there fear that he will harm them, then it is permissible.

(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

 

2. Are children’s films (cartoons, etc.) permissible if they do not contain music, but still have pictures (of living things).

Sheikh: Pictures (of living things) are forbidden for the adult and the child.

(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

Mustafa George,

Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

 

 

Arabic Version Of Interview with Shaykh Uthaymeen’s Widow

Arabic Version of Interview with Sh. Uthaymeen’s widow Jan 10, ’07 2:04 AM
for everyone

The below link is the Arabic version of the interview with Shiekh Uthaymeen’s  widowed wife

http://sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?t=342822

The English version:

Interview with Shayhk Uthaimeen’s wife

Questions to the Scholars Oct. 2006

Blog Entry Questions October 2006 Jan 4, ’07 3:36 AM
for everyone
Questions to the Scholars Oct. 2006
1- How would you advise the Muslims that live in the lands of disbelief where there is no Islamic gov’t present to judge in their affairs and disputes, such as marriage disputes and the likes?
Answer: I advise the Muslims there to take their affairs to the Islamic centers and organizations in those countries.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)
2- If a man is married and then decides to take a second wife, then later finds that he can not support two homes, what should he do? Should he divorce the second wife or not?
Answer: The choice is his. If he wishes to divorce her, he can do so, or he can keep her. The choice is his.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)
3- What is the iddah (waiting) period for the female that sought separation (khula) from her husband?
Answer: If she is not pregnant, the period is one mensing cycle, if she is pregnant, the waiting period is until she gives birth.
Questioner: Do they remain in the same home during this period?
Sheikh: No they don’t because she is no longer his wife and they can not reunite except after a new marriage.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
Note: Before the remaining questions were asked a brother from Algeria requested from the Sheikh to read over him due to a sickness he feels he has (related to jinn or magic), the Sheikh agreed to read over the individual and requested him to bring back zam zam water in order for the Sheikh to use it in curing him. (The same individual requested from Sheikh Saleh al Fowzan to read over him, but the Sheikh responded that he doesn’t read over people)
5- A female is affected with the evil eye and she believes that she knows who has done this to her, should she request the person to make a wudo (ablution)?
Answer: Yes, she should request from that person to wash and give her the water.  She then would take a bath with that water.  She can also use the clothes for this purpose.  Meaning, she should wash the persons underclothing and then take a bath with that water.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
6- If she is afflicted with the evil eye, but does not know who has done this to her, what should she do?
Answer: She should read surah al Anbiyah for seven days before going to sleep.  She should be in a state of wudoo when doing so.  It’s possible that she will see the person that afflicted her with the evil eye.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
7- With what would you advise a person that has taken on a second wife, but later realizes he can not afford the expenses of two households, should he divorce one wife?
Answer: He should give them the choice and an agreement should be made with them. If they both agree to stay, then he keeps them based on their agreement.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
8- Is it permissible for a woman to enter into ihram (garments worn for hajj or umrah) while she has her monthly cycle (hayd), if she is certain that it will end before she arrives to mecca (before she performs the umrah or hajj)?
Answer: Yes, she can enter into the ihram while she is in this state.  Her menses does not prevent her from entering into ihram, but it prevents her from performing the umrah until she is clean.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
9- If a female gets her menses while performing umrah or hajj, what is upon her?
Answer: Firstly, when she intends to make the rituals of umrah or hajj, she should make a condition; “Oh Allah, if I am hindered by something, then my place is where you stopped me”.
As for hajj, if the only thing that remains for her to perform is the farewell tawaf, then there is no farewell tawaf upon her.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
10- If a person begins fasting in the month of Ramadan, then after fajr he decides to break his fast due to a travel that day, but he does not eat or drink anything until sunset, is it considered that he has fasted on this day?
Answer: No
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
11- What can the Muslims that live in the land of the disbelievers do (in disputes and the likes), being that they don’t have Muslim judges or courts?
Answer: They should be the ones to judge in their affairs.  Allah said:
‘If you fear dispute between them (wife and husband), then choose a judge from his side and one from her side’
So this is something they can do in their marriage affairs.  They pick a judge from her side and one from his side for the matter.
Questioner: The reason for the question is that some men in the west feel that no one can separate him from his wife because it is not a Muslim country.  So you find women seeking separation, but their husbands force them to stay because he feels no one can force him to divorce her.
Sheikh: That is not permissible.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
12- Is it permissible for a person to say: I do not accept the statement of a scholar except with proofs mentioned?
Answer: If this person is a normal layman, then it is not a condition to know the proofs, especially when he has asked a scholar who is trusted.  But if he is someone that understands the proofs then there is no problem for him to seek them.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
13- If a person hears a verdict (fatwa) from a scholar, then later hears a different opinion from another scholar, what should he do?
Answer: This is not an easy affair.  A person should understand that the scholars differ in levels of knowledge and they differ in levels of piety.  In my opinion a person should ask the most trusted of the scholars and they shouldn’t ask other than them.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan)
Note: During the visit with the Sheikh a person with western clothes and a trimmed beard entered the office.  He began to ask the Sheikh about affairs pertaining to zakat (poor charity).  What was touching was that after the Sheikh answered his question, the Sheikh commented saying: This question shows that you have eman! The Sheikh continued to say: These days you have very few people that ask and inquire about zakat and salat.  If one makes salat (prayer), no one knows whether that person has made a wudoo except Allah.  Also for the person that pays zakat, no one knows that this person has paid zakat except Allah.  This shows that you have faith.
I realized that the Sheikh was giving this person dawah and encouraging him to return in the future.
May Allah preserve our scholars and give them ease in their affairs.  There still remains about 15 questions.  InshAllah, we will send those out within a day or two if Allah gives us life and tawfeeq.
All previous questions were answered in Ramadan/October 2006
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the last messenger Muhammed, and upon his family members and companions.
Mustafa George DeBerry
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

How To Seek Knowledge If You Can’t Reach The People Of Knowledge

This is an advise from Shaykh Bazmool, found on the site http://www.sahab.net concerning the person that is not able to reach the scholars in person.

How to seek knowledge if you can’t reach the people of Knowledge

Shaykh Ahmad bin Umar Bazmool

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

The Shaykh repeated the question and asked:

Is the person an Arabic speaker or a non Arabic speaker?

The questioner responds that he is as Arabic speaker.

The Shaykh 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 (Aza wa Jel), 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 lay (mention) some easy affairs for the one seeking knowledge in our present time so that a person can seek knowledge while he is 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.

2. Another way which is also easy it that an individual for example travels to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah and during his visit, he buys tapes of the people of knowledge that are well known for their correct beliefs and methodology. (A person) can also request someone else who is traveling to buy these tapes for them. Thereafter the individual listens to these audio recordings, he listens to the speech of the people of knowledge. It is, by the permission of Allah, as if he is in front of the scholar.

3. If an individual is able to be consistent with the classes on the radio, for example the classes of Shaykh Saleh al Fawzan or other than him (may Allah preserve him) from the scholars that are well known who’s classes are broadcasted on the Quraan radio station (KSA). It is upon the individual to be consistent with this program. This is very good, but at the same time, I warn of some stations that have lessons with individuals whose affairs are not known or those who are known to have deviated from the salafi methodology. Verily, one does not take knowledge from these stations for indeed those individuals that are unknown or have deviated from the correct path and the salafi methodology; one does not take knowledge from them. This is because knowledge is from the religion, so let everyone look to who he takes his knowledge from. (Unclear sentence) Verily if you seek knowledge from a person of innovation or a man that you do not know his religion, you do not know if is methodology is safe or unsafe. And the methodology (of an individual) is known by either being widespread or asking the salafi scholars. You say to them: We have an individual so and so, do you know this person? If they reply: We know him to have the correct methodology and belief. Then one can take from him, but if they say, we don’t know him then you should continue to ask until you find out about him.

4. By way of internet, for indeed there are (paltalk) rooms for Shaykh Zayd al Madkhali, Shaykh Ahmad an Najmee and Shaykh Rabee al Madkhali and other than them from the salafi scholars. There are also rooms for some salafi students of knowledge, classes that an individual can go on the internet and enter these rooms and schedule classes for himself. I also warn from intensive lessons from some directions that it is not known who is teaching. An individual says: I take the lesson and I just continue upon my way! I warn you of this. I warn you from taking lessons from rooms that either have individuals who are unknown or they are known for incorrect beliefs. Do not be deceived because an individual teaches in such and such university or such and such institute etc… verily these titles: (BA, MA, PhD) do not benefit and do not satisfy ones hunger. The respect of an individual is the praise of the salafi scholars for them, and their knowledge of them. A person merely being a doctor and the likes, an individual may in fact be a revolutionist. So be aware and do not be deceived by his degree (unclear words) I am informing you of sources for seeking knowledge but there might be some sort of danger in some of them, so I have to warn you from this danger.

Other means of seeking knowledge similar to what was mentioned by the questioner, such as reading books.

But in reading books there are also things one should be cautious of:

1. If a person does not have knowledge, he can misunderstand something

2. He may incorrectly pronounce words

3. He may read from whoever comes and goes and the affair becomes confusing to him. He reads from the people of Ahlus Sunnah and he, for example reads from the people of innovation, and he does not distinguish between the two. But on the other hand, if he knows the arabic language, he understands the speech and he has sat with the people of knowledge and he has some foundations for example; the foundations that by the permission of Allah, he is able to continue reading, writing and researching, then this is ok.

But he should be aware of the following matters:

1. He should refer to the speech of the scholars, not depend on his own understanding

2. He must be diligent and read the books of the people of sunnah, those known with the correct methodology and belief only!

3. When he is able to reach the Ulamaa, it is upon him to do so. To go to them, to refer back to them, to ask them.

4. His reading of books is done so out of need he does not make this his means of seeking legislated knowledge, rather, he takes if from the mouths of the scholars just as the salaf took it from the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salam) and his students and those who came after took it from the salaf. This is (the way) knowledge (should be sought). If a person merely takes it from books, and reads from those who are not known, then a person may deviate. Verily knowledge is obtained by seeking it and having a relationship (with the people of knowledge). The purpose of seeking knowledge is not merely to have abundant amounts of information; verily there are affairs that are related to knowledge, such as its manners and understanding. It is because of this, ignorance and mistakes have increased for the individual who has made reading books a habit instead of sitting with the scholars.

These are some means of seeking knowledge that I advise myself and the questioner with. Allah knows best, and may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon the Messenger Muhammad, his family and his companions.

Article taken from http://www.sahab.net:

http://www.sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?t=336213

Translated by:

Mustafa George

Ruwais, United Arab Emirate

Questions Asked to The Scholars July 2006

Questions Asked to The Scholars

August 13, 2006/ 22 Rajab, 1427

1. If a women is divorced from her husband and they have a child (no longer breastfeeding) together, when the man sends the monthly support funds for the child, it is permissible for the mother to use this money for herself (rent, bills etc..)

Answer: No, she has to only use it for the child’s needs.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

2. If a man divorces his wife, during the waiting period if he has sexual intercourse with her but does not intend to take her back, is this considered that he has taken her back?

Answer: He must intend in order for it to be considered taking her back.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

3. Is it permissible for a women to dance in front of her husband
without musical instruments or singing?

Answer: No, it is not permissible.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

4. There is a custom amongst Western Muslim women, when a female is about to marry, Muslim women visit her a day or two before the marriage. They hold something similar to a party where they eat and prepare the female for marriage (henna etc.) Is this custom allowed in Islam?

Answer: There is no problem in this.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

August 16 2006

1. There is a doubt that some Muslim are spreading about supporting Hizbollah. The doubt is:

Why should the Muslim not be happy with Hizbollah fighting Israel, even if Hizbollah are Shee’ite, when we find in surah al Room that the believers (Sahabah) were happy when Rome defeated The Persians.What is your response to this doubt?

Answer: (I did not catch the first sentence)….He did this to assist The Zionists of the world.
The second point: The threat of Hizb u Ibless (the party of the devil) upon the Muslims is greater than that of the Jews and Christians! Really!! They are not on the correct religion. I do not consider them Muslims, instead they are disbelievers. But we have a relationship with
them just as the Messenger – sallahu alaihi was salem – did with the hypocrites in al Madinah.I swear by Allah, I swear by Allah, I swear by Allah, they are more dangerous upon the Ummah of Islam than the Jews and the Christians.
This is an American, Jewish, Shee’e plot to totally surround the Muslims. So now, Lebanon is similar to Iraq. Syria is supporting them from the North and The Batinee al Ulwee al Nusaree gives a lecture last night informing that Hizb u Ibless was victorious over Israel. I swear by Allah, they did not beat Israel. Lebanon was destroyed. The Lebanese people were destroyed along with the bridges of the country and he says such a statement! Do you understand?! I am not a fool, nor can a fool fool me, as was mentioned by Umar bin al Khattab.
If this was a merely a war between Rome and Persia, we would be happy with the victory of Rome over Persia (translator’s comment: Reason being, the Romans are Ahlul Kitaab, while the Persians, at that time, were idol worshippers). But the affair is greater than this. This is an American, Zionist plan to establish the Shee’at everywhere.
(Sheikh Saleh as Suhaiymee)

2. Can a Muslim female work in a company around males?

Sheikh: Is she dressed correctly?

Questioner: Yes

Answer: She can do so if there is a dire need.
(Sheikh Saleh as Suhaiymee)

3. The same question above concerning Hizb u Allah was posed to Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan later in the day. The Sheikh responded saying:

They were Christians (Rome), as for them, they are Idol worshippers (Wathaneyoon).

Questioner: You mean the Persians Oh Sheikh?

Sheikh: No, the Shee’at! Those who curse the sahabah are not Muslim.

4. If a women seeks a khulah from her husband and he agrees without
discussing the giving back of the mahr, is this valid?

Answer: That which is correct is that a sum of money is agreed upon. It can be greater than the mahr or less.

Questioner: But what if the money is not discussed?

Answer: If the money is not discussed then there is no khulah.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

5. If a person wants to travel to seek knowledge, is it obligatory for him to have the permission of his parents even if they are disbelievers?

Answer: If they need him, then it is obligatory for him to get their permission.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

Aug.19, 2006 / 25 Rajab, 1427
1. If a man marries a female and is alone with her without entering her and then divorces her, what is the ruling in this regard?
Answer: She has to wait the full waiting period (‘idaa) and the dowry is hers to keep.
Questioner: Even if he did not enter her?
Sheikh: Yes, him being alone with her is enough, even if he didn’t enter her.
(Sheikh Saleh Fawzaan)
2. If someone enters a masjid and finds the first row full, what should he do?
Answer: He should wait for someone to join him in a second row.
Questioner: Even if he waits close to the end of prayer and no one joins him?
Sheikh: Then he prays by himself (in the back row) and he is excused in doing so.
(Sheikh Saleh Fawzaan)

Aug.20, 2006 / 25 Rajab, 1427
1. Oh our beloved Sheikh, I am seeking clarification on a question I asked you last week. The question was pertaining to a man having intercourse with his wife after divorcing her while she still is in the waiting (‘idaa) period. My question is, is it permissible for a man to do such a thing during this period without intending to take her back?
Answer: How can he have intercourse with her without intending to take her back?! As long as be has had intercourse with her, that means he has taken her back and she is his wife.
Questioner: So by him merely entering her, this is considered him taking her back?
Sheikh: Yes.
Questioner: Even if he doesn’t have an intention?
Sheikh: How can he not intend to take her back? She is his wife!
Questioner: Some people in the West have heard about it being permissible to have intercourse with the wife during the waiting period without intending to take her back. They have heard that this is the opinion of Ibn Hazm.
Sheikh: ….taking the female back takes place through actions and statements.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)
(This is a clarification for a previously mentioned fatwa of the Sheikh. We ask all that have read the previous fatwa to spread this correction)

The above question was also asked to Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee the following day. He answered:
This is incorrect for him to do it this way, but him doing such and thing means that he has taken her back.
2. If a man divorces his wife and she thereafter remarries, the ex-husband then travels abroad with the children to live in another country and does not intend to return. If the wife wants to see her children, is it obligatory on the husband to pay for the plane tickets for his children to visit their mother in another country or is it sufficient for her to communicate with them by way of phone even if this be over a long period of time?
Answer: This is a dispute and it is not my responsibility to answer it. This affair should be taken to a judge. (Sheikh Saleh Fawzaan)
The same question was posed to Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee, he responded:
Sheikh: I can’t say it’s obligatory on him to pay for the plane tickets, but it’s fitting for him to do so if his country is far away from the country she is in.
Did she get remarried? (The Sheikh asks the questioner)
Questioner: Yes, she has. She is residing in Egypt and the father is in Yemen. Both are originally from America, the father migrated to Yemen and the mother migrated to Egypt and remarried there.
Sheikh: And she is originally from Egypt?
Questioner: No, she is from America and the ex-husband also
Sheikh: It is sufficient that they communicate (by phone) and if he has the ability to facilitate them visiting their mother at least once a year so that they can see their mother.
Questioner: Also, is it obligatory for him to leave the children there with the mother for a period of time if she requests this?
Sheikh: This is in the hands of the husband. If there is no harm in him doing so, then it’s ok. If there is no harm, he can leave them for a week for example with their mother, then he would take them once more.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee) .
3. In America there is a sister who has sought separation from her husband but they have not separated yet. The sister has acted as she is divorced and began sitting down with men with intentions to get married. What should her husband do in this case and what should the community that she lives in do. Should she be exposed in the community or what?
Answer: If the community knows that she is still married, they should inform the husband of what is taking place so that they (husband and wife) can go to a court and receive a separation.
Questioner: Should she be exposed in the community?
Sheikh: They (community) would inform the husband. This action without a doubt is a great mistake on the part of the wife. Placing herself in a position to marry and she is still married, this is a despicable act.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)

4. If a man enters the masjid and finds the first row full, what should he do? Is it permissible for him to pray next to the Imam or does he pray by himself if he does not expect someone to join him in the second row?
Answer: If he can pray next to the Imam he should, but if he can not he should try to fill in a gap between two people in the first row. If he can’t do that because the row is completely tight and he is forced to pray alone in the second row, he does this and there is nothing (sin) on him.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee)
The above question about the female who is still married but is placing herself in a state to get married again was also asked to Sheikh Saleh Fawzaan, he replied:
Answer: He should complain of her actions to the authorities that she is still his wife.
Questioner: But this questions has come from America
Sheikh: He should inform that she is still his wife and he has not given her a divorce. As long as he has not divorced her, she is still his wife.
Questioner: Should the community expose this female?
Sheikh: He informs the authorities about her affair and she is returned to him and the affair is over.

Mustafa George DeBerry
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

The Questions Today Were Asked To Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan Hafidullaah

Questions Asked to The Scholars This Week

The questions today were asked to Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan Hafidullaah
August 2, 2006 / Rajab 8, 1427
1. How do we respond to a person that says:
If ascribing oneself to salafiyah is correct because you are ascribing yourself to the early generation of Muslims, then the same goes for ascribing yourself to Jama’tul Tableegh because you are ascribing yourself to da’wah (Islamic Propagation) and Allah has ordered us to give da’wah in the Quran.
Sheikh: Jama’tul Tableegh are deviant. Their call is deviant. They don’t call to the correct Islam. They mix between what is correct and what is incorrect. This is deviation and incorrect.

2. What is the ruling on Muslim men wearing ties?
Sheikh: This is not permissible. This is imitation of those who wear the cross. It is not permissible.

3. Is the holding of a waleemah (marriage party) obligatory? If a person do not do so and has been married for 4 years, can he merely pay his wife some money to make up for not having the waleemah?
Sheikh: The waleemah is sunnah, it is not obligatory.

Aug 5, 2006 / Rajab 11, 1427

1. In America, if a disbeliever comes to a masjid and seeks funds, should we give them if we doubt them using this money for drugs or the likes?

Answer: Give him/her charity such as clothing or something permissible to eat, but don’t give him/her money if you have a strong doubt about them spending it on drugs or the likes.

(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan Rahimahullaah)

2. Is it permissible for a man to buy children films for his child while knowing that these films have music and singing? The excuse that the father gives is that this is something educational for his child.

Answer: If there is present in these films that which causes harm to the children (in their religion), then this is not permissible.
The Messenger (sallahu alayhee wa sallam) said: “All of you are shepherds, and all will be asked about his flock”

(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan Rahimahullaah)

3. Is it allowed for a married couple to watch pornography films together for the purpose of learning how to sexually please one another?

Answer: This is not allowed. These are evil pictures. No this is not allowed.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

4. During buying and selling transactions, is it permissible for a man
to look at a woman’s face?

Answer: There is no need for him to look at her face. His desire is to buy or sell, not the woman’s face.
(Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan)

August 7, 2006 / Rajab 13, 1427

1. If a child reaches the age of 5, and his father has still not slaughtered for him/her(al-Aqeeqah), is it legislated for him (the father) to slaughter at such an age?

Answer: Yes, he (the father) should slaughter even if it be after a long
period of time. Even if the father dies, it is still upon him and the money for it should be taken from his wealth left behind.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan Rahimahullaah)

2. What is the proof that Qunoot is in the hands of the Muslim rulers?

Answer: What is the role of the ruler?

Questioner: To administer the affairs of his country and people.

Answer: The answers that you are looking for can be found in Ibn
Taymiyyah’s book: As Siyasah Ash Share’yah (Legislated Politics)
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan Rahimahullaah)

3. Is it allowed for the parent to beat his/her child? The reason for
the question is because we have heard that this is something not allowed.

Answer: You know that raising a child is a great responsibility. It is
upon the parent to use in raising his/her child means that bring the
children closer, not ways and means that push them further away.
(Sheikh Abdullah al Ghudayan Rahimahullaah)

Aug. 8, 2006 / Rajab 14, 1427

1. If a man intends to take on a second wife, does he have to tell his
first wife his intention?

Answer: He can tell her. There is nothing wrong in this.

Questioner: But is it obligatory for him to tell her before he does so?

Sheikh: He can tell her before, or after. Both are permissible, but he should tell her before so that she doesn’t become suspicious of his actions when he is away.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee Rahimahullaah)

2. If a man intends on marrying a second wife, but he has pending debts, is it obligatory for him to pay his debts before he gets married a second time?

Answer: This returns to the owner of the debt. If they allow the person to delay paying the debt until a later time so that they can get married, there is no problem with this.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee Rahimahullaah)

3. Is it permissible for the Muslims to supplicate for the victory of
Hezbullah over Israel?

Answer: It is permissible for the Muslims to supplicate against Israel
in general. We also supplicate that Allah supports Ahlus Sunnah against Israel and every other enemy.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee Rahimahullaah)

4. What is your opinion about Muhammed bin Saleh al Munajjid?

Answer: From what has come to me, he is close to the way of the Ikwan al Muslimeen.
(Sheikh Ahmed an Najmee Rahimahullaah)

Mustafa George
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

Questions Asked to Sheikh Saleh Al Fawzaan This Week

Questions Asked to Sheikh Saleh Al Fawzaan This Week

July 31, 2006 / Rajab 6, 1427
1. If a person migrates from the land of disbelief to the land of Islam but his first intention for migration was not sincerely for Allah, after reaching the land of Islam he corrects his intention for migration, is this sufficient?
Sheikh: Yes, this is correct and good that he changes his intention and that’s sufficient .
2. How does one pray salaat Al witr?
Sheikh: Salaat Al Witr is one raka’a. A person prays before it two units (raka’a) of prayer, they make tasleem, stand and pray one more unit.
3. What is the distance of travel where a female must have a mahram?
Sheikh: 80 kilometers .
4. How does a muslim deal with newpapers and magazines that have pictures. Do we read them in the day and then throw them out at night, or what?
Sheikh: They can stay in the home, but they should be placed in low places. They should not be keep in high respected areas. They should be keep in low, covered areas.

Mustafa George DeBerry.
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

These Are Two More Questions Asked In July, 2006

These are two more questions asked in July, 2006

1. If a man divorces his wife and sends maintenance for his kids every month, is it permissible for the ex-wife to use a portion of these funds for her personal use if needed?
Answer: If her spending (a portion) of the funds does not cause a deficiency in the needs of the children and she spends the money for that which benefits her and her children according to what is good and correct, then there is no problem in this. He can even send money for them and money for her.
The Sheikh asks: Is she divorced?
Questioner: Yes, she is
Sheikh: Taking care of the children is not upon her (financially). If she were to say to him: I will not take care of your kids except that you pay me, she is allowed to do this.
Questioner: But the kids are no longer being breastfeed.
Sheikh: I understand, even if they are not being breastfeed. There is no problem in her using the money for what is correct and needed without being extreme, excessive and exceeding the limits. Also, there should be no deficiency in the amount needed by the children. She only takes for maintaining and tending to the needs of the children for example: cleaning their clothes, cooking their food and taking care of them. There is no problem in this inshAllah, as long as she is not excessive.
(Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel)
2. Is it permissible for a women to dance in front of her husband with the condition of there being no music nor singing?
Answer: As for it being haram or halal, there is nothing to show that it’s haram. As long as and with the condition that there is no music and she is not imitating the disbelieving women, then it’s permissible. But it is preferred for her to leave off this type of action, per chance her children would be affected by this sort of action.
(Sheikh Abdur Rahman al Adanee. Dammaj, Yemen) .
Mustafa George DeBerry.
Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

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, and may Allah correct the affairs of the Muslims.

Mustafa George DeBerry

Riyadh, KSA

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