Archive for October, 2008

• look • to • who • you • take • your • Deen • from •

October 31, 2008

Imaam Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah) said: ‘Indeed, This knowledge Is Deen, So Look To The One You Take Your Deen From”

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Umar Bazmool (hafidha-hullaah) stated in explanation of the above statement of Imaam Ibn Seereen (rahimahullaah):

Indeed, Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal) has commanded us that, when He (Azza-Wa-Jal) said: ‘So ask the people of the Dhikr (the Reminder), if you do not know’. [21:7]

Allah commanded us to ask the people of the Dzikr (the Reminder), and the Salafus Saalih have clarified that the Ulama are the people of the Dhikr.  So Allaah (Azza-Wa-Jal) specifying the Ulama as (those) to be asked is evidence that others besides them are not to be asked.  And likewise, Imaams Bukhaari and Muslim reported in the Saheehayn on the authority of Aa’isha (radiyallaahu-anhaa) that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) recited the statement of Allah (Azza-Wa-Jal):

‘It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’aan). In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundations of the Book [and those are the Verses of Al-Ahkaam (commandments, etc.), Al-Faraa’id (obligatory duties) and Al-Hudud (legal laws for the punishment of thieves, adulterers, etc.)]; and others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials, etc.), and seeking for its hidden meanings, but none knows its hidden meanings save Allah.’[3:7]

(Then after reciting the above ayah), he (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘If you see those who follow thereof that is not entirely clear, then they are those whom Allaah has named [as having deviation from the truth].  So beware of them'[1]

In this hadeeth is a warning against a people who give out knowledge, teach and issue verdicts.  So their condition must be known.

Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said: ”In this hadeeth is a warning against mixing with the people of deviation, the people of bidah and those who seek after the difficult affairs (of the Religion), seeking by it fitnah.  So they are not to be consented to, rather (they are to be) restrained and subdued just as Umar Ibnul Khattaab (radiyallaahu-anhu) subdued Sabee Bin Asl when he sought after the Mutashaabih (the unclear verses).

[1] Reported by Bukhaari in Kitaab At-Tafseer

• to • Allaah • we • belong • and • unto • Him • we • return •

October 29, 2008

Al-Fudhayl ibn Iyyâdh (May Allah have mercy on him) said to a man, How many (years) have come upon you?” He replied, “Sixty years.” He said, “Therefore, for sixty years you have been going to your Lord and you are about to reach (Him).” So the man said, “To Allâh we belong and to Him we shall return!” So al-Fudhayl asked, “Do you know the meaning of that (statement)? You are saying, I belong to Allah as a servant and I am going to return to Him. So whoever knows that he belongs to Allah as a servant and that he will return to him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.”

[Jâmi al-Ulûm wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab]

• relying • on • some • deeds • while • forgetting • others •

October 24, 2008

It is reported that Abu Ayyoob Al-Ansaari – may Allaah be pleased with him – said, “A person might do a single good deed, rely on it and forget sins that he regards insignificant, but then meet Allaah (on the Day of Judgment) with those sins surrounding him. And a man might commit a sin, but never stop fearing its consequences, until he meets Allaah safe and sound.”

– Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr, Fath Al-Baari, references this narration to Asad ibn Moosaa’s Az-Zuhd. A slightly different wording is reported by Ibn Al-Mubaarak in Az-Zuhd war-Raqaa’iq 1/170.

• you • better • get • married •

October 24, 2008

It is reported that Taawoos*  – may Allaah have mercy on him – said, “The worship and devoutness of a young person is not complete until he marries.”

Ibraahim bin Maysurah reports that Taawoos said to him, “You better get married or I will say to you what ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab said to Abuz-Zawaa’id: ‘Nothing but incapability or sinfulness is preventing you from getting married!'”

Adh-Dhahabi, Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa’, in his biography of Taawoos.

• the • sunnah • is • wisdom •

October 24, 2008

Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your verses and instruct them in Al-Kitaab (the Book) and Al-Hikmah (wisdom) and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” [Al-Baqarah 2:129]

And remember (O members of the Prophet’s family) that which is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allaah and Al­-Hikmah” [Al-Ahzaab 33:34]

It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basree – may Allaah have mercy on him said, “Al-Kitaab is the Qur’aan, and Al-Hikmah is the Sunnah.”

It is also reported that Qataadah – may Allaah have mercy on him said, “And [he will] teach them The Book and Al-Hikmah, i.e. the Sunnah.”

– Al-Laalakaa’ee, Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah 1/86, 87; Ibn Battah, Al-Ibaanah Al-Kubraa 1/98; and At-Tabaree in his Tafseer.

Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said (Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa 3/366), “A number of the Salaf said that Al-Hikmah refers to the Sunnah, because that which was recited in the houses of [the Prophet’s] wives – may Allaah be pleased with them – apart from the Qur’aan was his Sunnah – Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

• a • request •

October 21, 2008

as-salaam alaykum

i’d like to request from the brothers and sisters that if they read this they make a quick du’aa for my grandmother who passed away today; and that they ask Allah to make her steadfast at the questioning, to forgive her sins, and to make her grave a garden from the gardens of paradise.

may Allah reward you all

• inspirational • words • from • ibn • taymiyyah • and • ibn • al-qayyim •

October 16, 2008

Every Punishment from Him is pure justice and every blessing from Him is pure grace.
(Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/85)

Whoever desires everlasting bliss, let him adhere firmly to the threshold of servitude. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 1/531)

The Lord loves to be Loved. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/54)

Guidance is not attained except with knowledge and correct direction is not attained except with patience. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/40)

In this world there is a Paradise, whoever does not enter it will not enter the Paradise of the Hereafter. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Qaabil, p.69)

The one who is (truly) imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allaah and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Qaabil, p,69)

This whole religion revolves around knowing the truth and acting by it, and action must be accompanied by patience. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/38)

Worship is founded upon the Legal Law and following it, not upon ones base desires and innovation. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/80)

The more the servant loves his Master, the less he will love other objects and they will decrease in number. The less the servant loves his Master, the more he will love other objects and they will increase in number. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 1/94)

Perpetually is the servant either the recipient of a blessing from Allaah, in which case he is need of gratitude; or he is the perpetrator of sin, in which case he is in need of repentance; he is always moving from one blessing to another and is always is in need of repentance. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/88)

Sins cause harm and repentance removes the cause. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/255)

Bearing witness to Tawheed opens the door of good and repentance from sins closes the door to evil. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 10/256)

The Jihaad against the soul is the foundation for the jihad against the disbelievers and hypocrites. (Ibn al-Qayyim, ar-Rawdah, p.478)

A man will never fear something besides Allaah unless it be due to a disease in his heart. (al-Bazzaar, p.74)

Trials and tribulation are feeling the heat and the cold, when one knows that they cannot be avoided, he will not feel anger at their onset, nor will he be distressed of disheartened. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 3/289)

The perfection of Tawheed is found when there remains nothing in the heart except Allaah, the servant is left loving those He loves and What He loves, hating those He hates and what He hates, showing allegiance to those He has allegiance to, showing enmity towards those He shows enmity towards, ordering what He orders and prohibiting what He prohibits. (Ibn al-Qayyim, al-Madaarij 3/485)

In this world, man finds remembrance of Allaah, praising Him and worshipping him, a delight that is incomparable to anything else. (Minhaj as-Sunnah, 5/389)

The objective of asceticism is to leave all that harms the servants Hereafter and the objective of worship is to do all that will benefit his Hereafter. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 14/458)

Sins are like chains and locks preventing their perpetrator from roaming the vast garden of Tawheed and reaping the fruits of righteous actions. (Majmoo-ul-Fataawaa , 14/49)

What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. If I travel they are with me, never leaving me. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey. (Ibn al-Qayyim, Al-Waabil As-Sayyib, p.69)