Archive for January, 2008

• Umar, • the • anti • couch-potato •

January 31, 2008
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Here is ‘Umar giving advice on staying fit and healthy and also on avoiding harming people with your sickness.


His concern for the people’s health

‘Umar was concerned about the people’s health. He would warn them against the consquences and dangers of being fat, and would advise them to lose weight, because that would give them strenth to strive and enable them to fulfill their duties. He used to say: “O people, beware of eating too much, for it makes you lazy in prayer, is bad for your body and causes sickness. Allah hates the fat man. Rather you should be moderate in your eating, for that is closer to righteousness and farther removed from extravagance, and makes one stronger to worship Allah. No person will be doomed unless he gives precedence to his desires over his religious commitment.”[1]

Ibn al-Jawzi stated that ‘Umar saw a man with a huge belly and said: “What is this?” He said, “A blessing from Allah.” He said, “Rather it is a punishment from Allah.”[2]

With regard to his concern for the good health of the citizens, he used to forbid anyone who had a stomach disease to mix with the people, so as to prevent the spread of disease. He would advise the sick to stay at home until they got better. And it is narrated that he passed by a woman who had leprosy when she was on her way to the Ka’bah. He said to her: “O Female slave of Allah, why don’t you stay in your home and not harm the people?” So she stayed at home. Later on a man passed by her and said, “The one who told you (not to go out) has died, so go out.” She said, “By Allah, I will not obey him whilst he is alive and disobey him when he is dead.”[3]

He also used to emphasize the importance of exercise, horsemanship and horseback riding. He used to say: “Teach your children swimming and archery, and train them to be proficient on horseback, and teach them some beautiful poetry.”[4]


“Do not make the religion dead”

‘Umar saw a man who looked as if he was dying because of his ascetism. He hit him with his stick and said: “Do not make our religion dead, may Allah kill you.”[5]

It was narrated from ash-Shifaa’ bint Abdullah that she saw some people who walked slowly and spoke slowly. She said: “Who are these?” They said, “Ascetics.” She said, “By Allah, when ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab spoke, he could be heard, when he walked he walked fast, when he hit he caused pain, and by Allah, he was a true ascetic.”[6]

“Stop walking like that”

A man came swinging his arms and strutting, and ‘Umar said to him: “Stop walking like that.” He said, “I cannot.” ‘Umar whipped him, then he strutted, and he whipped him again and he stopped strutting. ‘Umar said, “If i do not whip one like this then who should I whip?” The man came to him after that and said, “May Allah reward you with good; it was nothing but a Shaytan whom Allah sent away through you.”[7]

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[1] Al-Khaleefah al-Farooq, by Dr.’Abdur Rahman al-‘Ani

[2] Manaaqib Ameer al-Mu’mineen, p.200

[3] Al-Khaleefah al-Farooq, p.124 quoting from ar-Riyad an-Nadrah

[4] ibid p.125

[5] ibid

[6] Ash-Shaykhan min Riwayat al-Baladhuri

[7] Akhbar ‘Umar, p.175

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• reminders • about • zinaa •

January 30, 2008

may Allaah save us and protect our chastity

 

  • The Prophet said, “There is no sin after shirk greater in the sight of Allah than a drop of semen which a man places in the womb which is not lawful for him.” [Al-Bukhaari, Kitabul-Hudood]
  • They [the 2 angels] told me [the Prophet] to proceed on: so we proceeded on and passed by a hole like an oven with a narrow top and wide bottom and the fire was kindling underneath that hole. Whenever the fire-flame went up, the people were lifted up to such an extent that they were about to get out of it, and whenever the fire got quieter, the people went down into it and there were naked men and women in it. I said ‘Who (what) is this?’ They told me to proceed on…

    They explained to him the meaning of what he saw and they told him: “And those whom you saw in the hole (like an oven) were Az-Zunaat (those who committed illegal sexual intercourse)…”  [Al-Bukhaari, The Book Of Funerals] – from a longer hadeeth on punishments of the Hereafter

  • al-Fudyal ibn Iyyad said, “Music is the ruqyaa [incantation] of zinaa
  • In explaining the meaning of the verse concerning Hell, “It has seven gates, for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned.”  [Al-Qur’aan 15:44]; ‘

    Ataa says: “The most severe of these gates in terms of heat, pain, sorrow, and stinking air is the gate for the doers of fornication, who did it (even) after knowing the awfulness of it.”

  • The Prophet said, “If one of you were to be stabbed in the head with a piece of iron it would be better for him than if he were to touch a woman whom it is not permissible for him to touch.” [Reported by al-Tabaraani; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5045].

    This refers to the punishment for touching, so how about worse deeds, such as embracing and kissing, and even worse kinds of illicit activity?!

  • A poet of ancient times has said:

    All affairs begin with the sight,
    the raging fire a spark can ignite

    While a contemporary poet declares:

    A look, then a smile,
    then a nod of the head,
    then a talk, then a promise,
    then the warmth of the bed

  • Imam Ahmad said: “I do not know of any sin after murder that is worse than zina.”
  • The Prophet said, “O mankind! Beware of adultery for it entails six dire consequences: three of them relating to this world and three to the next world. As for the three that are related to this world, they are the following: it removes the glow of one’s face, brings poverty, and reduces the life-span. As for its dire consequences in the next world they are: it brings down the wrath of Allah upon the person, subjects him to terrible reckoning, and finally casts him in hell-fire” [Al-Bayhaqi]
  • During his ascension, the Prophet was escorted by Jibreel and shown different types of punishments meted out to those guilty of various major offenses. While recounting the various scenes shown to him, he said,

    Then Jibreel took me and we passed by a group of people with terribly inflated bodies emitting worst foul smells just like that of open sewers; when I enquired who they were, he replied, ‘These are those who commit adultery!’” [Ibn Khuzaymah]

  • narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhaari from ‘Amr ibn Maymoon who said: “During the Jaahiliyyah I saw a monkey which had committed zina, so the other monkeys got together and stoned it, and I stoned it with them.” [al-Manaaqib # 5360]
  • Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    Allaah ordained punishment for zina that differs from the punishment for other crimes in three ways:

    1 – Execution in the most unpleasant form; when the punishment is reduced, it still combines the physical punishment of flogging with the emotional punishment of banishment.

    2 – He forbade people when carrying out the punishment on the adulterers, to feel pity for them that would prevent them from carrying out the punishment. By His mercy towards them He prescribed this punishment, and He is more merciful to them than you, but His mercy did not prevent Him from ordaining this punishment, so your pity should not prevent you from carrying out His command…

    3 – He enjoined that their punishment be carried out in the presence of some of the believers; it should not be done in isolation where no one can see them. That is more effective in serving the purpose of the punishment, and serves as a deterrent.

    [Al-Jawaab al-Kaafi, p. 144, 115 ]

  • Allaah says in soorat an-Nisaa, when listing the women forbidden to marry:

    Also (forbidden are) women already married…” [5:24]

    The word used here for that type of woman is ‘Muhsanaat’ which literally means ‘fortified’ from the word hisn meaning fort. It’s as if it’s saying the married woman are protected and preserved by marriage.

  • The arabic saying says:

    A look, then a smile, then a greeting,
    then speaking, then an appointment, then a meeting

  • Ibn ‘Abbas radiyallahu ‘Anh narrated: “I have not seen anything resembling Allamam (minor sins) than What Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu ‘Anh narrated from the prophet  who said: “Allah has written for Adam’s son his share of adultery which he commits inevitably. The adultery of the eyes is the sight (to gaze at a forbidden thing), the adultery of the tongue is the talk, and the innerself wishes and desires and the private parts testify all this or deny it.” [saheeh Al.Bukhari, hadeeth 260 vol 8]
  • ‘Iktimah, Sumay’ and Kurayb report that Ibn ‘Abbaas – Allah be pleased with them – said to them:  “Marry, for if the servant of Allah commits fornication Allah snatches the light of imaan from him, and may or may not return it to him.” [Ibn Sa’d in At-Tabaqaat Al-Kubraa 5/287]

• i • have • the • best • sisters •

January 30, 2008

this is for all of my sisters back home – who are unlike other sisters

my beloved sisters fillah

my beloved sisters in ‘aqeedah

:)

may Allah gather us in a place better than where we meet now

jazaaki Allaahu khayran amatullah for sharing <3

• hijrah • and • repentance •

January 30, 2008

Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said,

“The state of a place reflects the state of a person.

It is possible to be sometimes a Muslim and at other times a disbeliever; sometimes sincere and at other times hypocritical; sometimes good and pious and at other times rotten and corrupt.

Thus, a person becomes like the place of his abode.

The migration of a person from a land of disbelief and profanity to one of faith and probity is an expression of repentance and of his turning away from disobedience and perversion to belief and obedience.

This is so until the Day of Resurrection.”

Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa 18/284

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• 27 • virtues • of • martyrdom •

January 29, 2008

Adopted from the works of ash-Sheikh ash-Shaheed ‘Abdullah Azzam

“The life of the Ummah is connected to the ink of the scholars and the blood of the martyrs. What is more beautiful than to write the history of the Ummah with both the ink of the scholar and his blood, such that the map of Islamic history becomes coloured with two lines: one of them black, and that is what the scholar writes with the ink of his pen; and the second red, and that is what the martyr writes with his blood. And more beautiful than this is when the blood is one and the pen is one, so that the hand of the scholar, which expends the ink and moves the pen, is the same hand that expends his blood and moves the nations. The extent to which the number of martyred scholars increases, is the extent to which nations are delivered from their slumber, rescued from their decline and awoken from their sleep.

So history does not write its lines except with blood. Glory does not build its lofty edifice except with skulls. Honour and respect cannot be established except on a foundation of cripples and corpses. Empires, noble persons, states and societies, cannot be established except with examples”

ash-Sheikh ash-Shaheed ‘Abdullah Yoosuf ‘Azzam – May Allah have mercy upon you Ya Sheikhana! For your blood was not shed in vain after your assassination in 1989.

Glossary:

Shaheed: Lit. A witness, a martyr
Shuhadaa`: Plural of Shaheed – martyrs
Shahaadah: Lit. Testimony, martyrdom

1 – The blood of the Shaheed smells of musk:

“By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, no one is injured in the Path of Allah – and Allah knows best who is truly wounded in His Path – except that he comes (with his wound) on the Day of Resurrection, its colour the colour of blood, and its scent that of musk.” [Muslim and Ahmad]

2 – The Most Beloved of the drops to Allah:“There is nothing more beloved to Allah than two drops or two marks. The teardrop that falls from the fear of Allah, and the drop of blood shed in the Path of Allah. And as for the marks, then a mark in the Path of Allah, and a mark in an obligation from the obligations unto Allah”. (Hasan, reported by at-Tirmidhi)“al-Jihad” is the intended meaning of the phrase “in the Path of Allah” as explained by Ibn Hajr al-’Asqalaani in Fath al-Bari.About the meaning of “Jihad” Ibn Rushd said:

“The word Jihad when it is uttered means to fight the disbelievers with the sword, until they accept Islam, or pay the Jizya (tax) by hand in a state of humiliation”

3 – The Shaheed Wishes to Return to this World:“Any slave [of Allah] who dies and has been bestowed good from Allah, does not wish to return to the World, even if he is given the World and what it contains; except a Shaheed, due to what he sees from the virtues of Shahaadah [Martyrdom]. So he wishes to return to the World in order to be killed again” – and in another wording – “So that he may be killed ten times due to what he receives from the honour” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]Scholars differed with regards to the reasons behind naming a martyr “Shaheed” (lit. a witness). Al-Azhari says,“This is because Allah and His Messenger bear witness that he is in Paradise” an-Nadhr says, “ash-Shaheed (a witness), is alive, so they were named that because they are alive with their Lord”.It is also said, “Because the angels of mercy bear witness and take his soul”, and “he is from those who will be a witness unto nations”, and “He is witnessed to have Iman and a good end in his outward appearance”, and “because his blood bears witness for him on the Day of Judgment”.

Sheikh ‘Abdullah Azzam says: “They are Shuhadaa` [witnesses] to the fact that this Deen is greater than life, and that values are more important than blood, and that principles are more precious than souls”

4 – Haarithah in the Highest Firdaws:

The Prophet – May the Salaah and Salaam of Allah be upon him – said to Umm Haarithah bint an-Nu’maan – after her son was killed in the battle of Badr – after she asked: “Where is he (i.e. is he in Paradise or the Fire)?” – he replied, “Indeed, he is in the highest Firdaws” [al-Bukhaari]

In another Hadeeth reported by al-Bukhaari:

“Indeed, in Paradise are a hundred levels which Allah has prepared for the Mujahideen in His Path. The distance between each level is that of between the heavens and the earth. So when you ask of Allah, then ask Him for Firdaws, for it is the center of Paradise, and the highest part of Paradise, and above it is the throne of The Most Merciful, from whence, the highest Firdaws, the rivers of Paradise spring forth”5 – The Souls of the Shuhadaa` in the Hearts of Green Birds:“Indeed the souls of the martyrs are in the hearts of green birds, and they have lanterns hanging underneath the ‘arsh (the throne of Allaah). They roam around in Paradise wherever they wish, then they return to their lanterns. So, their Lord enquires: “Do you desire anything?” They say, “What can we desire for, when we roam around in Paradise wherever we wish?” And He asks them this three times. When they realize that they will not cease to be questioned, they say, “O Lord! We wish that you return our souls to our bodies, in order that we be killed in Your Path again” When it is realized that they have no need, they will be left alone.” [Muslim]6 – Special Favours for the Shaheed:

“The Shaheed is granted seven special favours from Allah. He is forgiven (his sins) at the first drop of his blood. He sees his place in Paradise. He is dressed in the clothes of Iman. He is married to the Hoor al-‘Ain (beautiful women of Paradise). He is saved from the punishment of the grave. He will be protected from the great fear of the Day of Judgement. A crown of honour will be placed on his head, one jewel of which is better than the whole world and what it contains. He is married to seventy-two of the Hoor al-‘Ain (beautiful women of Paradise), and he will be able to intercede for seventy members of his family.” [Saheeh – Related by Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibbaan]

7 – The Shuhadaa` of Uhud:

“When your brothers were killed at Uhud, Allah placed their souls in the hearts of green birds. They frequent the rivers of Paradise, and eat from its fruits, then return to the lanterns under the Throne. When they enjoy the good in their food and drink, and their excellent speech, they say, “We wish that our brothers knew what Allah has prepared for us, so that they will never abstain from Jihad, nor will they refrain from war” So Allah said, “I will inform them of you” So Allah revealed these verses to His Messenger:

“Think not of those killed in the Path of Allah is dead…” (3:169) [Ahmad, Abu Dawud, al-Hakim classified it Saheeh and adh-Dhahabi agreed]

8 – The Shuhadaa` beside the Baariq river:“The Shuhadaa` are in a green dome beside the river of Baariq, near the gate of Paradise, from which provision comes to them morning and evening” [Saheeh al-Jami 3/235 # 3636]9 – ash-Shahaadah is better than cities and villages:“To be killed in the Path of Allah is more beloved to me than that people of cities and villages belong to me” [Ahmad – narrators are trustworthy, and the chain is strong]10 – The Shaheed does not feel the pain of death:“The Shaheed does not feel [any pain] from killing, except as one of you feels the prick of a needle” [Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi and an-Nasaa`I and the Sanad is Hasan]11 – Levels of Shuhadaa`:“The best of the Shuhadaa` are those who fight in the frontlines, and do not turn away their faces until they are killed. They will be thrown into the highest rooms of Paradise, and Allah will laugh at them. And when your Lord laughs at a slave in a certain instance, then there is no account for him” [Ahmad with Saheeh chain (Saheeh al-Jami 1118)]

12 – There are three types of those killed:“There are three types of those killed. A Mu`min man (a firm believer), who makes Jihad with his wealth and his self in the Path of Allah until he meets the enemy and fights them until he is killed. Then that is the Shaheed who has been tested[to be] in the camp of Allah under His Throne. The Prophets are not better than him, except by the level of Prophethood.And a man who oppresses his soul with sins and errors, who makes Jihad with his self and his wealth in the Path of Allah, until he meets the enemy and fights until he is killed. Then that is Mumasmasatun (a purifier) that expiates his sins and errors. Indeed, the sword wipes away errors. And he enters [Paradise] from any of the gates of Paradise he wishes. For indeed [the Paradise] has eight gates, and the Hell has seven gates, and some [of the gates] are better than others.And a hypocrite man, who makes Jihad with his self and his wealth, until he meets the enemy and fights in the Path of Allah until he is killed, then indeed he is in the Hellfire. Verily, the sword does not wipe off an-Nifaaq (hypocrisy)” [Ahmad with Hasan chain, and Ibn Hibbaan classified it Saheeh]

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• seeking • rest • is • for • women •

January 29, 2008

Waraqah bin Nawfal رضي الله عنه said to the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم , as narrated by A’ishah رضي الله عنها: “If your that day [when he would be expelled or faced with his people] reaches, I would support you strongly

He with his old age, blindness, weakness, was ready to help the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم , and was hoping to be strong, so he can help.

From the Sa’hā bah were those who went to Jihād by reading the verse “Go to[ Jihād] while light and heavy,”  while they were very old like Abū Talhah Al Ansārī. And while they were carried in boxes [or its like on which one is carried] , and the body is wider than the box, like Al Miqdād bin Al Aswad, and Sa’īd bin Al Musayyab رحمه الله went while his one eye was blind, just to increase the number and protect the wealth [and now we are today amongst the Kuffār, increasing their number and forced to pay them]

About resting:

And Dhul Nūn was asked about the path of the Muslim to become from the chosen ones of Allāh “when the rest is taken and the strength is spent in obedience

As Shāfi’ī رحمه الله said “seeking rest in the world is not for the people of examples, as one of them would be always tired in all the times

Umar رضي الله عنه said “Seeking rest for the men is neglectfulness

Imām Ahmed رحمه الله said “O son I have given exhaust from myself

• love • and • hate • for • Allah • only •

January 28, 2008

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “The declaration of faith, there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, requires you to love only for the sake of Allah, to hate only for the sake of Allah, to ally yourself only for the sake of Allah, to declare enmity only for the sake of Allah; it requires you to love what Allah loves and to hate what Allah hates.”

Ibn Taymiyyah, al-Ihtijaaj bil-Qadar, p.62.

• Allah • is • above • His • throne •

January 27, 2008

al-Imaam Al-Awzaa’i – may Allaah have mercy on him – said:

We used to say – while the Taabi’oon were abundant – that Allaah is above his Throne, and we believe in what is present in the Sunnah about His attributes.”

Al-Baihaqi, Al-Asmaa’ was-Sifaat and Adh-Dhahabi, Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa’ in his biography of Al-Awzaa’i.

In Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah says that this narration is reported by Al-Baihaqi in Al-Asmaa’ was-Sifaat with a saheeh chain of narration.

He then states, “Al-Awzaa’i here cited – and he is one of the four great imaams of the period of the Taabi’ At-Taabi’een (Maalik, imaam of the people of Al-Hijaaz; Al-Awzaa’i, imaam of the people of Shaam; Al-Layth, imaam of the people of Egypt and Ath-Thawri, imaam of the people of ‘Iraaq) – Al-Awzaa’i here cited that belief in Allaah being above the Throne and in His other revealed attributes was well known and widespread in the period of the Taabi’een. He said this following the emergence of the creed of Jahm, who denied that Allaah is above His Throne and negated His attributes, so that people would know that the creed of the Salaf was contrary to this.”

• Ali’s • eulogy • for • Abu • Bakr •

January 24, 2008


This is a touching speech by ‘Ali at the death of Abu Bakr, showing his deep love and admiration of him – contrary to what the evil Rawaafidh, may Allah silence them, claim about them (Ali & Abu Bakr)

“The city of Al-Madeenah literally trembled on the day that Abu Bakr (raadi Allaahu ‘anhu) died; in fact; other than the day of the Prophet’s death the people of Madeenah had never witnessed a sadder day, nor a day upon which they had shed more tears. Upon hearing the sad news, ‘Ali ibn Abi-Talib (raadi Allaahu ‘anhu) hurried towards Abu Bakr’s house, all the while saying, “Verily we belong to Allah, and to Him is our return.”

‘Ali (raadi Allaahu ‘anhu) then stood outside the house in which Abu Bakr (raadi Allaahu ‘anhu) had died, and made the following long speech, which he addressed to Abu Bakr (raadi Allaahu ‘anhu) himself:

“O Abu Bakr, may Allah have Mercy upon you. You were the closest companion and friend of the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam); you were a comfort to him; you were the one he trusted most. If he had a secret, he would tell it to you; and if he needed to consult someone regarding a matter, he would consult you. You were the first of your people to embrace Islam, and you were the most sincere of them in your faith. Your faith was stronger than any other person’s, as was the degree to which you feared Allah. And you were wealthier then anyone else in terms of what you acquired from the religion of Allah ‘Azza Wa-Jall. You cared most for both the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and Islam. Of all people, you were the best Companion to the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam); you possessed the best qualities; you had the best past; you ranked the highest; and you were closest to him. And of all people you resembled the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) the most in terms of his guidance and demeanor. Your ranking was higher than anyone else’s, and the Prophet (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) honored you and held you in higher esteem than anyone else. On behalf of the Messenger of Allah and Islam, may Allah reward you with the best of rewards. When the people disbelieved in the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) you believed in him. Throughout his life, you were both his eyes with which he (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and his ears with which he heard. Allah has named you truthful in his book when He said:

“And he (Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who has brought the truth (this Qur’an and Islamic Monotheism) and (those who) believed therein (i.e. the true believers of Islamic Monotheism), those are Al-Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons)” (Qur’an 39:33)

When people were stingy in their support for the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) you comforted him. And when people sat still, you stood side by side with the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), facing the same hardships that he faced. In times of hardship, you were truly a good and noble Companion of his. You were the ‘second of two’, his Companion in the Cave; and the one upon whom As-Sakeenah descended. You were his Companion during the migration and you were his successor regarding the religion of Allah and His nation. And truly good sucessor you proved to be when the people apostatized. You did what no other Khaleefah of a Prophet did before you. You stood up firmly and bravely when his other Companions lost their resolve and became soft. And when they became weak, you adhered to the methodology of the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). You truly were as the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: weak in your body, but strong regarding the commands of Allah; humble in yourself, but lofty in your ranking with Allah; well-esteemed in the eys of people, honored and great in their hearts. Not a single one of them had any reason to dislike you, to be suspicious of you, or to hold you in contempt…. The weak and humble you have always treated as strong and honorable, making sure you gave them what was rightfully theirs. And in this regard, you have treated relatives and strangers equally. Of all people, you respect those who are most obedient to Allah and who fear Him the most. In your overall character, you embody truth and compassion. Your speech has always been characterized by the qualities of wisdom and decisiveness. And you have always struck a noble balance between gentleness and firmness. You have always based your decisions on knowedge, and once you have made your decisions, you have always kept a firm resolve to execute them… Verily to Allah do we belong, and to Him is our return. We are pleased with, and we submit to, Allah’s decree. And by Allah, other than the death of the Messenger of Allah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) Muslims have never been afflicted with a greater calamity than the calamity of your death. You have always been a protector, a sanctuary, and source of honor for this religion. May Allah ‘Azza Wa-Jall make you join the company of His Prophet, Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and may he not deprive us of your reward. And may He not lead us astray after you.”

People had gathered around ‘Ali (raadi Allaahu ‘anhu) and listened to his speech until he was finished. Then they all cried with raised voices, and they all responded in unison to ‘Ali’s speech, saying, “Indeed, you have spoken the truth.” [1]

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[1]At-Tabsirah, by ibn Al-Jawzee (1/477-479); and Ashaab Ar-Rasool (1/108)

• cry • of • the • imprisoned •

January 23, 2008

From behind bars, by a brother who wishes to remain anonymous.

 

الحمد لله العلي المتعال ذي القدرة و الجلال و الصلاة و السلام علي النبي الضحوك القتال

From the humble slave of Allaah, to my beloved brothers and sisters,

I praise Allaah for he is worthy of praise for all the bounties He has bestowed upon this sinful slave. He who has chosen me with guidance amongst the ways of the misguided, in which, I was drowning. He who bestowed upon me knowledge with His Mercy alone and not due to any of my actions and guided me to the blessed path of Jihaad. So for Him, Allaah, my Rabb be all the praise.

Having now being tested with what already you all are aware of, I have to say as my salaaf said, from them Ibn Taymiyyah (RH),

“What can my enemies do to me?
If they imprison me,
then it is my place of worship,
If they send me to another land,
It is my place to call to Allaah
If they kill me,
Then I shall be a martyr”

I add,
If they beat me,
then it is either an evaluation of status or forgiveness of sins
If they curse me,
Angels will reply as long as I am patient
If they hold me,
then I shall get the reward of a Mujahid and a Muhaajir,
as their clutches are only what holds me from it (InshaAllaah) ”

O lights in the darkness of ignorance, I am now being tested for the words I have uttered and said, thus jail is more beloved to me than to leave what I know from the knowledge, may Allaah give me patience upon the truth and firmness. And by Allaah the words of truth lay lifeless until its companion gives life to it, with his blood tears and life…

The solitude and darkness of these cells teaches many things, gives us time to think over the dark days in which I was drowned in many sins, teaches us to ponder about many things in which we were neglectful. And all these are from Allaah alone.

If you ask me about my status, then I shall say , I am in so much bounties of Allaah that, were you to become aware of it, it might raise jealousy. But from us are those who are tested more than me, thus beaten severely till they fainted, or their hairs plucked until they bled, and their heads beaten on walls. All this are done by the dogs of taughut while his scholars are giving him (taughut) full support “to fight extremism.” But as I write this, none is facing any torture and all the tortures have stopped !

Fear occurs when one thinks he might lose his beloved to him, from his freedom to his wives and kids and wealth and health and life, so the one who has already sacrificed it for His Rabb has nothing to fear, as he has nothing to loose, as he is certain that what he sacrificed for Allaah will surely be returned to him in much great quantity and a higher quality. As for his life?, to live for eternity. As for his wealth? to what which neither grieves him nor perishes, with a quality which cannot even be dreamed of… As for his wife? Then likes of husband the hoor-ul-‘ains, of their beauty one cannot match, – as for their children? Then with them forever in paradise.

As for his health? then to where neither they get sick no face any pain. So in short, he does not sacrifice anything accept he is given better. But all the loss and sadness is upon the wretched who holds to what grieves him and what shall perish or grow old forgetting and leaving what is for eternity and what I described above. So if this certainty takes root in his heart, then they shall not fear and shall endure patience upon what they face.

What has the one who is certain that Allaah is with fear? For Allaah made a hot burning great fire to be something cool and harmless, He saved Yunus (AS) from the belly of a whale, He opened the sea and cut it into half and paved the way for Musa (AS). So if one is tested, he must get close to Allaah, thus when the time comes he will surely be saved.

Of the greatest examples I saw in the Qur’aan, the magicians of pharaoh, , what faith! The biggest tyrant, the one with many lands and armies, the one with the support of the public, warning to torture them, to cut their limbs to crucify them… But what was their answer? So firm, so straight with so much certainty, so certain that this tyrant is weaker than a fly in front of Allaah, so they said “Judge, what you are to judge!” ! Its true meaning and its sensitivity is only truly understood when one is in the cross lines of losing his beloved ones and freedom, between bowing to a taughut… And Allaah only saves.

I have to say, dear beloved brothers and sisters, though I want to name the closest of you to my heart, I leave as to include you all, know that you are not forgotten in my prayers. I never met, yet closer to me than my kin, you are my family. Although short a time I may have spent with you, you are not forgotten and I hope Allaah will gather us in a place much better.

Though I am under trial, I am upon the beliefs which I left you, and although I am disliked by many for my harshness towards the governmental scholars or scholars of the taughut I have only increased in certainty about graveness of their mistakes. I seek Allaah’s pleasure in only what I believe, for were it for another cause, there are much easier ways. I believe what I believe based on proofs and interpretation of the salaaf of those proofs.

So if I am wrong I hope Allaah will forgive me. Sometime I despair and my heart gets uncomfortable due to the fewness of those who are upon what I am, and I fear I might be seized in the Day of Judgment, and then I remember the proofs and I hope to say to Allaah “O Allaah! This is why this slave of your believed what he believed” and show why I did believe (though Allaah knows everything).

So yes again and again I repeat beware of the scholars of the taughut, make people aware of them, none has damaged the religion as they did. Even here all the trials and torture we face are justified by them and they (police) are made to think that they are upon a good Jihaad upon which they will be rewarded; they are made to think they will enter paradise, while they are fighting against Islaam!

I ask you, fear Allaah! Are we to praise and respect those who the direct ones responsible for this result? They are nothing but from the army of the taughut. Lots of confusion will depart were you to judge them with your religion and were you to know “not everyone we judge upon to be kufr is necessarily a kaffir in the hereafter, but rather might be excused of an excuse we are unaware of. But that does not prevent us from ruling upon him what he shows apparently, this after the necessary measures which are available in the fundamentals of takfeer.

Everyone imprisoned or put to trial must understand that only what is “written” upon him will reach him. After every difficulty there is an ease. There are but few days in this world. And Allaah is with righteous, pious and patient slave. So do not despair upon the trials of the world as there is eternity to it Hope for the Mercy of Allaah while being patient and pious, Allaah will not waste the reward of those who do good.

Beloved brethren, fear Allaah and know that this religion will not rise but after sacrifices, the earth will not get better until it is given the blood of the martyrs, do not be deceived by the increase of those who run towards destruction and do not be sad due to the fewness of those upon truth, as the religion will become strange as it started, but hold fast upon the clear proofs which will testify your innocence on the Day of Judgment. I am but to you a sincere advisor.

Shed no tears for us, but strive to save the likes of us. Having read the letter of Fatimah, my trials are nothing compared to her. By Allaah her letter never left my pocket since I read it except for once and her cry yet haunts me… Brothers! Run to help the likes of her! And let not the false hopes and false plans prevent you. By Allaah, we cannot be saved but after giving our blood for it.

We have read and learnt and heard a lot, and it is already late; we need action, to stand with what Allaah commands without fear or any compromise. For “were we to stand as the Sahabah did, we would indeed be victorious as they were.” The road is paved with what the body dislikes. So be firm and patient.

At the end we say “If you ask us, then we care not about the tyrants and now do we bow to them. Jail us! Chain us! Torture us and kill us! Our limbs that you cut, our bones that you crush, our flesh in which you thrusts, our blood that you shed are already given to its Creator. But you can never reach our souls Insha’Allaah and how much you crush the material body and bury it, the spirit will stand high and cannot be crushed .
O Allaah! Pour patience upon us, keep us firm, and forgive our sins and give us victory upon the kuffar and be sufficient f or us against them with what you wish!

حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل

Wa Alaikum wa Assalam,