Archive for May, 2008

• eight • things • shaqeeq • taught • me •

May 29, 2008

It was narrated that Shaqeeq [ibn Ibraheem] al Balkhee said to Haatim [al Assam- his student]:
You have accompanied me for a long period of time, so what have you learnt?
Haatim replied:

Eight things:

The first: I looked at the creation and found that every person has something that is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his grave, his beloved would be separated from him. So I made the most beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so that they may be with me in my grave.
The second: I looked at the saying of Allaah the Elevated:

… and restrained himself from impure evil desires and lusts. [An Naazi’aat: 40]

So I strove against my self, repelling desires and lusts from it until it settled upon obedience to Allaah.
The Third: I saw that whoever possessed something valuable would keep it in a safe and secure place, I then looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

Whatever is with you will come to an end, and whatever is with Allaah will remain. [An Nahl: 96]

So whenever something of value came into my possession, I directed it to Him, so that it may remain for me with Him.
The Fourth: I saw that people return to wealth, lineage and nobility, and they are all worthless, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

Indeed the most honourable of you with Allaah are those who have Taqwaa [Al Hujuraat: 13]

So I worked on attaining Taqwaa so that I may be honorable with Allaah.
The Fifth: I saw that people envy each other, so I looked at the saying of the Elevated:

It is We Who portion out their livelihood between them [Az Zukhruf: 32]

So I forsook envy and jealousy.
The Sixth: I saw them taking each other as enemies, so I looked at the saying of the Glorified:

Surely, Shaytaan (Satan) is an enemy to you, so take (treat) him as an enemy [Faatir: 6]

So I left their enmity and took Shaytaan as my only enemy.
The Seventh: I saw that they humiliate themselves in pursuing provision, so I looked at the saying of Allaah the Glorified:

And no moving (living) creature is there on earth except that its provision is due from Allaah. [Hood: 6]

So I concentrated on what was due to Him from me, and left what was due to me to Him.
The Eighth: I saw them dependent upon their trades, professions and health, so I depended upon Allaah the Glorified.
Mukhtasar Minhaaj al-Qaasideen, p. 28

• how • the • salaf • lived •

May 27, 2008
Muhammad Ibn Ziyaad said,“I met [some of] the Salaf. They would live in one building with their families. One of them might receive guests, and the cooking pot of another might be on the fire (with food being cooked). The host would take the pot to serve his guest, and the owner of the pot would find it had gone and would ask, “Who has taken the pot?” The host would reply, “We have taken it for our guest.” The owner would say, “May Allaah bless it for you,” or something similar.

Baqiyah (one of the reporters) said, “Muhammad said, ‘And it was the same when they baked bread; and they had only a wall of reeds separating them in those days.’” Baqiyah added, “And I remember seeing such times with Muhammad Ibn Ziyaad and his friends.””

Al-Bukhaari, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Shaykh Al-Albaani (Sahih Al-Adab Al-Mufrad p268) said this narration’s chain of narration is sahih.

• the • dust • will • never • settle • down •

May 27, 2008
The Dust will Never Settle Down

There has been recently an increase of unacceptable behavior from the kuffar towards our beloved Prophet. So what is the ruling of sharia on such incidents and how did the Sahaba deal with such people and what do our scholars say about them. About this and more Imam Anwar will deliver a talk titled: “The Dust will Never Settle Down”. Allaah will suffice His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) against the criminals who mock him. He says (interpretation of the meaning): “For he who hates you (O Muhammad), he will be cut off (from posterity and every good thing in this world and in the Hereafter)” [al-Kawthar 108:3] i.e., he is scorned and humiliated and cut off from all that is good. When the Muslims besieged a stronghold and its people resisted, then they heard them mocking and reviling the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), they would sense that victory was at hand, and it would only be a short time before Allaah granted them victory, to avenge His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Al-Saarim al-Maslool (p. 116-117).


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• the • settling • of • tawheed • in • this • life •

May 25, 2008

“…While living in Afghanistan, I have realized that Tawhid

cannot penetrate into the soul of the human being, nor will

it intensify and strengthen-the way it does in the fields of


This is the Tawhid, regarding which the Messenger of

ALLAH (sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

“I was sent before the hour with the sword…” [1]


“…so that ALLAH is worshipped Alone with no partners

with HIM.”

So: The settling of Tawhid in this world, is done by the

sword…not by reading books, not by studying the books

of ‘Aqidah

Indeed, the Messenger of ALLAH (sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam)

taught us that Tawhid Al-Uluhiyyah-which was the reason why

he was sent ,so that Tawhid Al-Uluhiyyah can be established

in the people, and on the earth…He taught us that Tawhid

cannot be learned by study lessons…

No, it can only be brought up and raised (through Tarbiyyah)

in the souls, through confrontations in battles, and events which

take place from stances taken in the face of the Tawaghit

through sacrifices which the soul of the human puts forth…

Every time the soul of a human sacrifices something for this

Din-this Din will open up its subtle beauties for him, and it will

unveil its treasures for him.

Sayyid Qutb (rahimahuAllah) said:

“Verily, this Din, does not reveal its hidden beauties to a

cold sitting “Faqih” who does not struggle to establish the

Din upon this earth. This Din is not a cake which you can

refrigerate in your brain. Rather, this Din is only understood

through struggling to return it into the sphere of life, and

building its society once more.”

Yes…this Din…you will not grasp it, except according to

what you give for its sake…Give for its sake , then it will

give you…the rule of “Give and Take”…

Sacrifice! Then the Lord of the Worlds will open the

doors for you…

Put forth sacrifices for this Din-ALLAH (Most Glorified)

will teach you HIS Ayat and Ahadith

As a basic rule, you will not be able to understand many

Verses, except when it is a reality you are going through-

a reality of Jihad.”

[Taken from: ‘The Tawhid of Action’ by Shaikh Abdullah

Azzam (rahimahuAllah)]

[1] Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawud recorded that
`Abdullah bin `Umar (radiya Allahu Anh) said that
the Messenger of ALLAH (sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) said:

بُعِثْتُ بِالسَّيْفِ بَيْنَ يَدَيِ السَّاعَةِ حَتْى يُعْبَدَ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، وَجُعِلَ رِزْقِي تَحْتَ ظِلِّ رُمْحِي، وَجُعِلَ الذِّلَّةُ والصَّغَارُ عَلَى مَنْ خَالَفَ أَمْرِي، وَمَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُم

I was sent with the sword just before the Hour so that ALLAH
be worshipped alone without partners. My provision was
placed under the shadow of my spear, and those who defy
my order were disgraced and humiliated, and he who
imitates a people is one of them.

• whoever • lends • his • books • out • is • crazy! •

May 24, 2008

The Etiquette of Lending Books

From the etiquettes related to books, also, is: The manners of lending out books. Giving out books for people to borrow is not allowed unless you are giving them to someone that you trust will care for the books. The reason for this is because you have the most right to your book, unless you find someone else that is in need of the book and who, when he finishes using it, will return it back to you.

It is mentioned in the biography of Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee that a man once asked him if he could borrow one of his books, so he replied saying: “You have three days to use it.” The man said: “That is not enough time.” So Al-Khateeb said: “I have counted its pages, so if you want to make a copy of it, then three days is sufficient for you. And if you want to read it, then three days is sufficient for you. And if you want to do more than that with it, then I have the most right to my book.”

This is correct, since in the past I had lent the first volume of a large book consisting of eight volumes to a brother – I don’t want to mention the title of the book, since perhaps he may hear this and think I’m insinuating him – and now nearly twelve years have passed on, and he still has not returned it to me,. And he tells me he doesn’t know where he put it. Similarly, the eighth volume of another set – even though I’m not worried so much over it – however, more than twenty years have passed and until now, he has not given it back. This is why a poet once said:

Do not lend your books
And make your answer some excuse
Whoever does in fact lend a book,
I swear, he has not done something good.

Another person said: “The perdition of books is in lending them.

It was once said to a man from India who had opened up a huge library: “How did you create this library?” He replied: “By borrowing books from people.” He was asked: “How?” So he said: “I borrow a book and don’t return it. This is how I was able to create this library.” The man asked: “Isn’t this a crime against those you borrow from?” He replied: “Whoever lends his books to people is crazy. And whoever gives back what he borrows is even crazier than him.”

This is since souls are attached to books. In his book al-Qawaa’id, while speaking about a principle, Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab mentioned that there is no capital punishment of cutting the hand for stealing them – i.e. if a person steals a book, then according to some scholars, he does not have to have his hand cut off. This is since there is a doubt in this – i.e. that the truth contained in books is for everyone.

So for example, one of your fellow students or colleagues may get a book and then believe that he has a right to it, especially if the book is a charitable copy or it was given to you as a gift or so on. So this would cause him to take the issue of returning it lightly. He will be lax in giving the book back. and you will be the one who loses out on the book.

Therefore, if you are not sure if the one who is asking to borrow a book from you is serious and will benefit from it in a short amount of days and nights, then do not lend him the book. This is since when you lend your books out to people, you are depriving yourself from their benefit. And not every one that borrows a book can be trusted with it, for how many people have borrowed books and not retuned them!

– Shaikh Saalih bin ‘Abdil-‘Azeez Aali Shaikh
Taalib-ul-‘Ilmi wal-Kutub‘ (pg. 11-12)

• a • long • and • difficult • day • except • for • the • forgiven • ones •

May 16, 2008

from an-Nihaayah fil-Fitan wal-Malaahem, pgs 340-343

It is related that Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “There will be no gloom or loneliness for the people of Laa Ilaaha Illa Allah in their graves, nor on the Day they are raised. It is as if I am witnessing the people of Laa Ilaaha Illa Allah shaking the dirt from their heads as they are saying, ‘All praise is for Allah, Who has removed all grief from us.'”

In Spite of the Length and Severity of the Day of Resurrection, It Will Be Lighter for the Believer Than One of the Compulsory Prayers

From al-imaam Ahmad, Abu Sa’eed said, “It was said to the Messenger of Allah, ‘The day the measurement of which is 50,000 years- that is an extremely long day!’ The Messenger of Allah said, ‘By the One Who has my soul in His Hand, it is made light for the believer, to the extent that it is more light for him than a compulsory prayer he performs in the world‘” [Ahmad].

Ibn Jareer related this in his Tafseer, but two of the narrators of his chain are weak.

Al-Baihaqee related it with a different phrasing. Abu al-Samh related that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree went to the Messenger of Allah and said, “Inform me of he who is strong enough to stand on the Day of Resurrection, about which Allah said,

يَوْمَ يَقُومُ النَّاسُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

The Day when mankind will stand before the Lord of the Aalameen

[al-Mutafiffeen : 6]

The Prophet said, “It is made light for the believer to the extent that it is like a compulsory prayer for him.”

Abudullah ibn Amr said, “On the Day of Resurrection, the believers will have chairs of light upon which they will sit, and they will be shaded by clouds above them. For them the Day of Resurrection will be like an hour from the day or like one if its two limits [i.e. its begining or end]” [related by ibn Abid-Dunyaa in al-Ahwaal].

For Sinners, the Day of Resurrection is Long and Difficult; for the People of Taqwa it is Neither Long Nor Difficult

It will only be long and difficult for one who is not forgiven. As for those who are forgiven, Abu Abdullah al-Haafidh related that Abu Hurairah said, “For the believers, the Day of Resurrection is like the period between adh-Dhuhr and al-Asr.” He then said, “This is what is memorized.”

The same has been related in a narration that is ascribed to the Prophet. It is related by Abu Abdullah al-Haafidh through Ibn Mubaarak with a marfoo’ chain.

Ya’qoob ibn Sufyaan related that Abdullah ibn Umar said, “The Messenger of Allah recited this verse

يَوْمَ يَقُومُ النَّاسُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

The Day when mankind will stand before the Lord of the Aalameen

[al-Mutafiffeen : 6]

He then said, “How will you be when Allah gathers you in such a way as arrows are gathered in a quiver, for fifty thousand years, with Allah not looking at you?”

Abu Bakr ibn Abid-Dunyaa said, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said, “The middle of the day will not arrive on the Day of Resurrection until these and those [people of Hell and people of Paradise] take a day nap [i.e. according to ibn Mas’ood, the people of Hell will take a day nap in the Fire, and the people of Paradise will take a day nap in Paradise]. He then recited

ثُمَّ إِنَّ مَرْجِعَهُمْ لَإِلَى الْجَحِيمِ

Then thereafter, verily, their return is to the flaming fire of Hell

[as-Saafaat : 68].

Ibn Mubaarak said, “This is the recitation of Ibn Mas’ood for this verse” [related by Abu Bakr ibn Abid-Dunyaa].

Abu Ubaydah said, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said regarding this verse

أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ يَوْمَئِذٍ خَيْرٌ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَأَحْسَنُ مَقِيلًا

The dwellers of Paradise will, on that Day, have the best abode, and have the fairest places for repose

[al-Furqaan : 24]

“Half of the day will not pass on the Day of Resurrection until both of these take their repose [i.e. the people of Hell in Hell, and the people of Paradise in Paradise]” [related by Abu Bakr ibn Abid-Dunyaa]

• for • the • companions • of • the • Qur’aan •

May 14, 2008

It was narrated that Buraydah (Radi Allaahu ‘anhu) said: I heard the Prophet (Sall Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say:

‘The Qur’aan will meet its companion on Yowm Al-Qiyaamah when his grave is opened for him, in the form of a pale man. It will say to him, ‘Do you recognize me?’ He will say: ‘I do not recognize you.’ It will say: ‘I am your companion the Qur’aan, who kept you thirsty on hot days and kept you awake at night. Every merchant benefits from his business and today you will benefit from your good deeds.’ He will be given dominion in his right hand and eternity in his left, and there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, and his parents will be clothed with priceless garments the like of which have never been seen in this world. They will say: ‘Why have we been clothed with this?’ It will be said: ‘Because your son used to recite Qur’aan.’ Then it will be said to him: Recite and ascend in the degrees of Jannah,’ and he will continue to ascend so long as he recites, either at a fast pace or a slow pace.’

Narrated by Ahmad in Al-Musnad (#394) and Ibn Maajah in As-Sunan (#3781); classed as hasan by Al-Busayri in Az-Zawaa’id and by Al-Albaani in As-Silsilah As-Saheehah (#2829).

As-Suyooti said in his commentary on the hadeeth (2/1242):

In the form of a pale man‘. This is the one whose color has changed. It is as if he comes in this form so as to resemble his companion in this world, or to draw attention to the fact that just as his color changed in this world because of staying up at night to read Qur’aan, the Qur’aan will appear in a similar form because of its striving on Yawm Al-Qiyaamah until its companion attains the ultimate goal in Al- Aakhirah.”

• new • anwar • al-awlaki: • the • battle • of • the • hearts • and • minds •

May 13, 2008
Battle of The Hearts and Minds

An important topic that is going unnoticed by the majority of people around the world. With the advancement of communications in the world, the enemies are not only plotting away with their weapons but also with their lies portrayed in the media spreading all sorts of lies to justify the slaughter of innocent human beings and the demonization of Islaam.


• benefit • of • the • day • magazine •

May 9, 2008

Safar 1429


• the • importance • of • using • islamic • terminology •

May 9, 2008

Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

Verily the great imaams used to forbid the usage of doubtful innovated general terms. In them, the truth is covered with falsehood, along with that, it causes doubt and differing and tribulation (fitnah) which are in opposition to the narrated terminology, and those terms whose meanings have not been fully explained. So whatever is narrated can be made familiar, and whatever is known can be made known. As Imaam Maalik said: ‘If there is little knowledge, futility becomes manifest, and if there are few narrations, the desires increase.’ So if a word is neither textually proven nor is its meaning known to the intellect, then it is useless and full of desires…”

Dar Ta’aarudhul ‘Aql Wan Naql (1/271)