Archive for April, 2008

• may • Allah • free • Fahad • Hashmi •

April 27, 2008

The case against Fahad Hashmi

La hawla wa la quwata ila billah :(

• the • impact • of • sins •

April 25, 2008

When Allah commands us to give up sins and to avoid them it is not because our sins will harm Him. It is only us who will benefit by avoiding sins. Likewise, we alone will be affected by the sins we commit. It was the habit of the righteous ancestors to think about their sins whenever they were faced with hardship in anything. In fact, sins have many bad effects on the lives of the sinners. How can sins change our lives? What are the effects of sins on our well-being? Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyah explains to us these effects in his well-known book Al-Jawab Al-Kafi:

  • Prevention of knowledge: Knowledge is a light which Allah throws into the heart and disobedience extinguishes this light.

Imam Ash-Shafi`i said: “I complained to Wakee` about the weakness of my memory, so he ordered me to abandon disobedience and informed me that knowledge is light. He said that the light of Allah is not given to the disobedient.”

  • Prevention of sustenance: Just as righteousness brings about sustenance, the abandonment of righteousness causes poverty. There is nothing which can bring about sustenance like the abandonment of sins.

  • Prevention of obedience (to Allah): If there was no other punishment for sin except that it prevents one from obeying Allah then this would be sufficient.

  • Disobedience weakens the heart and the body: The fact that it weakens the heart is clear. Disobedience continues to weaken the heart until its life ceases completely.

  • Disobedience reduces one’s lifespan and destroys any blessings: Just as righteousness increases one’s lifespan, sinning reduces it.

  • Legacy of the cursed: Every type of disobedience is the legacy of a nation from among those which Allah destroyed. Sodomy is a legacy of the people of Lot, taking more than one’s due right and giving what is less is a legacy of the people of Shu`aib, spreading mischief and corruption is a legacy of the people of Pharaoh and pride, including arrogance and tyranny, is a legacy of the people of Hud. So the disobedient one is somehow a part of those nations who were the enemies of Allah.

  • Disobedience is a cause of the servant being held in contempt by his Lord: Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: “They became contemptible in (His sight) so they disobeyed Him. If they were honorable (in His sight) He would have protected them.”

  • Effect of sins on others: The ill-effects of the sinner fall upon those around him as well as the animals as a result of which they are touched by harm.

  • Living in sin: The servant continues to commit sins until they become very easy for him and seem insignificant in his heart and this is a sure sign of destruction. Every time a sin becomes insignificant in the sight of the servant it becomes great in the sight of Allah.

  • Disobedience brings humiliation and lowliness: Every aspect of honor lies in the obedience of Allah. Ibn Al-Mubarak said: “I have seen sins kill the hearts. And humiliation is inherited by their continuity. The abandonment of sins gives life to the hearts. And the prevention of your soul is better for it.”

  • Disobedience corrupts the intellect: The intellect has light and disobedience extinguishes this light. When the light of the intellect is extinguished it becomes weak and deficient.

  • Sealing of the heart: When disobedience increases, the servant’s heart becomes sealed so that he becomes of those who are heedless. The Exalted said: [But no! A stain has been left on their hearts on account of what they used to earn (that is, their actions)] (Al-Mutaffifin 83: 14).

  • Sins cause various types of corruption to occur in the land: Corruption of the water, the air, the plants, the fruit, and the dwelling places. The Exalted said: [Mischief has appeared on the land and the sea on account of what the hands of men have earned; that He may give them a taste of some of (the actions) they have done, in order that they may return] (Ar-Rum 30: 41).

  • Disappearance of modesty: Modesty is the essence of the life of the heart and is the basis of every good. Its disappearance is the disappearance of all that is good. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Modesty is goodness, all of it.”

  • Sins weaken and reduce the magnification of Allah the Almighty in the heart of the servant.

  • Sins are the cause of Allah forgetting His servant: Sinning also causes Allah to abandon him and leave him to fend for himself with his soul and his Satan and in this is destruction from which no deliverance can be hoped for.

  • Being removed from the realm of benevolence: When a persons sins, benevolence is removed from his heart. When benevolence fills the heart it prevents it from disobedience.

  • Disobedience causes the favors (of Allah) to cease and makes His revenge lawful: No blessing ceases to reach a servant except because of a sin, and no retribution is made lawful upon him except because of a sin. Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “No trial has descended except due to a sin and it (the trial) is not repelled except by repentance.”


* Based on Al-Jawab Al-Kafi by Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyah (Rahimahullah)

• may • Allaah • kill • the • Rawaafid •

April 22, 2008

just one of the unending list of crimes the Shi’ah Rawaafid have committed against Ahl As-Sunnah in Iraaq. May Allaah hasten the extermination of the Rawaafid at the hands of Ahl As-Sunnah.

• if • you • hear • it, • you • must • learn • it •

April 20, 2008


“Allaah does not afflict a slave with grief nor sadness, except that if the slave says: –


اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي عَبْدُكَ وَابْنُ عَبْدِكَ وَابْنُ أَمَتِكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ ، أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي وَنُورَ صَدْرِي وَجِلَاءَ حُزْنِي وَذَهَابَ هَمِّي


O Allaah indeed I am Your slave, and the son of Your slave, and the son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your Hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask of You with all Your names, which belong to You, which You have named Yourself with, or which You have taught someone from Your creation or revealed it in Your Book or that which You have taken unto Your self with the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Quraan the life of my heart and light of my breast and keep away from me my sadness, and that my grief goes away –

Allaahumma ‘innee ‘abduka, wabnu ‘abdika, wabnu amatika, nasiyatee biyadika, madhin fiyya hukmuka, adlun fiyya qadha’uka, asaluka bikulli ismin huwa laka, sammayta bihi nafsaka, aw anzaltahu fee kitabika, ‘aw allamthu ahadan min khaliqika, aw ista’tharta bihi fee ilmil ghaybi ‘indaka, án taj’alal-qurana rabee’a qalbee, wa noora sadree, wa jala’a huznee, wa thahaba hammee

then Allaah takes away his grief and sadness and replaces it with happiness.”

The narrator said: It was said: O Messenger of Allaah should we not learn it?

He answered: Of course, it is necessary for the one who hears it, that he learns it.

Silsilat Al-Ahadeeth As-Saheehah: 199

• you’re • either • with • us • or • with • the • terrorists •

April 20, 2008

• beautiful • but • disobedient •

April 13, 2008

On the authority of ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood – may Allaah be pleased with him, who said:

May Allaah curse those women who tattoo or seek to be tattooed, those women who remove facial hair or seek it to be removed and those women who put gaps between their teeth for beautification; those who seek to change Allaah’s creation.

This reached a woman from Bani Asad who was called Umm Ya’qoob and who used to read the Qur`aan. She came to [Ibn Mas’ood] and said, “What is this I hear from you, that you curse women who tattoo or seek to get tattooed, and those who remove facial hair and those who put gaps between their teeth for beauty, those who change Allaah’s creation?” ‘Abdullaah [Ibn Mas’ood] replied, “And why should I not curse those whom Allaah’s Messenger has cursed and those who are mentioned in Allaah’s Book?” She said, “I have read [the Qur`aan] from cover to cover and I have not seen it mentioned.” He replied, “If you had really read it [carefully] you would have found it; Allaah the Mighty and Sublime said:

And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it; and whatever he forbids you, shun it. [Al-Hashr (59):7]

The woman then said, “Well I have just seen some of this on your own wife.” He said, “Go and see her.” So she went to the wife of ‘Abdullaah but didn’t see anything. She returned to him and said, “I don’t see anything.” He said, “Well, if any of those practices had been done I would not be with her any more.”

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim. This translation is from the version in Muslim.

Points to note:

  • The teachings of Allaah’s Messenger have the same legal weight as teachings in the Qur`aan because the Qur`aan commands us to take everything the Messenger teaches us, even if it is not specifically mentioned in the Qur`aan. This refutes the claim of heretics who say we only need to follow the Qur`aan
  • It can even be said that a ruling given by Allaah’s Messenger is in the Qur`aan based on the verse quoted
  • Tattooing, removal of facial hair – including the plucking of eyebrows – and making gaps between the teeth for beautification are strictly forbidden in Islaam and are regarded as major sins. In another narration, hair extensions have also been mentioned
  • Exceptions have been made by scholars in cases where a woman suffers a condition that causes her to grow a full beard, or where filing of teeth and widening spaces are needed for medical reasons
  • Being cursed (al-la’nah) means to be removed from Allaah’s mercy; this goes to prove that these practices are major sins
  • People should ask Allaah to curse those whom Allaah’s Messenger has asked to be cursed
  • Women can ask male scholars about matters of religion and can converse with them for the purpose of understanding knowledge and legal rulings
  • Wives who remain disobedient to Allaah should be divorced
  • A person who helps another to sin is regarded as a participant in that sin

These points have been summarized from Ibn Hajar, Fath Al-Baari and An-Nawawi, Sharh Sahih Muslim.

 

• say • to • the • immoral • woman •

April 12, 2008

these lines of poetry are from a book called “A Warning Regarding the Dangers of the Beauty Salon and the Hair Stylist” by Umm Abdir-Rahmaan Al-Imaam. The way these Western notions of beauty contradict the Fitrah really comes through when you read the words of those in the past who were not influenced by these corrupt ideas.

The poet said:


Say to the immoral woman who has let her nails grow long *** Indeed, due to fear, I was close to escaping like a fugitive on the run!

Long nails are for the wild animals she should ponder upon *** When have we ever seen the antelopes with claws?

Just yesterday, you cut your hair like an assassin *** and removed the nature of your eyebrow

Tomorrow we will see you moving your front tooth *** And eliminating your nose despite it being set straight!

page 28-29; from the English translation of the book by Aboo ‘Imraan Al-Mekseekee

• it • is • a • light •

April 9, 2008

إن العلم ليس بكثرة الرواية ولكنه نور جعله الله فى القلوب

Verily, knowledge does not come (merely) through a plethora of narrations, rather it is a light, which Allah places in the hearts.”

[Jaami’ Bayaan Al-‘Ilm Wa Fadlih, 2/25]

• incredible • memories •

April 4, 2008


Ahmad ibn Hanbal narrated:

From amongst the people of al-Basrah, Qataadah was the best at memorising; whatever he heard, he would memorise. The book “Saheefatu-Jaabir” was read to him (only) once and he memorised it (all)

al-Hifth – Ahmiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 15, Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa‘ – 5/276

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Qataadah ibn Di’aamah as-Suddoosee (died 118 A.H.) said:

I have never said to a muhaddith: “repeat it to me” and nor have my ears ever heard anything except that it has settled upon my heart (i.e. I have memorised it).”

al-Hifth – Ahmiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 14; Tathkiratul-Huffaath – 1/357, Al-Hath ‘alaa Hifth al-‘Ilm – Page 54; Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa‘ – 5/276

**


Muhammad ibn Muslim az-Zuhree (died 125A.H.) narrated:

There is nothing I have (ever) memorised and then (later) forgotten

al-Hifth – Ahmiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 15; Hilyatul-Awliyaa‘ – 3/364; al-Jaami’ lil-Khateeb – 2/264

**


‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu) said:

Certainly, I consider a man who has forgotten knowledge which he used to possess to be the result of the sins he used to do

al-Hifth – Ahmiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 67

**


‘Aasim ibn an-Najwad (died 128 A.H.) said:

I was ill for 2 years, and when I got better, I read the Qur’aan (from memory) and I did not make a single mistake.

al-Hifth – Ahammiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 27; Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa‘ – 5/258

**


Jamaal ad-Deen as-Sarmadee said:

From amongst the most amazing of those who memorised (knowledge) in our time was Ibn Taymiyyah; He would read a book only once and it would be etched in his mind (i.e. he would have memorised it)”

al-Hifth – Ahmiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 19; al-Badr at-Taali’ – 1/70

**


Mu’ammar said:

I used to attend the lessons of Qataadah when I was 14 years old, and there is nothing which I heard in those years except that it is as if it has been written (etched) in (on) my heart

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa‘ – 7/6

**


It has been narrated:

Abu ‘Amr al-‘Alaa’s home was full of books. So when his house burnt down, all that we took from him (in terms of knowledge) thereafter until he died was from his memory

al-Hifth – Ahmiyyatuhu, ‘Ajaa’ibuhu, Tareeqatuhu, Asbaabuhu – Page 11; al-Hath ‘alaa Talabil-‘Ilm – Page 74

**


‘Alee ibn Khashram said:

“I have never seen Wakee’ with a book in his hands, rather, he has everything memorised. So I asked him about the remedy for memorising, and he said:

If I told you the remedy, will you use it?”

I said: “By Allaah indeed.”

He said: “Leaving sins, for I have not experienced anything like it for memorising.””

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa‘ – 9/151

• woe • to • those • who • study •

April 4, 2008

It is reported from Al-Awzaa’i – may Allaah have Mercy on him – that he said:

I have been told that it used to be said, “Woe to those who study [their religion] for a purpose other than worship, and those who seek to permit what is forbidden through doubts and specious arguments.”

Al-Khatteeb Al-Baghdaadi, Iqtidaa Al-‘Ilm Al-‘Amal, p77.