Archive for July, 2008

• three • things • that • cause • firm • love •

July 28, 2008

ثلاث يثبتن لك الود في صدر أخيك أن تبدأه بالسلام و توسع له في المجلس و تدعوه بأحب الأسماء إليه

Three things will firmly place love in your brother’s chest (for you): that you be the first to give (him) Salaams, that you make a space for him in a seated gathering, and that you call on him with the best of names.

‘Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him)


• children • and • the • study • of • hadith •

July 26, 2008
  • Muhammad ibn al Husayn ibn al Fadl al Qattaan narrated…that Miskeen ibn Bukayr stated: A man passed by al ‘Amash while he was teaching Hadeeth and said: ‘You are teaching these children?!’ Al ‘Amash responded: ‘These children are preserving your religion for you!’

  • Al Hasan ibn Abee Taalib informed me that…I heard al Musayyib ibn Waadi’ saying: ‘Ibn Mubaarak may Allaah have mercy upon him, if he saw the children of the people of Hadeeth with pens in their hands he would draw them close and say: ‘These are the seedlings of the religion, we were told that the Messenger of Allaah – صلى الله عليه وسلم – said:

‘Allaah continues to plant seedlings in this religion that He supports it with, they are youngsters amongst you today, but they may be the Kibaar [major scholars or elders] after you.’

  • Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rizq informed us that…’Abdullaah ibn ‘Ubayd ibn ‘Umayr said: ‘Amr ibn al ‘Aas stood at a circle of knowledge amongst Quraysh and said: ‘Why have you discarded these children? Do not do so, make space for them in the circle, let them hear Hadeeth and make them understand it. Indeed they are the youngsters amongst you now, and they will soon be the Kibaar of others. You were once the youngsters of a people, and today you are the Kibaar of your people.’

  • Muhammad ibn al Faraj ibn ‘Alee al Bazaar narrated to us that…Zayd ibn ibn Ahkzam said: ‘I heard ‘Abdullaah ibn Dawood saying: ‘It is befitting for a man to force his children to listen to Hadeeth.’ He also used to say: ‘Religion is not by talk, indeed religion is only the Athaar [narrations] .
  • Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rizq informed us that…an Nadar ibn al Haarith said: I heard Ibraheem ibn Adham saying: ‘My father said to me: ‘My son, study Hadeeth, for every time you hear and memorize a Hadeeth I will give you a Dirham.’ So I studied Hadeeth upon that.’

Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi in Sharaf Ashaab Al-Hadeeth

• the • proper • way • to • answer • the • phone •

July 26, 2008

The Proper Manner of Answering the Telephone: Beneficial Knowledge from Ash-Shaykh Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah)

What follows is beneficial knowledge from Ash-Shaykh  Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah) transmitted by way of his student Shaykh Saalih bin Taha Abu Islaam (hafidhahullaah) in his book entitled, (what translated means) ‘Al-‘Aqeedah first, if they but only knew’ (Vol 1, pgs. 16-17), wherein he (Abu Islaam) said,

“He called me rahimahullaah (meaning Ash-Shaykh AlAlbaanee) one day by telephone, but I was not there. My young daughter, upon answering the telephone, said, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaah” . The Shaykh asked for me and then said to her, “Inform your father that Muhammad Naasiriddeen Al-Albaanee called”. (He did not say ‘Ash-Shaykh’ . . . and this is from his humbleness, may Allaah raise his rank in Al-jannah)”.

“When I returned home, my daughter informed me that a man by the name of Muhammad Naasiriddeen AlAlbaanee had called. I returned his call immediately. After he (the Shaykh) requested from me that which he had wanted, he said, “Oh Abaa Islaam, when I phoned you your young daughter answered and said, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaah” . Is this an action (mannerism) based on knowledge? Or just (your) young (daughter’s) personal action (mannerism)? We want to (derive) benefit (from this) Oh Abaa Islaam”. And this (the comment of the Shaykh) is also from his humbleness and wisdom in (conveying) Adda’wah. Then I said to him, “Truly this is from the action (mannerism) of (my young daughter) and for the first time”.

“From that which we know in this situation is that when a man (meaning collectively – ‘anyone’) answers the telephone he says, “Na’am” (Yes), then the person calling gives assalaam to the person he has called (by saying “Assalaamu ‘alaikum . . .”), then the person who answers the call returns assalaam. He (the one answering the call) does not begin with “Assalaamu ‘alaikum . . . .”

Then he (the Shaykh) rahimahullaah said: “This is from that which we know to be correct. Because the person calling is like the person who knocks on the door. There is no difference between them.

[End of translation]

• either • this • or • that •

July 25, 2008

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim rahimahullah says:

“For the tongue does not keep quiet at all. It is either a tongue that remembers or a tongue that is frivolous and it has to be one of these two.

It is the (nature of the) soul; if you do not preoccupy it with truth, it will occupy you with falsehood. It is the (nature of the) heart; if you do not accommodate it with love of Allaah, it will dwell with love of creation and this is a certain reality. It is the (nature of the) tongue, if you do not preoccupy it with remembrance, it will most definitely occupy you with frivolity.

Thus, choose for your own self one of the two courses and confer upon it one of the two standings.”

[From: Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah’s; Al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al-Tayyib]

• the • jinn • fear • us •

July 24, 2008


Yaa Shaykh may Allaah Preserve you.Is it true that the jinn/shayateen are repulsed by frankincense (bakhoor) and the angels are attracted to it? Do angels accompany cats and do jinns occupy vacant places and if a person moves into a house that has been vacant for a period of time are there any procedures that the Muslims should take to free the house of jinns/shayateen?
The Shaykh praised Allaah and sent salaah and salaam upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم then said: First of all let me give you this information and glad tidings: “The jinn are a creation that fears the Believers most.”
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said to ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab [1]:يا عمر بن الخطاب ما سلكت طريقاً ولا دخلتفجاً شعبا إلا سلك شيطان طريقاً وشعبا غير الذي سلكتSo the shayateen – the jinn, they are scared of the Believers, but they have a sense, they can feel the fear and fright of mankind. So if you become scared of jinns, they become brave and they start scaring you.So what you need to do is what Allaah تعالى says – I am not bringing this from my mind but from what Allaah تعالى says and from my experience
– Allaah تعالى says:ذَلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءهُ فَلاَ تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ{It is only Shaitân
(Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliyâ’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger, Muhammad)]; so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers.} [Aal-‘Imraan 3:175]
So if you are a real Believer do not get scared of the Shayateen.
Regarding incense this is not true – this is commonly known by the Sufis. The Sufis say that the shayateen run away from the bukhoor, the incense, but it’s not true. The angels like any good smell whereas the shayateen doesn’t like good smells, rather they like bad smells. That’s why they whisper for one not to take a shower and they whisper for one not to clean up and that’s why when the kuffar go to the toilet – when they urinate or pass stool, they clean with paper only and they don’t clean well –
that’s why the shayateen control them.
Allaah تعالى says to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم: أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّا أَرْسَلْنَا الشَّيَاطِينَ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ تَؤُزُّهُمْ أَزًّا{See you not that We have sent the Shayâtîn (devils) against the disbelievers to push them to do evil.} [Maryam 19:83]
And that’s why Yaa Ikhwaan we need to always be clean and that’s why the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم encouraged us always have wudū’ and to use perfume.The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: حبب لي من دنياكم النساءوالطيبIt was made more beloved to me from your life the woman (the wife) and perfume. [2]
So it is good use perfume and incense, but don’t think that the shayateen will run away and the angels will come.
It’s true that the shayateen do not like good smells and the angels like the good smells; but at the same time don’t let this idea captivate your mind.
I say this because some people will be captivated by this idea, then one day they will forget to perfume and then they will then thinking “O Shaytaan is here, Shaytaan is there, jinn is here and jinn is there” and if anyone whistles or anyone says something, (they say) “O that’s Shaytaan” – this is bad.But what can turn Shayateen away? Akhi, remembrance of Allaah, remembrance of Allaah can turn Shaytaan away.
Allaah تعالى says: الَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ اللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُهُ زَادَتْهُم إِيمَانًا {… when Allâh is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses (this Qur’ân) are recited unto them, they (i.e.the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone) …} [Al-Anfal 8:2]
And the other ayah: ألا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ {Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest.} [Ar-Ra’d 13:28]
So do a lot of remembrance (adhkaar), the remembrance of the morning and evening, for entering the house, exiting the house, entering the toilet, exiting the toilet, entering the mosque, exiting the mosque, going into your car etc. You take all the remembrances that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم taught us.
So Inshaa Allaah you will be protected.
And when you get to the house, it’s not true that a house that is abandoned for a while is captured (occupied) by the shayateen.
No, the shayateen are everywhere – they are in every house, they are with everyone.
Allaah تعالى says that everyone has a Qareen as in Surah Qaaf:قَالَ قَرِينُهُ {His companion (Satan/devil) will say…} [Qaaf 50:27]
So everyone has a qareen accompanying him from the jinn. So, how can you be protected from that?
You can be protected by continuous remembrance – by continuously being with Allaah (having Him in your thoughts) all the time.قُلْ إِنَّ صَلاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ{Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): ‘Verily, my Salât (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).} [Al-An’aam 6:162]
So you live for Allaah and Allaah will protect you.إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَآمَنُوا{Truly, Allâh defends those who believe.} [Al-Hajj 22:38]
And in the hadeeth Qudsi: [3]ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبهفإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجلهالتي يمشي بهاولئن سألني لأعطينه وإن استعاذنيلأعيذنهHere Allaah تعالى is telling you that as much remembrance, worship and optional worship you do for Him, He will protect your eyes, your ears, your hands and your legs.
That means you are surrounded by protection from Allaah تعالى and Allaah تعالى will send the angels around you.
But when you go to a house whether it is an abandoned house or it is your house or it is someone’s house – even if it is your house whether empty or occupied, what you should do is say as-Salaam:لا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتًا غَيْرَ بُيُوتِكُمْ حَتَّىتَسْتَأْنِسُوا وَتُسَلِّمُوا عَلَى أَهْلِهَا{O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them.}[An-Nur 24:27]
And in the other ayah:فَإِذَا دَخَلْتُمْ بُيُوتًا فَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى أنْفُسِكُمْتَحِيَّةً مِنْ عِنْدِ اللهِ{But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allâh (i.e.say: السلام عليكم) As-Salâmu ‘Alaikum – peace be on you)}[An-Nur 24:61]
So even if it is unoccupied you say Assalaamu ‘Alaikum yourself as Allaah تعالى guides you.
By doing that, there will be no shayateen because as in the hadith the shayateen will stand by the door, when the person comes they listen, if he says Assalaamu ‘Alaikum – if he remembers Allaah the head Shaytaan will say ‘go back, go back you have no place here.’ But when you come into the house silent or saying any words other than the remembrance, He says ‘Ok come here you have a place to sleep you have food come, come’ and they come into your house. [4] This is the way you protect yourself from the shayateen, it is not related to the bukhoor or this or that – that is from Sufism. Wallaahu A’lam.
Answered by: Shaykh Muhammad al-Maliki
Title of Lecture: Ramadaan 1427 = 2006Date of the Lecture: Saturday, October 14th, 2006
[1] Reference Pending
[2] Shaykh al-Albaani رحمه الله says Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (#3124) with the following wording:
[حبب إلي من دنياكم النساء والطيبوجعلت قرة عيني فيالصلاة[3] Reported as part of a longer hadith in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-Riqaaq (#6137) with the following wording:وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته: كنتسمعه الذي يسمع به، وبصره الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها، ورجله التي يمشي بها،وإن سألني لأعطينَّه، ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنَّه
[4]Reported with the following wording in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab Salaahtit-Taraaweeh (#1906) as part of a longer hadeeth.نعم البدعة هذه، والتي ينامون عنها أفضل من التي يقومونImaam Ahmad Bin Hanbal [Rahmahullah] Said: “Allah showers His Mercy upon the worshipper who approaches prayer in a state of humility and meekness towards Allah, in fear and supplicating Him with desire (for His Pleasure), and in hope (of His Mercy), making Salah to his Rabb, his most important consideration, dedicating his whispered utterances to Him and his back straight in his qiyam and his ruku.. and his sujud, poring out his heart and his feelings and struggling to perfect his acts of worship, for he knows not whether he will perform another prayer after it, or whether he will be overtaken (by death) before he can perform Salah again.”

• accepted • and • rejected • action •

July 22, 2008
The parable of those who disbelieve in their Lord is that their works are as ashes, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day, they shall not be able to get aught of what they have earned. That is the straying, far away (from the Right Path). (Ibrahim 14:18)
Allaah the Exalted has made resemblance between the actions of the Kuffar, concerning their futility, and lack of any benefit from them, and between ashes on which a severe wind blows on a stormy day.

So He, the Sublime, made resemblance between their nullified actions that go away in falsehood just like the scattered dust, due to their not being (based) upon a foundation of Imaan and Ihsaan, and due to their being for other than [the sake] of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and upon other than His command (i.e. upon other than the Sunnah) – and between the ashes which the strong wind blows into the sky. So a person is not able to do anything with it during the time in which he is need of it (i.e. his actions on the Day of Judgement). And for this reason He said, ‘they shall not be able to get aught of what they have earned’, they are not able (to attain anything) on the Day of Judgement from whatever they have earned of their actions. Hence, they do not see it having any effect in reward, and nor any benefit from it. For Allaah does not accept anything of action unless what is sincerely for His Face, and in agreement with His legislation.

And actions are of four types: One which is accepted and three that are rejected.

The accepted [action] is ‘al-khaalis as-sawaab’ (pure and correct). Al-khaalis, is that it is for the sake of Allaah (alone) and not other than Him. And as-sawaab is that it is from that which Allaah has legislated upon the tongue of His Messenger.

And the three rejected [types of action] are whatever oppose this.

And in resembling these [rejected types of action] with ashes, there is a great profound secret. And this is due to the resemblance between their actions and between ashes in fuelling, igniting the fire (i.e. making it scorch). Hence, the actions which are [done] for other than Allaah, and are done upon other than His intent (i.e. the way they have been requested, upon His legislation) , then they are the food of the Fire (to be destroyed by it), and it is by way of them that the Fire will roast its inhabitants.

And Allaah, the Sublime will bring about (more) fire and punishment from their false actions (within the Fire), just as He brings about bliss and pleasure for the people of actions that agree with His command and prohibition and which are purely for His sake alone. Hence, the Fire will effect their actions until it turns them to ashes. Hence, they, and their actions, and what they worship besides Allaah, are the fuel of the Fire.

Translated from Tafseer al-Qayyim pp.326-327, (compiled by Muhammad Uways Nadwee, originally from I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een 1/204-205)

• advice • from • a • shaykh’s • wife •

July 22, 2008
All praise is for Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alayhi wasalaam), and upon (the Messenger’s) family and companions.

As salaamu alaykunna,

Inshaa`Allah this email reaches all of you in the best of health and in a high state of eeman.  Umm Abdil Wahhab has been married to Sheikh Hassan Al-Banna (hafithuallah) for 25 years. She is 67 years old and has 1 son.  She is a wonderful woman, very warm, genuine and friendly.  I truly miss her and was saddened by their departure.    Alhumdulilah, we had an opportunity to speak with her and she shared some (what I call) pearls of wisdom.  She told us that the Sheikh does all of the shopping for their house and for her.  She was rather puzzled at the fact that women in the states go shopping.  She said she has never seen this in Islam.  She asked why the men do not go, when she was told the men work, she said in a matter of fact tone – ok since they work during the week, they can go shopping on Saturday and Sunday.  When asked what piece of advice would she give to the women in the states, she said first and foremost LEARN ARABIC. She said she was saddened that there were not more sisters in the states that speak Arabic.  She said she doesn’t understand why we learn (and teach our children) Quran before we learn to read, write and understand Arabic.  She said she thought that was backwards, as how can we truly understand Quran, if we do not understand Arabic.  Without the true understanding, it is just memorization and this is not enough.  She said our first priority should be learning Arabic, and then teaching our children.  She said we should speak Arabic in our homes and to each other as much as possible.  She said our children should be making salat at the age of 7 and we should beat them with miswak (for not making it) at 10. On Friday, at the Masjid, after salatul Maghrib, she asked why the sisters do not make the sunnah prayers.  She stressed that the sunnah prayers were muakkada (highly stressed) and she asked that this be conveyed to all the sisters.  She expressed concern about the women in the states and the number of marriages and divorces.  She said she saw so many women crying over the marriages and this made her sad.  She talked about how women spoke to her about divorcing and being remarried within a few months.  She said she did not understand how and why this happened and that this upset her as well.  She said the men are responsible for 3 things (housing, clothing and food – period).  She mentioned the murder of Brother Siddiq and she said that women must submit to the deen completely.  Polygyny is part of Islam and if the husband wants to exercise this right the women must submit.  She talked about sisterhood and ramadan coming, and she said the families should be getting together throughout the month of ramadan and beyond.  She said we should be visiting one another, sharing meals, bringing food to each others homes and enjoying each others company.  She also talked about the way the women dress (kuffar) in the states.  She said it was so bad that she had to cover her eyes.  She spoke of several other things as well, mashaa`Allah.  My dear sisters, this last thing I am going to write literally brought tears to all of our eyes when she said it and it is something that we should all reflect on…We asked Umm Abdil-Wahhaab how she felt about her visit to the states (this was upon her arrival and before she had an opportunity to go to the Masjid in Philly) she said “the Salafiyoon in the States is all talk no deen, all talk no religion” – My dear sisters, on that note, I will close.

I pray that I have presented this wonderful woman’s words accurately.  I ask Allah subhanu wa ta al`aa to forgive me for anything that I have stated incorrectly.  Inshaa`Allah her words will serve as a reminder for us all and may Allah bless her and the Sheikh in this life and in the next. Ameen.

Wasalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallah wa maghfiratuhu

Allahumma-ghfir li dhanbi kullahu, diqqahu wa jillahu, wa awwalahu wa akhirahu wa ala niyatahu wa sirrahu. (O Allah, forgive me all my sins great and small, first and last, those that are apparent and those that are hidden).

• idiots • listen • to • music •

July 20, 2008

Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee — rahimahullaah — said in al-Umm (6/209),

‘Indeed, music is makrooh (His statement ‘makrooh’ means that it is unlawful, since this is what it meant amongst the early people) amusement resembling falsehood. And whosoever listens to it much, then he is an idiot (safeeh) whose testimony is to be rejected.’

• definition • of • tabarruj •

July 18, 2008

The author of Lisān Al-‘Arab (3/33) said:

[Tabarruj] is the woman’s displaying of her beauty, or exposing her face and the charms of her body to men, and everything that elicits their desire, and strutting in her walk, so long as that is not for the husband.”

• there’s • a • sadaqah • on • every • muslim •

July 14, 2008

There is a Sadaqah due on every Muslim; if he cannot give because he has no money, let him work then he can support himself and give charity; if he is unable to work, then let him help someone in need of his help; if he does not do that, let him enjoin good; if he does not do that, then he should not do evil or harm others: it will be written for him as a Sadaqah

Narrated by Ahmad,Bukhari, Muslim & Nesa’ee.